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Impotent Despair...The Heart of Darkness by © Janis Zroback

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  • The old river in its broad reach rested unruffled at the decline of day, after ages of good service done to the race that peopled its banks, spread out in the tranquil dignity of a waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth.
  • In and out of rivers, streams of death in life, whose banks were rotting into mud, whose waters, thickened with slime, invaded the contorted mangroves, that seemed to writhe at us in the extremity of an impotent despair. Nowhere did we stop long enough to get a particularised impression, but the general sense of vague and oppressive wonder grew upon me. It was like a weary pilgrimage amongst hints for nightmares
    - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Part 1
  • And this also,’ said Marlow suddenly, ’has been one of the dark places of the earth.
  • The Heart of Darkness centers around Marlow, an introspective sailor, and his journey up the Congo River to meet Kurtz, reputed to be an idealistic man of great abilities.
    Marlow takes a job as a riverboat captain with the Company, a Belgian concern organized to trade in the Congo. As he travels to Africa and then up the Congo, Marlow encounters widespread inefficiency and brutality in the Company’s stations. The native inhabitants of the region have been forced into the Company’s service, and they suffer terribly from overwork and ill treatment at the hands of the Company’s agents. The cruelty and squalor of imperial enterprise contrasts sharply with the impassive and majestic jungle that surrounds the white man’s settlements, making them appear to be tiny islands amidst a vast darkness
    …S Notes
  • Conrad’s works always give me a very surreal feeling as I read them and none more so than “Heart of Darkness”…all through it I get the feeling of a world inhabited by strange creatures and other worldly humans…
    I wanted to interpret that feeling by painting a land that would evoke that sense of the surreal…
    This is the second in the new series, based on his works…the first is below

Watercolour on Fluid Paper

The Heart of Darkness


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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 Zrobackalmost 3 years ago

  • Sarah Trent
    Sarah Trentalmost 3 years ago

    This is beautiful!! So full of passion and mystery! WOW!! Well done :)

  • Thank you so much Sarah…it’s my second series based on a novelist…the other is my Hardy Series…

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    WhiteDove Stud...almost 3 years ago

    Quite powerful wahini….

  • Thanks so much KJ…glad you think so….

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  • Wonderful news…thank you so much Jolie…

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  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous!!. . .

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

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  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergeralmost 3 years ago

    lovely work … but it looks like a heart on fire to me … a powerless despair …

  • Thank you so much Catherine….maybe a bit of symbolism…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonalmost 3 years ago

    It looks somewhat apocolyptic! So, compelling! Looks like a greet series so far! The bright glow of light draws me right in.

  • Thank you so much Leslie….every time I read the book I find it even more compelling….I hope I can do it justice…I plan to paint each image differently, but still strange and surreal as much as I can and will add to the series in between my other work..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Richard Maier
    Richard Maieralmost 3 years ago

    Sunrise on a most momentous day. Wonderful use of chiaroscuro!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 3 years ago

    wonderfully dark image, which looks to be on fire!

  • Thank you so much….I hope I will do justice to the prose as I add more to the series….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoalmost 3 years ago

  • How wonderful…thank you so much Anthony…

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