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These giant poppies are from my garden here in Toronto, Ontario…they are intruders..they pop up every spring growing taller and wider with the years..
The seeds were planted by squirrels years ago and they have repeatedly defied my attempts to root them out, so I have resigned myself to bright red poppies smack in the middle of a pink, blue, and mauve garden…
This morning I saw them tall and defiant as always, so I grabbed my pastels, went outside and painted some of them exactly as they grew, not changing a thing…it was as if they were posing for me…only the tops of the leaves show at this height, but they bent their heads gracefully as I scribbled…they are about five feet tall so I stood right in front of them and went to work…
Now I have captured them on paper, they will probably remain here forever

From the Flowers Series

Pastel and White Sharpie on Handmade Paper

This is a year of Poppies: our land
was overflowing with them when I returned
between May and June, and got drunk
on a wine so sweet, so dark.
From cloudy mulberry to grain to meadow,
ripeness was all, in a gentle
heat, a slow drowsiness
spread throughout the green universe.
Now at life’s midpoint, I’ve seen
grown-up sons go off alone
and disappear beyond the net of flights
the swallow keeps to in the spent glow
of stormy evening..
And the pain gave way
naturally to the lights of home,
of another dinner in air refreshed,
by hail unleashed in the distance
…Attilo Bertolucci

Queen Anne’s Lace

Tulips…Later yet

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 Zrobackover 4 years ago

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, so rich and lovely.:)

  • Thank you so much Ann…very good of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 4 years ago

    Wow ! superbe ! what vibrant colours and textures ! Love this Janis

  • Thank you so much Corinne….I’m so glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Alexa Pereira
    Alexa Pereiraover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work here congrats love the colours

  • Thanks you so much…very nice of you..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Oh, Janis, this is absolutely spectacular! The colors, the background, and the white highlights are just right!

  • I’m so happy you like it Dot…thank you so much for your lovely comment……

    – © Janis Zroback

  • SLittleton
    SLittletonover 4 years ago

    I adore your artwork Janis, and this piece is incredible!

  • Lovely of you Shannon…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    Such beautiful artistry!

  • Thank you so much…very nice of you.

    – © Janis Zroback

  • John Fish
    John Fishover 4 years ago

    gorgeous. I love the delicate quality in the drawing and wonderful watercolor style

  • Thank you so much John…lovely of you to express it in those terms…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Blended
    Blendedover 4 years ago

    lovely painting…it must have been hot working outdoors. Here the temps were in the 90’s over the past few days.

  • I went out early….it was only about 20 then…now it’s 32 and I am staying inside where it’s cool…thanks so much…I’m glad you like the Poppies…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Holly Werner
    Holly Wernerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Janis. I can almost see them sway in the breeze.

  • It is so hot that they are wilting quickly, but there are tons of buds, so I’ll have them with me for a few more days…thanks so much Holly….

    – © Janis Zroback

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