Friday, January 27, 2012

January 27th, 57th 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.

Had a few errands to run, so didn't get to the mural until about 9:00 a.m.  Christine had to work, and Dawn is away, so I was all by my lonesome today.  And it was lonesome, but productive.  Lauri, who works at the Community Center, asked if I get more done without Chris and Dawn there, and I had to say that we get right to work and work while we talk.  Actually sometimes it goes faster because numerous problems are solved beforehand through consult with each other as the problems arise.  Remember, we are working mostly from our own minds, guessing at perspective--not only on buildings but on animals, people and foliage.  Redos are frequent in spite of collaboration, as in today's instance, where I discovered after uploading Monday's "Theatre Plaza" marquee sign that the perspective was completely the opposite of what it should be.  So today I spent over an hour repainting the signs with all the tedious lettering.  See below--still not perfect but good enough for a mural.
Theatre Plaza sign on panel #1
Another redo, after seeing Mayor Pilar Turner's image uploaded in a small size (instead of on an 8' panel!), I noticed her head was too pointy, so fixed that.
Mayor Pilar Turner on Panel #1, slightly revised.
After I finished the Theatre Plaza marquee and fixing Mayor Turner's head, I started to work on the little grass islands and put in a bench.  By 11:30 I was in the zone and wishing Dawn and Christine were there with me, as we all kind of "get in the zone" together.  Had a ball painting those ibis, and after painting the bench I thought wouldn't it be nice to have someone sitting on it.  Viewers have said they love the fact that there is so much life depicted in downtown on the mural.  And so--Wallah!  I came up with the perfect solution!  What better place to show off my new (first) grandchild than in the Vero Beach Mural!  Yes, great idea.  So our two girls, Tracy and Robin, and Robin's new little daughter, Salem, are roughed in (very rough) on the bench seen below. 

Park Bench on Panel #1
 Note the ibis walking nearby.  For you newbies out there, it is not unusual for ibis or egrets to be foraging nearby humans, and in fact many times I have come back to my car in a parking lot and found one of those darling critters perched on my hood looking like a hood ornament!  It's a thrill to be surprised by such a sight, and it always reminds me of what a paradise we live in here on the Treasure Coast.

Below is a detail of Panel #1 which shows a few of the things that were painted in today:  grassy islands, marquee signs, ibis, bench, 2 women and baby, and touch-ups on Mayor Turner.

Detail of progress today on Panel #1

And so here is the whole panel #1 so far, alongside Panel #2 which it transitions onto.  Although I'm having fun with #1, I can't wait to finish up that ornary snake on the dead tree in #2, and put one of those ugly ol' vultures in that I always see cleaning up roadkill.  A very fascinating food chain we have here by golly! 
Panels #1 and #2 by Judy Burgarella
Be sure to check back next week and see what's new!

Judy Burgarella
Blogger for the Vero Beach Mural Project

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