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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

Apple Blossom Amaryllis Botanical Painting

shown larger than actual painting
Apple Blossom Amaryllis
6x6 inches / oil on panel
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Delilah said...

wonderful painting


Thank you so much, Delilah! I really tried to capture the thickness of the waxy petals and in particular, the gentle puckering that occurs between the fine veins. Jeanne

Susan Martin Spar said...

Jeanne...It's been awhile since I visited. I'm showing your blog off to a friend. This so reminds me of Georgia's stuff. :-)


Thank you SO much, Susan for your lovely compliments! I assume you're referring to Georgia O'Keefe whose zoom in images of flowers took on a graphic abstraction in the form of large, flat bands of color. I recall pouring over books of her work when I was quite young. While my Amaryllis exhibits considerable texture in the petals, i.e., a gentle puckering between the fine veins, I did attempt to achieve that magical fascination one experiences when peering into the heart of a flower. Jeanne

Susan Martin Spar said...

Yes...definitely referring to O'Keefe. You did a lovely job with the petals. Hope all is well with you and that the holidays bring you good tidings and good health.


Oh, thank you so much, Susan! O'Keefe's work has been an inspiration to so many artists...and Nature herself to us all! :o) Hope you continue to enjoy your atelier experience. Best wishes for good health and endlessly blissful days of painting in 2010! Jeanne

Seriously Flowers said...

That is a fantastic painting. I am always amazed how people can create such realistic looking things. I can barely draw a stick figure:)


Thank you SO much! Judging from your I.D. you must be a gardener or floral designer? I'm sure if I couldn't paint I'd be doing just that! Flowers are such an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your lovely comments! Jeanne

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