The Moon Breaking Timely to Bare It... by © Janis Zroback

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Who hath desired the Sea? Her menaces swift as her mercies?
The in-rolling walls of the fog and the silver-winged breeze that disperses?
The unstable mined berg going South and the calvings and groans that declare it
White water half-guessed overside and the moon breaking timely to bare it
His Sea as his fathers have dared..his Sea as his children shall dare it:
His Sea as she serves him or kills?
So and no otherwise, so and no otherwise, Hillmen desire their Hills
…Rudyard Kipling

This is the third in the series “Who Hath Desired the Sea” …
“Menaces” conjure up darkest night and choppy treacherous seas…the rhythm of the verse matches the movement of the waves…
I chose to paint the moon and “white water half-guessed”, and let myself go by mixing oil and water…to wit, watercolour over oil as coincidently we have been discussing in the PIMT forums tonight….I dare, because rules are meant to be broken

Mixed Media on Arches HP Paper…Best viewed large….

The Immense and Contemptuous Surges

Who Hath Desired the Sea?

The Sea…The Sea


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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 Zrobackabout 4 years ago

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethabout 4 years ago

    Oh, lovely turbulent Aqua Seas with gorgeous Moonbeam reflections..
    Gorgeous work!

  • I am really exploring this poem to the hilt…every time I say it out loud another image comes to mind…there are so many of them I think I can do quite a number of them…thanks so much Marion…that’s a lovely description…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

    Lovely photo!

  • Thank you so much’s a hand done watercolour painting and I’m flattered to think it looks so realistic…..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 4 years ago

    Oh this is great Janis……what an awesome series. Simply beautiful coming from an ocean lover !

  • Thank you so much Sean…lovely of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • allicata
    allicataabout 4 years ago

    Oh you!!! This is so good!. I am a bit (jealous) but in a good way!!! You know just want to get better and learn…. I am inspired! Great going Janis!!

  • Thank you so much Allison…very nice of you…check the Tutorials and PIMT forums for more inspiration….there are some good discussions…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Christine Clarke
    Christine Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    I can see what you mean about the oil pastels mixed with watercolour,Janis. What I really enjoy about this is the deep colour of the ocean with the white pastel froth and foam. The moon also looks mysterious and broody. NICE!!

  • Thanks so much Christine….The white you’re seeing is the actual watercolour paper…
    I used the oil as a resist in some of the is a transparent oil and does not show up until you paint over it…sometimes I heat up the paper and remove it later on with paper towels if I find it’s too brash…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • dtomw
    dtomwabout 4 years ago

    Simply BEAUTIFUL and extraordinary work, and such a great poem and poet to go with it!

  • Thank you so much…I think the poem is incredible and so inspiring…I could do a ton of work just from the one poem…the rhythm is compelling and the sentiment provides a lot of food for thought…the hills versus the ocean, one tormenting, the other peaceful….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Christine Clarke
    Christine Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    That’s a great insight into how you achieve these effects. Your process is a bit daunting, you know, melting the oil pastel to remove it etc!!! How great it would be to see your art in person. A lot of your art looks like it has been illuminated from behind, prob. because of the medium, but that’s the best compliment a watercolourist could get. Gotta try it soon.

  • I paint mostly in watercolour…rarely do I mix anything else in like I did tonight…sometimes I paint in acrylic or in pastel, but again not often…
    I don’t think that it’s the medium, I think it’s the way I paint…I always start with light some where in the picture just as it would be in real life…by light I mean light, as in moonlight, sunlight, artificial light….not necessarily light colours, but the lightest of the shades or sometimes no colour at all…then I continue with the rest…If you were here last weekend you would have seen how I do it… :)))
    When the work is finished, I just take a picture of the painting right on the desk where I paint looking straight down at it…I used to fuss and place them on an easel, with lighting on both sides etc. but I realized it did not make much of a difference and rarely do it that way now……

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 4 years ago

    I love the increasing turbulence in the series from beginning to now. You are really working this poem out Janis!. Again, this is a stellar work. You are in a very inspired place right now- Bravo!

  • The poem is so wonderful…I am always repeating it out loud to rejoice in the sounds and the rhythms….the more you repeat it, the more you realize how great it is in it’s imagery and how it’s expressed…there is so much in it to interpret that I am spoiled for choice…a calmer one is coming up…thanks so much Leslie…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 4 years ago

    When you say oil, what kind of oil?

  • Solid oil as in Paintstik or Oilbar…

    – © Janis Zroback

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