Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Kids Town construction at the Orlando Science Center.

For the past several months [ have been going to the Orlando Science Center (777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803) once a week, to sketch the five million dollar construction of the New Kids Town. A company in Ohio designed all the interactive exhibits. Seven rooms were constructed to house the huge play areas. The first area under construction consisted of a maze of green metal support rods. The inner skeleton was still visible. Each support beam was numbered and a large architects drawing was consulted to see which beam went where.

A Genie lift was used to get up high or some times to suport a horizontal beam before it was secured. Workers climbed ladders and walked the beams like tightrope walkers. I was issued a hard hat and it came in useful since I had to duck to avoid a beam being lifted into place. Above me, a worker was sparkling wall joints a the supervisor advised me to move aside for a while. I took his advice because he had my safety in mind.

Workers looked over my shoulder, to see if they had been caught in the sketch. One worker told me about a friend of his who made decent money doing tattoos. Perhaps I've missed my calling. I could imagine this Climb Time area will be very popular once the kids get a chance to explore it.

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Highwayman Painter R. L. Lewis.

There was a fundraiser at the University Club across from Orlando's Downtown Library. Today the University Club is just a pit of rubble as new construction has begun on a 22-story highrise on that street corner. This fundraiser's cause was Art for Education. The evening was a fine-art exhibition and sale, with all proceeds going toward The University Club Foundation Scholarship Fund. There was artwork by students and local artists. There were complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

I don't remember to much about the art on display. I tend to walk through big shows like this quickly and only stop when a piece speaks to me. Will Benton had one of his large circular paintings on display.

R. L. Lewis was executing a painting, so I settled in to sketch him at work. He sold several pieces and his wife handled the sales. His work is bright and almost luminescent with bold brush work. In looking up his work, I discovered he sells prints at Walmart for $23.45. That blows my mind. I am missing the bandwagon in finding ways to distribute my work.

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Disney Springs Waterside Park.

I was asked by a music producer to do a sketch of one of the bands at Disney Springs Waterside Stage. After a quick sound check, the first performer was Nicholas Marks. He performed solo acoustic guitar with gusto. He was seated on start, but then stood, walking out into the audience as he played. I recognized "Green Sleeves" which is a piece I used to play on trumpet. Mr. Maserati in sun glasses, a golf cap and a highly sequined shirt danced to the music. He was covered in logos and must be a cast member. A young boy got caught up in the dance moves and joined in. The crowd went crazy when he eventually re-joined his family. Nicholas's fingers flashed quickly against the strings and he hugged the guitar to he chest like a lover as he danced and played. Despite his energy and showmanship few people danced.

After his set there was a new nighttime show called Starbright” that appeared over the lake at 7:00pm and 8:30pm starting November 20-January 8. Hundreds of colored lights hoovered in the night sky like flying saucers. They assembled themselves into the dimensional shapes a like a spiraling Christmas Tree. I couldn't figure out how it was done at first. Were there lazers being projected into fog? Finally my inner child took over and I watched with absolute awe. The colors changed from green to blue and then white. The orbs re-assembled themselves into various shapes one being a giant blue dove. I later learned that the show was created using 300 drones that moved together in perfect synchronicity thanks to some new computer coding. 

The band I had come to sketch La Calle, got on the stage after Starbright. They performed energetic salsa music that had everyone dancing. It became difficult to see the band through the crowd of dancers, but I patiently persisted. A little ten year old boy took an interest in my sketch. "Can I have it?" he asked. "Noooo| I need it" I replied. "Can you draw me something?" he pleaded. "Maybe when I'm done." I offered. I knew he would eventually loose interest and sure enough, he was soon running up and down steps and jumping over railings. Where are his parents? Anyway the band kept everyone entertained and dancing. I wrapped up my sketch, as La Calle  started their second set. You can hear this group on Tuesdays after 7pm at Disney Springs Waterside Stage, through January 8th.

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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Earl's Kitchen opened at the Millennia Mall .

Former Disney animation artist Sam Ewing, sent me an invite to Earl's for a preview food tasting evening at Earl's Kitchen  (Millenia Mall, Unit 246, 4200 Conroy Road Orlando Florida.) The restaurant was offering a free evening of dining to test out the menu and service staff. Before I official opening.

Katy Bakker was there with her husband. Katy had curated all the art on the walls at Earl's. Andrew Spear had a large mural featuring parrots on the white wall next to the kitchen. His signature cross hatched drawing could easily be seen from any table in the restaurant.

I arrived early and sketched at the bar waiting for a friend to arrive. Citrus drinks and wine flowed but they were not free, so I stuck with water. I always want to keep the cost of each sketch down to a minimum.

The wait staff was very attentive and they kept asking how things were. Kathy and Eric Backmore warned me that we would be praising the food more than chewing the food. By the end of the meal I was nodding my head like a bobble doll saying with a hint of sarcasm, "yes, yes it was veeeery gooooood."

There was one free alcoholic drink on the menu, but I us driving so I stuck with caffeine. Service staff were all dressed in black and I spent some time trying to decide who had the most fashionable shoes. Earl's is a sleek, upscale Canadian chain serving gourmet burgers, global comfort food, cocktails, wines and beers. It was a pleasant night out, though I don't recall exactly what I ate. I just eat food to keep my hand twitching on the page. I would make a horrible "foodie." I was impressed with the upscale atmosphere and would gladly return.

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Kara Martinez remembers friends lost at Pulse.

Michael Pilato held a 49 hour painting marathon in his new studio above Anthony's Pizza on the corner of Colonial Drive and Mills Avenue. Kara Martinez stopped by to help with some of the paintings done of the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. She remembered two of the victims, Juan Rivera Valazquez, Luis Conde who owned D'Magazine Salon down in Kissimmee. 

Kara was nervous about how she would look, going to her high school prom. She turned to Juan and Luis and they reassured her and made her feel like a princess. Actually, Kara is a princess. She plays the part of Ariel from Disney's Little Mermaid for a local talent agency. She goes to parties to play the part. She talked lovingly about Juan and Luis describing how playful they were and how much she will miss them. Juan and Luis had been a couple for 14 years, and they owned the salon for seven years. Today the salon has shut down, another vibrant beacon that has gone dark in Orlando.

As we painted the 49 portraits, she began singing Ariel's song. The music by Alen Menkin and Howard Ashman is contagious. Kara sang about her trinkets and baubles from the people who lived above the water. "I want to be where the people are, I want to see them dancing. Wish I could be part of that world." We all sang along as we painted, but under the joy lingered pain. On June 12th so many people were joyfully dancing. Then in a split second of madness, loves were cut short. Some died quickly, while others slowly bled out in agony. Others would survive but be left with scars and nightmares. This is not your typical Disney ending.

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 26th and 27th.

Saturday November 26th, 2016
7:30pm to 9:30pm. Free. Glendaliz Camacho's Farewell Reading. Kerouac House 1418 Clouser Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804. Please join as as we bid farewell to our Fall resident writer, Glendaliz Camacho. Bring something to drink if you like and listen to what Glendaliz has been working on while living in the Kerouac House.

8pm to 11pm. Free, but get food and drink. Jazz Saturdays. Cork and Fork American Grill5180 S. Conway Road, Belle Isle, FL 32812. Cork & Fork American Grill Takes Their Fresh & Tasty Cuisine To The Next Level With Exciting New Menu Items - Plus Saturday Jazz Entertainment And Sunday Brunch Launching This Month.

