Autumn drives her wind-horse to the gates of change.
She heaves fresh faced in shadows of a sheltering wall.
Eager to test the lie, so to speak, she sighs-
‘Is it time yet, is it time?’
She observes a world half asleep, half dead.
‘O dessicate Summer, O thirsty lady,
you have sapped all strength,
mopped the life-blood, leached all colour,
turned blushing petals to withered cusps,
you have turned this world to crumbling dust.’
Cat-like she steals, then with a gust….leaps!
whipping a dry pool of terrified leaves into a freshening frenzy.
’I’m here!’ she cries ’It’s my time.
Dance your full-blown pirouette!’
She turns to a world where neglected grapevines droop.
In the garden of ripening fruit, she plucks bruised from new;
mouldering black fruit that hangs in the crooked elbow of a thirsty tree.
Saddened, her tears fall on leaf-dead ground.
Slow tears, tears to tease dormant seeds from cracked hard-packed ground.
But listen to that sound…..
count the minims spilling on the quavering split terrain!
Net the hour, capture the perfume of moist grass where there is yet no greenness,
where the fat toad leans towards a blackening sky.
We are but children journeying from one season to the next
‘Are we there yet? Are we nearly there?’
And when the storm comes we will know to light our way
into the garden of ripening fruit
. Caroline Grace

Semi-abstract surreal landscape in Watercolour on Arches Not Paper..


janis zroback, landscape, night, countryside, trees, sky, watercolor, landscape painting, desolate, bleak, empty, winter, snow, november, december, woods, forest, pine trees, blue, mauve, purple, water, lake

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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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 1 year ago

    We are but children journeying from one season to the next
    ‘Are we there yet? Are we nearly there?’
    And when the storm comes we will know to light our way
    into the garden of ripening fruit
    The Winds of Change are calling us…to read the whole poem and more about the painting, click description above….

  • Winds blow the days into nights…the darkness hardly lightens from dawn to dusk..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Beautiful color and depth, Janis. Sets a mood.

  • Thank you so much Frannie…the winds of change are blowing through the city…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 1 year ago

    Love the mix of autumn colours in the sky in contrast to the white snow and the way the lines in the snow move with the branches… Winter is usually frozen but here it is so much alive…

  • I see through the dark and the frozen earth to the colour and light…thanks so much MuiLing..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Dramatic color!

  • Thank you so much Cindy…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 1 year ago

    wow Brilliant!

  • Thank you so much Virginia and thank you so much for adding the link to Facebook..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    Colours are amazing and I like the drama. Very beautiful work Janis.

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

    – © Janis Zroback

  • AfreshStudio
    AfreshStudioover 1 year ago

    I agree plus its phantasmagorical as well :-)))

  • What a wonderful word…thank you so much Pauline…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 1 year ago

    perfect in every way…could stare at this for hours…:)

  • Thank you so much for that wonderful compliment Linda…no painter could ask for more…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Daniel Bevis
    Daniel Bevisover 1 year ago

    A haunting and beautiful piece!

  • Lovely of you to say so…thank you so much Daniel..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 1 year ago

    I love the drama and intensity of this!

  • Thank you so much Lora…I’m really happy you like it and lovely to see you too..

    – © Janis Zroback

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