soul and purpose

"Through my paintings I hope to communicate a personal enthusiasm and respect for the natural world, thus encourage in others an active stewardship of same." -- JEANNE ILLENYE


Bundle of Asparagus
Oil on Panel 5 x 7 inches
Here I finally satisfied a long standing urge to create this painting — ever since my first exposure to the subject as art via a painting of white asparagus by Adriaen Coorte in 1696 and then again with a painting of asparagus on a bed of chives by Edouard Manet in 1880. The simple, pure beauty of a tied bundle of asparagus signifies the earthy freshness of spring. The warm tonal greens are particularly attractive with various shades of blue, mauve and lavender — an irresistible palette. This painting marks my full immersion into contemporary realism having previously worked exclusively in the style of classical realism.


Todd Bonita said...

Nice work here Jeanne, really nice stuff.

Michele Beaulieu aka NAQUAIYA said...

Your asperagus is wonderful and the shadows superb.

Bee said...

I love the way two tips are holding the bundle away from the shiney surface allowing the light to show through from behind ... the shadows are even more powerful as a result. Beautiful work!

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful and insightful comments! It was a real joy to paint this one as I felt it was a refreshing change. Those highlights were most enjoyable!

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