Who hath desired the Sea? …the sight of salt water unbounded …
The heave and the halt and the hurl and the crash of the comber wind-hounded?
The sleek-barrelled swell before storm, grey, foamless, enormous, and growing …
Stark calm on the lap of the Line or the crazy-eyed hurricane blowing ..
His Sea in no showing the same his Sea and the same ’neath each showing:
His Sea as she slackens or thrills?
So and no otherwise — so and no otherwise … hillmen desire their Hills
!..Rudyard Kipling

When painting the sea, the temptation is always define each wave…resist it..J.Zroback..

Watercolour on Arches Rough Paper…View Large

Light pierces the fog from the east…I have merged the far hills, the trees, and rocks and made them one with the sea…
Kipling always inscrutable, but none the less glorious, is a perfect fit…I plan to post more works based on this poem

The Sea…The Sea

Sunshine and Rough Weather

Sunset and Shallow Water


The Moon and I

Softly I will leave you softly

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

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 4 years ago

    beautiful Janis, the sea it truly is

  • Thank you so much Soxy…really nice to see you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethover 4 years ago

    How wonderful..you have taken us into the depth of those waves Janis – gorgeous movement and shadings of seafoam and weighty Blues and Greens of Sea and brine. Lovely poetry to marry with it too!

  • Thanks so much Marion…after the sketches I did on Friday and Saturday I got the urge to do some full scale images of the sea….the sketches are still in my bag…I might add more to them but not sure at this point….
    I’m so pleased that you like it…this is the first verse of the poem and I am working on painting more images inspired by the rest of the poem..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    I just love the way it all blends together, yet you can still distinguish the parts from one another. The water looks so real! Lovely work, Janis. I like Kipling’s line “When painting the sea, the temptation is always define each wave…resist it.” I learned a lot just now, just from that quote.

  • Oh that was my line Dot….I don’t know if he ever painted, but that was my little piece of advice…I’m thrilled you love the painting…thanks so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    I think I misread something here. I attributed your words to Kipling, didn’t I? So sorry!

  • Not a problem…I like to give little bits of advice here and there… thanks again.. :))

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    ah now I ‘see’ Janis what you mean…a great painting of the water… and I note the main focus…. full of movement and also mystery with the faint hills in the background…really enjoyed viewing this one ! :-)

  • I’m so glad…it’s the only way short of watching me paint it…thanks so much Linda…glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKover 4 years ago

    This is really lovely too Janis. I have been reading my book my hubby bought for me on colour, light etc in watercolour and trying to memorize it all.

  • Thanks so much Gloria….I’m happy you like it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    Love it, this rendition of a cool stormy day, the kind you dare not have a jacket with you. Where it’s actually hard to see the horizon line. Excellent work Janis.

  • I have never been to a cool stormy sea, so I’m so glad you saw some truth to this…the Caribbean sea of course it’s never cold, and cold seas in Canada are way on the other side of the country…thanks so much Jim…very nice of you..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 4 years ago

    what a lovely, moody painting of the sea, great depth!

  • Thanks so much Leslie….I’m so caught up in this poem that I must paint it to the end…

    – © Janis Zroback

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