Oh...every January when facing the huge span of a new year, I have a renewed spirit and huge ambitions. Now it's nearly October and I am for the first time revisiting this blog that has remained stagnant for over two years, only to read about the freshness and excitement for pursuing ethereal landscapes with the realization that commission work has once again pulled me in other directions. Even my beloved still lifes have been put on the back burner most of the year while I've been fulfilling orders for pet portraits. I guess I fell short again this year of my artistic goals but am grateful nevertheless for the support and following of my wonderful clients and fellow artists! Thank you! Perhaps this blog will become active in years to come. In the meantime, please visit my website, still life blog, pet portraits blog.
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COMING SOON . . . . A fresh, new style . . . looking up to new horizons!
Predominantly a self taught artist, Jeanne received her initial training at an early age through private instruction, later attending Ridgewood School of Art and Pratt Institute. Initially inspired by the Dutch Masters, Jeanne’s large classical still life paintings utilize a warm, earthy palette and elaborate, fluid compositions punctuated by strong contrasts. She incorporates signs of age into her work as a reminder of nature’s delicacy and transience. A perennial favorite that evolved into a platform for larger contemporary work is her “Little Gems” series, affording an opportunity for Jeanne to introduce new subjects presented in a typically American approach, pushing them right out front to the viewer in bold, simple compositions. It is with these paintings that Jeanne has joined the trend of contemporary realist masters whereby she utilizes the background space as support rather than incorporating into the whole elaborate, classical composition. This exercise in both simplification of format and intensification of focus continue to reveal lighter, more emphatic paintings that simultaneously retain a delicacy of touch and sensitivity of spirit for which Jeanne is recognized.
Here is a problem, a wonder for all to see. Look at this marvelous thing I hold in my hand! This is a magic surprising, a mystery Strange as a miracle, harder to understand. What is it? Only a handful of earth: to your touch A dry rough powder you trample beneath your feet, Dark and lifeless; but think for a moment how much It hides and holds that is beautiful, bitter or sweet. Think of the glory of color! The red of the rose, Green of the myriad leaves and the fields of grass, Yellow as right as the sun where the daffodil blows, Purple where violets nod as the breezes pass. Think of the manifold form, of the oak and the vine, Nut and fruit, and cluster, and ears of corn; Of the anchored water-lily, a thing divine, Unfolding its dazzling snow to the kiss of morn. Think of the delicate perfume borne on the gale, Of the golden willow catkin’s odor of spring, Of the breath of the rich narcissus waxen-pale, Of the sweet pea’s flight of flowers, of the nettle’s sting. Strange that this lifeless thing gives vine, flower, tree, Color and shape and character, fragrance too; That the timber that builds the house, the ship for the sea, Out of this powder its strength and its toughness drew! That the cocoa among the palms should suck its milk From this dry dust, while dates from the self-same soil Summon their sweet rich fruit: that our shining silk The mulberry leaves should yield to the worm’s slow toil. How should the poppy steal sleep from the very source That grants to the grapevine juice that can madden or cheer? How does the weed find food for its fabric course Where lilies proud their blossoms pure uprear? Who shall compass of fathom God’s thought profound? We can but praise, for we may not understand; But there’s no more beautiful riddle the whole world round Than is hid in this heap of dust I hold in my hand.
--Celia Thaxter (1835-1894)
PROTECT ANIMAL RIGHTS
In memoriam of my cat whom we found 12 years ago as a kitten thrown into a city street gutter and left unconscious, I am dedicating this section to causes that endeavor to protect animal rights so that you too, can take action against abuse. Many of these links ask nothing more than the cost of a stamp, but of course the more you help the better. My sincere thanks for sharing this effort with me.