Of Heaven or Hell I have no power to sing,
I cannot ease the burden of your fears,
Or make quick-coming death a little thing,
Or bring again the pleasure of past years,
Nor for my words shall ye forget your tears,
Or hope again for aught that I can say,
The idle singer of an empty day

But rather, when aweary of your mirth,
From full hearts still unsatisfied ye sigh,
And, feeling kindly unto all the earth,
Grudge every minute as it passes by,
Made the more mindful that the sweet days die..
Remember me a little then I pray,
The idle singer of an empty day

The heavy trouble, the bewildering care
That weighs us down who live and earn our bread,
These idle verses have no power to bear;
So let me sing of names remembered,
Because they, living not, can ne’er be dead,
Or long time take their memory quite away
From us poor singers of an empty day

Dreamer of dreams, born out of my due time,
Why should I strive to set the crooked straight?
Let it suffice me that my murmuring rhyme
Beats with light wing against the ivory gate,
Telling a tale not too importunate
To those who in the sleepy region stay,
Lulled by the singer of an empty day

Folk say, a wizard to a northern king
At Christmas-tide such wondrous things did show,
That through one window men beheld the spring,
And through another saw the summer glow,
And through a third the fruited vines a-row,
While still, unheard, but in its wonted way,
Piped the drear wind of that December day

So with this Earthly Paradise it is,
If ye will read aright, and pardon me,
Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss
Midmost the beating of the steely sea,
Where tossed about all hearts of men must be;
Whose ravening monsters mighty men shall slay,
Not the poor singer of an empty day
.William Morris

Outside it’s raining snow…yes rain and snow mixed and sleet and treacherous stuff, and I’m dreaming of a burgeoning spring…an abstract grew out of these musings on this “drear day”….visions of ferns and leaves, insects, and flowers emerging from the earth into the light of a beautiful spring day…
“The poor singer of an empty day” can do no more but remind you that it came last year and it will come again

Watercolour on Arches HP Paper…thumbnails are from the Abstract Collection..
Note: this painting is huge, but most of it has been captured here…to photograph all of it would have meant losing some detail as I would have had to do it from far…view large…

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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  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 3 years ago

    beautiful painting:)

  • Thank you so much Robin…I have not done a pure abstract for a while…it was time…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearcealmost 3 years ago

    Absolutely magical!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • miroslava
    miroslavaalmost 3 years ago

    love the colours and the ferns in it….. love the life in that painting !

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful vibrancy and yes ~ can feel your title well ~ xx

  • Thank you so much Linda….I really appreciate it….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 3 years ago

    Wowie…..and there is art made with a computer that can’t do this…..I Like….

  • Thank you so much KJ….and yes I agree this could only be made by hand… :))

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago


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

    – © Janis Zroback

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  • Wonderful news…thank you so much

    – © Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONalmost 3 years ago

    Superb colourful Piece Janis, so much for the eye to tke in !!!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Marie-Eve Boisclair
    Marie-Eve Bois...almost 3 years ago

  • Wonderful news…thank you so much Marie-Eve…

    – © Janis Zroback

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