Saturday, November 5, 2011

November 4th, our 42nd 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.

In mine and Dawn's absence, Christine Thomas has gained on us, although Dawn was away some of the time also.  After over a week off the canvas due to family visiting, it was good to pick up the brush again at the mural.  Left critical files behind at home though so was hampered in my progress.  Christine accomplished a lot on her last panel, creating very exciting elements and life slithering, swimming and crawling around her final canvas, below:

Panel #6 by Christine Thomas

Dawn's panel #5 has really come together, with only a few more elements to go.  Looks like you could just walk right into the panel and jump in the water!  Fabulous job with all that architecture too.

Dawn Mill working on panel #5

Pictured below is our work space, with plenty of ceiling room for us to raise the panels up in order to work on lower areas of the mural.  Pictured in the background is the 2001 mural Dawn Mill worked on with several other artists for the Vero Beach Art Club.  This photo shows Dawn sitting back from the mural, sizing up perspective, color and composition, a process which occurs constantly while we are painting.  Due to the largeness of it all, it is very easy to lose track of perspective, and we need to always keep in mind that each panel must segue onto and match the others.

Christine Thomas and Dawn Mill discussing composition (old mural pictured in background)

And finally, below is my panel #2, with the Sexton Farm tweaked a bit more, the eagle family painted in, and other background scumbled on. 

Judy Burgarella's Panel #2

Monday we will be back to the panels, so check back late Monday night and you may find some new life on the canvas.
Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project

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