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


5x5 inches
oil on panel
Capturing the translucency of grapes illuminated from within is always an enjoyable task. However, here I placed the grapes in strong, direct sunlight which caused the highlights to almost flatten out in blindingly bright white shapes, so I decided to adjust my interpretation to be a little softer. The additional challenge was not only to paint the luminosity of the grapes, but also to paint the highlights and shadows on their surfaces — so all at once I was painting the exterior as well as the interior light. Placing the grapes on an antique painted Windsor chair was merely an afterthought, as I was tracking the last sunlight into my studio and that was the only surface not already cluttered with paintings! Fortunately, I couldn’t have planned it any better since the rich, warm sienna tones provided a perfect complement to the various shades of yellow-green in the grapes.


PaintingEachDay said...

Beautiful paintings ...

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you!

Joan Yoshioka said...

Jeanne, you are quickly becoming one of my favorite artists of all time. Your artistic sensibilities are unmatched by many. Again, a beautiful painting!

Carolyn Hietala said...


jeanneillenye said...

Thank you, Joan! I truly appreciate your glowing review! I'm sure working hard to please! Sincere thanks!

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you, Carolyn! I wasn't sure about the chair at first and considered painting it out, but I'm so glad I left it as the painting became much more unique that way! I appreciate your comment -- one word is indeed sometimes enough!!!

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