Who Are You? by ©Janis Zroback

An open door says, “Come in.”
A shut door says, “Who are you?”
Shadows and ghosts go through shut doors.
If a door is shut and you want it shut,
why open it?
If a door is open and you want it open,
why shut it?
Doors forget but only doors know what it is
doors forget
…Carl Sandburg

The city is filled with doors, beautiful, ruined doors, closed in on disintegrating houses with barred windows…these ruins have their own particular beauty…the style of the green door above can be seen many times over…I imagine it was a popular design…
I often wonder how it is that these walls still stand…their feet have been in water for so long…..often I wonder if in fact only ghosts live there, and if I knock will I hear "who are you

Painted on handmade paper and designed to give the appearance of old and worn burlap…
I am very pleased with the results…Gouache…

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

    An open door says, “Come in.”
    A shut door says, “Who are you
    ?"…to learn more about this painting, click description above…

  • – ©Janis Zroback

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    Awesome work Janis.

  • Thank you so much Julie…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 2 years ago

    On the outside, feeling safe and secure. Crazy idea I know, but it just came to mind. Wonderful colour and details.

  • Thank you so much Ann..I know just what you mean.. :))

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Judi FitzPatrick
    Judi FitzPatrickalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work, Janis!

  • Thank you so much Judi…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    Just love the rustic old feeling you gave it Janis. If doors could talk…..

  • Thank you so much Jim…yes they would have some stories to tell…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 2 years ago

    Such rich colour and texture, very striking.

  • Thank you so much Sue…very nice of you…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 2 years ago

    06-01-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thank you so much Kira…I really appreciate it..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Sarah Vernon
    Sarah Vernonalmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Sarah…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Igor Shrayer
    Igor Shrayeralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Janis.I love to capture pictures of the forsaken doors and windows. There is always something mysterious about the old closed doors.

  • I agree…especially as many of them seem to have no handles at all…thank you so much Igor…I had a quick look at yours and came back to answer this..they’re really lovely…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • tere5
    tere5almost 2 years ago

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