Monday, December 11, 2017

The Art of Medicine Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art.


First Green Bank and The Art of Medicine Foundation invited health care professionals and brain injury survivors to submit artwork to be auctioned for charity in order to educate and inspire awareness about the impact that brain injuries and other neurological disorders can have on those affected. Proceeds from the event benefited the University of Florida Trauma, Concussion, and Sports Neuromedicine Program.

The gala is in honor of Dr. Cindy LaRoe, who sustained a traumatic brain injury during a competitive biking accident. The injury paused LaRoe’s career in medicine, but also led her down a path of discovering her artistic talents. During her recovery, LaRoe found painting therapeutic, and now, six years after her injury, she continues to paint. She paints in vibrant bold colors Cindy is standing in front of her painting of clown fish in my sketch. 

In a video presentation Cindy remembered the day of the accident.  She was in a bike race.  There were incentives with each lap which incited racers to sprint. She was in a group of racers heading up a hill.  Some of the girls started to sprint to pass and Cindy let them. They crossed the lines which is against the rules.  There was a big crash in front of Cindy.  She recalled a flash of bodies going down in front of her.  After the accident, she couldn't see for a while, there was twitching in her right eye and blurred vision.   She couldn't handle the over stimulation of live music and crowds.  She always felt she was seeing movement to her right side.  Memories were gone.  She woke up and was a new person.  She doesn't want anyone to ever have to experience that again.  She likes to think that things happen for a reason.  Color was more intense and vibrant. Creating art gave her life a new meaning.  In some ways she feels she might be a better person that she was.   It all doesn't suck.

Her recovery and her talent were the inspiration for her and her husband, Ken LaRoe, the founder of First Green Bank, to create the Art of Medicine Foundation. Ken took to the microphone.   He explained that after the accident his wife developed a seizure disorder.  There were days where she had over 100 seizures.  She was put on a cocktail of pharmaceuticals but they had no effect.  One day one of Ken's biggest clients said randomly that he smokes dope.  He smokes so that he can get to sleep at night and has done so since he was 15 years old.  He has a net worth of over 60 million, so he isn't a stoner.  He invited Ken over to his Isleworth mansion to pick up a joint.   Ken reluctantly agreed and hid the joint in a baggie under his car seat.  A week later he told Cindy that she needed to try it.  She said "no."   He said, "Look, you are a doctor, this is a medical experiment." He took a couple of tokes to cut the ice.  After she took her 4th toke off the joint, her seizures stopped.  They stopped all night and into the next day.  It worked day after day.  Her neurologist couldn't explain it.  Over 6 months she got off the pharmaceuticals. In the interim, medical marijuana became legal.  Cindy finds a silver lining in every situation.  The gala is an example of that.  


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cutting the Turkey.


Thanksgiving in Iowa was a crash course in Midwestern hospitality. The family farm occupies 16 acres but is land-locked on three sides by neighbors' farms. The red house is at the top of a hill which allows epic views of sunsets and sunrises. It is the end of bow hunting season, but that didn’t stop a lone doe from standing at the edge of the woods about 100 yards away from the back sliding glass doors. Up in another clearing about a quarter mile away wild turkeys foraged at the edge of the field.

Ron Schwartz was responsible for carving the turkey and I couldn’t resist sketching the Norman Rockwell moment. First, all the stuffing was removed and then carving commenced. Ron is skilled with knives, so the carving went quickly. The kitchen behind him was alive with activity as the other Thanksgiving sides were prepared. Green beans had crunchies, potatoes had gravy and four different pies waited for desert. No one at a Schwartz dinner table leaves hungry.

Once the Turkey rib cage was cut free of all the white meat, Ron put the bird and platter on the back porch where four outdoor cats picked it clean. The cats must have even swallowed some of the bones. Later, after we ate and were playing board games, the black cat hauled a huge dead squirrel up on to the porch and dropped it down by the sliding glass doors like some sort of reciprocal peace offering. The cats had celebrated Thanksgiving in grand style, and even enjoyed a squirrel for dessert.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Board Games in Iowa.


After the Thanksgiving Turkey Dinnr, the Schwartz family plays board games for the rest of the day into the night This game called "Quelf" was rather strange. The board has characters that move around a rainbow brick road using a die to set the number of moves. Different spots would have players pick up cards much like in a game of Monopoly. Some cards in the deck insist that a player perform an action throughout the length of the game, "Roolz Cards." For instance, Pam Schwartz had to say "Wacka Wacka" any time another player laughed. Of course when she said "Wacka Wacka" we would all laugh again. Another card had Pam shout out commands like a drill Sargent, which she did with some gusto.

