Jane McElvany Coonce's daily news, latest paintings from this contemporary representational artist. Spotlights the trials and triumphs of day-to-day life as a working artist.
Saturday, June 25, 2022
I hung my solo show today at Gallery Underground with the help of my friend, Jessica Mickey. There are 44 paintings in all! I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to see so many of my pieces up in one place. At home, I see them in boxes! Jessica has a great eye for arrranging, and I love how the show looks.
The show opens on Monday. It's open during the week from 10 am to 6 pm. Free parking is provided. Make sure you bring your parking ticket into the gallery so it can be stamped. The opening reception is next Friday night , July 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Stop by and say hi.
My solo show is called 4 Seasons and it is comprised of the paintings I did during Covid. The above painting, "L'Amour des Fleurs Flower Shop" is one of the spring time paintings.
Theis painting is called "Azaleas at Bon Air Park." If you've ever walked the path over there when the azaleas are blooming, it's really lovely.
This painting is called "White Awnings of the Flower Market."
And this one is called "Flower Market with the White Umbrellas." These are a few of the "Spring" paintings that will be in the show.
Hope you can make it.
Crystal City Underground
Free parking at the 23rd Street Parking Lot ( in between Rt. 1 and Crystal Drive)
The show runs from July 1- July 29.
I hope everyone can make it to the McLean Art Society's show at Walker Chapel United Methodist Church this weekend. The church is located at 4102 N. Glebe Rd in Arlington, VA. There is a reception Friday night, May 13 from 5 to 8 pm. Stop by, I'll be there. Also, the art show is open on Saturday, May 14 from 10 am to 5 pm (I'll be there from 10 am to 1 pm) and on Sunday, May 15, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Georgetown with Morning Light (oil) by J McElvany Coonce
American Crab Feast (oil) by Jane McElvany Coonce
Hope to see you at the show.
The Potomac Valley Watercolorists are having a show at Green Springs Gardens in Alexandria, VA. I entered 2 paintings. I won an honorable mention with my painting called "Iris Outside the Box." Very honored to receive an award with so many fabulous paintings. The show will be there until June 26, so stop by and see the show. It's a really beautiful exhibition of watercolor paintings.
I became a member of the Delaware Watercolor Society whose home base is Rehoboth Beach. I just received notice that I received signature status which in the watercolor world is a big deal. I entered my first show with them. It will be at the Nassau Valley Vineyards for the month of May.
Every artists was allowed to enter 3 paintings which I did. I was hoping to get at least one in. To my surprise, I got all 3 into the show. The juror was Kathleen Conover. I dropped off my paintings today. The reception for the show is this Thursday, May 5 from 5 to 7 pm. So if you live up that way or are visiting the beach this month, stop by and see the show.
Here's a watercolor I did about 2 months ago. It's large, and I did it because I love eating crabs. It's a social thing. My grandparents lived in Norfolk, and as a kid, my dad and I would go crabbing with chicken necks and string. We would throw the chicken necks out, wait a few minutes and then slowing pull the line back, keeping the chicken neck on the bottom of the bay. Then when it was close enough, I would slowly pull the crabs up. When we could see the crabs on the chicken neck, my dad would take the crab net and quickly scoop up the crab and chicken neck. He had a wooden basket that he would float inside an inner tube, and we would dump are catch in there. When we were done for the day, we would bring home our load. My grandmother would steam them and then the whole family (aunt, uncle, cousin) would sit around the table, picking crabs and talking. It takes quite a while to get your fill so there was a lot of talking going on.
To this day, I love a crab feast. Not just for the delicious taste of crab meat, but also for the talk that goes on for hours.