Have you ever had a dream that finally came true?
That’s what happened to me this weekend.
When my daughter was little, wall murals were the rage in nurseries. I didn’t have the talent to paint one myself or income to pay someone to paint one, so I did without and unfortunately, so did she.
But, when I became a children’s author, I had this growing dream inside of me to one day have a mural in my writing office of all of my book characters.
I love whimsy and believe that every house needs a bit of whimsy. That’s why I re-did my daughter’s bathroom, after she left for college, in a mermaid theme.
But, my office, well, there’s no holds barred for whimsy! This is my room to sit and be inspired, so the more whimsy the better.
I reached out to an artist/author friend of mine about painting a mural in my office about a month ago and she was unfortunately too busy to do it, but she gave me the name of someone she knew who did great work.
Her and I met a few weeks ago and I showed her the wall I wanted painted, my books with pictures of the characters, and kind of an idea of the scene. We set a date and I waited.
I was like a kid waiting for Christmas. I was so excited!
Finally, the day came and that was this past Saturday. She showed up and we went over again, what I was thinking and she set out to work. I had a few chores to do so I set about completing those. She came to get me and this is what I saw…the sketch she drew with chalk.
I was blown away how each character looked exactly like they do in my books and how they all looked somehow liked they ‘worked’ together in a scene! It was even better than I imagined!!
I had to run an errand so I hopped in the shower and took one more peek before I left.
It was so exciting to see the colors go on and the green grass and bushes coming to life!
I went out on my errand and came home to this, she was nearly done!
I was so excited to see the Princess and her castle done, along with the unicorn! It was like a little fantasy picture in my own house. My Dad said, “It looks like something at Disney.”
Here that Disney, look over here and find some inspiration!
I’m going to upload the video for you to see her in progress…
And here’s the final product….
Even though she came ahead and we talked about things and I showed her pictures, she didn’t come with a drawing all ready made up or anything.
She just went to work drawing free hand the day she came and then she stood and painted all day, only taking one break!
She clearly loves what she does!!
Now, I’m not meaning to slight her by not giving you her name. She asked me not to. Crazy, right?!
But, I cannot thank her enough for making my long time dream come true and bringing each of my whimsical characters to life on my office wall in a beautiful, magical scene that will inspire me for years to come.
Thank you, my new friend, and thank you all of you for being part of my author blogging life! I appreciate each and every one of you.