Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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

Exuberance
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".
  

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