|The Orchid Window|
Original oil painting by Jane McElvany Coonce
When my mom died, and we were going through her things, I just couldn't throw this vase out, yet it wasn't really my style for my house. I couldn't sell it to someone who would cherish it because the chip caused it to lose its value. So I kept it thinking I would put it in a still life. My mom has been gone 12 years, and I finally got around to putting it in a still life. My son, Brian, always brings me orchids. I had the bronze horse on my bookshelf. So I set this up in the windowsill. I started it on a weekend and worked on it 3 days straight, 8 hours a day.
This month, it will be showing at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City. Tonight is the reception from 5 - 8 pm. Stop by and see me and the painting if you can.
The real question is: Now that I have painted this vase into a still life painting, what will I do with the real vase? I still can't toss it. I don't know. Maybe I should take a mosaic class, break the vase up into small pieces and arrange it on a small table top. Until then, it will remain in my art studio.