An original oil on canvas by June Pauline Zent 24x 36″ This painting is based upon a scene in North Carolina, USA.


The morning light dances on the water below and catches the tips of leaves kissing them with yellow and gold while you stand on a hill overlooking the forest.

Crisp cool air washes across your face with an earthy freshness pungent with the scent of wild spring flowers tasting the morning dew.

As you gaze into the distance it is as if a rainbow cast  colors into the air beckoning you to orbit your vision beyond reality into a realm of  wistful dreams.

A vision of nature steeped in passion as the heart is consumed with fire. And yet so calming and soothing is this random caprice that your thoughts oppose into warm Serenity.


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 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. jmro98 says:

    I’m not much into landscape painting, or photorealism…:), but this one is breathtaking, thanks for sharing!

    • artzent says:

      LOL Glad that I changed your mind about one painting. Look again, So much is added that you cannot possibally think that it is photorealism. Non of my work is. Its more romantic realism. Thanks for your comment and compliment though.

      • jmro98 says:

        Yes you’re right, my words were not well chosen, I much prefer romantic realism, I guess I was misguided by the details, colors, the lighting, it is a beautiful painting, looking forward to see more of your works!

  2. letizia says:

    so beautiful! I thought it was a photograph at first. You captured the light with such a delicate touch….

    • artzent says:

      Thank you so much. Your comments are very welcome and if you could see the original with texture you would not mistake it. So much is lost in the translation from oil to photo. Thanks again for cpming here

  3. Val says:

    Beautiful! The one thing I am absolutely hopeless at painting is moving water. I can perceive nearly everything else but not water. So frustrating!

    • artzent says:

      So good to see you here Val! Never say hopeless. Wish that I could just have an hour with you and would be able to paint it. All bodies of water are different so your own idea of it is as valid as anyone’s. I have seen your artwork . You can certainly paint whatever you want. Perhaps you are just not passionate about water. Thanks for your compliment and I will continue to enjoy your post!

      • Val says:

        It’s not actually painting water from scratch that I want to do (though if I could, I probably would!) It’s colouring water – particularly shallow sea waves – for my photocolouring work. I daren’t even take on any work on photos with water unless it’s sea at a distance, as I just can’t do it!

        I’ve a photo of me and my sister as children (a personal one that won’t be on any of my sites) in which she’s lying on her stomach in shallow water and I’m sitting with my legs outstretched in front of me and I’m splashing in the water. I’ve tried so many times to colour it – I can colour all of it except the water. It is so frustrating!

      • artzent says:

        Hi again Val. I have been to your link and I can only say your work here is awesome. I don’t know a thing about digital coloring but I can tell you that shallow water has very little color because natural blue and its values as we see them is the color of no color. Blue eyes are the result of depth just as the sea or any body of water becomes bluer as it becomes deeper. The same with the sky: on a cloudy day your depth vision is limited conversely on a clear day you see much further hence more blue. Actually its light hitting the water that makes you think its blue. Anyway, in shallow water you are not painting the water you are painting through the water. Except for a few very light colored ripples or foam you actually paint the sand or rocks or shells or whatever you see through the water. In painting I take a fan brush and move it lightly over fresh paint to slightly blur the image making the water look slick. Of course the deeper the water the
        more blue or green and the less clear the image under the water. I don’t know if this helps in your medium but let me know if you resolve the problem. If you email me the photo I might be able to suggest something more specific. Wonderful day to you!

  4. My Mia's Art says:

    Oh my goodness….this is stunning! I would dearly love to see the brush marks and am so blown away by your capturing of the light and beauty of this scene. Wow June, wow!

    • artzent says:

      Maybe you could blow it up in Photoshop and see the brush marks. The light in a landscape and almost any other painting is what gives it life for me. I spend a lot of time just staring at the play of light from many angles as time passes in a day on location in a particular place. But remember Mia you are so young and committed to other passions in your life. You have plenty of time to learn any kind of art that you want. So glad that you appreciate this painting and thank you for your great response!

