Sunday, 3 October 2010

Mirror Mirror

I love browsing through the Boden catalogue. The Summer one in particular has been the source of many models for my art. How kind of them to pose for free!

The Autumn offering plopped onto my doormat this week and, flicking through, one particular image cried out to be drawn.

Something of a challenge, a reflection. Definitely one to try out with a preliminary sketch (which fits rather nicely with Sunday Sketches!).

I added the ornate frame to the mirror from the stores of my imagination - the one in the photograph was just some cheap glass fixed to the wall and I thought my model deserved something far more opulent.

I don't imagine for one instant that this is going to be the easiest piece I've ever tackled. It's hard enough after all painting one figure without adding in the complication of a twin sister placed in exactly the right spot, leaning at the right angle and with the same look on her face.

Now I just have to pluck up the courage to start. I think my version needs some little quirk though - a touch of magic with something a little 'odd' about the reflection. What do you think? Shall we bring some story to the picture, a touch of the supernatural. A nice way to cover up any mistakes in the composition perhaps?
Sketch in charcoal pencil.
And, speaking of magic, if you have time check out yesterday's post - a tale of trolls, flowers and mythical creatures!


  1. Gorgeous have me captivated whatever comes forth will be magical and intriguing !!Love it.. Wonderful! Happy Sunday..and have a sparkling week ahead!

  2. The sketch is a beautiful piece of artwork.
    I can't wait to see it touched by your mythical powers :D)

  3. ~mirror mirror on the wall...who is the fairest of them all...oh lisa i think she will come to be a breathtaking beauty...does her story perhaps speak of two sides...i can't wait to see her all complete...wave your magicl wand and allow your creativity to run free...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

    by the way...has the trinket trade box come your way as of late...~

  4. so lovely! i can't wait to see how you add to it.

  5. ah, the supernatural would be great here. you are off to a great start with her. i love how she's leaning on the mirror and her reflection. Great frame, too!

  6. Very nice Lisa, i like the frame you did round the mirror and the reflection seems to me very good!!
    I have never done something like this, i find it difficult!!
    Have a wonderful week!!

  7. I love the idea of adding a twist Lisa. This is a great perspective and a good start. Can't wait to see how this turns out when you paint it!

    Smiles and have a great Sunday!!

  8. What a wonderful sketch and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished painting!

  9. Can we have one of your stories, please?

  10. Your willingess and daring to try something difficult like a mirror image, it's inspiring. I'm really motivated to work on some of the mirroring ideas I've had in my head for a while.

  11. I think it will be wonderful Lisa!

  12. She is gorgeous! I have never tried a reflection pose like that before, I imagine it is quite difficult. You did a wonderful job, and I LOVE the ornate frame! :) ~Lauren

  13. She is lovely!! I can't wait to see how you finish her!!
    I love Boden!! I get the catalogue also.

  14. a story please! she needs a little magical story...

    i can't wait to see her finished:-)

  15. This is a lovely sketch - the girl looks reflective too and I love framed mirrors!

    - sorry we are so late - was away today and smartly posted SS earlier scheduled to post today - but forgot to remind children to link! If you have time still - its linked now! Thanx! L

  16. I love the details you added to the mirror!
    You did a great job with the reflection (I always find them tricky to do).

    I think it's a great idea to use the models in catalogs... I'll have to give that a try - thanks for the tip!


  17. Very, very pretty!

    I bet she has a story to tell!

    Lovely job!

    Is your short story about her?

  18. The twin sister idea is just wonderful. Go for it! Eagerly waiting for the painting. Well Done! ;)

  19. This is definitely one to watch. Reflections..always an intuitive theme.

  20. Love this sketch,kinda reminds me of a picture in a fairytale.

  21. I absolutely love this one, Lisa. Wow! And the frame of the mirror is lovely. :)


  22. Hi, I'm back and catching up. I love this drawing, you did an amazing job catching the reflection.


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