Tired of snow and ready for sand?
One East Coast tween was ready to bring the sunshine into her bedroom- lucky for her, her mom, Colleen Phelon Hall, happens to be a fabulous painter and muralist who is represented by Oopsy daisy. Mother and daughter collaborated on the room re-do, with Colleen handling most of the beach wall mural and daughter Maeve pitching in on room accents. Together they break the project down, offering you tips on how you can do this at-home, either in a big all-over-the-wall way or in the smaller craft projects found at the end of their how-to video.
So click on the image below to see how to turn your winter into summer!
Now that you’ve seen what Colleen and Maeve can do together, we knew you’d want to learn more about this painterly pair (note: we especially liked Colleen’s answer on how to partner with your child on a project!).
Questions and Answers with Maeve:
How old are you? And when did you become interested in art?
11. I guess I have been interested in art since birth since both my parents are artists!
Why a beach theme?
I love the serenity of the beach. It will be great to wake up to the beach scene all year round, but especially in winter.
What is your current favorite music or recording artist?
What is your favorite subject in school?
I love reading and creative writing, along with history.
Math and spelling!
If you could solve any problem in the world what would it be?
I read a book about children in parts of Africa that had to walk to get water for their families and couldn’t go to school. I am trying to help my school raise money to buy a town in Sudan a well.
Who is your role model?
J.K. Rowling – I love her creativity the wonderful world she created!
Questions and Answers with Colleen:
What is the best part of being a muralist and painter?
Probably the greatest part of being a mural artist is getting to transform ordinary spaces into something extraordinary. I like being able to make dreams come true for my clients. I love that each project is unique.
The biggest challenges?
Some larger commissions require me to travel and be away from my family, so that is challenging. But those kinds of projects allow me to be home to meet my children’s bus most the time!
What are you currently painting and what are your inspirations today?
I recently finished a large pediatric clinic with nature scenes. So, now I am finally taking a little time to paint some paintings just for me – which is a change after doing mostly commissioned work. The subject matter is based on my recent trip to Europe. I took reference photos of scenes, doors, windows and vignettes that I am excited to develop further.
What gets you up in the morning?
Coffee and the need to see my girls off to school 🙂 But seriously, right now, my desire to create this new body of work is inspiring me.
Any words of wisdom for other parents who want to partner with the child on a project?
Be patient – they are kids. The best thing is to have everything organized and laid out before they sit down. That way there will be a lot less confusion. Practice going through it yourself first, so that you can break it down into steps they can understand and accomplish.
Who is your role model?
Hmmm, I would have to say that I have always admired Eleanor Roosevelt for her intelligence, spunk and determination at a time when others would have pigeon holed her in the supporting cast role of First Lady. I love that she made a mark of her own on the world and worked to make the world a better place especially for women and children. From an entrepreneurial perspective, I also admire Oprah and Rachael Ray for taking their passions and turning them into huge businesses that benefit and employ so many others.
Colleen has worked professionally for over 16 years and her work has been featured in celebrity and VIP homes nationally and internationally. Have a look at Colleen’s newest beach themed art in the Oopsy daisy collection.