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The Poppy Journals...Fabric.... by © Janis Zroback


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At those dramatic words, all heads swiveled towards Tom, who waved a slip of paper over his head…
One of us is called Poppy
“Who?” chorused the group…
Tell them Jill” he said, staring at her accusingly….“you know who it is…right?”
“What makes you think I know anything?”
“You seem to already know a lot” stated Max…“you knew it wasn’t Oliver…you knew about the Stone Poppy…what else do you know?”
“Yes what else?” urged Martin..”you’d better tell us and quickly before that man returns”
“I tell you I don’t know anything” protested Jill…“I know as much as you do…that’s all”
Then why is your middle name Poppy” demanded Tom triumphantly…
“Who says my name is Poppy?”…..“you have no proof of anything…why are you hounding me?”
“Your passport…I have it right here” shouted Tom..
“Give me that…you have no right to go through my things”.. Jill reddened with anger and tried to snatch the paper from Tom, but Nick seized it and looking at the inscription, said..
“Yes, it says here that your middle name is Poppy”..
And your last name is Oliver” continued the astounded Nick
Poppy Oliver?”…“then she must be related to Professor Oliver” screeched Maddy..
He is my father” muttered Jill..
“Then can you tell us what all this is about and why you are putting us all in danger?”
“No one’s in danger” sighed Jill…"I’ll tell you what you want to know…it all started 200 years ago

Authors note…Before the dramatic discovery, the group had uncovered a new Poppy, painted on crumpled fabric…dark red flowers, in silhouette against a light shining through the woven material

Gouache, Sharpie, Inks and Dyes on Indian Paper







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The Poppy Journals


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

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 Zrobackabout 4 years ago

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Janis! Love the “warm glow” surrounding the vibrant red flowers

  • Thank you so much Peter…I’m thrilled that you like the painting, and happy that the light is showing through….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 4 years ago

    Ah the resolution begins!! This story has been so enjoyable! pretty painting, superb light as usual:-)!

  • I just posted this and yes I am winding down the story even though I have lots more poppies done and waiting in my studio, (which won’t get posted I guess), and I could add a whole lot more to the narrative….but I have got to do some commissioned works, and also tackle my next series which is a very complicated one, and the one after that which is even more complicated and both have been buzzing around in my head for weeks now…the poppy series was only supposed to be one painting and not a series at all, but that’s life, and since I thoroughly enjoyed both the painting and the writing, it was meant to be…thank you so much Leslie…glad you like the works and the story…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 4 years ago

    So beautiful..Love the glow..feels like Autumn to me :)

  • Well fall is just around the corner, so it must have crept into my subconscious…thank you so much Kim…glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    wondeful dark colors of antique material on this Janis!! Oh now we have a poppy and oliver connection well done ,great story LIZ

  • Thanks so much Liz…yes I decided it was the right time to start the reveal….as usual the painting inspires and I write…..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Racheli
    Racheliabout 4 years ago

    Exquisite work of art Janice!

  • Thank you so much Rachel…nice to see you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 4 years ago

    Love the deep richness of this image, Janis. Beautiful!

  • Thank you so much Dot….very nice of you to say so….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 4 years ago

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 4 years ago

    another beauty………………….ah to be 200 years old again…………..

  • I feel like 200 every day….thank so much Kj….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 4 years ago

    I meant to say 200 years young

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