Sunday, November 30, 2014

Brand new swan boats at Lake Eola.


When I sketch in downtown Orlando, I always park near Lake Eola. I like to walk around the lake before finding theaters, galleries or clubs. I was impressed to see that the city has invested in band new swan boats. They have canvas awnings that keep the tourists from getting sun stroke. I paddled the old swans and it is quite the aerobic workout. In that case I had to paddle and sketch at the same time. Unfortunately if you try to paddle a swan boat alone, you end up traveling in a tight circle.

Music is now being piped all around the lake and I must say it is growing on me. It is nice to have a personal soundtrack as I head off to the next sketch location. Holiday lights have been going up even before Thanksgiving and the artificial Christmas tree is already taking form next to the Disney Amphitheater. The seating area at the amphitheater now has extra police tape between the gaps in back row seats to insure that no one is tempted to sit. There is one ugly duckling in among the fleet of swans. The duck is basically a swan boat minus the black eye patch design. The duck also lacks the awning to block the sun, so insist on a swan if you are up for a paddling adventure.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A quiet afternoon at Stardust Video and Coffee.


With time to spare before going to sketch an event, I decided to order dinner at Stardust Video and Coffee (1842 Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL). I decided to sit onstage looking out over all the tables and the bar. The tables are old antique doors that had been shellacked a million times. My Rob Reiner sandwich and Coke arrived and I sketched between bites. Pink fish and colorful Japanese lanterns illuminated the dark ceiling. The guy in the red shirt was nodding off to sleep while a young couple chatted with excitement. It was her 1/2-birthday and she was celebrating. I like the idea of celebrating half birthdays. I wonder is she celebrates her 1/4 birthday or her 1/8 birthday. Better yet why not celebrate every 1/365 birthday? I'd just be sure to skip the cake.

Most everyone else was plugged into their digital devises. Doug Rhodehamel had a series of sketches on display in the far room. They were all done strictly in blue. I suppose every artist goes through a blue period. In my senior year at high school I only did blue sketches to rebel against the football coach- Art teacher's strict photo realism. I'm proud to say I failed art that year, but I partied hard with the actors and had a blast.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Weekend Top 6 Picks November 29 & 30

Saturday November 29, 2014
6pm to 8pm Free Brewery Tour. Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL.

8pm to Midnight Free, but grab a beer. The Falcon Presents: C-Note Collection. The Falcon 819 E Washington Street, Suite 2, Orlando, Fl. Original art and framed prints under $100. Take home your art on the spot! Perfect Holiday gift!
Artists include:
The Art of Bianca Roman-Stumpff
Bryan Carson's Art
Brian Demeter
DRES13
Eric Frost
Gina Marie of Copper Fox Tattoo Co.
Jaime Torraco
Kyle Frazer
Lucy Fur
Melissa McHenry
Morgan Wilson (Lux Nova Studio)
The Art of Plinio Pinto
Schiani Ledo
Will Pig
Thor

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Sunday November 30, 2014
10am to Noon Free. Super Joy Riders. Eastern entrance of the Lake Eola Farmers’ Market. You + Superhero Costume + Bike = Best Sunday Ever. The Super Joy Riders: Do Gooder Bike Ride is an exercise in community organizing and active engagement. We hope to use the ride as an opportunity to show how helping people can be simple, fun, and easy, especially while wearing a cape.
http://www.superjoyriders.com/

1pm to 3pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL. Every week.

9pm to 11pm Free but grab a brew. Solo Acoustic Spoken Word. Natura Coffee & Tea, 12078 Collegiate Way, Orlando, FL. Weekly spoken word event. 407 482-5000


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Carmina Burana swept into the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.


I went to a dress rehearsal for Carmina Burana at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. I was told to enter the stage door which is off Anderson Street. This was my first time in the brand new building. I nervously asked a security guard if I needed to sign in but he just pointed me up a stairway. The stage door opened up leading me right back stage. Dancers were stretching and nervously waiting for the run through of the show to start. Hundreds of singers were on stage standing in bleachers and on a second level balcony. I searched for the entrance to the auditorium seating and got lost with one of the dancers who was doing the same. I felt a bit more at ease knowing this new venue was also new to the performers.

The show features The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park and the Orlando Ballet as they re-mount the acclaimed 2013 performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana for one night only, during the Grand Premiere of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presented by Dr. Phillips Charities and Balfour Beatty Construction. This program marks the third time the Bach Festival has presented this work as a joint choral–ballet presentation, first in 1992 with Southern Ballet Theater and the second in 2013 with the Orlando Ballet. The Bach Festival Society has performed this work as a concert piece several other times since 1990 under John Sinclair’s baton, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Three noted vocal soloists are singing with the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra on this program: soprano Julia Foster, tenor James Hall, and baritone Gabriel Preisser. Robert Hill, artistic director of the Orlando Ballet, is the choreographer for this performance.

From my front row seat, I got a fabulous view of the large orchestra pit. One of the French Horn players, Kathy Thomas waved to me from the pit. Robert Hill greeted me and talked about how exciting it was to be in the new space. I felt at home, althouch the sketch was a challenge. John Sinclair was in the spotlight. What makes the theater impressive are the many booth seats that are stacked along the side walls of the theater. It isn't a particularly large or ornate theater but the eyes are drawn upwards towards the high ceilings.  The chorus was still "on book" and John scolded them to memorize the music before the performance. My wife sang Carmina Burana and it is challenging to memorize. The hundreds of voices combined with the ballet was mesmerizing. The dark sometime sinister music has been used again and again in movies so it's driving theme is instantly recognizable. Male dancers supported female dancers making them appear to leap forward and backwards, weightless and in slow motion. This is an incredible performance to christen the new space. There was only one performance of the show on November 22nd at 7:30pm. It must have been magical and overwhelming with a full house. It felt nice to execute my first sketch in the new space. I hope it is the first of many.




Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Artegon Grand Opening opened my eyes to the creative potential of this new market.


I went to the grand opening of Artegon at the north end of International Drive across from the Outlet Stores. Retail spaces are being made available to artists and artisans to sell their wares for as little as $6 a day. As an artist, this prospect of getting my work to be viewed by tourists is an exciting option. All the market spaces are surrounded by wire fencing. When I toured the empty space, with little light it reminded me of an asylum. The grand opening however changed my perspective.

165 artist booths and stores offer an amazing variety of art and crafts. I was surprised to see The Daily City had rented a prime space near the cinema. I talked to Mark Baratelli who is using the space as his office and a permanent Pop Up Shop.  He had art by local artist Boy Kong and he pointed out some metal elephants that he had an artist make. The woman next to me remarked that they would make nice stocking holders for Christmas. Mark loved the idea. The elephant's trunk made a nice hook and the sculptures were heavy enough to support a stocking stuffed with gifts.

What has kept me from renting a space is the fact that I don't want to commit so much time to staying in a retail space. I might be called to do a sketch at any time of the day and since I work on location, I'd have to leave shop. I told Mark about my idea of buying a used vending machine to dispense post card sketches. The problem with the vending machine is that I would still have to open shop in the morning and close shop at night. We also spoke about the possibility of my setting up a card display in the Daily City Shop. This might be a good way for me to at least dip my toe in.

I was enthralled by the place. A large rope, sky maze was set up in the central hub of the market. Occasionally people could be heard screaming as they zip lined across the divide. Better still an enterprising vendor was renting out motorized plush puppies which an adult or child could ride around the market. Two puppies pretended to crash into each other at their very tame speed, and the two riders spilled off in slow motion to the floor. A stilt walker walked over and inquired if they were OK. They laughed and got back on. A balloon artist had life sized balloon sculptures scattered among several vendors. A soap shop had a balloon woman taking a balloon bubble bath. Stilt walkers stood behind me and watched the sketch evolve. I found it funny that they were trying to see from that great height.

Houck Talent had brought in the stilt walkers and African Acrobats for the grand opening. I sketched the acrobats as they did their routine. They  created a human pyramid with a flourish and then one acrobat stacked chairs until he could almost touch the ceiling with his toes when he did a handstand. A sizable crowd clapped and whooped. It is almost impossible to see every artists booth. I got lost finding myself distracted by unexpected wares and bright colors at every turn. Not every booth was occupied, so it seems that there are still opportunities for local artists to make this space their own. I decided not to look at every artist booth. I decided I wanted to share this shopping experience with my wife. If the Artegon Market maintains this level of excitement moving forward it will certainly prove to be a required shopping destination this holiday season.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lawyer Dennis O'Connor presents his case.


I had a second opportunity to sketch lawyer Dennis O’Connor in action at the Orange County Courthouse. Getting through security into the building was an adventure. Pockets had to be emptied and everything went through the scanner while I walked through the metal detector. My bag had to be searched a second time and my brushes were to blame. I had to explain what the brushes were for and then I was sent on my way. I had been assigned to sketch Dennis by his family. They wanted to surprise him with a courtroom sketch for his birthday. The first time I sketched him in a Sanford Courthouse and he had no idea what I was up to. Those sketches unfortunately showed Dennis rather small on the far side of the courtroom.

Dennis was in the elevator as I went up to the courtroom. This time he knew why I was sketching. He briefly explained the case to me. He was defending Dale Steele. Dale was a friend of an elderly woman named Loretta Viles. She had signed a document naming him as her caretaker. Sylvia’s family was suing Dale claiming that he took advantage of the old woman’s trust. He had purchased a boat, and car using funds from her account. Sylvia, Lorita’s daughter was on the stand being cross examined. All afternoon, documents were projected that showed expenses and legal documents. The bottom line however was that Loretta had signed over the power of attorney to Dale. Dales son took the stand and a photo was shown of him riding the NYC subways to visit Loretta who also had an apartment there. His testimony implied that the Steele family had been close to Loretta for years. Loretta, who wasn’t in the court room was painted as a generous woman rather than a victim. She had also financed the home that her daughter lived in. Dennis’s cross examination implied that the Steele family had been closer to Loretta than her own family.

Unfortunately courtrooms are not staged like a theater, with lawyers facing the audience. I had to draw Dennis from the back and was worried that once again the family would not approve the sketch. After a solid day of cross examinations it was finally time for closing arguments. When the jury left for a break, the judge, told the lawyers that they had to wrap up the case that night. They each only had 15 minutes to make their closing arguments. Dennis joked that they wanted to wrap things up so that the juror in the Green Bay Packers jersey could get to see the game that night. Both court officers checked in to see my progress on the sketch. They had never seen a courtroom artist in action. One officer looked just like Hank, the brother in law detective on Breaking Bad. He acknowledged that everyone tells him that. With final arguments complete, the jury was sent home and told to return the next day to deliberate. I left the courtroom feeling unsure of the outcome. Was the elderly Loretta, a victim or a generous person who lavished gifts on the people around her? Dennis’s closing argument was warm and heartfelt. He admitted that he didn’t know why the cash was spent on items that Dale used. However, Loretta trusted him enough to grant him power of attorney over her finances. When I dropped off the sketch, I was told that Dale was acquitted.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Orlando Amtrack Station


Patrick Greene has been having photographers ride the Sun Rail Trains to take photos of passengers. He arranged for a group to meet and then take the train to the Orlando Amtrak Station near the Florida Hospital South of Downtown. I was running late but wanted to catch the photographers at work, so I went to the final destination. I sketched the station while waiting for the train to arrive. Several trains came and went. Taxis picked up passengers and drove off.

