An original oil on canvas by June Pauline Zent 30×40 inches

The Reference for this painting was my own property in North Florida USA. I have twelve acres of mostly old forest that is a constant inspiration for my artwork. This creek is fed by a spring that crosses the middle of the woods and is 68 degrees summer and winter. It runs down to a fish pond that is near my home which is stocked with brim and bass. The fish are exceptionally healthy because of the constant supply of fresh water and the excess runs out of a spillway back into the creek. I mostly just feed the fish but family and friends love to catch them and make fresh fish dinners.

If you go back into the forest with me to this spot and you sit very still for about half an hour you will have a good chance of seeing deer, turkey, raccoons, foxes,squirrels, coyotes, rabbits, and creepy Crawley residents like snakes. WHAT! Yes snakes but seriously they run away from you as you are running from them! However, a good pair of snake boots is recommended

The forest takes on a different dress depending on the time of year. I love the springtime which is reflected in the painting. There are still old leaves on the ground from fall and winter but new growth pushing up especially along the creek. All Manner of ferns are beginning to push up and there is a feeling of aliveness as you listen to the birds chattering and the squirrels fussing at you. A tiny baby deer might startle and run right in front of you with its little white tail up in the air.The spring bubbling over the rocks makes a whispering sound almost like singing.Β  It soothes you and makes you feel like one with nature. There is a spirit to these woods and to the spring! I count my blessings every day that I am allowed to be its caretaker!


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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  1. Oh, I’d love to go back into the forrest and sit a spell with you. See all the animals and watch you paint πŸ™‚

  2. Numero Uno says:

    Your painting is as beautiful as the description of the forest.
    It reminded me of the heavily wooded area behind my grandmother’s ancestral home. It was taken away by the government for building railway. 😦
    Nice post.

  3. artzent says:

    What a shame your grandmothers land was taken away. I hope not while she was alive. That would devastate me! My land backs up to 500 acres of hunting preserve with legally untouchable wetlands in between.So nothing of the sort is going to happen here. Thank you for your beautiful comments!.

  4. Beautiful painting and description !!
    I wish I can rest there by the water πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Sorry, it’s a day off here and thought of that when wrote you. For a second forgot it’s a different place and time. I got transposed in a different place πŸ™‚

  6. artzent says:

    Well that’s quite all right! You posted here twice and that’s a good thing! Thanks again!

  7. dilipnaidu says:

    An enchanting picture and lovely thoughts! Thank you and regards.

  8. I always see painting as a mystery. Though I have some ideas of how to paint my fence or walls I don’t know how to mix colors.
    can you recommend me an article I can read ? maybe an edu site would be appropriate.

  9. I don’t know why many times pressing the like button doesn’t work. It asks me to login and then after I log in it asks me again and again. Is this happening to you too ?

  10. artzent says:

    The best way to learn how to mix colors is to get the colors and start mixing. You will soon find out what color mixed with another will will do. I do not believe in color wheels and I teach my students to experiment so that they come to their own original pallet which is a big part of original art! If everyone mixed colors the same the result would be sameness: the opposite of originality!

  11. You are so right with it. So many images that look alike on the net.

  12. artzent says:

    My pleasure! to help in any way that I can! SMILES

  13. J.D. Gallagher says:

    Awesome painting. What a talent. I draw and paint in my spare time, I wish I could paint like you though. Your work is astounding. Well done.

    • artzent says:

      Well, that makes us even then because I cannot write like you. I love your blog and I am very glad that you took the time to shower me with compliments. Thank you so much!

  14. Beautiful painting, looking at it seems almost as calming as visiting the place itself.

  15. Sharon says:

    Looks like a peaceful place to visit and relax for a while. Can almost hear the sounds of the water running.

  16. artzent says:

    It is wonderful. David has built a stand that you can sit up on and see everything and paint or just watch and listen. I love it and understand how lucky I am! Hugs

  17. artzent says:

    Thank you so much! You are always so supportive!

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