Cassiana, with her gorgeous, long, russet hair and beautiful, pale skin reminded me of Ophelia from Hamlet. I didn’t want to copy the famous painting of her drifting in the brook where she drowns. Instead I suggest the watery environment through carefully adjusting the external lighting. She is dappled in ghostly, watery light playing on her body through the surface, her hair and body floating in a deep, dark void. She is not Ophelia though; she is not drowning. She calmly and serenely surfaces, reaching from the water to announce herself. There is no sense of struggle. Like a mermaid this dark water is her domain.


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