My New Book, New Book, New Book...

To Quote Robert Genn as I do so many times…."You need to ask yourself what extraordinary thing could be made to happen in your picture. It could be, among many things, a burst of light or an unlikely inclusion. You need to think of something just a bit magical. An engagement of imagination brings a shot of emotion, drama or surprise. This visual epiphany, devised or not, is key to entering the sensibilities of others. Artists who merely rest on their drawing or other facility are forever condemned to the back room".

A valuable blah-reducing ploy is to do inventive things with your surfaces. This might include adding crusty impasto (a la Lucien Freud), flinty fidges of gradation and zip, (a la Paul Cezanne) or smears and smudges (a la Francis Bacon). But it’s the nuances you invent and make yourself—embedded in your processes—that neutralize creative boredom and give energy to carry on. “This is mine” chisels out your claim. Your embellishment may not even be very good, but it will be yours. “A poor thing, but my own,” is a line attributed to Shakespeare. A unique design, mannerism, or touch of your own is worth more than any rich thing that belongs to someone else".

To help you get rid of the blahs and add magic to your work, I have created a new book…more comprehensive than An Artist’s Vision, in addition to the paintings, it also contains my secret recipes, for adding that " shot of emotion, drama, or surprise to your work"..

“Recipes For Textured Surfaces” contains some of my best secrets for creating that “crusty impasto, flinty fidges of gradation and zip, smears and smudges” that Genn mentions and more, but instead of the masters mentioned above this time it’s (a la Janis Zroback)"

Cover painting "Homage to Cezanne"

Below are some quotes from the text..

“I prefer to use my own mixtures of glues for this techniques, as the premade mediums available on the market don’t always suit the effect I want, often do not allow for full creative expression, and can sometimes be quite costly"..

“The idea here is that they will pull against each other and will crack"…

“I call this finish the Reptile Effect"….

“Dip the sponge in the vodka, squeeze the excess out"..

I wish I could show you the entire book, but because it is an instruction book I am unable to show the recipes as they are laid out…so I can only show a very few sample pages…the recipe pages show a full painting on one side and instructions on the other…later on in the book I provide a myriad of examples of the various techniques from my popular paintings here and some you might never have seen before

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  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    Very nice and sounds very handy; I’m sure many would love to learn your tricks. That is cool that you use your own mixtures of glues; I liked to experiment with various mediums a lot myself in the past. I haven’t taken textures very far in painting, though I’ve often done watercolour over crayon or candle wax. Also played with different mediums in my crafts as well – these were long time ago though…

  • There are certain mixtures you can buy, but they have limited use…many times people have asked me what I did to achieve such and such an effect…well this book lists some of them…if it does well, I will do a series, hopefully within the next few months…thanks MuiLing…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonabout 2 years ago

    Congrats, Janis!! The book looks gorgeous!!!!

  • Thanks so much Ellen…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...about 2 years ago

    Janis, this is absolutely incredible – you have done a magnificent job creating it and the effects sound so very interesting!

  • I wish you could see the whole thing Pauline…it’s really lovely even if I say so myself…I used lots of different configurations for each page and lots of exciting techniques that I use in my paintings…I am so happy you like it even with the small sample you saw…thanks so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...about 2 years ago

    Wonderfully done, Janis.. you are very skilled and talented and ..also.. generous in sharing your techniques and methods…!

  • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment…I am so pleased that you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    It looks very promising, Janis. I see you have an entire series planned. That’s great!

  • I do, but it all depends on if this one takes off….thanks so much Frannie…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoabout 2 years ago

    WOW… This is creepy! I just got mine today as well!!! :) Isn’t it an amazing feeling?

  • Creepy???

    I got mine about trees today…it’s wonderful

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 2 years ago

    Good for you wahini….much success your way…..

  • Thank you so much KJ…I would love to see you create a book of your paintings of Hawaii called Oko’s Place or something like that……it would be gorgeous…make a great gift for your family..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Geraldine M Leahy
    Geraldine M Leahyabout 2 years ago

    Your book looks fantastic,Janis! Did you make it yourself on the website?

  • Thanks so much Geraldine…Yes I did and it’s my third…if you click the link to my store you will see the others and they have many more preview pages…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoabout 2 years ago

    I meant creapy in the way that our books came in the exact same day :)

  • Oh but how did you know mine did…I just mentioned it in a second reply to someone…you must be psychic…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Yes I got the one on trees this morning just as I was posting this new one…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoabout 2 years ago

    What?? lol I just suposed! You posted this today, so I suposed… LOL

  • Yes this is a brand new one…but in fact I did receive the one about Trees today too…so it is kinda creepy…

    – © Janis Zroback