Others taunt me with having knelt at well-curbs
Always wrong to the light, so never seeing
Deeper down in the well than where the water
Gives me back in a shining surface picture
Me myself in the summer heaven godlike
Looking out of a wreath of fern and cloud puffs.
Once, when trying with chin against a well-curb,
I discerned, as I thought, beyond the picture,
Through the picture, a something white, uncertain,
Something more of the depths — and then I lost it.
Water came to rebuke the too clear water.
One drop fell from a fern, and lo, a ripple
Shook whatever it was lay there at bottom,
Blurred it, blotted it out. What was that whiteness?
Truth? A pebble of quartz? For once, then, something
….Robert Frost

In the poem above Frost is looking away from the moon and stars to look beneath the ground..we should too…so many times we dismiss what is at our feet as not worthy of our notice…the tangled new growth of spring, a simple thing enough, is definitely worth a second look

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper..


janis zroback, spring, late winter, watercolour, plants, weeds, growth, new growth, green, brown, red, flowers, grass, grasses

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

    Others taunt me with having knelt at well-curbs
    Always wrong to the light, so never seeing
    Deeper down
    …to learn more about this painting, click description above…

  • One drop fell from a fern, and lo, a ripple
    Shook whatever it was lay there at bottom

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Great mood, I’m picking up on a transition between winter and spring, maybe all in my mind since I know you are anticipating spring, or maybe not!

  • Yes it’s the garden at this time of year…I just posted it after finishing the painting this afternoon..thanks so much Cindy..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon skiover 1 year ago

    A stunning and vibrant piece of art Janis, this sings and soars!! Congratulations on being featured this week!!

  • Lovely of you to say so Yvonca…I am thrilled that you like it…thanks so much..

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    Very beautiful work; again I love the translucency of the subject. Meanwhile I love the golden white glow and hints of shadows – certainly lots of play with lighting happening in this painting as the grass appears to sway with the wind. We’re not just seeing grass; we’re seeing life and the forces of nature. True enough we often dismiss what is at our feet; so much overshadows it. What is not looked at is not so different as being literally invisible.

  • What a wonderful comment!……thanks so much for all your insights MuiLing…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Lovely to see the rebirth that comes with Spring!! :)

  • Thank you so much Keith…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 5, 2013


  • Wonderful news…thank you so much Teresa..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    Very lovely work Janis, and Frost has been a long time favorite as well.

  • Thank you so much Jim…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your feature. Your work is beautiful.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work, Janis,,,great colours!

  • Thank you so much…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 1 year ago

    Superb! :)

  • Thank you so much Yannik…

    – © Janis Zroback

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