I pulled a card that said I must pinch the flesh around my belly button to manipulate it like a mouth to say something like, "Well this is awkward." I thought long and hard before performing that task, but ended up doing so to avoid paying a penalty. Another card insisted that I must stand in slow motion and point at the player to my left and say, "You have sabotaged my plans for the last time, en guard!" The simple goal of the game was to get to the end of the rainbow paved rainbow first. I didn't win.

Another board game called "Baker Street," based on the Sherlock Holmes books, had four players trying to solve a murder on the streets of London. Once again, a die set the pace of game play. I thought I was being clever by bypassing many possible clues to get to the scene of the crime first. The clue at the scene was no better than any other spot on the board so I had to backtrack to learn what the other players already knew. I knew that the crime had to do with the value of a bible. So I had my suspicions about the murderer and his motive, but I wasn't able to find the weapon used in time. Each player was on their own private quest and didn't have any reason to interact. After the  boisterous insanity of Quelf, this seemed far too tame a prospect.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for December 9th and 10th.

Saturday December 9, 2017
11 AM to 5 PM - Free.  Santa Con 2017! (Thornton Park District, 617 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801).  Santa Con is celebrated all over the country and is simply a gathering of people dressed as Santa that go as a group from restaurant and bars celebrating the Holiday Season with some tasty adult libations!
This year they are again encouraging participants to bring musical instruments, Example: Tambourines, Harmonicas, Guitars what ever you have to bang, play on, and make some joyous noise!

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - $10.  Orlando Cringe IX - The Holiday Show.  (SAK Comedy Lab, 29 S Orange, Orlando, FL 32801).  For their last show of 2017, they're teaming up with SAK Comedy Lab for a very special Cringemas Show! They'll be bringing back a very special reader from Cringe and SAK's amazing team will be performing improvised scenes completely based on their personal journals. They also have other surprises, so naughty or nice, it's going to be a great show!

7 PM to 9 PM - Free.  The 5th Annual “Violectric Holiday Show.”  (Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park, 99 N Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801). Rock Into The Holiday Season with Violectric, Central Florida’s Top Strings Rock Group.   This is a fun and free LIVE concert featuring classic holiday tunes with a twist and more. Bring a pet supply, donation and your furry friend to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Sunday December 10, 2017
11 AM to 5 PM - Free.  Day 2 of Santa Con. (Thornton Park District 617 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801).   Santa Con is celebrated all over the country and is simply a gathering of people dressed as Santa that go as a group from restaurant and bars celebrating the holiday season with some tasty adult libations!  This year we are again encouraging participants to bring musical instruments, Example: Tambourines, harmonicas, guitars what ever you have to bang, play on, and make some joyous noise!

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - $30.   An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith.  (Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803).  Best known to television audiences as Nancy McNally on The West Wing and Gloria Akalitus on Nurse Jackie, Anna Deavere Smith’s theater work has become an inspirational source for civil discourse. Through a short performance and interview, audiences will hear about the process of combining a passion for social causes with documentary style theatre making.  Ms. Smith seeks to “discern the American character and to capture its politics.” The discussion will focus on how she finds the authentic voice of the people she interviews and then creates on stage.

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Free.  A Picture Perfect Christmas.  (Maitland Presbyterian Church, 341 N Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751).  Performing Arts of Maitland sponsors the Maitland Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Concert: "A Picture Perfect Christmas". Guest performer Joshua Messick is a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion performing premier selections with the MSO: “The First Snowfall” and “Blue Ridge Sunrise”. MSO also performs “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” by Jessel, “Maltese Winter” by Hayen and more.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Playing Canasta.


Playing cards and board games are a family tradition in the Schwartz household in Iowa. Grandma Schwartz, and Pam's other grandparents, have been carrying the card game Canasta on as a family tradition for decades. I followed along trying to understand all the rules. Two team members sit diagonally across from each other, the cards are put down on the table in groups and the first team to get rid of their cards wins the round. Any cards remaining in players' hands are then added up as negative points.

