15 Oct 2012

Mirror Mirror


Following on from my post on Friday, I thought I would just say something about the mirror/reflection
photo I had taken....



My wall mirror in the studio (a left over from when daughter lived at home)  has proved so useful when painting.   When I am unsure how a painting is 'balanced'   I just turn the painting round to face the mirror....that way instead of seeing 'what I want or think' should be in the painting, I actually 'see' only the 'structure' of the piece......

if something is out alignment (eg. a tree leaning wrongly - or a mountain top going too far in the wrong direction) the Mirror will show it up immediately.  It is so helpful.


example as with this landscape...I face the mirror to see if I'm happy with it...


 I adjusted some of the 'values' of light against dark....


Friday's painting happened to be on my large table easel, so turning it round wasn't an option.  In this case I used a small hand mirror instead...



the small folding mirror helps when doing plein air paintings too.


Hope this is a useful tip and a help

 when you are unsure of a painting


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16 comments:

  1. Love the tip on the mirror. Have a lovely Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Yes that is a good tip to get an objective view of your work. I'm going to try that!

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  4. Never thought of that before, thank you Ann!! I just walk away and look my work from different angles, but using a mirror never crossed my mind...
    Warm regards.

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  5. interesting tip! Thanks.

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  6. Yup, I often use a mirror. It's an impartial second opinion, even more ruthless than my wife!

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  7. Hi everyone, good to know you like this tip. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment.

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  8. Lovely idea, beautifully executed! Great work Ann!

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  9. That's very ingenous and completely new to me - thanks for the tip!

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  10. Once again, great minds think alike! LOL (That’s the only redeeming quality the HUGE mirror glued to the far wall of our living room has!)

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  11. I do the same thing with most of my pieces. I also take lots of pictures and look at them on the computer screen - and I use one of those peephole things to see them from a different perspective.

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    1. Hi annie...the peephole is a good tip too - Thanks (:

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  12. the trick with the mirror is an old secret,
    grtngs, Liz

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    1. ...the old ones are the good ones Liz (:

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