Winter...The First Day by ©Janis Zroback

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It’s the first day of winter in Canada, and though we have no snow here in Toronto, Ontario, just north of us it is very deep and very cold…it’s unusual that in the city there is none….I’m not complaining, I love that it’s still fairly warm and dry, so this painting is from remembered first days in the pasta few samples from the Winter series can be seen below

Watermedia on Arches Paper

On the first day of winter,
the earth awakens to the cold touch of itself.
Snow knows no other recourse except
this falling, this sudden letting go
over the small gnomed bushes, all the emptying trees.
Snow puts beauty back into the withered and malnourished,
into the death-wish of nature and the deliberate way
winter insists on nothing less than deference.
waiting all its life, snow says, "Let me cover you
" Laura Lush, The First Day of Winter


The Sentinels

Winter’s Light


Effet de Neige

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 Zrobackover 5 years ago

  • photojoey
    photojoeyover 5 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you so much Joe…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 5 years ago

    How perfect for solstice love the coloursand tje branches LIZ

  • Thanks so much Liz…I do have another just for this dark day too, but it is buried in my gallery somewhere here on RB..I thought I’d do a fresh one…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonover 5 years ago

    Ohhh… that’s beautiful… :)

  • Thank you so much Betsy….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful!! Snow and glow- what could be better!:-)

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Oh your memory serves you well Janis! The colors shimmering behind the trees are just so beautiful!Those royal blues are so well contrasted against the complements of yellow and gold!

  • Thank you so much Joanne…nice to see you….very gratifying words…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 5 years ago

    It’s truly a lovely work Janis. Very nicely done.

  • I’m getting back to normal now…getting used to the new digs, though it really is too pretty to paint in…lol…thanks so much Jim….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceover 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!!

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelover 5 years ago

  • That’s wonderful…thank you so much…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyover 5 years ago

    a lovely addition to your series.Seems strange to be snowed up in Yorkshire (6 days) before the snow reaches your city.

  • Yes and there is no forecast for snow this month…yet if you go just out of the city on all sides there’s tons of it…it’s like we’re in some kind of cocoon…I love it…thanks so much Susan…very nice of you…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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