Unpredictable Sonnet painting


I love this looney sonnet so much, I want to marry it. Here’s a painting, that, like all my paintings, changes enormously before it finally reaches a place that I start liking. Sonnets work that way for me, starting dry, intellectual and then warming up into a blaze of emotion and insight.


Billy Collins

All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now,
and after this one just a dozen
to launch a little ship on love’s storm-tossed seas,
then only ten more left like rows of beans.
How easily it goes unless you get Elizabethan
and insist the iambic bongos must be played
and rhymes positioned at the ends of lines,
one for every station of the cross.
But hang on here while we make the turn
into the final six where all will be resolved,
where longing and heartache will find an end,
where Laura will tell Petrarch to put down his pen,
take off those crazy medieval tights,

blowout the lights, and come at last to bed.


I loved acting and all things Shakespeare in college. I memorized and performed 3 sonnets to a thoroughly surprised 400 level Shakespeare English class in 1987.  It won me English Student of the Quarter, even though I was just mimicking Ian McKellen. That summer, I played Ophelia in summer stock’s wild west version of Hamlet. Apparently, you can drown in those cowboy boots, “too much of water hast thou Ophelia drunk.”

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17 thoughts on “Unpredictable Sonnet painting

    1. I apologize for the “in” being in the wrong place. I am working on a borrowed computer with an overly sensitive touchpad that puts text in the craziest places.

      Your creations are so beautiful. 🙂

  1. This is a really powerful painting. It struck me as a religious painting at first glance but beyond that I love how you used the S-curve or “romantic S curve” concept in the positioning of the head and hand/forearm. It really guides the eye through the painting. I also love the mosaic look in the “halo”. Very effective. I also have that penchant for changing my paintings – they might say something in their intermediate stages but you know when they finally speak to you. Keep going! Cheers, Kim

      1. Why thank you. I am inspired by your comments as well. When you’re “in it” you see what you see so feedback, I think, is essential. You seem to be allowing yourself to create with your instincts and you have great instincts IMHO which is a great place to be. Kind Regards, Kim

  2. I’ve probably said it before because I always think “amazing” when I see what you’ve done. I know there are many words to describe what I think but, amazing is the first thing I say to myself 🙂

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