8:30pm to 10:30pm Free. The Geeek Easy with Amy Watkins and Open Mic. Open to all: Musicians-Lyricists-Artists-and Poets of all kinds
Bring out the cape and have some fun.

Sunday November 27, 2016
Noon to 2pm. Free, but get food and drink. Florida Gospel Jam. Fish on Fire 7937 Daetwyler Drive Belle Isle FL. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday.

2pm to 4pm Free, but get coffee. Irish Music. Olivia's Coffee House, 108 N Bay St, Eustis, FL.

10pm to midnight. 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

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Orlando Opera presents Don Pasquale.

I went to the sold out opening night performance of Gaetano Donizetti's Don Pasquale at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Opera Orlando keeps presenting incredible performances with work class talent. Peter Strummer as Don Pasquale is perfect for the part. From my second-row seat I could see the sweat drip from his brow as he reacted to his nagging and abusive young bride Norina (Brigitte Gan). Brigitte gave an inspired performance as his young bride.

I was hired by Orlando Opera to illustrate a poster for the show. The concept was inspired by an Al Hirshfeld illustration done for My Fair Lady. The concept is that Dr. Malatesta (Dennis Jesse) is the puppeteer orchestrating the false marriage between Norina and Don Pasquale, and the pitiful love lorn yearnings of Ernesto (David Margulis). Unfortunately my illustration was replaced by a photo of Peter Stummer in his role as Don Pasquale for the Metropolitan Opera. The photo is bolder and simpler, so it makes sense.

The set was simple and straightforward, acting first as an outdoor garden where Ernesto pursues Norina and then as Don Pasquale's opulent living room. One playful scene between Norina and her maid had a pillow fight, and feathers littered the stage for the rest of the show.

The plot is simple: Don Pasquale plans to disinherit his playboy nephew Ernesto who loves Norina. Pasquale wants to marry a young bride, and his doctor offers up his "sister" played by Norina. She acts as a simple country girl in a black veil when she is introduced to Pasquale. A fake notary marries them and then Norina turns into a demon of a wife spending all of Pasquale's money. He is driven to the brink of madness and is only offered freedom when the doctor suggests that the nephew get a small inheritance and marry his love. Pasquale is shocked to discover his wife is actually Ernesto's true love.

The Orlando Philharmonic had a 17-piece ensemble that performed live on house right. The music was perfect for the intimate Pugh Theater. I was delighted by the production, but mortified to discover that I had been humming to myself as I sketched through the whole first act. I have to stop that nasty habit. I am a bit low-class when I am happily working.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New Paintings by Victor Bokas and Donne Bitner.

On Third Thursday, I went to Art Gallery at Mills Park (1650 North Mills Avenue, Orlando Florida).  This art gallery is located on the ground floor of a brand new apartment complex right near Orlando's theaters. Since I am hunting for an apartment, I looked at the plan with a discerning eye. I suspect a place this gorgeous is out of my price range. I had seen artist Victor Bokas just a few nights before at the Maitland "Art Under the Stars" event. I got a chance to meet him in his tent, filled with his vibrant abstracts, as the event wound down for the night. Tonight he had a pink beard, probably left over from the Orlando Pride Parade the week before. Unfortunately, I didn't get to pride, but I heard over 100,000 people showed up.

Victor worked as a graphic designer at Tupperware for about 19 years. His early paintings done while he was still at Tupperware are y bit more graphic and controlled. Once he left his colors became more vibrant and he experimented more with his compositions. Victor was at the entrance to the gallery when I arrived. He stood in from of a flaming fireplace and was talking with friends. He gave me a warm hug and then I explored the gallery.

Most of the artwork is hung down a long hall that faces the glass facade, allowing pedestrians outside to get a good look at the art. Snap Downtown has a similar layout in the lobby of a new, modern  apartment complex. Victor and Donne Bitner's paintings look good side by side. They share a similar palette of war and cool colors Donne's colors tend to also incorporate many shades of grey. Donne's work is often inspired by landscapes that become vehicles to push toward abstraction. As she stated, "My intent is to follow the mark to layer and strip away and find the hidden texture and meaning of a piece." Some of Victor's painting are inspired by Florida pools surrounded by rich vibrant foliage. Water and leaves have a fascinating play of vibrant abstract shapes.

Lael Dewahl, one of the gallery owners asked me if I needed any help. I was lost in the process of searching for a nondescript spot Where I could get my sketch done. A tall supermodel in a red dress, Alexandra Philco, showed a couple one of the paintings, offering a personal tour. Boris Garbe, another partner in the gallery, in his excitement, would stand on the furniture to get closer to the art. He gestured like a circus ring master as he explained the artists intentions.This show will remain up for three months, so stop out this holiday season.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Maxine's first price fix 3 course winemaker dinner.

I was invited to be part of the first winemaker dinner at Maxine's on Shine (337 Shine Ave, Orlando, FL 32803). Jeff Meyers, the GM, Vice President, and head winemaker at Terra D' Oro was on hand to introduce each wine that went with each of the three courses. We arrived a bit early, and I found my spot at the end of a long table to take in the scene. People mingled near the bar, as I blocked in the scene lightly in pencil. As people took their seats I inked them into the sketch. 1+1, a jazz duo performed live. Their music hearkened back to the 60s and 70s with a very nostalgic and consistent play list. I tried playing, "Name that Tune", as everyone got seated for the first course.

The first course, was Saku Block Tuna, seared rare, with a black and white sesame seed crust.  There was a ginger cream sauce to dip it is. There was also Meatballs Wellington in a phyllo pastry on a bed blue cheese and spinach, with Jalepeno cilantro aioli for dipping. The wine paring was a white Terra D' Oro Miscato. This sweet wine was my favorite of the evening and I indulged in a second glass. 
The second course was a southern citrus salad with a mix of fresh fruit, gorgonzola, spiced almonds and vinaigrette. This was paired with a red Terra D' Oro Barbara. The sweet salad was perfect with the smooth tasting Barbera. Jeff explained that Terra D' Oro means land of gold. Wines were first created in this area of California starting in the 1850's by Italian Immigrants. The weather is perfect and the sunshine plentiful.

The opening act was a Florida red grouper with mango salsa and cous cous. It was paired with a Terrie D' Oro Chevin Blanc Viognier Blend. This pairing was absolutely delicious. My sketch perch was pretty far from my plate, and I had to lean way forward to scoop up fish a cous cous with my fork. I would use my palette as a safety net, as I leaned back and delicately moved the fork to my mouth. Cous Cous kept spilling off the fork onto my palette. There is no refined way to flick food off of an art palette, so I left it where it was, hoping no one noticed. I did another painting today and the cous cous was still there, but now covered in blue paint. Now that I'm writing this I realize I need to take a writing break and get the food off my palette right now. 

The Main Event was a Petite Filet Mignon, medium rare,  with Winter Hunter Sauce, a twice baked potato, and chef select vegetables. The executive chef, George Vogelbacher was on vacation on a cruise ship, so his well trained staff prepared the dinner without him. The woman to my right felt that the meat was over cooked, but it tasted fine to me. After four cups of wine any thing would taste like heaven to me. The filet was paired with a Terra D' Oro Petite Sirah. This was the wine with the most tannins and it left a dry lingering full bodied after taste. 

