Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12th, Our 27th Painting Session

Vero Beach Mural Project Sponsored by the Vero Beach Art Club ( )  Created by Artist Volunteers Judy Burgarella, Dawn Mill and Christine Thomas.  Stretched canvas panels, 36' long by 8' high, each panel 8' x 6'.  Created in and for the Community Center, in their "Florida Room."  Visitors welcome to watch the artists paint between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.
Got there nice and early today, however setting up, chatting with Christine and Rob Slezak (Recreation Director) and brainstorming about the mural took some time off the day, but finally got serious about 9:30.  Dawn is back from vacation, but unfortunately she picked up a bug onboard the cruise ship and was too sick to paint today.  We were so looking forward to hearing about her trip to Alaska, but it will have to wait until Friday.

Last Friday I had taken photos of Sue Dinenno (past president of VB Art Club) and her dog Phoebe, to put in the mural, and that I did today.  Almost finished, just a few little tweaks, but it looks a bit like Sue and Phoebe.  Did a few other tweaks, and finished the "Arts District" sign (which at this time does not exist but we're hoping for one, after all, it IS the Arts District!).  Need to rework the monument sign, and plan to put a large hibiscus near it with a hummingbird.  It's so much fun thinking up things to put in this mural.  Somebody's got to stop me!  Dawn and Christine have had so much fun with their critters, I can't wait to do some on mine.
Selection of Panel #1 by Judy Burgarella. Pictured is Sue Dinenno and Phoebe

Selection of Panel #1 by Judy Burgarella

Panel #1 by Judy Burgarella, "Downtown Vero Beach"
Christine was having fun today working on new fishies she'd found on the internet and fine-tuning the Manatee sign. Her panel looks as if you can just walk into the water and shake hands--er, fins--with all those cute little (and big) critters.  She is an excellent faux painter too, as I visited an establishment where she faux finished the terazzo floor with marble and a tile-looking Celtic symbol--outstanding!  So below is her panel, #4, and following that are close-ups of what she worked on today.

Christine Thomas's Panel #4, Indian River Lagoon

Selection of Christine's Panel #4, with Red Snapper and friends
Selection of Christine's Panel #4, cute little yellow-ish fishies!
Selection of Christine's Panel #4, Manatee sign

We had to pack up at 3:30, and lamented about how much we wanted to stay longer.  Are we getting addicted to this mural?  Something's happening, because once we start painting we don't want to stop.  As we get farther along, it is taking on a life of its own and we are connected personally with each element of our creations.  Well, I guess there are worse things to be addicted to.  Visit our "addiction" again on Friday for more news of what's new, and especially whatever Dawn has painted on hers!
Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project

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