I think I could turn and live with animals, they’re so placid and self contain’d,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth
…Walt Whitman

The neighbour whose garden backs on to mine has a pear tree…the squirrels love it…they wait till the pears are a nice size for holding between little paws, then knock them off the branch, take a few bites and throw them away…later I am amused to see them come over to my garden and busily bury some of the pears in my potted plants, totally unaware that very soon those pots will not be there…
Although I deplore the waste of the fruit they toss away, (there’s still lots left for the homeowners), I praise their foresight in planning for leaner times, but knowing those pears won’t be there after I put away my pots, I lay in a good stock of peanuts…they’ll need them in a few months

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…To Be


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

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

  • GEORGE SANDERSON
    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    Superb as always, Janis !
    It’s really nice to see the wildlife, we always have food out for them !

  • Thank so much George….even though I live in the heart of the city with high rises all around me, we have lots of wild life…too much sometimes….they can clause a lot of havoc…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous work Janis! I don’t see too many squirrels in my yard … mostly bunnies. I think it is a family that lives there … they no longer run away when approached. It’s funny, they have certain spots in the yard wear they sit and eat the grass – done at specific times. :-) Love the pear tree … had one as a kid … only tree that we never climbed … even to get the fruit. Again, love the colors and the thought of just enjoying the simple pleasures in life. :-)

  • Thank you so much Cathy….we have a lot of wild life even though I live in the middle of a built up city….sometimes we live side by side very peacefully, other times it’s havoc….holes in the garden, garbage spilled etc….but when winter comes we’re all in it together….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful series, luscious colors!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Racheli
    Racheliabout 4 years ago

    Exquisite work of art! Great colours hues.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • oneartiststudio
    oneartiststudioabout 4 years ago

    Truly stunning, Janis!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    so where are the peanuts you leave?…………..another beauty wahini.

  • In my kitchen…it’s not quite winter yet…thanks so much KJ…

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    Beautiful and the words add so much, I think the wild life needs a little supplement during winter. Congratulations Janis. another favourite for me.

  • Thank you so much Anna…..that’s really wonderful of you….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateabout 4 years ago

    Oh, so sweet! Squirrels are just so cute, I wish we had them here in Australia. Nice to know you leave them nuts, thats such a lovely thing to do :)

  • Thank you so much Alexandra…..they can wreck a garden sometimes though….today one was glaring at me through my window because I interrupted his meal by looking out at him….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 4 years ago

    Nice work.Beautiful colors my friend…Hugs…Tom

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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