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Happy New Year

In a complex and oft confusing world.
When life’s details
Get in the way of living,
And mounting worries
Crowd out simple beauty
Of snow and silence,
Fresh water and flowers.
When tragedy strikes without warning
And suffering arrives unannounced,
Then most of all
We must cling to what is truly beautiful—
Children, love laughter, dreams,
Wisdom, wonder, all that friendship means,
Rearranging priorities, and taking time
To discover what is alien,
What is really mine.
“Tis then confusion softens, storms cease,
‘Tis then descends the gift of private peace.
May such peace surround our lives
And fill our space,
May peace transform our hearts
And thus our race
. J.Kavanaugh

Thank you for a wonderful year my dear friends…may we all find peace in the New Year.

Three New Features Tonight

Contemporary Professional Painters and Sculptors


Change (Link to Page)

Nothing can be created out of nothing.
“Nil posse creari De nilo.”
- Lucretius, 99 – 55 B.C
.

Decorative and Traditional Art


India 1 (LInk to Page)

Lead me from the unreal to the Real.
Lead me from darkness unto Light.
Lead me from death to Immortality
.

Watercolour Paintings


Grateful The winner of challenges, sales, home page and other features.. (Link to Page)

Grateful for life,
Grateful for rebirth,
Grateful forever
To live joyously on the earth
.

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

Featured in All Colours of the Rainbow


Time to Start Anew (Link to Page)

Life has it’s beginnings
Coming at intervals,
Time to start anew.
None is first or last,
Save birth and death,
Nor can we decide
Which is most significant,
Transforming, or long enduring.
It only matters that
Each beginning, like Spring,
Be given it’s due,
To nourish the earth,
for flowers,
To respect sun and rain
for fertility,
Not to trample feeble life,
our own or another’s,
Before it’s strong enough
To bend in the wind
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Another Home Page Feature..

Several of my Buyers Booth Photos have been featured on the Home Page and this is the latestI’m pleased both for myself, as I am not a photographer and for Ron Moss, whose work is featured in the photo. I took this in my office…the card ( a very inspirational one ) is on the scanner near my desk …it reads:
Tired of this world
Suddenly moonlight
Through my window


Photo (LINK)

Thank you Home Page

Two Features for "Silk"

“*Silk” has been featured in two groups…India and Live Love Dream*… What a Thrill!


Silk (Link to Page)

In a world made of
battlefields, the dreams we live
too often are slain
.

My brother’s journey
in part is my own, therefore
I sing it in peace
.

The halo of trust
by its nature is fragile
effort gives it strength
.

My sister’s journey
in part is my own, therefore
I sing it with hope
.

Blessed be true friends
in our lives––for with them we
inherit true joy
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

A Sixth feature for Winter's Light

Winter’s light has been featured in Bits and Pieces..Landscape Painting…Out of the Blue…It Doesn’t Belong…Stillness Speaks…and now in Prize Challenges.. Thank you so much to all the Group Moderators

Winter’s Light (Link to Page)

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons.
When it comes, the landscape listens 

Shadows hold their breath
.

Inspired Art Feature...

Newly posted

Evergreen (Link to Page)

It stands alone in authenticity
The seasons don’t affect the Christmas tree
Perhaps the reason chosen for its role
Unchangeable is living from your soul
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

I'm on the Home Page Again..Yippee

This is a real thrill3rd time on the Home Page in the last four days ….


The Sentinels (Link To Page)

They stand as sentinels against azure storms
Assured as most storms of life, it’s supposed
Although bared of dress, although naked as jays,
Winter’s trees umbrella from worst those
Emptied of warmth.. why stand themselves here?
None rest beneath, cold is this grayness
Determined, enduring Hail’s hiss, they stay
Limbs upturned, beg the sun from her shyness…
These brown-barked sentinels recall blue-green days before
With soft nests of down in lofty leaved reaches
Where bodies under there sparkled in prisms
When leaf-scattered-light danced on now barren benches..
They stand as sentinels against azure storms
.

Thank you so much RedBubble

Floral Features

Painted Florals have featured two of my paintings.. I’m so pleased


Bird of Paradise (Link to Page)

Softly stroked by the mid day wind
near violently shaken with night gusts
moistened by showers and ripened by light
stroked by sun beams and kissed by the moon
.


Dandelion (Link to Page)

Tis May; and yet the March flower Dandelion
Is still in bloom among the emerald grass,
Shining like guineas with the sun’s warm eye on….
We almost think they are gold as we pass,
Or fallen stars in a green sea of grass
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Moondance...

“*Moondance” is featured for the second time, this time in Aqua, Lime and Indigo*… I am very pleased


Moondance (Link to Page)

Well, its a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
‘neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the nights magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush
.

Thank you to the Broup Moderators.

A Seventh!!!

*Falling Leaves has featured “Transition Time Again”….What a great day!!


Transition Time Again (Link to Page)

Transition time again..
Not quite anything, hanging in limbo..
Temperatures drop, life frost tipped..
Chill winds bring tears to our faces,
Bent heads, stung lips, face the onslaught.
He left with the wind, that came with the rain..
Transition time again
…Janis Zroback

Thank you to the Group Moderators

The Sixth Feature...

Unbelievable…the sixth feature today and the second for The Two, this time in Light in the Darkness What a Thrill


The Two (Link to Page)

I’ll reach out.
I won’t see you.
won’t hear you.
won’t touch you or feel you.
but I know you’re there,
stepping up to face me.
Is this all in vain
?

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Two More New Features

Bits and Pieces have featured two works today That’s so great!


The Two (Link to Page)

I’ll reach out.
I won’t see you.
won’t hear you.
won’t touch you or feel you.
but I know you’re there,
stepping up to face me.
Is this all in vain
?

This is the second feature for this painting since posting

Down amongst the Sugar Cane (Link to Page)

Down Amongst the Sugar Cane…
It lies hidden, secret, waiting…
Sleep ridden, quiet, pensive…
Striped
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

New Features...

Three Features this morning I’m so pleased

“_*Hibiscus Morning” is featured for the third time since posting last week, this time in Prize Challenges*_


Hibiscus Morning (Link to Page)

We practice avoidance this morning;
a marriage of papery faces nods in the sun
ox-blood, pearl and the pink-throated one,
their enviable tongues already discovered by the bees
.

“_*The Sentinels” is featured for the second time this week, this time in Everything Winter*_


The Sentinels (Link to Page)

They stand as sentinels against azure storms
Assured as most storms of life, it’s supposed
Although bared of dress, although naked as jays,
Winter’s trees umbrella from worst those
Emptied of warmth
..

“_*Yesterday’s Dreams 1”, posted yesterday, is featured in Live Love…

Your Pain

I’ve been re reading The Prophet lately…published in 1923, this book of poems was extremely popular in my University days, and has withstood the test of time Here is an excerpt and it’s titled “On Pain”

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that
pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the
winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which th

Still Life and Florals Feature

Thank you so much I’m really pleased


Segmented (Link to Page)

Dreams broken to pieces on sharp jagged rocks of life
Thoughts sometimes restored, sometimes gone missing, life
Friends now close, swept away on a tidal wave of life
Hope crushed by words, restored by a smile, renewed life
.

And a Fourth in Safe Haven

This is the second feature for this painting todayI am so thrilled


Through The Window (Link to Page0

My window-pane is starred with frost,
The world is bitter cold to-night,
The moon is cruel, and the wind
Is like a two-edged sword to smite.
God pity all the homeless ones,
The beggars pacing to and fro.
God pity all the poor to-night
Who walk the lamp-lit streets of snow.
My room is like a bit of June,
Warm and close-curtained fold on fold,
But somewhere, like a homeless child,
My heart is crying in the cold
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Two Features in Live Love Dream...

