Monday, November 9, 2015
The fifth Orlando Drink and Draw (ODD) was held at The Brass Tap (Mills Park 1632 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida). Mills Park is a new development featuring apartments and a strip mall near the theaters on Princeton. There used to be a tiny store on the corner of Mills and Virginia called "Cash Lust Translator". That store sold of cash registers and the owner held on to the store for the longest time which held up the development project. I regret never going into Cash Lust Transactor to sketch.
Having never been to Mills Park, I got a bit lost looking for The Brass Tap. In all about six artists stopped out to drink and draw. I was pleased that two new artists came out. Audrey Zindler and John Nadeau are regulars at the Crealdé sketch classes. John sat at the end of the bar and as I sketched l debated if he was an artist or not. He does wonderful loose oil paintings in the figure drawing classes. Audrey showed me his work on her phone. She is now running the Sunday Morning sketch sessions and I'm encouraged to start sketching from models again. The Sunday morning sketch sessions are from 10am to 12:30 pm at Crealdé School of Art, 600 St Andrews Blvd, Winter Park, FL. The cost. $10. I need to loosen up my digital sketches and this seems like a great way to do that.
Carlos Basabe was working on a sketch of a steampunk penguin with a jet pack which I believe is for a beer label. He recently shared a beer label design for Chiberian Warmer and it is hilarious. Vote for it if to like it. I had the notion of having artists do quick 5 minute sketches of each other, but by the time everyone had arrived, I was contently working on my sketch and I couldn't stop, so I let everyone drink and draw in piece. My beer for the night was Funky Buddha and I had a pretzel to munch between sips. When my sketch was done I joined in on a conversation about the Walking Dead. I like having the opportunity to see what other artists are up to and being able to wind down after the sketch is done. Usually when I sketch each night, I pack up the art kit and head home once the sketch is complete.
Mark your calendar. ODD 6 will be held December 7th starting a 6 pm at The Falcon Bar and Gallery. If you know an artist who likes to drink, draw or both, let them know.