Earth Songs...Sanctuary

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

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While I was painting these new scenes in the Earth Songs Journal, I was listening to the Immortal Works of Alfred Ketelby, an album of music I have loved since I was a child, and for me the most lyrical and enchanting music ever written…when you listen to Ketelbey’s music a feeling of utter peace comes over you…
I remember introducing my class at school to his music and writing as essay on it when I was about ten years old…
I named these pages that portray vignettes from a forest glade, “Sanctuary” after his piece The Sanctuary of the Heart…Meditation Religieuse

I part the out thrusting branches
and come in beneath
the blessed and the blessing trees.
Though I am silent
there is singing around me.
Though I am dark
there is vision around me.
Though I am heavy
there is flight around me
..Wendell Berry.

Inks and Gouache on Handmade Paper

It is so beautiful and the voices are wonderful..I swear you will get hooked…
My favourites are In a Monastery Garden, In a Chinese Temple Garden, Bells Across the Meadow, In a Persian Market, In the Mystic Land of Egypt, and The Sanctuary of the Heart

Earth Songs" 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

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