Wednesday, September 2, 2015

DRIP Local Art Nights are a hidden gem on International Dive.

Drip Local Art Nights are always fun. On this evening I sketched Allure A. Abelo as she danced in the Drip paint can shower. Allure isn't a Drip Dancer but she was fine with dancing in the green paint. I always admire anyone who shares their art with abandon. Anytime I sketch at drip, I find myself using colors with pure intensity and brightness.

Dancers from BalaChandra Belly Dance also performed, using the main bar area as their stage. I admire the way they catch the audiences attention, not just with the amazing fluid hip movements, but with sly knowing smiles.

If there is a cutting edge performer in Orlando you will likely find them at Drip Art Nights. They usually occur on the 4th Thursday of every month. Since there are so many visual artists and performers, my sketching opportunities are limitless. The increasing popularity of the event is however, making it hard for me to find a spot to sketch without seeing a wall of peoples backs and butts. To date I've always found an angle that works.

My drink of choice for the evening was angry orchards and there was a fabulous $5 taco bar with all the fixings.

I bumped into Allure at my exhibition opening at Winter Park's City Hall. She is active in the urban dance scene and plans to sponsor future events. B-Boy dance competitions are incredible to sketch so I'm hoping she plans to bring more of that energy to Orlando.

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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