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Green Envy... by © Janis Zroback

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You find a flower half-buried in leaves,
And in your eye its very fate resides.
Loving beauty, you caress the bloom;
Soon enough, you’ll sweep petals from the floor
.

Terrible to love the lovely so,
To count your own years, to say “I’m old,”
To see a flower half-buried in leaves
And come face to face with what you are
.
Han Shan, circa 630 CE

It’s that time of year when I start to paint from my garden, but it’s almost too late for some flowers, so I’m glad I take photos every day…
There is an age old piece of good advice, that an artist should explore a subject in every way possible, should get to know it inside out, up and down, till he/she can paint it in their sleep…
I often follow this creed….not only do I love this particular flower, I admire it’s tenacity in lasting through all kinds of weather, it’s delightful scent, and that the bees find it delicious..
This Echinacea is called “Green Envy” and at it’s flowering peak the petals are lime green tinged with deep pink…it flowered early and the colour has faded a lot, leaving it a brownish tint, but what’s really great is that they don’t fall…they just change…how wonderful if we could say that about ourselves?
I have painted the background like an weathered mossy fabric and merged the flowers with it as if they have aged together…I chose the poem because of what it says about life and counting the years
….Toronto, Ontario, Canada…

Setasilk on Arches HP Paper

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coneflower, echinacea, flowers, garden, janis zroback, red, season, summer, watercolour, flower

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 Zroback12 months ago


    You find a flower half-buried in leaves,
    And in your eye its very fate resides.
    Loving beauty, you caress the bloom;
    Soon enough, you’ll sweep petals from the floor
    ….to learn more about this painting, click description above..

  • – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...12 months ago

    oh what a joyful garden you have……….and you display it so so beautifully

  • Thank you so much KJ…it is beginning to feel like fall already though…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon ski12 months ago

    absolutely delightful Janis!! love how you integrated the color back and forth, texture, contrast, color and composition are so very good. :))

  • Thanks so much Yvonca…I am really happy you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackel12 months ago

    Very nice, glad to see you painting again! I love Green Envy, a really striking variety.

  • I never really stop, but I do slow down and then the works pile up…this summer I am really behind though…glad you like it…they don’t last long in the garden so I take lots of pictures to paint after they’re gone…thanks so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Bob Daalder
    Bob Daalder12 months ago

    Fantastic!!! wonderful colors and dynamics… love it!

  • Thanks so much Bob…nice to see you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moore12 months ago

    They do look as if they have aged together, yet the flower stands out nicely from the background. A beautiful choice of flowers to paint.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradley12 months ago

    Just gorgeous! Love love love the greens and reds and your highlights of yellow and white with the black!
    Always love your work Janis! You definitely know your way around the garden, and trees, and landscapes and so much more…

  • Lovely of you to say so Joanne..thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mark Wade
    Mark Wade12 months ago

    Yes, half buried, but still a flower…lovely

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghan12 months ago

    wonderful work as always Janis…stunning contrasts and light

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumker12 months ago

    Beautiful painting my friend ! Very life like ! Hugs

  • Thank you so much Tom…nice to see you…

    – © Janis Zroback

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