'To the east the outflung arm of the mountains marched to a sudden end, and far lands could be descried beyond them, wide and vague. To the south the Misty Mountains receded endlessly as far as sight could reach. Less than a mile away, and a little below them, for they still stood high up on the west side of the dale, there lay a mere. It was long and oval, shaped like a great spear-head thrust deep into the northern glen; but its southern end was beyond the shadows under the sunlit sky. Yet its waters were dark: a deep blue like clear evening sky seen from a lamp-lit room. Its face was still and unruffled. About it lay a smooth sward, shelving down on all sides to its bare unbroken rim.
'There lies the Mirrormere, deep Kheled-zâram!' said Gimli sadly.'
JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Book II, Chapter 6: Lothlórien
Painted in watercolour.
This is heavily inspired by Ireland - Lough Tay, and more specifically the photo reference of it which the lovely ArwendeLuhtiene gave me permission to use!
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your colors are so bright and cheerful, how can the nature ignore that it is a sad place?
I love your version of Mirrormere, but it's interesting how it is different from mine. While my picture
arguably shows the opposite direction, I have always imagined the Dimrill Dale and Mirrormere surrounded by much higher mountains on all sides except an opening to the southeast, through which the woods of Lothlórien could be seen.
Water is always one of the most difficult things in landscapes, I'm never quite satisfied with my attempts, it almost never looks the way I would like it to, sometimes the result surprised me in a positive way.