Charlotte's mom Sarah wanted to give her (extremely adorable) child the mural that she wished she'd had in her room as a little girl. We gathered lots of reference images - Edmund Dulac illustrations, chinoiserie, art deco paintings, illustrated manuscripts, persian miniatures - and made a big list of colors and subject matter. Once I had some sketches to work with, we went back and forth on composition, layout, color ways, and little additions (like tiny deer in the background). Once a digital plan was hammered out, I created a complete, to-scale, miniature version of the mural in watercolor (see below).
The intensive prep work paid off - I was able to paint faster and with more confidence than ever before, and iron out before-hand many of the inevitable wrinkles that spring up along the way. Sarah knew she'd be getting what she wanted, and still got the little thrill of excitement each day to see the image come to life in her daughter's room.
Size: 9.5' x 13' (including sky circle)