Check Out This Happy Cat Mural in Naperville, Illinois by Artist Laura Lynne
So, I wanted to wait to show you this cat mural until I had some nice, professional photos to share. However, I finished painting just before quarantine and I wasn’t able to coordinate with my photographer (Amy Nelson Photography in Aurora. Check her out. She’s fantastic!) to get out to the house in time. However, since this quarantine is going on forever, I felt I should share this now. Then, when you see how amazing it looks when Amy takes photos of it, you can enjoy the cute cat paintings with better lighting all over again!
Here is a work in progress on the summer and fall themed mural walls . One of my favorite silly, happy cats is the one with the three hula hoops and heart sunglasses. Yes, I use a basket to hold and transport my mural paints. The carpet in the play room was installed while the mural was just getting started, so I had to cover it with plastic, plus add a few drop cloths on top. White carpet + paint = nervous artist!
The lucky little girl who gets to play in this room loves ice skating and winter, so I wanted to make these scenes really special for her. Every snowflake is different. These walls are the first ones on the left after you walk into the room.
Next, it’s spring time for the cats. A baby kitten splashes in the puddle while the mother cat watches sometimes and other times is lost in her happy thoughts. The colors in the mural painting are getting brighter and more cheerful.
Here the cats are enjoying summer. The flowers are blooming and the butterflies are flying around. Note that trees divide each season. The tree on the left has some flowers in the spring panel, but just leaves in the summer. Hula hooping cat makes me giggle. I liked this kitty so much that I decided to make a small mixed media artwork and fine art prints inspired by her.
The room is not perfectly square as you can see here, but that made it more fun to paint! Here are the rest of the summer felines cat-napping under an umbrella and floating in a boat. More butterflies and flowers bloom in these sweet walls.
The original plan for the mural was to have this little alcove host a doll house, but the client said the mural was “too pretty to cover up” (Aw! Thank you!) so these cats were added into the plans. The cartwheeling kitty cat is one of my favorites! Isn’t she cute?
After the alcove, the ceiling dips down on an angle. These are the first cats you see as you walk into the room.
There you have it! A room made simply for the cutest cat lover you’ll ever meet. I don’t know what she was more excited about, the handmade stuffed cat created by my artist friend, Leslie Jenner‘s mother, that I brought in for inspiration and later gave to the client, or the mural. 😉 I sure would love a play room like this one! What do you think?
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