A Memory of Water by ©Janis Zroback

A Memory of Water" is a commissioned work…commissioned by me for myself…the first time I have ever done such a thing…
It is an homage to my childhood, to the river that ran through the town where I grew up…as a child the river played an enormously important part in my life….
It ran behind and way below the houses on the opposite side of my street…we children spent all the years of our young lives sitting on the rocks, feet in the river till we got too hungry to stay any longer and went home, only to return the next day….
Each section of the river had it’s own name…we never thought that was peculiar…simply took it for granted that when some one said he lived near Manuel Penge, we knew exactly where that was…it was where the cliffs overlooking the river were sheer and where my brother fell and cut his head after disobeying orders about running down the hill…
Part of the river was shallow and sparkling…that was Moonshine…a secret romantic place you could only reach by climbing down steep tracks through high bushes…
Once we had an elderly Japanese guest staying with us who spoke no English…the four of us kids took him to Moonshine, he struggling through the high bush, and carrying my baby sister…when we got there we stood and gazed at the magic light on the water…to this day I wonder what he thought, and if he understood that we were showing him our greatest treasure…
Those days of endless sunshine seem to stretch to infinity, no end in view…limitless sojourns by the river…sometimes we took picnics with us…they were the best because we never went home till dark…the dark that fell like an enveloping blanket sharply at six p.m
….Excerpt…“The River” J.Z.

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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 Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

  • AmbientKreation
    AmbientKreationover 4 years ago

    This is stunning work Janis! Love the colours and the scene…

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Lovely work, Janis! HAPPY HOLIDAYS, my friend!

  • Thank you so much Dot….the same to you…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 4 years ago

    Stunning work Janis Beatufil scene and colours . Happy Holidays

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Well this one is right up my street Janis (or should I say stream)!!! What a wonderful painting and description of what looks like an extremely beautiful river! I think your ‘client’ should be extremely pleased with ‘herself’ and this lovely homage to her childhood!!!! My best wishes for a very Happy Christmas and an extremely creative New Year.

  • Thanks so much Lynda…it’s not so much a direct image of the place but a sense of it…I plan to do several more impressions of the river, with each one slightly different as my memory allows…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoover 4 years ago

    Excellent piece, as is your work Congrtas… the control the exciting way you brought out the flow…and movement bravo dear and thank you for your support this year much appreciate, Merry Christmas and the best New Year…Rey

  • Thank you so much Reynaldo….Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Janis! Love the colors and happy feel to it. Reminds me of so many places I played as a kid. Some nice memories. We even played there in the winter…one finds out the hard way that the water doesn’t freeze solid and that the water underneath is icy cold. :-)

  • Thank you so much Cathy…this time of year brings back those memories so clearly….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    alovely work full of good memories a wonderful gift to yourself well done janis .Love the story about the river too !@LIz

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Margi
    Margiover 4 years ago

    Oh Janis I do love your work, it always amazes me:))

  • That is really wonderful…..thank you so much Margaret…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Ann Garrett
    Ann Garrettover 4 years ago


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

    – ©Janis Zroback

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