NOTICE: In 2022, I'm going to be taking my artwork in a new direction, employing it to explore some fresh subjects in an illustration series. I WILL still be making Letters From The Sea Tower for the entirety of 2022, but I plan to take an indefinite break from making new letters at the end of this year. The Past Letters Archive will remain open.

Nightingale: Original Painting
Nightingale: Original Painting
Nightingale: Original Painting
Nightingale: Original Painting
Nightingale: Original Painting
Nightingale: Original Painting
Nightingale: Original Painting

Nightingale: Original Painting

Regular price
$300.00
Sale price
$300.00

"Back at Monticello, Sally is going on seventeen.
She strokes her taut belly in a room with no windows
and it’s in that place I imagine the holy spirit is perched,
not dove this time but nightingale."

[Bryana Joy, from "Nightingale,"
the November 2020 Puzzle Pieces poem]


About This Listing

Watercolor, iridescent ink, and professional-grade colored pencil on 340 gsm hot-pressed Arches watercolor paper measuring 8.5 x 8.5 inches. Signed by the artist. This is an original painting, not a print.

The painting will be shipped with a copy of Bryana Joy's poem, "Nightingale," signed and printed on handmade artisan paper. 

Bryana Says
The more I study history, the more I adore Black women. As a group, they have carried the weight of heinous wrongs, and have faced the world's great darkness with astonishing courage. This painting seeks to honor that courage and to postulate that the stories that get hushed up in their time will be told loudly in eternity, and the people we didn’t treat as very important will be guests of honor. Also, it's about the way God is present with our sadness, like the little birds that make songs through the night.

Shipping Notice
Please allow 2-4 business days for this item to ship. Shipping is free within the United States and international shipping options for larger prints are now available (though expensive). 

© 2020 Bryana Joy
The artist retains all copyrights.