"A Mist Crept Along the Banks of the River"... by © Janis Zroback

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“A mist crept along the banks of the river, seen through which the trees were the ghosts of trees, and the water was the ghost of water. This earth looked spectral, and so did the pale stars: while the cold eastern glare, expressionless as to heat or colour, with the eye of the firmament quenched, might have been likened to the stare of the dead“.”from Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens

  • “Our Mutual Friend (written in the years 1864–65) is the last novel completed by Charles Dickens and is one of his most sophisticated works, combining psychological insight with social analysis.
    It centres on, in the words of critic J. Hillis Miller, “money, money, money, and what money can make of life” but is also about human values.
    In the opening chapters a body is found in the Thames and identified as John Harmon, a young man recently returned to London to receive his inheritance.
    Were he alive, his father’s will would require him to marry Bella Wilfer, a beautiful, mercenary girl whom he had never met. Instead, the money passes to the working-class Boffins, and the effects spread into various corners of London society

I’ve read the works of Dickens, each one several times and they never cease to enthrall…there is always something new to discover, even after many readings…
The Story of “Our Mutual Friend” is a gripping one… even the title sends chills up your spine…as in so many of Dickens’ novels, the river is front and centre of the plot…
Here I’ve painted it covered by swirling mists as it so often was, slightly sinister, but the colours of the setting sun mitigate it’s terrors…in the distance are vague shapes of trees and the Houses of Parliament..it’s London and the Thames

  • Acrylic on Canvas…

  • The above works were inspired by the following books:
    “Our Mutual Friend” Charles Dickens..
    “The Return of the Native” Thomas Hardy
    “The Heart of Darkness” Joseph Conrad
    “She” Rider Haggard
    “The Wasteland” T.S. Eliot
    “The Woman in White” Wilkie Collins
    “David Copperfield” Charles Dickens
    “To the North” Elizabeth Bowen
  • All artworks can be viewed in the Landscape Collection HERE

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..
© All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Janis Zroback and any use of these images in any form without her written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 3 years ago

    What a perfect title for this beautiful image Janis! This is spectacular! So full of subtlties and oh so moody! Brilliant work! A triple fave for me!

  • That is so wonderful…to know that the painting resonated so much is immensely gratifying…thank you so much for your comment Robin…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 3 years ago

    Lovely work Janis! I hope you are staying cool.


  • Thank you so much Debra….I am trying to stay inside but the poor garden is suffering…I have all the soaker hoses on….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful work and softness!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    lovely painting Janis…full of mystery and intrique…the light is beautiful.

  • Thank you so much Linda….if you sense mystery then I have done my part indeed…. :))

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 3 years ago

    exquisite work janis :)))

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 3 years ago

    oh Janis ~ I had written a long comment of my impressions and now just lost it all ~ in essence, this one just captured me and rested inside the “large view” over my morning coffee and took in what strikes me as a colored point of view of how misted mornings feels
    then to read your writing, inspired by Dicken’s story ~ I’m now inspired to read too…love the gift of both ~ thank you xx

  • Oh how I would have loved to have read it all, but this amply makes up for it…I am glad that you read my narrative last…that way you can have your own particular impressions of the painting….
    I love English Lit. and majored in it in University…my favorite books have been a source of inspiration for quite a long time and will continue to be so forever….that being said I think the works are broad enough to encompass all types of viewers impressions…as such no one has to buy into my vision…
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments….I really appreciate it…

    – © Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 3 years ago

    Brilliant misty effect Janis, the mind can conjure up all sorts of things hidden in the mist !

  • That’s exactly the effect I was going for George…thank you so much….

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    Lovely! =D

  • Thank you so much Darlene….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • spkimball
    spkimballover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 3 years ago

    I am watering my garden twice a day right now…my poor orchids and bonsai are drying out in hours! Let’s just get through this day. Stay cool my friend.


  • The perfect time to paint I think…

    – © Janis Zroback

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