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I CRIED over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.
The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.
The northwest wind comes and the yellow is torn full of holes, new beautiful things come in the first spit of snow on the northwest wind, and the old things go, not one lasts
…Carl Sandburg

Autumn Angel" is painted on a real tropical leaf skeleton (see below)….she is part of my latest collection of portraits, designed to evoke various moods, both by what they represent and also by how they’re executed….
The leaf is beautiful in it’s natural cream colour, but using various inks, I turned it into an autumn leaf, with the face emerging from it’s tiny veins….
I took advantage of the larger veins to create the shape of her face…
The leaf is fragile and porous, soaking up paint like blotting took all my patience to stop the inks from bleeding all over the place, though I did take advantage of the bleeding in some areas…
I could not use the brush too vigorously as the leaf would tear…
There is one large leaf taking up almost all of the space, and three others overlapping at the top…the full size is 13×20

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Leaf Skeleton

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 3 years ago

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 3 years ago

    Wow! Beautifully done and creative execution!!!’

  • I love it so much that it will not be sold but instead framed and hung in my sunroom….it was tricky but inspired as I had never done it before…thanks so much Leslie…glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Miriam Morgan
    Miriam Morganover 3 years ago

    Oustanding Janis!!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Miriam Morgan
    Miriam Morganover 3 years ago

    Or rather, ouTstanding :))

  • Thanks again….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Andrew (ark photograhy art)
    Andrew (ark ph...over 3 years ago

    Lovely work. Cheers Andrew

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

    Lovely!! . . .

  • Thank you so much Hugh….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jenifer DeBellis
    Jenifer DeBellisover 3 years ago

    God, I love the way your art speaks to my soul! xox

  • Do you know how much your comment means to me?? is like getting an Oscar….this is the effect I always hope that my painting has for viewers….it spurs on my creative impulse to new heights…thank you so much Jenifer…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    amazing work I love her look in the leaf a great fall woman creative use of materials !Liz)

  • I told you I was painting on a leaf, but at that point I was wondering if it would fly…I think it does….I am quite happy with the results…thank you so much Liz…..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon skiover 3 years ago

    wow- that is a fascinating image made even better by that wonderous process. Yahoo for you Janis- super COOL!

  • It was an exciting process and one that I certainly will do again….it was a tricky surface but worth it I think…thank you so much Yvonca….glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon skiover 3 years ago

    riveting eyes!

  • Thank you so much….

    – © Janis Zroback

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