Saturday, November 28, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE large classical oil painting Dutch masters style fruit floral still life

24x20 inches / oil on canvas
It was only a few brief years ago that I was intensely studying the methods of the Dutch masters, as exhibited here in this painting of my own imagination.  These larger, complex compositions executed with intense detail took months to complete.  I still adore these paintings not only for their beauty, but also because I dedicated so much of my life to each one, as opposed to my "Little Gems" for example, which at most take a few days to complete so I only seem to visit with them very briefly.  However, I truly grew with these elaborate paintings which required such intense visualization and heavy reliance upon memory of my subjects, that I feel they are a part of me . . . or I am a part of them.  I didn't actually have the luxury of a still life in front of me at that time so my tutorials were harder learned.  Yet those self taught lessons have sunk in deeply as a result and everything I've done subsequently contains this underlying foundation. These paintings are where I really strove to hone my technical skills.  It all began when I fell in love with a particular masterpiece (will show at future post) and naively mentioned to a friend how I wondered if I could actually paint like that.  Her surprisingly off-handed response, "Sure you can," is what prompted the challenge, and it was the best step I could've taken with my art.  Now, as I'm changing direction, or more accurately, as my sensitivities are piqued in other aspects and a directional change is slowly becoming more evident in the newest work on my easels, I'm turning a glimpse backward to see my progress.  The joy of having a career like this is that it will forever entertain my eyes, my hand, my mind and my heart as I strive to improve my work while serving as a vessel to interpret and capture nature's transient beauty.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE Country Kitchen Farmhouse Fresh APPLE HARVEST BUCKET OF GOLD oil painting 20x16 in. Available

Autumn Gold
20x16 inches oil on canvas panel

Capturing the essence of Autumn in the country, this earthy, muted painting of a rustic setting with cracked stucco walls, farmhouse pine table, and juicy samplings from this bucket of “gold” recalls many crisp, clear days while we snapped apples off the trees in a hurry to fill our baskets and buckets. Thoughts of anticipation for the fragrance of warm apple pies wafting through the air brings a sense of familiar comfort.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE original kitchen art homemade preserves apple jelly Aunt Bea's silver spoon with flowers morning glories

Aunt Bea's Morning Glory Silver Spoon in Apple Jelly Jar
5x5 inches oil on panel

Monday, November 16, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE creamy white roses in jar with lace still life oil painting little gems

capturing nature's transient beauty
Glamis Castle Rose in Jelly Jar with Lace
7x5 inches / oil on panel
I just adore painting roses in a glass jar.  There's something so clean and simple about a jelly jar with a single bloom or nosegay…almost reminiscent of childhood in simpler times when I'd pluck a few precious blooms from the woods or garden to present to my Mother who was invariably in the kitchen with a jar handy for displaying my gift.  Plus…painting those reflections and distortions created within the water is just plain old FUN!! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Watercolor Vegetables painting

Radish, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
9x12 inch
watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $35 USD
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Yellow and Red Peppers

Yellow and Red Pepper
Yellow and Red Pepper, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Yellow and Red Pepper
12x9 inch
watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper
Media: watercolor
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $35 USD
How to Purchase:


Max and Simba
"Best Friends"
20x16 inches / oil on canvas
I must admit, every time I create a new painting it seems to be my "new" favorite and this is no exception.  Not only are Max and Simba sitting perfectly together for a wonderful composition, but they are particularly dramatic with the lighting and the fact that this painting features them lifesized!  I'm still surprised as I study this portrait on my easel.  I'd only painted one other lifesized which was a gorgeous white Poodle named Leo, at the shore (see older posts).  This was a last minute request from a client for a Christmas gift which gave me only a few days to paint it!  Being that I normally paint in thin glazes and the fact that this palette is predominantly earth tones which cover well and dry extremely quickly, I knew I could do it with such a stringent timeframe.  I think I only have two more pet portraits to complete before year end!  Coming next are Leslie's Jilly and Tucker in her beautiful French Shop in Colonial Williamsburg, then white, fluffy Daisy! :o)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE spode blue italian transferware bowl vase cherries oriental rug still life oil painting classical realism

 Cherries in Spode Blue Italian Transferware Bowl with Vase on Oriental Rug
14x18 inches / oil on canvas

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Madame Alexander

"Madame Alexander," Toy #3, 6" x 6," acrylics on masonite, depicting a backlit porcelain doll from the Salvation Army. Please connect with me via email if you would like to purchase this painting - she's only $75, and that includes s&h inside the US!

I spent the last 2 days prepping for my workshop in Ann Arbor tomorrow. This one is a 2 day intensive, where I try to boil down and condense all the goodies I throw at students in a typical 4 day workshop (and THOSE are fast paced too!). I also have a couple new exercises I wanted to use, which meant restructuring the flow of the days and reworking my slideshow.

I work best under pressure, I suppose!

And to top things off, I'm a couple hundred emails behind in responding. So please continue to be patient with me if you are awaiting a note - I promise I'll get to them asap. But I will have limited computer time the rest of the week.

Now it's off to wrap and ship paintings heading to new homes, and then to pack my paints and brushes. Once that's all done, I'm heading over to Oakland University to listen in, where The Man Child will be hitting things as part of the student symphony and brass ensemble (for those of you new around here, he's a percussionist studying music education and performance).

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork,
All my best, Kim

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE vintage antique sterling silver spoons custom still life oil painting

Sterling Silver Demitasse and Teaspoons
16x12 inches / oil on panel
This was a commissioned painting with spoons from my client's collection which included a set of demitasse spoons she'd later regretted selling. Therefore, I added them into this composition so she'd still be in possession of them. What makes this set particularly unique is the engraving on the back, "Father". In all my years of collecting I've never seen this. Also, I added the letter "C" on the Whiting Lily patterned teaspoon to personalize it for her last name. The other two patterns are Grande Baroque and the darling angel is Watson Cherub.