Photos were gathered together for an exhibit at Avalon Gallery as part of the Transit Interpretation Project (TRiP). TRiP is an ongoing project where artists, writers and photographers ride the Orlando transit system and then write blog posts about the experience. I took the Lynx bus downtown from my suburban studio to Avalon for a literary evening based on writers experiences. I didn't notice my work on the TRiP site, but then a gain I don't check the site that often.

With the sketch done I was surprised that I hadn't noticed any photographers around the station. I finally left, a little disappointed that I had missed the creative filed trip. Later Patrick let me know that he wasn't able to get tickets to the destination I sketched. The group ended up going south away from the Amtrak Station. When I first began Urban Sketching in NYC, it was for a class assignment where I returned to Grand Central Station again and again, doing a sketch each time to document life in the historic station. Train stations therefor are always have a warm place in my heart a great place to sketch.




Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Bay Street Players presented Legally Blonde The Musical.


Amanda Warren the director of Legally Blonde The Musical invited me to the historic State Theater to sketch the show. I've seen the movie, "Legally Blonde", but never the musical. The theater is located in Eustis which turned out to be quite an adventurous drive north. The lobby was quite crowded when I arrived. It turned out that the computer system was down and so staff was shuffling through stacks of tickets while patrons waited. Amanda got on stage to introduce the show. I was surprised by the high cost to purchase the rights to stage the show. Thankfully the house was sold out.

The musical was fun and light hearted. Elle played by Meredith Pughe pursued her man, but in the end realized it was more important to pursue her dreams.  The multi level set designed by Tom Mangieri and Scott Fattizzi was quite impressive with an entire wall that could rotate to morph the stage into a courtroom. The upbeat musical direction was by Andy Matchett off stage. Bruiser, Katie Scarlett Baker, the tiny chihuahua seemed like a dear in the headlights while Rufus, Zoe Carpenter, the basset hound stole his scenes by exploring the stage to comic effect.

It is surprisingly easy to be swept away in this valley girl's rise to self awareness. The music was fun and the show moved along at a fast pace. It was an incredibly ambitious production with over forty actors involved. The show proves that small community theaters are already thriving as the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center opens its doors in downtown Orlando for the first time.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Corsets and Cuties add some spice to the holiday season.


I went to a dress rehearsal or should I say, an undress rehearsal for Corsets and Cuties at Danceworks on Curry Ford Road. Snow was blanketing most of the country while the cast gathered outside the dance studio waiting for an aerobics dance class to end. Each dancer clutched her costumes for the night. Exhaling, I could faintly see my breath. One dancer was really under the weather trying to recover from a cold or flu. Three new dancers had joined the cast. One lamented that all her co-workers were planning to go to the show to see her in her birthday suit.

When the class let out, the Cuties stormed the dressing room. Producer and performer Jaimz Dillman acted as the announcer. She explained that the show consisted of some well rehearsed favorites and some new acts that stayed with the holiday season theme. Blue tarps were duck taped over the front windows as the cast changed. A large group number opened the show and then there were a series of solo performances. Many performers sang as well as danced, confirming that there is some major talent in this show. Feathers and baubles flew to the floor along with clothing.

Some acts were laugh out loud funny, like the Junk in a Box routine. Two cuties sat in their 60s styled negligee and they were seduced by two male admirers holding gift boxes at their hips.  When the girls finally got a look inside, their shocked expressions were priceless. Two huge dildos sat nestled inside. Marisa Ashley Quijano acting as one of the men, thrust her box braced hips so hard that the top popped off to hilarious effect. She also later did a "Blue Christmas" number where she shed her white polar fleece jacket to show off her sexy blue lace outfit.

The Corsets and Cuties show on Saturday November 22nd at The Venue (511 Virginia Drive Orlando FL) is SOLD OUT.  Having experienced the fun and craziness of their rehearsals, I can understand why.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 21, 2014

AADW Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 22 & 23.

Saturday November 22 2014
10am to 4pm Free. Harvest Festival. Winter Park Central Park West Meadow 150 N New York Avenue Winter Park FL. A one-day event focused on connecting the grass-roots with the deep-roots of our local food-shed by celebrating our local farmers, gardeners, entrepreneurs and non-profits. (321) 236-3316

5pm to 7pm Free. FORMENTO + FORMENTO Artist Talk & Book Signing. Snap! Orlando 1013 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Fl. an evening artist talk, projection and book signing at Snap! Space with FORMENTO + FORMENTO. Please RSVP (No cover / LIMITED CAPACITY).
Bj Formento is the light. Richeille Formento is the pigment. Weaving cinematic worlds drenched in sensuality, FORMENTO + FORMENTO produce genre-bending photography that is as conceptually rich as it is precisely crafted. Currently on exhibit at Snap! Space, are works from The Japan Diaries. For this series, the Formentos drew their inspiration from 1950’s Japanese cinema, Akira Kurosawa, Araki and Moriyama, as well as Edo woodblock prints and erotic imagery of Ero Guro paintings.

