Abandoned, forgotten… the grass around the gardener’s boots, hardly covered by the snow that whirls around, filling it’s open tops…when will you be coming back?

“_*It is December in the garden,
an early winter here, with snow
already hiding my worst offenses…
the places I disturbed your moss
with my heavy boots;
The corner where I planted in too deep a hole,
the now stricken hawthorne:
Crystals hanging from its icy branches
are the only flowers it will know*_.

When did solitude become
mere loneliness, and the sounds
of birds at the feeder seem
not like a calibrated music
but the discordant dialects
of strangers simply flying through?
I have tried to construct a life
alone here — coffee at dawn; a jog
through the chilling air

Counting my heartbeats,
as if the doctor were my only muse;
books and bread and firewood..
Those usual stepping-stones from month
to freezing month.
But the constricted light,
the year closing down on itself with all
the vacancies of January ahead, leave me
unreconciled even to beauty.
When will you be coming back
Linda Pastan…The Letter

Watercolour on Arches CP Paper…..

From the Images of Winter Series

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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 Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 4 years ago

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Janis!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyabout 4 years ago

    wonderful atmosphere, texture and narrative

  • Thank you so much Susan…..lovely of you to say so…..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Azellah
    Azellahabout 4 years ago

    So cute! It really describes winter so universally lol.

  • Thank you so much…glad you like it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • linskudd
    linskuddabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant. An instant fave.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Redviolin
    Redviolinabout 4 years ago

    Loving this work

  • Thank you so much Christine…I’m happy you like it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonabout 4 years ago

    the artwork made perfectly for the essay.

  • Thank you so much Tokiko….very nice of you to say so….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    creative work well composed and painted janis !@LIz

  • Thank you so much Liz….it’s part of a new outdoor Still Life series….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 4 years ago

    really like the way the snow is clinging to the boots Janis and the atmosphere created surrounding them…still life but with movement also…great work

  • Thanks so much Linda….this and the one before are part of a new series of outdoor Still Life paintings….I have another project on hand, but this series will probably take me into the new year…..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • jeanni2010
    jeanni2010about 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much Jeanni….I really appreciate this feature…..

    – © Janis Zroback

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