PUPPY IN HAND Soft pastel painting

PUPPY IN HAND  A soft pastel painting by

June Pauline Zent



This painting is one of a series titled Animals in Hands

It was worked on linen board 22 inches by 30 inches. The subjects for this work were my oldest daughter and her adorable Golden Retriever puppy. It has won several awards and has been printed in a Limited  Archival Gicle’e Edition. I deliberately painted my daughter’s hand to be rough to contrast with the soft puppy head. Hope that you like it.


About artzent

I am a visual artist and teacher of Fine art working and teaching in all 2D media. You can see images of my work in many categories, view my biography,comment on artwork, see what's on the easel right now, and more when you go to https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/junepauline-zent I will be blogging here about personal true stories and sharing my life and work. I hope that you will comment and share yours with me!
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26 Responses to PUPPY IN HAND Soft pastel painting

  1. You’re very talented! Its beautiful.

  2. artzent says:

    Thank you again Maggie. Your opinion is important to me.

  3. Sweet and tender… that is beautiful work. Thanks for sharing it…

  4. Its beautiful. So sweet puppies

  5. artzent says:

    Yes Stefan, They pluck you heart strings!

  6. I love, love, love your artwork! You are so talented!

  7. artzent says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are so sweet to come here and make that comment.

  8. Absolutely adorable! The fine detail you have in the hand, the tiny wrinkles in the skin and areas where light hits it, it’s brilliant June!

  9. artzent says:

    Oh my goodness; what a compliment! You described a lot of what I tried to do. Thank you so much!

  10. Love the expression on the puppy’s face.
    May I ask a question?What would have happened if you had kept your daughter’s hand smooth?

    • artzent says:

      I like to play with contrast especially with emotions at a visual level. A smooth youthful hand would compete with the softness of the puppy and not have as much impact. The older rougher hand also symbolically indicates a wise protective person rather than a young inexperienced one. but all art is in the eye of the beholder as well as the eye of the creator. The expression on the face of the puppy also adds to the vulnerability and innocence of youth contrasted with the strength and knowledge implied by the older hand.

      • I get it.You wanted to show contrasting emotions.I was just seeing a soft puppy body against a sleeker hand.Soft vs.firm.

      • artzent says:

        Yes, you got it and you had gotten it already or you would not have mentioned the expression on the puppy’s face. Thank you for asking about the reason for my content; perhaps others will want to know.

  11. lillianccc says:

    I just want to reach into the computer screen and stroke the puppy’s head. Such beautifully fine detail you’ve got going on!

  12. Beautiful! Anything with a puppy and I’m sold. 🙂

  13. artzent says:

    That is a wonderful compliment. Some people think the detail is not important but for my work it is what tells the true story and I am all about that no matter how long it takes. It can be over done though so knowing when to say when is also important. Kind of like writing. Yes?

  14. artzent says:

    Glad that you think so Sojouner!

  15. hilal achmar says:

    I apologize for my bad english. indeed, a rare skill that humans have. Requires a high talent to make it. I love your blog.

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