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Obsessive by Celartworks Obsessive by Celartworks
Oil on Linen
41 cm x 51 cm (16 inches x 20 inches)

This work was painted for my 'Phobias - Fears - Obsessions' series.
It depicts the obsessive nature that many OCD sufferers have.
The clean white buttoned-up shirt lets us know of this obsession and the washing and re-washing of his hands lets us know of his fear of the unclean.

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Model: My husband Brian.
I had Brian washing his hands in his white shirt.
I also took photos of Brian washing his hands and used these as a reference for this painting.
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Given 2013-08-24
Obsessive by *Celartworks ( Featured by Astralseed )
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ReDeviantedInkeR Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
You have been Featured in a RMF

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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you ReDeviantedInkeR, much appreciated. :) (Smile) 
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ReDeviantedInkeR Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
You're very welcome :) 
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madgirlsrock723 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I immediately thought of one of my favorite tv shows when I saw this. I could definitely see Mr. Monk approving of this painting! Absolutely amazing job! Both the hyper realism and the concept are phenomenal.
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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you madgirlsrock723, very much appreciate your kind words!
:D (Big Grin)
 
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madgirlsrock723 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
My pleasure :hug:
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illuminantur Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student General Artist

The amazing thing about this piece is that the viewer (if they know of someone with ocd) can immediately identify the theme. 

 

The absence of the neck/head suggests that the person is being 'washed away' by the disorder- and it does tend to consume one's life. 

 

Another thing I love about the piece is that it is so non-judgmental.  It doesn't presume to tell you what you should think or do. 

 

I could say so much about the concept, but the actual technical skill and execution of the piece is equally magnificent.  The way you've handled the medium and captured all the subtleties in the skin tones and in the reflections of the bubbles is simply incredible.  You've managed to give the piece an elegant simplicity despite the immense attention to detail. 

 

Bravo. 

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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your very good observation of my work illuminantur. 
I very much appreciate you taking the time to write your feelings about this painting. 
Your observation is spot-on!Clap
 
Also, thank you for your kind words, they're very much appreciated also. :D (Big Grin)
 
Cheers!

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Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dunno why, but it feels like I...understand it.
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:) (Smile) 
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XxBattleLionessxX Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
This is a really clever work of art! I knew exactly what you were depicting as soon as I saw the thumbnail and before I read the title :clap:
The bubbles look so real and the hands are fantastic! Very well done :)
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you XxBattleLionessxX, very much appreciate your kind words! :) (Smile) 
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XxBattleLionessxX Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
You're very welcome! :)
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coolwolfbro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
damn I used to have OCD when I was 11 a PURE hell
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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry to read this coolwolfbro, glad you don't suffer from this disorder now!:) (Smile) 
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coolwolfbro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup my hands got as dry and cracked as a desert I HATED hand liotion
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:iconwolfas221:
wolfas221 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
This reminds me of Fight Club because of the soap XD
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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment wolfas221!:) (Smile) 
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
This makes me so sad :( I don't have this or really anything related but I do understand and I wouldn't wish it on anyone in the world. I do have "Trich" but I know there are people who have that worse than I do as well... we all have our faults or weakness or however you want to lable them... just some more noticeable than others :noes: Amazingly drawn/created. Congratz on the DD feature.
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind comments xXCALIBUR, I really appreciate them.:) (Smile) 
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01vultur01 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb... you captured perfect the obsession... Congrats 
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you 01vultur01, much appreciated! :D (Big Grin) 
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123arskas Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
cool effect of bubbles
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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you 123arskas!:) (Smile) 
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123arskas Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:)
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Designer416 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you
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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And thank you Designer416! :) (Smile) 
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I remember times where I would wash my hands until the skin was torn and cracked... This picture really spoke to me.
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope my painting inspired you to never go back to these times. Life is too short to be controlled by such an all-consuming disorder. Live well!Hug 
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks. I'm still not gonna touch public doorknobs though lol. I am a dummy! 
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BasicVanilla Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Im thoroughly impressed
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you BasicVanilla, much appreciated! :) (Smile) 
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fuzz3Knavel Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done!
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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you fuzz3Knavel, much appreciated!:) (Smile) 
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fuzz3Knavel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you know one time Howard Hughes scrubbed his hands so aggressively they started bleeding?
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I did. It totally consumed him and played a big part in his downfall. Thanks for your comment!:) (Smile) 
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Totzamazeballs Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for doing this. For the most part, my compulsions have greatly reduced, and in many ways, my obsessiveness is gone. 

Hand washing... I just can't believe how something like that dictated my life for several years. A prison. So much lost time. So many fights with family who didn't know what was going on. If anyone I considered tainted touched my things, I either threw those things away, Lysoled them, rewashed them (clothes, money)... All the money I wasted replacing things, the clothes I ruined that aren't machine washable... 

Thankfully, it was the love of my life, Christy, who saved me from that. Even though being with her wasn't meant to be, I will always be grateful for her. I guess I owe my freedom from the worst of my battle with OCD to chance and serendipity. And it was chance that led me to find your painting which has touched like no other work before. Again, thank you. And as a fellow protraitour you have given me new heights to reach. You're brilliantly talented.
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your well-written words have touched me. Thank you for being so honest, it's hard to actually tell people that you have / had a disorder. I take my hat off to you and applaud your bravery in speaking out. 

You have inspired me to actually speak of my disorder on this open forum. Time has seen me rid myself of my OCD and like you, I was teased and misunderstood as well. So many things in my life contributed to my disorder and my youth was consumed with tics and having to match things, keeping order, match socks facing the same way on the clothes line and not standing on cracks...you name it, I seemed to have had it. I also suffered from phobias which to this day I still carry two. Fear of deep water and a fear of being locked in and not being able to get free. Thankfully my OCD has mostly gone, but it does surface every now and then, but I am older and wiser now and can tell myself not to fear such things.

Like you, the love of my life has helped me!

Thank you for your kind comments and I hope for you a wonderful future free of such burdens. 
Cheers,
Cel 
Hug 
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Scrabbages Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can relate to this. Nice picture! x)
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Scrabbages, it seems a lot of people can relate to this painting also. Cheers!:) (Smile) 
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Vampirezoo Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
absolutely amazing.
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Vampirezoo, much appreciated! :D (Big Grin) 
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RageMachine71 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
This is a very meaningful picture.
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you RageMachine71, much appreciated! :D (Big Grin) 
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RageMachine71 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
My pleasure. I myself have OCD.
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Wicked-Storm Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
too cool - love the picture
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:iconcelartworks:
Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much Wicked-Storm!:D (Big Grin) 
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violetseptember Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student General Artist
That's fascinating. I was just thinking today of drawing pictures of classy men brushing their teeth and shaving and stuff and giving them to my brother to induce him to keep better hygiene. This is inspirational.
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Celartworks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you and always happy to inspire violetseptember...cheers!:D (Big Grin) 
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