Sunday, August 14, 2011

Friday, August 12th, Our 18th Painting Session

Vero Beach Mural Project, 8'x36' for the Community Center.  Artists: Dawn Mill, Christine Thomas and Judy Burgarella. Sponsored by the Vero Beach Art Club

Got crackin' at about 9:00 today, hoping to make a lot of progress ... which did not happen.  Started gabbing, had some visitors, and found ourselves concentrating more on painting the fun stuff than painting the stuff we should be painting.  But artists can be slaves to their passion, and sometimes you just have to follow that to do a good job, AND to keep your creative juices flowing.

Radio personality/writer Willi Miller, a staunch supporter of the arts around the Treasure Coast, and a genuine "card-carrying" fan of local artists visited us today and we all had lunch together.  Had lots of laughs and exchanged stories--some silly and some serious--and enjoyed a break from the brush.  Left the Italian Kitchen full, fresh and ready to tackle the mural again.

Below, for your enjoyment, are two of our first really almost-completed panels together.  It gives us hope that there actually is an end to this project when we look at them.  Of course Dawn is moving right along, ahead of us all.  Her expertise in composition and her past experience with the 2001 mural has provided Christine and I with the tools we need to do our part of this project. 

Panel #3 by Dawn Mill and Panel #4 by Christine Thomas

Christine's critters are just getting cuter and cuter.  She is refining and coming up with new ideas all the time, as is Dawn.  Since their panels sandwich each others', there has been much collaboration between the two of them, trying to decide angles and elements, colors and shapes so that their panels flow in nicely together.  A good deal of our time is taken up with these decisions, both at the painting site and away, and much of our lunchtime is actually discussions about it also.  It is good to have the freedom to change our minds and/or rework a section when aesthetics or accuracy calls for it.  Critiques of our work and idea contributions are always welcome--we all want this to be the best it can be.

Panel #1 and #2 by Judy Burgarela

Today I needed to work on some people for my psyche's sake, so some work was done on the group to the lower left of Panel 1.  Had fun painting Ray McLendon, a local Highwayman and friend, but I still have lots of work to do on him.

Below are the last two panels, in very early stages ~

Last Two Panels, #5 Ocean Drive by Dawn Mill, #6 Coral Reefs by Christine Thomas

As you can see there is still a lot of work to be done.  But take a look at them altogether, from the two different angles--it's really going nto be something!

Well, that's all for now.  Next painting session is Monday, August 14th ... Stay tuned!
Judy Burgarella

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