Violet's Dream

The Violet's Message

Over in the Imaginary Garden, Susie shared artist John Everett Millais. 
Today's challenge is to choose one of the following paintings and give voice to the subject's thoughts. Is there joy, boredom, worry? Are there any hints in the painting itself?

Violet's Dream

 plump apple cheeks 
cupid's bow 
torn parcel
lifts latch 
heart's red door

Envelope contains-
pressed four leaf clover
 beeswax mood
softens, melts
sky blue eyes 
strawberry moon-like skin
gentle rain

gray garden
fenced in dreams
song bird
is  free----
hands like shutters
ink's hope.  

©Ella Wilson


John Everett Millais (June 8 1829 – August 13, 1896). He was an English painter and one of the wealthiest painters of his day.
Learn more about him-here.



Very nice! That letters would contain such hope anymore.
Carrie Van Horn said…
Beautiful dreams always contain love and hope....this is lovely Ella! :-)
Yolanda Renee said…
Such emotion and description in so few words.
A four leaf clover means so much and this secret garden, love realized.
So beautifully done!
Amazing, Ella, you are amazing!
L. Diane Wolfe said…
I imagined a secret garden, too.
Sherry Blue Sky said…
This is very cool - "heart's red door", "strawberry moon-like skin", and the hands like shutters hugging ink's hope. Wow.
Sara McNulty said…
Beautifully written, Ella.
Kerry O'Connor said…
Your words provide a new dimension of the portrait. I especially like the way you worded the final stanza.
hedgewitch said…
'hands like shutters...' this and all of your similes gives layers of color and depth to the painting--and to the thoughts of the girl portrayed.
Susie Clevenger said…
What a beautiful voice for the painting..It speaks color and emotion. You've added your own brush strokes. "hands like shutters hug ink's hope...Love the words you chose to for your ending. Thank you so much for taking part in the prompt!
Ella said…
Hi Susie-Thank you, so much~ I love this challenge-I might do another painting, soon. It does make me want to try painting again~ He is so, gifted and talented-thank you, for sharing him~

Hedge-Thank you! I wanted to reflect her heart's home. You are very kind~

Kerry-Thank you! I wanted her voice to exude hope and freedom-which the inner garden holds~

Sara-Thank you~ :D

Sherry-Thank you! Now, I want to go paint-tee,hee. No way, first I have to finish stitching clouds and adding the sky's eyes to my art. You would laugh if you saw what I was making-I will share soon!

Diane-I did, too! I thought about it and her heart either blooming or withering. I went for the positive spin~

Ella said…
Yolanda-Thank you! Yes, I wanted the spring's strawberry moon and the four leaf clover to say what I was thinking. The shutters determine how much we are willing to share and what we chose to hold in our heart's mind.

Carrie-Thank you! I will visit you soon- The last time I stopped by I was smitten with how beautiful your blog is~

Angenette Karen Gregory Olivara Beredjick-Thank you! I enjoyed your blog~

Alex-Yes-who doesn't love receiving hope! I hope you are doing well, Captain~ I can only imagine how much the written word meant back then. Words still mean the world-we just have new ways of sharing hope~ Thank you, Alex!
Jim said…
I could read the 'hope' throughout, Ella. Glad you spelled it for us at the last. I really liked this picture, such expression Millais paints.
kaykuala said…
Describing the opening of the envelope in the first stanza is itself exquisite. So also the others. Great lines Ella!

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Wanda said…
Beautiful Ella. I realy like the last stanza with fenced in dreams.
Fireblossom said…
See, this is how a nice person, a normal person, sees this portrait. Not like me! Ha!
Rommy said…
The way the words fall in this - it almost makes me think of raindrops in a garden, watering the flowers before they were pressed and sent. It's a beautiful fit with the prompt.
Mary Ann Potter said…
Your style is so unique and your words so well-chosen. The painter would be proud, I think, to see how his painting affected you. Loved this, Ellen.
Ella said…
Hello Mary Ann-Thank you, so much! He does inspire me-I want to paint again~
Thank you, so much~ I imagine you busy making more Mixed Media art-keep submitting @>----------

Rommy-Oh, thank you! I love that you saw it this way~

Fireblossom-lol! You are so funnay-New England accent~ Normal-ha!
I was going to say I wish-but nah~

Wanda-It is nice to see you! Thank you~ Yes, we need to narrow our focus and fence them in ;D I have several-but would be happy with one!

Hank-Thank you, so much! There is so much intimacy in the written word :D

Jim-Thank you! Yes, the clover tipped it off ;D
Hannah said…
Gray garden to your close and the shutter hands...I love that! I love all the motion and colors...beautiful, Ella!