6pm to 11pm Free. Jingle Eve. Ivanhoe Village 1605 Alden Rd, Orlando, Fl. Jingle Eve is a neighborhood-wide holiday celebration that always occurs the weekend before Thanksgiving. It’s the start of the holiday season here in Orlando and you don’t want to miss it!
Here is a sneak-peak of the night's events:
Santa's workshop
Happy Holiday sign lighting
Christmas tree lighting in Gaston Edwards Park
Holidays specials and samples from local merchants
Wine Stroll
The Food Truck Bazaar
Great local vendors
And more!



Sunday November 23, 2014
10am to 12:30pm $10. Sketch Class. Crealdé School of Art, 600 Saint Andrews Boulevard, Winter Park, FL. Life drawing from a nude model.

Noon to 2pm Free. Florida Gospel Jam. Fish on Fire 7937 Daetwyler Drive Belle Isle FL. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday.

9pm to 11pm Free. Comedy Open Mic. Austin's Coffee, 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL. Free comedy show! Come out & laugh, or give it a try yourself.





Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bastille Day in Audubon Park was a grey day for a beheading.


Bastille Day is a celebration of the victorious French Revolution. On July 12th the Audubon Park Garden District hosted a Bastille Day Festival at 1603 Winter Park Road, which turned out to be a church. As Terry and I arrived, it was starting to drizzle. The weather didn't stop Marie Antoinette from posing for photos and signing autographs. Another photo opportunity was a well oiled guillotine. Anyone could stick their neck out for a photo if they dared. I stood in the entry vestibule of the church to keep my sketch out of the rain.

A small outdoor market  featured Bamapana Vintage, Lady Day Vintage, Whisk and Bowl, The Crepe Company, La Femme du Fromage, The Yum Yum Truck, OhLaLa Petanque Club, and Olde Hearth Bread Company. Inside the church courtyard there was a wine and cheese tasting going on but this was a ticketed event that Terry and I hadn't signed up for. I pressed my nose up to the window to see that the tasting room was packed. The courtyard also had some french themed art and a game of pin the hat on Napoleon. No one was playing the game, so I wasn't tempted to sketch. The guillotine was moved out of the rain into the covered courtyard and I followed it to complete my sketch. Who would have the nerve to move a guillotine during a public execution?  It turned out that a photographer was in charge and he snapped photos of anyone willing to kneel down. I'm still convinced that those picture boxes are a passing fad. There was supposed to be baguette fencing but I never witnessed it.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fiddler's Green was a great spot for Geof Benge's Birthday Celebration.


Geoff Benge celebrated his birthday with family and friends at Fiddler's Green (544 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL). Geoff and his wife Janet, both from New Zealand,  are co-authors of 68 biographies of famous historical figures, with over 3 million copies sold worldwide. Their latest book, Triumph- the Extraordinary Life of Louis Zamparini, is timed perfectly to engage young readers prior to the Christmas Day release of Unbroken, a movie of his life directed by Angelina Jolie.

Before the party, I sketched the regular patrons at the bar. The heated discussion was all about soccer. Once Geoff and Janet arrived, I joined them in the back room. Guinness flowed and conversations turned to literature.  Friends got up to toast Geoff. He is apparently known for being able to hold his liquor. On a trip with friends he had a liquor bottle. The group went on an exhausting hike and Geoff kept sipping from his bottle to every one's amazement. He not only kept up with all the other hikers, but he was sure footed the whole way. It wasn't until later, around the camp fire that everyone learned that his bottle was actually full of water.

The only time I drink Guinness is when there is chocolate cake to go with it. The sweet chocolate is fantastic to wash down with the thick dark beer. I was in bliss.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Audubon Market has produce and a sense of community.

Mondays in Orlando offer few event options. If I’m unable to find a sketchable event, I always go to the Audubon Garden District Community Market at Stardust Video and Coffee (1842 Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL). Tents start to go up in the Stardust parking lot as the sun sets. I like to order a drink at Stardust and sit back to watch all the activity.

On this Monday, I sketched the Stardust patrons who were soaking in the atmosphere. The market always has a live performer which also makes it the perfect spot to sketch. Produce and products are locally grown and crafted which make the market a healthy shopping option. When I order something to eat, I know that at least I ate one healthy meal for the week. With East End Market just a few blocks away there is no reason not to eat a healthy balanced diet all week, but as an artist on the run, I tend to only eat processed fast food before doing most sketches. Maybe a better diet could result in better sketches.

I’ve sketched a number of vegetarian and Vegan themed events and have seen and heard the merits of not eating meat, yet I haven’t yet followed up with a commitment to change my eating habits. It is hard to teach this old dog how to improve his diet. Eating is a quick necessity that I don’t think much about. I function primarily on caffeine and sugar. Perhaps that is why my sketches pen Iines are so shaky and nervous. Healthy living courses seem like such a luxury, yet im probably not functioning at 100%. Aching bones tend to be a distraction when getting lost in the creative process. Perhaps someday I’ll change.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Parrot Adventures grants a girls wish.


 About once a month, Parrot Adventures meets at Albert Park in College Park. This particular meeting was special because the Make a Wish Foundation was granting a young girls wish to be surrounded by parrots. It turned out to be a rainy day but that didn't stop the birds and their owners from coming out. Everyone crowded under a small gazebo to stay out of the rain. I huddled under an umbrella sitting on a picnic table to get the sketch done. Some rain blew in, exploding the pigments already on the sketch.

Someone had made bird shaped cookies, and the little girl got to meet every single bird. I was afraid that Zorro, Terry and my Cockatoo, might bite the girl, but even he was on his best behavior.  Since it was raining, we all went across the street to Graffiti Junktion for lunch. The front patio was covered, so the girl continued to meet birds all through lunch. Terry and I like to take Zorro out once a month to help him be more sociable around other people. On a number of occasions, blood was spilled, but parrot owners are rather forgiving.

