Friday, August 5, 2011

August 5th, our 16th Painting Session

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

Christine Thomas's whimsical panel is really starting to take shape.  I don't know how she did it, but her stingrays are so cute you just want to kiss them!  She is increasing her lights and shadows now, and adding more fishies.  This is one the children will be excited about.

Judy Burgarella's Panel, 33% finished

And this is my panel, as you can see I have a lot to go to catch up with Dawn and Christine.  However there are no deadlines and Dawn will help me finish if necessary.  At last night's meeting, Marena Cadorette, who was one of the Mural Artists of the 2002 Mural, commented that the right side of the Vero Furniture buiding's perspective was too harsh.  After carefull observation I felt she was right, and so today I changed the angle to one more pleasing to the eye.  It did result in my having to change the perspective of the windows which took some time also, but it's done (sans a little more teaking which I'll leave for another time. 
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!).
Monday August 8th will be the next posting--Stay tuned.


Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project
Vero Beach Art Club

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