I’m so pleased


Through the Window (Link to Page)

My window-pane is starred with frost,
The world is bitter cold to-night,
The moon is cruel, and the wind
Is like a two-edged sword to smite
.


Folk Art Melon (Link to Page)

Succulent, luscious, watery,
icebox
growing on a green vine,
crimson sweet
pretty black beads for seeds
jubilee,
the best part is in the middle,
allsweet
subtle thirst quencher, slake
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

What a Lovely Surprise!!

I was just looking through the challenges and found that my painting “Grateful” was voted the most popular in the challenge Holiday Season Celebration, in the Painters in Modern Times Group…thank you so much to all those who voted for my painting in the challengeit is such a thrill.


Grateful (Link)

Heaven....

I came across this song a while ago, and I post it now, to thank all of you who sent me good wishes…I am bruised all over, soft tissue injury in hip, and hand but recovering…I have some art in reserve which I will post as well….

Please click the link below…

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise
Of ordinary people leading ordinary lives
Filled with love, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice
Heaven’s in our hearts
.

In our faith in humankind
In our respect for what is earthly
In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding
.

Look around
Believe in what you see
The kingdom is at hand
The promised land is at your feet
We can and will become what we aspire to be
If Heaven’s here on earth

Tracy Chapman

Featured Again

“*Looking For Cornelius” is featured again, this time in Bits and Pieces*…What a thrill


Looking For Cornelius And Not Finding Him (Link to Page)

In looking for Cornelius, I climbed many mountains, wore out my shoes, tore my arms in pain, wept in misery…he was not there…then I stopped to rest beneath the trees…the quiet beauty of winter surrounded me…my cares slipped away … Janis

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Cornelius Featured

The True Beauty has featured "Looking For Cornelius"… I’m so pleased, as I had just posted it.


Looking for Cornelius (Link to Page)

In looking for Cornelius, I climbed many mountains, wore out my shoes, tore my arms in pain, wept in misery…he was not there…then I stopped to rest beneath the trees…the quiet beauty of winter surrounded me…my cares slipped away … Janis

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Two New Features

Two New Features this morningI’m really pleased

Featured in Live Love Dream

Aftermath (Link to Page)

Alone afterward, she was to remember the grasses, long, wet, and tangled from the night’s downpour, bent bodies, and heads bowed as though in prayer, still veiled with the silvery reminders of what seemed to have been the anger of the gods….
As they lay huddled in the only shelter left to them she had asked him “What will remain?”
Now as the sun rose higher, burning off the last vestiges of the rain, she remembered his silence
. … Janis Zroback

Featured in Prize Challenges

Frangipani Night (Link to Page)

How delicate
Is the light?
Pouring through
Within face of night
Aches of harmony
Lip silence in the dark
Reciting a silent symphony
Moonlight on Frangipani
Steals the light
Unburne

Imagination in Live Love Dream

Live Love Dream has featured "Imagination"…I’m so pleased


Imagination (Link to Page)

The tree which moves some to tears of joy, is in the eyes of others, only a green thing that stands in the way.
Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all.
But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

This Is What Fraud Looks Like...

Good day to you, the great painter

I am full of enthusiasm with your work ,I am interested in purchasing these creative artworks from you

The Art of Food, The Journey, Portfolio
kindly tell me their various last asking prices.I will be happy to have these selected artworks hanged in our new home. As well, I want you to take out the shipping cost because I have contacted with a shipping company that will be shipping other house decoratives. We will be moving to our new apartment as soon as possible.On Paying for the artworks,I will be glad to pay you with a Bank check in US Funds and you can cash at your local bank,please let me know on how to procced for the payment of the creative artworks. I will await your response on how to proceed.
Have a blessed day.
Esther Philips
___________…

Two More Today

Realist Paintings About Water, has featured two of my works todayThis is such a great day


The Summer Knows (Link to Page)

The summer knows, the summer’s wise
She sees the doubts within your eyes
And so she takes her summer time
Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger
Twists the world ‘round her summer finger
Lets you see the wonder of her arms
.


The Last Catch (Link to Page)

Foamy tides, like snow-drifts, lingering;
A battalion of plum trees silently blooming;
A bottle of wine
And a fishing line;
Who in this world is my equal
?

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Realist Traditional Art Feature

Realist Traditional Art has featured "Red Delicious".. I’m really pleased as this is the second feature for this painting in the last three days.


Red Delicious (Link to Page)

Pink mouthfuls, succulent and stacked like building bricks,

construct sweet marbled, sandstoned walls and terrasses
 cross the bazaar
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Wow....This is a record for me..

“*Winter’s Light” has been featured for the fifth time since posting two days ago.*…I’m thrilled to say the least

So far it has been featured in:
Bits and Pieces..
Landscape Painting…
Out of the Blue..
It Doesn’t Belong..
This latest feature is in Stillness Speaks….


Winter’s Light (Link to Page)

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons.
When it comes, the landscape listens 

Shadows hold their breath
.

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

"Winter's Light" Featured Four Times

I am pleased to say that since posting two day ago, Winter’s Light has been featured four times.

Bits and Pieces..
Landscape Painting…
Out of the Blue..
It Doesn’t Belong..


Winter’s Light (Link to Page)

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons.
When it comes, the landscape listens 

Shadows hold their breath
.

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

"Winter's Light" Featured for the Third Time..

‘*Out of the Blue’ and ‘Bits and Pieces’ has featured “Winter’s Light*”..this is the third feature since posting two days ago I’m so pleased


Winter’s Light (Link to Page)

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons.
When it comes, the landscape listens 

Shadows hold their breath
.

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

Featured

‘*If It Doesn’t Belong’ has featured “Winter’s Light*”.. I’m so pleased


Winter’s Light (Link to Page)

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons.
When it comes, the landscape listens 

Shadows hold their breath
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Avalanche and Red Delicious Featured

Two FeaturesI’m so pleased
Featured in Inspired Art..

Avalanche (Link to Page)

Well I stepped into an avalanche,
It covered up my soul;
When I am not this hunchback that you see,
I sleep beneath the golden hill.
You who wish to conquer pain,
You must learn, learn to serve me well
.

Featured in Fine Arts

Red Delicious (Link to Page)

Pink, green, yellow, ochre
 blocks of nut and syrup,
packed in boxes and tied 
with minaret-thin ribbon,
and served with sugared
 cups of apple tea –
squishy harems of delight:

elma çay and lokum
.

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

The View From Here and After The Storm....

Light in the Darkness has featured "The View from Here“…I am so pleased, as this is the second feature for this painting since yesterday.


The View from Here (Link to Page)

All it has experienced, tasted, suffered:
The course of years, generations of animals,
Oppression, recovery, friendship of sun and wind
Will pour forth each day in the song
Of its rustling foliage
.

After the Storm" just posted this morning, is featured in Live Love Dream I’m so thrilled


After the Storm (Link to Page)

First snow, that cold, white, winding sheet, lies stretched o’er all the ground,
It shrouds the world, and all that’s in it, while winter doth abound
.

Thank you so much to all the Group Moderators

Features this Sunday Morning

Three features this morningI’m so pleased..

Featured in Bits and Pieces..

The View from Here (Link to Page)

All it has experienced, tasted, suffered:
The course of years, generations of animals,
Oppression, recovery, friendship of sun and – Wind
Will pour forth each day in the song
Of its rustling foliage
.

