Landscape Hardy...Egdon Sunrise by ©Janis Zroback

Landscape Hardy...Egdon Sunrise by 

Here at least were intelligible facts regarding landscape—far-reaching proofs productive of genuine satisfaction.
The untameable, Ishmaelitish thing that Egdon now was, it always had been.
Civilization was its enemy, and ever since the beginning of vegetation its soil had worn the same antique brown dress, the natural and invariable garment of the particular formation.
In its venerable one coat lay a certain vein of satire on human vanity in clothes.
A person on the heath in raiment of modern cut and colours has more or less an anomalous look.
We seem to want the oldest and simplest human clothing where the clothing of the earth is so primitive
…The Return of the Native..Thomas Hardy

As with all the others in this series, I paint inspired by the feelings I experience when reading Hardy’s books…I want to paint emotion and mood, not to imitate what I have seen or read…when the painting is complete, I reread the passages, and much to my surprise I find that the memory is deep seated…
I am never conscious of reproducing any particular lines, but here in “Egdon Sunrise” is the “antique brown dress” that Hardy describes…it’s apparent that is what made me choose sanguine before anything else…
I first read the book in high school, but have reread it since then, the last time over ten years ago…his prose is so powerful that it’s impact remains long afterwards

There is a figure in the landscape…he is there on the far right so as not to compete with the heath, but as it’s barely sunrise, he is in partial darkness

Sanguine, Charcoal and Pastel on Arches Not Paper

The Return of the Native

Under The Greenwood Tree

Wessex Weather

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..
© All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Janis Zroback and any use of these images in any form without her written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackabout 5 years ago

  • Aleksander
    Aleksanderabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful Janis!

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • red addiction
    red addictionabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much Red…nice to see you…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 5 years ago
    Wonderful look to this Janis ,a ndeep and well thought out look at the feelings in your mind at the time of the painting well done !LIZ
  • Thank you so much Liz…a lot of thought goes into each painting, sometimes weeks before I start on them…..I’m really happy you see that in the work..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 5 years ago

    I do like this one as well Janis. The deep earthy colors almost silouetted against the early sunrise light. Gorgeous.

  • This was not the one I was referring to…I just posted this like two minutes ago…it’s the one from yesterday seen on the right…..that being said I’m really happy you like this one too…thanks so much Jim…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • John Fish
    John Fishabout 5 years ago

    wonderful. there is something so earthy about this series of landscapes. everything seems so rich and full, even the sky. as if energy is just bursting out of every molecule

  • Interesting that you say that John…it’s what I strive to convey..I was hoping that it came across the computer screen…now I know that it does, that’s very comforting…thank you so much…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Naveen  Sharma
    Naveen Sharmaabout 5 years ago

    wow beautiful work

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 5 years ago

    every picture tells a story…………….another beauty wahini……….

  • Thanks so much KJ…lovely of you to say that…I’ve sent you a bmail…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackabout 5 years ago

  • Ivana Redwine
    Ivana Redwineabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work!

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

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