At the Earth Day Festival at Lake Eola I decided to get a Vegan Lunch. The food court was at the South east entrance to the park under a huge Live Oak. I decided to get a carrot hot dog at Spork Cafe's booth. Tisse Mallon and her sister Joyce were working hard to keep up with orders. Joyce was at the barbecue grill searing the carrots over the coals. For a drink, I went to Midtown Eco Village for a berry smoothy. I ate lunch back at the Analog Artist Digital World tent. The hot dog was delicious although quit messy. A big splooge of mustard fell on my pants.
Journalist, Curtis Franklin had taken several photos as I sketched earlier in the day. He stopped by my tent to interview me. It was a fun talk and it turned out we have quite a lot in common. Whenever he visits a new city, he walks the streets with a camera and a tape recorder to capture the city's story.
My next door neighbor was Doug Rhodehamel, one of his art projects is "The SPORE Project" he makes paper bag mushrooms out of used paper bags that would usually end up in a landfill. The SPORE Project was created in 2005 to promote support for art in schools and to illustrate the importance of creativity in everyday life. He supplied paint and brushes so the kids could paint their own mushroom. Doug worked with a volunteer from Northland Church and Hope4Orphans. This summer he hopes to to help send a few volunteers to Ukraine and Russia. Through several week long summer camps, they will be providing arts and crafts and paper bag mushrooms to hundreds of orphans.
Doug's spores are slowly taking over the world. He stood next to me and laughed like a mad scientist. Parents and their kids would march through my tent to plant their spore and begin painting. There wasn't much in my tent so it made the perfect garden gateway. I was glad, cause it meant more people would see my sketchbooks. I had the framed books hanging from the tent upper supports above children's heads. Parents ended up banging their heads on my frames so I just had to plant a seat below the sketchbook so people knew to walk around.
Patti Matchett and her husband Andy joined me for the afternoon. I can't thank them enough. With all the merchandise sold out, there wasn't much to do other than hand out business cards and talk to people about the blog's sketch a day mission. Two Japanese culinary students wanted to buy the sketchbook suspended over my head. I tried to explain that it was an entire sketchbook but they could buy a print for $200. Language was a barrier but I have their contact information so maybe there is still hope to close the sale.