Earth Songs....Symphony by © Janis Zroback

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To live content with small means…cont’d below.

To live content with small means..
To seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion..
To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich..
To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly…
To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart…
To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never..
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony
."
William E.Channing

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In my writing pages, I wrote After Apple Picking an illustrated story about my family tradition and Thanksgiving here in Toronto Canada…if you have not read it as yet, please click the title here…
Families of all sizes and shapes including my mini one of three, go to pick apples in the orchards that surround the city after dinner on Thanksgiving day…not because we desperately need apples, but because it’s a tradition, it’s harvest time, it’s family time and it’s a great way of walking off that turkey dinner…
Many families can only get together on Thanksgiving and they might have travelled hundreds of miles to meet with those they may not have seen in a year…
Inevitably the day is lovely….I can’t remember when it wasn’t…the orchards are fully prepared for the onslaught of hundreds of people with babies and children descending from their cars ready to enjoy the day…there is a special place for children so parents can get a bit of a break…
Even if you don’t pick a single fruit, it’s lovely just strolling beneath the trees, or taking pictures in the pumpkin fields, or maybe riding the flat beds to a remote part of the orchards where the rarer apples grow…then satiated with the glorious outdoors, you return home at dusk, arms filled with warm fruit pies that the thoughtful apple producers have baked for us to take away…it’s living simply

Watercolour on Handmade Paper..


The Journal so far with the deckle edges of previous paintings showing underneath, on the left

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….Blessings


Earth Songs…Bliss


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

  • webbie
    webbieabout 4 years ago

    So gorgeous Sis Janis..love the blend of colors in the back grounds.hugggz

  • Thank you so much Thelma…I’m really happy you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    Janis this is so beauty filledwith colours and nature and a vitality that jumps out and grabs your eye and mind well done ,Ilove the apple picking tradition you have as a family too!!Liz))

  • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment Liz…I’m really happy you like it…do you pick apples in fall too?

    – © Janis Zroback

  • lianne
    lianneabout 4 years ago

    Oh Janis – you’re making it very hard indeed to choose among all these stunning paintings! I already have the first 8 in my cart awaiting payday – lol – but now I might have to reshuffle. How amazingly beautiful this particular piece is – and how I love what you’ve said here and Channing’s sublime words as well! I am thoroughly enchanted with this “earth song” for it’s a melody that is so familiar to me. xoxox

  • I love that you like the series Lianne…I hadn’t seen you for a few days and thought you must have been off line, so I’m glad you’re back to see the latest one….you can see the actual journal on the right of the page here with the edges of the previous paintings showing on the left of the journal itself…thank you so much…this so good of you…I really appreciate it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • GEORGE SANDERSON
    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    Another beautiful addition to a great series Janis !!
    It’s great to see that you still keep up with the old traditions !
    My wife and I still go out picking wild Blackberries every year, this was a tradition when we were at school !

  • Thank you so much George….traditions are really important….I live in a city, so there are no hedgerows to pick fruit, but just north of the city is a bounty of every kind of food to pick…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cara Schingeck
    Cara Schingeckabout 4 years ago

    Janis, such rich colors and cool tones which work so well together as does your writing, the mood you set for us all to view your work visually and to put it in context which I feel is just another added bonus that is fantastic and adds a wonderful dimension, speaking dimension your artwork is vibrant and exciting to the eyes a visual feast.

  • What a wonderful compliment…thank you so much Cara…it’s lovely of you to stop by…it encourages me to create more of these works when I know that people appreciate them…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • lianne
    lianneabout 4 years ago

    I did catch and favorite the previous one as well Janis – I just didn’t have time to comment when I did so – lol. I don’t just like the series my friend – it touches something truly deep inside me and there really aren’t words to say exactly what that is or how much I love it!

  • That is really good to know Lianne…I always try to create art with meaning…art that not only means something to me. but that would resonate with others…knowing that you love this series so much gives me great encouragement to post more of the journal…thanks again…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Inese
    Ineseabout 4 years ago

    oooooooohh wow this is just what i needed to brighten up my day. love ewerything about it, colours, style, name ect ect
    bravo!

  • How lovely of you Inese…thank you so much….

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    as only you can create…………….bright and cheerful………full of heart………………

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • RobinKing
    RobinKingabout 4 years ago

    So BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Thank you so much Robin…very nice of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

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