Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A panel discussion helped students learn about Theater.

John DiDonna, who is the Program Chair/Artistic Director of the Theater Department at Valencia College's East Campus, organized a panel discussion with some of Orlando's biggest talents. The event was held in the community area right next to the campus Black Box Theater in front of the gallery which had a show of black and white photos documenting racism in Central Florida.

Beth Marshal started off the discussion, Mike Deaven and Anastasia Stacy are integral to her production company, Beth Marshall Presents. Beth basically stressed that students should have realistic expectations if they want to get into the theater business. When I sketch at Beth's auditions, Mike is always there to play opposite someone in scenes. He is Beth's assistant. Anastasia is Beth's son's girlfriend and she has become indispensable as Beth's Stage manager. Students who go into theater tend to think they will start making over $30,000 a year, but realistically most actors, directors and stage hands all need to have a day job to pay the bills. The only way to work your way into theater is through patience, perseverance and endless determination.

Alana McMillan Friskes is the Executive Director of the Garden Theatre. I love that historic Theater with its star studded indoor ceiling. Built in 1935, it was the first movie theater built for "talkies." The theater underwent several renovations before closing in 1963. It was then converted into a farm supply store. The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, restored the Garden Theatre which  reopened in February of 2008. With over 200 events per season, has quickly become a shining star on Plant Street. Alana has been integral in bringing live theater to the stage in Winter Garden.

James Brendlinger, who is the Chairman of the Department of Arts & Communications at Lake Howell High, School, is also the founder of Penguin Point Productions. James helped build and organize a huge expanded Costume Room which is an incredible resource for the theater community. I know that he collaborated with Beth Marshall Productions on Hoodies which was a powerful production at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. The Central Florida Theater community is small and very interconnected. A strong reputation takes time to build, but a bad reputation is quickly discovered by everyone in this tight knit community.

Aradhana Tiwari spoke about how she admired the work of a director at Mad Cow Theatre. She had never done this before, but she asked to shadow the director to find out how he worked. He then left the theatre and Aradhana was promoted to the position of being Mad Cow's resident director. John DiDonna shouted out "She is essentially the Artistic Director." This is a fine parable about how curiosity and drive can lead to unexpected breaks in this business. I learned things about the Central Florida Theater Community, and I've been sketching from the sidelines for years. This must have been an eye opening experience for students just starting out in theater.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bikini Ad Space turned heads at Fringe.

Katie Thayer, an attractive local actress and comedian, came up with the idea of Bikini Ad Space at the Orlando International Fringe Festival several years ago. The idea is pure genius and simple. She wears a sexy bikini and you can body paint your message on any of her prime body parts. Her lower shins, and her upper or lower arms, front and back go for $5 each. $10 gets prime exposure on her upper calves, front and back, and her belly. You can "get cheeky" by purchasing ad space on both butt cheeks for $15. Of course the most expensive ad space is the $20 chest ad which can nestle in her cleavage.

We bumped into Katie on the first day of the Fringe Sketch Tour and arranged to sketch her the next day. She works inside the Shakespeare Theater lobby which is always crowded with people buying tickets and waiting for shows. She had her leg propped up on a table covered with show flyer's. The layer of flyer's was an inch thick which meant you often had to dig down to find a flyer for the show you were interested in. Usually clients had the opportunity to paint their ad on Katy's flesh. In this rare instance Katy was painting her own ad to get people to vote for Bikini Ad Space as the best "Bring Your Own Venue" in The Daily City Audience Choice Awards. I don't know if she won that honor.

Cootie Catcher in the red venue had purchased the prime cleavage ad space while Valence had invested in belly ad space. I saw valance, an introspective dance performance that inspected touch in human interactions, but I never saw Cootie Catcher. My sketch protege sketched me sketching Katy and I'm sure photos were shot which made it a very "Meta" performance. The day before, Katy had left her kit of brushed behind and it vanished. Luckily she found a loose brush in the bottom of her bag, but it was a rather blunt brush which meant she couldn't add any refined touches. I offered her one of my brushes but she was too proud to take it. I hope that the ads she sold will help pay for a new set of brushes because quality brushes are expensive. Her palette was a clear plastic plate. Friends stopped to ask her advice on the best shows to see. Katy had seen tons of shows, so she was a great resource.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sterio Type performed at the Fringe Outdoor Stage.

Stereo Type which hails from Daytona Beach, Florida performed at the Fringe Outdoor Stage. Band members include, Vincent Victor Oath on Guitar and Lead Vocals, Brian Topp on Drums. Their genre is Punk and Hard Rock. We came across the band performing during the Fringe Sketch Tour. Music sets on the outdoor stage are seldom over an hour long and usually much less, so I rushed to get something on the page. My Sketch Tour protege was a bit tired, having already done about 5 drawings that day. She decided to listen to the music and just watch me work. In a sense this sketch became a demonstration on how to work fast and furious. Hopefully it helped.

The music was also fast and furious as band members banged their heads to the beat. When sketching live performances, the beat and rhythm often work their way into every line and wash on the sketch. After the initial frustrations subside, I often reach a point where I'm no longer drawing things, but a feeling or flow through the scene. It is magic when it happens but I'm to harsh a critic to decide if it worked. I put the sketch aside and start hunting for my next scene to capture.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tears of a Tyrant performed on the outdoor stage at Fringe.

On the Fringe Sketch Tour we stopped to sketch Tears of a Tyrant on the outdoor stage. They had a colorful tie-die banner as a backdrop. Danielle Dart was the lead singer with a purple floral garland in her hair. She had a dreamy way of closing her eyes as she sang that was quite endearing. Jester Cordell accompanied her on acoustic guitar. There are usually two other members in the band, but I guess they couldn't make it out to this pro bono gig. They classify their music as Groovy  Classic Rock and Southern Rock.

To me this adorable couple personified the young Central Florida hipster           . ideal with their flip flops and ultra casual attire.  This casual attire is something I love about Orlando. No matter what event you go to in O-town there will be people in tee shirts and flip flops. If you went to a similar event in NYC, everyone would be dressed in black and wearing designer names in an effort to impress. Orlando has plenty of raw care free talent.

Well perhaps not care free. It is hard to make a living as an artist in Orlando. There is a constant exodus out of this town to other cities that are more supportive of the arts. As the 2015 Tallahassee Legislative Special Session came to a close, the film, TV and digital media industry was excluded from the budget again this year. This marks 3 straight years this program has gone without funding. Additionally the proposed budget includes a staff and budget reduction to the State Office of Film and Entertainment. This is why many actors and film makers go out of state to create films.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, June 26, 2015

Weekend Top 6 Picks for June 27th and 28th.

