In 1986 I was the chair of a committee to create a mural depicting the tea party from the book Alice in Wonderland. The idea that the mural would be painted as individual panels came from a parlor game illustrators from a painting class would play at a Christmas gathering in St. Louis. Lee Brubaker, an illustrator that lived in St. Louis, would create a line drawing on illustration board, draw a grid over the drawing and then turn it up-side down. Illustrators at the party would take a square and create a painting by following the outline of the drawing in this square. After all the squares were painted the painting would be turned right side up. Lee would show the image from which the line drawing drawn. This was the concept of how the mural would be created.
Mike Foley,a illustrator friend of mine, created a line drawing of the tea party scene and a grid was drawn over his drawing. A copy of the drawing was cut apart into individual grid panels and one grid was sent to each artist. Each artist would paint a 30″ wide x 40″ high color panel which became a part of the mural.
This is the panel I illustrated. Below is my instruction to each artist.