I’ve been told that the sun in the far north of Canada is pale and weak…I prefer to paint it strong and fiery anticipating what is to come as the ice melts more and more…this is an abstract vision, but there is some realism too…you can see the hole that the sun melts in the iceberg like shape, making it almost cave like as it turns into water below…the poem is quite ironic….we need the sun….we crave it’s warmth…but have we turned it into an enemy?

More and more I find that the properties of watercolour suit my artistic vision the most…I am also simplifying my approach, in that I tell more by saying much less…less reporting, more interpreting, less about what the landscape looks like, more about how aspects in it relate to each other…more of an artist, less of a journalist

More from this series can be seen below…all reflect ideas about change

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper

Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me

Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky


A Warming Trend

Fire and Ice

The Changing

Extreme Ice

Thin Ice


arctic, janis, landscape, orange, red, sunset, water, watercolour

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 Zrobackover 4 years ago

  • emel
    emelover 4 years ago

    The colors really pull the view in! well done Janis

  • Thank you so much Emel…I am still writing about the work, and love that you were able to get the impact already…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Janis, it looks like gold melting down…….

  • That’s it Elizabeth…I’m so glad you can see the idea of melting…that’s what I wanted to convey…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 4 years ago

    Very unique and brilliant image, really excellent abstract work! Great poem!

  • Thank you so much Leslie…lovely fo you to say so…I just added a paragraph about my current approach to painting…do come back and have a look…

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  • dtomw
    dtomwover 4 years ago

    beautiful work!!

  • Thank you so much …very nice of you…

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  • John Fish
    John Fishover 4 years ago

    what beautiful watercolor. reminds me of a glacier on fire. a wonderful quality of being intense and simultaneously peaceful

  • Thank you so much John…lovely fo you to say so…I just added a paragraph to this page about my current approach to painting…do come back and have a look…I value your opinion…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 4 years ago

    You are truly on an artistic journey – how satisfying that must be!! I am hoping to start a group here at RB around Art with Meaning. Art that intends to communicate something meaningful beyond itself – your work epitomizes that! Thanks for the continued inspiration Janis!:-)

  • I am…I can see so clearly now….. it takes a while to figure out just what an artist should be and what is successful painting…throughout the years of seeing good and bad painting, (I visit galleries a lot), and reading about art, I have come to a great understanding of it..
    A good painting is always about something, but it should be much more than what it portrays…I don’t mean that it should preach, but it should do much more than just report…there should be a unique interpretation of the world… a reason for the painting’s existence…
    I also don’t mean just splashing colour around with no reason…it should be about something… it about the light through the trees, the experience of a storm coming etc?…..the visual language of the painting itself is what’s important….that’s why I stay away from painting photos or plein air work (there are many who do fantastic work this way, but this is just my particular style)…for me there is always a danger there in painting just what I see, and then it becomes reporting…we all know what trees look like, but how about the light between them or the fact that they often look like they’re reaching up to the sky?…
    I think an artist should be focussing on these things or we might as well take a photo…finding out what it is that excites us about a scene is what it should be all about…
    Is it shape, is it pattern, is it mood, aroused emotions? …above all it should convey something to the viewer..should attempt to bring them in…not make them feel “oh I have seen that before…I know all about it”…
    I think I have written an article here Leslie…maybe I’ll turn it into one…thank you for your patience in reading it…

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  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Tokiko….

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  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    This is like the sun breaking through an iceberg that is floating. Powerful

  • Thank you so much Ann…that is exactly what I meant to convey….

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  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 4 years ago

    Brilliant!! perhaps you would like to co-host with Susan Kimball and I?. You have a great vision around meaning in art!

  • It sounds exactly what I would like, but I cohost three groups, so it all depends on what is involved…can you bmail me with more info about your vision for the group, and how you see my role in it?

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