Saturday June 27, 2015
10am to 4pm Free. LibCon. Orlando Public Library 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL. A day-long celebration of books at the Orlando Public Library. Come and check it out for book signings, panel discussion, and writing workshops!
The Author’s Fair in Library Central will feature 26 authors of all genres from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. NYT Bestselling Author and Printz Honor recipient Rick Yancey will give the keynote address at 11 a.m. and sign immediately after his talk. Yancey’s book The 5th Wave is now a major motion picture, releasing 2016. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., there will be panel discussions for both readers and aspiring authors.
Attending authors are: R.L. Austin, Kait Ballenger, Vivi Barnes, Stacy Barton, Richard Lee Byers, E.M. Caines, Doug Dillon, Lucienne Diver, James Driggers, Christina Farley, Maria Geraci, Lori Goldstein, Shane Hinton, Nathan Holic, Trisha Leaver, Ethan Long, Tawdra Kandle, Marianne Kirby, David Lapham, Lynne Matson, Amy Christine Parker, H.D. Smith, J.A. Souders, Jeff Strand, Nancy Robards Thompson, Lynne Waddell. (Subject to change.)

11am to 4pm Free. Snap! Orlando presents : 'Snap! Book Day' 1013 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida. Enjoy a quiet afternoon mimosa and coffee with art and photo books, Limited Edition European periodicals, magazines and art guides. This is the kick-off to a recurring event held on select Saturdays at Snap! Space.
Collectors are willing to pay steep prices for the world’s finest art and photography books. We’ll be showcasing signed rare editions from the likes of Duane Michals, Gottfried Helnwein, Irwin Olaf, Mei Xian Qiu, Sebastiao Salgado, Tom Chambers, Zun Lee, Viviane Sassen and many more. Sometimes these books have captured an era or a location, sometimes they have helped to coin an artistic trend, most often they are simply the finest work of a particular artist or photographer.
Along with art and photography books, we will showcase the best periodicals in fashion, European magazines, photo magazines and architectural guides. Post and current editions will be on view for your perusing pleasure! Also on view is our current exhibition, ‘LIFE IN REAL TIME.’
Free parking in Snap! Space’s lot on Thornton Ave. behind the building. Snap! Space is the 5,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor gallery home of Snap! Orlando, a 501(c) 3 charitable foundation with the mission to celebrate master photographers, and artists, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography and art worldwide. www.snaporlando.com

2pm to 4pm Free. The Warriors Party and Charity Event. Rogue Pub 3076 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, Florida. Come out and play Saturday, June 27th starting at 2p for a Warriors themed charity event benefiting the Pug Rescue of Florida. Enjoy a Warrior themed draft line-up, costume contest, purchase some Warrior inspired art from local artists and get a chance to meet some of the awesome pups from the Pug Rescue! http://warriorsparty.com/hello-world/

Sunday June 28, 2015
10am to Noon Free. Super Joy Riders. Eastern entrance of the Lake Eola Farmers’ Market. Participants dress as superheroes and ride en masse around the city as they check off their scavenger hunt-like list of Do Gooder Duties; collecting litter, helping senior citizens cross the road, returning shopping carts, basically performing small acts of kindness for an hour and a half of hilarity and love.
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.

You + Superhero Costume + Bike = Best Sunday Ever
We are inviting Orlando to come with us on a fun filled bike ride of awesomeness on the last Sunday of the month. Dress like a superhero, hop on a bike, and follow our scavenger hunt list of Good Deeds as we all try to save the world with small acts of kindness.
Look for the capes!

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

1pm to 3pm Free but get a coffee. Irish Music. Olivia's Coffee House, 108 N Bay St, Eustis, FL. http://www.oliviascoffeehouse.com/

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Grim and Fisher was part mime, part puppetry and pure magic.

Grim and Fisher produced by Wonderheads from Portland Oregon was in the Silver Venue at this years Orlando International Fringe Festival. They were the creators of last years Fringe hit Loon, so my expectations were high.

Grim and Fisher was an epic showdown between a dour faced Grim Reaper and a lively and determined granny. The set consisted of a simple rocking chair and a side table with a tiny box on top of it. Much of the first act consisted of the Granny messing with a repairman who came to her apartment to repair her TV. When he needed to use the bathroom, he was surprised because every time he touched the door, loud farts would emanate from inside. I guess this established the granny as an "old fart" but when she came out holding a whoopee cushion is also established her as having a sense of humor.

When Grim comes for the old lady, she doesn't go willingly. When she gives him the tiny box, he is won over when he discovers it is a music box. He forgets his job and shows his more human side for a moment. It reminded me of the food critic's scene when he tastes the rats sumptuous food for the first time. The granny puts her former husband's coat on Grim and they dance.

When Grim realizes he has a job to do, the old lady battles for her life. In the end she does walk towards the light perhaps finally reunited with her long lost husband. The show for me wasn't as magical as Loon. I knew from the start that death always wins. It made the battle to live a little sad.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Serafina's belly dance at Fringe.

Although Phantasmagoria didn't have a stage show, they were listed in the Fringe program as Bring Your Own Venue. On the first day of my Sketch Tour they seemed to be everywhere at once. While we were waiting in line for Grim and Fisher at the Rep Theater, Phantasmagoria swept into the lobby to entertain everyone waiting in line. For those who don't know, (where have you been) Phantasmagoria is a Gothic Steampunk storytelling group that blends dance, aerial work, fire performance and combat into the mix as they weave their horrific tales.

Serafina Schiano began an exotic belly dance. I agonized about how much time I might need to catch the dance. The line started to inch forward and I kept adding watercolor washes to the sketch as we moved towards the entrance. When Serafina was done, I followed her with my eyes to try and catch details of her costume. This is why some sketches can seem rushed and unfinished, because life and performance rushes by. It is a challenge to catch the flash of a moment. That is what makes sketching on location fun, exciting and challenging. Even if unfinished in my mind, I have to accept what I can accomplish in the time that I have and move on. That is a fair analogy to life in general.

The lobby of the Rep is always full of art by school children during Fringe. Most of the work is tight and struggling towards realism. None of the art seems rushed or hurried. This is the problem I have when painting digitally. Since it is all new to me I'm far to cautious and what results has too much polish. I've started carrying my tablet out on location with me but it is seldom used. In a dark theater, its glow would distract others and outside in the Florida sun the screen isn't bright enough.  I wish the screen were larger but the market trend it towards smaller tablets. It is like carrying a hot brick.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Of course the Kids Fringe had a Unicorn Bounce House.

On each morning of the Fringe Sketch Tour, we would start at Kids Fringe, warming up by sketching the kids stretching under the supervision of a Voci Dancer. After that, we would start the hunt for another subject. This Unicorn Bounce House was in the shade of a huge Live Oak Tree. There was always a line of parents escorting their children to the entrance. Oddly the Unicorn had a sand bag on her head. At first I thought it might be an icepack since the Unicorn might have partied too hard the night before. If that was the case, then having those children bouncing inside couldn't have helped her unsettled stomach.