These card games can go on until three in the morning. I sat in on several games with Pam Schwartz offering advice over my shoulder. For the kids, we played Gubs, which is a card game in which you try and collect as many Gubs (bugs) as you can. The trick is that opponents can steal your Gubs, entrap them, or even kill them. I never did manage to hold on to all my Gubs.

Thanksgiving was a week long event in which family slowly arrives in a crescendo until Thanksgiving day when there were 24 people in the Iowa household. Then over the next several days people slowly disappear. When the house was full, everyone shouted out their story over each other. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but then I adjusted and just enjoyed the variety of exchanges. All the board games reminded me of Thorspecken family games that I have sketched in the past. My family however has scattered to the winds and no one household hosts large holiday parties.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's a Wonderful Life at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.


Frank Capra's iconic holiday film,"It's a Wonderful Life" was adapted for the stage by Joe Landry.  The theater lobby was abuzz with activity when we arrived at the theater.  A newspaper boy was hawking his papers, then a man in uniform wandered through the crowd announcing that there was a telegraph for Al, then two girls in uniform offered popcorn.  The time and place were the sound stage at WOST radio in NYC in 1946.  The stars of the radio play were announced and screaming teens rushed them for autographs.

After George Bailey (Duke Lafoon) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Brandon Roberts) is sent to earth to make George's wish come true. George starts to realize how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. George dreamed big and wanted to escape from the small town of Bedford Falls.  On graduation night in 1928, George talks to Mary Hatch, (Sarah French) who has had a crush on him from an early age. They are interrupted by news of his father's death. George postpones his travel plans in order to sort out the family business, the Bailey Brothers' Building and Loan.

Georges future looks bleak when his absent minded uncle looses $8000 which he was supposed to deposit at the bank.  Today that amount would be equal to $100,000.  When George contemplated suicide, he was saved by his guardian angel. Most actors play several parts in the radio play so in some ways it is better not to see the actors since it can get confusing as to which part they might be playing at any given time.  Since I was sketching, I experienced the play by listening as I sketched. I didn't catch all the actors on stage, but focused on George and Mary as they fell in love. 

The story is a Christmas classic and it was very fun to step back in time to become part of a 1940s radio studio audience.  The applause sign triggered just the right amount of applause when needed.  I wish I had been closer to the sound technician who slammed doors and walked shoes in the sand to recreate the sound of walking in fresh snow.

If you need a heart warming classic to get you in the mood for the holidays, then "It's a Wonderful Life" is your ticket.

"It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"
By Joe Landry | Original Music and Musical Arrangements by Kevin Connors
Orlando Shakes - November 29 - December 30, 2017

For tickets and more information, visit http://ow.ly/73BW30fprCM  


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told by Paul Rudnick and Directed by Tommy Wooten, is now playing at Footlight Theater at Parliament House (410 North Orange Blossom Trail Orlando FL.)  Tim Evanicki productions backed out of producing the play, so the cast and crew are now producing the show themselves.  This same show appeared on the Footlight Stage way back in 2001 and was the first published play to appear on the stage. 

A stage manager, (Beth Marshall), headset and prompt book at hand, brings the house lights to half, then dark, and cues the creation of the world. Throughout the play, she's in control of everything. In other words, she's either God, or she thinks she is. Beth brought just the right amount of arrogant and bored attitude to the part.  I was laughing out loud through most of the first act. 

Act One recounts the major episodes of the Old Testament, only with a twist: Instead of Adam and Eve, our lead characters are Adam (Brett McMahon) and Steve (Tripp Karrh), and Jane (Sara Jones) and Mabel (Camilla Camilo), a lesbian couple with whom they decide to start civilization (procreation proves to be a provocative challenge). My sketch might imply full frontal nudity, but Adam and Steve wore tight bathing suits with fig leaves and then puppet floppy bits. A hilarious scene involves Adam talking to a seated Jane and his bits are hardly hidden by a loin cloth inches from her face

Act One covers the Garden of Eden, an ark, a visit with a highly rambunctious Pharaoh and finally even the Nativity. Along the way, Mabel and Adam invent God, but Jane and Steve are skeptical. This brings about the Flood, during which Steve has a brief affair with a rhinoceros and invents infidelity. No longer blissful, Adam and Steve break up only to be reunited as two of the wise men at the Nativity.

