Teazels and Seedheads abound in fall..they have a beauty of their own and I try to leave as many as I can on the stems till the following spring…every season has an abundance of rich textures and colours, but the light cast by the sun in autumn is unrivalled by any other part of the year…today the the sun made the city glow…the skies were an incredible blue…we were out all day walking the paths of our venerable University of Toronto…it felt good to be alive

O sacred season of Autumn, be my teacher
For I wish to learn the virtue of contentment.
As I gaze upon hour full-colored beauty,
I sense all about you
An at-homeness with your amber riches

You are the season of retirement,
Of full barns and harvested fields.
The cycle of growth has ceased,
And the busy work of giving life
Is now completed.
I sense in you no regrets:
You’ve lived a full life

As you, O autumn, take pleasure in your great bounty,
Let me also take delight
In the abundance of the simple things in life
Which are the true source of joy.
With the golden glow of peaceful contentment
May I truly appreciate this autumn day
….Edward Hays

Ink and Gouache on Handmade Paper

“*Earth Songs” is a brand new series…it is an artist’s journal….each section will be a prayer for the earth, for land, for sea and air, for food…. as the pages turn, the images will reflect the seasons, the thoughts and musings of the diarist and will contain many different images, painted or drawn in a semi abstract way…it will be a celebration of the world that surrounds and sustains us, painted in a stream of consciousness manner in a handmade journal*…

I think it is so important to relate what we do to something outside of us….there is a rhythm that underscores all our lives and as artists we are so lucky in that we are able to embrace that rhythm and reflect it in our work…to understand it and to communicate it as best we can…by doing a sort of stream of consciousness drawing or painting, I hope to be able to do that with this journal…. in a way it’s me, as a book

Earth Songs…Sanctuary

Earth Songs…Secrets

Earth Songs…Peace

Earth Songs..To Know

Earth songs..This is the Way

Earth Songs..One Leaf

Earth Songs…The World Goes On


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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 Zrobackalmost 4 years ago

  • dperalta
    dperaltaalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! Love your palette!

  • Thank you so much Debi…lovely of you to say so…

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  • webbie
    webbiealmost 4 years ago

    So gorgeous sis…awsome fall colors too hugggz

  • Thank you so much Thelma….very nice of you….

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  • eMalec
    eMalecalmost 4 years ago

    very very beautiful.

  • Thank you so much Elena…lovely of you to say so….

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  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 4 years ago

    this is lovely Janis..I am way behind again…! so much going on this end..always a delight to view your work …

  • Thank you so much Linda….very nice of you…Hope things settle down for you very soon..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 4 years ago

    Nice work my friend.Delightful & beautiful…Hugs…Tom

  • Thank you so much Tom….hope you’re well..

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  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    bright and alive with happiness in the moment wonderful work and palette Janis !LIz

  • Thank you so much Liz…I’m happy you like it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 4 years ago

    Janis this is yet another wonderful and evocative image. Thank you so much for introducing me to the poem by Edward Hays. At almost 70 years of age he is describing exactly where I am in my life. Since discovering photography and red bubble I can join wonderful artists like you from my armchair and reflect on the wonderful life I have lived and look forward with anticipation to the delights yet to come. Alma x

  • That is a beautifully expressive sentiment Alma, and one to which we should all aspire…thank you os much for adding it to my art page…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Racheli
    Rachelialmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant depiction of colours and poem!
    Lets hope and pray that mother earth won’t let us down, since we let her down.

  • Thank you so much Rachel…I hope so too….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • DanaMS
    DanaMSalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous series Darling Janis xox

  • Thank you so much DD…lovely to “see” you….

    – © Janis Zroback

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