Mark Your Calendar! The next "Parrot Adventures" club event is scheduled for 11am to 2pm on December 14, 2014 at Albert Park. The address is 2400 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mysty Forest Becomes an Animation Studio


Travis Blaise, a former Disney Animator offered a class at Misty Forest (N Hyer Ave, Orlando, FL) which had the students working towards completing an animated short. The story was called "Rosalie and the Bottle Tree". A bottle tree is simply empty bottles put on the end of tree limbs and a bottle tree can bring good fortune. The narration was complete and the children's drawings were used as the story boards.

What Misty Forest lacked in terms of cameras and light tables, it made up in the children's enthusiasm. I don't believe the film was ever completed, but the kids had a great time getting to collaborate on  what might one day become an inspired little film. All it takes is on determined soul to reignite the spark and take on the Herculean task of finishing the animation.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Crucible never gets old.


The Crucible by Arthur Miller cemented his reputation as a major playwright at a very early age. It deals with the Salem witch hunts and was used as a parable to mirror the McCarthy communist witch hunts in the 60s. As my first sketch opportunity after returning from Australia, I went to Lake Minneola High School (101 North Hancock Rd Minneola Fl) to see a run through of this student production being produced and directed by Kaitlin Elizabeth Baxter.

The school seemed like a fortress or prison as I approached at night. Tall fences surrounded the entire school and a locked gate blocked me from parking near the performing Arts building. I must have grown up in much more innocent times.  I circled back and drove around the school looking for an gap in the fence. I found an opening on the opposite side of the school and parked near the bus loading zone. The gates to the school inner compound were unlocked, and I asked a student to point me towards the Performing Arts Building. Kaitlin had left one of the lobby doors open.

In the theater, the run through was already in progress. As my eyes adjusted to the dark, Kaitlin welcomed me. I found a spot up front and started to sketch. John Proctor, (Daniel Santos) and his wife Elizabeth (Briana Barnett) felt that their marriage was under attack by Abigail (Bella Martinez) who was accusing Elizabeth of witchcraft so she could have John to herself. John had an affair with Abigail but wanted to stay true to his wife. At the witch trial Abigail screams in horror and points at an unseen menace. All the young girls follow her lead and join in the hysteria which mystifies and spooks the religious court. There is something truely terrifying about a group of girls acting together as a pack.

There were several long awkward pauses in the second act in the midst of an argument on stage. Even a short pause can feel like an eternity as an actor searches for a line. In a high school lab, I was once asked by a theater teacher to pretend I was on a boat leaving port and my loved ones were on the dock. It was a fun acting exercise that I embraced and enjoyed, and I suppose he wanted to see if I had what it takes to be an actor. I was already addicted to sketching, so I didn't go on stage. I admire anyone who is brave enough to stand in front of an audience. As an artist, I never actually see the people who view my work. They are filtered behind the curtain of the Internet. As a senior in high school, I partied with the theater students. It was a fun boysterous group to be with and I suppose they fueled my need to always stand on the sidelines to watch the magic and hard work of theater. It is possible that a student in this production might find they to could become addicted to the siren's call of theater. It is a calling that can last a lifetime.

The Crucible
Where: Lake Minneola High School -Performing Arts Building 101 North Hancock Rd Minneola Fl
When: Nov. 15th at 7pm -Doors open at 6: 30pm
Tickets: $5 for Students & Seniors $7 for Adults
-Purchase at the Door
-Reservations: Email BaxterK@lake.k12.fl.us or call 352-394-9600 ex: 5168


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 15th and 16th.

Saturday November 15, 2014
9am to 3pm Free. Orlando Elks Vintage Faire. Elk Lodge 1079 12 N Primrose Drive Orlando FL. Antiques.

1pm to 3pm Free. Family Days at the Maitland Museum. Maitland Art Center, 231 Packwood Avenue West, Maitland, FL. Gather your family for an afternoon of quality time together at the A&H's Family Days at the Museum! Our first program is held this Saturday, June 16 at 1:00 PM at the A&H's Maitland Art Center. Family Days at the Museum is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month, and each program is held in a different location within the A&H Museums. Join us for this afternoon of family fun!

6pm to 8pm Free. Brewery Tour. Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL.

Sunday November 16, 2014.
3pm to 5pm Free. LECTURE | Eric Gottesman, Artist and organizer. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. Fractured Narratives artist Eric Gottesman will speak about his works  in the exhibition, which were inspired by his exploration of the dissident Ethiopian novel Oromaye, written by Baalu Girma. Gottesman's artistic practice focuses on collaboration and dialogue, using photography, writing and film as vehicles to engage others in conversation and critical thought about the social structures that surround them. Sponsored by the Thomas P. Johnson Scholar Fund.

5pm to 9pm Free but get some grub.  Food Truck Bazaar. Orlando Fashion Square, 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL. http://www.thedailycity.com/2011/05/thedailycitycom-food-truck-bazaar.html

9pm to 11pm Free. Comedy Open Mic. Austin's Coffee, 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL. Free comedy show! Come out & laugh, or give it a try yourself.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

All Things Rauncy and Risque Could Be Found at the Vagabond Art Party


The Second Annual Vagabond Art Party was held in the Cameo Theater way back in May of 2010. Back then I was sketching so often that I often let sketches go unpublished as I got distracted with the newest events and sketching opportunities. It was billed as an amazing night of Art, Music and live Performances. It was organized by Pergo who's Art Army troops were quite busy honing their skills, developing concepts and creating unbelievable moments individually. They we come together, bringing all the inspiration, all the creative force from the Universe, for one night at The Cameo. The line-up was staggering in not only scope and talent, but in diversity of expression as well. Pergo is a colorful character who does speed paintings live at events. He has long flowing hair that at times he dips into the paint. I keep hoping I'll catch a sketch of him someday.

