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Blessings While Cooking

All that I have comes from my Mother!
I give myself over to this pot.
My thoughts are on the good,
the healing properties of this food.
My hands are balanced, I season well
!

I give myself over to this pot,
Life is being given to me.
I commit to sharing, I feed others.
I feed She Who Feeds Me
.

I give myself over to this gift.
I adorn this table with food.
I invite lovers and friends to come share.
I thank you for this gift.
All that I have comes from my Mother
!…Chief Luisah Teish

Last week was our Thanksgiving here in Canada, and I had a friend and her family join mine for dinner at my home in Toronto…there is no doubt that it is an exhausting time, getting the turkey ready, making the stuffing, side dishes, desserts, appetizers, all the trappings that make this annual celebration so memorable…
I prefer to be alone in the kitchen, and do all the cooking and preparations myself…it is a time for me to remember family celebrations, when my mother would make all our favourite dishes…I still call her up for tips, as it’s her stuffing recipe I use, but now I add my own touches…
As we finished the meal with a platter of fruit and nuts, I gave thanks to my own mother and our mother the earth, for teaching me the gift of providing for friends and family

Ink, Pastel, and Watercolour 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…Bliss


Earth Songs…Appreciation


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

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..
© All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Janis Zroback and any use of these images in any form without her written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 4 years ago

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulabout 4 years ago

    Love the vivid colors and luscious textures, Janis. A great addition to this series. : )

  • Thank you so much Michael…you’ve been on my mind a lot…hope you’re doing a bit better today…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cathy  Walker
    Cathy Walkerabout 4 years ago

    a beautiful tribute, we dont celebrate thanksgiving here but you have given me an insight into the meaning, such a gorgeous piece of work!

  • Thank you so much Cathy….Canada has been celebrating Thanksgiving long before we became officially Canada….about 500 years or so….it is to give thanks for the harvest for the bounty that is ours…families get together travelling hundreds of miles to do so if necessary….
    I’m so glad you like the painting….thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful image Janis

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    a wonderful composition and wonderful thoughts…………..

    thanks to my own mother and our mother the earth,
    for teaching me the gift of providing for friends and family

    truly wonderful……………………..

  • Thank you so much K.J…lovely of you to say so..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accioneabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful image and sentiments. Well done Janis, Sadly we do not have the celebration of thanksgiving here in Australia, maybe we are too young a Country.

  • Australia is 221 years old and Canada is 143, so we’re a bit younger than you are….England which is really really old (1069 years) doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving either….you should start a campaign to have Thanksgiving Anna…thanks so much for your lovely comment…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work and thoughts. I love the colors … nice and homey feeling to them.

  • Thank you so much Cathy…I’m thrilled that you like it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    woderful thanksgiving abundance in the table and the colours of the season well done a joy to look at !LIz

  • Lovely of you to say so Liz…thank you so much…it was a lot of work but worth it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateabout 4 years ago

    Just love this one Janis, such beautiful colours :)

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 4 years ago

    So wonderful looking. I love the story that is with it, awesome!

  • Thank you so much Ann…that’s lovely of you….

    – © Janis Zroback

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