Act Two jumps to modern day Manhattan. Adam and Steve are together again, and Steve is HIV positive. It's Christmas Eve, and Jane is nine months pregnant even though she always thought of herself as the butch one. The two women want to marry and want Adam and Steve to join them in the ceremony. A wheelchair-bound, Jewish lesbian Rabbi from cable access TV arrives to officiate. The ceremony is interrupted as Jane gives birth, and Steve confides to Adam that his medication isn't working and that he'll probably not survive much longer. Bound by their long life together, and the miracle of birth they've just witnessed, the two men comfort each other even though they know their remaining time together will be short.

THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD
by Paul Rudnick
Directed by Tommy Wooten
At Parliament House Footlight Theatre, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805
Fridays and Saturdays, December 1 - 22
Special Industry Night Performance on Monday, December 11.
All performances 7:00PM.
Tickets: $20 at phouse.ticketleap.com or 888-202-1708


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Installing a Winch


Pam's dad, Ron Schwartz repairs large farm equipment in Iowa. So when he has time off for Thanksgiving, he can't resist tinkering and repairing his own equipment. One of the first things we did when we got to the family farm was to go out to the work shed and help Ron install the winch. At first he worked solo, but eventually he relied on his daughter for assistance. As Pam says, he has huge bear paws for hands and the task involved getting some bolts lined up in a very tight space.

I started the sketch as Ron drilled holes in the winch support assembly he had custom built. Then he spent the rest of the time at the utility vehicle so I switched gears mid-sketch. The task of installing the winch was harder than expected, giving me plenty of time as father and daughter worked on the install together. In random spots around the work space, deer skulls could be found in buckets or mounted to light bulbs. Pam's niece Destiny sat behind the steering wheel of the Rhino utility vehicle the entire time, as if she would drive off the second the install was complete.

After the install, Pam took me on a spin around the 16 acre property. There is a pond in the ravine and some steep hills that I felt might tip the vehicle over if approached at the wrong angle. The lake had a thin sheet of ice over its surface and the wind made the ice sing. There was what looked like a stabalized stick shift bar and grip on the roll bar that Ron referred to as "OH shit!" grips. I clutched those grips tight the whole time.

Ron needs the utility vehicle and winch to haul hunted deer back to the work space where they can be dressed and cut up as a winter supply of meat. The deer is field dressed where it is shot, leaving all the stink and weight of the innards of the animal behind. After being brought back the deer is skinned, hanged in a cooler for a few days before being processed. Each evening Ron would go out to shoot a deer but they eluded him all Thanksgiving. One faced him and was just six paces from being shot. That buck eluded the bullet by standing strategically behind a tree before bounding off just in time.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Winter Wonderettes at TheaterWorks


I went to a final dress rehearsal for "Winter Wonderettes," written by Roger Bean and presented by TheatreWorks Florida at the the Davenport Community Campus  (8 W Palmetto St, Davenport, Florida 33837). This is the second production in the inaugural season of Theatre Works Florida. Scott Cook founded this new production company and I am always excited to see a new cultural hub pop up like a mushroom in the woods of Florida.

The Wonderettes offered a scrumptious musical confection of holiday hits. This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Happening but when Santa turns up missing, the girls must use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, fun and fabulous. This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.

I felt self conscious going in to the rehearsal since I seem to have an unending cough. I had to step out in the second act because I needed to get a drink of water to stop my hacking. A hitch in the rehearsal came when one of the Wonderettes had an intense migraine so she had to be driven home, but the rehearsal must go on. I decided to sketch one of the Wonderettes twice to account for the missing actress. The assistant director or stage hand read her lines to fill out the full run through of the show.

This was a high energy production with the actresses in constant motion, dancing and singing with endless 60s kitch. In an interactive bit with the audience they asked "Who is the most famous elf singer of them all?" Pam Schwartz guessed correctly, which I think they didn't expect, but it could very well happen with a full audience. The actresses seemed relaxed in the roles which required tons of energy. With the right audience this could be a hilarious night. Bring the whole family.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fluffing the Christmas Tree.

For Thanksgiving, Pam Schwartz and I traveled to her parent’s home in Iowa. Thanksgiving in the Schwartz home involves 25 or more relatives playing games and having a huge Thanksgiving meal. Kids of all sizes run about and everyone talks at the same time. After the big meal, everyone plays board and card games at the kitchen table. The card game Canasta can last until three in the morning. As I am writing this, a board game of Malarky has just begun. Everyone has to come up with answers to little known facts, including reeling a story about why an octopus is thrown on the ice during a playoff hockey league game. Three answers were made up and one answer was correct.

