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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

VINTAGE BASEBALL (SOLD-click for results)

8x8 inches oil on panel
copyrights jeanne illenye 2007
There is something we can all identify with when we see a baseball. It recalls memories of countless hours of fun as we played in the streets, the parks or the schoolyards.
It recalls the thrill of hearing the crack of the bat and feeling that impact as we made contact for the first time. It recalls the excitement of catching our first fly ball . . . of breaking in our first mitt. . . of the cheers from friends and family as we rounded the bases! So I celebrate those experiences here with a vintage baseball set in a much deserved place of honor, for the memories it recalls are priceless.


Logan said...

Very nice. I like this better than your previously posted baseball, except there is no pretty reflection. Your description of the emotions/recollections associated with this painting is spot on.

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you so much, Logan, for your wonderful comments! I love reflections also, but with the light angled from above, there wasn't actually a reflection on the wooden block--the light sort of spread out and flattened on the surface in this case. I'm so glad we have the same wonderful memories to share about the game!!! Here summertime just recalls it all more vividly! Thanks again, Jeanne

k. Madison Moore said...

I am fond of this as my grandfather played for the original Philly's way back when and the Philadelphia A' this brings back wonderful memories of the ball he had displayed for years with all of the Philly's signatures. Love the lighting. another beautiful piece.,

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you, Madison! It must have been such an amazing time when your grandfather played for the Philadelphia A's. What a treasure to have had a ball with all the old timers' signatures! Memories are what this painting is all about, and I thank you for sharing yours!! Jeanne

A Reason to Paint said...

Beautifully painted Jeanne; I'm glad I stumbled across your blog

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