Friday, December 16, 2011

December 16th, Our 53rd Vero Beach Mural Painting Session

NOTE: The Vero Beach Mural Project is being Sponsored by the Vero Beach Art Club as a gift to the City.  The artist members of the Vero Beach Art Club who are volunteering their time and talents are Judy Burgarella (  Dawn Mill and Christine Thomas (   Examples of artists' work can also 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 I arrived a little late, doctor's appt, and Dawn was already set up and ready to paint.  I was nursing a bruised face due to walking into our sliding glass door last night.  Dumb.  Took a while but I eventually got into the groove, and began chalking in sandhill cranes - mama, papa and baby.  Been wanting to do that for weeks!  Had a visit from Doug Bruce of Vero Beach Magazine who took some pictures of us painting on the mural, so I guess they'll do a little blurb.  My friend Kathy Richter came by with her husband and took some pictures. 

But first, Dawn worked on some details of panel #3, the first panel to look really good a while back.  Now they all look pretty good, and every additional touch we do just makes them better.  Still not finished though with some of the basics on several panels, but painting in the critters and details sure is fun.

Dawn painted in an armadillo, dragonfly, lizard and some butterflies, and touched up the lights and shadows in the water on Panels #3 and #4.  Her and Christine worked for a time on harmonizing their adjoining panels.

Dawn Mill's butterflies and armadillo on Panel #3

Dawn Mill's dragonfly on Panel #3

Dawn Mil's Lizard on Panel #3
Christine polished up her surf-boarder, who happends to look a lot like her grandson Noah ... h-m-m-m-m. Pictures of him are farther along on this blog when he visited this summer.  We had such fun with him and hope he comes back again to lighten the day.
Christine Thomas' Panel #6

Christine Thomas' Surfer on Panel #6

Dawn's Panel #3 and Christine's Panel #4
I eventually got started and mapped in the sandhill cranes.  I still have work to do on some details, especially the baby, but these critters are almost done.  It is such a pleasure to work from my laptop, having all kinds of images right there in front of me, and to be able to enlarge them is such an advantage. 
Judy Burgarella's Panel #2 - Western Vero

Detail of Sandhill Cranes on Judy Burgarella's Panel #2
Had a ball painting these lovely birds.  A family of them visited us just yesterday, and we hand-fed them bread which they picked up and then dunk in the canal for moisture.  They are colorful with their bright red caps, graceful and friendly, and look like something prehistoric especially when in flight.  Sandhill cranes are almost 4 feet tall and their wingspan must be at least the same.  I think they are my favorite Florida animal, although I do love the alligators.

We hope you enjoyed looking at this blog.  This will be our last painting session until January 6th or 9th, as we are taking a break for the holidays.  And so we will pick this back up at that time.  Until then, Dawn, Christine and I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year.

Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project 

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