Friday, May 22, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE sneak peek in progress 30x40 fruit floral birds still life classical oil painting

capturing nature's transient beauty 
Large Fruit and Floral Still Life with Sevres Tureen and Birds
30x40 inches / oil on canvas

Sunday, May 17, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE Parrots English Show Budgies Chorus Line custom bird oil portrait

Chorus Line I
Kit, Sasha, Sunny, Morwenna and Nicky
12x24 inches / oil on canvas
 Here are five of Carol's many birds, these being the larger English Show Budgies.  I worked with a magnifying glass to see the images of them in the color photocopies.  I'd received images of ten birds in many poses which took some time to evaluate and select those which could be grouped together successfully as a realistic and charming composition, here seemingly in conversation.  I took into account each of their personalities so their poses seemed natural as if they were actually sitting together on these branches.  As Carol stated when offered a sneak peek of the preliminary underpainting: 
"Once again, you captured them well, simply by the positioning!  Morwenna, all superior and seated above the others (she'd love it).  Kit, letting everyone know he was the "first" budgie."  Sunny looking interested and always happy to chat and "visit."  Sasha, looking earnest (I love his foot on the part of the perch that sticks up), and Nicky, interested but reserved and mulling over the extent to which she wants to be involved."
As the title implies, there will be a second painting in the future featuring her next five Budgies. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Combing Her Hair

Combing Her Hair
Combing Her Hair, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Combing Her Hair
oil painting on a canvas panel
10x8 inch
Media: oil painting
Size: 8 in X 10 in (20.3 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $100 USD
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JEANNE ILLENYE vintage baseball torn laces MLB professional artist

Vintage Baseball
5x5 inches / oil on panel
Well used, this baseball reveals countless happy days when kids of every age tossed the neighborhood ball and ran the bases marked by a tree, lamp post, or even a sweatshirt tossed in a heap in the middle of the street as second base!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE spring's promise oil painting little gems nest feathers blue eggs oak leaves

Spring's Promise
5x7 inches / oil on panel
Oak leaves, delicate fresh moss and a few stray feathers compose this charming little nest full of Spring's promise!


Carrot, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
9x12 watercolor painting on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor painting
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $25 USD
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE still life wedding dress oil painting

The Wedding Dress
20x16 inches / oil on canvas
This commissioned painting of a gorgeous wedding dress will be a very special gift from mother to daughter on her wedding day.  It was delightful to paint these billowy layers like feathers on a swan.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE spring asparagus food still life oil painting contemporary realism little gems series

Bundle of Asparagus
Oil on Panel 5 x 7 inches
Here I finally satisfied a long standing urge to create this painting — ever since my first exposure to the subject as art via a painting of white asparagus by Adriaen Coorte in 1696 and then again with a painting of asparagus on a bed of chives by Edouard Manet in 1880. The simple, pure beauty of a tied bundle of asparagus signifies the earthy freshness of spring. The warm tonal greens are particularly attractive with various shades of blue, mauve and lavender — an irresistible palette. This painting marks my full immersion into contemporary realism having previously worked exclusively in the style of classical realism.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE feature article BUD SELIG'S RETIREMENT MLB Baseball Still Life Oil Painting CFAI Where Art Lives

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Feature Article in CFAI's "Where Art Lives" Magazine Pages 84-87
"Well Played" by JEANNE ILLENYE


With the baseball season currently in full swing, I thought it apropos to share with you a particularly fun painting from a very special client, the Major League Baseball Commission.  It was such an honor when I was the artist chosen to create a corporate retirement gift for long time great, Allan H. "Bud" Selig, MLB Commissioner for 22 years. 


I could barely contain my excitement, even though I'd only ever been to a Major League Baseball game a couple of times in New York City at the old Shea Stadium with my husband, a diehard Mets fan, as well as seeing a game at the old park in Cooperstown, New York when I was just a child.  I recalled that it wasn't the first time in recent years that I'd been approached by a corporation regarding my baseball paintings.  Previously, the publisher of famed American journalist and novelist Jim Lehrer included one of my paintings in the cover design of Jim Lehrer's novel, "Oh, Johnny".


So the plan was set, contract executed, then the arrival of two official baseballs with Bud Selig's signature.  One was in a classic display cube for posterity and the other which was even more thrilling to me, was well worn from the game.  Imagine, I held in my hand an official baseball that was actually in play...flown across home plate at speeds of 95 mph, cracked against the powerful swing of a bat, and sunk deep into a glove at first base!  Oh, I could almost hear the roaring cheers...and yet there it was before me in my studio, silently resting on my lap in the gentle grasp of one hand, paintbrush in the other.


In this quietude I studied my it felt, the pattern of the stitching, the logos and fonts printed on it, and I thought about the artist who designed the fabulous MLB logo, the hands that stitched that vibrant red thread through softly puckered leather and the unique design of the ball itself.  I began the process of merging the two baseballs together in my mind's eye, utilizing the logos and signature from one and the aged appearance from the other along with the dramatic lighting from a previous painting, which was my client's request.  The main challenge was the fact that since the ball needed to be lifesize at less than three inches, it meant extremely tiny details with logos, laces and Bud Selig's signature.  You’ll see in the image of me holding the ball alongside the framed painting how I deliberately aged the ball.  The title came to me immediately as I painted, which so often is the case.  "Well Played" seemed especially suitable to celebrate Bud Selig's career and immense dedication to this time honored sport as he embarked upon a new chapter.  It would be a treasured retirement gift from the Major League Baseball Commission in recognition of his historic leadership.


After my experience, this classical floral painter has now committed to getting back in the game of painting baseballs again!  As we all look forward to Spring, which for most of us means flowers and birdsong, I will also be joining the ranks of dedicated fans by celebrating the game.  To view more of my baseball paintings and read my personal recollections visit and keep an eye out for future paintings of nostalgic, time worn baseballs commemorating this beloved sport for all to enjoy! 


Friday, May 1, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE botanical feathers and Robin's egg still life oil painting contemporary realism

Wild Turkey Feathers & Robin's Egg
6x6 inches / oil on panel
Reminiscent of classical botanicals, this arrangement of what I believe are two beautiful Turkey feathers and a Robin’s egg, make for a striking composition. The creamy white feather with tints of gold is silky and the brown feather is downy soft. Surprisingly, we didn’t see the usual flocks of turkeys this past season. We do always enjoy their antics as they strut and cluck up the driveway and move in waves all around the property sampling my garden and cleaning up under the bird feeders. Perhaps they’ll grace us with their presence next year....

Thursday, April 30, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE contemporary realism still life floral rose pale yellow glass jar oil painting

Pale Yellow Rose in Glass Jar
4x4 inches / oil on panel
Light earth tones create a muted color scheme which echoes the softness of the roses.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


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JEANNE ILLENYE white phalaenopsis orchid blue white oriental bowl classical contemporary oil painting

White Phalaenopsis Orchid
10x8 inches / oil on canvas
Larger than I've painted this subject in the past, a white Phalaenopsis Orchid is stately and elegant in a rich, classical setting with a moss filled blue and white Oriental bowl.  As always, a nod to Nature's transience is evident in one bruised leaf.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE contemporary realism OREO cookies retro oil painting still life

OREO Double Stuf
5x5 inches oil on panel
We baby boomers have been enjoying what many term the “retro” look of things, and oil paintings are no exception. Here I’ve focused all my attention on studying the details of this childhood favorite. Even after a lifetime of dunking and twisting off the tops of these treats, I never noticed until now, that they are impressed with the OREO logo as well as the words “Double Stuf” so I’ve included all those details, even shadows behind the crumbs, which make realism painting such fun!