Merrily, Life Goes ‘Round

Dear Friends,
Designing and painting a wall mural is a formidable process. The execution is simply an expanded version of what one would do on canvas. This is not the arduous part. The difficulty comes with the passage of time. What happens when a room gets redecorated or repurposed? The mural is often a victim of circumstance. Many wall paintings are eventually covered over with contemporary hues. The delicate daughter’s carousel had its day in the sun too. I created it years ago when she loved playing with dollhouses and reading picture books. This mural was painted over with Georgian Gold when it became the guest room.

I began this Merry-Go-Round with research and the painting of this wooden sign-

signNext, came the animals-

lion closeThe Paint horse below was created in homage to the animated movie, Spirit. Her name is Rain. She is Spirit’s horse girlfriend-

rain closeupThen of course, there’s the proud Mustang stallion, Spirit-

spirit horseSee how the equine pair frolic about the Wild West-

spirit:rainAnd what’s a carousel without a doting cherub –

Cupid/mural detail

Cupid/mural detail

One must have an animal menagerie to bounce upon too-

giraffeThere can’t be a carousel kingdom without a prince of the forest and a king of the jungle –

lion, deerSo merrily life goes ’round and carousels spin. We ride and laugh aloud. Sometimes we even get sick. The Merry-Go-Round stops and waits for the next group of riders.

Goodnight and may your night be filled with dancing animals and happy music…

16 thoughts on “Merrily, Life Goes ‘Round

    • Yes – well – it was. It’s gone now, painted over. It originally was my daughter’s room. She wanted to move to the other end of town – (the other side of the hallway) and so her smaller first room with the carousel mural became the guest room. The carousel was painted over. My son’s room still has his big mural – he’s a bit more sentimental about things (it’s also horses – Spirit and Rain from the animated movie.) I did a few commissions in homes, but I didn’t really like the experience. I always feared I’d spill paint on carpet or break furniture as I’m quite clumsy 🙂 I’ll probably post a few other murals…all I have are the photos of the murals though and I wish I took better pictures.

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    • Thank you – he’s my favorite too 🙂
      There were actually 2 different horses beneath Spirit and Rain, but after the kids and I went to see the Spirit movie we all wanted to change the horses to Spirit and Rain – I’m a sucker for horses 🙂


    • Someday you’ll land a wall on which to paint!
      AnnMarie 🙂
      I actually had my husband secure a hobby-horse to the wall (I’d repainted it to mimic a carousel horse, but it took up too much room and eventually had to be removed)


  1. You are an amazing artist!!!
    Love the wall-painting you’ve done! Looks adorable and colourful..
    You’ve inspired me to do some wall-painting too 😉


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