Bagheera, the gimlet-eyed panther from Disney's "Jungle Book," bares two ivory fangs and the pink tip of his tongue as he peers from a painted perch in Vicki Miller's bedroom.
Below him--eye-level from Miller's bed--wild child Mowgli dances a jungle jitterbug with one of the river monkeys.
"Yeah, people think it's kind of weird," Miller said, with a throaty laugh.
But that's business.
Miller, 30, painted the Disney juvenilia on the closet door in her bedroom six months ago to launch the business she calls Rainy Day Creations--custom murals for children's bedrooms. In the Balboa Island bedroom of a 2-year-old girl, Miller painted a spray of apple blossoms surrounded with a bow.
A client in Irvine requested one of the Flower Fairies from the works of artist Cicely Barker.
Parents of a 4-year-old Newport Beach boy asked for Noah's Ark, loaded two-by-two with cartoon animals.
In an act of willful wishful thinking, a pregnant client from Laguna Niguel recently commissioned an 8-by-4-foot pink giraffe for an all-pink nursery. "She had two grown sons and she wanted a daughter so badly, but she was afraid to find out" by taking a test to determine the sex of her unborn child, said Miller. "So she was just getting the room all ready for a girl." Time, of course, will tell if the mural helped.