Every half hour there was an amazing performance of light, sound and art set to rock your world. There was an Interactive Art Community Mural, Body Art, Organic Light show, an Art Army Fashion show by Dechoes Vintage hosted by Jamesson, Provocative Model, Tracy Spivey. There was open mic, acoustic corner in the outside patio. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit the United Artists of Central Florida. The cover was $10 but I managed to smuggle myself inside at a working artist.

I focused on the art being painted live by Trevor and Nikki Divine that had a hint of the sensual with a flair of burlesque. There were pasties and corset for sale in  a Sexy expo by Blissful Lotus in case you ever want to get into that line of business. A couple worked on a large painting in black and white of a sensual dancer. The girl seated on the couch opposite me offered herself as the perfect model as she twisted to watch the artists at work.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Viet Garden is a Regular Haunt for It's Pad Tai

Anytime I find myself in the Mills-50 District prior to a show or a rehearsal, I stop into Viet Garden, 1237 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL, to order its consistently delicious Pad Tai. The service is quick and efficient and I suspect the staff recognize me since they always seat me at the same table with e view of the room. When they ask if I am ready to order, I think I caught a slight smile as the waiter waited for me to say Pad Tai. I get a Pad Tai and a Coke every time. I am a creature of habit and I know what I like.

The murals on the walls offer plenty for me to look at as I enjoy my meal. Clouds were quickly sponged into place and the architecture and figures were neatly placed.  A large tiger fills the hallway if you enter the restaurant from the rear door. Several times, while eating alone, people have recognized me and complimented my work. I couldn't put a name to the faces which is a symptom of the loose connections I find when conversing on Facebook. I love when I can finally put 2 and 2 together and a virtual friend becomes real.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jump Start your morning in Banff


Every morning while staying in Banff, Terry and I would start our day at Jump Start Coffee (206 Buffalo St, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada). This is a small coffee shop that is frequented by locals who order a cup of coffee and read the morning paper. Terry and I would order an egg sandwich or muffin and then some extra food to take out for lunch later in the day. The proprietress was pleasant so it made sense to, keep returning. The food was simple but good.

The view out the front window was of the town park and the history museum as well as the huge mountains. Some locals returned every morning and the coffee shop became a place to gossip[ and find out what was going on in town. It felt like a welcome relief from the endless tourist stores that tend to line the main street. The place felt much like the local places I return to often in Orlando whe I find some spare time between sketch opportunities.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mayson's Tender Brought the Maritime Tradition to Canada's North West

The group Mason's Tender, a maritime group from New Brunswick, Were at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel to perform each evening. The band members are, Bryon Chase on lead guitar, Gabriel Caissie on bass and Chris Daigle on Drums. All of the band members are of mixed French and English background. They performs a mix of East Coast traditional, roots, folk and country based songs forged from a shared passion of place. This sketch was done in the main bar area on the ground floor near the back of the hotel. I decided to sketch from a second floor balcony looking down. It turned out that I was right next to the main spot light that ended up illuminating the band. Terry ordered a drink and sat at the base of the stairway.

For the second set, we sat together in the cushy leather seats sipping custom mixed drinks. I had a drink similar to a Mojito but with a fresh twist. The traditional Irish tunes had me wanting to dance a jig but no one was on the dance floor in this ritzy upper crust hotel. After a few drinks, Terry and I wandered the halls. We wandered across a party where Queen Elizabeth was residing and greeting guests. Terry didn't notice the queen but when I pointed her out, Terry wanted to walk up and shake the queen's hand. We walked down a line of mounties in red coats and one finally stopped us a few yards short of the queen and asked if he could help us. That is never a good sign. Ive always found that people who offer help actually are offering the opposite. He told us that this was a private party and that we would have to leave. I'm sure the queen was actually an actress as were the mounties.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A hike around Lake Louise


Lake Louise in the Candaian Rockies is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. From our hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, (111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada) Terry and I hiked around the lake on the western shore. The trail only gets to the far end of the lake before it ends. On the first hike, I stopped half way out to do this sketch looking back at our Chateau. Terry pushed on until the trail ended.

On a second hike, I walked with her to the end of the trail. On the cliffs at that end of the lake, rock climbers were scaling the pure vertical face of the rock. Although there were safety ropes and spotters below, it still seems pretty daring to trust the person below to keep you from falling to your death should you slip. The walking trail ended at a large glacial stream which must be fed by the large glacier up in the mountain pass. When we returned from the hike, I noticed a large class of students sitting on the terrace of the chateau doing watercolors of the lake. I glanced over a few shoulders and resisted the temptation to ask, "Are you an artist?" It was time for an afternoon tea and a nap.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mounties on Parade for Canada Day in Jasper


As luck would have it, Terry and I were in Jasper, Canada for Canada day. Were were warned by out hotel that parking would be hellish downtown and that we should use the shuttle bus for a price. We ignored their warnings and found a parking spot easily. We had breakfast at a nice downtown deli and then I headed to the town park where the parade was going to start. People were already setting up their lawn chairs on the sidewalk to be sure they had a prime spot to watch the parade. I got to overheard plenty of town gossip from the locals. There is plenty of drama even in a mountain town paradise. One woman's sister is married to a convict in prison. The family warned the girl, but love is blind. I found a shady spot across the street and watched the mounties line up in formation for the parade. There was a flag waving ceremony in Centennial Park which the mounties were a part of.

