We were really excited when we were asked to paint a Where the Wild Things Are themed mural in twelve year old Josh’s bedroom in Surrey. Maurice Sendak’s story of young Max escaping to an imaginary land has captured the hearts of generations and, (like the big kid’s we are), it was great to relive the story once again!
To make the mural seem like an extension of Josh’s room, we chose the scene where Max is pacing his bedroom getting angrier and angrier and the wild forest grows up around him. We painted trees sprouting from the ground with a thick canopy of leaves shrouding the ceiling and a window opening out into the encompassing starry night complete with a bright, full moon casting mysterious shadows into Max/Josh’s room. The different layers of the scene created depth and our use of angles created a 3D effect – you really felt like you could reach up and close the window!
It was great fun to paint and we were really pleased with the final results. But don’t just take our word for it; Josh Edwards aged 8 commented, “Wooooooooooooooow, I love it!!”
We were in and out in just six hours and Josh was able to sleep in his room that night… or at least pretend to go to sleep while he waited for the monsters to start swinging from the trees… Let the wild rumpus begin!!.”