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

nest of leaves and grapevines with eggs and feathers, realism still life

6x6 inches / oil on panel

Exquisitely woven of leaves and grapevines, this charming nest protects its precious contents.
Rest assured, nests are never removed until Autumn; the eggs are an artistic addition.


Don Gray said...

Lovely, Jeanne. Feels suspended in time.


Thank you so much, Don! What a great perspective! As with all my paintings, I try to convey Nature's delicacy and transience so that folks may be encouraged to spare a moment from their busy days and rest their gaze upon the gift of beauty all around us. Thank you for your lovely comment! Jeanne

Elizabeth said...

As a new painter, your work always inspires me to continue to learn. "Someday I will paint as well as Jeanne Illenye" the voice says. This particular piece, my goodness, how you captured that inner feeling of wanting to surround and protect these little darlings until they are born! Wow.


Thank you SO much, Elizabeth! It's always heartwarming to know that my work inspires fellow artists...and Nature inspires us all. Such a humbling experience to paint a nest, as these little woven gems are so intricate and utterly fascinating works of art in themselves! Wishing you happy painting! Jeanne

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