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Epic Cat Mural

cat mural

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?

About the Artist: Laura Lynne is a mixed media and mural artist based in Aurora, IL. She is best known for her whimsical and colorful designs. Check out more of her work here. Follow on Instagram or Facebook to see the newest work. These artworks take a lot of time and love. If you like what you see, please consider becoming a patron.

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Happy New Year & Many Thanks!!

I want to let you all know how grateful I am for you! So many of you have supported my art for years, and even decades. It’s been a year of so many fantastic opportunities. Thank you for the help, support and encouragement!!

Artist Laura Lynne standing next to Soar mural for domestic voilence

Thank you to Oak Park Area Arts Council for the mini mural work by the CTA Green Line!

Thank you to Water Street Studios, Batavia Woman’s Club, and The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for choosing me to do the
“Soar” mural for the Activate the Alley Project!

Thank you to the anonymous person who recommended me for the Artist in Residence program at the DuPage Children’s Museum in 2020!

Thank you to my monthly Patreon patrons: Diane, Christina, Lito, Liz, and Tony!

Thank you to everyone who purchased art this year at Alley Art Fest, Ravenswood Art Walk, Firefly, Artisan Collective Markets, Winterfest, Art Bar Milwaukee, Aurora ArtBar, Miskatonic Brewery, Artist Alley Pop-Up, NSUC Art Fair, on Etsy or my website!

Special thanks to Ruth Harken and my aunt who have encouraged me since I was a child artist.

Thank you to my Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother-in-law, Mother-in-laws and Father-in-laws, my husband and son!

I’m feeling so grateful! Happy New Year! May you have a healthy, happy and prosperous year! Please share one of your accomplishments in the comments.

-Laura Lynne

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Murals, Portraits, and Illustrations

oil on canvas portrait painting by chicago aurora artist Laura Lynne

You know that I can do collage, but did you know that I can also paint?  My degree is a BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing.  Here are some examples of new and old paintings:

family tree mural
Family Tree Mural in Progress, 2015

Above is a large scale mural I did for my sister.  It went from floor to ceiling on their high, Victorian era home walls, and wrapped around half the room.

Below is a commission for a cute holiday festival poster I did for a Waldorf school using gouache paint.  Gouache paint is lovely because it can be thinned to a watercolor consistency or used without much water, like acrylics.

painting of Santa gnome bringing snow to village before winter Christmas Holiday
Let it Snow, Gouache on Wood, 2015

This is an oil portrait painting I did using a photograph that I took of my grandma.  She meant a lot to me and shared her love of plants and gardening.

oil on canvas portrait painting by chicago aurora artist Laura Lynne
Grandma, Oil on Canvas, 2001

Below is an owl illustration commission, painted on a puzzle.  This was done for a pastor’s church sermon.  Everyone got a piece of the puzzle to assemble as a group.

hand painted puzzle with owls on a branch and a rainbow behind
Always Room for One More, Gouache on Puzzle, 2017

If you are interested in commissioning a painting, mural or a portrait, please contact me.