Introducing leggings. You’ll never run out of inspiration.

The title “Torn” is like several others in this collection, a play on words …it can evoke the sadness of a separation, or someone (man or woman), at a crossroad in their life mulling over decisions they have to make…torn between two lovers…torn apart by space and time, torn in two, torn by sorrow, torn to shreds by love or pain, torn letters, lives torn apart by disaster…..these days, Valentine’s Day is not always roses and chocolate… direct constrast to the complications love and other disasters can bring to our lives, I made the image simple, but of rich materials and rich colour…the pure gold I used here, the gold that cannot tarnish, that lasts forever, it too can be torn.. Rumi’s poetry expresses the idea that we all suffer for universal love… I made the Cherry whole, ripe and juicy…at the bottom of Pandora’s box, there was and still is…hope

Special F/X is of a worn red leather diary..real gold leaf and pure gold dust, on acrylic… the Cherry is in acrylic and watercolour…. Arches Not Paper

You who are not kept anxiously awake for love’s sake, sleep on.
In restless search for that river, we hurry along;
you whose heart such anxiety has not disturbed, sleep on.
Love’s place is out beyond the many separate sects;
since you love choosing and excluding, sleep on.
Love’s dawn cup is our sunrise, his dusk our supper;
you whose longing is for sweets and whose passion is for supper, sleep on.
In search of the philosopher’s stone, we are melting like copper;
you whose philosopher’s stone is cushion and pillow, sleep on.
I have abandoned hope for my brain and head; you who wish for a clear head and fresh brain, sleep on.
I have torn speech like a tattered robe and let words go;
you who are still dressed in your clothes, sleep on



The Line-Up


Left Hangin

One Alone

Pure Heaven

Riper Yet

Two Cherries

Cherries Jubilee

Ripe Cherries

Maria’s Cherry

Still Life with a Picnic Table

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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  • mowphoto
    mowphotoabout 5 years ago

    SOMEDAY I will own one of your cherry prints, LOVE he red and gold very Valentine’s:)

  • Thank you so much Molly…very nice of you to say so…this is for Valentine’s day, but I wanted to express real human emotion, hence “Torn”…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

  • Fantastic news Sharon…thank you so much….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Karirose
    Kariroseabout 5 years ago

    Perfect sentiment regarding Valentine’s day—not all roses and chocolate.

  • Very true…welcome to my gallery, and thank you so much….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • bev langby
    bev langbyabout 5 years ago

    oh i adore it and its now my fav really is and yes Valentines Day is not always chocolate and roses for many ….the lucky ones forget that xxx

  • I thought you would feel that way… :)) thanks so much Bev…very good of you…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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

    I am torn between which ones I like best…………….
    this is so kool……….

  • Haha…good one…thanks so much..I’m really glad you like them…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Altered it just now…added more gold…I might add more later on…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulabout 5 years ago

    Elegant simplicity. : >D

  • Thank you so much Michael…very nice of you to describe it as such…I’m flattered…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceabout 5 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • Thank you so much Alison…it’s my personal favourite of them all…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 5 years ago

    Janis ,just right ,I love the golden with the lushious red !!LIZ

  • I’m thinking of altering this one, but I’m not sure whether I should add more gold or take some out, or leave it as it is…thanks so much Liz…I love getting your feedback…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • izzybeth
    izzybethabout 5 years ago

    Janis!!! This is fabulous. I lov eht gold you added to the background. Your painting , is so tempting. I think it is perfect just as it is. I think the painting is interesting, because the fruit itself is so beautifully convincing and the gold is just suggested… I mean it does not look like you placed a lot of emphasis on the gold. it sort of acts as a shadow.
    I like the treatment you have done with the red ground too.

  • I have taken another photo with a lot less gold, which I had to sand off, but I think maybe this one is still better, so I will leave it as is…I’m really happy you like it Izzybeth…thank you so much for letting me know…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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