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

miniature floral painting hollyhocks in green jar

4x4 inches / oil on panel


Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Jeanne,
Your miniature painting blow my mind away. I have problems believing
how much information and beauty you can put in 16 inches! Simply stunning.


Thank you SO much, Mariano! These tiny paintings are tedious to create, but as I've been painting miniatures for several decades, I'm rather used to this scale. My smallest floral still life oil painting was 1x1.5 inches. Here the hollyhocks were irresistible and a pleasant diversion from the usual roses. Jeanne

Mariano Zucchi said...

Hi Jeanne,
1x1.5" WHAOOW! Several decades....that's explain it! I should point out that were decades well spent, because your art is incredible!!!!


Thank you so much Mariano! Oh, yes! Several decades! I actually created my first oil painting at the tender age of four. It was a landscape of a farm we visited in NY state and I still have the painting! My first still life was a contemporized floral in watercolor. My gravitation to oils was immediate as I utterly adored the buttery, creamy mixing of colors (hence I only use primaries plus white to this day). My mother still has that first miniature floral which surprisingly was rather good (better eyes back then as a young teen). Sometimes people know immediately what they want to do, and I was fortunate enough to have that knowledge. However, it took another few decades to finally have the opportunity to paint full time, for which I am eternally grateful. As they say, "Practice makes perfect," and I'm still working on it!! Jeanne

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