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.



I would welcome your opinions. Before I take this painting any further I was wondering whether you think I should close it’s beak! It is a nightingale and the idea was that they are known for their beautiful song, but my Aunt said it look startled and now I am worried. What do you think?