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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

Fresh White Peonies in Edwardian Silver Teapot with Antique Lace capturing nature's transient beauty

  Fresh White Peonies in Edwardian Silver Teapot with Antique Lace
12x12 inches / oil on panel
These billowy blossoms from my spring garden depict my attitude as the new year arrives with fresh, new beginnings such as the purity of white, yet still treasuring the past as shown with my antiques.  I especially love how the highlights seem to vanish into the background on the cover and bone finial, the edges of the peonies and even the side of the worn, wooden box. The  mauve pink and lavender blue reflections within the engraved, ridged surface of the teapot and inside the smooth, satin feel of the handle were such fun to paint.  Of course the lace is almost my favorite with the edges silhouetted against the pure white background on one side and slightly ruffled and reflected in the dinged wood box.  I love all the subjects in this light infused arrangement.

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