Sunday, August 21, 2011

August 19th, Our 20th Painting Session

Vero Beach Mural, 8' x 36' on six stretch panel canvases.  Sponsored by the Vero Beach Art Club, painted on-site at the VB Community Center by artist-volunteers Judy Burgarella, Dawn Mill and Christine Thomas.  Visitors welcome, Mondays and Fridays between 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m.  

Today for some reason all three of us were tired and unmotivated.  We complained about everything and couldn't seem to get our "Mojo" going.  We yawned, moaned, painted slowly, and ate donut holes through most of the morning until our juices finally kicked in ... although we still could have used a caffein jumpstart.  Had some visitors, heard some complimentary kind words, did some 'splaining about this mural and the old one, blah, blah, blah, but mostly painted-painted-painted.  Also, Dawn Mill got a phone call inquiring about doing a video on the project, which helped to get our juices flowing again.  Then came lunch, and all of us once again wanting a nap.  But anyway, we finally came around again and started getting serious ... until late in the day when we were tired and began thinking up names for the critters in our mural ... some of which cannot be put into print.  Ended the day on a silly note ... but these critters in the mural are really showing some life in them, and I can't wait to start mine--if I ever finish this cityscape! 

Dawn's buildings along the beach off Ocean Drive, shown below, are spot on!  Although roughed in yet, the composition shows that it will be a wonderful representation of one of the most beautiful and revered spots in Vero Beach.  Actually, we hope that all six mural panels are representative of the beautiful ecosystems that make up Vero Beach ... including those carved out by human inhabitants.  Although we humans have left a "footprint" in the Vero landscape, it's really quite a beautiful one.

Panels #5 Beach and Dunes by Dawn Mill, #6 Coral Reef by Christine Thomas - Buildings along Ocean Drive, rear view

Christine added porposes and a pelican to Panel #4 today ... more cute little critters to the Mural gang!  Children that come by just adore these little (and big) critters, and I really think we need to name them--bring them to life so to speak.  By the end of this project we hope the mural develops a life of its own, in that it gets people talking about what a wonderful environment we are so lucky to live in.  
Panel #4, Lagoon by Christine Thomas

Panel #1, Downtown Vero Beach by Judy Burgarella
 Panel #1 (Judy Burgarella-me) is progressing slower than I'd hoped.  Perspective seemed to come so easy to Dawn, but the enhanced perspective on my Panel #1 is sure troublesome for me.  Funny how little details matter, but I only just recently realized that the sidewalk was brick-colored, not cement.  And so that had to be changed, also enlarged.  Worked the sign, touched up some on people, and tried to snap pictures of trains going by the building--grabbing my camera to catch a pic through the window while it was going by--quite a feat!  There's a really nice red train that I'd love to catch a pic of, but I've seen it go by only once.

So that's it for the day.  As I post this on Sunday, tomorrow will be another painting session.  Looking forward to it.  Stay tuned!
Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project

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