First Night Design | Clown in the Mirror

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I have filched a painting from my late mother and made it my own. Benedicta painted her clown in her teens — not that they were known as such an entity when she was growing up in the 1920s and ’30s. I say filched but I inherited it!

Untitled Clown by Benedicta Leigh
Untitled Clown by Benedicta Leigh

To create a different colour palette for him. I used several 2 Lil’ Owls textures from the Confetti series.


To set the whole thing off, I used another 2 Lil’ Owls texture from the Distressed series for a background on which you can see the faint markings of a musical score.

2LO Distressed 5
2LO Distressed 5

My mother’s clown now looks as if he is checking himself in the mirror before going on stage, an effect that was coincidental but was pointed out to me by ‘him indoors’, thus prompting the title.

Take care and keep laughing!


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7 thoughts on “First Night Design | Clown in the Mirror

    1. Please could you record that on an endless loop so that I can play it back to myself at low moments?!! Thank you. It’s been trial and error most of the time. And, rather like limited budgets can produce the best theatre sets, the lack of knowledge has worked in my favour. My mum went to art college but the war intervened so she became a VAD nurse and then went to drama school and didn’t paint much during the rest of her life which was a great shame.


  1. Reblogged this on First Night Design and commented:

    I can think of nothing new or funny to say about no computer so here’s a clown I made earlier! When I’m up and running again, I promise to reply to your comments. I have been able to read some of your posts but the like button fails to load most of the time.

    Take care and keep laughing!

    Sarah x


  2. This is lovely Sarah! No wonder you are so artistic and creative. I love what you’ve done with your Mom’s painting. It looks like to me that the clown is actually in the reflection of some glass, like looking into a shop window. That’s what it reminds me of anyways. Awesome design! 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Itaya's Designs and commented:
    Sarah from First Night Design is a genius at creating vintage artworks by layering textures. She inspires me almost daily. Apparently she inherited a lot of her creative drive from her Mother. Take a look at this post by Sarah and you will understand her process better.

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