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Rain on the windows, creaking doors,
With blasts that besom the green,
And I am here, and you are there,
And a hundred miles between

O were it but the weather, Dear,
O were it but the miles
That summed up all our severance,
There might be room for smiles

But that thwart thing betwixt us twain,
Which nothing cleaves or clears,
Is more than distance, Dear, or rain,
And longer than the years
!..Thomas Hardy

There has been “rain on the windows” all week long…freezing rain that saddens the garden and makes the distance between now and next summer seem so long..
Hardy is talking about something more than just rain, but for me the grey skies, dripping branches, sodden leaves sticking to the window pane and unrelenting grey, are enough to make warm weather seem a long, long distance away

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper


janis zroback, landscape, bleak, season, seasonal, watercolour, north, canada, ontario, northern exposure, thunderstorm, rain, clouds, cloudburst, storm, abstract, autumn, fall, branches, trees, window, raindrops

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 Zroback10 months ago

    Rain on the windows, creaking doors,
    With blasts that besom the green,
    And I am here, and you are there,
    And a hundred miles between
    To learn more about this painting, click description above…

  • – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillips10 months ago

    That’s really a fine touch of realism for the branches and the background simply just an out of focus mix of colors serving to bring the limbs forward. I like this one a lot.

  • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment Jim…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Gilberte
    Gilberte10 months ago

    Beautiful picture to illustrate the poem

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloake10 months ago

    Such gorgeous work Janis!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • ctheworld
    ctheworld10 months ago

  • Wonderful news…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mark Wade
    Mark Wade10 months ago

    Perfectly wonderful Janis

  • Thank you so much Mark..very nice of you to say so..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • billfox256
    billfox25610 months ago

    This is really excellent!!!! Congratulations
    on being featured!!! Bill

  • Thank you so much Bill..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Johanna26
    Johanna2610 months ago

    Awesome and beautiful capture Janis and fav

  • Glad you like the painting Johanna….thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghan10 months ago

    Janis I keep thinking every time I see one of your tree paintings I love this one the best but then I think nah…they are all beautiful!

  • Thank you so much Linda…I never used to like painting trees, but I think my love of them began the day I stopped drawing them and used my brushes instead…I really prefer to use paint for everything…for me the brush is always better…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackel10 months ago

    Beautiful work, great colors. Your branches are always so natural even when abstract.

  • Thanks so much Cindy….using a paintbrush only with no prior drawing, produces a really natural branch….

    – © Janis Zroback

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