A warm and cheery fire roars merrily
And shadows dance about the darkened room.
Beside the hearth a gardener sits and dreams
Of sunny days, of flowers in full bloom.
Some hollyhocks should tower near the fence,
Bright red ones that the bees can’t help but find.
The trellis at the gate again must wear
Blue morning glories, or the rosy kind.

To lend a bit of distance to the scene,
Close to the rear I’ll plant in shades of blue:
The tall and stately larkspur, double ones­
Of course I’ll put in scabiosa, too.
I couldn’t do without a pansy bed­
Snapdragons make such beautiful bouquets­
Frilled zinnias and yellow marigolds
Add just the proper touch to autumn days.
The flowers grow and bloom with loveliness
Until a sound destroys the fantasy­
A burning ember falls and I must leave
My garden and my charming reverie
. H.Swanson

In winter I plan my summer gardens…what to take out, what to add…another lily here, another hosta there…
I envision the gardens from above, probably because I view both from the second floor windows every morning…it’s the best way to decide where to add and where to subtract…to imagine the clumps of colour blooming in each corner…right now it’s just green shoots that I see when I gaze at them each day, but soon they will look like this abstract vision..“my charming reverie”

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper


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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 2 years ago

  • peacefulheart
    peacefulheartover 2 years ago

    Wow! This is truly beautiful. Love it :)

  • Thank you so much…I am longing for summer to come and it’s reflected in these latest works…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 2 years ago

    Great looking summer blend wahini……

  • Thank you so much KJ….nice to see you…

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  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyover 2 years ago

    Janis, this is truly beautiful!!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 2 years ago


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

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  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Tammera….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

    A very uplifitng painting!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 2 years ago

    beautiful bursts of Summer colour Janis…

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 2 years ago

    Such beautiful vibrant colours! Love this ~ great work!!!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • ©Maria Medeiros
    ©Maria Medeirosover 2 years ago

    Beautiful! :D

  • Thank you so much Maria…hope you’re well….

    – © Janis Zroback

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