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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

classical still life oil painting floral Peonies and Black Tulips with Rose in Figural Creamware Vase Jar with Deer

capturing nature's transient beauty
Peonies and Black Tulips with Rose in Figural Creamware Vase Jar with Deer
20x16 inches / oil on canvas
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 A fun little anecdote about this painting...when my client opened the box she screamed at the bee that was on it and tried repeatedly to brush it off…only to realize it WAS the painting!!  I love adding bees and butterflies to remind us that without them we'd have no blossoms. 
 
These "Queen of the Night" tulips with their beautiful sheen, provide an interesting interplay of contrasts against the white peonies, creamware vase and linen cloth, as they almost recede into the background where they play a supporting role. Completing the classical flow of the composition is a thorny rose. Two honeybees, wings glistening and hind legs full of orange pollen, are the finishing touches to this Spring arrangement.
 
 

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