It is only here in large portions of Canada that wonderous second wind, the Indian summer, attains its amplitude and heavenly perfection…
The temperatures; the sunny haze; the mellow, rich delicate, almost flavoured air…
Enough to live — enough to merely be
Walt Whitman, Diary in Canada

The last few days have been too cold to be technically called Indian Summer, but they were certainly sunny enough…that “heavenly perfection” that Whitman describes in his diary just cried out to be painted….the dappled light from the sky gleaming through the half shorn trees, a light that is unique to autumn..
The tree in my front garden here in Toronto, has lost most of it’s leaves, so the warmth of the sun reaches the earth unhindered by the usual summer canopy..
I sit on my front porch, leaves around my feet, too bemused by the sight to do more than sit and gaze……I want to hold on to it forever….
Soon it will be too cold to sit on the porch….but for now, basking in that warm glow, it is "enough to merely be

Inks, Gouache, Watercolour, and Pastel on Handmade paper..

The Journal opened at two of the pages, with the deckle edges of previous paintings showing underneath, on the left

Above are the most recent 12 pages of the Journal

“*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…Tapestry

Earth Songs..Choices

Earth Songs…Symphony

Earth Songs….Blessings

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 Beginning


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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 Zrobackover 3 years ago

  • allicata
    allicataover 3 years ago

    Beautiful, beautiful Janis…. great work.

  • Your comment makes me very happy Allison..thank you so much…….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Stuniing work Janis……this really has a Fall atmosphere to it : )

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

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  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 3 years ago

    Oh my Janis this is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

  • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment Kim…I really appreciate it…

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  • Neil Ross
    Neil Rossover 3 years ago

    Glorious artwork Janis. This is awesome. Well done :-)

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

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Janis!

  • Thank you so much Elizabeth…vey nice of you…

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  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 3 years ago

    Stunning work Janis.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 3 years ago

    So lovely Janis! Love the temperature of the Spring and Autumn best…. Beautiful Fall colors and the last of the summer green. This reminds me of a reflection on the water – the shimmer of light appearing as glistening pools in the water. :-)

  • Thank you so much Cathy….in these journal paintings I have veered away from taking a too realistic approach to the subject matter, so here where you would expect the blue of the sky, I have actually used black and green and red together, to give a feeling of the season rather than a picture of it….it is always light that attracts me and I go against the norm, by placing it where I please…since this is indirect painting, it is a little tricky, but much more natural and effective….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Another treasure. I do love your work, it is so original and demands to be studied and thought about. Alma

  • What a wonderful encomium Alma…..I will treasure your lovely words for a very long time….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accioneover 3 years ago

    Stunning again, the words really bring this image into the mind with crystal clarity. Congratulations Janis

  • And that is all any painter would ask….that the work conveys the feeling they want to express…thank you so much Anna….

    – © Janis Zroback

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