The Wheel and The Beast..Hardy Country by ©Janis Zroback

The Wheel and The Beast..Hardy Country by 

To Thomas Hardy the city of London was a Wheel and a Beast..

“This hum of the wheel…the roar of London” he comments on the spectacle of the Marble Arch..
Despite it’s deafening noise, he knew it was composed of “hurry, speech laughter, moans, cries of little children…all are caged birds; the only difference lies in the size of the cage…this too is part of the tragedy”
The wheel by day became a beast by night, a monster whose body had four million heads and eight million eyes, whom he also called four million forlorn hopes

My painting represents the idea of the Wheel and the Beast…an imagined city near a river such as London is…I created it in the colours and feeling of an Impressionist work, and I think I was channelling Turner at the same time…a mysterious place…a city of the mind

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper…click the links below for more…

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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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 3 years ago

    Stunning atmosphere in this one Janis……looks amazing and very beautiful !!

  • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment Sean…..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 3 years ago

    Beautiful collection Janis. Wonderful

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 3 years ago

    Yes what Sean said! Lots going on in this one! Lovely!

  • Thank you so much Leslie….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 3 years ago

    This is a powerful and beautiful image…like Einstein said “There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there”
    I believe if our mind floats toward the “Grand Cauldron”(as I sometimes call it) from whence the many creative amazing people received the potent drink that awakened their inner genius who is then driven by an irresistible urge to create….
    You are a beautiful artist with great intuition no doubt and you have the ability to tap into other realms…it is reflected in your work….

  • What a wonderful way to express your feelings about the artwork…I am absolutely thrilled that you feel this way…thank you so much Ellanita…..I will treasure your words…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Liz…glad you like it….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    moody atmsopheric and wonderful colours in the sky Janis…great work!

  • Thank you so much Linda…glad you like it

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Barbara Smith
    Barbara Smithover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so muchBarbara…very nice of you..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    It is Turneresque to be sure; first thing that came to mind when I saw it. Wonderful colors, & a wonderful catch of Hardy’s impressions. Great work, Janis.

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago

  • Mark Wade
    Mark Wadeover 3 years ago

    To personify the city as a single entity….well done Janis.

    Weighty in concept and the strong colors bear this out.

  • Thank you so much Mark…very good of you to say so…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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