That Winter Day by ©Janis Zroback

Photographic Prints


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Small 10.9" x 8.0"
Medium 16.3" x 12.0"
Large 21.8" x 16.0"
X large 27.2" x 20.0"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
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  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
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WE stood by a pond that winter day,
And the sun was white, as though chidden of God,
And a few leaves lay on the starving sod,
—They had fallen from an ash, and were gray

Your eyes on me were as eyes that rove
Over tedious riddles solved years ago;
And some words played between us to and fro—
On which lost the more by our love

The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing
Alive enough to have strength to die;
And a grin of bitterness swept thereby
Like an ominous bird a-wing

Since then, keen lessons that love deceives,
And wrings with wrong, have shaped to me
Your face, and the God-curst sun, and a tree,
And a pond edged with grayish leaves
.Thomas Hardy

The Poem Neutral Tones by Hardy, written 144 years ago, has been subject to a number of interpretations, but most agree that it talks about the end of a relationship…
The story begins and ends in the same place….it is a passionate poem, full of regret…. “tedious riddles solved years ago” tells us this is no recent friendship, but possibly a long standing affair filled with bitter exchanges…possibly this is Eliza Nicholls, from whom he had been estranged, then met again much later…
Sorrowful regret and reminiscence resound throughout the poem, but yet we can’t mistake the fact that these two love each other…the dead smile on her face is a heart wrenching oxymoron…they both know that this is the end

Hardy is such a marvellous story teller that in reading this work we all feel his pain…I can clearly see them facing each other across the pond on that bleak winters day…..’course I made the pond a little prettier….Watercolour on Arches Paper

See the Hardy Collection by clicking the link on the right…

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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  • Tricia Winwood
    Tricia Winwoodabout 3 years ago

    This is lovely Janis, and an instant fave for me x

  • Thank you so much Tricia…I’m really happy you like it…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful, great effects.

  • Thanks so much Cindy….so many elements together was a challenge, water, ice, snow, light, etc. etc..but I’m pleased with the results….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Liz…really nice of you

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 3 years ago

    You got that icy shine on that pond just perfect. Nice work Janis.

  • Thank you so much Jim…very nice of you to say so…ice is challenging work.. :))

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 3 years ago

    a lovely painting Janis filled with light, darks, textures and atmosphere……and coupled with the poem takes our imaginations into the past…

  • Thank you so much Linda…it could be anyone at any time…the emotion is timeless…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • edy4sure
    edy4sureabout 3 years ago

    This is exquisite Janis. I love the texture so much… fave :)

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Marlies Odehnal
    Marlies Odehnalabout 3 years ago

    Phantastic painting!

  • Thank you so much Marlies…really nice of you

    – ©Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 3 years ago

    Lovely, excellent reflections !!!

  • Thank you so much George…very nice of you

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • walela
    walelaabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful! Painting and Hardy’s poem. Fits so well together. Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors.

  • I’m so glad…I love his work too…thank you so much…

    – ©Janis Zroback

    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you so much…really nice of you…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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