Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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.

8 comments:

loriann said...

You have excellent instinct. It's a beauty.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

This is wonderful! I love the softness of the painting which brings the bird to the fore. Nicely done. Looks finished to me.

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Thanks Elizabeth! I think it's nearly there, but I am not quite sure... doesn't that say something? Mind you, sometimes I have looked at a painting for so long that I can't tell anymore!

Nancy Clearwater Herman said...

I find it to be perfect the way it is. It is so soft and poetic. A worthy tribute to Keats.

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Thank you Nancy!

raouldix said...

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

Lynne E. Windsor said...

What a poet you are Wolfy. Thank you!

Lynne E. Windsor said...

Loriann, thanks,... I don't know how I missed your comment!