Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21st, our 38th Mural Painting Session

 NOTE: The Vero Beach Mural Project is being Sponsored by the Vero Beach Art Club, and created by Artist Volunteers Judy Burgarella (  Dawn Mill and Christine Thomas (   Examples of artists' work can be found on The Mural consistes of six 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 are welcome to watch the artists paint between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.

Dawn, Christine and I worked pretty much throughout the day, only breaking for lunch and laughs, interrupted occasionally with back-and-forth about the mural.  Dawn and I had worked some extra hours during the week and so got a bit ahead.

Christine had a smashing day at painting today.  She painted in puffer fish, parrotfish and some dazzling little golden fish (can't remember the names), which almost vibrated off the canvas due to the deep blue background.  This panel is sure to be a favorite of the young folk.

Panel #6 - Christine's fishes

Dawn spent most of her day on Panel 5 refining the Driftwood, and working on the foliage at the southwest area of the panel.  She roughed in some bathers on the beach, and tweaked other areas.  Below is her progress so far

Panel #5 - Back of Driftwood Inn
Dawn's turtles are sure to be a hit with the children also.  One of the very special things about Vero, and some other shoreline localities, is the turtle baby march into the ocean.  The nests are numerous, and protected by yellow warning tapes.  Nesting season is June-August with hatchlings emerging 60 days later during the night time.  One must not trapse to the beach with flashlights and interfere with their migration to the water, however a red light will not disturb them and you will be able to see them without stepping on one.   

Pictured is Dawn hard at work on Panel #5.  We were all in such deep concentration today that long stretches of time went by without a word ... just the quiet sound of brush on canvas (and an occasional "Oops!" or other commonly-used words which are used relieve one's stress, when one of us splattered or spilled paint).

Dawn Mill Painting on Panel #5
I had a great time today, finally into painting some animals again, although I did do lots of work on palm tree trunks, oak trees and I scumbled in brush and treetops on the east side of Panel 2.  Tuesday I came in extra and moved the orange orchard and painted in the cowboys on horseback at the Sexton Farm, and finished up the Florida panther. 

Panel #2, Florida Panther and Raccoons
 And today I painted in the cows in back of the cowboys.   Such fun.

Panel #2 - Sexton Farm by Judy Burgarella
Christine had a great suggestion that I paint in an artist painting "en plein air," and also at her suggestion I painted in our dear friend and Gallery colleague Lionel Ogilvie, who loves painting outdoors.  He's not finished yet, but his stance is looking a bit like him.

Panel #2 - Artist Lionel Ogilvie paints en plein air.

Also in the beginning stages is a mama eagle guarding her nest.  There will be eaglebabies in there somewhere at a later date.  Mama eagle needs to be enlarged though which will have to wait.

Panel #2 - Mother eagle watching over nest
Next week there may be no postings, as some previous commitments have come up with some of us, but stay tuned because perhaps Christine will post.

Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project

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