Copper Sky... by ©Janis Zroback

Blood-Coloured oaks, that stand against a sky of gold and brass;
Gaunt slopes, on which the bleak leaves glow of brier and sassafras,
And broom-sedge strips of smoky-pink and pearl gray clumps of grass
In which, beneath the ragged sky, the rain pools gleam like glass

From West to East, from wood to wood, along the forest-side,
The winds, the sowers of the Lord, with thunderous footsteps stride;
Their stormy hands rain acorns down; and mad leaves, wildly dyed,
Like tatters of their rushing cloaks, stream round them far and wide

The frail leaf-cricket in the weeds rings a faint fairy bell;
And like a torch of phantom ray the milkweed’s windy shell
Glimmers; while, wrapped in withered dreams, the wet autumnal smell
Of loam and leaf, like some sad ghost, steals over field and dell

The oaks, against a copper sky o’er which, like some black lake
Of Dis, bronze clouds, like surges fringed with sullen fire, break
Loom sombre as Doom’s citadel above the vales that make
A pathway to a land of mist the moon’s pale feet shall take

Now, dyed with burning carbuncle, a limbo-litten pane,
Within its walls of storm, the West opens to hill and plain,
On which the wild-geese ink themselves, a far triangled train,
And then the shuttering clouds close down and night is here again
Madison Julius Cawein

This peaceful northern Ontario scene is in direct contrast to how we are on the south of the province right now…somewhere there are copper skies with rain pools that gleam like glass
A Landscape presented unusually in a portrait style in 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..
© All rights reserved. All images contained on these pages are © copyright protected by Janis Zroback and any use of these images in any form without her written permission will be considered an infringement of these copyrights.

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  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous scene!! Stunning work.

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

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 11/01/2012,
    Absolutely gorgeous work of art and creativity!
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  • Thank you so much Deborah…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Heather…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerover 2 years ago

    Breathtakingly beautiful! :)

  • Thank you so much Angela…what a lovely thing to say!

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • MaryStewart
    MaryStewartover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much Marie…

    – ©Janis Zroback

    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you so much Syl….

    – ©Janis Zroback

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

    Come to thing of it, a body of water reflecting an orange sky would have a copper-like shiny surface, and you present that so beautifully. Your sky is illuminating as your water is shining – very magical piece.

  • Thank you so much MuiLing, for those very insightful words and lovely compliment..I really appreciate it….

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • John Poon
    John Poonover 2 years ago

    2 thumbs up!

  • Thank you so much John…nice to see you again…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    wow I love this Janis gorgeous colors

  • Thank you so much Maggie…I’m really pleased that you like it…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • billyboy
    billyboyover 2 years ago

    Yet another amazing night at the opera Janis…
    Beautiful work :-)

  • Thanks so much Billy…lovely of you…I am getting hooked on that description you know.. :))

    – ©Janis Zroback

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