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Here we broached the Christmas barrel,
Pushed up the charred log-ends;
Here we sang the Christmas carol,
And called in friends

Time has tired me since we met here
When the folk now dead were young,
And the viands were outset here
And quaint songs sung

And the worm has bored the viol
That used to lead the tune,
Rust eaten out the dial
That struck night’s noon

Now no Christmas brings in neighbours,
And the New Year comes unlit;
Where we sang the mole now labours,
And spiders knit

Yet at midnight if here walking,
When the moon sheets wall and tree,
I see forms of old time talking,
Who smile on me
…Thomas Hardy

“*When the moon sheets wall and tree” is the line that echoes in the painting…the old ruin where once they met at Christmas and New Year…now most are gone but still on certain nights memories bring them back to smile on him*…

Watercolour, Pastel and Charcoal on Arches Not Paper

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

Winter on Durnover Field

Wessex Tales

Wessex Tales 2

The Return of the Native


janis zroback, house, brown, winter, thomas hardy, countryside, building, architecture, watercolour, pastel, christmas, country, hardy country, door, doors, city

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 3 years ago

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Janis – really like the illumination of the moon on the wall. looks warm

  • Thank so much Cathy….I have read Hardy’s books so many times over, that I have images in my mind indelibly printed as to how the scenes should look….this is one of his poems, and the painting evolved from a window in moonlight and grew from there…I’m really happy you like it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much Liz….that was what I wanted to convey…derelict but peaceful because of it’s history….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerover 3 years ago

    Awesome work…love the title!!

  • Thank you so much Gail…very nice of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Janis. I like how each medium is recognizable, but comes together so successfully to create this unique scene.

  • Thanks so much Jim…I’m really happy you like it….painting Hardy from my imagination is a real joy….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Janis.

    David xx

  • Thank you so much David….my first MM work in a few months…I have missed doing them

    – © Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    Superb artistry !!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Wonderful, Janis! The light gives this old place life. Terrific quote to go with this!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroover 3 years ago

    Wonderful Work!!!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 3 years ago

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