The story of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet is such a tragic one. She is the victim of the political maneuverings of those around her while her role in the whole mess is incidental. Hamlet, who is supposed to marry her, is terrible to her. She is driven mad by it all and eventually takes her life by drowning. Happy Valentine’s Day!
As a subject, she has been painted many times and is closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelite painters. So, of course, I was drawn to her as a subject. 😉
I did this painting for the Shakesperean show that is close to wrapping up at the Haven Gallery.
I wanted the painting to have a frame that would evoke those artists that inspired me. I contacted Masterworks Frames and asked them if they could create a custom frame for me based on this beauty that was made for John William Waterhouse’s Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May painting.
and this is what Masterworks came up with for me. They are amazing!
Here is a fast time-lapse of the painting:
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My video tutorial for "Ophelia" is now live on my Patreon @patreon channel and on Gumroad @gumroad ! It's 2 hours and 20 minutes long and includes the hi-res final and reference and more. Links are in my bio. . The original is available through the @havengallery ! . #patreon #video #timelapse #oilpainting #painting #ophelia #shakespeare #realism #art #howardlyonart
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