From a thousand hills, bird flights have vanished;
on ten thousand paths, human traces wiped out:
Lone boat, an old man in straw cape and hat,
fishing alone in the cold river snow
…Liu Tsung-Yuan 773-819

When I read this poem I knew I had to paint it…cryptic in every sense of the word, there is no mention of silence, yet we feel the incredible quiet that surrounds the fisherman in his aloneness…
I am really pleased with the way the painting turned out…as with all Chinese Brush paintings, it was done alla prima, wet on wet, painted in a loose but controlled way, with a simple mix of two colours..
It was touch and go as to whether I could convey, “ten thousand hills, with no human traces”, but it was more about what I left out than what I could have included, that conveys the vast emptiness of the landscape..
I think I succeeded, or at least I hope so…
Watercolour on Arches Not Paper
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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

    From a thousand hills, bird flights have vanished;
    on ten thousand paths, human traces wiped out
    To learn more about this painting, click description above….

  • – © Janis Zroback

  • Albert
    Albertabout 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much Albert…glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacockabout 1 year ago

    Your work is beautiful Janis!! Just love the gentle flow!! FAVE! :)))

  • Thank you so much Polly..what a lovely compliment!

    – © Janis Zroback

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    Cold, river snow . . . wonderful!!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Dana Horne
    Dana Horneabout 1 year ago

    Outstanding work, Janis! :o)

  • Thank you so much Dana..lovely of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 1 year ago


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

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  • Richard George
    Richard Georgeabout 1 year ago

    most definately feel the chill…

  • Thank you so much Richard…I am so glad that came through…

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

    I so love this icy, misty river scene with the fisherman out in his boat. He looks so delicate in nature’s awesome magnificence. I can imagine only the sound of soft snow and rippling water as it fights freezing. It must be a Chinese Brush Painting, as he conveys that same understated line as your others…. okay, just read your description, and it is! Beautiful work, Janis.

  • Thank you so much Frannie…I’m thrilled that you like it…
    In traditional Chinese painting, man is considered to be subservient to nature, so he is always portrayed as small by comparison to the landscape around him…that being said I wanted to also convey a sense of the vastness of the scene, the incredible silence, the insignificance of man against the power of nature, and the feeling of a huge unseen land behind the billowing clouds and snow…a tall order but I hope I got it right…
    I plan on adding to that collection this winter, I have neglected it too long..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • I should also add that I felt mists and vapours appropriate to the scene as well and that’s why they were included…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 1 year ago

    Nice work my friend ! Awesome ! Hugs

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    January 11, 2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Wonderful news…thank you so much Teresa..

    – © Janis Zroback

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