  5. lillianccc says:

    The flecks of sunlight are totally what transforms this painting into something magical. I’m totally speechless right now.

    • artzent says:

      Lillian, you are so good with words that I view your comment as a huge compliment. Thank you so much for your support. I am at a loss for words to express my gratitude.

  6. livesinstone says:

    That’s so incredibly life like. Wonderful work!

  7. I’m not much into landscape painting, or photorealism, but it is so beautiful!

    • artzent says:

      Stefan, Photography has nothing to do with my work except that I have to photograph the finished piece for you to see it. I spend many hours on location studying a scene: how the light falls, what to remove, what to add, and dreaming about how to invite you to see my vision. It is Romantic Realism where i make it to what I want it to say. Thanks for your continued and awesome support!

  8. soumyav says:

    your brush has God’s gift! It creates a real life image of the serene surroundings..remarkably beautiful!

  9. KK says:

    The light & shadow aspects of your painting remind me of Chiaroscuro of the masters in Renaissance era 🙂
    Brilliantly done!

  10. artzent says:

    Yes I do try to make it real and beyond for the viewer. I want to show you my vision added to this real scene. You cannot go to this physical place because much of it was taken from my head while dreaming about how to make it meaningful for you. Thank you so much for your compliment and support.!

  11. Manu Kurup says:

    The picture and the words together created a nice feeling through which I enjoyed it.
    Though I am no one to comment on such arts I couldn’t help but notice the effort that have gone into making this one of the most beautiful paintings I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing it with us, Zent, it is simply marvelous.

    • artzent says:

      Oh, be still my heart! This is an awesome comment. No artist could ask for more and yes it did take several years to complete mostly because I moved several times.I am so glad that you feel strongly about it and YOU are someone to comment. “Art is in the eye of the beholder” You have as much right as anyone else. You are the first person to like my description in words and that is special to me.

  12. The blue background behind trees is mist or a waterfall ? I can imagine both, but I’m curious.
    When painting you first paint the background and then the composition elements in foreground, or you paint composition elements and then fill up canvas with background, or there are some other techniques that I can’t think of ?
    It’s wonderful scene you have chosen to paint and I like the background of the blog corky-3-for-print. It’s such a funny face.

    Thank you for sharing.

  13. artzent says:

    This is an oil painting so I usually start with the background. However, this one was not part of the real scene. I just thought that it would make a good foil for the direction of the light and give a area of mystery. About mid way through the painting I might brush through and change background , middle ground and foreground. It depends on decisions I make while I paint. Oil painting is a very fluid process and what I like most about it is the ability to make it what I want and not necessarily what is really there. In other words studying a real scene for me is just the beginning.
    Thank you for your interest and your compliments!

  14. Indeed it gives some mystery for what lies beyond those trees on the opposite shore. I like this work. I guess it looks better real as a large print or the original on a wall with a small light above to view it and relax.

  15. dilipnaidu says:

    To capture beauty and serenity thorough a painting is indeed marvelous. Such creativity can emanate only from a calm and peaceful soul.
    Thank you for sharing.

  16. artzent says:

    I have had many up and downs just like everyone else but when I am working on a painting like this I put on classical music that helps to set the mood. Thank you for your great compliments!

  17. Beautiful June, both the words and the painting.

  18. artzent says:

    Wow, thank you Maggie! Most comments don’t even mention the words. It was my first attempt at poetry as an adult and I am so glad that you were one of the few who liked it. I might or might not try again.

  19. a WOW post….you are so talented in so many ways ♥ paula

  20. Absolutely stunning! Your work is always so lovely.

  21. artzent says:

    Thank you so much for your awesome comment and for taking the time to come here. It is very much appreciated!

  22. Sharon says:

    Beautiful! Calming! Tranquil! Serene!

  23. artzent says:

    Thank you so much Sharon. I am glad that you feel that way about this painting. That was my intent! Hugs.

  24. Subhan Zein says:

    This is just absolutely amazing! It truly brings serenity. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  25. artzent says:

    Thank you, you sweet man! That is just what I wanted it to do. Thanks as always for your compliment.

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