Small Questions... by © Janis Zroback

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The roaring alongside he takes for granted,
and that every so often the world is bound to shake.
He runs, he runs to the south, finical, awkward,
in a state of controlled panic, a student of Blake

The beach hisses like fat. On his left, a sheet
of interrupting water comes and goes
and glazes over his dark and brittle feet.
He runs, he runs straight through it, watching his toes

Watching, rather, the spaces of sand between them,
where (no detail too small) the Atlantic drains
rapidly backwards and downwards. As he runs,
he stares at the dragging grains

The world is a mist. And then the world is
minute and vast and clear. The tide
is higher or lower. He couldn’t tell you which.
His beak is focussed; he is preoccupied

Looking for something, something, something.
Poor bird, he is obsessed!
The millions of grains are black, white, tan, and gray,
mixed with quartz grains, rose and amethyst
…Elizabeth Bishop

I have a little bird ornament…a metallic sandpiper…he sits on a stone shelf in my garden, and though the years of sun and rain have rusted his feathers, he stands like the steadfast tin soldier, always “looking for something, something, something, obsessed, preoccupied”..
Like his live partners on the beach here in my city, he is intent on “the millions of grain between his feet”, oblivious to the sound of the waves nearby, to the tides rushing in and out…
There is a lesson to be learned from this little creature…as winter becomes sprig, should we be looking for the world in a grain of sand or should we be preoccupied with the larger questions that have no answers

Less you think I have abandoned winter, I haven’t yet…my piper never feels the cold…I have created an abstract, a melding of where he sits and what he dreams about in Watercolour on Arches Not Paper..

I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 2 years ago

    looking for something, something, something.
    Poor bird, he is obsessed!
    The millions of grains are black, white, tan, and gray,
    mixed with quartz grains, rose and amethyst learn more about this painting, click description above…

  • I have a little bird…a sandpiper in heavy metal…he sits on a stone shelf in my garden

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    Love the set-up of a live creature in an abstract world – as though this is the world he sees – different from what humans see. And I like the rustic quality.

  • Yes it’s all about the smal questions…the world is very abstract to an ant or a small bird like this one…it’s only what he sees in front of him that’s important, the larger questions don’t concern him at all…a lesson for us all maybe?
    I’m happy you like the painting…thanks so much MuiLing…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 03/21/2013
    Absolutely gorgeous work of art and creativity!
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    Please feel free to add a click-able link to your image in the forum for everyone to see your whole image!

  • Thank you so much Deborah…wonderful news and so quickly…I am really pleased…

    – © Janis Zroback

    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you so much Syl…very nice of you..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful effects and abstraction, the little bird is cute, reminds me of the fragility of life and how amazing it is that such little creatures can make it in the ocean, forests, etc.

  • Thank you so much Cindy…he is out there in my garden waiting patiently for summer..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 2 years ago

    this little bird seems so intent and happy in the moment pecking in the sand..unaware that it may get its feet wet very soon…..lovely abstract painting Janis with beautiful warm tones…

  • Thank you so much Linda…very nice of you to say so..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic Janis!! Is he bringing Spring to us? :)

  • I hope so.. Thank you so much Keith…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 2 years ago

    March 21, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Wonderful news…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    This painting reminds me just how thin the line is between a realistic landscape and semi abstract via the mind of an artist. Very beautifully painted Janis.

  • I’m so glad you like it…thank you so much Jim…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 2 years ago

    03-22-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Wonderful news…thank you so much Kira…

    – © Janis Zroback

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