I did this sketch to demonstrate the idea of covering the sketch with as few large washes as possible. The Unicorn and all of the foreground was covered with a blue wash for shadows and the local color of the bounce house.  I encouraged Gay to leave the lightest areas at the window where you see a child bouncing and around the Unicorn's head. The eye is attracted to the areas where there is the most contrast. I put a yellow band across the middle of the sketch to symbolize bright sunlight. Distant trees were treated with the lightest blue-green wash to imply aerial perspective. I also taught Gay to remove objects that over complicated the scene. For instance there were branches and moss directly behind the unicorn's head, but I removed those in the sketch to give the Unicorn head a clean silhouette.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mr. Harley entertained at Kids Fringe.

On May 23rd, Mr. Harley was the first act at the Kid's Fringe tent at the Mennello Museum. My mural, "Whose line is it anyway?" was at my back as I sketched. It offered a colorful backdrop and it was nice to see it with so much vibrant activity around it.

Mr. Harley played light hearted music for the kids. This sketch was a quick demo for my student on how to use a few quick blocks of color to cover the whole sketch. The Kids Fringe tent was the perfect spot to start each day's Sketch Tour since the kids would do early morning stretches to start their morning. While they were stretching it made sense to get sketching. The green lawn of fabulousness in Lock Haven park is very quiet in the morning. This is probably because it rocked so hard the night before.

 Since I was hosting the Sketch Tour, I was able to do far more Fringe Sketches than I usually would. I've trained myself to just get one sketch a day at any event I go to so that I can have some kind of home life as well. There are so many free acts at the outdoor stages so you could spend a whole day at the Fringe without paying to go to a theatrical production. The Shakes, Rep,Orlando Museum of Art and the Venue all have air conditioning however, so the temptation to sit inside a cool theater eventually takes hold.

As part of the Sketch Tour package, I offered Fringe buttons so it made sense to eventually introduce the idea of sketching the shows themselves. Sketching in a theater has it's challenges and I pointed out my tips and tricks to get a sketch even when the house lights go black.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The 11 O'Clock Number presented an Improvised Musical at this year's Fringe.

Grindstone Theater from Edmonton Canada presented The 11 O'clock Number at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. They managed to stage a fully improvised musical built around a prompt from the audience. From our audience they decided to use an entertainment lawyer who liked working from the beach. What made it even more funny is that the actress playing the part of the entertainment lawyer really had no idea what an entertainment lawyer actually did. It became an ongoing joke as she guessed about her role.

The plot centered around a spoiled child star and her sister who felt she could be a star as well if she were only given a chance. The villain was a scheming producer who wanted to have the kid sign her life away.  Every song was heart felt and yet hilarious. There is some major talent involved in making up lyrics on the fly. The music must have been established in rehearsals with the piano accompaniment, but the new lyrics were amazing. The result was a solid hour of laughter. This was entertaining improv at it's best.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dinner with Friends shakes up the Mad Cow Theater.

Mad Cow Theater (54 W Church St, Orlando, Fl) presents Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Dinner with Friends which travels through space and time to paint two pictures of contemporary marriage. Gabe (Brian Brightman) and Karen (Ame Livingston) are happily married while their friends Tom (Cameron Francis) and Beth (Becky Eck) are on the verge of divorce. As Tom and Beth fight for the support of their seemingly happy counterparts, Gabe and Karen begin to question the stability of their own relationship. A portrait of interconnected love and loss, Dinner with Friends beautifully depicts the burdens we build out of our most intimate relationships.

In the opening scene, Beth is having dinner with Gabe and Karen who are the consummate hosts. They are undeniably foodies who prepared a delicious Italian dinner. One chair remained mysteriously empty. When they moved to the living room, Beth broke into tears confiding that Tom was going to leave her. Unfortunately I couldn't see the revelation because it was staged in a corner of the set that I couldn't see.

Tom was leaving Beth because he met a travel agent and fell in love. 12 years of marriage and children were a thought of the past. When a flight is canceled he returned home to Beth and they have a huge fight. He was furious that Beth told their friends about the looming divorce he wanted to tell them the news as a couple. He never actually believed in Beth's artistic talents and he let her know this in his rage. This fight almost escalated to blows but then, in the midst of their fury, they kissed and fell into bed while ripping off each others clothes.

The next act flashed back to Martha's Vinyard where Gabe and Karen introduced Tom to Beth. I identified with Beth since she was an artist. I was rather surprised that she refused to show Tom her sketchbook. Why create art if you aren't willing to share it? When I was first dating Terry, I showed her my sketches, but when she asked for one to keep, I refused. That surprised her, but I am a professional. You don't give it away when you know what it is worth.

Beth quickly met another man and is ready for another committed relationship. Karen thinks this is a bad idea, feeling that Beth might be better of taking time to be alone. This results in a fight between friends. Beth feels that Karen always wants her to be an emotional mess. The men have a similar fall out since Gabe can't understand how Tom could throw away 12 years of marriage. Tom confided that he did a test to see how often Beth touched him. Hy realized he never experienced her touch unless he initiated the embrace. Gabe and Karen start experiencing trouble and examine their own marriage. Karen shares a dream and Gabe doesn't share enough of himself when they talk about it. "I need you to talk to me!" she shouts at him.

Directed by Denise Gillman, the play is an emotional roller coaster. One couple seemed so much happier when they separate but hope remained that the other couple can remain committed.  They cling to each other as if abandoned in a life raft in a raging sea. As I left the theater I had to wait as a woman hugged all her friend in my row. I was the only person in the row that wasn't one of her friends. "You want a hug as well?" She asked me. "Sure" I replied, laughing as I opened my arms. I probably flushed as we embraced, but darn it, I needed that hug.

Mad Cow Theater 54 W Church St, Orlando, Fl
Zehngebot-Stonerock Theatre  (Mad Cow Black Box)
Dinner With Friends runs June 19 - July 19
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm

Special Discount Performances on Saturday, July 4 (6:30pm) and Wednesday, July 15 (8:00pm)

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, June 19, 2015

Weekend Top 6 Picks for June 20th and 21st.

Saturday June 20, 2015
6pm to 8pm Free. Brewery Tour. Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL.

8pm to 2am $18. Talib Kweli. Venue 578, 578 North Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL. This will be an indoor event. Presented By: Conscious Mind Records , Venue 578 and Soul of the City. Artist vendors and music.

