A thousand clouds among a myriad streams
And in their midst a person at his ease.
By day he wanders through the dark green hills,
At night goes home to sleep beneath the cliffs.
Swiftly the changing seasons pass him by,
Tranquil, undefiled, no earthly ties.
Such pleasures! – and on what do they rely?
On a quiet calm, like autumn river water
…HanShan

Chinese Painting is all about the unity of idea and technique, methods of painting developed over thousands of years…
However there is a delicate balance between following established rules and transcending them in a creative way, leaving oneself free to interpret the masters without getting away from the essence of the genre…before attempting to start painting the Chinese way, it is essential to study the traditions closely, to practice the all important brush strokes, to understand the importance of the various shades of ink, the meaning of rocks, water, mountains, and above all to study the masters..
I have written several articles on how to paint in the chinese style…if you want to learn the rudiments, you can find the articles in my journal and writing pages

Watercolour and Inks on Fabriano Not Paper…please view large so as not to miss the details…

More Chinese Brush Paintings Here

My How to article Here


At the Edge of the Sky


Winter…Across the Plain.


Cold Mountain Winter


On Cold Mountain


The Last Catch


Early Morning Feed


Cold Mountain


Path to the Cold Mountain

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 Zrobackover 4 years ago

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Great work Janis! Love the subtlety and mixed drama!

  • Thank you so much Maree..this is typical of the genre, which often is only one colour, so I’m really happy you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Another beautiful piece, Janis!! I especially like this one with its subtle soft blues and lack of much other color.

  • Chinese painting is usually very subtle in colour, often merely black or blue, so this is just like a traditional piece…I’m thrilled that you like it…so do I…thanks so much Dot…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Holly Werner
    Holly Wernerover 4 years ago

    I could move in but I am kind of tired of the cold. LOL Love this.

  • I guess the blue enhances the feeling of cold too…often in Chinese painting you will see blue in a summer scene as well…I’m glad you like it Holly…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    Very well done Janis, I’ve been trying a few things like this myself. Not really anything I want to post just yet.

  • I will be looking out for them Jim….are they painted in the Chinese style?…nice to see you back…thanks so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 4 years ago

    so great!!

  • Thanks Leslie….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 4 years ago

    Well done!!

  • Thanks Elizabeth…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    This is totally stunning Janis, I love the way you have captured the cold bleak atmosphere, very well done.

    David xx

  • Lovely of you to say so David…thanks so much….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Brrrrrrrrrrrrr! I can FEEL the cold! Absolutely lovely work Janis.

  • Thanks so much Linda…lovely of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

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    © Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

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