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The Nothing That Is" is part of the Winter collection…this is a complicated thought…Winter is indeed something, as we know here in the North…most people would say that Winter is white, but in the city we have the reflections of all the colour in the buildings and lights that the snow reflects…but most of all the joys of winter, I think, should be portrayed in brilliant colour…the stark white of the birches pop against the blues and purples, and there is a little green and gold to remind us that the earth is still alive underneath.
In the face of all that winter is, Man himself becomes “Nothing” and "Beholds Nothing that is not there, and sees the Nothing that is
"…

Watercolour on Arches Paper…

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One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow
And have been cold a long time,
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter
Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,
Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place.
For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is
..Wallace Stevens

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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 Zrobackalmost 6 years ago


    One must have a mind of winter
    To regard the frost and the boughs
    Of the pine-trees crusted with snow
    .

  • mingtees
    mingteesalmost 6 years ago

    oh, of course that’s lovely too! I love this series.

  • Thank you so much Amy…I will be able to edit the calendar and finish it soon…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 6 years ago

    I love your style, Janis. The rich blues, greens and fuscia are striking with the appearance of snow falling. A magical quality.

  • Thank you so much Marjorie…I really love paintinng winter, and I’m working on a winter collection calendar right now….I’m glad you like the series…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • blondiegirl
    blondiegirlalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful works as always janis!!!

  • Thank you so much Selina…winter is my favourite time to paint and my favourite subject as well..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Lesley  Hill
    Lesley Hillalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Janis!

  • Thank you so much Lesley…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 6 years ago

    Are you making this Nothing stuff up…..
    If there is nothing there never was anything….
    therefore since there was Spring, Summer, and Fall we now have winter…..
    The nothing is real…………
    your nothing is just a rest to rekindle back into the seasons…….
    a cycle……..
    Oh I am losing my mind…………………
    wonderful painting Janis……….

  • Read it again and it will make sense….the listener sees nothing that is not there and he also sees the nothing that is there…but don’t make yourself crazy…I’m happy you like the painting, and that’s all I really need to know…thanks so much KJ.. :)))

    – © Janis Zroback

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusalmost 6 years ago

    So incredibly beautiful Janis…..Winter never looked so good!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps an incredible illusion, a mirage of what we want Winter to be… Awesome work!!!!

  • I’m so pleased you like my portrayal of winter Joyce…I don’t participate in winter sports, but I do like the magic that winter can be, despite it’s dangers and frustrations…to me this is what it is…an incredible inspiring time of year…thanks so much.

    – © Janis Zroback

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillalmost 6 years ago

    beautiful abstract, glorious colours and artwork, and such a fantastic title. hugsxxx

  • Thank you so much Hilary, for the lovely compliment to my work..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 6 years ago


    That is blowing in the same bare place.
    For the listener, who listens in the snow,
    And, nothing himself, beholds
    Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is
    .

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyalmost 6 years ago

    What a great take on winter,which is often a grey time for me as I love vibrant colours.

  • I can’t help but see colour in everything…even in grey…thanks so much Susan…I’m glad you like my portrayal of winter…

    – © Janis Zroback

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