8pm to Midnight Free but get a drink.  Winter is Coming to The Falcon. The Falcon Bar & Gallery, 819 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL. An Art Show inspired by Game of Thrones: Which noble houses will rule the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms while surviving the rising threat of the impending winter?
So far artists include:
Brandon Geurts. (White Walkers)
Brian Demeter/Josh Geoghagan (House of Greyjoy)
Carlos Aurelio (House of Stark)
Crafty Dork (House of Stark)
David McWhertor (House of Targaryen)
Gina Edmunds (Children of the Forest)
Gina Marie (House of Targaryen)
Jaime Margary (House of Lannister)
Josh Otterbacher Art (White Walkers)
Laura Ashley of Obscuriosity (House of Targaryen)
Nicholas Lane (Sale Sword)
The Art of Plinio Pinto (House of Lannister)
Rick Kamla (House of Clegane)
The Black Abbey (House of Stark)
Troix Manning (House Stark)

Sunday June 21, 2015 Father's Day
4pm to 6pm  Free. Jazz Performance Graduate Recital. Pilars Martini 146 W Plant St Suite 120, Winter Garden, Florida. Please join me for my graduate performance recital! This recital fulfills the requirement for the USF MM Jazz Performance concentration.
We will play 75-90 minutes of my original music featuring me and the following musicians:
Dan Jordan-Sax and Flute
Greg Little-Trumpet
Ben Kramer-Acoustic Bass
Greg Parnell-Drums
Special thanks to Becky Roper for offering such a great venue for this performance. Pilar's will be open for business, so enjoy some craft cocktails with the concert!

5:30pm to ? $8, Bring dad and he gets in Free. Southern Fried Sunday Dad's Day Edition w/ Sean Holcomb and Friends, Big Shoals, Gaslight Street and Jackson Rodgers. Will's Pub, 1042 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL. June's Southern Fried Sunday falls on Father's Day, so we've put together a bill most Dad's, and most everyone, would love featuring: One half of Orlando's favorite folk/country brothers Sean Holcomb & Friends, the Americana/Rock of Gainseville's BIG SHOALS, Southern Soul/Roots Rock from Charleston, SC's Gaslight Street and the Alt-Country Soaked Sounds of Jackson Rodgers kicking it all off!
As always a Free BBQ Dinner will be served to all in attendance courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Nooner Pilsner, Jack Daniel's & Poca's Hottest and chef'd up by the Meat Candy BBQ Pork Master Mykal Williams! Come enjoy good music, good food and good times on a Sunday at Will's!

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.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Flick presents hopes and aspirations in a tiny movie theater.

Gen Y Productions presents The Flick written by Annie Baker and was the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2013 Obie Award for Play writing. The Flick Premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2013 and will run at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL) starting today through July 12.

Bonnie Sprung designed the set for The Flick. She confided that the theater seats were rented from the recently closed Theater Downtown. The sconces on set are actually the bases to lava lamps. She was busy cutting and building the set right up until the rehearsal started. This was the first run through in the new space. Producer Aaron Safer arranged to get me in for the sketch.

The play is set in a single screen movie theater in Central Massachusetts that has the last remaining 35mm film projector. Sam (Daniel Cooksley) shows Avery (Marcellis Cutler) the ropes of the job on Avery's first day at the job. The job simply involves cleaning up the wrappers and refuge people left behind after leaving the movie theater. Rose (Jessie Grossman) with her bright green hair is the projectionist and Sam feels he should have been promoted to that coveted position. He shouts up to her and she either can't hear him or ignored him. "She hates me" Sam confides to Avery. When Rose came down from the booth, she asks Sam if he told Avery about the employee "dinner money" tradition. The "dinner money" was skimmed from ticket sales without the owners knowledge. Avery agonized in the front row with his head in his hands but ultimately gave in, not wanting to upset his co-workers.

Scene after scene plays out in the empty theater. Sam told a story about how a huge chunk of the ceiling once fell down landing just inches from an old lady. Sam and Avery play a game of six degrees of separation as they clean and it turns out that Avery in an encyclopedia of film knowledge. A love triangle develops as Rose comes on strong to Avery. The flirting escalates to an embarrassing moment when they watch a film together after hours. Each of the characters is a misfit. Avery once tried to kill himself, Rose is unable to have a relationship for more than four months, and Sam rides along as if the theater job was his only aspiration in life. Rose was appealing with her brash accent and bold entrances. She later turned on Avery and it became clear that every character was strictly looking after their own interests. Friendships aren't as strong as the need for a minimum wage paycheck. One of my favorite scenes is when Avery recites Ezekiel 25:17 from Pulp Fiction. The drama among the employees turned out to be bigger than the dramas that played out on the big screen. I cared deeply for each character hoping they might find happiness but in this fast changing world, that hope seems mercurial. The digital age made the 35mm projector obsolete. Avery in particular yearned to keep the analog tradition of projected film alive. It turned out that if you don't need a projector. You don't need a projectionist. Everyone wants more for less and quality isn't necessarily the ideal.

Kenny Howard directed the Orlando cast and I liked that there were long moments where characters had time to think and reflect. Action on a movie screen happens at a break neck pace with maybe 2 seconds before cutting to a new shot. But the action after the film ended felt more real, imperfect and more heart felt.  These characters weren't playing their parts, they were simply living in the moment. At three hours, this is a long show. Turn off those cellphones and unwrap those wrappers and don't leave a mess because someone has to clean up after you.

Show dates: June 17-July12, 2015
Show times vary
Tickets start at $35.00
Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater
Lobby Doors open 60 minutes prior to show time.
Theater Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Phantasmagoria was at Kids Fringe.

Phantasmagoria is a steampunk themed acting troupe that shares classic Victorian horror stories every Halloween. At Kids Fringe, Phantasmagoria was set up in the shade of the huge Live Oak tree at the Mennello Museum. They were on hand to teach dance to anyone who cared to learn. Pandora performed on Cello and her mom taught several children how to waltz. John DiDonna founded this macabre acting company and I have been sketching their performances for years.

This was another demonstration sketch to show my Sketch Tour student how to catch actors in the midst of constant motion. There was a new actress among the company this day and she fit in perfectly. I never can get enough sketches of these exotic costumes. There is a whole culture of people that love steampunk and Phantasmagoria now makes appearances at Steampunk gatherings and conventions. Several women were dressed in more colorful Victorian garb, and they were fans of Phantasmagoria.

It was an extremely hot day, so dancing must have been kept to a minimum. I wouldn't want to be dressed all in black in the intense Florida sun although I've been known to do just that. As an artist thought my first thought when sketching outside is, "am I in the shade, and will this shade last for the duration of the sketch". Anytime I misjudge the suns movement, I end up with a red neck.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Robyn Da Hood was hilarious at Fringe.

SAK Theater Company of Orlando presented Robyn Da Hood - A Rap Musical at this years Orlando International Fringe Festival. I made the mistake of sitting in one of the balcony boxes. It turned out that the box would be used by several of the actors during the show. My student and I had to scramble to find new seats. The show is a mash up of the classic story told through hip hop beats. Set pieces were elegantly created out of corrugated cardboard.

The show swaps gender roles with Robyn Hood being played by Chelsea Hilend. Her merry band are also all women. Sheriff of Nottingham (Mike Carr) is a villainous sexist pig who thinks he can defeat Robyn by seducing her and keeping her bare foot in his kitchen. Lil' John (DeMarlon Vega) is the only person in the show who is dressed as a Rap singer. His only line in the show is "YAY-ah!" "Oh-KAY!" This caused a loud laugh from the audience every time but I'm just not hip enough to get the reference. Every song had witty, hilarious lyrics and the show galloped forward at a break neck pace.