The day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas tree is set up. The family used to cut their own live tree but that tradition ended when two mice were smuggled into the house within it. The artificial tree was tightly bound and wrapped in a green drop cloth. Pam untied the multiple knots and then set up the compressed mess of branches. Each branch had to be spread and then fluffed so that all the needles were spread out. When tree was first set up the trunk which is wrapped in a garland didn’t look very convincing, but by the time Pam had the whole tree fluffed out, it looked reasonably real. She also set up all the lights and hung tinsel. She has a very specific technique in her tinsel hanging. Individual strands were hung creating an airy cascading effect.

There is a family tradition that the tree came with strands of Christmas lights already pre-hung, but one year Pam couldn’t take down the tree because of her scheduled flight out of state. Her dad took down the tree that year and instead of remembering that the top two pieces of the tree don't come apart, he ended up cutting off the strings of lights in annoyance. It should be noted that he actively denies this family accusation.

Every year Pam’s eyes swell the next morning from the dust and the make of the tree branches. That doesn’t stop her from taking care of this traditional chore. The rest of the family sits on the couch and watches or wander throughout the house with other decorations. A new angel went on top of the tree this year since Pam destroyed the previous one attempting to retrofit it to a different light bulb. The new one has translucent violet and green illuminated wings that sparkle.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

10 X 10 Urban Sketch Workshop at the Orange County Regional History Center.


One of the Orlando Urban Sketching Workshops was held at the Orange County Regional History Center. The lesson of this workshop was to focus on value and color without much use of line. It was the same evening as another large event in town, so turnout was down, but we made the best of it. There was also a wedding on the ground floor, so we stayed in the exhibits on the top floors.


The Citrus Industry exhibition was where we started. The first sketch was of a lifecast on a ladder picking oranges from a tree. There is a clear advantage sketching a mannequin as opposed to a live model since it never moves. I gave pointers on composition and then we all got to work. The goal of the class was to finish two sketches with an emphasis on color and value.

Pam Schwartz, the History Center's Chief Curator joined us. She has done plenty of art in her past, so she fit right in. As we sat working, she noticed one of the text panels in the Citrus Exhibit was missing a letter, so she touched it up. The entire museum is going to be renovated with new exhibits in the upcoming year or two, so the museum as it looks today is a bit of an antique. New interactive exhibits are on the horizon.

After sketching the citrus trees, we moved over to the pioneer cabin where two lifecast children were on the porch pulling taffy. This porch set up was a good exercise in one point perspective and bold blocks of color. I explained that the open window created a pool of light in which the main action took place. The mural on the wall next to the cabin had a painting of a chicken that was larger that the cows in the field. It is a strange touch that most visitors probably don’t notice. When you take the time to sketch, however, such strange size relationships become obvious.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stir Fry.


Not every sketch I do is of a big event. I am always encouraging my art students to carry a sketchbook everywhere they go. As a friend prepared stir fry, I did a quick sketch. The smaller the sketch, the faster it can be created. Every sketch good or bad, finds its way to this site. It is an ongoing visual journal of my life. Even the most mundane moments become important when you take the time to sketch them.

I am in the process now of creating an inventory of every sketch done since Analog Artist Digital World was founded in 2009. So far over 3,000 sketches have been added to the spread sheet. My work is being appraised as a joint asset in my divorce case, so everything must be accounted for. I also have been told I can not sell my work since it is a joint asset.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pecha Kucha at the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts.


Pecha Kucha, which means chit chat in Japanese, is an evening of high speed series of presentations by local residents about a wide range of subjects. The talks are kept short because the Power Point Presentations can only consist of 20 slides. Presenters then only have 20 seconds to discuss each slide. In the past I had done one presentation myself and it is a challenge to edit back what can be presented. Rehearsals help in trimming the talks back. What remains is bare bones poetry.

The theme of the May 26th presentation was “We Need to Talk.” Billy Manes was a presenter on this evening. Billy was one of Orlando’s most dynamic and entertaining journalists. He says exactly what is on his mind. on this night he wore a grey suit, pink tie and a rainbow ribbon in memory of the Pulse Nightclub victims. His personal life story was instrumental in the fight for marriage equality for gay couples. Later this year, we were all shocked when he passed away.

One presentation involved picking people from the audience to give improvised presentations to 20 slides. The images were not related in any way and what people came up with to tie the slides together was hilarious.