The Canadian flag was everywhere. People had dozens of hand held flags and some people had Canadian flag temporary tattoos on their faces at least I hope they were temporary. Flags functioned as capes and cloaks. By the time the parade officially started, my sketch was finished. I texted Terry and walked back towards the deli where we had breakfast. She was there seated at an outdoor table with red and white helium balloons tied to her chair. It was a typical small town parade with floats advertising local businesses and groups of children marching with their martial arts group of a high school band. Their was plenty of candy thrown into the crowd which sent kids running into the street to collect their loot.

The big draw that evening was the fireworks. It gets dark very late in the Canadian Rockies so it was still light when the first rockets lit the sky at 11:15pm. Terry and I got hot dogs from a vendor and sat with the crowd on a grassy hillside overlooking the soccer field where the mortars were set up. A fenced in area on a baseball diamond housed the beer garden where a crowd sipped beers while watching the fireworks. It was a great display with a thunderous grand finale. Afterwards Terry and I hoped to find an open store but the town was silent. All the celebrating had stopped and the streets were quit except for a few rowdy teens,  although I bet we could have found a crowd in a local bar.

On the drive back to the hotel, we looked for moose or elk wading in the moonlit streams but didn't find any. Back at the hotel we ordered root beer floats as a treat before we went to bed since we had forgotten to eat dinner.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 8th and 9th

Saturday November 8, 2014
9am to 3pm Free. Orlando Elks Vintage Faire. Elk Lodge 1079 12 N Primrose Drive Orlando FL. Vintage Faire and Flea Market meeting at the Elks Club parking lot on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
Antiques, Collectibles, Retro, Re-purposed, and Funky.


10am to 6pm. $65 Shibori and Indigo Scarf Dyeing Workshop.  Misty Forest, N Hyer Ave, Orlando, FL. Come make beautiful hand dyed silk scarves! Perfect for holiday gifts! Shibori, an ancient Japanese textile tradition dating back to the 8th Century, is a process of dyeing cloth through resist methods to create unique patterns and texture. In this workshop students will learn a variety of resist processes such as pole wrapping, clamping, stitching, folding, and binding to create exciting and unique wearable works of art. We will experiment with color and pattern using Procion MX fiber reactive cold water dyes and learn how to prepare a traditional Indigo dye vat. Students will also have the opportunity to try image transfer techniques and Thoix discharging (controlled bleaching) to create modern designs. Each student will make a few handkerchief samples and complete 2 silk scarves and 1 cotton gauze scarf. No experience necessary. Coffee, tea, and vegan treats will be provided in the morning. Please bring a bag lunch.

3pm to 8pm Free. Frankie's BIG FUN Market. Centering at 659 Bryn Mawr,/ Edgewater Drive College Park, Orlando, Florida. Every second Saturday. Spotlighting all of Orlando's local scene! An all out sidewalk party, that will be stretched and inclusive of any and all businesses that are located up and down beautiful Edgewater drive. Participating businesses are encouraged to co partner with creatives, host the entertainment in their location, or present creative entertainment in any way that "fits" with their business. This is the main goal. to "match creatives with the businesses that are already there.

Sunday November 9, 2014
Noon to 5pm. Free, but get a beer. Sunday's with Smiling Dan. The Falcon Bar and Gallery, 819 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL. Plenty of music to liven up your Sunday.

1pm to 3pm Free. Yoga.  Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL. Weekly on the east side of the park on the grassy knoll.

9pm to 11pm Free. Comedy Open Mic. Austin's Coffee, 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL. Free comedy show! Come out & laugh, or give it a try yourself.



Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Relaxing by a glacial stream

Terry and I stopped at a narrow valley in the Canadian Rockies which had a trail leading to the cliff edge of another glacier. The parking lot was right beside a meandering glacial stream. This became the resting spot for tourists before the hike and after. I hiked with Terry up to a rocky overlook that gave a sweeping view of the whole valley.

A warning sign marked the trail from this halfway point toward the glacier wall. It warned that if the glacier calved, that hikers could drown or be crushed by building sized chunks of ice. Terry wanted to push forward on the unmaintained trail but I turned back to sketch at the stream. One woman was carving her initials on a rock using a smaller rock as her writing tool. I don't understand this basic human need to scar a gorgeous landscape to prove that you had been there. I suppose I'm doing the same thing by sketching. I need to leave a mark. Stones probably last longer than paper, so maybe I picked the wrong medium to work with.

We had drinks in the car, so I grabbed one and hiked back to the first overlook. I got a bit nervous when I finished my sketch and Terry hadn't returned. Of course if the glacier had calved, I would have noticed the immense surge of water down the valley. Of course she didn't know where I had set up to sketch, so I hiked back to the car. When she returned, we had lunch in the car and then pushed off to the next sight.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"There's Johnny!"


I went to Johnny's Fillin' Station (2631 South Ferncreek Avenue Orlando Fl) because I heard a band would be performing. I went to the bar right after work and the place was packed. There was a pool table in the corner and dark wood paneling on the walls. The star spangled sign on the front of the building proclaimed that this is where you get Orlando's Best Burger. I found a small table facing the bar and ordered a beer and a burger. By the time the burger arrived, I was well into the sketch. I'd take a bite, wash it down and then push the plate aside to work on the sketch. It was a long leisurely meal and it was a darn good burger.

The waitress stopped back a few times since I was taking longer to eat than most costumers.  When she saw the sketch, she proclaimed "There's Johnny!" She then pulled over other staff to see the sketch. When I was ready to leave, the band started setting up their equipment. I was already satiated, so I headed back home.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Art Therapy heals at Nemours.


