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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

PRETTY FACES little gems still life oil painting jeanne illenye WHITE PANSIES IN CREAMWARE BASKET

"Pretty Faces"
6x6 inches / oil on panel
(shown larger than actual painting)
White Pansies look around and nod in this vintage style creamware basket. Pansies are so sweet, and this one entitled "Pretty Faces" just makes me think of all the joyous days of Spring! Particularly clean and crisp, this oil painting features shades of white in an antique reproduction creamware basket based on one that was found within the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg. There's something so fresh and pure about white which makes it's enduring versatility so useful in any setting, from classical & traditional to country french & cottage chic to contemporary.  Their petals mimic the wings of white butterflies with contrasting deep purple and violet repeating the openwork of the creamware basket.
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Gary Keimig said...

Oh Wow. This is very nice Jean.
Great job.


Thank you SO much, Gary! I dedicated a lot of time on capturing the gentle curling of these delicate petals. They remind me of powdery soft moth wings for some reason. Thank you for your lovely comments. Jeanne

XiuCheng Che Award-winning Chinese Watercolor Artist said...

This is beautiful,well done!


Thank you SO much, XiuCheng! Of all the Pansy colors, pure white with purple faces are my absolute favorite. Pairing them with this creamware basket presented an irresistible image for me so I just had to paint it! Thank you for your lovely comments. Jeanne

suzanneberry said...

A beautiful painting Jeanne! Just lovely. Your blog is just elegant.

Gerald Schwartz said...

Talk about knocking a painting out of the park, you did just that with this. Depth of color mixed with composition and the understanding of medium, great job..


Thank you SO much, Suz! I'm always trying to "neaten" my blog a bit, but as you know, we creative types are constantly overflowing with the need to "express" ourselves! :o) Thank you for your lovely comments! Jeanne


Thank you SO much Gerald! For quite some time I've wanted to get into painting white subjects, and the "faces" of these charming blooms as well as the open spaces between the porcelain basket provided a repetition of form and tone required to balance the dramatically dark background with the whites. It was a sheer joy creating this painting! Thank you for your wonderful comments! Jeanne

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

It's beautiful, it's so difficult say which my favorite is because your works is amazing. But I have to say I love this one. Wonderful work Jeanne.


Thank you SO much, Joan! I think that even if I only painted flowers it would still be difficult for me to choose a favorite, too, as Nature's beauty and diversity is so vast! Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Jeanne

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