Monday, January 11, 2016

JEANNE ILLENYE custom dog portrait two English Springer Spaniels snowy park bench Alice in Wonderland statue Central Park, NYC

"Best Friends"
Phineas and Nicholas
Here are best friends Finn and Nick wearing their matching green plaid jackets and booties while sitting on a snow covered bench by the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park, NYC.  This was a particularly charming painting as it was commissioned by a daughter for her parents, who had previously commissioned portraits of their daughter's dogs some years prior...a reciprocal gift of love.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

JEANNE ILLENYE Happy New Year and new beginnings...

My favorite time of year...a fresh beginnings! 
With that sentiment I am hopeful to shed the old and begin anew by clearing out my studio, storing many incomplete classical paintings and Little Gems in the back of my closet, and turn my attention to my long awaited new direction consisting of larger, fresher floral paintings!  The first on my easel in this peaceful quietude of January will be a large 24x30 of pink and white peonies in a crystal tumbler on lace especially for my Mother.  Keep checking back as I'll post sneak peeks here periodically. 
Happy New Year and May All Your Dreams Come True!
 "Blessed are those who see beauty in humble places where others see nothing." - Anonymous

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

JEANNE ILLENYE Christmas card

A warm thank you to all my wonderful clients who have helped enrich my life through your continued support! 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christmas Card 2015

Monday, January 4, 2016

JEANNE ILLENYE custom dog portrait 10x8 cairn terrier similar to westie

10x8 inches oil on panel

JEANNE ILLENYE large custom oil portrait of a gentleman

 The Enduring Grace of Fine Portraiture
Custom Oil Portrait of Laurence Murray Codori
24x18 inches oil on canvas
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Some Summer Sky's for you

Landscape No. 20
Landscape No. 20, painting by Delilah Smith
About This Painting:
9x12 oil painting on a canvas panel
Media: oil painting
Size: 12 in X 9 in (30.5 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $100 USD
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE chocolate cordial cherries candy still life oil painting

Chocolate Cordial Cherries
4x4 inches oil on panel
A calorie free treat just for you!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

JEANNE ILLENYE vintage antique white bunny pull toy still life oil painting 8x8 in.

Vintage Bunny Pull Toy
8x8 inches oil on canvas
Isn't he cute?  There's something so endearing about hand carved wooden toys, I just can't resist!

Friday, December 4, 2015


 Original Oil Painting Christmas Westie "Patience" 5x7 in.
Who can resist this darling little face waiting so patiently for Santa to arrive?  Decked out in an old fashioned Santa cap of soft red velvet, trimmed in fur, bells and holly, this adorable Westie pup awaits the arrival of Santa Claus! 

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!!