Here is much of the progress of my artwork based initially on the story of Ophelia.
All of the images can be viewed larger when clicked on.
I had the idea in my head for a while, because it's based on a personal experience, and one that I am only able to process by creating a piece of art around it.
I started with a quick thumbnail - a lone female, close to a sea or lake, holding some branches or leaves, against a sea or woodland backdrop. At the same time I had seen a few pictures of Ophelia and not knowing the story, I wondered why she was almost always shown in water. The story echoed some of the themes I was looking to create, but my subject didn't go into the water.......
I then looked into other ways artists of the past had created her, and I found these beautiful works by Arthur Hughes - I then looked into the very many symbols shown in the paintings, particularly in the flowers, many of which also fell within the themes I wanted to portray.
I chose to include just the willow for my piece, as it's meaning resonated with the experience I have and to keep the composition as I intended, to be overall quite simple, with most of the focus on the figure and mood.
Some of the reasons why the willow became most significant:~
I worked the thumbnails up, which enabled me to establish more of the details.
For the dress I needed to purchase rights to use reference, and spent quite some time looking at possible dresses, and making mock ups without success. I then found one that I'd saved over a year ago that I couldn't ignore; it was quite perfect and fitted my sketches with just some small adjustments to the upper part.
I also created a piece of prose to accompany the artwork, which I will hand write individually for each purchase of a Limited Edition print run I will make of the artwork.
I originally planned to include a background, but 2 attempts with watercolour paint, each on paper 30 inches in length, and a 3rd which I stretched, went quite wrong, mainly due to little confidence with painting and in creating backgrounds, so after drawing her for a 4th time, I stopped so many challenges within one piece, and was able to complete the work over a weekend.
I'm currently waiting for a better scan, but here is a temporary viewing of the finished piece.
"Thoughts Come Undone"
~ 24 ins x 11 ins ~ art: 15 hours; preliminary work: 23 hours
~ Limited Edition prints coming soon ~
Thank you for visiting my progress page ~ I hope you enjoyed an insight into the progress of this artwork.
I do undertake commissions if you like my style and subject matter and if you'd like to see progress shots of my work as I create the artworks, please visit or Like my Facebook Page, where I create special offers for Page Likes:~
~ Karen ~