Desert was an "Ode to Elvis" with a triple chocolate brownie with bacon pecan brittle, a spiced anglaise, and a fruit compote. This was paired with a Terra D' Oro "Denver Vineyard" Zinfandel. Kirt Earhart thanked everyone for coming with his signature rhyme that he improvised on the spot. Before the right wound down Maxine took up a microphone and sang with the band. There were selfies and smiles with hugs all around. The evening was a true epicurean delight that celebrated passion and life. The cost was $70 per person all inclusive of tax and tip. 5 courses including wine pairing. Maxine's will be hosting similar wine pairing events in the future and trust me this will become one of the most sought after evenings in town. This intimate neighborhood venue offers the best in southern urban hospitality. 

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

Marla E. Artist Opening.

The Maitland Civic Center on Lake Lilly is trying to change it's image. It has been renamed "Venue on the Lake" (641 South Maitland Avenue Maitland FL 32751). People perceived the Civic Center as being run by the city. The venue is however privately owned. It has undergone a major face lift recently, including, Linda's Corner which was the east wing's catering area. They considered calling it Linda's Bar, but that was vetoed as being too low class. The outside landscaping was redone along with the patio and decorative outdoor lights.

George Williston gave everyone a quick lesson in chairs. The Center used to be full of simple folding chairs. It turns out folding chairs have a butt life of at most half an hour. New black banquet  chairs have a butt life of about an hour, and the new green banquet chairs have a butt life of several hours. I was pleased that I was sitting in s green banquet chair. Danial Jordan performed on flute and saxaphone as patrons sampled the banquet food and free drinks. The evening was mostly a fundraiser to continue the restorations at the Venue. There is a theater in the Ivanhoe district called The Venue, so perhaps a better name is needed.

The gallery area between the east and west wings was also re-modeled. Artwork by Mark E. Artist was on display. Her large abstract painting incorporate en-caustics to create three dimensional patterns on the surface followed by bold colorful brushwork. Marla has a face designed for smiling. Her wide eyes were magnified in her 1950s styled eye glasses. My favorite painting had a blue and green field on the upper two thirds of a vertical panel.  An simple brown arching line seemed to define a ground plane with encaustic squares filling a grid pattern. Circular "planets" floated above. I believe the show is up for several months, so stop out.

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

A day at Manasota Beach.

I visited my older sister Pat Boehme, in Port Charlotte Florida for a weekend to getaway from the stress of my pending divorce. Pat has a home on a traffic circle and that circle was enlarged over the past year. She lost some of her property to the expansion project and had to live with her front yard being a construction zone. Now my life is a construction zone.

We decided to get away to Manesota Beach which is north of Port Charlotte. The beach is accessed by a small coastal road that has water visible on both sides One side had mansions on the inter-coastal waterway, and the other side had mansions on the ocean. We joked about which mansion would suit our lifestyles the best. Pat had a cooler, beach umbrella and beach chairs, so we were set for the afternoon. Getting all that from the parking lot to the beach was it's own adventure. The cooler had wheels, but that doesn't help much in tall grass or sand. I ended up hugging it to my chest to get it to our beach oasis.

The water was warm and comfortable. We swam and floated for hours. The water must have been super saline, because I was able to float on my back for the first time ever. Usually my 12 inch big feet sink like lead weights. The two women next to us were debating about exercise and diet. The woman in the pink bikini top outlined her extensive daily exercise routine, while the other woman felt it was more important to simply watch her calorie intake.

Foreigners waded face down with snorkel masks just off shore looking for sharks teeth. Apparently fossilized sharks teeth are a common find at Manasota Beach. One Australian was face down in the water the entire time that Pat and I were there. When he final sloshed out of the water, we could see that his back was a bright fire engine red. He was going to be hurting that night. A little boy lost hold of his inflatable mini canoe. The wind caught it, sending it out into the ocean. He chased it until the water got too deep, and then watched it until it became a speck on the horizon.

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Satellite brings advanced imagery to forcasts.

This is a snow bird who works out of a condo she bought in Florida. She comes to Central Florida to get away from the North East snow storms. Her work station is a white table from IKEA set in front of her sliding glass doors. Three different computers sit in the work space. She works 9am to 5pm for Atmospheric and Environmental Research writing code that interprets data from a new high resolution weather satellite. This coding represented seven years of work on her part so far. Part of each day is spent on phone conference calls so she can stay in touch with the team of coders in the northeast.

The satellite successfully launched on Saturday, November 19 at 6:42pm from Cape Canaveral. After a series of maneuvers, conducted using the satellite's thrusters. It has placed itself in its designated 89.5 degree West longitude checkout location where it will undergo an extended checkout and validation phase for approximately one year. This month the first high resolution images from the satellite have returned to earth. This next-generation geostationary satellite offers a glimpse of the future of weather forecasting. These incredibly sharp images from the Advanced Baseline Imager will enable scientists to explore the Earth's atmosphere and weather like never before, and usher in an era of new weather forecasting possibilities.

The satellite will provide continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere, total lightning data, and space weather monitoring to provide critical atmospheric, hydrologic, oceanic, climatic, solar and space data.

This is a game changer. Here is why!
  • Improved hurricane track and intensity forecasts
  • Increased thunderstorm and tornado warning lead time
  • Improved aviation flight route planning
  • Improved air quality warnings
  • Improved solar flare warnings for communications and navigation disruptions
  • More accurate monitoring of energetic particles responsible for radiation hazards to humans and spacecraft
  • Better monitoring of space weather to improve geomagnetic storm forecasting

The environmental data products will support short-term 1-2 day forecasts and severe storm watches and warnings, maritime forecasts, seasonal predictions, drought outlooks and space weather predictions.

Although years have gone into writing the code for this satellite, the real work has just begun now that the data is flowing. Usually code doesn't work as expected when first written. There is usually a need for many tests and tweaks. Once this snowbird wrote code for 6 months while another coder wrote the second half of the code over the same six month period. When the two codes were run together, they miraculous ran perfectly. That almost never happens.

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 19th and 20th.

Saturday November 19, 2016 
5pm to 10pm Free. Magic Beyond The Mouse. Art of Fitness 5154 Dr Phillips Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32819. Join us as we celebrate the Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida Family. The studio may have closed, but the family we have lives on.Less than 2 weeks until this very special event.

7pm to 11pm Free. Jingle Eve Boat Parade. Lake Ivanhoe. Boats with elaborate Christmas light decorations.

7pm to Midnight. Free. Crazy Harvest Blue. The Imperial at Washburn Imports-Sanford, 116 E 1st St, Sanford, Florida 32771. this little pop up pops up again! Right above our amazing host bar The Imperial,and hosted by The current-sanford magazine.
Featured fine artist, Don Moon in the round room..
Featured fantastic sounds by DJ Spank! (out of this world talent)
A world of originality and inspiration created in the Installation Gallery by local "People in Light Creations" and a crew of 10!
Erotica Art, Bodies in color motion, images of the physical law of body attraction! -Light installation from Frankie.
Installations in question by co-directors and resident artists Rawko, Brian Barnett, and Kimme Prindle...! (always intriguing)
The current galleries permanent tenants will be open for business,and having an open house, there is surprise entertainment around every corner all night!, Live acoustic performance (TBA) in the intimate main gallery,9pm.
We support the Sanford art Walk at all the other galleries in town,and there are incredible local restaurants, food trucks, and excellent craft bars to create an enchanting evening in the beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford.We always end the night at one of the local live band stages, vibing on the local music scene... Support local music,art, and culture,and it will support you...
Any other questions, comments? Please ask on this site, or contact Frankie Messina at Check back here often as we will be adding more entertainment details..please help spread the word for us.. thank you.
*** This is a mature art party with mature erotic art involved and we do not censor our submissions.. Please no children allowed,

Sunday November 20, 2016 
Noon to 3pm Donation. Music at the Casa. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Vocalist Holly Sahmel.

