Salty not Sweet...A Still Life Painting... by ©Janis Zroback

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Sometimes a craving comes for salt, not sweet,
For fruits that you can eat

Only if pickled in a vat of tears—
A rich and dark and incandescent meat
Clinging tightly to the pit—on spears

Of toothpicks, maybe, drowned beneath a tide
Of vodka and vermouth,
Rocking at the bottom of a wide,
Shallow, long-stemmed glass, and gentrified;
Or rustic, on a plate cracked like a tooth

A miscellany of the humble hues
Eponymously drab—
Brown greens and purple browns, the blacks and blues
That chart the slow chromatics of a bruise—
Washed down with swigs of barrel wine that stab

The palate with pine-sharpness. They recall
The harvest and its toil,
The nets spread under silver trees that foil
The blue glass of the heavens in the fall—
Daylight packed in treasuries of oil

Paradigmatic summers that decline
Like singular archaic nouns, the troops
Of hours in retreat. These fruits are mine—
Small bitter drupes
Full of the golden past and cured in brine
.A.E. Stallings

Acrylic on Canvas….a simple plate filled with a miscellany of olives…the fruity oil marks the white linen beneath…

Samples from the “Still Life” collection are shown below…view the rest by clicking HERE

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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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Mmmmmm! Looks great.

  • Thanks so much Cindy…I was munching while I paint and they were delicious…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    Your great composition and idea make this artwork so very beautiful, thank you to inspire me and friends:)
    Best regards,
    For your day; The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. Robert Lord said.

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyover 3 years ago

    Janis, it is amazing how realisticly you can paint including the juice. the oil &

  • Thanks so much Susan…I enjoyed this painting so much…so far it’s one of my favourites….painting realistically is very restful, but I try to make it more about the composition so it would retain a painterly feel…letting the olives fall casually from my hand to the cloth is part of that…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Shani Sohn
    Shani Sohnover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Shani….glad you like it…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyover 3 years ago

    …………. and the astonishing wealth of appropriate and often beautiful poetry to accompany your wonderful paintings

  • I am so happy you like them…reading them enhances the experience of the viewer…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    I wish I was an olive girl looking at these Janis..they look very tempting ! but I have a sweet tooth lol…a lovely still life painting with composition, contrasts and appeal..I may try my hand at still life one day :) as you inspire me…

  • I like both salty and sweet, but not too much of each as I like savoury flavoures best and sweet and sour mixed as well… I ate some of the olives while I was painting them and they were delicious…I also finished off the cherries from yesterday and cooked the beets from the day before…all my painting subjects get used up quickly….so far this is my favourite of the collection, but you never can tell what tomorrow will bring…
    Thanks so much Linda…I’m happy you like the painting…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Keith Richardson
    Keith Richardsonover 3 years ago

    May I have a nibble, please???

  • By all means…glad you like it…thanks Keith…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much LinMarie….

    – ©Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    A glorious treat for the eyes, Janis !!!

  • Thank you so much George…glad you like it…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Yes they are so delicious…I ate a few while I was painting….glad you like it Liz…thank you so much.

    – ©Janis Zroback

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