One member of the audience got to play the part of the King. He was given a paper crown and a corrugated cardboard frame that came complete with a mustache and beard. One of the Merry Maids took a seat right in front of me for the archery tournament. Prince John, (Chris Dinger) was hilarious as an inept childish prince.

The show managed to entertain on every level. The cheap set pieces actually helped sell the campy and fun flavor of the show. For instance as Robyn escapes from the castle, a photo of her is clothes pinned to a line between cardboard buttresses and she cranked across to safety, all while the sheriff gloats in his success. I have always associated Sak with improv comedy but now I see it as a place where great theater is incubated and born. Robyn Da Hood won the Critics Choice Award for Best Book Musical at the Fringe and it is well deserved.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sugar Crush Kids performed at Fringe.

During the Fringe Sketch Tour, I did a quick sketch of Sugar Crush Kids as they performed in the outdoor stage at the Orlando International Fringe Festival. This was essentially a demonstration to show how to cover a sketch quickly with large bold washes. Sugar Crush performed a high energy set that was over before the sketch was complete. Musical sets seem to fly by when you are trying to capture the moment with a sketch.

After this, we decided to break for lunch and then head inside to sketch a show, and get out of the heat. Food vendors are all around the green lawn and I decided to get some BBQ. The vendor wasn't very efficient so it took a long time to get my food. Another fun aspect of Fringe is that you get to meet the performers on the lawn. A performer might be seated right beside you as you eat lunch, so you get to rub shoulders with some amazing talent.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Public Art is destroyed in Orlando.

I first noticed the ancient light box as I drove to the Orlando International Fringe Festival this year. It was on Mills Avenue just north of the East West Expressway. I must have driven past it hundreds of times before but never noticed it since it blended into the desolate urban landscape on this barren stretch of road. The decades old abandoned light pole was something everyone ignored. But this day was different. It was exotic and beautiful, with porcelain birds perched all over it. Artist Brendan O'Connor had used social media to ask for donations of birds to be added to the sculpture. About 12 people plus the kids at misty forest donated birds. I felt a certain civic pride knowing this was such a community effort. I watched is blossom and grow each day I drove by.

The project titled "Put a Bird on It" was initiated by the Mills 50 District. The next day I spotted Brendan on site in the intense Florida sun with his large straw hat offering come protection as he was adding more tiles to the piece. I desperately wanted to stop and sketch but I had promised to sketch a Fringe show and was running late.

I did get back to the site, but unfortunately Brendan was gone. This sculpture is like a totem to creativity and freedom of expression. Many of the tiles still needed grouting and some pieces were taped in place waiting to be secured. After this sketch was done many colorful plastic flowers were also added to the sculpture. Brendan completed the piece on June 10th and the next day the city destroyed the sculpture under the pretext that it was too close to the street. It had been to close to the street for many decades. They claim to be looking for a new site for the sculpture, but many of the birds were shattered when the pole was felled. Mills 50 had an agreement with the City of Orlando and the Florida Department of Transportation to do whatever they wanted with the light. Some bureaucrat must have felt that the result was too playful and colorful to remain standing. Brendan invested $300 of his own money and volunteered 18 hours of his time over three weeks to create the sculpture that stood for one day before ending up as a pile of crumbs on the sidewalk. The FDOT removed the light box which was put into storage and the ceramic covered pole was left like a body on a battlefield where it fell. Roadside memorials featuring stuffed animals, and flowers ofter remain on Florida roadsides for years, yet this colorful explosion of creativity was considered a threat.

It is far easier to destroy art than to create it. Some people in power are threatened by creativity. As the Nazi party took power, artists, poets and academics were ushered to camps. Free thinking individuals can question policy. Thousands of paintings and sculptures were seized and destroyed because the party didn't understand them. Works of expressionism were considered deviant. Recently ISIS video taped themselves destroying art to prove that they were a force to be reckoned with. The war against art rages on, but now in our own backyard.

All too often I am documenting art in Orlando that is painted over or destroyed. Murals going up all around Orlando seem to be making city officials uncomfortable. They want to edit and veto creativity. A committee was formed to address the problem allowing officials to take down and remove whatever they don't like. The first amendment grants us freedom of speech and we all should be upset when creativity is crushed. I'm beginning to think I need to find a more progressive city to sketch and report about. Orlando seems intent on going back to the dark ages.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Kids Fringe proved that anyone can Fringe.

On the weekend of May 24th and 25th I held a sketch tour at the Orlando International Fringe Festival. Artist Gay Geiger joined me on those two days to sketch as many aspects of the Fringe as we could. We started at the Kids Fringe each morning. At the main stage, Voci Dancers would lead the kids in stretches to start out the day. It was a perfect opportunity to do quick gestural drawings to start out the day. Beth Marshall's son Darth was working the tech for the stage.

Dave Rocker's Barnyard Jam was the first act up after the morning stretches. The cloth fence of course hid the puppeteers.  Before the show, several children were introduced to the puppets and it was charming to see their looks of wide eyed shock, surprise and wonder. The one puppet that is hidden behind a curtain in my sketch was a goat. The songs were light hearted and fun and the kids loved every minute.

Besides doing my own sketch, I also gave Gay as many notes as I could. With just one student I was able to give her tons of tips as we worked. When you sketch you are thinking a thousand thoughts and I just verbalized that inner dialogue. It was fun having a student along to share the experience with and I ended up doing far more sketches than I usually would.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, June 12, 2015

Weekend Top 6 Picks for June 13th and 14th.

