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'Ophelias Fate'

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"Ophelia’s Fate"-Oil Pastel


This piece is inspired by Shakespeare's play Hamlet. I used oil pastel through this piece on card board. Using the card board with oil pastel works very well together. The color seem to mix and smudge smoothly and creates these beautiful multicolor hues. In this piece, Ophelia is madly in love with Hamlet. In a moment of insanity, she flings herself in a nearby river after she picks daisy pedals while thinking about her intangible love. In her icy cold death she floats down the river in her watery bed. The silk of her dress is floating with her, slowing water logged, making her sink with the moving of the river’s tide.

_Tess Clune

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KsPeR's avatar
Now I wat to paint with oil pastel too :P. It's a very inspiring and beautiful scene. The magic and femininity always present in your pieces.
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lol....you should....my favorite oil pastels are the crayola portfolio ones...they are really soft and easy to use....they work great on cardboard which is what this piece is done on...I used mostly my fingers to blend the colors...thinking back I did this piece almost 13 years ago...lol..when I was in high school...I am getting old...but I have always loved to do Shakespeare inspired art pieces:-)

_Tessie
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KsPeR's avatar
Oh! and how old are you? :P Do you always use your fingers or something else to blend? And how did you make the details like her face with pastels? :O
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I am 30...yeah hit the big 3 & 0 this year anyways...yes when I use pastels I always use my fingers...the oils in your fingers help blend the colors together....to make the details in the face...I took a knife and made one pastel I was using into a point and chiseled the tip...lol:-)

_Tessie
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Galaye's avatar
Wow, this is amazing. I love how the colors of her figure contrast with the background, and how her figure is rosy colored, as if her lingering thoughts of love show through to the eye of the viewer.

I think the oil pastels work well on the cardboard as well! I should try that, I've been interested in oil pastels recently, but I haven't tried them on cardboard yet!
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Thank you so much! Yes, I agree that the light rose color fades into the greenish river water creating the effect like she is being submerged my water & by th feelings of love. I used Crayola Portfolio oil pastels on this with the cardboard which really worked great. The colors blended really well. I recommend mainly using your fingers to smudge. keep lots of paper towels near by so you can clean your hands often...for some reason the pastel reacts to the oils in your hands makes great for mixing and blending good luck...and have fun...get messy...lol :-)....Thanks again looking @ this piece & sharing your thoughts with me:-)

_Tess
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Alexxxhunt's avatar
I love that masterpiece!
Shakespeare was awesome!!!
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Thank you so much! Hamlet is one of my favorite Shakespeare's plays:-)

_Tess
donna-j's avatar
I saw Hamlet on stage in canada and 3 film versions of it . The last one had David Tennant from Dr. Who as Hamlet!
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Hamlet is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays. I would have love to have scene the one on stage with David Tennant! He is such a wonderful and talented actor and I am a huge Dr. Who fan...lol

_Tess
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donna-j's avatar
No it's a movie and you can rent it.It also has Patrick Stewart in it. He plays his Dad and the evil uncle.( he was in the Star Trek Movies)It's a very modern version and David wears a rock tee shirt in it!Seriously you should find it online.
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Sounds intriguing I must rent it! Thanks for letting me know:-)

_Tess
LittleSeaSparrow's avatar
One of my favorite scenes... I love how you've done it. Somehow she looks so peaceful, floating dreamiily as if asleep and not drowning. The blues and greens are beautiful! :)
tessieart333's avatar
Thank you so much! It is a peaceful art piece. Oil pastel is one of my favorite mediums. I need to get back into working with it more and more. I have been mostly concentrating on my digital work :-) In " Ophelias Fate" I used a large piece of card board. It works really well with oil pastel when you blend the colors together. You should try it!!!

_Tess
LittleSeaSparrow's avatar
Thanks for the tip! Sofar I've only used very thick paper for watercolours, using the smooth side. But there's many more possibilities! :)
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I would try the card board. Get more size into your Edward and Bella pieces. Also, Smudging with your fingers with the oil pastel colors will really make them blend well. You might get a little messy but it's really worth it :-)

_Tess
LittleSeaSparrow's avatar
I blend with my fingers all the time - I haven't found any other technique actually.. it's messy but I love it, it's like being a sculptor.. or a kid, being allowed to paint with your fingers!! Thanks for the tip, I wil definitely try the cardboard. :D
Artsyfartzy's avatar
it was okay, but then i saw the Shakespeare reference, and i was like, i get it! YES! this is nice =]
tessieart333's avatar
It is one of my older oil pastel pieces. The theme is sort of dark but I am a huge fan of Shakespeare's work and love art related to his plays. I will be posting more Shakespeare related art soon. Thank you for commenting :-)

_Tess
HumanityAssassin23's avatar
you did this really well
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Thank you so much :-)
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She never ceases to inspire.
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