It is the ghost
Of old unhappiness
That cannot rest,
Though it has long forgotten
Why it sighs.
Lost joy, lost grief..
A tremor on the sea,
A thin, sad rain
Drifting unhappily
To whisper on the shore.
Too soft an air, too sad
For human hearts.
Too soft, too chill a sound
For human ears
…L. A. G. Strong, Northern Light (1930).

Today is earth day and the earth is experiencing tremors of fear..a “thin sad rain drifting unhappily”, that whispers of fears for the future..we can’t really hear it but it is there…"too soft, too chill a sound for human ears..a light is there, but it is a pale thing"..

Watercolour on Arches Not paper…


janis zroback, landscape, blue, winter, countryside, field, bleak, trees, park, fields, snow, march, spring, cold, season, seasonal, watercolour, north, canada, ontario, northern exposure, thaw, first thaw, melting snow, rain, storm, april, sea, lake

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 1 year ago

    It is the ghost
    Of old unhappiness
    That cannot rest,
    Though it has long forgotten
    Why it sighs
    …to learn more about this painting, click description above…

  • A thin, sad rain
    Drifting unhappily
    To whisper on the shore

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Matt Penfold
    Matt Penfoldabout 1 year ago

    So moody and brooding, it’s a wonderful image Janis.

  • Brooding over things to come…thanks so much Matt…nice to see you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejabout 1 year ago

    how wonderful!!!

  • Thank you so much Linda….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 1 year ago

    Very dramatic. There is a tension in the storm about to touch the horizon. Great composition.

  • Thank you so much Cindy…storms can be ominous, whether it’s really part of the atmosphere or a stormy emotion….

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    Outstanding work. It resonates.

  • Thank you so much Frannie…very nice of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much Lorilee…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 1 year ago

    Gorgeous work, Janis,,, I love the colours and textures!

  • Thank you so much…I’m really happy you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • John Williams
    John Williamsabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much John…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful work my friend ! Looks great ! Hugs

  • Thank you so much Tom…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 1 year ago

    Those wonderful deep tones so match the poetry Janis.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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