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« on: June 14, 2011 09:29:09 PM »

I started this mural several years ago but never got around to finishing it. I ignored it for so long that the paint faded, so I couldn't complete it without repainting the old parts first. I finally had time to work on it this week. Aside from a few minor details and a couple of spots I can't reach until my husband gets a hand free to hold a ladder for me, I'm finally done with it:



I still have to do a little detail work on the far right, finish the sky and the Truffula tuft on the upper left, and complete the shading on the Once-ler's shop and the upper parts of the clouds and Truffula tufts, but I doubt it will take more than an hour to finish up.





A closer look. I was especially pleased with the way the thneed turned out.

I spent a lot of time collecting snail shells and begging my parents to take me for walks near the edge of town. I had it in my head that there might actually be a Street of the Lifted Lorax, and I was determined to find it, hear the Once-ler's story, and get the Last Truffula Seed of Them All so I could grow those crazy trees and get the Lorax and his friends to come back.

I thought the Lorax was an appropriate subject for a mural in the backyard of a house that has solar panels on the roof and a Honda Insight in the driveway. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011 09:36:03 PM »

I am absolutely in LOVE with it!  I wish I had half your talent and I would do this to my shed.
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2011 09:40:30 PM »

Thanks. Seuss is pretty easy to imitate, because his drawings are relatively simple, and the detail is kind of scribbly. If you're not confident freehanding, you could always do like we did in high-school art class and divide a picture into a grid, then make a larger grid of the same proportions on your wall and sketch one square at a time. That always helped me get the proportions right when I was drawing portraits and whatnot.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2011 12:12:24 AM »

Aww Grin I love it! Transforming buildings with huge paintings is the best, especially into the wonderful world of Dr.Seuss! I bet this makes you smile every time you walk by.....
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2011 10:58:08 AM »

That's very cool! 
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011 01:49:19 PM »

**swoon** My 3 year old requests this book almost every night before bed. We love it. He always holds his hand out to catch the last truffula seed on the last page. He would go crazy over this mural - fantastic job!
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2011 03:18:16 PM »

cooksr: I love it. I was constantly collecting snail shells and always drove my parents crazy asking them to take me for long walks as a kid. I don't think I ever told them that I was casing the far end of town for grickle-grass so I could find the Once-ler, hear the story, and get that Very Last Truffula Seed of Them All. I spent a lot of time stressing out over the difficulty of determining whether a snail shell had, in fact, belonged to a great-great-great-grandfather.

If I ever get a hand free and figure out where I put the snail shells I found in my garden this spring, I'm going to make a little Lorax retablo-type thing out of an Altoids tin, with fifteen cents, a nail, and some Seuss images inside and out.
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