Stopping By The Woods...In Summer by © Janis Zroback

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They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods

Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate.
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods….
But there is no road through the woods

I’ve done several winter paintings, inspired by Frost’s Poem, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening”, (samples below), so I decided to do a summer version…however I felt that Kipling’s poem suited this summer light filled forest much better..Watercolour on Arches Not 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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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Beautiful color, light and contrast, love it.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 2 years ago
  • Wonderful…thank you so much Ramesh…

    – © Janis Zroback

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


  • Thank you so much KJ….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    Stunning work Janis beautiful lighting

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Vivian Eagleson
    Vivian Eaglesonover 2 years ago

    Beautiful! The lighting and the gorgeous colors make this a WOW! work of exceptional beauty!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    Really love the colours and light Janis; the way the orange light casts contrasting shadows of blue. The painted leaves themselves almost seem to turn transparent from the light of your base (arches – something I’m not very familiar with despite always reading you working with that)

  • Arches is perhaps the best watercolour paper ever invented….it came into being in 1492 along with Colombus and is still around today…how’s that for longevity?
    I have experimented with other papers but love it the best…paper is the most important tool to the watercolour painter, then paint and lastly brushes…
    I’m really happy you like the painting..thanks so much MuiLing…raining like nothing on earth while I write this..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • MaryStewart
    MaryStewartover 2 years ago

    beautiful work.

  • Thanks so much Marie…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Itaya
    Itayaover 2 years ago

    So very beautiful! Love the feeling you captured with this one. :)

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Audra Lemke
    Audra Lemkeover 2 years ago

    This is stunning!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Alison Pearce
    Alison Pearceover 2 years ago

    An absolutely beautiful piece Janis

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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