2pm to 4pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL. Near the red gazebo.

10pm to Midnight. Free but get a coffee.  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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Beemo Performed at Space Bar.

I was sketching at Pints for Pulse, a fundraiser held at Festiva1 Park (2911 Robinson Street, Orlando FL). in the Milk District. The fundraiser had every micro brewery offering samples for a set admission price. Local bands performed on the main stage. I sketched The City Song Players as they performed "Finger on the Pulse" for the first tin in public. After hearing that song, I decided I had to use it as the soundtrack for a three minute short film I assembled using all the sketches I did of all the vigils and fundraisers after the Pulse tragedy. I've been documenting Orlando's attempts to heal. The arts community has bee instrumental in helping the community heal.

Wendy Wallenberg whisked in behind me as I finished up my sketch. She insisted that I needed to sketch a note event in the more urban and hip area of the Milk District. Her Porsche was parked nearby and she offered to drive me. The drive was only three or four blocks, but it was the scariest drive of my life. Wendy is a frantic speed freak of a driver. It felt like we made the whole trip on two wheels after we careened through the first curve. When skidded to a stop in front of the Space Bar. She told me that I needed to sketch an artist that does paintings with his teeth. I wandered among the tents in the parking lot but didn't notice anyone painting with their teeth. So I went into the Space Bar and watched Beemo performing. The lead guitarist's parents were there and the watched as I did the sketch. It was a fun, upbeat performance. Then I walked the few blocks back to Festival Park.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Election Nightmare.

I had amazing luck finding a short term apartment in Thornton Park after a Boston snowbird terminated me lease two months early. The place is vacant because a divorcee got back together with her husband, so she left early. The god of irony keeps poking me in the ribs. My new place is gorgeous and just a short walk to The Abbey (100 S Eola Dr #100, Orlando, FL 32801), where a Democratic Election Party was being held. Red and blue lights illuminated the crowd. I've never seen the Abbey so full. A line of TV news cameras at the back of the room caught my eye for the sketch. News anchors would stand in front of the cameras periodically as election result were announced for different states. When Hillary won Vermont , the room erupted. Hillary also won Orange County in Florida, so I felt that perhaps, my vote counted. 

I had spent all day moving heavy boxes to my new place and then, sweaty and tired, I went to stand in the Winter Park voting line. I pulled my artist stool out of my car, figuring I might sit in line, and do a sketch as I waited to vote at around 5:30pm. The poles closed at 7pm so I figured there might be a rush hour after work crowd. The two volunteers laughed at the entrance. " You don't need the chair, you can walk right in." Inside I showed my drivers license, picked up my ballot, and found an empty screened table to do my civic duty. 

Wendy Wallenberg, has been campaigning for Emily Bonilla as the new Orange County Commissioner beating the Incumbent Ted Edwards. Emily launched her campaign after Edwards backed two mega-developments in her rural east Orange neighborhood. Sometimes democracy it exciting to witness. Maria Bolton-Joubert, a local artist also won for the soil and water of District 1. It felt so good to vote for someone who I know who is a hurricane when it comes to issues she believes in.

The rest of the night didn't go so good. After speeches from various democratic elected officials, the room became quieter and quieter as each new result came in. I felt dread. I didn't want to stay to the bitter end. The worst was about to happen, an I could feel it. The next day there were tears as we read the presidential election results over a cup of Starbucks Coffee.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Last Neanderthal Ball.

I went to the last Neanderthal Ball at the Orlando Science Center (777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803). In preparation for the ball I painted a black bow tie using some of Linda Sarasino's acrylic paint with a tiger pattern. I also put on a pair of tiger socks, but I don't think anyone ever saw those. I entered , I entered the venue early and found a stand up table with a decent view across the room. My table was right next to a hoop suspended from the ceiling. That means I would have a front row seat for the female performer who was suspended and poured drinks. It was difficult to ignore her as I sketched the overall scene.  As cavemen and women entered the venue, I added them to the sketch. 

Running with Scissors performed cover songs on the main stage. Dancing to Eagles songs isn't easy. But I tried. The MC remembered me from last year and he asked me information about what I do. I gave him my card and gave him my rundown about doing a sketch a day to cover arts and culture in Central Florida. I was amazed when he gave me a major plug from the main stage microphone, inviting everyone to take a look at my sketch in progress. When I was done, I left the sketchbook open on the table. Linda chatted with Wendy Wallenberg, who was wearing giant pink earmuffs as a head dress, and a pink fur vest. For the fashion show, she acted shocked and horrified be all 1 modern lights. It was a nice touch. She won a bottle of champagne for being one of the best dressed cave women. 

One caveman went all out on his fashion accessories. He had a uni-brow and wild woolly hair. He carried a big club, and the clincher was his performance during the fashion show. He kept his knees bent and moved as if on the prowl. He walked right up to the female judges and looked at them quizzically, bending his head to the side like a dog. Then he sniffed the air trying to catch a whiff of their perfume. He got a standing oration. Actually, everyone was already standing, but they did clap for him the loudest. 

Michael McLeod entered the fashion show, but, besides his Armani suit, the only accessory was a zebra bow tie. It did put my blunt hand painted tie to shame. He strutted the dance floor, opening his suit to show off the Armani label. Wendi had a zebra hat for Michael to wear, but it was vetoed. So many tables were reserved, probably for corporate sponsors, but I don't think those signs had much meaning. After the awards, the evening quickly wound down. Leaving the parking lot, I forgot to turn on my headlights. A caveman blinked his headlights at me from behind as I waited at a red light. I made nothing of it. Then he drove up beside me going north on Orlando Avenue. He honked and pointed at my front bumper. It finally dawned on me what he was trying to communicate. I waved and gave him a thumbs up as I flipped on the lights. He gave me a thumbs up in return and drove off. Cavemen look out for each other.

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

Monday, November 14, 2016

Loose Lips at lil indies.

I hosted a Drink and Draw at lil indies (1036 N. Mills Ave,, Orlando, Florida 32803). As an added bonus, Tod Caviness was hosting a literary reading event called Loose Lips which began later in the evening. Three landscape architects showed up, along with Colin Boyer. We sat at corner table to get a good view of the room which felt like a grand parent's basement. The room slowly filled with authors. I sketched Tod at the microphone as he introduced the first author. Karen Price read a fiction pie set in Paris France. It was a story about an artist who had to deal with a flooding of the Seine River. Today, no artist could afford to live right on the Seine. When visiting Paris, I sketched the art studio of one of my favorite artists, Daumier. His studio had a gorgeous view over the Seine.