Saturday June 13, 2015
10am to 10pm Free. Gods and Monsters Grand Opening Celebration. Artegon Marketplace 5250 International Drive; Suite E8, Orlando, Florida. Gods and Monsters is the second largest comics, toys, collectibles and gaming venue in the U.S. Come explore Gods and Monsters (as well as the Transmetropolitan Gallery and Offworld L.O.U.N.G.E. within) and enjoy 12 hours of entertainment, activities, art demos, contests and give-a-ways, all while raising money for the Hero Initiative!
Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10am.
The Hero Initiative Fundraiser with silent auction. (winners announced at 9pm) Visit www.heroinitiative.org to learn more about this charity helping comics creators in need.
Free arcade sponsored by Free Play Florida and BART.
Special appearances by renowned cosplay models, Callie Cosplay, Heather1337 and Jenifer Ann.
Appearances by Central Florida's critically acclaimed Victorian Horror Troupe Phantasmagoria.
Legacy Aerial Arts will be here with Bella Maia as Cat Woman doing performances on Aerial Silks and Hailey Burkett as Wonder Woman on the Aerial Hoop.
Free face painting and balloon art provided by Artegon's YES, Your Entertainment Spot. Superhero arts & crafts throughout the day, with Mad Science highlighting the Science of Superheroes 11am-5pm
Transmetropolitan Gallery Art Show with live art demos by Bianca Roman-Stumpff, Kevin Wood, Mark Pacich, Robo Ohno and more.
Comics creator, Shawn Surface will be on hand promoting his upcoming series "Mandi", signing books, prints and drawing custom character sketches with proceeds going to the Hero Initiative.
Derrick Fish will be here with original art, prints and all his creator owned comics such as "The Wellkeeper", "Dandy and Co.", "APPARITION" and his all new "CARPE NOCTEM".
Comics creator, Jenni Gregory will be here signing copies of her books, Dream Walker and Summoner with proceeds going to Hero.
Renowned convention artist, Michael “Locoduck” Duron will be present doing character sketches for attendees.
Photo opportunities with costumed characters, including Star lite Princess and Pirate Parties' very own Iron Man appearing at 2pm and Spider-Man appearing at 3pm.
The 501st and Guardians Of Justice, non-profit organizations, will have groups of popular characters appearing throughout the day.
Costume Contest with prizes held at 8pm.
Brit Lytle with Bittersweet Body Art will be doing live body art demos.
Author, Brian Downes will be here signing copies of his book, The Berlin Fraternity
Emcee: Comedian, Adam Avitable and DJ Spank.
Lite bites provided by Chevy's Fresh Mex with proceeds going to Hero Initiative.

6pm to 10pm Free.  Virginia Drive Live! Virginia Drive near The Venue Orlando FL. We'd like to invite you to join our family-friendly neighborhood block party.  We'll have plenty of local vendors, food trucks, shopping and entertainment.  There will also be a beer tent available and a wine stroll.  Wine stroll tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Got Karma and The Venue.  We'd love to see you all there!

7pm to 10pm Free but bring a dish. Potluck Welcome at the Kerouac House. Kerouac House 1418 Clouser St., Orlando, FL. Welcome the new resident author, Michele Roldan-Shaw.

Sunday June 14, 2015
10am to 5pm Free. Crawford House Move. 642 Wilkes Ave Pine Castle, FL. The house is 2 blocks away on Randolph and will be moved to Wilkes. This isn't really an event but a unique sketch opportunity.

 Noon to 5pm Free but get a drink. Sunday's with Smiling Dan. The Falcon Bar & Gallery, 819 East Washington Street, Orlando, FL. DJ Smiling Dan spins tunes for your Sunday afternoon.

1pm to 3pm Free. Script Reading Workshop. Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, 8267 International Drive, Orlando, FL. New original plays are read and workshoped.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wedding Whorrer Story was a fun hot mess.

Shock Shack Entertainment presented The PeeVira Chronicles: Wedding Whorrer Story in the Red Venue at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. The show was written, produced and directed by AJ Prats with associate direction by Kim Matovina. The show was built around a goth cross-dressed wedding between PeeVira, the Peevish Voodoo Mistress (AJ Prats), and the groom (Jonathan Randolph). The play opened with mysterious monastery music and a hooded monk who paused for the longest time in front of me. I was afraid he might be judging my sketch which I had just started.

Between scenes, Josephina the cleaning lady (Sheli Nathan-Miller) interacted with the audience and got plenty of laughs. There must have been some complex costume changes going on back stage, and she did a great job keeping the audience engaged. PeeVira, although clearly a guy, looked divine in her wedding gown with Minnie Mouse pink bow in her hair and carrying black roses. Her huge white high heel boots peeked out occasionally from below her dress. The grooms pants are at his ankles because PeeVira has an infatuation with male anatomy. Later in the show, the groom got to play the part of a six foot high dancing dick. I had to sketch the maid of honor (Danielle Organ) since there were few females in the cast.

Other characters included, a slut driver girl, demons, pig cops and sperm clouds. A plot seems redundant with such a strange cast of characters. After the show the cast danced on stage and members of the audience got up to dance as well. I put the sketch away and danced. I can now proudly say that I have danced with a life sized dick. I still don't know how to pronounce "Whorrer" however.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Bloody Jug band was a rip roaring good time.

The Bloody Jug Band performed at the outdoor stage at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. I've wanted to catch a performance by them for quite some time. I usually go to the venue they will be performing at, and end up sketching an earlier act. They usually perform past my bed time. Their music draws inspiration from historic JUG bands of the 1920’s and 30’s as well as the darker side of Blues and Rock n’ Roll, they carved out its own niche in a genre of music that has never seen such a bloody incarnation.

Members of the band include,  Cragmire Peace on Vocals and Scratch, Stormy Jean on Vocals and Untimely Percussion, Brian Shredder on Acoustic Guitar and Mandolin, Steevil on Electric Guitar and Banjo, Bloody Rick Lane on Harmonica, Seth Funky on Washtub and Uke Bass, Big Daddy Jerm on JUG and Percussion, and Baby Dingo on Cajon and Spoons. As you can see this is a small bloody army of talent. When I sat down to sketch, Jessie Sander who is a dancer for Drip dance leaned over to say hi. Her boyfriend was center stage banging on a wooden box as percussion. One song loosely based on Johnny Cash's Boy Named Sue had everyone up and dancing revival style. Of course Jessie and her friends couldn't resist the urge to dance.

The sheer voracity of the music kept my lines dancing. I didn't have to think or analyze what I did, I just let the tidal wave carry me along. I kind of wish I could listen to their music every time I sketched, to amp up my nerves to go with the flow.  If you ever see The Bloody Jug Band performing, be sure to go, you will have a great time. Someone took several photos of this sketch in progress and on Facebook, band members debated why a few performers couldn't be seen. I know that the lead singer blocked my view of a performed in the back corner of the stage, although I put a faint squiggle down to indicate that he wore a bowler hat. The drummer is also just a loose indication behind everyone else center stage.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The free outdoor stage featured more talent than ever at this year's Orlando Fringe.

 I believe Jessica Pauli was responsible for wrangling all the incredible acts that performed at the outdoor stage. One day on the weekend featured Swamp Sisters La La which had all female performers. Sunday was Southern Fried Sunday with a line up of local acts.

The Mudflappers performed at the outdoor tent at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. Their lively music hearkens back to a simpler time. I've seen them perform before, so I knew I was in for a fun time. Colored spotlights illuminated the performers different colors. For the final number people got up to dance frantically. I tried to throw lines and washes onto the page with the same frantic energy.

The Mudflappers music has it's roots in Folk, Country, Swing, and Roots Music. The band members are, George Moore Jr. on Guitar and Lead Vocals, Sarah Elizabeth Patrick on Violin and Lead Vocals, Paul Tugwell on Tenor Banjo, Jake Williams on Bass, Marc Lingle on Piano, and Mikey Bulko on Drums.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, June 8, 2015

S&M as entertainment in Deviant Behaviors.

