The Time Is Nightfall by © Janis Zroback

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“The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less;
The times are winter, watch, a world undone:
They waste, they wither worse; they as they run
Or bring more or more blazon man’s distress.
And I not help. Nor word now of success:
All is from wreck, here, there, to rescue one—
Work which to see scarce so much as begun
Makes welcome death, does dear forgetfulness

“Or what is else? There is your world within.
There rid the dragons, root out there the sin.
Your will is law in that small common weal
…Gerard Manley Hopkins

“The poem represents struggles that looks beyond itself only to find the answer inside itself..
“The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less”, talks about a speaker freefalling into the pits of “profound despair” because of “The times” only to find a light in itself that yields the power of the “world”.
The content of the piece serves to funnel the reader downward while propelling their emotions upwards like one of those spiral wishing wells at museums.
The journey mirrors the content because it jars the reader at the onset only to set them down easily in the end..
The beginning is bleak but the individualistic resolution seems to unwrap the tightly wound bandage of “The times” as “their light grows less”; thus, allowing the wound of society to be healed with an inward light…
Having total control over everything is uncontrollable, but one can always steer fate with choices.
In the world within, "root out there the sin” because one can only control oneself and their decisions.
Individualism is defined by responsible decision making, and as Sartre states, “We are our choices”. Choose wisely
"…excerpt M. Birdsall Suite 101

I chose to do a literal interpretation of the poem, a semi-abstract landscape seen as if through a window, across some fields at nightfall on a January day… a metaphor for the darkness in society, which with the coming of spring can be healed with inward joy..

Watercolour on Fabriano Not Paper

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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 Zrobackalmost 2 years ago

    “The times are nightfall, look, their light grows less;
    The times are winter, watch, a world undone:
    They waste, they wither worse
    ..cont’d when you click description above…

  • – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    You seemed to have captured that portion of the evening when the colour saturation has been depleted, but it had time to really get dark. Beautiful atmosphere in this landscape Janis.

  • Thanks so much Jim..initially I was reluctant to post this as unless you live in the north like I do it could look depressing, but the reaction I got at home was so positive e.g.“this is real life here” and “of course it should be posted” that I changed my mind…living in it is much more enlivening than looking at it.. :))

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mark Wade
    Mark Wadealmost 2 years ago

    So beautifully brooding

  • Thanks so much Mark…lovely of you…we have many such evenings here…they make you aware of the magnificence of the earth much more than summer does..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jacki Stokes
    Jacki Stokesalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely painting Janis – very atmospheric and gorgeous textures.

  • Thanks so much Jackie…lovely of you to say so…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 2 years ago

    Lovely work, Janis. I’d love that sky and tint over the landscape, any time. …Looking for my rose colored glasses right now!

  • Thanks so much Frannie..I am really happy you like it and seeing you reminds me that itis definitely a new year…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 2 years ago

    you’ve captured this sense of time and place so very well, it’s that sense of inbetween time, when what is so familiar is transformed, light and colors, impressions and feelings taken and given in its wake…xx

  • Thanks so much Linda…what a wonderful compliment!

    – © Janis Zroback

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyalmost 2 years ago

    Indeed, Janis – looking for The Answer “out there” and eventually realising that it lies within is a life long journey.
    A dramatic and atmospheric – yet gentle – interpretation. There are times when one must contemplate the dark in order to see the beauty of the surrounding light. :)george

  • That is so true George..thank you so much for the lovely compliment..

    – © Janis Zroback

    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you so much Syl..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosalmost 2 years ago

    love the tones in this Janis……gorgeous… :)

  • I’m really happy you like it Pam…thank you so much..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 2 years ago

    Incredible light Janis! I love this simple landscape!

  • Thanks so much Joanne…I am really happy you like it…

    – © Janis Zroback

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