An original Painting oil on rag board 22×30 inches by  

June Pauline Zent

This painting was in progress when my eldest son called me to help with a survey job in South Florida. He had workers that did not show and needed someone to sit with  his equipment in a high traffic area where his GPS was in danger of being stolen. And we are not talking about a car GPS, we are talking about 60,000  invested and he was under a deadline. I packed up the work and arrived there the next morning.

Sitting in the median I sat up and started drawing the basic image in colored pencil. I was focused in spite of the cars whizzing by and didn’t notice that people were pulling over until some walked up to me and asked what I was doing. This did break the focus and continued all day long. I didn’t realize just how interested people were in an artist working on the spot. Many questions, many answers later the work was hardly touched. It was like teaching a class while trying to concentrate at the same time. It’s a wonder I didn’t get arrested for obstructing traffic! Surveyors work under special rules. Thank goodness!

At the end of the day I packed up and headed back to North Florida and it is the last time I ever tried to work with an audience!



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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19 Responses to A LIGHT CARESS

  1. Oomwah says:

    Beautiful painting! It is always an interesting experience to have strangers react to my work when working in public.

    • artzent says:

      It was the first and last time for me. I think that an artist has to be lsone to do their best work. thank you for the compliment and for coming here.

  2. My Mia's Art says:

    What an amazing spot to end up painting!! Love this story, thank you. It shows that if you are committed to painting you will do so no matter what!! Beautiful painting once again. I’m just wondering what rag board is? We might call it differently in Australia?

    • artzent says:

      It is a acid free, completely archival board made out of linen fibers with a standard size of 30×40 inches. The surface is cold pressed and will accept all mediums. It is about 1/8 inch thick and can be cut to any size. I use it depending on the subject I am trying to capture. It is especially useful for florals where I need a smooth surface. thanks for your compliments Mia; always good to see you here!

  3. Numero Uno says:

    That’s some amount of concentration. 🙂
    Nice painting. Also, happy to hear that you were there for your son when needed. That’s a nice thing always. 🙂

    • artzent says:

      Yes, he is a good son who is there for me as well. I love working with him though he is a demanding boss except he goes easy with me fearing that I will kick his butt. Ha Ha, just kidding. Thanks for your comment.

      • Numero Uno says:

        That sounds cool! May be I should try employing my mother and see how it goes… So far she has occasionally given me work and less payment follows 🙂
        It’s always a pleasure to see and read your posts. 🙂

  4. Wonderful work and funny story. Maybe traffic officers would’ve asked you to have their portrait done, you draw lovely contours.

  5. artzent says:

    Thank goodness no one called them; I had enough to focus on. Glad that you liked the story. since then I have spent many hours drawing in his big truck while guarding the setup. that works out better.

  6. Its a lovely piece. I like how the light shines through the flower… I wish I had passed by and stopped to watch you work, I’m sure it would have been fascinating!

  7. Sharon says:

    I can almost smell the fragrance or the flowers and love the use of light and shadow,

  8. artzent says:

    Thank you so much Sharon. Your opinion is very important to me and your following this blog makes me very happy!

  9. I can feel the soft touch of those petals it’s alive =) a poem has just popped in my head when seeing this beautiful painting =) I lOve it =)

  10. artzent says:

    Oh, thank you so much! I could not ask for more than to inspire you. You are a wonderful writer!

  11. Carol Marlene zent Mumford says:

    This picture hangs in my bedroom where i can walk in and look at it anytime. I want to touch the flower every time I look at it. I am very lucky to have a sister like you to make my home come alive with your artistic talent.

  12. artzent says:

    And I am lucky to have a sister like you who always has my back and is my first go to person. I love you!

  13. artzent says:

    And I am lucky to have a sister like you who always has my back and is always my first go to person. I wish that I could take all the wonderful things that you create and put them up here for all the world to see How talented you are! I love you!

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