Featured in Food for Thought…

Winter Pears (Link to Page)…2nd feature this week…

Is always Age severe?
Is never Youth austere?
Spring-fruits are sour to eat;
Autumn’s the mellow time
.

Featured in Inspired Art..

Avalanche (Link to Page)

Well I stepped into an avalanche,
It covered up my soul;
When I am not this hunchback that you see,
I sleep beneath the golden hill.
You who wish to conquer pain,
You must learn, learn to serve me well
.

Thank you to all the Group Moderat

"Mauve...The Trees" Featured

Impressionist Art, has honoured "Mauve..The Trees"…..Thank you so much to Karon Melillo ..I am so pleased.


Mauve..The Trees (Link to Page)…see the origin of the colour and the rest of the Series…

Mauve is the story of a man who accidentally invented a color, and in the process transformed the world around him. Before 1856, the color in our lives – the reds, blues, and blacks and clothing, paint, print – came from insects or mollusks, roots or leaves, and dyeing was painstaking and expensive. But in 1856 eighteen-year-old English chemist William Perkin accidentally discovered a way to mass-produce color in a factory.

Image Writing Features "Winter Pears"

“*Winter Pears” has been Honoured by Image Writing*.. I’m so pleased


Winter Pears (Link to Page)…. read how this painting was created by using ice crystals formed overnight during Winter….

Is always Age severe?
Is never Youth austere?
Spring-fruits are sour to eat;
Autumn’s the mellow time.
Nay, very late in the year,
Short day and frosty rime,
Thought, like a winter pear,
Stone-cold in summer’s prime,
May turn from harsh to sweet
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Grateful to Marjorie

Marjorie Wallace has purchased "Grateful"…I’m so pleased

Grateful tonight for the sight of a single star,
Grateful for memories salvaged from afar.
Grateful for this time of silent peace,
Grateful beyond words when the mad echoes cease.
Grateful for deliverance from a private hell,
Grateful beyond what a human voice can tell.
Grateful for the wonder of human love,
Grateful for some strange guidance for above.
Grateful for life,
Grateful for rebirth,
Grateful forever
To live joyously on the earth
..

Thank you so much Marjorie it is really lovely of you….

Thursday Morning Features

There are three features this morning..I’m so pleased

Featured in The Healing Journey

Yesterday (Link to Page)

Yesterday, Yesterday,
Days I knew as happy sweet sequestered days.
Golden days, golden days,
Days of mad romance and love..
Joys were mine to take,
Joys were mine to give.
Free and gaily flaming life,
was mine to live.
Sad am I, glad am I,
For today I’m dreaming of,
Yesterday
.

Featured in Snow Glorious Snow

Grateful (Link to Page)

Grateful tonight for the sight of a single star,
Grateful for memories salvaged from afar.
Grateful for this time of silent peace,
Grateful beyond words when the mad echoes cease.
Grateful for deliverance from a private hell,
Grateful beyond what a human voice can tell.
Grateful for the wonder of human love,
Grateful for some strange guidance for above.
Grateful fo

A Guru of Your Own...for KJ...

James Kavanaugh wrote this poem in 1971

I want a Guru of my own!
I don’t want to try him. I want to buy him.
and hang him in a closet in my home.
I don’t demand the Maharishi-I’ll accept a lesser species.
But I’ve got to have a Guru of my own.
I want to wear a toga and put sandals on my feet.
I want to live with Yoga, unconcerned with what I eat.
I’m tired of competition and the noisy human voice.
I can’t afford tuition on the island of my choice.
I can’t survive the city with it’s crowded streets and gloom.
If some Guru won’t take pity and join me in my room.
I don’t want to try him. I want to buy him.
And spend the day chanting.."OMMMMM
!"


Self Portrait…Janis Zroback

Four Features this Sunday Morning

Prize Challenges and Bits and Pieces and Abstract Art have all featured "The Center of Your SoulI am so pleased at the response to this painting


The Centre of Your Soul (Link to Page)

There is a quiet water
In the center of your soul,
Where a son or daughter
Can be taught what no man knows
.

That beautiful poem by J.K., “Will you be My Friend”, is featured in Bits and Pieces


Will you be My Friend (Link to Page)

Will you be my friend?
For no reason that I know
Except I want you so

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

Simply Exciting

Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry has featured six of my paintings in collaboration with poet Allan Burns

Although I knew about this for some time, it is so exciting to see the final product
I was introduced to Allan Burns by Ron Moss, whose work I deeply admire…Allan chose six paintings and wrote the Traditional Haiku for each piece

They are absolutely wonderful

Please visit the site by clicking HERE and entering, on the next page scroll down to Traditional Haiga, where you’ll see my name and Allan Burns…click on our names to go to the next page…click on each one and the paintings will come up very large with the poetry below

Do let me know your impressions

Prize Challenges Features Four Works....

After such a great sales and features day yesterday, I’m really thrilled to find four of my works featured in the same group this morning. Thank you so much to the Group Moderators.


Blue Night (Link to Page)

Oh in the deep blue night
The fountain sang alone;
It sang to the drowsy heart
Of a satyr carved in stone
.


Sumac Walk (Link to Page)

When I was young they had already been
abandoned for years
overgrown with sumac and sour apple,
the iron scrapped, the wood long
gone for other things
.


Anticipation (Link to Page)

I’m happy, even, about the loud rain
Falling quietly upon the window pane.
Monday through Sunday I like to lie awake
Thinking pleasant thoughts that aren’t fake
.

(Third feature for newly posted “Grateful”)

Grateful (Link to Page)

Grateful for life,
Grateful for rebirt

Featured in Fine Arts Influenced by Literature


The Tulgey Wood (Link to Page)

The Tulgey Wood” is part of the Series The Trees and is inspired by the poem Jabberwocky from Alice in Wonderland. “The Jabberwock with eye of flame came whiffling through the Tulgey Wood and burbled as it came.”

Many of you, will recognize the title from Jabberwocky, a mysterious wood that is in the book..I gave it that name as it was the first thing that popped into my head, when I started to paint.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

New Features Today...

Two New Features todayThis is so exciting

All Colours of the Rainbow

Change (Link to Page)

Nothing can be created out of nothing.
“Nil posse creari De nilo
.”
- Lucretius, 99 – 55 B.C.

(Featured again) this time in Forests

Grateful (Link to Page)

Grateful tonight for the sight of a single star,
Grateful for memories salvaged from afar.
Grateful for this time of silent peace,
Grateful beyond words when the mad echoes cease
.

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

A Milestone Day for Me....

This is a milestone day for meLive Love Dream has made me a “Forever Featured Artist”.. there are three of us, and it’s an unbelievable thrill….

My latest painting is titled “Grateful” and I am truly grateful for all that the RedBubble community has done for me…I will endeavour to work hard to try to deserve such an accolade…

Grateful for the wonder of human love,
Grateful for some strange guidance for above.
Grateful for life,
Grateful for rebirth,
Grateful forever
To live joyously on the earth
.

Thank you so much everyone

Third Feature today....

“*The Garden Tulipa” is my third feature today*…This is a real thrill..

Thank you to Karon Melillo, for the feature in Gold Silver Gems


Tulipa (Link to Page)

Tossing turban style contours, with an aloofness as one passes by,
Utilizing every charm it possesses, under a lupin blue cloudless sky,
Like a guardsman, gallantly standing, holding up his noble head high,
In rainbow colours, brilliant and stately, a vision to surely yield a sigh,
Ponder thus upon the regal tulip, it has pure beauty, you cannot deny
.

