The Legacy by ©Janis Zroback

The Legacy" is part of the Still Life Collection of Memory Paintings…do you remember long ago before Ikea, and flat pack shelving, fathers would nail up a few odd planks of wood in the shed, and tools were kept there, odd nails, pieces of rope, garden implements and other paraphanalia…long after they have gone the tools remain in memoriam, a tribute to ingenuity, common sense and “making do”

Painted in Watercolour on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper…

Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

Ye that through your hearts to-day
Feel the gladness of the May!
What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though 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
…W. Wordsworth

Still Life with Old Dandelion Stencil andd Terracotta Pots

Still Life with Wellingtons

The Sap Bucket

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 Zrobackabout 6 years ago

    The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
    The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers in the land,
    The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains…
    For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains

  • bev langby
    bev langbyabout 6 years ago

    Brilliant card for a bloke lol love it and do remember…………

  • Thanks so much Bev…I’m glad you like it… :))

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • webbie
    webbieabout 6 years ago

    my friend Artur use to have a barnboard wall with old tools on it…This brought it all back..Just awsome Sis Janis hugggggggggz

  • That’s what it’s meant to do Thelma…bring back memories to remind us of what we used to consider to be valuable in life, and which is in fact still valuable…I’m so glad this brought back good memories…thanks so much Thelma… :)))

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Karin (Cassidy) Taylor
    © Karin (Cassi...about 6 years ago

    Janis, i love how just about every day there is something new to see, i love how you paint daily….i love your textures, it fascinates me to say the least….i think what you’ve achieved here is pure brilliance, that timber look is amazing :)

  • I try to paint everyday, even if it’s only for a short time, but it’s usually about three to four hours on average…sometimes I am working on more than one painting at the same time…but I am gradually moving back to mainly Still Life as it’s what I like to do best, though I will still do other subjects in between…
    Textures of everything fascinate me too…I am always thinking of way to interpret the surfaces of things…I stood up for most of this painting, so I could get a real perspective on it…my burn’t sienna colours got a real work out on those planks, but there’s yellow ochre in the first layer and umbers and neutral tint to deepen the wood grain…my four inch badger brushes are invaluable here…they are definitely worth the extremely high the past I have painted wood grain in oils on MDF and it was great as it dried so slowly…today was the first time I did it in watercolour and on paper…what a difference…I had to work so incredibly fast as it was drying in seconds…it was a real challenge, but I loved it….I had a friend over watching me for most of it….
    As I painted, I was dancing to a song about a man who comes from a land down under…very catchy tune…it made me think of you….I always dance and sing while I paint…lol…
    What a long reply!!…never ask me questions…I tend to go on and on…thanks so much Karin…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 6 years ago

    Super Janis. Really like this one a lot. I’ll admit my own workshop is a bit more contemporary, but I still know lots of folks that have tool sheds that look just like this.

  • In our garage we have the Ikea organizers too…. this one is totally from my imagination…I have not seen tools hanging from planks since I was a child…thanks so much Jim…I’m glad you like it…I might do something nautical next…I have never touched that subject and maybe it’s time…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • paperslayer
    paperslayerabout 6 years ago

    Thats nice!! Great colour(s)!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accioneabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work Janis, the timber looks very real. Congratulations!
    Have you ever thought of doing a video of how you paint then we could all have a bit of a lesson.

  • Thank you so much Anna…for many years I did television shows where I painted…I was also featured in many magazine articles and books.I have drastically cut back on those activities, as they really cut into my painting time…now I just do a class once per month…I want sufficient time every day to paint without interruption, so now I do just the occasional feature…I will keep a video in mind though…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Neophytos
    Neophytosabout 6 years ago

    Wood glorious WOOD !!!

  • Thank you so much Neo…I’m so glad you like it… :))

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 6 years ago

    this is such an interesting painting Janis…the texture and tools are painted perfectly…I must say my husband has some nails into fixed wood on the walls with tools hanging from them in our double garage! (plus the usual shelf storage as well) This reminded me of them only your wood is amazing! ours is pretty boring…..great painting Janis.

  • I have to stop myself from making it too real…so using watercolour and loosening up some of the brushstrokes helps…I still want it to be something a viewer can have a dialogue with…my wood is from my imagination, but I think it looks like a cross between pine and plywood…as usual I had nothing in front of me while I painted, so I had to conjure it all up in my minds eye, hoping that the shadows are reasonably accurate with regard to the light etc…but since it’s not photorealism, I don’t mind….thank you so much Linda…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • AnnieD
    AnnieDabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful….wonderful!! Wonderful texture and brings back some lovely memories for me. Thank you!

  • That is what I was hoping it would do…thanks for letting me know Annie…I am very happy about that, and the compliment to the work as well… :))

    – ©Janis Zroback

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