Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19th, our 62nd 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," 2266 14th Avenue, 772-978-4592.  Visitors are welcome to watch the artists paint between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.

Today is Monday, March 19th, posting also for Friday, March 16th (I forgot to take photos).  Friday Dawn and I were finally at it again after a lengthy break from the mural, getting ready for Under The Oaks, the biggest show the Vero Beach Art Club puts on, rated the best outdoor art and craft show in Florida.  Unfortunately, it rained all day Sunday, soaking us all to the bone.  However we had 2 other days of decent weather and sales.  Friday former mayor Jay Kramer stopped by and chatted a while with Dawn and I, and was very impressed with the quality.  We should be done soon.

So Friday Dawn worked on her surfer boy on the beach, and fine tuned some of the foliage and flowers along the beach, and worked on some of her buidings.  Unless you look close, her panels look just about finished, but there still are railings, palm trees, people, etc. she has to put in.
Dawn Mill's Panel #5
Dawn worked on tedious railings and windows, and put some of the finishing touches on a few of her buildings on Ocean Drive.
Dawn Mill's Panels #4 and #5 - beach and building progress
 Dawn's turtles are so adorable.  Being a long-time Vero Beach resident, she has seen the baby turtles race for their lives to the water's edge on many a moonlit nght.  I have yet to see this, but it is a common sight at a certain time of year they say.

It's been a while since the below two panels of the mural have been paired together, so enjoy this beautiful sight, and have fun finding all the critters!

Dawn Mill's Panels #3 and #4
I made a lot of progress on my two panels (#1 and #2) on Friday and I came in Monday also.  Christine is unable to pitch in lately because of her job, and today she has the flu.  Dawn is working, so I was by my lonely today.

Below is pictured panel #1, where I changed the sky to a more believable stormy look.  Reason for that gray is so that it will match up with the other 10-year-old mural that ends with smokey 4th of July fireworks.  They may well someday be hung alongside each other--can you imagine how fabulous that would look!?  The 17th Street Bridge was painted in and some sailboats.  I also finished up the tree above Alma Lee Loy's head.

Below is panel #2, where I was able to paint in the Piper plane pulling a banner with our names on it.  I had to paint the plane and banner upside down in order to get at it, and unfortunately I should have taken a better look, because the banner is way too big.  Darned lettering took me forever, but I'll have to redo next time. Recreation Director Rob Slezak noted that I spelled my name wrong, upside down.  We had a good laugh on that one.  Painting upside down is very tricky.  I actually painted the plane upside down to, but it was an interesting challenge. 

Judy Burgarella's Panel #2
 I was able to move the rat snake to make way for the vulture, painted in a mama deer and fawn, and have a frog roughed in on the bottom left side.  Below are some details of additions to the mural.

Piper Airplane, almost finished

Vulture and Mama deer with fawn

Mural Legend as banner waving behind plane, which needs to be made smaller

Rough-in in of a froggie
Well, that's all for now folks.  It was great painting again all day--I rearely get to do that at home--although I missed my buddies.  Friday we'll be back at it again, so be sure to check out the blog Friday night (or Saturday if not done).

Judy Burgarell
Blogger for the
Vero Beach Mural Project

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