Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lake Eola Farmers Market

The Lake Eola Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 Am to 4PM. There were perhaps 30 or so tents set up with fresh produce and and assortment of holistic goods. One vendor had chilled coconuts which he would slice open and then insert a straw. After walking up and down the line of tents I decided my best bet for a sketch was to sit in this circular area which is shaded by large magnificent live oaks. In front of me was a whole table of women who seemed to get together every weekend. "I think I always tell you this but I love your hand bag." There were toy sized dogs to be found everywhere. Orlando Brewing Company had a tent and many people were sipping beer as they relaxed.
I was inspired by the massive diagonals the tree trunks created as they sliced up toward then sky. Out of the bark sprouted ferns. Lazy Spanish Moss hung down from the thick branches. On the horizon dark clouds rolled in and thunder could be heard. However where we were it remained sunny. A guitar player in front of me was playing "Let the sun shine in" along with other Beetles songs. Children were seated in small green chairs watching him. Someone mentioned that he plays every weekend. Behind me I could hear a parrot's shrill scream.
When I was done with the sketch, I walked around the lake scouting out restaurants and cafes for the up coming 23rd International Sketch Crawl. I am mapping a route so artists can join the crawl at any point during the day.

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Joseph Hayes said...

That guitarist is Joseph Martens, who, when he's not doing covers at odd places, fronts the amazing Hindu Cowboys.

Plinio Marcos Pinto said...

Another great sketch. That tree looks awesome... said...

Matthew and I were JUST talking about visiting the Farmers Markets after reading about it on the website you told me about ( I can't believe we've never been!

Thor said...

Grab a coconut and find a spot in this shaded area. I think you will want to go every Sunday, you two are so close.