First I would like to give credit to lalapaloo for letting me use her photo as my face model [link]
This is a symbolic painting of Ophelia from Hamlet who was driven mad. She was last spotted climbing a willow tree and fell into the water and drown.
As she hand out flowers she says
"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray,
love, remember: and there is pansies. that's for thoughts.
There's fennel for you, and columbines: there's rue
for you; and here's some for me: we may call it
herb-grace o' Sundays: O you must wear your rue with
a difference. There's a daisy: I would give you
some violets, but they withered all when my father
died: they say he made a good end,--"
My goal is to take female Shakespearian characters and paint them as woman who are alive today, in a style that is current to today.
All these flowers are sketched out in the background. Her heart sprouts a willow tree which resembles the sacred heart (to reference when Hamlet tells her to get thee to a nunnery) . She has a cuff on her wrist that represents her bondage. Her wet hair and sad eyes speak of her awakening from a mistake. She has a single lovebird on her shoulder. There is a myth that if you have one lovebird instead of a pair it will die of loneliness.
I will be doing more in this series before the year is out. I plan on Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and Lavinia from Titus Andronicus