SPRING WATER SPIRIT
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. 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!
Oh, I’d love to go back into the forrest and sit a spell with you. See all the animals and watch you paint 🙂
And I would love to have you there. It is a magical place! Thanks Maggie!
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. 😦
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!.
Beautiful painting and description !!
I wish I can rest there by the water 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend.
Yes, It is a restful place and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could transport people like we do words then we would have many visitors. I hope your weekend was great too. Thanks for the lovely comments!
It was kinda rainy my weekend, but today is a very beautiful weather.
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 🙂
Well that’s quite all right! You posted here twice and that’s a good thing! Thanks again!
An enchanting picture and lovely thoughts! Thank you and regards.
Thanks for your generous comments and my best to you also!
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.
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 ?
I tried it myself and it worked fine. The only thing I can suggest is to power your computer down and then log in again to Word Press. Let me know what happens.
It works for now, next time I will follow your advice, Thank you !
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!
You are so right with it. So many images that look alike on the net.
My pleasure! to help in any way that I can! SMILES
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.
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!
Beautiful painting, looking at it seems almost as calming as visiting the place itself.
Oh, thank you for that great comment! That is what I was aiming for.
Looks like a peaceful place to visit and relax for a while. Can almost hear the sounds of the water running.
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
Thank you so much! You are always so supportive!