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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

Pink Peony, First in Series for Mother's Day

4x4 inches / oil on panel


Jacqueline Gnott said...

This Peony is spectacular!! Wonderful color and execution. I haven't had the chance to email you personally, but I love your work, your blog and web site. Really nice eye for everything you do.


Thank you so much, Jacqueline, for your lovely compliments! I've been admiring your work as well. As the season greets us with beautiful blooms, we flower painters will be thriving on the bounty Nature puts forth! Thanks for your lovely comments! Jeanne

Samter Petuel said...

I like your food paintings the best.
Especially the chocolates -- scrumptious!!


Thank you so much, Samter! I really enjoy painting the dessert paintings more than any other subject! Plus, I get to sample them, too, but these are calorie free for you! :) Thank you again for your comments! Jeanne

Austin Maloney said...

You have such a delicate touch. This is a great painting


Thank you so much, Austin! For what appears to be a simple pink flower on a small panel, it's really a complicated and delicate blending of various shades of pink. Actually, this image is larger than life so the variations are more obvious; whereas the actual painting is even softer like velvety petals. Thank you again for your lovely comments! Jeanne

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! You are AMAZING!! I love how you like to focus on singular subjects, opposed to landscapes and such...I tend to do the same thing in my work. This peony is awesome-I did almost the same thing in colored pencil several years ago...I used a magazine print ( Martha Stewart or Better Homes and Gardens?)from an article on peonies and this looks the same-did you use that as a reference? That would be cool if we had seen the same article and choosen to make a piece of art out of it...I must say, yours is LIGHT YEARS better than mine!!! You are truly talented!!! Your work is inspiring and leaves me breathless!


Thank you SO much, Emily! I adore peonies and this was so beautiful in it's more simplistic form, relative to the typical fluffy varieties we're accustomed to seeing. While I am partial to all those ethereal layers of petals, the tree peonies have a dramatic beauty which is further enhanced by their particularly large proportions. Typically, I work from memory supplemented by snippets of images from my own garden or in this case, from a client. Your gracious compliments are very much appreciated! Jeanne

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