Tisse Mallon and Jack Graham gave a joint presentation about living room theater. Jack performed on his guitar, which was a great way to tie up their presentation. One presenter talked about the Trump protests and the slide I liked the most had a protester holding a sign that said, "So bad even introverts are here."

The next Pecha Kucha night, Volume 21, will be on December 1, 2017 at the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts (445 S. Magnolia Avenue Orlando FL 32801). The theme for the evening will be “Building a Better Man." Performances will be at 6 PM and 9 PM. Tickets are available now. These community events tend to sell out. Trust me, it is a great way to discover what amazing things are happening in Orlando.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Third Thursday at Avalon Island.

On every Third Thursday the downtown art galleries open for the beginning of new exhibitions. I often stop at The Gallery at Avalon Island (39 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801) since there is live music in the bar area. I started drawing the wrought ironwork surrounding the stage and then stopped half way through the process, realizing that the intricate pattern wasn’t adding anything to the sketch. I have been doing that more and more lately, just leaving out what doesn’t interest me and sometimes drawing what does interest me several times. This willingness to change history has allowed me to complete sketches must faster.

Two children sat playing video games the entire time I sketched. They were oblivious to the art around them, but the games employed artists to help design the world in which they were playing. Headphones further guaranteed that they were isolated in this virtual world. The music was pleasant to sketch to. I had sketched these musicians before. The gallery curator, Patrick Greene, is often at the bar serving drinks. The gallery doesn’t get very crowded, so it is nice to sketch a set and then move on to see more art downtown.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Art Opening at Maxine's on Shine.


Right before Valentine's Day I went to Maxine's on Shine (337 Shine Ave, Orlando, FL 32803) for an art opening. The art for the evening was all predictably heart shaped. All of the canvases had a heart or several hearts as the center of interest for the composition. This local eatery has always supported local artists. I had a solo show there several years ago and it was a great experience. All of the nails used to hang the art are in place so hanging a show can take less than an hour. There is no careful measuring or aligning works along a line.  The artist was Ronda Richley. She paints with a heartfelt passion. Pieces are priced up to $12,000.

Artists were gathered around a table top showing their support for the art on the walls. The wine flowed and conversations flourished. Other heart art was by RV (Robin Van Arsdol), a local urban artist who had a book which featured his wor, along with renowned artists like Keith Haring. I flipped through the book, excited to see the graffiti art work from the booming 1980s.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Black Market at DRIP.


I went to DRIP, (8747 International Dr Ste. 102, Orlando, FL 32819) to sketch a one night only art event called The Black Market, which included a dark art exhibit, fashion show, and a pop-up boutique inspired by mystery, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, horror, black magic, and all things dark.

I focused my attention  on this incredible display of designer high heel shoes. They are perfect for any gal or guy who wants to gain a solid foot in height. Some of the heels were elegant as if built at the turn of the century by Louis Eiffel himself. Other were ferocious as if for a Mad Max apocalyptic world.

The proprietor of this set up had his custom built beach buggy parked outside. He had several baby squirrels in a fur hat that he was keeping warm. If one shivered he would pick it up in his cupped hands and blow on it to raise its temperature. He let me hold one and it was incredibly delicate. The squirrels had been blown from their nest by the hurricane force winds of Irma.

His assistant wore black stocking full of holes, along with spiky shoulder pads and a jet black g-string. She could ring up sales on her iPhone using Square and kept busy with that. So many stopped to browse that it was difficult to see everything on the table at the same time. I pieced together the puzzle all night long. There were performances in the other room, but I stayed on task. The entire evening was a fun blend of dark goth, leather and steam punk inventiveness. If you wanted something truly different for the holidays this would have been your best bet.

Other Featured Exhibitors:
Art Exhibit curated by Carl Jordan
Retromended Vintage Fashion Shop
Carmine Oddities Boutique
Shibari Demo (Knot Tying) by Carmine Oddities Boutique
Tarot Card Readings
Coffee Shop of Horrors
Live Make-Up Demonstrations
Dead Snow Cocktail and Rogue Dead Guy Ale
TnT Paranormal Investigators will be running an EVP listening station.
Hand Crafted Costume Pieces for the spooky season!

These themed DRIP art events come up fairly often each year and they are always fun and unexpected.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for Novemvber 25th and 26th.