Still Life with Melon

“*Still Life with Melon has been featured again…this time in Impressionist Art*…Thank you so much to Karon Melillo_


Still Life with Melon (Link to Page)

Through the open French window the warm sun
Lights up the polished breakfast-table, laid
Round a bowl of crimson roses, for one -
A service of Worcester porcelain, arrayed
Near it a melon, peaches, figs, small hot
Rolls in a napkin, fairy rack of toast,
Butter in ice, high silver coffee-pot,
And, heaped on a salver, the morning’s post
.

Country Walk...Featured

“*Country Walk” Featured in Live Love Dream a few minutes ago*…Thank you so much….“Country Walk” also illustrates the article Personal Connections …..


Country Walk (Link to Page)

Nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind
. (William Wordsworth, Ode, Intimations of Immortality)

The Blue Amaryllis

“*The Blue Amaryllis” is featured this morning in Still Life and Florals*…Thank you so much to the Group Moderators


Blue Amaryllis (Link to Page)

In utter amazement there I stood,
just watching a small plant grow,
yes, I too, wondered why I would,
there I was caught in nature’s flow
.

So little of the world we really know,
a plant bending ever slow to the light,
caught up in society’s busy stir we go,
too often missing the wondrous sights
.

Living creatures large and even small,
breathing, growing, just for us to see,
from a blade of grass to trees ever tall,
being just what they are intended to be
.

Sadly, with our eyes open, we’re so blind,
we’re all possessed by the power and greed,
too often worried about what’s yours or mine,
never experiencing the beauty of a single

The Dawn of Creation

The Dawn of Creation was featured in the Two Word Challenge this morning…the two words are Great Achievement…. I’m so pleased


The Dawn of Creation (Link to Page)

In the beginning was the mounting fire
That set alight the weathers from a spark,
A three-eyed, red-eyed spark, blunt as a flower,
Life rose and spouted from the rolling seas,
Burst in the roots, pumped from the earth and rock
The secret oils that drive the grass
. extract.

Thank you so much Ribbon

Featured In Live Love Dream Today

*Live Love Dream has honoured “Chintz Night”…I’m so pleased
“Chintz Night has several partners, such as “Blue Night” and the newest today, “November Light”….


Chintz Night (Link to Page)

On a warm early autumn eve
As darkness closes its day
All becomes quiet, so listen
to a haunting melody play.
The wind sings a song,
trees rustle and sway
.

No thoughts of tomorrow
or memories past..
Captured moments are spent
As if each were their last…
A symphony plays
To caress a new day
Then, just as dawn arrives
They scurry away
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Featured in India this Morning

Incredible India has featured one of my worksterrific news
This painting is from a series titled India that I posted some time ago…
I had removed most of them to allow space for new work, but there are two left. The paintings show the patterns and designs of decorative India…they are dimensional heavily textured works in Watercolour and Mixed Media on paper, with Gold and Copper Leaf.

Agra-The Temple (Link to Page)

From Delight we came into existence.
In Delight we grow.
At the end of our journey’s close,
Into Delight we retire
.

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

Featured this Afternoon

Featured this afternoon in Inspired Art…this was one of my favourite flowers to paint, so I’m thrilled that it’s been chosen today…


Queen Anne’s Lace (Link to Page)

Her body is not so white as
anemone petals nor so smooth-nor
so remote a thing. It is a field
of the wild carrot taking
thefield by force; the grass
does not raise above it.
Here is no question of whiteness,
white as can be, with a purple mole
at the center of each flower.
Each flower is a hand’s span
of her whiteness. Wherever
his hand has lain there is
a tiny purple blossom under his touch
to which the fibres of her being
stem one by one, each to its end,
until the whole field is a
white desire, empty, a single stem,
a cluster, flower by flower,
a pious wish to whiteness gone over-
or nothing
.…

Sunday Morning Features

Three works including one of my written pieces has been featured this morningThis is thrilling


Escape is not an Option (Link) Alternative and Progressive International Art

Escape…it is the Basket
In which the Heart is caught
When down some awful Battlement
The rest of Life is dropped
.


The Monastery Garden (Link) Bits and Pieces

This song of mine will wind its music around you,
my child, like the fond arms of love.
The song of mine will touch your forehead
like a kiss of blessing
.


The Guru Syndrome (Link to Illustrated Written Work) Bits and Pieces

The Guru Syndrome.” is a term to describe people who get a kick out of trying to help others. In a broader sense, folks with the guru syndrome range from spiritual pundits, quasi-religious figures, to charismatic wiz-bangs like Tony Robb

Saturday Noon...

Falling Leaves has honoured this painting.. I’m so thrilled, as this is the fourth feature today, and the second for this image…..also my painting The Trees, placed in the top ten of the October Seasonal Scapes Challenge ..
The Trees (Link)


November Day (Link)

How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators and all those who voted for my work

Saturday Morning Features...

Three Features this Morning, including The Potting Shed which has been featured many times, and seems to be a universal favouritethat is so nice


Red Pear (Link) Realist Traditional Group

Some say
it was a pear
Eve ate
.


Jonagold (Link) Realist Traditional Group

An American apple from the 1940’s, the season is short. I got some
yesterday and put them in the fridge, as they lose their peak really quickly.
They are difficult to find, but they are a taste winner…sweet tart and firm, and lend themselves to salads, as well as eating out of hand
.


The Potting Shed (Link) Live Love Dream

The discussion of philosophy is over; it’s time for work to begin.

Thank you so much to all the Group Moderators

More Friday Features

I’m so pleased that more of my work has been feature again today

Almost Home (Link to Page)
ALL COUNTRIES – Streams, Brooks, Creeks, Rivers, Ponds & Lakes

Lofting sail a thousand miles
I could not find a famous mountain.
I moor my boat outside Hsuan-yang
to gaze at last at Hsiang-lu peak.
Once I read the master monk.
He walked outside this world of dust.
Now his Tung-lin hut lies near;
through evening sun I hear a bell
.


At Our Feet (Link to Page)
Visual Texture

I can feel the wind blowing through,
and the warmth of the sun.
As I float down on a breeze, I can see it clearly.
The limbs, and the rest of the leaves.
Oh, the grand color, the majesty of it all.
I am a fallen leaf from this magnificent tree.
I am like the people who pass me every day
a simple small part, but together, as

Friday Features

Two of my earlier paintings have been featured todayI’m so pleased


Lapis Lazuli (Link to Page)
Gold Silver Gems (Second Feature)
“Lapis Lazuli” is part of the Faux Bravura collection…this collection of paintings work well when grouped together on a wall…they are many and varied…metal, patinas, design, stone, marbles, textures, wood et al, in oils, watercolour, acrylics and other mediums…Lapis Lazuli is a semi-precious gemstone..


Twilight time (Link to Page)
Impressionist Art
Deepening shadows gather splendor
As day is done
Fingers of night will soon surrender
The setting sun
.

Thank you so much to Karon Melillo

Living, Loving and Dreaming.....

That’s the RedBubble experience.

Live Love Dream has honoured two of my works this morning I’m so pleased


November Day (Link to Page)

How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun
.


Before the Snows (Link to Page)

Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky,
How beautiful it is?
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness
There is a poem, there is a song
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators.

YIPPEE....


There’s a light in the darkness
Though the night is black as my skin
There’s a light burning bright showing me the way
But I know where I’ve been
There’s a cry in distance
It’s a voice that comes from deep within
There’s a cry asking why
I pray the answer’s up ahead, yeah
‘cause I know where I’ve been
There’s a road we’ve been travellin’
Lost so many on the way
But the riches will be plenty
With the price, the price we had to pay
There’s a dream in the future
There’s a struggle that we have yet to win
And there’s pride in my heart
‘cause I know where I’m going, yes I do
And I know where I’ve been, yeah
There’s a road we must travel
There’s a promise that we must make
Oh but the riches will be plenty
Worth the risk and the chances that we take
There’s a dream in the future
There’s a struggle that we have yet to

The Ever Popular Trees...

