At the same time, I and my mother(who is a masterful background artist) made the color comp:
Then we paint in large sections.
My mother said that painting a kids mural with a dog on her lap(that's my dog, Gigi) almost like heaven. "The only thing that could make this better is if I was eating ice cream too". So Tina(my wife) told me to indulge her.
All the line work is done! Finishing seems like the longest part of any project.
Then cleaning up the edges, and...DONE!