Sunday, July 11, 2010

If It Doesn't Move, Paint It!

I was 40 when I finally realized that I am an artist. It's what I do; it's who I am. It was such a grand relief to be able to verbalize my own definition of me! I love to paint, paint, paint, and my favorite endeavors usually involve trompe l'oeil murals and decorative painting on furniture. I was thrilled when my son and daughter-in-love asked me to paint a mural on the wall of the nursery for my grandson. Jamiann, incredibly creative in her own right, asked me to interpret scenes from Beatrix Potter's PETER RABBIT books. For me it was a work filled with love. I had a precious experience creating the nursery mural for my first grandchild. I hope that you will enjoy the photos!

The dormer ceiling was a challenge and an interesting feature in my mural.  I was able to take the tree up onto the ceiling, an effect that I like.

I interpreted scenes from a number of the Beatrix Potter books to create my vision of Peter Rabbit's countryside.

Benjamin Bunny surveys the countryside and keeps a keen eye on Peter and his friends.

Jeremy Fisher is hoping to catch the big one.  It doesn't happen!

Jemimah Puddleduck has high hopes for what turns out to be an ill-fated escape from the barnyard. I think that she is my favorite of the characters that I painted.

The wonderful, magical tree, that becomes the focal point of the much going on:  Jamiann asked me to paint a banner with a special scripture that she had chosen for my new grandson.  Squirrel Nutkin has a large nut in his hand.  He's offering to share it, although I don't think that he would have done that in the books. Mrs. Rabbit is preparing a meal for the babies bunnies; and Peter and Young Benjamin Bunny are finding shelter after Peter lost his coat in Farmer MacGregor's garden.  Poor Peter. Will he ever learn?

Jeremiah 29:11

I know that the day will come when these walls will need to be repainted to make room for boys who are growing way too quickly in my mind.  It's a blessing to be able to record a 'time that once was.'
I hope that you enjoy my mural!

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Bill said...

Hi Cherry Kay,
What a wonderful thing it is that you decided to begin expressing your creativity as a visual artist! The mural is absolutely delightful!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving the thoughtful comment. I loved your first tablescape post, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful tabletop items in use.

Kindest regards,

decdiva1 said...

wow! you definitely are an artiste'! love the nursery! love the verse too! i am a fellow "paint- it- if- it- sits- still- long- enough- girl"! nice to see your blog, i found it via fingerprints on the fridge link party! God bless!

decdiva1 said...

oops,correction; i found you via "a little busy" on the comment you made to her!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

Wow, this is so great. you are a fabulous artist. I am following you and enjoy your blog.

- Brittany said...

One of the best murals I've seen. Great job.

Hopping over from PoPP.