Just yesterday, I moved into a two bedroom apartment in Thornton Park. My lease had been terminated by a snow bird that returned to Winter Park two months early. With my lease terminated, I had to find an apartment fast. I posted my predicament on Facebook and amazingly a friend offered an apartment that is right downtown and the first evening after the move, I walked to the venue I was going to sketch. I think this is the first time in 22 years where I didn't have to drive to where I wanted. to sketch. I walked through the beautiful downtown neighborhood full of quaint 1940's restored bungalows with a friend. It was an ideal evening.

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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Art Under the Stars.

Art Under the Stars in Maitland surrounds Lake Lily where Maitland Boulevard forks off from Orlando Avenue. Run by the Maitland Rotary Club, the art show runs today from 10am to 4pm. I met a friend and quickly tried to decide where I should sketch. My first thought was the foot bridge that straddles the lake. From there all the tents and stages were visible with the lights reflecting in cascading patterns. An illuminated fountain glowed yellow in the center of the lake. I decided against in view, though, since I felt it was too far from the action.

After crossing the bridge, I simply planted myself on a grassy knoll and started sketching a few tents. A painting of sunflowers byFiona Collins caught my eye. Fiona and her husband moved from Canada to Florida, and this is her first Maitland show. Her work is painted with thick bold brushwork. Besides the large paintings she also had coasters and trivets with her art printed on it. Her husband runs a printing business that specializes in printing art on useful household items.

We ran into Dawn Schreiner and her husband, Eric. Dawn didn't have a tent in the show, but just came from the VIP party. She does magnificent loosely painted portraits, usually on recycled cereal boxes. We shared our thoughts on the work of Toulouse Lautrec, and the healing process Orlando is still going through since the Pulse shooting.
It was a cold night and I decided to get a hot pretzel. I hugged it to my chest to warm me up before trying the first bite. It had a garlic-parmigiana flavor and was softer than expected but it tasted great.

Linda Saracino introduced me to the sculptural ceramic work of Cheryl Mackey Smith, a former McRae artist now living in Ashville, NC, who really impressed me. She creates small shards that look like fossilized shells or exoskeletons, and mounts them on a white board in shadowbox frames. Other forms fold over on themselves like ocean waves with tiny peas interspersed. Every piece felt like it belonged in a museum.

Ed Myers did the poster for the show this year. All of his paintings have a narrative, often touching on how communication is changing in the future. He works digitally and prints the paintings on large canvas panels, often assembling several panels to form a whole. For example, Thomas Edison had a light bulb where his brain would be; and a painting of a beautiful young woman had typewriter keys arching across her forehead. Some pieces incorporated video, like a portrait with one eye blinking. People are naturally attracted to motion.

Head on over to the festival today, and see all the art in the light of day. It is a show well worth seeing. Live music, art and a festive atmosphere will make for a very pleasant afternoon.

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Grimmly Ever After at the Shakespeare Theater.

I went to the final dress rehearsal for Grimmly Ever After at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803).  Theresa Leigh Smith-Levin, had invited me to sketch. She greeted me warmly when she arrived. There was a hectic energy as the actors got changed on costumes in the green room. On stage, a large swath of fabric was cut in half and then used to cover two music stands at stage left and right. It is from these stands that the brothers Grimm would introduce the various tales. 

The actors rehearsed a dance number, before a full run through of the show. The female dancers had to do a move that involved reaching behind their dance partner's neck and lifting the is right foot elegantly back. The male dancer would the n lift her and spin clockwise making her seem to float and slowly spin. It took quite a few takes to get the more down. Music came for a piano, played live. The piano player would have to be stopped periodically to redo the dancing sequence. This was the first to the choreographer got a good feel for the live music's timing.

Rumpelstiltskin was a miller who was poor, but who had a beautiful daughter. Now it happened that he had to go and speak to the king, and in order to make himself appear important he said to him, "I have a daughter who can spin straw into gold." His daughter sang a long song about the impossible task of spinning straw in to gold.  With each tale, the brothers would turn to the audience and offer two possible scenarios that the tale could follow. The voting among the production staff in the audience was done to hilarious effect. 

At one point, a prosthetic amputated arm was thrown on stage, and a princes tried to hide it in her apron pocket. The fingers kept getting caught in the pocket which caused her to struggle which was hilarious, weather it was planned or not. Theresa was laughing in front of me and her laughter was contagious. I had a blast watching the first half of the show. Unfortunately I had to sprint off during the intermission 1 see a McRae Art Studios group show at Maxine's on Shine (337 Shine Ave, Orlando, FL 32803). I'm glad I went, there were friends, a bit of wine tasting, and plenty of good art. 

Grimmly Ever After runs
November 11November 20
Nov 11 at 7:30 PM to Nov 20 at 5 PM
at the John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 E Rollins St, Orlando, Florida 32803
Tickets are available online.

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 12th and 13th.

Saturday November 12, 2016 
10am to 5pm Free. Special display of Pulse Memorial Crosses. Orlando Regional History Center.
Admission to the History Center will be free to all on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 during Orlando’s annual Come Out with Pride festival.
The free Pride Days weekend coincides with the recent opening of a new exhibit reflecting the progress and setbacks of Central Florida’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community over five decades of change.
The exhibit, titled Pride, Prejudice & Protest: The GLBT History of Greater Orlando, was prepared in association with the nonprofit GLBT History Museum of Central Florida and will be at the History Center through January 26, 2017.
The exhibit was planned long before the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. To pay tribute to the 49 lives lost and to the community’s outpouring of support, a selection of items collected from memorial sites has been added to the exhibit.
For Pride Days on November 12 and 13, the 49 Pulse Memorial Crosses will also be displayed at the History Center. Greg Zanis of Chicago made each cross in memory of someone who died in the tragedy and brought the crosses to Orlando soon after the shooting. They were displayed near Orlando Regional Medical Center, where many of the victims were treated.

10am to 9pm Free. Art under the Stars. Lake Lilly 641 S Maitland Ave, Maitland, FL 32751. The 40th "Art Under the Stars," the only night time fine art festival in the State of Florida during the weekend of November 11-13. Fine arts, live entertainment, beer & wine. Buy the ones you love the gift of fine art for the holidays. Find out why the Rotary Club of Maitland makes this event so special for patrons and artists alike.

1:30pm to 3:30pm Free. Come Out With Pride Parade. Around Lake Eola Park512 E Washington St, Orlando, Florida 32801. Members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community in Central Florida will gather together for a day of celebration, remembrance, festivities and giving back. The 12th annual festival will feature the Most Colorful Parade in Orlando, an incredible entertainment lineup including a nighttime fireworks spectacular, not to mention our region's most supportive businesses and organizations. Be sure to invite all your friends and let's all Come Out With Pride!

Sunday November 13, 2016. 
11am to 5pm Free. Orlando Japan Festival. The Village at Hunters Creek 13500 Village Park Drive Orlando FL. On stage, we will have performances including Judo, Iai, Japanese dance, Koto, Shamisen, Japanese Taiko drum, and more. At the festival, there will be Japanese restaurant, bazaars, various booths, yatai and Ennichi street. To enjoy the festivity even greater, audiences can take part in the raffle drawing, Cosplay Contest, raffle drawing and Bon Odori.

