Tuesday, March 27, 2007

the mural project is finished!

Well actually, I finished it about 3 weeks ago--two days before Baby Noah was born... 5 weeks early! Good timing, I'd say! He spent the first week in the hospital, but I'm happy to report that he is now home and doing well. It's strange the way art connects you to the lives of others in such unexpected and heartfelt ways.

This hodge-podge parade of animals is inspired by some of the new mama's favorite story book characters. The photos aren't the best, but I thought I'd share them anyway. It was a lot of work, but there were also moments of complete and absolute enjoyment (especially while painting that fat ol' pig and all those tiger stripes!). I also learned a thing or two about working on mural commissions. The parents haven't said whether or not they like it...but I hope they do. Even more so, I hope that Baby Noah does. May that kid grow up to with an active imagination! I'm already dreaming up the wild murals I would paint in my own baby's room. Plenty of swirls, magic, and deep saturated color would be an absolute requirement. ;) Hell, maybe I'll even paint my own room one of these days.....







24 comments:

ruby said...

well, let me be the first to say that I LOVE IT!!! it is fantastic and i stand in awe of your talent!! you are amazing, jessie! as a writer, an artist, and a FRIEND!! so happy you are in my life...xo...ruby.

Riggwelter said...

Oh that is wonderful Jessie! What a fantastic gift to little Noah.

gkgirl said...

i think the room turned out
adorable...i love the
jaunty little strut the tiger
seems to have...
:)

Claire said...

What beautiful pictures! You are so talented :-).

Cxx

Leah said...

oh, they're awesome! i haven't done a mural in years (i used to do them, mainly for children's rooms to make extra money while in college.) i'm sure the parents love it and noah will have such a fun room to grow up in!! i especially love the bear and the tiger. there faces are so cute!

one of the first murals i did was of a tree with a bear in it climbing towards the honey in a bees nest for a nursery. the mom told me later that as her son grew older and learned to talk, he'd say goodnight to the bear every night and good morning when he woke up. so cute! so, i'm sure noah will grow up loving his animal companions! :-)

Kristine said...

This is ABSOLUTELY incredible! I have not seen many murals that look as great as this! I love it. Makes me happy.

Tammy said...

OMG I'm so glad I didn't miss this post! You took animals and created a delightful story for each. Fantastic girl! XXOO

Loralee Choate said...

I loved this so much I called and left you a VM telling you JUST THAT.

Faves: Mouse and the ears of that awesome bunny reading the book.

Mardougrrl said...

oh, Jessie! That is GORGEOUS! amazing, amazing, amazing!

Baby Noah is LUCKY (and I'm glad to hear he is out of the hospital and fine). You are SOOOOOOO incredibly talented. I am going to tell you that every single day from now on.

Anonymous said...

Heh heh heh - LOVE THIS!! I especially loved the pig with the tamborine - it made me giggle!!

megg (blogger won't let me comment)

Olivia said...

So full of life, so happy. It is impossible to look at it and NOT smile!

acumamakiki said...

Oh I hope the parents like your mural, it's spectacular. There's such joy in the animals - especially the pig.

melba said...

What fun and life you have given this room, these animals, this family!!! A true gift.

How come we don't live closer to each other?

I wish we could connect more!

XO,
Melba

The Dream said...

I LOVE THIS!!! You are talented, across the board! I especially LOVE the pig with the tamourine. You AMAZE!!!

bella said...

OMG! Jessie this mural came out so freakin' awesome. You've got some major talent girl!
I'm so glad it was done on time. 5 weeks early! Wow.

Elizabeth said...

Jessie dearest ... these are AWESOME!! No, can I swear please... these are Bloody Awesome! Besides being a lovely person, you are mega talented. Have you ever thought of doing more stuff for children - your animals are great! Well Done.

(Still no news re my possible mural. I've given up now.)

Thanks for the nice comments on my blog - needed that today.
Hugs, E

bee said...

i knew it would be awesome, because you are awesome. and i don't mean awesome in the sweet valley high girl sense of the word, either. i mean awe-inspiring. some awe! full of awe! awe-full! (but not awful. there's an important distinction to be had.)

and don't worry - i'm sure both baby noah and their parents will and do love your life-filled characters.

Sophie said...

i love the name Noah - my little boys name
is Noah too!

He loves Olivia and your pig on the wall has
the Olivia swagger -

you are one gifted girl my dear!

Amber said...

How BEAUTIFUL! Like the child will live in the pages of a book! lucky kid.

:)

Vesper said...

so so awesome!!!

Laura said...

What a wonderful Mural, Great job, I'm sure they love what you did. Their just busy with the little one that's all.

~v~Laura

kj said...

oooooooohhhhhhhhh.

animals who know how to dance and how to leap for joy. just right!

tinker said...

What joyful walls! Lucky little baby boy. Well done.

eb said...

well - ok - I just can't help myself - keep coming back - the hubs took a satisfied look - AND these murals are incredible - just amazingly delightful - what a lucky Noah baby

xox - eb.