Upside-down Ophelia


A work in progress
Pastels, colored pencils, acrylic paint and china marker

An idea was brewing for Laurie Zallek’s beautiful ‘aqua and red’ art journal yesterday, and I excitedly set about sketching in the book my interpretation of the drowning of Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I envisioned shades of blue and teal for the background, with the lovely Ophelia floating in the water, surrounded by red leaves. I got a good part of the sketch completed, adding color and the text ‘Ophelia’ in what I thought was the upper left side of the spread. Duh. I realized afterward (too late, of course) that I’d created the layout upside down. This evening I decided that I’d work with the layout in this new configuration, and removed the text, painting over it with some acrylic paint, and then overlaying it with an acrylic medium transfer. It’s now got a ways to go, but perhaps this reconfigured layout was what was meant to be.

The second November journal, Ally’s amber, amethyst and gold book, showed up today. Hmmm… I’m going to have to “sit” a spell with this one. It has some lovely marbled pages, and so many wonderful pages by the other contributors. It’s quite fun to be on the tail end of the project and be able to share in the enjoyment of the art that was created by those before me.

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