I went to the dedication ceremony at Nemours Children's Cinic for the art therapy program. Jill Mundry addressed the crowd gathered for the dedication. Creative volunteers share their passion and bring smiles to children and families.Creativity of any kind, doing arts and crafts, listening to music, or writing a story, helps kids explore and identify feelings, deal with emotions, and even get better, faster. In fact, it’s been well documented that creative therapy can help:
  • improve cognitive skills
  • express feelings
  • increase awareness of others/self
  • enhance emotional and physical well being
  • improve self-satisfaction
  • manage pain
  • improve speech and language skills

Nemours is fortunate to have a lively creative arts program that include dedicated volunteers and local artists lead the kids in painting, drawing, and other fun activities in the waiting areas.

 Located just south of downtown Orlando, (1717 S. Orange Ave., Suite 100 Orlando, FL), Nemours Children’s Clinic, is a kid-friendly outpatient pediatric clinic providing specialized pediatric care for families in Central Florida.  Their pediatric teams work together with your child’s pediatrician or family care provider,  to achieve the very best outcome for your child. One of their most important partnerships is with you — because they believe in family-centered care. That means they value your input and welcome your questions so that, together, we can help your child grow up healthy.

They offer Central Florida’s only nationally-accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center state-of-the-art Sleep Center studies a full spectrum of pediatric sleep disorders weight management consultation programs for kids ages three to 16. Nemours provides a commitment to family-centered car.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sketchy Broads offered fun sketching options for Orlando artists.

Sketchy Broads are two models, Jenny Coyle and Lindsay Boswell, who love to come up with quirky costumes and pose for artists and photographers. The prices for an evening of sketching were, $10 for anyone who wishes to take reference photos. $7 for the full 2.5 hours of sketching (30 minutes of short poses and 2 hours of long poses) and $5 for just the long poses.

This particular evening the event was at Stardust Video and Coffee(1842 Winter Park Rd, Orlando, FL). They always have quality lighting using photographers umbrellas. Personally I prefer a single spotlight to get strong shadows but I tend to focus on only one sketch while everyone else is doing the short poses.

The group had been meeting at Austin's Coffee (929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL) but I do believe that the modeling sessions haven't happened lately. Austin's is a crowded spot to hold the events. I suspect that the turn out at these events might not have been enough to keep the event happening. I also know that Jenny was planning to start work on a film project and certainly once production began on that there would be no time left over for modeling. The last event I notice on Facebook was on December 5th of 2013.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Independent Bar is a cornerstone of the downtown Orlando scene.

Independent Bar is a multi-leveled nightclub with state-of-the-art sound and lights. They feature three bars, each with its own unique style; two dance floors, offering separate genres of music; and cafe´ style sidewalk seating, allowing customers to mingle with the ebb and flow of downtown Orlando. It is located on the corner of Washington and Orange, (70 N. Orange Ave
Orlando, FL).

I arrived on a typical weeknight. The bar was full as was the dance floor. My friends danced while I sketched. Landmines and interplanetary orbs hing from the ceiling. The place got more packed as I sketched. A few people grew suspicious of me standing quietly sketching but they were fine once they saw what I was up to. I imagine the art on display must be permanent since it was hung so high.

With the sketch done, I watched people on the dance floor for a while, but I wasn't tempted to dance myself. I imagined my art supply bag would be a problem to keep track of. For Dina Peterson and the others this was the first stop for the evening. They planned to crawl between a number of the clubs up Orange Avenue. I depend on others to introduce me to Orlando's nigh life which offers so many sketching opportunities. I decided I had enough excitement for the night and I went home.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Why continue to juggle social media?


Kandra Ferguson, Sarah Porter and Menachem Kniespeck furthered the discussion on social media. I'm beginning to realize that I have only skimmed the surface in using social media to share my work with a wider audience. I only started using instagram two days ago but people have been using that interface as a way to share work for years. I've only just begun to use hashtags this week as well. After hearing so many people talk about how useful hashtags are, I'm finally taking the time to add them. Researching hashtags and using them to find people with similar interests is something I need to get better at.

I spoke with Caroline Moore and she wrote an article on Linked in that generated a huge spike in readers. Although I am signed up on linked in, I've never understood it's potential. With social media, I feel like I'm always expected to juggle multiple balls while more balls keep getting thrown in. The second this all becomes work rather than play, then I'll have to cut back.  In the mean time I continue to listen and learn at a glacial speed.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Media Panel Discussion

I went to a panel discussion about media in the age of the Internet. Mark Baratelli, who founded The Daily City blog was part of the discussion, so I wanted to support him and learn a thing or two. The other panelists were Lora Daiz, a journalist from Local 6 News and Catherine Brown from Clear Channel Communications. Social Media is offering opportunities to reach an ever increasing audience if you have a message to share. New platforms keep appearing and media need to keep on top of the curve to keep track of what is trending. Yesterday I tarted using instagram for the first time and I was shocked at the response when I posted my first blurry photo of a sketch in progress. Now I need to set aside time each day to fire off some instagram image. The problem is of course that involves devoting more time to marketing rather than creating art. My iPhone always spins for a few minutes thinking about what it wants to do. I am beginning to think I am spending too much of my life waiting for software to click on. When the technology works it is magic. I need to find the right balance so that I'm not overwhelmed by the demands of having a virtual social life. When I'm sketching everything comes into focus and I feel that my life is being fully lived. Social media is my way to find sketching opportunities that get me fully involved in the world around me.



Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.