Ophelia's Demise by Thomas Dodd

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“There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death…”

(Hamlet – Act 4. Scene VII)

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  • photosbylefty
    photosbyleftyabout 6 years ago

    neat shot, love what you did to it!

  • Thank you John!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • photojoey
    photojoeyabout 6 years ago

    great poetic work

  • Thanks Joseph

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Twistedgrace
    Twistedgraceabout 6 years ago

    Oh Thomas, one day you have me in a romantic Waterhouse state and the next you drag me back (willingly of course) to your side of the woods. I suppose that is a very wordy way of putting, I dig this just as I dig all of your work. ;) On a side note, I would love to see a close up of her torso section and put it in the side bar, to often I think the amazing detail that you do gets lost by the fact that the picture size can only be so big here.

    Shakespeare, the old boy, would be proud to see such a display of his dear Ophelia.

  • Thank you Ms. Hammock – of course Waterhouse interpreted her as well, although my version is more akin to John Everett Millais’s…
    And I will most definitely follow your excellent suggestion and post a detail of the torso!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Here you go my dear

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaabout 6 years ago

    Nice interpretation of a well-known piece of art..

  • Thanks – it’s hard not to refer to John Everett Millais’s version when depicting the drowning Ophelia…

    – Thomas Dodd

  • JenniferB
    JenniferBabout 6 years ago

    oh… that’s creepy… everyone’s been talking about death and dead people today.

    A brilliant image though, I love how real the water looks, especially where her feet are submerged in it, the face coloring looks realistic… brrr… I’m going to have a nightmare now I just know it! :-P

  • Thanks Jennifer – actually – this was shot in the water… Halley was quite the trouper (as usal) and submerged herself in the muddy, mucky creek so I could get this shot.

    I bet you have really interesting nightmares…

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Laurie McClave
    Laurie McClaveabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous my dear…. this turned out so beautifully and I love that scene! perfection from you!

  • Awww shucks… and thanks Ms. McClave!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • aglaia b
    aglaia babout 6 years ago

    oh the wonderful story of ophelia, i must say tis a favourite!
    thomas once again your masterful techniques shine through.
    wonderful muted tones, adore her clothing and this looks so positively painterly. she looks so beautiful floating there dead.
    ;-) xox

  • Thank you aglaia – it’s always a pleasure to see your lovely icon and insightful comments gracing my page …

    – Thomas Dodd

  • darkestartist
    darkestartistabout 6 years ago

    excellent portrayal of one of the most tragic figures in literature. love the ethereal quality to the water.

  • thanks DA!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • jjcaeli
    jjcaeliabout 6 years ago


  • woohoo – all caps and evrything!

    Thank you oh talented one!

    – Thomas Dodd

  • Roscoe Davis III
    Roscoe Davis IIIabout 6 years ago

    Damn! what happened to her? Somebody knocked her out?

  • Hamlet had a mean left hook….

    – Thomas Dodd

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