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The Madwoman in the Attic
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© 2012 - 2019 BriannaAngelakis
Inspired by Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre.

media: graphite and oil on canvas board
size: 16" x 20"

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Focal Length
4 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 3, 2012, 4:22:04 PM
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potente789's avatar
potente789|Professional Traditional Artist
i absolutely luv this painting , and totally relate !!!!LOL
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novus41|Hobbyist General Artist
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emcorpusEdited |Professional General Artist
Good afternoon, and a happy birthday shout to you, Brianna. Wishing for you that every day of the year ahead is filled with creative inspiration. Thank you for sharing your excellent work. I love this portrait: it's composed perfectly, has a great color palette, is well-detailed and her gaze absolutely compelling.
Best regards,
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huntermarch's avatar
You have a gifted imagination👻💘
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Maiiou|Student Traditional Artist
These are amazing paintings!  
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Soyja|Student General Artist
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GrimDreamArt|Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing mood! Breathtaking technique :+fav:
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tierramarie's avatar
I feel so terrible for Bertha Antoinetta, poor soul. Poor Jane and poor Edward too for that matter. What a mess...

Your picture is touching and I love how you incorporated the fire and the maniacal shredding

ooh I have chills and goosebumps now

wonderful piece keep delighting us please!
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density-tmr's avatar
A stunning artwork - great tones
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Densoro's avatar
Dude. Thank you. This rescued me from pages and pages of anthropomorphized penises. dA needs more stuff like this.
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michealdark's avatar
She scares me. She looks like she's about to devour me or something. Either that or is accusing me of something.
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Giselle-M|Professional General Artist
I have featured your work here [link] :rose:
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NatBelus's avatar
very nice colors
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MSCajax|Hobbyist Artist
Amazing painting.
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GermanCosplay's avatar
Oh hell, I love this. That's exactly how I imagined her. Thank you.
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lupienne|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She has a very captivating face. The colors are really beautiful... I hope I can paint like that someday :)
Also, never read the book but this really makes me want to!
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kwikdraw|Student Writer
Did you make your own canvas boards? Commercial canvas boards are usually not very long-lasting.

Here is a link for your reference: [link]

If you buy wood at Home Depot, you can ask them cut into pieces the sizes you want, usually for free. (Well, they did it for me anyway.)
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BriannaAngelakis|Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Thanks for the link!

Right now I work on commercial canvas boards from Dickblick, but I plan on working on much larger sizes in the future which is unavailable pretty much anywhere from what I can tell because of warping (unless I get an actual stretched canvas). My older paintings were all done on wood, so I'm used to going to Home Depot or Lowes to get it cut, but that reference link was GREAT! Exactly what I needed for in the future! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!
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kwikdraw|Student Writer
You're most welcome! Yeah, I struggled awhile back trying to figure all this out all by myself, so I felt compelled to help. From my experience, get the thick plywood and turn it into your painting panels. They last forever! Imagine spending hours working on your paintings, yet they warp or do not last "forever", you know?

Again, glad to help! Keep up your great work! :hug:
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Hello! I featured your piece in the journal for :iconhistorygirls: I really love your work! :D
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Giselle-M|Professional General Artist
Very inspirational work! :love:
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TribeKnight's avatar
i have never seen anything like this in my life. there simply aren't words for the emotions and thoughts this evokes! love it! i could stare in her eyes for hours....
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Ginesthoi's avatar
Jane Eyre is my favorite book. This character looks just as I imagined. Nice work.
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