Saturday November 25, 2017
9AM to 5 PM - Free. Cocoa Beach Art Show 2017 (Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931) The Cocoa Beach Art Show is back! Returning to Downtown Cocoa Beach Saturday, November 25th, and Sunday, November 26th.

7 PM to 9 PM Saturday and Sunday. Opera Wars. (The Abbey 100 S. Eola Drive Orlando, FL 32801.) Opera del Sol and Space Coast Symphony Orchestra present Opera Wars and invites audiences to venture where no opera has gone before. Set in outer space, Opera Wars is an intergalactic adventure of love and war set to some of opera’s most treasured compositions. Step aboard the I.S.S. del Sol, as their Space Cruise Director welcomes one and all to their Pre-Launch Experience, where audiences will have the opportunity to interact with the Space Crew. In partnership with 'Farm and Haus', they invite you to eat, drink, and as they blast off, enjoy some of opera's most exciting selections presented with their musical partners The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, including Figaro's Aria, Summertime, Ride of the Valkyries, Habanera, Nessum Dorma, and many more. The future of opera is bright!!

9 PM to 11 PM. 3rd Annual Amateur Contest and Holiday Kickoff! (The Venue 511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803.) Cheer on your favorite amateur contestants in the 3rd annual competition and kick off the season in style with the Cuties! Sponsored by Premier Couples Superstore who always have a bit of naughty with their nice!

Sunday November 26, 2017
Noon to 6 PM - $15 to play. D and D: The Pit Of Amnesia. (Gods and Monsters, 5421 International Dr, Orlando, Florida 32819)  Introducing a brand new D and D campaign created by game master Jess! You awaken, in complete darkness, not remembering who or what you are, surrounded by others in the same predicament! Armed with the weapons you found scattered around you, it's now your mission to get out of this cave and find civilization! And hopefully find any memories you might have lost in the dark. In this D and D campaign, you get to experience a different format of game play, where players have to start with mostly vacant character sheets and fill them out as they play the game!

Recommended for those who've experienced a D and D campaign at least once or twice before. The fee to play will cover a completed character sheet and a print of the character art at the end of the game, as well as pizza and a soda. All participants are encouraged to bring their own dice, but dice can be supplied to any players who do not have them. If you wish to purchase your own set, there will also be a 15% discount off all gaming products and off snacks for all participants.  Please be sure to send them a message or stop in store to get your name on the list for this adventure and get instructions on how to pay through Pay Pal. This adventure will be limited to six players at a time.

Noon to 1 PM - Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park near the Red Gazebo. Bring your own mat.

Noon to 3 PM - Donation. Music at the Casa. (Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) Harpist Catherine Way. Members of the public are invited to visit the historic home museum on a Sunday afternoon from 12 to 3 pm, listen to live music and take a tour of the museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Debbie Does Dallas at the Parliament House.


Debbie Does Dallas, directed by Adam McCabe, choreographed by Michelle Alagna, and with
musical direction by Tim Evanicki, takes a cult classic porn film and turns it into a tongue-in-cheek musical. For some light-hearted sassy fun, this is a show perfectly suited to play at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House (410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida 32805).

The show is the coming-of-age story of an all-American small-town sweetheart named Debbie Benton (Takara Lee Anderson). She is the captain of her high-school cheerleading team, but she dreams of making it to the big time by becoming a Texas Cowgirl Cheerleader. When Debbie receives a letter telling her she has qualified for the professional squad, the only thing that stands between her and the realization of her dream is bus fare to the big city of Dallas.

Debbie enlists her teammates, Lisa (Ale Martinez), Roberta (Sarah O), Donna (Jasha Vaughn) and Tammy (Katie Ford), to get jobs after school and on weekends to help pay for her trip to Dallas. The girls form a company called Teen Services and get jobs, but they quickly realize minimum-wage jobs just don't pay enough. Luckily, Debbie's boss, Mr. Greenfelt, has an idea how the girls can raise enough money in time. Debbie tells the girls about Mr. Greenfelt's idea, and they all agree to try their hands at "little favors" performed with enthusiasm by "good girls."

