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In my goal to portray women in all guises and emotions, here is the latetst addition to the collection..“The Temptation”….we all know what the feeling…temptation comes in many disguises…is she the temptress, or has she been tempted?make of her what you will

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THE Demon, in my chamber high,
This morning came to visit me,
And, thinking he would find some fault,
He whispered: "I would know of thee

Among the many lovely things
That make the magic of her face,
Among the beauties, black and rose,
That make her body’s charm and grace

Which is most fair?" Thou didst reply
To the Abhorred, O soul of mine:
“No single beauty is the best
When she is all one flower divine

When all things charm me I ignore
Which one alone brings most delight;
She shines before me like the dawn,
And she consoles me like the night

The harmony is far too great,
That governs all her body fair,
For impotence to analyse
And say which note is sweetest there

O mystic metamorphosis!
My senses into one sense flow—
Her voice makes perfume when she speaks,
Her breath is music faint and low
!" ..Baudelaire

When I was halfway through painting this, I remembered a picture I had seen in a magazine advertising lipstick….the model had her fingers on the open lips…. I thought they would be a perfect addititon to the painting, but I needed to see them again, just to be sure…. I frantically dug through my recycling bin (luckily we are having a garbage strike and everthing is still here) and found the picture…..the fingers were just what I needed…it was apparent that the picture had been buried in my subconscious, just waiting to emerge in this painting….I made the modifications to the image and here it is

Acrylic and watercolour on Fabriano Paper..

THE DIVINE FEMININE…and many others
TOP TEN CHALLENGE WIN IN PAINTED LADIES and many other wins including first place wins

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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..
© All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Janis Zroback and any use of these images in any form without her written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    oooh powerful image! So much emotion conveyed. Love this!

  • I thrilled that you do…thank you so much Erika…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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    ©Janis Zrobackover 5 years ago

    O mystic metamorphosis!
    My senses into one sense flow

  • Tron
    Tronover 5 years ago

    Excellent work Janis!

  • Welcome Mark…so nice to see you again…thank you so much…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 5 years ago

    That stare is mesmerizing. Amazing piece.

  • I’m thrilled that you find it so…thank you so much…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 5 years ago

    This one rocks! to me! The complimentary colors just pop. My fav’

  • That’s lovely of you Leslie…thank you so much…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 5 years ago

    dark, mysterious, enticing………….good idea with the fingers………makes it more tasty……….
    so now which is my favorite………….???

  • Temptation is always tasty…I just made ice cream today…it is so tempting to eat it….now which is your favourite?

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • owlspook
    owlspookover 5 years ago

  • Fantastic news…thank you so much…I really appreciate it…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • tandoor
    tandoorover 5 years ago

    this is wicked Janis. Wow cant take my eyes off her.

  • She is isn’t she…she got more wicked as I painted her…thank you so much Tandoor…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Karo / Caroline Evans (Caux-Evans)
    Karo / Carolin...over 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Caroline.. :))

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • red addiction
    red addictionover 5 years ago

    This is Fantastic! I love everything about it! The eyes, mouth, lips, hand, colors and expression!! Bravo!!!

  • It’s wonderful to see that Red…thank you so much…I really appreciate it..

    – ©Janis Zroback

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