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"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

ANTIQUE SILVER SPOONS (SOLD-click to view results)


4x4 inches oil on panel
copyrights reserved by jeanne illenye 2007
A simply wonderful thing happens to sterling silver when it’s aged over 100 years . . . it acquires the most mellow patina as exhibited here in this clutch of antique spoons.


PaintingEachDay said...


I just wanted to compliment you on your wonderful painting ability and beautiful style. And also for your eBay presentation ... it's a lot of work and it shows.

Very, very lovely -

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you so very much, Ann! I've been delving into a more contemporary look to my work, which I am enjoying immensely. This particular painting was quite intense...most are, being so small, but this was more so. I also appreciate your compliments on my ebay presentation -- I do indeed put a lot of work into that as well, because creating beauty is my main focus in everything! Thank you kindly!! Jeanne

Delilah said...

This is really a nice painting great work

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you, Delilah!! It was a lot of work!

Carol Nelson said...

This painting really stands out. I can see there was a LOT of detail you had to work out. Great job.

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you, Carol! Every bud on the handles had to be contoured and of course the reflections were equally as detailed. Thanks again! Jeanne

The Epiphany Artist said...

Just luscious!

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you (epiphany artist) so much! I find these antique silver spoons such a maginificent art form in themselves, I am humbled to attempt to interpret them in paint. Jeanne

Diana Moses Botkin said...

I wanted to comment on your blog and say "Lovely painting, Jeanne!" I know that kind of detail is a lot of work, and tedious, but you've kept it fresh and vibrant.

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you, Diana, for your lovely compliments! As you say from your own artistic experience, keeping it fresh vibrant is critical. Here I think my enthusiasm for my subject just shined through all the hard work as it truly was a labor of love. Thanks again, Jeanne

Joe Hendry Original Art said...

Traditional and breathtaking art - I have been browsing around this blog and although your painting is very different to my own, it's been a real pleasure to view it.

Best Regards



Thank you SO much, Joe! Yes, I have classical roots and love traditional subjects as well as contemporary realism. This particular painting combines the two with a traditional subject cropped into a more abstract format which I found particularly enjoyable. Thank you for your lovely comments and I'll check out your site as well. Jeanne

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