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Old 05-13-2019, 03:27 PM
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Ophelia

I am doing a series of works with flowers as a theme. Each piece is 25 x 25 cm in watercolour. Each will have two different glass containers or items. In addition to the flowers, I am trying to find a way to do glass semi abstractly in watercolour, and I must say it easier said than done.

The first piece was of poinsettia (and I have posted this already). This second one is roses.

For roses, I wanted to do something that wasn't obvious. So, I used a Lalique glass piece which is called "Ophelia". The Lalique glass has both clear elements and that lovely milky cast appearance for Ophelia (shown as two women - her tragic torturous torn life, etc...). The glass has an opalescence which I find very beautiful.

Ophelia then suggested an interesting theme for the roses, which in themselves are pregnant with symbolism, and some of the nasty poisonous plants as part of Orphelia's suicide mentioned in Hamlet. I don't want to go on too long...but you can explore further...

" Ophelia "
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25 x 25 cm

Comments, review, suggestions, welcomed.

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Re: Ophelia

I like the roses and the vase, I think maybe the background on the left could be darkened to help hold the eye in and to separate it from the lid
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Re: Ophelia

John,

Lovely composition and beautifully painted glass and flowers. This really appeals to me.

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Very beautifully composed and painted. I love your color choices and the background references. Very interesting concept and I look forward to the series.
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Wow - beautiful stillife!

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Hi! John, interesting piece. my interest arose for your contrasting soft angles and hard circles, opposite lights & darks. It drew my eyes all around to put it together and enjoy it, a different look. Then I read your explanation, one minor detail -the cover of the glass dish does not read as you explained and stops me from appreciating the piece as a whole. IMHO....r/marianne
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:28 AM
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Re: Ophelia

Thanks:

Kaylen
Sylvia
Kate
Ernst
Marianne

Your input and encouragement is much appreciated.
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Beautifully painted, John, it looks like a very old piece and I love it!
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Very nice. spatially glass.
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Thanks for the kind comments
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Yahya

Much appreciated.
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