12:30pm to 5pm Free. 2016 NYCC Composium.  Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801. 
Program Details.
It's like a concert, plus a master class, plus a competition. It's informative, dramatic, and entirely thrilling. Witness an amazing afternoon of excitement, drama, and music.
In the first session, the winning chamber ensemble compositions are performed by symphony musicians. Each composer is interviewed by Maestro Wilkins and comments are given by the judges and musicians.
 After a brief intermission, the full orchestra session starts. The performance of each winning full-orchestra composition begins with an audio excerpt from the young composer's computer-generated MIDI score. Next, the composition is rehearsed, giving the composer an opportunity to interact with Maestro Wilkins, the orchestra musicians, and the judges. Each session ends with the final recorded performance of the composition.

To learn more about this year's winners and details about the

3pm to 5pm Free. MUSIC PERFORMANCE with Students from the Rollins College Department of Music. Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789. "In the Light of Naples: The Art of Francesco de Mura" is the first-ever exhibition of the art of Francesco de Mura (1696–1782), arguably the greatest painter of the Golden Age of Naples. The leader in his day of the Neapolitan School and the favorite of the reigning Bourbon King Charles VII, De Mura was the chief painter of decorative cycles to emerge from the studio of Francesco Solimena (1657-1747), the celebrated Baroque artist. De Mura’s refined and elegant compositions, with their exquisite light and airy colors, heralded the rococo in Naples, and his later style led to Neo-Classicism.
The exhibition—which will travel to the Chazen Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College—features more than 40 works by De Mura from museums and private collections in the United States, as well as Italy and the United Kingdom.
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s painting by De Mura “The Visitation,” ca. 1752 was the impetus for this show, which was curated by Dr. Arthur Blumenthal, Director Emeritus of the Cornell. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by the museum and D. Giles Ltd., available in the museum’s gift shop.


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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Nerd Nite at the Geek Easy.

Nerd Nite is always crowded at The Geek Easy (114 S Semoran Blvd Suite 6, Winter Park, Florida 32792).

"The Amazing Fabric of Gordon Space Time" by Scott Gordon. The current concept of space time is incorrect and it has been for the past 100+ years. This incorrect concept of space time is one of the reasons why the theoretical physicists cannot solve the theory of everything. Gordon is claiming to have solved the theory of everything and is presenting the correct manner in which space time should be modelled. He will present space time as an energy medium that light waves propagate through, as well as show how the energy contained in the space time medium fits into the big picture of all energy in our universe.

Speaker Bio: Scott Gordon is a Brooklyn-born and public school educated, with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. Gordon also has an M.D. degree from New York Medical College and works as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery for the past 28 years. As a humorist, he co-authored the book, "The Celebrity Who's Who of Losers", and co-hosted a radio talk show "The Gordon Brothers Weekend Revue" on 580 WDBO. He also co-wrote the medical comedy movie, National Lampoon presents RoboDoc and also composed, arranged and created its original music soundtrack.

"Vulnerability: You ARE crazy and its GREAT" by Rodrigo Groppa,  An exploration of different vulnerability activities. From the Meisner technique to EMDR therapy, we will explore how getting in touch with your emotions helps make life more engaging and authentic.

Speaker Bio: Rodrigo Groppa is a software engineer and rainbow enthusiast. He is passionately driven to constantly improve himself and the world. This speech is a part of that journey.

“The Science of Jurassic World” by Trevor Valle. "In the "Science" Of Jurassic World, we will look into the science of dinosaurs, the aspects of speculative genetic engineering of extinct species, how these ancient animals interacted with their environment... and how the movie got practically everything about it wrong, with 100% less overt sexism and fan pandering!"

Speaker Bio: "Trevor Valle is a field paleontologist who specializes in the recovery of fossils from large-scale construction sites. A three-time Nerd Nite Los Angeles presenter, Trevor also was the host of the National Geographic Channel's "Mammoths Unearthed", documenting his six-week adventure in Siberia hunting for the remains of woolly mammoths. He likes dead things, strong drink, and enjoys getting dirty."

Mark you calendars, the next Nerd Nite is November 10, 2016 at 7pm at The Geek Easy (114 S Semoran Blvd Suite 6, Winter Park, Florida 32792)

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Culture Pop at the Maitland Art Center.

Culture Pop at the Maitland Art Center, (231 W Packwood Ave, Maitland, FL 32751) featured the work of two acclaimed artists, John Petry and Derek Gores, who used Art Under the Stars at Lake Lily as a springboard for their current success.

Mark you Calendar! Art Under the Stars runs from November 11th to November 13th.
Friday Nov. 11              6pm - 10pm
Saturday Nov. 12          10am - 9pm
Sunday Nov 13.            10am - 4pm

Art Under the Slars is a boutique art festival surrounding Lake Lily Park in Maitland with only 135 artists vying for $26,000 in awards.  Art Under the Stars, The 40th Rotary Club of Maitland Art Festival is the only night-time fine art show in Florida.  With subtle live entertainment and sparkling lights the evening hours create magical experiences for artists and patrons alike.

Collage artist Derek Gores is a recycler of everyday ephemera. Magazines, labels, newspapers and digital media combine to reflect his contrasting interest in the abstract aesthetics of figures and objects in space. A black and white collage  looked like Audrey Hepburn' The Eifel tower loomed behind her. The entire image was created from fashion magazine strips of paper. He must n are large bins filled with the colorful strips of paper. The attention might wander, with the preexist, photo coming into focus. Several Orlando based artists use this technique to create their art. Derek wag the first to master this technique and they are his decides.

 Chattanooga artist John Petrey is a sculptor working with metal, rubber, plastic and other industrial and everyday items. Petrey creates iconic dress sculptures that reference stories from history, pop culture and childhood experiences. John used to run his own advertising agency when he lived in Orlando. He feels that his work in advertising helped is pi his life sized dress sculptures. The dress in the foreground featured old 1960s yard sticks. John bought about 7000 of these yard stick's for $100 at an estate sale. The top blouse was of agree copper. Each dress was completely unique u sing unique metals and materials. The furthest dress had a large bell shape skirt that was built from brightly colored past is spoons and forks. From a distance it reminded me of the glass sculptures of Chiuli. John has been building the dress sculptures for the past nine years. His work keeps getting larger and he is now doing large public installation sculptures. I had John sign my sketch.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Closed Major Holidays
Admission: $3 adults; $2 Seniors (55+) and Children (4-18 years); free Children (3 & under) and A&H Members (Memberships start at $30)

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Pop Art Show opening at Dandilion Communitea Cafe.

I went to the opening for POP! at Dandelion Communitea Cafe,  (618 N Thornton Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803). The November - December show theme is POP! This includes pop art, pop culture, popping colors or anything the artists interpret as POP!

As a special project for this show the curators were trying out something new. The small art board will be a hang able, movable board that can hold a number of small pieces. Artists could submit two pieces for consideration to the board in addition to the normal three submissions. All the small art pieces are just $40.

Bethany Taylor Myers had an abstract straight across the room from the corner table where I set up to sketch.   The large painting had a green "sky" and blue "ground". Three psychedelic spheres floated above a bright pink mass and black and white stripes. We tried to guess what that pink mass was. I saw a toothbrush on a table, and a typewriter. Bethany was at the opening, and she explained that it was done from a blind contour drawing. She was in bed, closed her eyes and drew her bed from the image in her mind. The black and white stripes are sheets and she says that her feet and her husbands, can be seen in the abstraction of the pattern. The painting was inspired by a Van Gogh painting of hid bedroom in Provence France.

