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There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are

None may teach it anything,
’Tis the seal, despair,-
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, ’t is like the distance
On the look of death
.Emily Dickinson

This is one of my favourite winter poems…the words ring true on any winter afternoon here in the north…that strange light that breaks through the darkest clouds only to disappear within minutes…
I have been inspired by this poem before and no doubt I will be again
…Toronto, Ontario, Canada…

Watercolour on Arches Paper…

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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  • almaalice
    almaalicealmost 3 years ago

    Another stunner, instant fave for me Janis. Alma

  • Lovely of you to say so Alma…thank you so much…it’s a very inspiring season…so much to see and interpret….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Les Boucher
    Les Boucheralmost 3 years ago

    I’m sitting here in shorts and a tshirt (supposed to be summer here) and I can feel the cold in this Janis. It has, to me, a feeling of loss …..

  • I hoped that I had conveyed the feeling expressed in the poem and I guess by your comment that I did…ED. talks about “the weight that oppresses like cathedral tunes”, which so expresses a winter afternoon around four ’o’clock…I have daylight bulbs all over my house, but I do stand and stare outside letting the season permeate my senses…there can be a bleakness to it, but we love it all the same…thanks so much Les…

    – © Janis Zroback

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    WhiteDove Stud...almost 3 years ago

    It just gets colder and colder…..brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…………these are stunning………….

  • Thanks so much KJ….I love this one in particular….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 3 years ago

    Wow wonderful atmosphere here Janis…can feel the cold from here ! great work as always..

  • If you feel cold, then I’ve succeeded…thanks so much Linda…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Les Boucher
    Les Boucheralmost 3 years ago

    Actually Janis, I went with my gut feeling as I do with all these things before, I read the poem. I just try to convey what the painting says to my soul. If that makes any sense to you.

  • I t makes perfect sense Les…actually this pleases me ven more as you were not influenced by the poem…thanks again…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonalmost 3 years ago

    Soo beautiful!!

  • With all the ruckus, I am glad to come back to this peaceful scene…thanks so much Leslie….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 3 years ago
    magnificiently done Janis Certainly look wintery! perfectly painted , [not that I know winter!!]
  • Thanks so much Virginia….very nice of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    a great storm is coming look ,truely winter colours Liz)

  • Thanks so much Liz…glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...almost 3 years ago

    Another beauty, love it!

  • Thanks so much Diane…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 3 years ago

    Another fave Janis!! :)

  • Thanks so much Keith…very nice of you…

    – © Janis Zroback

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