The In-rolling Walls of the Fog... by © Janis Zroback

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Who hath desired the Sea? Her menaces swift as her mercies?
The in-rolling walls of the fog and the silver-winged breeze that disperses?
The unstable mined berg going South and the calvings and groans that declare it –
White water half-guessed overside and the moon breaking timely to bare it –
His Sea as his fathers have dared — his Sea as his children shall dare it:
His Sea as she serves him or kills?
So and no otherwise — so and no otherwise — hillmen desire their Hills

This is the latest painting from my collection “Who Hath Desired the Sea” (see the others below)…
The poem is a magnificent one which resounds with the movement of waves….see the full review at the bottom of the page….
Here the fog moves in over the sea and the land, not rolling in but in-rolling which is much more expressive…
I added a mysterious land this time, based on the sleeping giant in Northern Ontario, but the atmosphere is definitely Turneresque, (that is if I’m allowed to say so)…
I try always to include the brilliance of a setting or rising sun as I think the drama matches the cadence of the poem

Acrylic on read the other verses in the poem, click the titles of the images..

Who Hath Desired the Sea?

The Immense and Contemptuous Surges

The Moon Breaking Timely to Bare It

Her Excellent Loneliness

The Sight of Salt Wind Hounded

The Shudder, The Stumble, The Swerve

The Streets Where Men Gather

The Orderly Clouds of the Trades

  • An extraordinary poem of desire is presented here and a no less extraordinary technical achievement, where the pounding energy of the sea is created through language and rhythm, only to be interrupted by a repeated question mark and masterfully turned against itself at the close of every verse. This structure means that readers are flung repeatedly against a contradiction: in speaking of the sea, the poem asks them to take pleasure in violent sound and movement but it immediately compares this pleasure with the longing for composure, for silence and stillness, as they are found in the hills.
  • This technique attempts to present as a single experience the longing for utter wildness and a desire for home. Yet for a reader who does not insist that naming the sea as ‘she’ is purely conventional, the image of a woman, perhaps a mother, hovers behind the surface of this poem. This woman, like the sea and also like the mother who abandoned him in Southsea is both the site of a dangerous turbulence of feeling and the object of inveterate longing. The hills, on the other hand, present an image of the maternal body that promises peace….M. Hamer
  • For more of my images of the Sea…click HERE


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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

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous painting!!!! Superb work Janis.. Love the colors… Poem is perfect!! :))xx

  • Thank you so much Debbie…that entire poem is such an inspiration, that I keep creating more and more paintings from the various verses..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful glowing coliurs and this looks very old world Janis well done !Liz)

  • Thanks so much Liz…I wanted to keep the atmosphere of the paintings to the era of the poem, hence the old-world appearance of most of them, especially this one..I was seeing the sleeping giant in my head as I painted but sleeping over a hundred years ago…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 3 years ago

    Very dramatic and beautiful!

  • Thank you so much Dot…Kipling is a very inspiring writer….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning, love how you composed the sky so large so daring so vibrant. Love this piece my friend

  • Some time ago, I wrote an article called “Don’t Paint it Blue” and I think I followed my own advice here to a T…thanks so much Angela…I am really happy you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 3 years ago

    Fabulous image!! . . .
    Great series!! . . .

  • Thank you so much Hugh…glad you think so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • M1chaelFrank
    M1chaelFrankalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful! such amazing colors.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 3 years ago

    Janis, I have to say this tops my favorites of all of your works. The weight of the clouds is beautiful.

  • Thank you so much Frannie..I’m thrilled that you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...almost 3 years ago

    Janis this work is sublime!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • What a lovely thing to say…thank you so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosalmost 3 years ago

    gorgeous colour and texture…beautiful… :)

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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