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“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
All day the gusty north-wind bore
The loosening drift its breath before;
Low circling round its southern zone,
The sun through dazzling snow-mist shone.
No church-bell lent its Christian tone
To the savage air, no social smoke
Curled over woods of snow-hung oak.
A solitude made more intense
By dreary-voicëd elements,
The shrieking of the mindless wind,
The moaning tree-boughs swaying blind,
And on the glass the unmeaning beat
Of ghostly finger-tips of sleet
. excerpt…R.W.Emerson..

The expression is always that snow falls down…in fact snow more than often falls sideways…it blows and drifts and unlike a rainstorm is mostly silent…Watercolour on Arches Not Paper

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 Zrobackabout 2 years ago

    “Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
    Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
    Seems nowhere to alight
    "…to learn more about this painting, click description above…

  • “The whited air
    Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
    And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful atmosphere/mood and light. I so miss having at least one good snow a year!

  • Thanks so much Cindy…very nice of you..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    it is lovely Janis…wonderful atmosphere..

  • Thanks so much Linda…very nice of you..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    I see the presence of the snow in the air. Yes it is true, it does most often fall sideways, and is silent so becomes part of the atmosphere like in your work. Lovely work Janis.

  • Thanks so much MuiLing…yes it’s blowing snow in the painting, so you don’t see any flakes…the kind of snow where you stay in till it’s over..

    – ©Janis Zroback

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

    Beautiful….chillingly..beautiful….doesn’t look silent either….brrrrrrrtt

  • But it is…many times I come up from the studio to see a blizzard that had been raging for hours in dead silence…that is the spookiness of winter storms…glad you like it..thanks so much KJ..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 2 years ago

    Very, very beautiful, Janis.

  • Thanks so much Frannie…I’m really happy you like it..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 2 years ago

    Another nice piece of work my friend ! Hugs

  • Thanks so much Tom..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 2 years ago

    Well we finally got the year’s first snow Janis. It wasn’t much, probably around an inch, but all the same it was enough to cause excitement in coastal NC. Beautiful work Janis.

  • I can imagine that if you don’t usually get snow that it must have been quite exciting…glad you like the painting Jim..thanks so much..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 2 years ago

    Wondrous work Janis!! :)

  • Thank you so much Keith…lovely of you to say so…

    – ©Janis Zroback

    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Syl…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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