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I can't really call myself an artist without ever having painted an Ophelia type painting, right?! Lots of fun to work on :)

I'm having a print sale over on Etsy right now and there's 25% off with the code AUTUMN2015, this print included! 

Done over the course of a couple of days, Cintiq 22HD, PSCC. 

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1storyforu's avatar

They called her Ophelia...

...but that was not her name.

Not that she blamed them.

The magical and the metaphysical were far above and beyond the understanding of most modern mortals.

Few believe or expect to see an elemental anymore and when they do fear and panic are the first responses.

How many times, she wondered, had the enforcers of mortal law been called to her waters?

Called to search for a body that just wasn't there?

Rare was the time when those who saw her did not flee in terror.

Aine(Hannah) sighed as she stared at the star spattered sky high above her.

Oh how she pined for the old days, the days when her kin and kith were respected.

When their realms were defended...

But mostly she longed for someone to talk to. Someone to share the depths of her heart with, someone who could see her for who she really was...

camelotcrusade's avatar

She's not even looking at me and I'm spellbound. Thanks so much for sharing this! ✨

Griffinclaw070's avatar

I don’t know how you did it, or where exactly you got the inspiration from, but I have seen this woman in a dream. This exact woman, in a dream I have never been able to shake. It’s absolutely uncanny, from her appearance to the water and the lily pads... so strange. I wish it hadn’t been such an unpleasant dream. It makes me feel so many things, I don’t know how to describe it.


I haven’t logged into this account in so long but once I saw this painting I had to say something.


Your work is beautiful, thank you.

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1BeneDict's avatar
Wow!! You're art is amazing!! o.o
ashleyjordan's avatar
My goodness I'm floored with the ethereal loveliness to it all!
BeatriceGrave's avatar
for some reason this reminds me of Shadowfell.  Anyone else...?
Wuillow27's avatar
Oh God, it's amazing. Her eyes are so beautiful <3
Wyzzel's avatar
Such a beautiful face!
dmkozicka's avatar
Gorgeous work !
carlos-salva-art's avatar
Favorites Icon 3DAbsolutely astonishing by carlos-salva-art  Favorites Icon 3D 
If you may, see my new artwork here: Ola, 2016 and Ola, 2016 Process Gif AnimationThanks 
Do you only sell prints or is it possible to buy a digital file of this picture? (I'd like to use it for an e-book cover!) Thank you!
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I love her pallid skin against those soft green tones. Especially as the green contrasts with her red, echoed by the red and green in her eyes and the goldfish flitting about her. The lighting above and below the water is also excellent. She fades in beautifully.
TFSakon's avatar
I love her pallid skin against those soft green tones. Especially as the green contrasts with her red, echoed by the red and green in her eyes and the goldfish flitting about her. The lighting above and below the water is also excellent. She fades in beautifully.
Worlds-Finest-Moose's avatar
The detail where the water hits the face is amazing
SalmanAboFaisal's avatar
why U sooo good Rose Eyepopping 
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Madober's avatar
Wow^^ It's so beautiful:iconfoxawwplz: 
TreeWyrm's avatar
I'd never watched Hamlet, but now having read up about it on Wikipedia, I think I'm glad! Some great quotes to be sure but a horrible story for poor Ophilia and one that marks very much how women were seen and treated at the time I suppose. :S

Yours is a beautiful work of art, although I would not pitch it at Ophelia necessarily. The woman you've painted looks too alive and watchful! :D But that in fact is a good thing, not a bad thing. When I first thought of it, I thought perhaps a tale of a woman who spent a great deal of time in a great pond, a solitary wild thing, who hid in the lillies when other humans came near. Or a water spirit of some kind, watchful of children that play at the sides of lakes. Your lady is smart, not mad, she is alert, not distracted by misery, she is alive, not forlornly dead. At least... that's what I feel when I see your piece. But that's a magic of it's own, and the magic of all art.
beautiful...!
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