Monday, November 7, 2011

November 7th, our 43rd 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 there were only Christine and myself painting at the Community Center.  Dawn has class obligations, and will probably be working Tuesdays instead for a while, along with Fridays with us.  We missed her painting with us, but we quickly got busy on our canvases. 

 At mid-day we had a very special visitor, the Vero Beach icon, Alma Lee Loy.  I ran into her on Saturday and mentioned she was painted into our mural, and so invited her to come take a look.  Well, she was very pleased at the rendering of her image, and marveled at the good work we had done for the town on behalf of the Vero Beach Art Club.  We enjoyed talking to her, and explained different aspects of the mural, along with our basic mission for accomplishing such a big work.  We are honored to have her represented in the mural, a fitting tribute to a lady who has done so much for the City of Vero Beach and its people.

Vero Beach's own Alma Lee Loy, gazing at her image in the mural.
So now on to the day's accomplishments.  On Panel #6 Christine added some interesting brain coral and fan coral, and enhanced the octopus and added a couple more tentacles to him.  Vero's coral reef which she is currently working on is sure to end up looking like a beautiful magical kingdom which the children will love.  Christine also tweaked other elements of her Panel #6.  "Tweaking" is a compulsion that hits all three of us inbetween actively creating new elements.  It urges us to take a quick few minutes to improve upon something previously painted.  Sometimes it's not just "tweaking," as we discover we've finished painting something that is completely out of perspective or off-color, forcing us to re-examine and repaint.
Christine Thomas' Panel #6

 Panel #2 of mine posed some compositional problems, however by the end of the day I was satisfied with my progress, although it's never quite as good as I hoped it would be.  Painted in today was the eagles' eggs, a couple of new hammocks with palms and pines, lots of bushes and scrub, and began narrowing the sandy pathways.  Lots more shrubs, vines and palmettos will soon be added.

Judy Burgarella's Panel #2
At 4:20 we packed up, carried the panels into the Florida Room where Dawn will be painting on Tuesday.  Next painting session for Christine and I will be Friday, so visit this blog after that to see what progress we've made.
Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project

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