Wednesday, March 4, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE bird's nest with eggs, blue feathers and moss oil painting Little Gems Series

capturing nature's transient beauty 
Nest with Moss and Blue Feathers
5x5 inches oil on panel
From my ever popular "Little Gems" series, this charming little nest fills our hearts with the hope of Spring, especially welcome after such a long, bitter cold Winter.  The Cardinals are always the first to sing and a few have begun proudly making their announcements that Spring is imminent.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE bird's nest egg blue ribbon flowers little gem small oil painting

capturing nature's transient beauty
The Lost Ribbon
8x8 inches / oil on canvas panel

Monday, March 2, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE Major League Baseball Artist Gift for Bud Selig's Retirement

Sports Still Life Artist Selected by MLB
  "Well Played"
5x5 inches / oil on panel
 I am honored to be the artist recently chosen by the OFFICIAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL COMMISSION to create a custom oil painting for Commissioner Bud Selig's corporate retirement gift.  The painting was created lifesize and aged to match the wear from a baseball actually in play during the game.  I enjoyed painting all the intricate details such as stretched holes from tightly pulled laces, dings, stains and most importantly, the official MLB logo and Bud Selig's signature "Allan H. Selig" on the ball in the painting.  I entitled the painting "Well Played" which just seemed so apropos in celebration of his long, successful term.  You'll see in the image shown above where I'm holding the actual baseball alongside the framed painting set on my easel, that the painting appears a little darker but it's just in shadow from the deep profile of the frame.  It was quite a thrill and an honor not only to be chosen as the MLB sports artist for such a monumental occasion, but also to actually have an official baseball in my hand which was directly from the field of play!  Imagine holding a baseball that was pitched across home plate and sunk into a glove at first base.  I think my husband, who is a huge baseball fan (NY Mets), was even more excited than I was!!
Copyrights sold to Major League Baseball Commission and posted with permission from MLB.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE classical oil painting flowers roses blue and white jar vase chocolates letter

 capturing nature's transient beauty
A Gift of Roses and Chocolates
Classical Old Fashioned Roses in Ginger Jar with Love Letter and Chocolates
11x14 inches / oil on canvas

Friday, February 13, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE cherries in cantonware blue and white bowl classical oil painting

capturing nature's transient beauty
Cherries in Cantonware Bowl
Little Gems Series
6x6 inches / oil on panel 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE large floral classical still life oil painting peonies roses butterflies fruit sevres vase books

20 x 24 inches / oil on canvas
An intensely elaborate commissioned painting with a garden theme related to California.  To oblige that request, I included numerous wildflowers, fruit and three different butterflies indicative of the region.  Also, I added grapes to symbolize a new venture when my client purchased a vineyard.  Her childhood favorite, Peonies, was also to be added being sure to include ants and dewdrops.  During our initial conversation, other favorite things became apparent such as a favorite shade of yellow, Sevres porcelain and antique books.  Here I chose a yellow Sevres vase depicting a romantic garden scene and gilt highlights as the foundation of the composition.  She also had a vintage goldleaf frame which contained another painting she wanted replaced, so I kept that shade of gold in mind as well as her decor and color scheme which were presented in photographs of her home.  With all these requests, I was particularly inspired and only wish the canvas was larger to accommodate my enthusiasm, hence the title, "Exuberance".

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lemon Still Life

Lemon in a Bowl
Lemon in a Bowl, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Lemon in a Bowl
8x8 inch
oil on a canvas panel
Media: oil painting
Size: 8 in X 8 in (20.3 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $130 USD
How to Purchase:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Zen Dog by Kimberly Santini

"Zen Dog," 36" x 14", acrylics on panel, depicting Zevon, a friend's newly rescued family member. This is Golden acrylics on a Raymar panel and can be yours for $2999, including s&h within the contiguous US. In process photos are on the Studio FB pagepARTy details are here. Inquires may come directly to me

It's Long Past Time for a pARTy

Have you ever attended a pARTy before? The idea is simple - someone shares the rights to one of their photographs, and challenges creatives to make artwork inspired by the photo. All of the work is then displayed collectively, for the whole world to see the variety of interpretations and possibilities resulting from the one image.

Now here's the good part - Photographer Juliet Harrison granted us permission to throw a pARTy in Zevon's honor! So here's the details:

The reference photograph is here. Please respect that this photo is being shared purely for the creation of artwork, and is not to be repurposed in any other way.

The idea is to create your own interpretation of the photograph. Please respect each artists' creations and do not copy any of the other art being displayed (because that would be violating copyright law).

Send jpgs of your finished work, watermarked with your name/website, to me. Include in your email any text you would like to appear in the caption.

I will add all artwork created by March 31, 2015, to a photo album on my Facebook page created specifically for this purpose.

Ready? set? paint!!

Thanks, as always, for following along with my artwork!
Warmly, Kim 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Floral Painting

Brandy Wine Roses
Brandy Wine Roses, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
Brandy wine Roses
8x10 inch on a canvas panel
Media: oil painting
Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $200 USD
How to Purchase:

Buy this painting on PayPal
Price: $200 USD plus $15 USD s/h

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE Fresh White Peonies in Edwardian Silver Teapot with Antique Lace

  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. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE on my easel today teacups oil paintings little gems

capturing nature's transient beauty 
Rare Lavender Teacup with Butter Yellow Roses 5x5 in. oil on panel
Turquoise Aqua Blue Foley Teacup with Scone and Book 8x8 in. oil on panel
Both paintings will be finished within the next two weeks or so, but if you wish to purchase in advance just email me at
Note the painting "Pansies and Lace" alongside which can be viewed in the previous post.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE Pansies in Glass Jar with Crocheted Lace contemporary realism still life oil painting purple violet white

 capturing nature's transient beauty 
Pansies and Crocheted Lace
5x5 inches / oil on panel
I recall as a child, accompanying my mother to the plant nursery where she told me to search for the pansies that had "faces".  So even today I still refer to Pansies as the smiling faces of Spring. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE OREO Double Stuf Contemporary Realism still life oil painting

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!

Friday, January 23, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE dog portrait oil painting pet portraits painted with love

pet portraits painted with love
Lady on Her Chair
9x12 inches / oil on panel
When I first saw my client's photos of Lady, I was immediately drawn to her deep, soulful eyes that could melt anyone's heart.  Her sleepy expression of contentment is so charming here as she lounges on her favorite plush chair, a delightfully cozy spot alongside the window.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE Classical Still Life with Ewer fruit flowers roses velvet cloth peaches apple blossoms raspberries gadroon table

capturing nature's transient beauty 
"Still Life with Ewer"
20x16 inches / oil on canvas
A classical oil painting of fruit and flowers arranged around an antique brass wine or water ewer with curvaceous detailing and handle.  Blushing pink and white English roses primulas, grapes, peach, plum and narcissi rest softly upon a dark green velvet cloth trimmed in gold fringe on a gadrooned table ledge.  The stage is set with the backdrop featuring a worn Oriental rug and a branch of apple blossoms with red raspberries for a cohesive and classical pyramidal composition.