I haven’t painted a Hardy work for a few months, so I felt it was time…this imaginary work was inspired by a poem called “Winter on Durnover Field”…in the poem there are three birds walking around in the field complaining of the lack of food, but I didn’t want to be too slavish and copy it, plus it would make it seem like a cartoon…so I left it barren and dry with pockets of snow, grasses trodden and rimed with frost which I feel has a more universal appeal..

A wide stretch of fallow ground recently sown with wheat, and frozen to iron hardness. Three large birds walking about thereon, and wistfully eyeing the surface.
Wind keen from north-east: sky a dull grey
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Throughout the field I find no grain;
The cruel frost encrusts the cornland!
Patient pecking now is vain
Throughout the field, I find . . .
No grain!
Nor will be, comrade, till it rain,
Or genial thawings loose the lorn land
Throughout the field.
I find no grain:
The cruel frost encrusts the cornland
!
Thomas Hardy

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper

Some of the series are shown below…View the rest of the Hardy collection by clicking Hardy


Wessex Tales


Wessex Tales 2


The Return of the Native

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 Zrobackalmost 4 years ago

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    youi do these wonderful grasses and dunes so well Janis great work !LIz

  • Thanks so much Liz…I had to imagine Durnover Field as I think Hardy may have made it up himself…glad you like it…

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  • AndyReeve
    AndyReevealmost 4 years ago

    Lovely. Missed Wessex tales, love that too.

  • Thanks so much Andy…I’m thrilled that you like it..you can see some of the collection by clicking the link I show above the painting of Wessex tales

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  • Jeannine St-Amour
    Jeannine St-Amouralmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully done!

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

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  • Mike  Waldron
    Mike Waldronalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely work!!

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

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  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 4 years ago

    Just the right amount of detail Janis, but the colours are really what works in this one. Very nice.

  • Thank you so much Jim….

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  • steppeland
    steppelandalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work, Janis! Instant fav!

  • Lovely of you…thank you so much…I appreciate it….

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  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 4 years ago

    Simply Beautiful watercolour work ,Thomas Hardy + Janis Zroback
    go like a fantastic Gin n Tonic….. Compelling work my dear friend .
    Many thanks for your gorgeous comment ……………..Paulxx

  • Thank you so much Paul….I am really happy you like it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Tine  Wiggens
    Tine Wiggensalmost 4 years ago

    So exquisite!!! Stunning! What a masterpiece Janis! Absolutely magnificent!

  • What a wonderful compliment Tine…thank you so much….I’m thrilled that you like it…

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  • Tine  Wiggens
    Tine Wiggensalmost 4 years ago

    And: more please!!!!!!!!!! Please paint more landscape fields like this one!!!!!!

  • I have quite a number of fields in my portfolio, winter, summer, spring by the sea, dunes etc. and I will be adding more to the Hardy series as well…glad you like this one…

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