Dangerous Theatre of Denver Colorado presented Deviant Behaviors at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. I went into the show with no per-conceptions. This was a one woman show in which Winnie Wenglewick explains how she discovered sadomasochism. As a small child she discovered her dads porn stash underneath a dresser drawer. The only way to get at the porn was to pull the drawer completely out. She was almost caught by her father, but she manged to fling the magazines under his bed as he walked into the bedroom. She began to cry an in his efforts to comfort her, he never stopped to ask what she was doing.

She discovered sexual pleasure at a very early age but also felt guilt. Much of the show involved explaining masochism. She felt that most peoples view of masochism is skewed the the tepid Fifty Shades of Gray book and movie. Masochism is the tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from one's own pain or humiliation. She lead a rather normal life, getting married and having kids. Later in life however, a man introduced her to masochism and she was hooked. Experiencing pain in a safe environment could help her forget the many responsibilities she had. Eventually, she went on to found her own dungeon.  She will be moving back to Orlando later this summer. Orlando now has a dungeon called The Woodshed. She will be opening another Dangerous Theatre in Orlando.

Towards the end of the show an older man with long blonde hair walked onto the stage holding leather whips. He whipped Winnie's back, softly at first and then harder with each thrash.  She verbalized her many complaints as she was being whipped. This was certainly one of the strangest theatrical experience I've had. I learned quite a bit about an alternate lifestyle. If there are dungeons in Orlando, I just might get off on sketching people in pain. Perhaps this could be defined as sketch masochism.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Clink featured acrobatics behind bars at Fringe.

Circus Arts and PB and J Theater Factory of Winter Park collaborated to bring Clink to this year's Orlando International Theater Festival. The program described the show as"a captivating look behind the bars of a most exceptional and enthralling prison.

Brandon Roberts played one of the prison guards. Any time he is in a show, I know that there will be laughs. Acrobats were prisoners. The guards tried to keep chaos to a minimum, but any time they turned their backs the prisoners would express their inner freedom by performing acrobatics. After an impressive display of strength and grace by the acrobats, a prison guard tentatively climbed on a platform to keep a look out. The platform shook every time the guard moved, and it was hilarious how he struggled to stay balanced when prisoners could do somersaults, back flips and amazing aerial feats.

In one of the shows, a male acrobat tore a muscle. The next show had to be canceled. Two stage hands had to step in and perform safer acrobatic moves to fill in for the lost performer. They did an amazing job filling in because I didn't notice that the show had been modified. In a scene where prison guards vaulted over a wall, Brandon flailed his limbs for a laugh as he hurled through space. Perhaps some of that wide eyed fear was legitimate.

Because of the canceled show a fundraiser was set up to help the injured performer's medical expenses. I talked to someone who was in the audience the night of the injury. She said that it was clear that he was in pain but he kept right on performing. The show must go on.  The next morning he had to have surgery to repair a torn pectoral ligament that had pulled from his humerus bone. He is looking at a recovery time of 4-6 months. 

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Cosmolyrical grappled with life's biggest questions in poetry.

Phil Long in association with Beth Marshal's husband presented Cosmolyrical at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. I met Phil just before his performance outside The Venue. He is from Washougal Washington State and is an airplane pilot when he isn't writing poetry. A niece got him started writing poetry when she asked him to write lyrics for a rap song. Being a pilot means he is well traveled and he identified with sketches I had recently posted from Sydney Australia.

Cos-mo-lyr-i-cal A deeply personal and highly engaging performance poetry composition pertaining to the branches of astronomy and philosophy dealing with the apparent origin, history, structure, dynamics, elements, laws, and characteristics, of the observable universe including space, time, causality and mind. The performance was a cabaret style autobiographical slam poetry mash up where physics meets metaphysics, ancient wisdom dabbles in modern science and religion discovers doubts. The more that science discovers, the more mysterious the world seems. As he ponders mortality, he hopes for answers in religion, but there are more questions than answers.

When his father was murdered in his youth, the poet was forced down a path that few tread. He scorned the arrogance of wealth and power, preferring to see what really matters. Did he love or was he loved as a friend?

The most fascinating premise of this poem was the idea that all of creation might just be a poem. Could fundamental particles be verbs and nouns? Could all of creation hinge on our perception of its meaning? What if it's all poetry? Then the ancient myths might seem more real and modern science is just beginning to discover the mysterious possibilities of creation.

Sketching while listening always fractures my perceptions. At times the poet seemed to mistake poetry for religion, but I admired that his faith wasn't blind. He sought answers and used poetry to mine for meaning in life.

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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, June 5, 2015

Weekend Top 6 Picks for May 6th and 7th.

Saturday May 6, 2015
3pm to 8pm Free. SMASHINGTON 2015 Interactive Art And Music Festival. Orlando Fashion Square 3201 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida. Soul of the City - The Culture Xchange, and The Orlando Fashion Square Mall have started an exciting new partnership! Our vision is to bring a diverse, and interactive art experience to one of Orlando’s premier retail establishments.Smashington Arts & Music Festival, is an all day celebration of progressive music, art, and culture.
This years' festival will feature over 60 acts including: live performance art, dozens of local business vendors, and activities. Which makes this the biggest mix of Central Florida’s up and coming artistic talent.
We will be showcasing Urban and Street Art styles by incorporating: a graffiti wall, a sticker wall, and spray painting a school bus!
There will be live performances, acoustic duos, bands, improv comedy and a collection of Central Florida’s rising musical groups featured across 4 stages. With the help of an exciting lineup of Performers, Creators and Progressive brands to share the stage with, we are displaying a new look and feel on community culture events.
The goal of Smashington, is to create more consumer awareness in Orlando. By connecting local bands, artists and businesses. This allows us to network among one another, so that our growing audience is able to connect with one another.
Together we are a Cultural Marketplace.

6pm to 8pm Free. The Originals. Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 Winter Park Road, Orlando, FL. For 15 years Stardust Video & Coffee has provided Orlando with a multitude of performances, acts, musical numbers, wacked out zaininess and, of course, art shows.
For 15 years we have hosted some of the best, oddest, coolest, weirdest, exhibits while vhs turned to dvd to blueray and then to digital.
Yep, our gallery is 15 years old which makes it the longest running gallery in Orlando. To celebrate we are bringing back many of the original artists, and some of the newer kids, to celebrate 15 years of art shows at the Dust.
Art from featured artists, Anna McCambridge, Terry Hummel, Katherine Bennett, Kim Darovec, Brigan Gresh, Andrew White, Doug Rhodehamel and many more will be on display for your viewing enjoy enjoyment!
It's been a decade and a half and the gallery never got a name. This summer it finally will. See you there okay?
There will be cheese.

8pm to 11pm General admission to Science Night Live is $15. Members can always enjoy Science Night Live for FREE. It’s an “adult swim” of the science variety! An evening reserved only for adults, enjoy everything you love about Orlando Science Center.

