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

oil painting of lemons realism showing signs of age aging cut lemons in antique oriental blue & white bowl

6x6 inches / oil on panel


Mark Adams said...

Jeanne, You really captured the dryness of these aging lemons. I love the light and especially the reflection of the lemon on the underside of the bowl. Very nice.


Thank you so much, Mark! I'd planned to paint freshly cut lemons, but with juggling so many ptgs at once, my lemons were dry by the time I got back to complete this...and I rather liked the effect. Thanks for your comment. Jeanne

Helen Read said...

Beautifully done! I really like the sense of lighting ... also love your botanical paintings!


Thank you, Helen, for your lovely compliments! The lighting on this is actually a bit more dramatic in reality (photographing wet paintings under artificial light is tough). My favorite aspect of the lighting is the interplay of reflections to/from the porcelain and lemons within the bowl on the right and the exterior of the bowl. I also appreciate your comments on my florals! Jeanne

Anonymous said...

I liked the crack in the bowl - it really added interest to a classic subject


Thank you so much! The effect of time on a subject is fascinating to me, and introduces another dimension that is not often seen in still lifes today. Everyone seems to like everything new...but I've been told that I'm an old soul, and that seems to make sense as I've always been attracted to anything showing age. Here the thought is that things don't have to be perfect to be beautiful...value is determined by beauty and treasures are preserved even if a little worn. Jeanne

click image

I was published in Visual Language Magazine


Blessed are those who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.

names of colors A-Z