When Kirsty Mitchell's mother died, she created the series "Wonderland" as a way to process her grief. Her mother was an English teacher who instilled in her daughter an abiding love of literature. Kirsty used her own talents as a visual storyteller as a tribute to her mother.
Kirsty says, "The moment I came through the door after school she would call me over to where she was sitting with a pile of books and say: “Look at what I’ve found! This is amazing." Then she would start reading aloud. I would put down my bag and sit and listen to her, slowly falling under the spell of the story."
This article goes into depth about her process and history if you'd like to learn more.
The amount of detail she puts into the sets, costumes, and makeup is phenomenal. This is NOT a result of Photoshop...these are meticulously hand-crafted scenes.
Over spring break, some dear old friends and I visited Dallas. We stopped into the Dallas Museum of Art, and this lovely wisteria was in full bloom on an upper patio. The petals drifted down like soft, sweet rain.
One of the things I like best at DMA is the section where you can peek into the restoration rooms. I realize these are horrible, reflecty, non-pro images, but I wanted you to get the idea of how "secret" these rooms seem. Tucked away behind a glass wall.
I'd love to see them working on these pieces. However, the room has always been empty when I'm there. Probably because it was a weekend.
Can you imagine the pressure of working on one of these paintings?
This is where the magic happens.
Seeing these reminds me of that awful "restoration" in Spain a few years ago. An elderly woman decided to sneak into church to repair a fresco, but it went horribly wrong.