Gray, gray sands at evening,
When haunting voices blow
Over twilight-faded water
From trees of long ago,
Hushed by the drifting silence
As by eternal snow

O grass, flowers, trees unfruitful,
Caught while your sun was high,
Buried deep in the sand-dune’s keep,
Is all of life gone by?
Can a springing bough lift your glory now
And give it back to the sky
? J.N. Bangs 1860

Sand dunes in winter at the Beaches in Toronto..Watercolour on Arches Not Paper..


snow, winter, sand, sand dunes, lake, water, season, blue, white, weeds, canada, toronto, beach, beaches, empty, december, january, february

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 1 year ago

    Gray, gray sands at evening,
    When haunting voices blow
    Over twilight-faded water
    From trees of long ago learn more about this painting, click description above..

  • Buried deep in the sand-dune’s keep,
    Is all of life gone by

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyover 1 year ago

    Powerful image – makes me shiver!

  • Thanks so much Susan…that was my intention.. :)

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    This is very beautiful, Janis, with its contrast of blue and russet, lavender and gold. I love the ocean in winter. It’s only the birds and friends who love the wind.

  • Lovely of you to say so Frannie…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Brian Varcas
    Brian Varcasover 1 year ago

    Beautiful. I can almost feel that breeze :-)

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    Very nice flow to this. I can hear the birds as they fly in to shore.

  • Thanks so much Dot…yes they are screaming as they often do in winter, desperate for food..

    – © Janis Zroback

    JUSTARTover 1 year ago

    beautiful work

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

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  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 1 year ago

    I never experienced the beach with snow….another beauty wahini Janis…..and even a signature…..

  • Since all the copyright violations, I sign everything on the front now…still don’t like it, but needs must…thanks so much KJ…glad you like the painting…snow falls on our beaches doesn’t discriminate. :))

    – © Janis Zroback

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 1 year ago

    Once again, Janis, I am full of admiration for your ability to translate words into images, which then go on to create their own flow of emotions. :)george

  • Thanks so much George…lovely of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work, makes me miss the beach!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 1 year ago

    Love how even in the cold snowy winter, your grass is so vibrantly coloured, and those colours also get reflected in the snow – unless that is supposed to be sand. But nevertheless, as the poem expresses, nature does its best to stay high even in the harshness.

  • Both snow and sand but mostly snow…I like to use colour even on the darkest days..I plan to do more work reflecting the Beaches area…fascinating to see winter on e beach…thanks so much MuiLing..

    – © Janis Zroback

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