The World is Upside Down!



I just wanted to alert you to my free book on Amazon. Dec 22-26 2016!  Just  just click here to get your free copy!


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Vortex is an anteater; Scoop is a lioness. What’s unusual about the two is not that Vortex likes to count how many ants he eats each day, or that Scoop likes to measure how fast she runs because she’s the fastest runner in the jungle. What’s unusual is that Vortex the anteater and Scoop the lioness were born together, attached at the shoulder and torso. Vortex and Scoop are one, even though they’re also two different animals. And this has become a problem. While Vortex wants to eat all the ants he can, Scoop wants to run as fast as she can, so neither one is happy with how the other goes about their business. So, what do they do? Do they seek surgical separation? Or do they learn to accommodate each other and live together in harmony?

Author and artist Janis Adrian Kirstein has written a charming, fantastical story in Fantasy Animals (Volume 1), complete with her own illustrations. The story reads like a treasured parable, a storyteller’s treat that also teaches valuable lessons. In this case, the lessons to be learned are about understanding, cooperating, resolving differences, and learning to live together without conflict in spite of differences. Everyone is born different, unique, and we all must learn to respect these differences, not criticize them. Vortex and Scoop had to learn how to negotiate, how to find something good in each other, and how to make allowances for the other’s differences. These are important lessons for all of us, young and old, to learn over and over again. A great story to share many times.


If you read this book and feel so moved, please feel free to write a review on my Amazon author page!



What a Perfect Gift for the Pet Lover


It’s raining outside, and by the relentless drone of falling water,  I am forging ahead. On this blog and whole website, that is.  I call it an adventure.  I call it a portal of ever expanding possibilities. This is my blog, and this is my website.

Before I forget, let me introduce to you the reason I began this session of writing to you tonight, on such a rainy dark streak of soddened-filled time.

The reason for my epistle is to inform you of the gift you could give to your most ardent pet lover.  This note is written for you to learn that there is more than one way to protract a portrait of someone’s favorite pet.

The first way is to go ahead, commission a 16″ x 20″ stretched canvas acrylic painting of the prized subject directly from me. I will promise you a fine work. I will take your email, your address, and create a work based on a photograph you provide of the subject.

The second way is a bit more affordable. You can receive a print of a digital painted portrait by Janis Kirstein FOR FREE if you buy a print by Janis Kirstein at the website:   By the end of February. See  the details here: