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Inspired by the works of Charles Dickens, “The City and The River” presents an imagined vision…
In the novels, the river has a very important the Our Mutual Friend and Old Curiosity Shop it is "characterized as “the stream of life that will not stop…the river offers a dualistic landscape, into which we can sink and rest or with which we can run away and never be still…a current in which we alternatively drown and progress”…the river, the city, the fog, the marsh…all recur again and again until they become part of the characters that drive the narrative in the same way as do Pip, Bella, and Lizzie

I love the books of Charles Dickens, and have read them so often, I know them almost by heart…on one of my visits to England I took walking tours of some of the areas he describes in his stories and that made them even more alive for me…many parts of London are still imbued with the rich atmosphere of the Victorian age and often I thought that I could actually see David and Steerforth, Nell and her grandfather, Tattycoram, and other characters, going about their daily lives…
The river in my painting is a melding of the rivers that are featured in so many of the books, often running alongside the tenements and buildings where the action takes place…a dark mysterious place even by day…by night even more frightening…
I have lightened the mood by showing it infused with the golden hues of sunset
…more views of cities below…

Painted alla prima in Watercolour on Handmade Paper..View large


Smoke and Steel

The Bridge

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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  • LynnWhitt
    LynnWhittover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Strong image, great color and water effect.

  • Thank you so much Cindy…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 2 years ago

    Master of contrast with these gorgeous blast of yellow/orange/red colours. Both creative and beautifully painted work Janis.

  • Thank you so much for the lovely compliment Jim..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago

    beautiful atmosphere Janis liz

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    Wow Janis, don’t know how I missed these cityscape paintings; never knew you painted these – I guess when it come to scenery I’ve gotten used to seeing your Chines painting style… Although looking at some of them now, they were indicated to be done about 2 years ago… ah, the dreadful 2010 ." Okay that is why I missed them! They are very lovely and I love how you captured different essences by painting different subjects at different times of the day. And I love the way you paint light here; I can even see a glowing aurora in motion within your sunset!

  • Thank you so much MuiLing…yes I have a collection of cityscapes as well…glad you like this one…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Judah Johansen
    Judah Johansenover 2 years ago

    Wow Janis, this is special.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Itaya
    Itayaover 2 years ago

    So lovely!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 2 years ago

    Superb atmospheric painting, brilliant choice of palette !

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 2 years ago

    powerful colors..very nicely done wahini…………hope you’re feeling better.

  • Thank you so much KJ…getting there..

    – © Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your beautiful work has been featured in the Realistic Paintings about Water group
    22nd July 2012

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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