This painting has been featured repeatedly, and placed in the top ten of challenges several times…today again, it is featured in the Trees Group after placing in the top ten of their October Gallery challenge….it is one of my fast and loose inspired watercolours and almost did not get posted….


The Trees-Autumn (Link to page)

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’

Fires.....

Live Love Dream has honoured “Prairie Fire” todayI’m so pleased

Posted yesterday…

Prairie Fire (Link to page)

Hold her hot against your form
and let her breathe her lovefire on you
and make you sweat
beneath her crushing heat.
Hold her as you know
that she’ll be gone soon,
and in her place will be the snow
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Monday Morning Feature....

Gold Silver Gems has honoured one of my paintingsI’m so pleased


Patina Gold Tryptich (Link to page)

Artists and metalworkers often deliberately add patinas as a part of the original design and decoration of art and furniture, or to simulate antiquity in newly-made objects.
I used real Gold Leaf, with Woodstains, Cupric Nitrate, Barium, and Liver of Sulphur on Board

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Sunday Morning

Two Features this morning….I’m so pleased


C’est L’hiver (Link to page) Live Love Dream

Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver
Mon jardin ce n’est pas un jardin, c’est la plaine
Mon chemin ce n’est pas un chemin, c’est la neige
Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver


The Reason (Link to page) Bits and Pieces

The yellow glistens.
It glistens with various yellows,
Citrons, oranges and greens
Flowering over the skin
.

The shadows of the pears
Are blobs on the green cloth.
The pears are not seen
As the observer wills
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Featured this Morning

Featured this morning, are the following paintings..I’m so pleased

Posted last night..

C’est L’Hiver (Link to Page)

Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver
Mon jardin ce n’est pas un jardin, c’est la plaine
Mon chemin ce n’est pas un chemin, c’est la neige
Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver
.
Featured in Fine Arts

Posted two weeks ago.

Blueberry Night (Link to Page)

I don’t know
How to begin
Cause the story
Has been told before
I will sing
Along I suppose
I guess
It’s just how it goes
.
Featured in Decorative and Traditional Art

Thank you so much to all the Group Moderators

Today...

Live Love Dream Has featured two of my works this morning…one from my earlier pages, and one newly minted yesterday..I’m so pleased


Pears Flambe (Link to page)

Melt butter with brown sugar in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sauté pears and cinnamon 4-5 minutes or until pears begin to soften. Stir in lime juice and rum. When liquid starts to simmer, keeping face and body away from skillet, ignite quickly with a lit match. When flames subside, remove from heat. Serve with ice cream.


Afterward (Link to page)

Cascading snowflakes settle in the pines,
Sculpting each tree to fit your ghostly form
The surge of swirling wind defines
As if your human shape were what the storm
Sought to contrive
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Now, I'm Going Bananas too...

“*Going Bananas’ has been honoured by Live Love Dream* Goodness! I’m thrilled


Going Bananas (Link to page)

We all need to eat the bananas
That are sitting on the counter
In the kitchen in the white bowl
With a delicate filigree of blue
Pinstripes, two of them, on the
Rim where the tips of two of them,
The bananas I mean, are jutting over
And starting to turn from pure yellow
To brown and yellow with a cluster
Of spots on each flat of the fruit
That tomorrow will be connected
With a fine filigree of brown lines
Linking them
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

These Trees....

“*The Trees-Autumn” are featured in the Impressionist Group today, but they have been getting into the top ten on challenges quite often recently, and have been featured before…and to think I almost did not post them*!!…I’m so glad I did


The Trees-Autumn (Link to page)

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells
…John Ke…

Cricket Call

Realist Paintings about Water has honoured "Cricket Call"..I am so pleased..


Cricket Call (Link to page)

But naught there was a-stirring
In the still dark night;
Only the busy beetle
Tap-tapping in the wall,
Only from the forest
The screech-owl’s call,
Only the cricket whistling
While the dewdrops fall
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Dreaming of Green in Winter...

Two more features tonightWhat a week!


Winter Dreams (Link to page) Latin Caribbean Art

At dawn, bare footed, viewing as far as eyes can reach,
the water’s edge advances and recedes along the beach.
Before me I see a carpet of half-buried shells of sea-creatures,
tide washed and rippled in sodden sand along the beach
.


A Single Lettuce Leaf (Link to page) Live Love Dream

Green’ is the ultimate magicians wand; perpetuating every speck of
the atmosphere with a tranquility so victorious, that it became the smile
of each symbiotic countenance alive
. Nikhil Parekh

Thank you to all the Group Moderators

Imagine... Live Love Dream

“*Imagine” is featured in Live Love Dream*…. Imagine how thrilled I am


Imagine (Link to page)

CAN YOU IMAGINE?

For example, what the trees do
not only in lightning storms
or the watery dark of a summer’s night
or under the white nets of winter
but now, and now, and now – whenever
we’re not looking. Surely you can’t imagine
they don’t dance, from the root up, wishing
to travel a little, not cramped so much as wanting
a better view, or more sun, or just as avidly
more shade – surely you can’t imagine they just
stand there loving every
minute of it, the birds or the emptiness, the dark rings
of the years slowly and without a sound
thickening, and nothing different unless the wind,
and then only in its own mood, comes
to visit, surely you can’t imagine
patience, and happiness, like that
.

T

Gold loves September...

Gold Silver Gems has honoured my painting…thank you so much to the group moderators…. I’m really pleased


The Fires of September (Link to page)

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow.
Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow
.

Seasons

Karön Melillo d’Vega loves my calendar “Seasons” and has purchased it….I am so thrilled as it’s the second calendar to sell this week..


Seasons (Link to see the collection)

To Everything there is a Season and a Time for every Purpose under Heaven …nothing has been more true this week…

Thank you so much Karon

Two Word Challenge

The Two Word Challenge has featured one of my paintings This is such a thrill


Winter Storm (Link to page)

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farmhouse at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveler stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm
. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you so much

Light of the Week...Thank you.

LIght in the Darkness" has honoured my painting with the title…"Light of the Week". I am delighted


Light in the Darkness (Link to page)

There’s a road we’ve been travellin’
Lost so many on the way
But the riches will be plenty
With the price, the price we had to pay
There’s a dream in the future
There’s a struggle that we have yet to win
And there’s pride in my heart
‘cause I know where I’m going, yes I do
And I know where I’ve been
.

I did this painting to speak to all of us in these uncertain times and I would like to thank the Group Moderators and all of you who so lovingly comment on my work everyday and provide all the encouragement I need to continue…you all know who you are

More for Sunday....

Live Love Dream has honoured “Hosta” from my Series "Green, and "Hosta" I’m so pleased


Hosta (Link)

Green" is enchantment unparalleled; transforming every beleaguered
bone on disdainfully crackled earth; into a festoon of undying
replenishment till times beyond eternity
..” Nikhil Parekh

Thank you to the Group Moderators.

Sunday Features...

This morning Bits and Pieces has honoured two of my paintings. I’m really pleased.


After the Harvest (Link)

Gather all of the deeds
The words and the letters
Like a cornucopia of blessing
Too heavy to bear.
Gather the blossoming
That ripened into memories
Of a summer that has passed
Before its time
. excerpt


Bella Toscana (Link)

Bella Toscana” is part of the Series “Fruit” and is included in the portfolio of works on canvas….it is reminiscent of an old poster celebrating that wonderful area of Italy, known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy and it’s “Cities of Art” (Florence, Lucca, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Cortona, and Pienza

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Two More Tonight...

