Under the Sea

The kids got their bedrooms at last and we are in decorating mode, now. The big kids room (Abby and Noah) is to be an under the sea theme. We started with a blue paint on walls and ceiling that makes even the air feel blue. Now I am working on the murals. Here is what I have so far:

I have three things to say about this project:

1. In preparing for this mural, I have looked at more pictures of mermaids, shipwrecks, treasure chests, sharks, and fish than I ever wanted to.

2. Finding an example of a modest mermaid online (or anywhere else) is impossible. I finally had to just create one in my head. (She is in my sons room, for heavens’ sake!) I decided to put a tank top on her that kind of blends into her tail. Also, notice the angle. Yes, that is covering her chest on purpose… On that same note, if you cherish the innocence and purity of your children, do not conduct internet searches of “mermaid art” while they are in the house. Personally, I include my husband in that warning…. Yikes!

3. I am stuck. I am not an artist, and this has all been a very long process in which I have burned through pencils and erasers at an alarming rate. All that remains to be done before we bust out the paint is the mermaids hands and eyes. I am terrified that after getting her so right on, I will give her Mickey Mouse hands and ruin the whole thing! I also have to put treasure in the chest, but that is more an issue of deciding what treasure…. hmmm. I think the kids want bubbles and fish scattered around too, but we will see. Less is more, right?

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5 thoughts on “Under the Sea

  1. It looks terrific! Have you planned around where you plan to place furniture? It’s be a shame to have your mermaid and shark covered by a bed.

    Less is more is great–even with the face. Use some simple lines to give the impression of features rather than trying to paint everything out. For the hands, you might try drawing them with the fingers together and having only the thumbs separate. All those joints make them tricky.

    I am amazed at what you have so far. I’m no where near brave enough to try a mural. It’s something they’ll remember fondly all their lives! And for what it’s worth, kids are way less critical of our attempts at art than we might think. I remember in my elementary school there were murals on some of the walls. I remember them being beautiful, but when I visited the school some 25 years later (!) I looked at the pictures and was shocked at how amateurish they looked to my adult eye. My memory of them is much different.

  2. Wow Shelly! It looks really good, I don’t know that I’d be ready to try a mural, lol. You should take a picture of your hands in certain poses and then upload them and print them out to give you something to go on 🙂 Nice job!

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