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Landscape Hardy...Wessex Weather by © Janis Zroback

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“Through intense, vivid descriptions of the fields, the seasons, and the weather, Hardy’s Wessex attains a physical presence in the novels and acts as a mirror of the psychological conditions and the fortunes of the characters”…weather patterns reflect their inner dramas ….weather patterns correspond with their ambiguous motives …the weather itself is often depicted as a character in his stories..
In this painting I combined my impressions of several on his books…“The Return of the Native” coming to mind first of all…this is stormy weather, water lapping the edges of the sand bank, soon to cover it completly when the storm is at full spate…the kind of weather that echoes the storm in Eustacia’s soul

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper

Wessex Tales 2

Wessex Tales

Midnight on Egdon Heath


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 5 years ago

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 5 years ago

    The atmospheric drama that appears to be unfolding in front of us is amazing Janis. Excellent work. You know how when you look at a portrait how the eyes want to follow you around, I got the same feeling watching these clouds.

  • That’s good Jim…I’m thrilled that it has that effect…I wanted it to give the impression of something impending…because of the subject matter, I decided to paint this one a little more realistically but still with an impressionistic feel to it….thank you so much..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much Lori…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks so much Francis..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Carol Berliner
    Carol Berlineralmost 5 years ago

    Perfect ! Instant fav!

  • Thanks so much Carol …very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Holly Werner
    Holly Werneralmost 5 years ago

    Amazing work Janis. Love that sky. The feel is so real.

  • Thanks so much Holly…I’m really pleased that you like this…there will be more of this series for the next while…no plans to change at the moment…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Elucidate
    Elucidatealmost 5 years ago

    a lovely watercolour.

  • Thanks so much Jordan…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • JulieWickham
    JulieWickhamalmost 5 years ago

    Hi Janis – nice and moody – lovely colour combinations

  • Thanks so much Juliie…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • MelDavies
    MelDaviesalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful as always Janis.

  • Thanks so much Mel…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful and so full of atmosphere Janis…moody and mysterious and can feel the mist on my face from here ….

  • I’m happy you like it Linda..thanks so much…as I said to Jim, I decided that a little more realism was called for in this one, but I still retained the impressionistic feeling of the series…
    I want to avoid too much realism, so I don’t use photos, and that really helps…it is the way traditional Chinese brush painting is done…no plein air work, no drawing, and no photo references…instead I prefer to paint how I feel about the setting and I hope that comes through… :))

    – © Janis Zroback

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