Featured in Mixed Media, and Featured Member

Winter Sun 2 (Link)
Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-
Both different blues
.

Featured in Mature Woman

The Trees-Form and Colour (Link)

“*Form and Colour” is an example of painting negatively…only the shadows are painted*…

There is, I conceive, scarcely any tree that may not be advantageously
used in the various combinations of form and color
. Gilpin

I’m so pleased and would like to thank all the Group Moderators

Featuring.....

Abstract Art has honoured "Winter Ice" I’m so pleased


Winter Ice (Link)

Midwinter spring is its own season
Sempiternal though sodden towards sundown,
Suspended in time, between pole and tropic.
When the short day is brightest, with frost and fire,
The brief sun flames the ice, on pond and ditches,
In windless cold that is the heart’s heat,
Reflecting in a watery mirror
A glare that is blindness in the early afternoon
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

This Morning's Features

Art Influenced By Literature has featured two of my works this morning I’m very pleased, as this brings in my second obssessive love…reading good books.

This is the second feature for Midnight on Egdon Heath

Midnight Link

Inspired by Hardy’s Return of the Native, I chose to depict what I feel to be the “dominance of darkness” that is clearly ominous on the Heath… Hardy also says of the heath that it could “retard the dawn, sadden noon…and intensify the opacity of a moonless midnight to a cause of shaking and dread.


The Lost Painting Link

The Lost Painting is a book by Jonathan Harr…”Jonathan Harr has taken the story of the lost painting, and woven from it a deeply moving narrative about history, art and taste—and about the greed, envy, covetousness and professiona

The Potting Shed-Red Grapefruit

is featured in Still Life and Florals I’m so pleased


Red Grapefruit Link.

The artist knows stillness is beautiful. He sees it finely.
Then stillness brings a fullness, a lush swelling of the cells.
It is something like a harmonica, an even toned note.
He likens it to a glimmer, freshly blown glass.
He sees the ‘truth’ of art, a dazzling artifice;
he sees the depth of original, reproduced skies.
He knows that what is real is buffered by its form -
no form? no fruit, no color, no signals of the soul
..Lamont Palmer

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Winter Dreams...Featured Again

Winter Dreams has been honoured again…this time in Food for Thought. .. As winter draws nearer we dream of the warmth of the sun


Winter Dreams Link

At mid-day, on the soft dry sand behind the water’s edge,
undressed worshippers lie in the sun that beats down along the beach.
At night, the moon’s reflection at the water’s edge
resembles sea serpents playing in the wavelets along the beach
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators.

Patina Gold Feature

Patina Gold honoured by Gold-Silver-Gems I’m so pleased


Patina Gold Link.
Patina is a coating of various chemical compounds such as oxides or carbonates formed on the surface of metal during exposure to weathering. Artists and metalworkers often deliberately add patinas as a part of the original design and decoration of art and furniture, or to simulate antiquity in newly-made objects

Thank you to the Group Moderators

New Feature...

Featured today in Spring Blooms I am so pleased

Tulipa Link
Tossing turban style contours, with an aloofness as one passes by,
Utilizing every charm it possesses, under a lupin blue cloudless sky,
Like a guardsman, gallantly standing, holding up his noble head high,
In rainbow colours, brilliant and stately, a vision to surely yield a sigh,
Ponder thus upon the regal tulip, it has pure beauty, you cannot deny
. E.Northover

Thank you to the Group Moderators

A Fourth?.. I can't believe it....

Light in the Darkness" has featured my Garden photos and accompanying article…"If you don’t want Paradise, you’re not Human" I’m so pleased

Paradise
There are points of time, of distant memory, when the soul
unites within the pattern of the universe. That union brings
forth the understanding of life’s harmony. So it should be
within the garden
.

And a Third?

Freedom to Shine has featured “Winter Dreams” Today is a good day


Winter Dreams
At dawn, bare footed, viewing as far as eyes can reach,
the water’s edge advances and recedes along the beach.
Before me I see a carpet of half-buried shells of sea-creatures,
tide washed and rippled in sodden sand along the beach
.

Thank you to the Group Moderators

And Yet Another Today.....

Featured in Light in the Darkness I’m so pleased


Winter Day

There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes
.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are
.

None may teach it anything,
’T’is the seal, despair,—
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air
.

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, ’t is like the distance
On the look of death
.”….Emily Dickenson

Thank you to the Group Moderators

Today's Feature...Midnight...

Bits and Pieces Feature “Midnight on Egdon Heath” I’m so pleased.

Midnight on Egdon Heath
I chose to depict what I feel to be the “dominance of darkness” that is clearly ominous, and Hardy also says of the heath that it could “retard the dawn, sadden noon…and intensify the opacity of a moonless midnight to a cause of shaking and dread” It is also inferred that the Heath itself creates the darkness.. “the heath exhaling darkness as rapidly as the heavens precipitated it” ….being someone who also uses colour, even to depict fear, I have included powerful hues to intensify the feeling of doom.

Thank you to the Group moderators

Hey there...for the kids from the 60s and everyone else....


This is especially for the kids from the 60s, and even for those born before or after, take five minutes, turn up the speakers and groove with me…

Click on the word “groove” above and when you get to the site scroll down and click on [Take me back to the Sixties], as a direct link does not work.

Enjoy and let me know how it feels to go back in time.Janis

Impressionist Art...Feature

Thank you to Karon Melillo moderator of the Impressionist Art Group..I’m so pleased.

The Summer Knows

The summer smiles, the summer knows
And unashamed, she sheds her clothes
The summer smoothes the restless sky
And lovingly she warms the sand on which you lie
.

The summer knows, the summer’s wise
She sees the doubts within your eyes
And so she takes her summer time
Tells the moon to wait and the sun to linger
Twists the world ‘round her summer finger
Lets you see the wonder of her arms
.

And if you’ve learned your lessons well
There’s little more for her to tell
One last caress, it’s time to dress for fall

And Yet Two More in The Patchwork....

The Patchwork has honoured two of my paintings today….I’m so pleased


Fall 2 (Second feature for Fall 2 today)….
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold,
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay
……..Robert Frost

Across the Fields
Like light filtered through fronds
lining my sleep-shut eyes
spring air finds me: the scent
of fresh sap rising, winter-white
with a tinge of green – tea-green,
as the faint haze steaming
from my early morning cup.
Night has shed its forest dark with its
linger of needles and fern.
Tossing back waves of sea-foam bedding,
I cross to the window to gaze upon grass
still heavy with dew’s mossy footfall
.Kate Burnside

Thank you so mu

Two More Today

Two more features today I’m so pleased


Red Grapefruit
The artist knows stillness is beautiful. He sees it finely.
Then stillness brings a fullness, a lush swelling of the cells.
It is something like a harmonica, an even toned note.
He likens it to a glimmer, freshly blown glass
.
All Things Orange


Fall 2
It’s getting a bit colder now, and just a few hardy leaves cling to the branches…there is the scent of winter in the air, and early morning frosts are the order of the day…let’s keep walking as long as we can while it’s still light…soon it will be dark at four o’clock, and night will fold herself around us too soon….Janis
Light in the Darkness

Thank you to all the Group moderators

Today is a Great Day...

Because I have three features in Bits and PiecesI’m thrilled


“The Family“:http://www.redbubble.com/people/paintability/ar...
You make us cry without hurting us.
I have praised everything that exists,
but to me, onion, you are
more beautiful than a bird
of dazzling feathers
.