Linda Sarasino had two paintings in the show. One was of four dresses arranged in an Andy Warhol inspired grid, for $440 and a small painting of a heart, cut up in a similar grid for just $40. Within the first 24 hours of the show opening, two of the $40 paintings sold. If you are shopping for the holidays early, these $40 paintings make an affordable, unique, creative gift.

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

Monday, November 7, 2016

Orlando Drink and Draw

I have been hosting a monthly art event called Orlando Drink and Draw (ODD) for the past year. Artists gather at a new bar each month to well, drink and draw. This ODD event took Place at Ollie's Public House (3400 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, Florida 32804). There is a social aspect to the event and artists get to share their experiences and sketches. I am fascinated by other artists hands. Some are slender and delicate with thin skin showing every sinewy tendon and veins. My hands seem bulky in comparison.

I have artists do quick five minute sketches of each of he facing across the table. With the Sketch done, all the artists change seats to face off against another artist. My thought is that this is a quick way for artists to meet and interact, much like speed dating just with sketching. I like that couples come to ODD as a unique date night. Once everyone has been sketched, we share sketchbooks, and the artist who was sketched, signs the portrait. That way everyone has a record of the artists they met that evening.

With all the portraits done, we went on to play, Truth or Sketch. An artist would be asked to tell the truth or do a sketch. Basically every artist chose to do a sketch  rather than tell the truth. My challenge was to sketch a woman riding a pterodactyl. I was also challenged to draw a garden gnome carrying in a life size girl. I will not bother you with that sketch, you are better off using your imagination.

ODD 17 is happening tonight, Monday November 7th at 7pm to 10pm  at Dexter's in Winter Park (558 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789).

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

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Functionally Literate at Avalon Island Gallery.

I went to "There will be words", at The Gallery at Avalon Island (39 S Magnolia Avenue Orlando FL) to hear fiction read by local authors.  The evening was hosted by Jesse Bradley. An iPhone, mounted on a tripod recorded every reader. This event is always a great sketch opportunity. I get to see local art in the gallery and then listen to local authors reading their latest work.

The next "There will be words" happens on Tuesday, November 8 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. This show will take place on the most important day of the year: Election Day. And there will be writers who are reading stories based on what the world looks like when you make a terrible decision.

Glendaliz Camacho
John King
Rachel Kolman
Whitney Hamrick

Afterwards, all the authors will go somewhere and watch the votes being counted and hope that Florida doesn't fuck this up for everyone.

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

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Brian Feldman presents, Dishwasher.

Flying Horse Editions located in the UCF Center for Emerging Media campus across from the Bob Carr, held an open house with wine and cheese.

Flying Horse Editions is a collaborative research studio for visual artists at the University of Central Florida. A non-profit publisher of limited-edition prints, artist books, and art objects by internationally renowned artists, FHE offers unique opportunities for artists, students, and the Central Florida community.
Flying Horse Editions offers visiting artists the opportunity to work with FHE technicians to push the boundaries of their work while providing a unique educational experience for UCF students.

At part of the open house Brian Feldman presented Dishwasher. The premise is simple; Brian washed dishes for the first half of the evening and then gave a cold reading of a monologue from a play. Sara Segal , who booked the performance, picked the script. After his reading, the audience was asked if Brian was a better actor or dish washer. Brian began h is acting career when he was just 10 years old at the Shakespeare Theater at Lake Eola Park. His first non-acting job however, was as a dishwasher. So he has experience with both career paths. Several of Brian's friends were at the open house and they joked with Brian as he did the dishes. When it came time to vote, they decided he was a better dishwasher. The rest of the audience voted for his acting.

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

Friday, November 4, 2016

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 5th and 6th.

Saturday November 5, 2016
6pm to 9pm Free. Artborne Magazine: November Release Party. The District At Mills 50 1221 north mills avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.  The release of the official FIFTH issue of Artborne Magazine.
Artborne Magazine is an independently published, print and online publication dedicated to the development and advancement of Orlando’s art scene.
Join us for food, drinks, music, art, and a damn good time.
see more at

7pm to 11pm $150 Final Neanderthal Ball. Orlando Science Center, East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL. Orlando Science Center will host the 10th annual Neanderthal Ball on Saturday, November 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit its mission to inspire science learning for life. This year marks the final Neanderthal Ball with the theme of “Celebrate our Evolution.” Guests are invited to celebrate 10 years of Neanderthal Ball and what it has helped achieve for Orlando Science Center.
“The success of Neanderthal Ball along with our other fundraising efforts over the past decade has helped the Science Center have an incredible impact on this region,” said Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman. “A STEM preschool, new exhibits, expanded teacher training and national partnerships have all been part of our evolution as a stronger community partner. Neanderthal Ball is a time to celebrate our growth as we prepare for a new gala that will help lead us into the future.”
The prehistoric-themed event, located in the Science Center’s DinoDigs exhibit, includes a night of dancing, dining, and a silent auction. The auction will feature over 75 unique packages, including offerings from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Kennedy Space Center, unique experiences, and local restaurant packages. A diamond necklace and earring suite from Mayor’s Jewelers—valued at $5,000—is also set to be raffled off.
During the event, guests will dance the evening away with live music from the local band, Running with Scissors, and enjoy gourmet creations from Puff ‘N Stuff Event Catering. Neanderthal Ball will fuel the celebration with drinks provided by Tito’s Vodka, a wine bar, and artesian beers provided by Orlando Brewing Company.
To get everyone in the spirit, guests are encouraged to showcase pops of print or wild animal patterns. Harriet Lake, one of Central Florida’s leading philanthropists, sponsors the Caveman Couture Contest with prizes awarded to those with the most chic “caveman couture.
Proceeds from Neanderthal Ball will help fund educational programs at Orlando Science Center, plus support opportunities for youth and families to experience the Science Center regardless of income or educational background.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 407-514-2000.

7pm to 9pm Free.  Ybor City Art Walk. 7th Ave Ybor Tampa, Florida 33605. Officially beginning the second Saturday of July (the 9th) we are bringing back the Ybor City Art Walk! Featuring a number of arts organizations and artsy businesses, be sure to R.S.V.P. here to get the official map for the walk!
Here are the participating locations:
The Bricks of Ybor
Bloodline Tattoo
Ybor Arts Colony
Hot Wax
Wandering Eye Art Gallery
Dysfunctional Grace
Moon Over Havana Arts Gallery
Live Arts Labs
For any questions please feel free to contact the Ybor Art Alliance here through Facebook.
Expect to be wowed!

Sunday November 6, 2016
10pm to 4pm Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. South East corner of Lake Eola.

Noon to 3pm Donation. Music at the Casa. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Flamenco guitarist Jorge Mendoza.

2pm to 4pm Free. Yoga. Near the red gazebo, Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, FL. Weekly.

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

Thursday, November 3, 2016

American Buffalo at Theater on Edge.

I went to a dress rehearsal of American Buffalo at Theater on Edge, (5542 Hansel Avenue Orlando, FL 32809). The theater is very intimate with just two rows of seats. Monica Mulder, an actress who played Oberon in a recent production of Shakespeare's, A Mid Summer's Night Dream invited me to the rehearsal. She was seated in the audience having a quick fast food diner. I assumed she would be in the production. I was wrong however, she is also a photographer who took shots to promote the show. I had followed a young man into the theater. He spoke to Monica multiple times in a barely audible whisper. I finally had to ask Monica if he was "in character" and she laughed, saying he was. He had a tough role as Bobby in the production.

