Recently I was asked to paint murals in a grammar school library for a makeover segment by my friend, Libby Wampler, who was art directing for John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino from HGTV. The reveal was to air live on the Ellen DeGeneres Show so I was excited to have the opportunity. The general direction I was given was to do a forest theme and incorporate portraits of John, Anthony, and Ellen but from there it was up to me. Fortunately, my kids own many of the books popular to this age range so I was good to go. My plan was to select a palette that was colorful but not crazy, design a composition that was fun and engaging for the students, and incorporate my subjects’ portraits into the world of children’s books. Here is my process in pictures. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it with the help of my good friend, Randy Stonitsch.