Saturday, March 06, 2010

Whimsical Tree Archway

Like most requests I get, I was asked to make a bland wall into something fun and magical. This playful mural is painted on an archway entrance to a playroom.


These whimsical trees have thick, bushy leaves on top that overlap and expands on to the ceiling and the side walls. It's hard to contain a tree top like that, it kind of took over!


I wanted to make the two pillars look like thick, twisted tree trunks with deep pockets for critters to hide. I actually painted them twice. I DID have a plan, but it didn't translate to the wall. Sometimes that happens. So, I started over and I got the tree trunks I was looking for.


Here are some of the fun critters these kids will get to discover as they play in their friendly forest.



You can click on any of these photos to see a bigger version. If you want to see a close up of a couple other critters from this mural, check out the Sneak Peek blog post.

3 comments:

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

It's just wonderful, Valerie. I love the trunk, and all the little beings. How fun!

Sofia L said...

Val I love your work. I just realized that you are the master behind Griffmobile Designs. For some reason I thought it was a friend of yours. Keep up the good work I can't wait to see what you create next.

Valerie Krist said...

Thanks! I had fun doing this one, like all the other ones...