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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

Red & Golden Delicious Apples on Antique Embroidered Lace Tablecloth

"Apples 'n Lace"
12x24 inches / oil on canvas
A delicate painting of red and golden Delicious apples arranged on a highly polished table.  The reflections within the surface add a lovely dimensional quality, all of which accentuate the gentle folds of a freshly pressed antique cotton tablecloth.  The hand embroidered cutwork lace with blue thread and embroidered netting edge are often found in antique linens. 
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Caroline Bray Art said...

This is great! The simplicity of the apples against the complexity of the linen...Excellent work and I'm looking forward to following your progress and art.


Thank you SO much, Caroline! When I composed this painting as a sketch on paper it initially did not have any cloth, which made for a more simplistic, graphic design. However, the piece needed a little lift hence the addition of the embroidered lace cloth...and the curl on the end was a fun afterthought. Thank you for your lovely comments! Jeanne

suzanneberry said...

I posted a comment at DP and your response wasn't able to be uploaded so i thought i'd visit and get a closer look and tell you gain how much i LOVE this painting. everything about it just moves me. Stunning work Jeanne, just stunning.


Thank you SOO much, Suzanne! I'd actually painted this a few years ago and have had it in storage along with many others which I may now begin to offer. The apples are lifesize which in person, gives the painting a more dimensional feeling. I'd painted this almost entirely from memory (although I don't often reveal that fact) then grabbed a cloth from the closet and held it on my lap to see the embroidered details. Thank you again for your lovely compliments! Jeanne

Jesus Estevez said...

Great work Jeanne, the table cloths is amassing ,so are the apples and the table. congratulations. cheers.


Thank you SO much, Jesus! The tablecloth was the most fun to paint with the soft folds and the slight curl at the end. Somehow the composition needed that curl rather than paint it as expected. It's a little movement in a rather "still" life! Your lovely comments are much appreciated! Jeanne

Warisan@Kelantan said... Deen from Malaysia. Nice artwork..amazing..I am a painter too.



Thank you SO much, Dean! This painting was inspired by another I'd done years prior which I forgot that I'd promised to post here to show the comparison. I think it will be fun for you to see how the original concept transitioned. Your comments are much appreciated. Jeanne

Seriously Flowers said...

Like everyone else said the paintings do look amazing. It almost looks like a real picture of apples sitting on a table.


Thank you SO much! Sometimes when I'm painting, especially as with this piece showing the subjects lifesized, the apples seem to nearly fall out of the canvas into my lap! It' makes one impulsively flinch to catch them before they roll off the table! Thank you for your lovely comments. Jeanne

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