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

Fulfilling my heart's desire with new, fresher, more mature still life oil paintings on the horizon

For many years I've painted from memory, something I've not liked to share too much as many folks don't quite understand what that means.  It's simply been a vision in my mind's eye that I quickly wash onto canvas or panel, continuing to build refinement while sometimes referring to subjects in life or images for final detailing.  However, as my inner voice has been calling me toward a new direction more representational of my true spirit, I've been impatient to fulfill this urge. Therefore, in the past two or three years as my garden shares it's bounty, I've been capturing nature's transient beauty in digital photographs to be referenced at a future date as time permits.  In the midst of a photo shoot when creativity abounds, my desk becomes a cluttered mess of freshly cut garden blossoms, an array of vessels and other miscellaneous props. My photo shoots take a minimum of several hours as every nuance is adjusted frame by frame resulting in hundreds if not thousands of photos from which only a few will be selected as reference for oil paintings. These spectacular images are being reserved for larger, more refined paintings with a new freshness -- more mature work than you've seen from me in the past. Three of these new works will be included in the prestigious American Society of Traditional Artists National Museum Exhibit. These newest oil paintings are my true heart's desire.


Susan Roux said...

It's amazing to know your work is done mostly from memory! I wouldn't think that people would take that negatively. Kudos to you for finding so much detail and reflections in your mind. For such a detailed painter, it's quite remarkable.


Thank you so much, Susan! I can paint quite a bit purely from memory and then supplement little tidbits where I may need to confirm the precise details of something. I'm also able to see a subject at one angle and then know how to paint it from any other perspective. There's probably a technical term for this ability since many artists are able to do the same thing, particularly portrait artists. I think for me it began when I would be commissioned to paint a subject, for example certain flowers that were not in bloom, or a particularly patterned vase that I didn't have, etc. However, I must admit that after years of painting this way, when I began painting from life or from photos it was infinitely easier! Thank you so much for your lovely comments!

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