Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Faery Festival

Avalon held a Faery Festival that encouraged people to come out dressed like a Faery. There were perhaps 10 tents set up outside and dozens of people with wings. One tent was offering Henna Tattoos and another offered massages. Almost all the vendors were dressed as faerys or wizards. I walked among the tents for a while contemplating a possible sketch but the 95 degree heat drove me inside. The store was packed elbow to elbow with people picking out incense, cards, polished gemstones and assorted magical potions. I sat in the less crowded front porch area and waited till just the right Faery entered my scene. Some children with wings also entered the scene but parents always tugged them away quickly from the delicate figurines and crystal balls before I had a chance to truly look at their costumes. I know a costume contest was held but I didn't find out who the winner was.
I was seated in front of the stores newspaper and flier stand. As I worked a woman came in and dropped off a flier for a Witches and Wizards Ball. I tool the flier because it sounds like a tempting subject. I rather liked the banner that proclaimed never, never, never give up. That mantra ran through my head as my field of vision was often blocked at I tried to complete the sketch.

2 comments:

Boulette de Viande! said...

I drove by this the other day after picking up some Little Saigon. It struck me how ill-paired faeries and warlocks and witches and sprites are with hot, thick, sticky, humid heat. Nevertheless, I was left feeling hopeful at the ever-broadening palette of Orlando evolving and I count you as one of its pioneers. Keep up the good work, my friend. I am spreading the good news.

Thor said...

Hey Boulette,
Thanks for the good words. It was indeed sweltering. That is why I ended up sketching inside. Can a sweaty overheated faery fly?