Shadowed Scenes... by ©Janis Zroback

Beautiful landscape! I could look on thee
For hours,…unmindful of the storm and strife,
And mingled murmurs of tumultuous life.
Here, all is still as fair—the stream, the tree,
The wood, the sunshine on the bank: no tear
No thought of time’s swift wing, or closing night
Which comes to steal away the long sweet light,
No sighs of sad humanity are here

Here is no tint of mortal change…the day
Beneath whose light the dog and peasant-boy
Gambol with look, and almost bark, of joy…
Still seems, though centuries have passed, to stay.
Then gaze again, that shadowed scenes may teach
Lessons of peace and love, beyond all speech

Reading Carl Sandburg inspired this painting…slightly English in feeling, but in actuality north of the City of Toronto, it’s the end of the day…“long sweet light”….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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  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 2 years ago

    I love this scene, Janis. It is your golden light which offsets every feature and texture that makes it such a pleasure to view.

  • How to convey it all in one layer of paint is always a challenge, and this was no exception, but I am thrilled with the results…thanks so much Frannie…I am really happy you like it…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 2 years ago

    Moody and powerful Janis! Awesome work! Love the contrast between the light and shadows!

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Victoria  _Ts
    Victoria _Tsover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Janis!

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

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

    Very beautiful Janis; love the way you painted this; and how there is still a hint of colour in the silhouettes. The way the ground shines seem to show the light changing throughout the day.

  • Tricky but successful painting, for the very reasons you mention, showing the changing light and keeping the darks very dark on very wet paper….watercolour is always a fight to the death and sometimes it wins, but happily most of the time I do…thanks so much MuiLing…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 2 years ago

    This is top notch stuff Janis. This one needs to go in the “One of My Best,” pile.

  • Thank you so much Jim…I’m glad you like it as there will be a few along this line coming soon…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 2 years ago

    Nicely done..

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Stunning light and contrast!

  • Thank you so much Cindy…very nice of you to say so…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...over 2 years ago

    So beautiful Janis – love the atmosphere!

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoover 2 years ago

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Elisabeth Dubois
    Elisabeth Duboisover 2 years ago

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

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