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"Ophelia Rising"
11 x 14"
Acrylic on canvas (framing available)
For Sale ~ Contact me if interested!

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Thank you ahead of time for any favorites and comments!

Edit 12/1/13:  A DD?!  Holy crickets, and thank you all so much for your comments and favorites!

"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that's for thoughts."

Ophelia is traditionally painted either just before or sometime after she has drowned in a river, mad with grief over the sudden coldness of her beloved Hamlet and the death of her father. I've been wanting to paint her floating underwater for sometime, her face still with flush with the bloom of youth and beauty, but no longer in possession of it.

I'm still deciding whether this piece is actually done or if there is some tweaking left to do. Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter in the comments!

My thanks to zazzabee11 zazabee11.deviantart.com/ for allowing me to use her beautiful face as a reference.

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Leo by ArdenEllenNixon Make-Shift Angel V: In Absentia by ArdenEllenNixon

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Ophelia Rising; ethereal portraiture by *ArdenEllenNixon ( Featured by jane-beata )
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callme007 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
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mufasa45 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Writer
Love 
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful work! Great style! Congratulations!
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful piece of Art :rose:
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Thank you very much!
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FaerySayles Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
beautiful colours!!!
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Webdoll Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
:iconwoohooplz:Looks wonderful and I know you are thrilled about this Za.I would be too.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
:)
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Lust0fADeeperPain Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
:iconclapplz: This came out wonderful I know you are thrilled with it
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Thank you!
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zazabee11 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I have to comment ! I am still on a high from seeing this ! My original title for my photo 'saddest girl in the world' basically summed it up ...I had lost my Hamlet and at the time I was very much incapable of my own distress , the fact that you made the parallel between myself and Ophelia is touching as it was my own true grief and despair that I wanted to show the world.
I have always loved Shakespeare but have also always said that as a romantic I'll most likely end up as Juliet or indeed Ophelia , xxxx
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Thank you so much! I had no idea of the timing of the photo, or that my own idea for it would hit so close to home. *hugs* Thank you again for letting me paint your beautiful face, and don't worry, your "true" Hamlet is probably waiting for you. I paid my dues with a creep-in-disguise before happening across my prince of five years and counting :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing expression: I sense a remnant of a feeling of wonder mixed with regret, but all frozen in her broken, empty stare. I think the way you made the pupils look slightly glazed instead of deep black reinforces that she is dead, that there is no one left behind those eyes...

I also love that she is very individually beautiful and not just a little pretty thing with her strong nose and slightly prominent eyes with the wrinkled lids.

The only niggle - and I am only saying this because you said you feel you're possibly not quite finished yet - to me is her left eye: looking at her it seems to me like you are almost looking straight at it rather than at an angle, which should be the case the way her face is slightly turned.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you for your thoughtful compliments, Elly! I always look forward to your reviews, as they are always helpful.

You are right, and her gaze has been bothering me. I'll likely tinker with it tomorrow, as I've also been considering darkening her eyelashes. The model was very fair with lashes to match, but sometimes when I look at the piece, they just don't look right against the blue.

>I think the way you made the pupils look slightly glazed instead of deep black reinforces that she is dead, that there is no one left behind those eyes...

The pupils do dilate upon death (thank you for that bit of trivia, Hitchcock's "Psycho"), and the eyes are generally the first to "go." The things I learn from old horror movies, or rather, fact-checking to see what parts of their science are true!

As for the model's unconventional beauty, I agree wholly with you regarding not wanting just another "pretty little thing" for my Ophelia. As you've likely guessed from my other models, I prefer faces that are not just beautiful, but interestingly so. Interest is ultimately of more import than beauty, especially when watching man candy--er, soccer (Mario Gomez, Antonio Nocerino, or Urby Emmanuelson, anyone? Or Clarence Seedorf for sheer masculinity), but I digress ;) I have a terrible mental habit of automatically assigning roles to faces (Harry Redknapp belongs in a judge's wig and robes, for example, and the aforementioned Seedorf is very Shaka Zulu), and the moment I saw this painting's model, I thought of Ophelia.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really had to laugh at your comment regarding soccer players, because your habit of putting them in fitting roles reminded me of the classic Monty Python sketch of the philosophers' soccer game, Diogenes in Greek tunic passing to Hegel in dapper early 19th century garb! So funny!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Elly, I love you so platonically right now. If only my "Spanish Inquisition" babydoll wasn't currently in the wash!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah! No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!!!
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dnalrednow-ecila Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I love the details of bubbles.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you! I scrounged around my studio for circular items of various sizes to "stamp" with, as I can't paint a perfect circle free-hand for anything :)
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Kattvinge Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
The Blue Elisabeth (the first)...

It remind me of Cate Blanchett as she plays Elisabeth the first of England. Although in blue tones...

I like it a lot!!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
The model does have a very Cate Blachett face, which is why I chose her to work from. I like my painted women to be unconventionally beautiful and interesting to look at. Thanks for the compliemtns!
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WolfofArts-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you! :)
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Calin-4 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ironically, I have just re-watched hamlet
finished about an hour ago

this is brilliant
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you! Which Hamlet were you watching? I prefer the Branaugh version, myself.
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Calin-4 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I managed to watch both the Kenneth Branaugh version and the David Tennent version in a single weekend.
Love the story, love the actors.

You are welcome by the way
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: She is BEAUTIFUL! :heart: What a wonderful wonderful piece! :heart: Arden you never cease to amaze me. AWESOME! :omg: :wow: :heart:
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
A very belated thank you, miss Pam! It's so easy to fall behind on DA messages....
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Sparia Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
interesting perspective of her...i like it..
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you!
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Sparia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
you are very welcome!
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Twainwall Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is different compared to your great big cats calender (which i have :D ). I like it, really nice. :clap:
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thank you for buying my calendar--really, thank you!--and for your compliments here :)
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Twainwall Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome and i really enjoy your work. Just keep on doing what you do :)
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bhut Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
The drawing is nice, but the facial expression is strange.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Yes, I have some more work to do around her eyes, methinks.
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SavajToast Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Maybe because Ophelia is supposed to be depicted as dead here?
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bhut Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Meh, she doesn't look dead, she just looks strange.
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zazabee11 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that's not the artists fault my face is responsible for that one :P
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