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While watering my neighbours garden (springtime in Toronto Ontario), I noticed this lovely little pink and white flower shining up through the undergrowth of hostas and other plants under a tree…it looked like it might be related to Geraniums so I titled it as such… it seemed to call for a looser impressionistic interpretation, so I did just that

Watercolour on Handmade Paper…

This is a riot of a poem that will make you laugh, if it doesn’t make you many of us have one lonely Geranium in a pot on a windowsill.. it is called "Geranium"

When I put her out, once, by the garbage pail,
She looked so limp and bedraggled,
So foolish and trusting, like a sick poodle,
Or a wizened aster in late September,
I brought her back in again
For a new routine—
Vitamins, water, and whatever
Sustenance seemed sensible
At the time: she’d lived
So long on gin, bobbie pins, half-smoked cigars, dead beer,
Her shriveled petals falling
On the faded carpet, the stale
Steak grease stuck to her fuzzy leaves.
(Dried-out, she creaked like a tulip

The things she endured!
The dumb dames shrieking half the night
Or the two of us, alone, both seedy,
Me breathing booze at her,
She leaning out of her pot toward the window

Near the end, she seemed almost to hear me—
And that was scary—
So when that snuffling cretin of a maid
Threw her, pot and all, into the trash-can,
I said nothing

But I sacked the presumptuous hag the next week,
I was that lonely
. Theodore Roethke

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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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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

  • salena
    salenaover 4 years ago

    Oh beautifull Janis – love your flowers!!

  • Lovely of you to say so Salena…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    How beautiful, Janis. This is really a lovely series you are doing!

  • Dot I am enjoying it so much, I think I will paint flowers all summer long….I’m so glad you like the series…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Prasad
    Prasadover 4 years ago

    Awesome work, Janis

  • Thank you so much Prasad…very nice of you…

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  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

    Beautiful artistry!

  • Thank you so much Joyce…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 4 years ago

    Another Beauty, Janis !!!

  • Thank you so much George…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    well done on this Janis ,gerainiums were a staple plant in our home while growing up they decorated the kitchen window fall to spring and summered outside and rerouted to the window for the rest of the year .We cannot winter them outside up here .LIZ

  • Thank you so much…I am not quite sure if it is a Geranium, but it does look like one…I have some on my porch and in my backyard near the pond…glad you like it Liz…

    – © Janis Zroback

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    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    another beauty wahini………… a style all your own……………

  • Thank you so much KJ…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Going for the light, they seem to shine bright. Love it.

  • Thank you so much Ann…very nice of you

    – © Janis Zroback

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