Singest of summer in full-throated ease – Ode to a Nightingale

Singest of summer in full-throated ease – Ode to a Nightingale
12 x 12 Oil/Panel

I decided (I think) to leave the beak, most people said leave it, with a couple saying yes, change it! Why is it so hard to know sometimes when a painting is finished? Maybe it’s because I don’t have Barry around to say, “stop now!”

I have softened the eye (Loriann?) and above is the whole painting. It is inspired by the John Keats poem Ode to a Nightgale, with the hint of a river, taken from the poem, “One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:” I love this poem and hope one day to include some of the words actually in the painting, but need a lot more time for that.

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8 thoughts on “Singest of summer in full-throated ease – Ode to a Nightingale

  1. I love this painting. The little river is a perfect metaphor for birdsong, and it's as though this Nightingale is practicing for a night of arias. The river has melodic grace, rhythm, and flow.
    Wolfy

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