_”Dervish_":http://www.redbubble.com/people/paintability/ar...
There is a wind that excites us all tonight…even the birds are frantic as their carefully gathered fragments of home are borne away….we bend our heads, gather our cloaks tightly, and let it carry us along. Sometimes it’s the only thing we can do…Janis

This is for the article_*"Anishinaabe Legend…Illustrated*":http://www.redbubble.com/people/paintabilit

Closing Time Honoured

Music Inspired Art has honoured “Closing Time” I’m so pleased

I loved you when our love was blessed
and I love you now there’s nothing left
but sorrow and a sense of overtime
and I missed you since the place got wrecked
And I just don’t care what happens next
looks like freedom but it feels like death
it’s something in between, I guess
it’s CLOSING TIME
…Leonard Cohen

Painted Florals Feature

Painted Florals featured “Tulips” from my earlier pages…._I’m so pleased…

Guarded within the old red wall’s embrace,
Marshalled like soldiers in gay company,
The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry
Wheels out into the sunlight. What bold grace
Sets off their tunics, white with crimson lace

Thank you to the group moderators…

Lovely Day Today....Four Features....

I’m really happy to say that I have four features today….

Art Influenced by Literature

Watercolour Paintings

Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness ..(This is for the article "Meet the Beet")

Thank you so much to all the Group Moderators

Moonshine and Red Pears

Impressionist Art has honoured “The River…Moonshine” and “Red Pears with Ewer” has been honoured by All Things Poetic, Artistic and PhilosophicalI’m so pleased



Thank you so much to the group moderators

Triple Feature

I’m happy to say the works below are featured today in the following groups

The Autumn Collection …a collection of 17 of my Fall paintings… Bits and Pieces

Nothing Gold can Stay… Landscape in watercolour…LIght in The Darkness

Mutsu…Acrylic on Canvas…Light in The Darkness

Thank you so much to all the group moderators.

Flabbergasted at Nomination for Most Helpful Bubbler

I have been nominated among other wonderful Bubblers, for an award for the most helpful Bubbler…I am totally flabbergasted…..surprised and pleased…thank you so much

I have met so many wonderful people here who take the time to comment on my work every day….they make it so much easier for me to continue to work at my painting, by their encouraging and wonderful words, and each day I look forward to another RedBubble day.….

A Redbubble day is a great day…and today is truly a Redbubble day

Please view the forum to view the nominees HERE

The Potting Shed

Great news!!..“The Potting Shed” has been featured in Still Life and FloralsI’m so pleased..

“For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.
For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad
"…Edwin Way Teale

Thank you so much to the group moderators

Cloud Nine...

I’m happy to say the the following paintings are featured today….I’m on "Cloud Nine"


Live Love Dream

Canada-The Great White North

“Real” Life Art

Thank you so much to the groups’ moderators

I am delighted

I am truly delighted….

The following paintings have been featured just tonight…

Rivers Lakes and Dams

Impressionist Art also Featured Member

Thank you to the group moderators

Featured ....

I’m happy to say that Marsh Light is featured today in the group Light in the Darkness..

Neither
old light nor owl-light
makes it have such a manner about it
tho opal light & old light & marsh light & moonlight
& that of the whole world
to which the light of meteors is marsh light

Thank you to the group moderators…

Featured Today

The 8 September City paintings are featured today in Bits and Pieces I’m very pleased as they mean a lot to me…


Lost is the 6th in the Series

Thank you to the group moderators….

New Feature...

I’m happy to say that “For all the NOVEL IDEA and other Budding Writers…Important Information”….is now featured on "All things Poetic Prose and Philosophical"

I just posted it today and I hope that the writers on RedBubble, both experienced and emergent, have found the information to be of value

Thanks again to the group moderator..

For ALL artists ....important information

Proving Stephen Covey’s adage, (paraphrased here), “There is no limit on the amount of good one turned on person can do.” is sculptor, Julianna Yau. Having gotten fed up with art scams and art scammers, she launched the Web site: www.bogusartfair.info. Here is a description from the site:

Scams and fraud are increasing problems for anyone with an online presence, be it as simple as having an email address or as active as having an intricate website and participating in several discussion forums. Artists are a particularly susceptible group because most of us are happy for a sale and looking for that big break.

This website is intended to be a place for visual-artists to share their scammer-experiences and warn others of potential scammers. I am also hoping to put togeth…

For all the NOVEL IDEA and other budding writers...important information....

Following the crowd is not a Novel Idea

A hundred and one years ago, the British intellectual, Francis Galton, published a strange discovery that has only recently come into fashion. Galton, Charles Darwin’s half-cousin, had seen a competition at a county fair where 800 people guessed the weight of an ox. The average of the crowd’s guesses, Galton calculated, was 1,197lbs. The animal’s actual weight was 1,198. No individual expert had got half as close. Galton had discovered the wisdom of crowds.

Now the London publisher HarperCollins hopes to apply that wisdom to the market in first novels. HarperCollins estimates that it receives at least 50 unsolicited manuscripts each week. Most publishers know the feeling. Typically, the Jiffy-bags get dumped on to the traditional “slush pile”, where…

Johanna


Homage to Cezanne

Vincent van Gogh died in 1890. Theo van Gogh, art dealer and brother of Vincent, died six months later, in 1891. Johanna, Theo’s wife, inherited all the shop remainders including virtually all of Vincent’s work. She soon moved with her small son from Paris to Bussum near Amsterdam. Johanna, age 29, went into distribution mode.

Reading the brothers’ correspondence, she became convinced of her brother-in-law’s genius and set about to do the right thing by him. “I am living wholly with Theo and Vincent,” she wrote in her diary, “Oh, the infinitely delicate, tender and loving quality of that relationship.” Placing work in various commercial galleries in the Netherlands, she also arranged for the gifting of works to strategic mu

Unexpected Blessings...

Dear Janis,

On Thursday morning I was at my easel when a courier appeared
at the door. He was delivering an envelope from a friend, a
local lawyer of my acquaintance. The letter stated that in 1974
I had brought some of my work to his office, and a recent
bookeeping search revealed he had never paid me for them.
Lorne’s note was filled with contrition and guilt. “How much do
I owe you?” he asked. “Do I owe you a ton for arrears? Do I pay
you the current market value? What about the money you would
have earned on the money you should have had for the
paintings?” As I was contemplating these thoughts a $10,000
“down-payment” cheque fluttered from the envelope
.

Thinking back those thirty-odd years, I vaguely recalled the
delivery. More recently I had

Shining Star in Bits and Pieces

I am thrilled to announce, that I have been chosen the Shining Star in the Bits and Pieces group forum this week…this reward is given to an artist or writer that, according to the group moderators.. "simply excels and deserves special recognition".

Fires of September

I am also happy to say that the following paintings chosen as features today.

The Summer Knows All Things Orange


Mutsu Carnival.. second feature.. Acrylic Paintings

What a lovely day!!!

Thanks again to all the group moderators…

Problems with Clones...

Dear Janis,

These days artists are receiving emails like this: “We like to do business with you. We are skilled painters in Shenzhen, China. There are lots of talent painters working together in our studio. We can paint oil painting at every grade of different style, our price and service are very competitive, you can make more money than before if you buy oil paintings directly from us. The FOB prices can be $7 per copy for 20” x 24" and $12 for 24″ × 36″, if you are interested in, we can send some photos of our works to you, we also can paint exactly according to your any email pictures, it is very easy to do the international business now, looking forward to your reply."


*Mutsu Carnival

As well as cheap copies of famous paintings for the worldR

The Look...and how to get it?

