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Sleeping at last, the trouble and tumult over,
Sleeping at last, the struggle and horror past,
Cold and white, out of sight of friend and of lover,
Sleeping at last.
No more a tired heart downcast or overcast,
No more pangs that wring or shifting fears that hover,
Sleeping at last in a dreamless sleep locked fast.
Fast asleep. Singing birds in their leafy cover
Cannot wake her, nor shake her the gusty blast.
Under the purple thyme and the purple clover
Sleeping at last
.Christina Rossetti

The flowers in my garden are mostly covered in snow or completely gone…yet the hydrangeas remain heads folded, hanging, undefeated, but asleep, waiting for spring to give them warmth, when new buds will appear…the old ones will never come back…what I have not already cut for the home will go to fertilize the new growth..

Abstract of Hydrangeas in Winter…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 Zrobackalmost 2 years ago

    Sleeping at last, the trouble and tumult over,
    Sleeping at last, the struggle and horror past learn more about this painting, click description above…

  • Singing birds in their leafy cover
    Cannot wake her, nor shake her the gusty blast

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    Love the bits of white spots that look like snow being blown off to reveal spring underneath (when will it come???). Lovely work Janis.

  • Thank you so much MuiLing…what a lovely description!…well it’s a bit warmer today so here’s hoping…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    And Mother Nature’s auto alarm clock just went off. Lovely work Janis.

  • Thank you so much Jim…very nice of you to say so..

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    What Jim said….and a bit more…..loll….

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 2 years ago

    Black wound with time to wander.
    Sparkles of visions fading.
    My word…this is a battle against fire!!!
    Rosa (I love it, Janis)

  • What a lovely compliment…thank you so much Rosa…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Ostar-Digital
    Ostar-Digitalalmost 2 years ago

    Love it.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 2 years ago

    beautiful painting of hydrangeas in winter Janis….we are experiencing very hot weather for autumn may your spring arrive soon…

  • Thank you so much Linda…it’s a little warmer today, so getting there..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • debidabble
    debidabblealmost 2 years ago

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 2 years ago


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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful…Awakening to Spring!! :)

  • Thank you so much Keith…we live in hope…

    – © Janis Zroback

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