Friday, November 25, 2011

November 25th, our 48th 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 consists 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, it being "Black Friday," Christine and I sequestered ourselves alone in the Community Center, blissfully painting without interruption or distraction, almost as long as we wanted to.  Again we were painting without Dawn, but we shall all be painting together again next Friday.  The only interruption we had was Rita Bringing turkey sandwiches for us.  So Rita and George Ziegler (friends, and she's pres of VB Art Club) stayed a few minutes and chatted, checking out the progress on the mural.  Took a picture of Rita to fine tune her image in the first panel.

Rita Ziegler, President of Vero Beach Art Club, and featured in Panel #1, Downtown Vero

Today Christine worked mostly on her parrotfish and the lionfish, which came out beautiful.  She also repositioned her surfer, and changed the sex of her sailboarder to a woman.  We can do things like that so easily with a paintbrush!  She also did some other tweaking here and there during he day.  Below is are some of the fruits of her day:

Lionfish on Panel #6 by Christine Thomas

Detail of Panel #6 by Christine Thomas
Panel #6 by Christine Thomas
Parrotfish on Panel #6 by Christine Thomas

Today I didn't waste any time and got straight to work.  So much foliage to put into Panel #2, and it looks really too green right now, but won't look like that once more detail is in.  But got a good deal of it done, and fine tuned some of the segue onto Panel #1.  Had fun painting the prickly pear nestled among some dried brush, and next time I'll put the prickers on them. 

Panel #2 by Judy Burgarella, segueing onto Panel #1

Notice how vague the seam is getting in places now.  Soon the segue between #1 and #2 will be almost seamless, and make some sense--at least as much sense as I can create with my brush.

Rob Sleezak (Community Center Director) and his wife Mary came in at about 6:00 to put the panels away, so it was pack-up time.  I took pics of them both to put them into the mural.  They will be the bird-watcher and photographer.  Rob's been so cooperative with us, helping to get us extra time on the mural, carting them into his office on weekends (which is not an easy feat), and just seeing to it that they are safe.  Thanks Rob.

Well, I hope everyone had a stuffingly wonderful Thanksgiving ... we did.  Stop by again and see what we've done.

Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project

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