Past The Plunge.. by ©Janis Zroback

So tempting to let freeze
One’s deepest, darkest pools
And learn to skim with ease
Thin ice; for who but fools

Dive into who-knows-what?’
‘But if the ice by chance
Breaks?’ ’But if not, if not?
And how it glitters! Dance
!’..A. S. J. Tessimond

And as you cross the circle line
The ice-wall creaks behind
You’re a rabbit on the run.
And the silver splinters fly
In the corner of your eye
Shining in the setting sun
..Jethro Tull
Believe it or not I wasn’t even thinking of the Olympics when I did this painting, it was the poem that was in my mind at the time, but the idea of the games, did strike me about half way through…
The poem is about skating, (as is the song below it), you know the whole skating on ice metaphor…the poet exhorts us to forget risk, to dance…why not why not?
However I thought that skiing was an even greater metaphor for taking risks in life…once you hurtle off a mountain there is no going back…you’ve gone past the plunge of plummet, you are flying into the future, come what may

It makes me very happy that this is in time for the opening ceremonies..
Painted in the style of Chinese Brush Painting in Watercolour on Arches Not Paper
Featured on the Home Page 18/02/14..

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

    So tempting to let freeze
    One’s deepest, darkest pools
    And learn to skim with ease
    Thin ice; for who but fools

    To learn more about this painting, click description above..

  • – ©Janis Zroback

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosabout 1 year ago

    this is wonderful… it Janis… :)

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 1 year ago

    WOW Janis. Fabulous sensation of movement and flow in this…
    Cool to see you in your winter fur :-)

  • Whoa…were you on my sidewalk a few days ago? Or do you have super telescopic lens? I am really happy you love the painting and always appreciative of your wonderful comments…thanks so much Billy…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Alison Gilbert
    Alison Gilbertabout 1 year ago

    You do winter landscapes so well! This is wonderful … reminds me of my daughter and her husband who were heli-skiing in Canada and Alaska last year. They would love this!

  • Thanks so much Alison…I’m thrilled that this painting resonates with you…I hope your daughter and son in law will be able to see it too..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 1 year ago

  • Marriet
    Marrietabout 1 year ago

    Exciting – has an eastern flavor, if that is possible.

  • Thank you so much Marriet…yes in the description I mention that it is in the style of Chinese Brush Painting which is a genre I really love…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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

    Whew…. fun! Perfect for the season. Love the tree branch in the foreground and the poem.

  • Thank you so much Frannie…yes just right, although I did not intend it…sometimes our subconscious takes over…mine takes over most of the time…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 1 year ago

    Awesome work, Janis! One of your best. I love the technique you have used.

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 1 year ago

    wow Janis, you really got the action here with the beauty of the season!! I am a little tired of the snow here but this is terrific. Love the composition. :))

  • Thanks so much Yvonne…I think we’re all getting a little tired of it, but sigh, there are six more weeks to go…. I have to get the thinking cap on to get inspired for a few more works before it’s all over…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 1 year ago

    Outstanding….simply OUTSTANDING

  • This is my very first painting featuring sports figures, and I’m really happy you like it…thanks so much KJ…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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