Monday, September 6, 2021

Fall Online Painting Classes

If anyone is interested in signing up for my online painting class,let me know. I plan to start the class in October and go through November. The people who sign up pick what they want to do for the quarter. I do a video recording of each class, so if you can't make it to the date of the online class, you can watch it later. Also, if you are a rank beginner, you can follow along, stop the recording, paint what I just painted. Then when you are ready, start up the video again, watch the next step and again stop the recording and do what I did. It's a great way to learn. You can send me your works in progress and I will critique them and tell you what is working and what you can do to improve it. That way, the artist can get immediate feedback privately. Email me if this is something you think you might like to do. My email is : It's really a lot of fun! The painting above are ones that we did in past sessions.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Portabellos is Closing

One of my favorite local restaurants is Portabellos in Arlington. The owner, MJ, has allowed me to hang my art work there for many years. I've sold many paintings there. It was great sadness when MJ called me to tell me that Covid had killed his business, and that he was closing after 15 years. This was our go-to restaurant on Friday nights. The food is delicious and reasonable priced. We will miss MJ and his humor. My last show at Portabellos is there now. I belive Portabellos last day is Sept 25. My paintings will come down a few days before. Portabellos will be greatly missed in my family.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

It's a Steal This weekend, Aug 27-29

This weekend is a show where once a year, i have a sale. If you've wanted to own a McElvany-Coonce original and couldn't afford it, here is your chance. All painting are $125 or less. I have framed and unframed. Oil and watercolor. There's lots to choose from. I have 100 paintings in the show. So I hope you'll come. Stock up for presents to give at Christmas or wedding gifts. Now is the time to take advantage of the sale. The show runs: Friday Aug 27 from 5 to 8 pm ( I will be there pouring wine from 6:30 to 8 pm) Saturday, Aug 28 from 11 am - 5 pm Sunday Aug 29 from 11 am - 2 pm Address: St Andrews Episcopal Church 4000 Lorcom Lane ( corner of Lorcom and Military) Aralington, VA.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Locked and Forgotten

Falls Church Arts is opening a new show this weekend. It's show title is "A Year Apart: Art Created in Isolation" I did lots of paintings, more than I ever have in one year. But I entered "Locked and Forgotten" because that's how it felt during the lockdown of the pandemic. The painting depicts an old peeling paint door with a rusted lock on it. I think we all felt locked away, but hopefully, not forgotten. The show will hang for July 31 until Sept 12. I will be working in the gallery on Sunday, Aug 8, from 11 - 2pm so stop by and say hi. Falls Church Arts is located at 700 West Broad St. in Falls Church, VA. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 11-4pm.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Magic of the Ordinary

This week, Gallery Underground unveils its national juried show, Magic of the Ordinary. I was lucky enough to get a piece in called "Remnants of Summer." It's a trompe l'oeil piece. Trompe l'oeil is french for "fool the eye." A painting is painted hyper realistically and the objects in the painting have to be life size. I painted this to look like an old shutter with peeling paint. Hanging by a nail is a pair of flip flops. Also there are some sunglasses, a postcard of Dolles, the iconic sign on the boardwalk of Rehoboth, and a miniature American flag. I only paint in the trompe l'oeil style about once a year. They are very labor intensive, and they take a long time to complete. I always say, this will be my last trompe l'oeil, and then after a while, I forget how much work they are, and end up planning a new one. But for now, this is my latest trompe l'oeil. It will be at Gallery Underground in Crystal City for the month of August. There will be an opening reception this Friday, from 5 - 7 pm. Hope you'll stop by and see the show. I have other paintings there, too, that are in the members show. I'll be there Friday night. Maybe our paths will cross. Bring friends. Gallery Underground is located at 2100 Crystal Drive. There is free parking in the garage at 20th St. Week day hours are Monday - Friday from 10am to 6 pm. They are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Best Watercolor in the Rehoboth Art League 83rd Annual Members Show

I just received exciting news yesterday. I won "Best Watercolor" in Rehoboth Art League's 83rd Annual Members Show. The award was sponsored by the Delaware Watercolor Society. I was so thrilled as the competiton is very stiff!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

I taught my online class today. We are painting storefronts. This is the painting I did as the demo. I really liked how it turned out. It's 8x 10 inches and is an oil painting. I now am being more observant wherever I go and am taking pictures of storefronts. Didn't realize it could be so much fun.