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


20x20 inches oil on canvas
This was inspired by one of my small 4x4 inch "Little Gems" paintings done earlier this year and sold to a client who loved it so much she wanted it bigger than here it is! With the enlarged size I was able to include additional details such as ladybugs and dewdrops gliding off the very tip of the broken leaf.


m collier said...

Beautiful !!!! Well done.

adithi said...

The paintings are really amazing!!! The colour combinations are in each paintings are so beautiful.. Its really gr8 to see such talent

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you so much, M Collier! This was challenging for me to paint so much white in such a relatively vast area, but I persevered. I guess it was successful if you've so kindly shared your comments, as I feel you're the master of painting with shades of white! Jeanne

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you so much, Adithi! I truly appreciate your generous comments, particularly regarding color. No matter how much I try to incorporate the boldness found in some other artist's works, my tendency always leans toward a warmer, earthy's so soothing to me. It's really "gr8" to hear from "U". :) Jeanne

connie said...

Beautiful!!!! Do you paint the dark background around the lilies or the lilies over the background? Hope I'm not asking for "secrets", just would love to know.

jeanneillenye said...

Thank you, Connie. In answer to your question, I paint my subjects first, then the background so as not to interfere with the delicate building of glazes. Thanks for your interest! Jeanne

adithi said...

Hi Jeanne, It’s really nice of you to respond to my comment. I happened to visit your website, I was so pleasantly surprised to see all your paintings
(Especially floral), you seem to have used a lot of pinks, light violets n mauves
I just love these colors, these are my favorite colors.

Though I am in the software industry, I have tried my hand on painting. I have done a few of them just as a hobby.

I wanted to know from where you get the inspiration to create such beautiful paintings, is it form real flowers and bouquets which you arrange?

jeanneillenye said...

Hi, Adithi! Thank you for visiting my website and for your lovely comments. In answer to your question, most of my work is created from my imagination and memory, with absolutely nothing in front of me but a blank canvas. Recently, however, with my "Little Gems" I've been trying to paint directly from life (although not nearly as often as I would like), since it's not only infinitely easier, but my work reflects improved results. For a beginner such as yourself, I would suggest painting from life, as it will be much more enjoyable and afford a tremendous learning opportunity. Enjoy! Jeanne

adithi said...

Thanks for the advice :), As of now i have done paintings only from photographs or pictures, maybe i'll try doing it from life.

Connie Tom said...

Hi Jeanne,
This is absolutely breathtaking! Just so beautiful!!! Keep up the great work.
Hope you don't mind, but you've been tagged. You probably already know the rules..check my blog. I know this is a busy time.

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