The stranger stood in the doorway, while the rain drove in around him and wild gusts of wind blew the paintings to the floor….they faced him in frozen silence…
Nick was the first to come to his senses…
“Come in man…we’re dying of the cold as it is”
The stranger acquiesced, shutting the door behind him and removing his wet coat as he surveyed the group staring back at him..
“Well this is a fine welcome…you sent for me and I came”
“We sent for professor Oliver, but we’ve heard nothing since then…he seems to have disappeared”
“Well here I am large as life”
“You, you’re Oliver? Josh stared at him in disbelief…we pictured a much older man
The stranger said nothing, but coming further into the room placed a curious object on the table..”Here is my passport”
Slowly they moved closer and saw in the half light that it was a poppy made of stone..
“I have seen that before” cried Jill ."Professor Oliver always carried it with him….but I don’t understand” she continued…
Before she could tell them what she didn’t understand, Oliver went over to the table and looked down at the journals and paintings scattered over it…
“I shall have to take them back with me…only specific tests in the lab will tell us what we want to know”
“Well you can have them all…take them”…JIll began to hastily put them together in the box…as she did so one of them slipped from her grasp..
It was a painting of a Poppy, looking as if it were made of stone, red, blue and black, flashing from the centre with a halo of yellow light surrounding it…she gasped…”but, but, how?” she stammered…
Oliver moved swiftly over and picked it up..”yes…it’s the Stone Poppy…I have been looking for this for a long time”
“Looking for it?..but what have you to do with all of this? queried Nick in amazement….
Looking closely from the Professor to the painting he continued, ”I don’t know if we should really part with them right now..we have been making a lot of progress”
“But Nick” protested Jan..”he is the only one that can deal with this…you said so right from the start, and we haven’t been making much progress…you know that”
“All the same…I think they should stay here”
“Well young man I think I know best, and these are coming back with me to the University”…
He picked up the box, and while they were still trying to figure out what Nick was up to, grabbed his coat and left, the box of paintings under his arm…
“Well that’s torn it” said Nick.
“Why what do you mean?”
“I’m pretty sure that was not Professor Oliver

Fabric Dyes and Sharpie on Arches HP Paper





Gold Dust

Blue and Red

The Tapestry

The Five in White

Artis Praeceptor

Ars Longa Vita Brevis

The Poppy Journals


flowers, garden art, janis, poppies, poppy journals, red, stone, summer

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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  • John44
    John44almost 4 years ago

    Hello Janice

    Amazing shot I love the colors .. lovely done

  • Thank you so much John…really nice of you…it ties in with the story on the right…I do the painting, then write the story….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderous Janis!

    both story and art! I simply love your works..

  • The plot is thickening Ellen…I’m glad you are enjoying both…thank you so much for your continued support…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyalmost 4 years ago

    You are so much more than welcomed! Unsure what that would be, but I love to become involved with your pieces….hurry and get to the end…giggles..No …wait, don’t end your endeavors ever!

  • I don’t plan to do that anytime soon…. :))

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  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 4 years ago

    I knew this was a Janis …love it…
    Janis, I started the other putting some of my friends links on my art pages and from what I can see…there are many gals that have joined in to what I call Artists helping artist…mayb one or two on each of your pages..if you choose to do so…it would great…I love it…it started two of my friends and then I decided to do it for alot and wrote some notes to let others know to do it…sherri :):) also I have a picture of the painting on my disco…it turned out really nice with digital..should I send to your group…

  • Could you Bmail me and explain in full…not sure I fully understand…thanks so much Sherri…glad you like the painting…

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  • Post anything you do with your bundles to the group…we love to see the ongoing process

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  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyalmost 4 years ago

    so very glad!

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 4 years ago

    Very nice work and wonderful story my friend…Hugs,…Tom

  • Thanks so much Tom…very good of you….

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  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...almost 4 years ago

    ok cool…I am going to put your link on there so they can see your beautiful art!!

  • Thanks so much Sherri…very good of you….

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Janis……what a lovely series. Love the color in this !!

  • Thanks so much Sean…I’m really happy you like it….

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  • John Fish
    John Fishalmost 4 years ago

    brilliant colors in this wonderfully expressive painting and great storytelling

  • Lovely of you to say so John…I really appreciate it…

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