“It’s a curious subject that’s seldom discussed and surprisingly poorly understood. The idealists and the practical are at odds about it, but it’s really neither good nor bad—it just is.

I’m talking about “the look” in popular art. Art is a commodity joined at the hip to an artist’s name. That the name is recognized from the work is both its beauty and its curse.


Night-A Blaze of Glory

Here’s one example out of thousands. Mark Rothko’s work is pretty well universally known. Anyone with a smattering of interest or knowledge can pick one out from across a crowded MOMA. Both curators and commoners use words like “soft-edged,” “repetitious,” “simple,” “ethereal,” and “consis

Sunday Features...

I"m happy to say that the works below are featured today in Bits and Pieces
I’m especially pleased about the feature of my Commedia play…..


Mutsu Carnival…The Play…A Commedia dell’ Arte Fragment

The Group of Five

Thanks again to the group’s moderators.

The Truth...Vertigo.

I was sent this today and found it interesting, and it’s especially appropriate for the month of September…some of you may have seen it before…it’s dedicated to those of us like Hilary who everyday helps us to strive for the best…at first it sounds sad, and you may say what???…but you must please see it to the very end..It is an amazing lesson in perception but don’t stop listening too quickly
Listen to the same words in
reverse order.
…click here

Featured Work Today

I’m happy to say that these works were chosen as features today…

La Diablesse History Here

Chintz Night Watercolour Paintings Here

As these are earlier paintings I have added links to their pages.

Thanks again to all the group moderators

Featured Work Today

I’m happy that the following works and I’m especially thrilled about Rosie, have been selected as features today…thanks again to all the moderators…

Homage to Cezanne Inspired Art

Rosie at the Gala..a Period Piece..Illustrated Short Story and Poem Bits and Pieces

Chayote..Frida and Diego’s Wedding Bits and Pieces

Travertine Marble Textures and Materials

Featured Work for this Week

I’m very happy to say that the following works were featured this week….thank you to all the moderators…

Still Life with Sunflowers Cards Best of Your Best.

Green Pear Bits and Pieces.

Serpeggiante Marble Textures and Materials.

Painted Batik All Things Orange.

I would also like once more, to say a special thank you to all those who bought my work… I really loved creating them, and hope that you will love owning them..

Featured Work for the 1st week of August

I’m happy to say that the following paintings were featured this week..
Thank you to all the group hosts.

Prairie Gold..Live Love Dream.

Nice to be Here..Bits and Pieces.

Abstract Rose..Mature Woman.

The Colour of ‘Sunlight’..Bits and Pieces..

OTHER PEOPLE'S OPINIONS

As artists, we are often thrown off course by the judgements of others…We may start to doubt ourselves and try to please them at the expense of our own beliefs about our work.
We should be free to create exactly as we choose. Other people’s opinions are just that….they belong to the speakers. We can listen, but we do not need to accept them as our truths. In accepting them we may do work that is not true to our own vision, acceding to the opinions of those who may have their own particular agenda.

Some times as we listen, we may hear suggestions that we can use…Other times we may hear words that ring with envy or jealousy of our creative gifts. We can allow others to have their feelings but we don’t need to accept them…. We do not need to allow our lives to be contr…

This Week's Features...

These are the last of my featured works for the month of July….I’m happy to say that the following paintings were featured this week..
Thank you to all the group hosts.

..Homage to Cezanne…All Things Poetic, Prose, Philosophy
..Autumn Water..Watercolour Paintings
..Ripple Effect..Two Word Challenge

Buyer’s Booth Photo of KJ Gordon’s Bananas..RB Home Page

Latest Features

I am thrilled that my work has found favour with so many of you on RedBubble…Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments…I will treasure them always…

The latest work to be featured this week end are…

Calypso Joan..Happy Haven and All Colours of the Rainbow


Forest of the NightBits and Pieces.


The Pear TreeBits and Pieces.

Thank you so much to all the group hosts…

Featured Work for the first two weeks of July...

I am pleased to say that a number of my paintings have been featured in the following groups during the first two weeks of July…I can’t fit in all the images, but here are four samples below..
“Memories” seems to have come out as the favourite so far…

The Healing Journey..Memories.
Fine Arts..The White Abate.
Featured Gallery Favourite..Tulip Symphony.
..Solitude
Domestic Art-Home is where the Art is…Memories.
Home Page…Buyers Booth Photo.
Art Inspired by Dreams..Memories.
Modernist Art..Memories.
Art Inspired by Dreams..Four Pears.
..Four Pears..
All things Poetic, Prose Philosophical…Tales from an Artist’s Journal..
Stillness Speaks..Solitude.
Art Inspired by Dreams..Dawn 2.
The Latin Caribbean Group..Calypso.
Domestic Art-Home is where the Art is…

Sharing Artistic Support

Here is an excerpt from the “Artist’s Soul” by Linda Coons that I think we can all agree is good advice and follows on my last post of “10 Things You Should Never Say to an Artist”…

“We can all participate in supporting and encouraging each other’s artistic and creative efforts and growth, regardless of our involvement in organized artist support groups…when we sincerely compliment another’s expression of creative endeavours, we may encourage a sense of capability in the creator’s attitude. We are actually supporting his or her choices…when we openly listen to others’ ideas, we validate the worth of the idea…

Our sharing of positive feelings may serve as feedback to those who doubt their own assessment of t…

My Featured Work for the Month of June...

I am very pleased that my work has been featured in the following groups during the month of June….

All Things Orange.
Mature Woman..
Rocks and Bones.
Abstract Realism..
Two Word Challenge..
All Things Poetic, Prose and Philosophical..
Live Love Dream..
Painters in Modern Times..
Illustration-Artwork for Narrative Content…
Artists of the Orient…
Stillness Speaks..
Domestic Art..Home is where the art is….

Thank you so much…Janis

Below are some samples from my early pages…..

“SHE”“MARITIME”“NIGHT”

Tales from an Artist's Journal

I have been making continuous sales for a while now, [made some more today] and it makes me quite happy…but it means I will be thinking more of what buyers like as cards and prints and showing it on my pages…

As a result, I have been deleting paintings on a regular basis…that being said, I would like to continue to show you, my friends, my many different styles of paintings….. so I’m thinking of showing them in the writing section, and I will include some info on the painting itself…colours used, type of paper, special effects if any, and so on..there will be subject matter of every kind…

I have been asked a number of times “how did you do that” or “what paper did you use”?

I have an idea for a series of articles called [so …

We're on the Home Page

Congratulations to all the Oriental Artists who made it to the Home Page today…I was so pleased to see my painting Early Morning Feed among them….

Thank you Home Page…

RedBubble as part of The Journey

I have added a page on my blog “The Journey” with a slideshow, to promote RedBubble…although I do have links through out my website, this is a special page, which will be read by all viewers to my website…..for those of you who have a separate website and have not added a link to Redbubble, I am posting this as an example of how I have done it….Janis

See it here

Go to “The Journey” entries, but I hope you will also have a look at my “Portfolio” and my other blog “The Art of Food.”

Chinese Brush Painting- How To Part 1- Overview

I’m sure you have noticed the change of pace in my art work in the last few days…I have added some Oriental work in ink on paper….some peaceful landscapes in the typical Chinese style of free brush painting in black ink, with touches of colour, where I felt it was needed.

Chinese painting is part of a 3000 year old culture, and in experimenting with these works, I had to throw out what I know about western style painting, and start to think about painting in a more linear way.

These are absolutely my first paintings in this style. I decided I wanted to paint as much as I could in the traditional way, and so I learned to grind my own ink, had stamps carved with my name in Chinese and set to work.

It was hard at first to come to terms with the idea that once you put the br…