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.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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