Autumn Water by ©Janis Zroback

Part of the Series of Oriental Brush Paintings

Ink and Watercolour on Rice Paper.

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The northern mountain is blanked in cloud;
for one who hides away, it’s pleasing — perfect

So that we could visit each other, I’ve tried to climb high;
my heart follows along, like a wild goose, to exhaustion

It’s the hour to see village people returning;
they walk on the sand, rest at the ferry landing

At the edge of the sky, the trees look like grass;
Near the river bank is an islet shaped like the moon

How welcome if you met me with some wine!
We’d share, intoxicated together through the autumn festival

Meng Haoran

The years that pass
Have brought with them
White hair.
Autumn has come
And the trees stand
Bare and cold

I ask the yellow leavers:
“Are you too, sad?
What griefs have you
That you
Are sere and old

Lu Lun

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 7 years ago

    For those who are following the my Journal entries on Chinese Brush Painting…here you can see the folds and crease of the thin paper very distinctly…

    I was able to acquire from the studio of a Chinese painter who had passed away, his paper and some other items…the paper was very old and very beautiful in texture. I felt very lucky, and though this is one of the very first paintings I did, I felt quite happy that I had done justice to the paper…he might not agree though, and may be laughing at me right now.

    On the lower right you can see my name stamp in Chinese, but the other stamp I had made for me is partly hidden…it says “patience”

    This also a good example of what I meant when I said what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in….rocks are important to me as they symbolize solidity, and commitment…..I have made them more intense near the water, which because it moves and changes, is more fickle….. the trees are reaching out over the water in a yearning stance, which is just shown by a few strokes of the brush, but you still have the sense that it goes very deep. The mountains are just hinted at, but you can still feel their power, and know that it’s autumn in the hills as well.

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful image! Excellent work!

  • Thank you for praising my work…it’s a great compliment.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • cdwork
    cdworkalmost 7 years ago

    This is stunning art work

  • Thank you so much…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Ron Fitzgerald
    Ron Fitzgeraldalmost 7 years ago
    Janice, Simply stunning work,

    “Autumn Folage, Lazy River,
    How my heart sings”

    Not from a song this time, how I felt a moment ago when I first saw your art.

  • Thanks so much Ron…another river quote to add to my
    collection…..the lines are perfect Chinese verse, and very appropriate to the painting.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • mingtees
    mingteesalmost 7 years ago

    this is a beauty – my favorite so far.

  • Thank you for all your beautiful comments…..
    I really appreciate that you take the time to let me know how much you like my work.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • entity
    entityalmost 7 years ago

    beautiful you indeed did the paper justice !!

  • Thank you so much…I’m glad you like it.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Kinatomic
    Kinatomicalmost 7 years ago

    this is soo beautiful. well worth using the paper!

  • Joaquin thank you for considering my work to be beautiful….I’m lucky enough to have a lot of this paper, so I have to get on with painting many more.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • AnnieD
    AnnieDalmost 7 years ago

    Very lovely work. Love everything about this!

  • Thank you so much…I’m so pleased you like my work.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonalmost 7 years ago


  • Thank you Marie…..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • GraemesDesigns
    GraemesDesignsalmost 7 years ago

    Love this style of work Janis – though I’m a photographer at heart, having seen some of your works, I might have a go at a simple one or two later in the year – thanks for the inspiration.

  • Thanks so much Graham……I have been posting instructions here on how to get started on this wonderful art form and as long as I can see that there’s interest in learning, I will continue to add info. at least once per week, if not more often.

    – ©Janis Zroback

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