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Hardy...Sunset on Egdon Heath... by © Janis Zroback
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The entire opening chapter of The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, is devoted to a lengthy description of Egdon Heath, the setting of the novel.
Hardy said of the heath that it could “retard the dawn, sadden noon…and intensify the opacity of a moonless midnight to a cause of shaking and dread” It is also inferred that the Heath itself creates the darkness.. “the heath exhaling darkness as rapidly as the heavens precipitated it..
The heath is like the “ruler” of the story, it is the King, and it is more powerful than any person is. The heath demonstrates the idea that fate is more powerful than the desires of individuals
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Man cannot change Egdon Heath for it is indifferent to man. Hardy uses Egdon Heath as a portrayal of the larger scale of things, that is, the universe’s indifference to man.GE

Across the red sky two birds flying,
Flying with drooping wings.
Silent and solitary their ominous flight.
All day the triumphant sun with yellow banners
Warred and warred with the earth, and when she yielded
Stabbed her heart, gathered her blood in a chalice,
Spilling it over the evening sky.
When the dark plumaged birds go flying, flying,
Quiet lies the earth wrapt in her mournful shadow,
Her sightless eyes turned to the red sky
And the restlessly seeking birds
……Katherine Mansfield

Many layers of Watercolour on Arches Rough Paper…samples and more from the Hardy Collection below..


The Return of the Native

Midnight on Egdon Heath

Egdon Sunrise

Other Hardy Inspired Works

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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Comments

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 2 years ago

    Excellent work!!!

  • Thank you so much Vitta…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    Outstanding artwork:)
    ………….
    Thoughtfully;
    A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
    George Bernard Shaw mentioned and Yes! I agree:)
    ……….
    Best regards & hugs,
    Sunny

  • Thank you so much Sunny…nice to see you…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous light and texture Janis! I love the beautiful tones too!

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 2 years ago

    I also believe that fate is more powerful than individual desires. Very beautiful Janis, the birds are a nice touch.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    Powerful sky wahini…..very nice

  • Thank you so much KJ…nice to see you..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    beautiful work

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

    – © Janis Zroback

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

    As the sun says goodnight, so does the birds. And speaking of the personification:

    “Quiet lies the earth wrapt in her mournful shadow,
    Her sightless eyes turned to the red sky
    And the restlessly seeking birds”

    I do see a face in there… Like I often do as I look at the sky.

    Lovely work Janis.

  • I see it too…thank you so much MuiLing…very nice of you..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 2 years ago

    Marvelous!! :)

  • Thanks so much Keith…glad you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much Val…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 2 years ago

    GREAT GLOWING END OF DAY WORK JANIS LIZ)

  • Thanks so much Liz…very nice of you..

    – © Janis Zroback

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