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On my last visit to England a few years ago,

I was browsing in a bookshop and came across a book with a painting of this lovely, but humble wildflower….there it is called “Hogweed”…but here in North America, we have a prettier name for it…the painting in the book was all in white and pale colours…
I forgot about it till recently I saw some growing in spring in a neighbour’s wild garden here in Toronto Ontario……with my penchant for glorifing ordinary objects of everyday life, I had to get some and do a painting

Watercolour on Arches Paper…

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
the field 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
…. Queen Anne’s Lace by William Carlos Williams

A Pious Wish to Whiteness

No Question of Whiteness

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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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  • hickerson
    hickersonabout 6 years ago


  • Thank you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 6 years ago

    lovely and so soft..

  • Thank you…It’s a soft delicate flower of the fields, so I felt I had to portray it the same way….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 6 years ago

    Very nice painting!

  • Thank you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Lee Kerr
    Lee Kerrabout 6 years ago

    very pretty

  • Thank you

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  • coppertrees
    coppertreesabout 6 years ago

    very nice Janis

  • Thank you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceabout 6 years ago

    Very realistic and the shadow effect is stunning.

  • Thank you so much….I’m really glad you like this as it’s one of my favourites…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • RMonroe
    RMonroeabout 6 years ago

    This is so very elegant. Just lovely and another fav:)

  • Thank you Robin…I love it too…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 6 years ago

    wow great detail; the subject really pops out!

  • Thank’s my favourite of my flower paintings

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 6 years ago

    so so beautiful ! , and yes, you sure do have a way to make glorious from the ordinary.. but Queens lace is so not ordinary ?.. I love it .

  • Thank you Isa…I’m so glad you like my work and thank you too for placing me on your watchlist…I hope you continue to enjoy my work…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 6 years ago

    gorgeous Janis I missed this one earlier – glad it got featured so I could see it :-)

  • Thank you Linda…It was one of my favourite flowers to paint…

    – © Janis Zroback

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