  • Enjoy a presentation all about mummies from our guest speaker
  • Sample craft beer from local and national distributors
  • Discover the science of craft beer through a series of short seminars
  • Immerse yourself in the Pink Floyd "Best of Echoes" laser light show
  • View stars and planets through the giant refractor telescope in the Crosby Observatory
  • Conduct lab experiments in Dr. Dare's Laboratory
  • Participate in Science Trivia
  • Delight in food and adult beverages available for purchase

  • Sunday May 7, 2015
    10am to 12:30pm  $10 Crealde Sketch Class. Crealdé School of Art, 600 St Andrews Blvd, Winter Park, FL. Life drawing from the nude model.

    2pm to 4pm Free. Drawing Fundamentals class. Elite Animation Academy, 8933 Conroy Windermere Road, Orlando, FL. I will be giving a drawing fundamentals workshop to introduce people to the Elite Animation Academy. Summer workshops are filling up fast.

    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.

    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Why don't airports have recliners for everyone?

    Our final leg in Australia was a long drive from Ballerat to Sydney. The large highways offer as boring a view as any highway in America. Australians however have signs warning motorists to take breaks to stay safe. In America we just stress "click it or ticket" for our safety. We decided to stay at a Sydney Airport hotel. The hotel was right next to a junk yard. I still wish I had sketched the rusty mountains of auto parts as my final view from down under.

    Sydney has a very modern airport and Terry decided to go shopping before we boarded. That of course gave me time for one final sketch. When I sketch I become invisible and she wasn't able to locate me in the waiting area. We fired texts back and forth to find each other as the plane boarded.  The woman seated right in front of me looked quite uncomfortable trying to take a nap. This is how I felt for the entire twenty hour flight back to Orlando. I just can't sleep on planes, so I watched movies non-stop.

    In Australia they drive on the wrong side of the road, water swirls down a drain backwards and the sun moves backwards across the sky. They have gun control, offer a free higher education and have an amazing health care system. Melbourne is infectiously welcoming to artists. I consider it my home away from 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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

    The beer tent is at the heart of the Orlando Fringe.

    The best way to discover what shows to see at the Orlando International Fringe Festival is by word of mouth at the beer tent on the green lawn of fabulousness. A beer truck was parked at the edge of the tent offering beers on tap. "Just do it" orange buckets were below each tap. To get a beer you need to first buy a ticket at another tent. Apparently there is a city ordinance that makes it illegal to pay cash for beer in a public park. The tickets circumvent that ordinance. I got a $5 ticket and tried a beer that was a bit bitter for my taste. It was cold, so I still appreciated it in the hot afternoon.

    This was the first day of Fringe and the beer wench was extremely helpful in not only slinging beers, but explaining how to Fringe to newer patrons.  She was also quick to compliment a woman on her beautiful breasts. My man boobs didn't elicit a compliment. My second drink was a hard cider which is what I decided to drink for the rest of the Fringe. I bumped into Brandon Roberts who has to be the funniest actor in Orlando. He was in a show called Clink which featured acrobatics in a prison setting. He gave me the quick elevator pitch for the show, and I decided that I would have to go for the sketch opportunity. To promote Clink, Brandon said, "Fringing is a dirty business" as he dropped off bars of soap on my table with a Clink promotional photo on the wrapper.

    I used the beer tent for cover when a torrential rain storm hit the Fringe. Wind gusts made any attempt as staying dry fruitless. As the rain died down, a man took his folding chair and used it to push up a heavy pool of water that was caught in the sagging roof of the tent. A huge waterfall caused children to laugh with delight. A woman from the fire oven pizza booth came out with a pizza paddle to do the same to another sagging tent. The rain stopped for a bit and I got as far as the Rep before it began to pour again.

    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    Joanna Solomon shares how her love life and career came Hurtling Towards Earth.

    In her solo show, Hurtling Towards Earth, Joanna Solomon from Brooklyn NY, recounted her years as an aerialist in the Argentine production of De La Guardia along with her equally harrowing love stories at this year's Orlando International Fringe Festival. Auditioning for the role was extremely stressful. She felt like every other dancer and acrobat did the required moves with ease. When she confided that she might be out of her league, another actress told her, "Just fake it like the rest of us. She was amazed and delighted when she got the call back and ultimately the roll.

    A small diary sat on a stool on stage. Periodically Joanna would refer to it to find letters that she had written her mom. Her close bond to her mom seems to have kept her sane during the long time she was away.  Joanna also had a boyfriend back home yet none of the letters she read were to him. Once she read a letter, she would clamp it on to a clothes line hanging in the corner of the stage.

    She confided that she isn't the type of person to have an affair but an Argentinian man worked closely with her in the show. While she was suspended from a rope, he would swing her into a canvas wall, softly at first and then harder while making guttural noises. They resisted the urge for the longest time but then had an intense passionate affair. The Argentinians girlfriend of her Argentinian lover came to a wrap party. Joanne had a little too much to drink and when she went into the women's room, her lover followed her and pleaded his love for her. His girlfriend found them together and she began beating on Joanne who felt she deserved every blow.

    Her boyfriend back home hacked into her Facebook account and he found plenty of evidence of her affair. She later found out that he had also had an affair while she was gone but it didn't help in healing the lost trust. She never said if she tried to get back together with either boyfriend, but I suspect they all probably went their separate ways. At the end of the show Joanne showed a movie clip of one of her aerialist performances. With so many unanswered questions I didn't fell like the show was over.

    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

    Monday, June 1, 2015

    Tails to Tall for Trailers presented small town humor at the Fringe.

    ManDamsel and FellaLady from Covington, Kentucky presented Tales Too Tall for Trailers. Comedian and Storyteller Paul Strickland and Erika Kate MacDonald joined forces in this off-kilter musical family comedy! Funny songs, strange southern stories, shadow puppetry, a pet named "Peeve" and more! Pee-Wee Herman meets Mark Twain in this final installment of Strickland's "Trailer Park Trilogy."

    The show began with Paul on guitar and Erika joined in with hysterical lyrics. My favorite part of the show however was when they set up a simple shadow puppet stage with a bed sheet and clothes line. Erica sat down behind the sheet with a bright light just behind her shoulder. Paul acted as the narrator in front of the screen. The tale was set in a tiny town with a tiny post office. To create the post office Erika took an envelope and opened it up to create the roof. She cut a rectangle out of the bottom and that became the doorway. To create a home, the rectangle wan moved up to the roof where it became a chimney.

    I now wish I had sketched this magical shadow puppetry segment of the show. What I enjoyed the most was watching Erika's reactions to the audience. She had a sort of childish joy that most adults loose over time.  I took the most delight in watching her face light up. She used the screen with cinematic grace. Often she would zoom in on a character by moving it closer to the light, the result being scenes that constantly moved and breathed with life. The show was a fun hour filled with music and laughs.

    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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com