Here is no water but only rock
Rock and no water and the sandy road
The road winding above among the mountains
Which are mountains of rock without water
If there were water we should stop and drink
Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think
Sweat is dry and feet are in the sand
If there were only water amongst the rock
Dead mountain mouth of carious teeth that cannot spit…
Here one can neither stand nor lie nor sit..
In this decayed hole among the mountains
In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing
Over the tumbled graves, about the chapel
There is an empty chapel, on the wind’s home.
It has no windows, and the door swings,
Dry bones can harm no one
…Excerpts from The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot

  • The Wasteland is an amazing poem, which has baffled scholars for ages….basically it’s written in four vignettes, each spoken by a different character…the second vignette which I have excerpted here invites the reader to travel to a desert waste where the poet will show him something different "Your shadow at morning striding behind you, or your shadow at evening rising to meet you…. fear in a handful of dust”
    “The Wasteland is considered to be the greatest work of all modernist literature
  • This, my second interpretation of Eliot’s poem, , was based on a photograph by Thordis called Hvaisnes Church..
    I did not plan to make a copy of the photo but rather to paint a landscape based on the ideas engendered by the original work…
    I wanted to concentrate more on the land than on the church, hence the small size….
    In addition to the poem, there is a lot more significance here in terms of contemporary life, the influence of religion, the struggle for peace etc…all left to the viewer to add
  • It was painted for the Solo workshop, where artists are collaborating with photographers to create wonderful works for Sojie 12..
    In the workshop we are showing the works in progress from beginning to end
    you can view the works in progress including my two images by clicking

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper…

  • My first collaboration for Sojie 12 has already been completed and can be viewed


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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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  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work Janis. Lovely description and collaboration. Wasteland or not, I don’t see it as such. It is beautiful and I see a different story. Although, Mr Eliot’s poem is lovely.

  • Thank you so much Catherine…I guess everyone would see something different….that’s the beauty of semi abstract art…

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  • Barbara Ingersoll
    Barbara Ingersollabout 3 years ago

    A stunning piece, Janis! I have been following the interpretations and awestruck doesn’t begin to say how I feel!

  • Thank you so much Barbara…I am thrilled at your reaction to the piece…the whole experience was so exciting…I am ready to start another, but it will have to wait till next time.. :))

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  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsabout 3 years ago

    So very beautiful Janis, I so love your style…..most enjoyable and informative watching each stage of the painting develop….wow!

  • Thank you so much Kathie…my years of painting in front of a camera really helped with this one, though it was hard to remember to stop and take pictures while I was painting… :))

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  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
  • Wonderful news…thank you so much…

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  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaabout 3 years ago

    This is fantastic Janis!

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

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  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholabout 3 years ago

  • Wonderful news…thank you so much….

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  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...about 3 years ago

    Great work Janis, this is lovely!

  • Glad you like it Dee…thank you so much…

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  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE FEATURE my friend.Great composition…..Hugs..Tom

  • Thank you so much Tom…nice to see you…

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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 3 years ago

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