Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14th, Our 45th Vero Beach 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.

Today turned out pretty good.  There was just myself and Christine painting today, and probably from now on, as Dawn has back-to-back classes now on Mondays.  Had an 8:00 appointment, so I arrived a little late, about 10:00, and Christine was already set up and painting. 

Christine today concentrated on the fan coral and octopus on the southeast corner of Panel #6, and it is sure to be spectacular when done.  She was having some difficulty with the unusual patterns and colors on the octopus, but worked out a system in the end.  The vivid colors in and around Vero Beach's coral reef and its critters are unusual, and difficult to match color-wise to say the least.
Panel #6 Detail by Christine Thomas

Panel #6 by Christine Thomas

I finally figured out how to utilize my new (used) laptop for the mural, and it sure made retrieving my images easy for me.  Today I added more branches to the large pine tree in the foreground, enhanced the strangler fig, graced the big oak with Spanish moss and resurrection fern, did some background brush scumbling, created a scrub peninsula, and had such fun painting an owl in flight.  Painting wildlife is such a thrill, as it feels like you're in the act of creating life, especially if the eyes are straight-on, which in this case they were.  The rest of the background brush and scrubs needs to be completed before I paint in critters walking on the ground.  The wildlife seems to be the focal point of each panel, and we all agree that they are the most fun to paint.

Detail of Panel #2 and segue onto Panel #1 by Judy Burgarella

Judy Burgarella's Panel #2, Segueing onto Panel #1
Friday we'll all be painting the mural together again, so stop back here and see what we've accomplished!

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

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