American Buffalo is a 1975 play by American playwright David Mamet. The stage set was amazing. It replicated the chaos of a junk shop. A tiny horse carousel trinket reminded are of the Glass Menagerie that I had sketched days before.   Donny, Allan Whitehead, who owns the junk shop where the entire play takes place, had sold a buffalo nickel to a customer for ninety dollars but now suspects it is worth considerably more. He and his young gofer, Bobby, Zack Roundy, planned to steal the coin back. Teach, Marco DiGeorge, a poker buddy of Don's, arrived and learned of the scheme. He persuaded Don that Bobby is too inexperienced and untrustworthy for the burglary, and proposed himself as Bob's replacement. Teach suggested they steal the whole coin collection and more. Don insisted that their poker buddy Fletcher join the heist to watch their backs. Teach insisted that Fletcher was not needed. 

From the moment Teach arrived in the shop in his brown leather suit and brown pants, along with his 70s style handlebar mustache, he was a a violently paranoid braggart, a raw nerve of twitching swirling energy. He was a stark laughable contrast to Donny and Bobby's lazy meandering conversation about what to get for breakfast. These high-minded grifters fancied themselves businessmen pursuing legitimate free enterprise. But the reality is that they were merely pawns caught up in their own game of last-chance, dead-end, empty pipe dreams. Their dream was based on false information which lead them to turn on each other. 

I was completely riveted. In one scene, Teach almost choked on his breakfast bacon. The director Pam Harbaugh, later said that this wasn't method acting, she was concerned for his well being. She was also thrilled that the audience of media were laughing so much during the production. After so many rehearsals, it is rewarding to hear the reactions. Violence later the play was shockingly real. I was caught off guard. I loved the intimate staging that left a fine line separating the audience from the action. 

American Buffalo runs from November 3rd to November 20th. Seating is very limited, so be sure to order a ticket online. 

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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

After Orlando at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

I went to a rehearsal for After Orlando which is part of Play Fest at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. The stage floor in the Margeson Theater had beautiful postcard painted images of fall foliage from New York and New England. After Orlando consists of a series of short one a c) plays that are about recovery and loss after the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. A table was set up with scripts and other materials. Each rehearsal had to be short and succinct. There was a small green hat made out of paper that had green triangular leaves as a brim. The theater tech explained the she was going to be a strawberry for Halloween and the hat completed her costume.

The first play, O-Town written by David Lee is a simple narration that describes Orlando in such a way that any tourist could identify with. It was reminiscent of Our Town. Landmarks and people are identified as they are on a typical day, and then how they will be changed after the shooting. A homeless man takes is upon himself to relight all the candles at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts make shift memorial. A merchant creates thousands of rainbow ribbons that are distributed around the world. The Center is faced with an incredible challenge after the shooting and they rise like a phoenix to meet the needs. 

In another play two men chat playfully. One is a professional boxer and he doesn't want to be seen being affectionate in public because it would make him seem weak. His partner, found on Tinder, is playful and flamboyant. He wants to go to the club, but the boxer is resolute and wants to stay in. They share a connection that goes beyond sexuality. Music fills the room and the playful partner danced with abandon trying to encourage his stoic partner to join in. When he leaves to go alone to the club, his partner begins to sway to the beat, alone. It becomes clear that one of them might not live to see the next day. 

In another play, three men interact inside the club. They are celebrating life and poking fun at American culture that ignores their Latina culture. the in playful banter is endearing. As they dance, one of them freezes looking out into the audience. Then the other two freeze to see what sees. Each in turn falls backwards, as if hit in the chest, while letting out a loud staccato beat box vocal. They turn away from the audience. After a long pause, they each say their name and age. It was a sobering moment.

There were more plays that needed to be rehearsed, but I slipped out and drove to a friends. On the drive, I saw children dressed as skeleton's and zombies as they pillaged a neighborhood for candy.  Orlando has faced a very real horror. Seeing the children wandering in the dark was strangely reassuring.

PayFest, runs from November 3rd to the 6th.
PlayFest offers you the rare opportunity to participate in the development of new plays. Converse with playwrights, directors, and actors while absorbing groundbreaking new works. This four-day event tears down the barrier between artist and audience, putting YOU at the heart of the process.
Your input is vital to the extended life of new plays. Many audience favorites from PlayFest have been developed into full productions in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Signature Series!
This season we’re dedicating PlayFest to six new plays plus a special reading of The Laramie Project. All selected plays explore issues surrounding the Pulse tragedy that occurred in Orlando in the early morning of June 12, 2016.  In selecting plays for the weekend, we’re concentrating on plays that explore the following issues:
  • LGBTQ struggles and responses to violence and hate
  • Discrimination against Hispanics/Latinos and efforts for acceptance and inclusion
  • Terrorism acts
  • Mental health and gun violence
  • Individual and community responses to mass violence
  • Individual Reading Tickets: $10

  • Click here to book individual tickets for PlayFest Readings. General Admission Seating.

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  • PlayFest Pass $49 per person (Value: $70)
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  • PlayFest VIP – $100 per person
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  • PlayFest Patron – $250 per individual
    Reserved seating in the front rows of the Margeson Theater, complimentary drink tickets, special recognition in the program, and a private event with the PlayFest playwrights. Make your experience a memorable one! Please email for more information.
Make a commitment to new plays! Call the Box Office at 407-447-1700 ext. 1 for more information. All Passes Expire November 12, 2016.

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Television art show at Barefoot Spa.

I submitted a piece at the Television Art Show at The Barefoot Spa (801 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803). This show featured art of television personalities, art of televisions, and art of anything related to televisions. There were classic television shows, cartoon characters, Atari, the evening news, and more. I submitted a sketch I did of a Brian Feldman performance done at Frames Forever. Brian set up televisions in the storefront window and watched TV all night as each station switched from analog signals to digital signals. Each TV showed static after the switch. It was the night when analog officially died. If you had an old TV with rabbit ears, it became a devise to watch static across all the stations. Since Brian was bored by the viewing options, he used his cell phone to tweet and research through the night.

The TV Art Show reception was fairly well attended, but more than there quarters of those in attendance must have been artists. Linda Saracino is an artist who paints quirky dress fashions and does intricate collages. She was talking to someone who ended up being deleted from the sketch, since he or she would have been standing in the centerfold of the sketchbook. Linda's work wasn't in the show, but I've seen her at about every art opening that I've ever sketched. John Glassman Gardener was busy signing colorful spray can lids that acted as magnets. He would place each on the metal column as he finished signing them.

The show featured 30 pieces of art by 18 different artists.
Bethany Taylor Myers
Brian Garnett
Carrie Perman
Chrissy Hufford
Cierra Hannah
Delores Haberkorn
Donna Harrington
Eric Wise
Glaucia Mir
Jamie Meagher
Jon Glassman Gardner
M Scott Morgan
Mark Goffe
Parker Sketch
Thom Solo
Thomas Thorspeken
Vanessa Bernal

Parker Sketch curated the show, and he did a great job logging the art as it arrived and when is was picked up. My piece didn't sell. The problem was that I exhibited the original. Lets face it people in Orlando cant afford my originals. My prints at half the price do sell on occasion. Even the owner of a sports stadium decided to buy a print rather than the original painting that they commissioned. 

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