Well, the Vero Beach Art Club conducted its monthly meeting last night at the Community Center. Since I had a class that day in Sebastian, by the time I arrived the panels had been set up at 4:30. We painted for a while, and about 5:00 people started filtering in to set up the buffet etc. The chatting began and we were once again surrounded by all our buddies in the Club so we finally left our panels for the food line. Great buffet as usual, fully provided by Club members bringing in covered dishes. These summer meetings are really special, in that it is more social and less formal ... and ends up being a fantastic buffet dinner, created by the most creative people on the Treasure Coast! (For those of you out there on the world-wide-web, the Vero Beach Art Club is not your "grannie's" club--it has a membership of over 400 people, many of which are hard-core serious artists! The VBAC's "Under the Oaks" outside tent show which was voted the #1 art show in Florida, attracts over 80,000 people over a weekend in March, among other exciting and successful shows; it funds scholarships, VBMuseum activities, civic beautification and much more. It is operated by extremely savvy volunteers, and our beloved Office Administrator Christina Tascon )
It was expected that we would talk a little about our project some time during the meeting, but as it turned out this meeting was focused mostly on our situation with the Museum. There even was no time for "Show and Tell" or other business. However many people commented on the mural's progress, its beauty and creativity, and on our efforts which was greatly appreciated.
And so today we started out at 8:30 a.m., and worked through the day, taking a lunch break at a cafe. There are long periods when no one is talking, except maybe to ourselves, and then one of us makes some kind of wisecrack and off we go! Silliness is good for the soul. We're a good trio, and of the same mindset and humor. Our painting techniques compliment one another, and no one is averse to constructive criticism--we all want our panels to be the best they can be. But now Dawn's panel ... well, I think it's the best it can be. See below
|Dawn Mill's First Panel, almost finished|
Dawn is almost finished with her first panel. Just needs a bird here and there and a little tweaking in the foliage. This posting does not do it justice--it is stunning, and I can't wait to see what she does with the next one. My first and second panels adjoin each other, and the second panel segues into this panel of Dawn's ... talk about intimidating!
|Christine Thomas's First Panel, 75% finished|
|Judy Burgarella's Panel, 33% finished|
So today I finished up on the palm trees, the hibisus pot, worked on the people and moved the train down to make room for some of Route 1 buildings. This is a very complicated panel but it should be worth the effort.
Now to relax this weekend, and mull over the wonderful reference material that Kathy Steiger loaned us (Kathy created the beautiful mural that hangs in the Indian River County Library--go see it!).
Judy Burgarella http://www.burgarellaart.com/