If the girls "work hard for the money" through sex, sweat and tears, could they manage to raise enough money for Debbie to realize her dream and make it to Dallas? Also starring Tripp Karhh and Jonathan Speagle playing multiple roles in frantic quick-change madness, Debbie Does Dallas is a wild time at the theater.
Having never seen the cult classic film, we decided to watch the film the same evening after seeing the show. The intricate plot is followed to the letter, but the endless sex scenes are replaced by many black out scene changes and some fun musical numbers. The romp in the locker room shower was well choreographed with towels hiding the sweet bits as the actors and actresses exposed themselves to each other. All the cheer leaders did have an orgy scene that played out behind a back lit sheet that allowed the audience to imagine what the shadows implied. The funniest moment came when Debbie relents and accepts $10 cash to expose herself to her boss. He offers a bit more, and each time she goes off into her Disney style "I have a Dream" song. It was truly laugh out loud funny.
By the time you read this, Debbie will have sadly retired her pom poms. Upcoming shows at the Footlight Theater are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 pm and 12 am.  Additionally, A T-Dance Revue Show is in the Disco on Sundays at 7 pm.

Mark Your Calendar. On December 1st - December 30th,  The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told  by Paul Rutnick and directed by Tommy Wooten will hit the Footlight stage. A stage manager, (Beth Marshall), headset and prompt book at hand, brings the house lights to half, then dark, and cues the creation of the world. Throughout the play, she’s in control of everything. In other words, she’s either God, or she thinks she is. Act One recounts the major episodes of the Old Testament, only with a twist: Instead of Adam and Eve, our lead characters are Adam (Brett McMahon)  and Steve (Jerry Jobe), and Jane (Shanel Sparr) and Mabel (Camilla Camillo), a lesbian couple with whom they decide to start civilization (procreation proves to be a provocative challenge). Act One covers the Garden of Eden, an ark, a visit with a highly rambunctious Pharaoh and finally even the Nativity. Along the way, Mabel and Adam invent God, but Jane and Steve are skeptical. This brings about the flood, during which Steve has a brief affair with a rhinoceros and invents infidelity. No longer blissful, Adam and Steve break up only to be reunited as two of the wise men at the Nativity.

Act Two jumps to modern day Manhattan. Adam and Steve are together again, and Steve is HIV positive. It’s Christmas Eve, and Jane is nine months pregnant even though she always thought of herself as the butch one. The two women want to marry and want Adam and Steve to join them in the ceremony. A wheelchair-bound, Jewish lesbian Rabbi from cable access TV arrives to officiate. The ceremony is interrupted as Jane gives birth, and Steve confides to Adam that his medication isn’t working and that he’ll probably not survive much longer. Bound by their long life together, and the miracle of birth they’ve just witnessed, the two men comfort each other even though they know their remaining time together will be short. It sounds like some existential fun for the holidays.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sunshine State of Mind with Adam Ware.


Dr. Adam Ware, the Orange County Regional History Center historian and research librarian gave a talk titled "Sunshine State of Mind" as the final installment of the Joseph L. Brechner series of lectures at the Orlando Public Library (100 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32801). “The media” often refers to the news or entertainment media. But even an idea can be a medium – an idea, for instance, of a sunny paradise where any plant will grow, any idea will succeed, or any dream can be realized. Through real estate ads, citrus-crate labels, souvenirs, and shuttle launches, the idea of Florida has moved people to travel, to invest, to relax, and to persevere. In this program, Ware discussed the varied ways the Sunshine State operates in American feeling and memory, from “the Italy of America” to “Florida Man.” He discussed the materials that evoke and invent our image of Florida and the pioneers and entrepreneurs who mobilized the concept of Florida to change the course of the state’s history.

This was an insightful and entertaining talk that spanned several hundred years of our perceptions of what Florida is and could be. His talk began with a long dissertation about how media affect our perceptions of a place. As Marshall McLuhan stated, "The medium is the message." When Adam began digging into Florida's early history things really got interesting. Early explorers hoped for gold or slaves. For hundreds of years Spanish settlers attempted to set up colonies in Florida. Most of these colonies failed. The few who survived and returned to Europe described Florida as a desolate wasteland, a hell on earth that they never wanted to see again.

The first name for Orange County was Mosquito County. There probably isn't a worse name ever imagined for a place. Who would ever move to Mosquito County? It took railroad tycoons and developers to finally tame the land. But convincing people to move here was always a word game. Find the right word and you can change peoples' perceptions.  It wasn't until the 1970s that Florida became "The Sunshine State." Dr. Phillips changed the perception of orange juice, making it a staple of any breakfast, and making Florida Orange Juice more desirable than any other juice in the American mind.

There is a Twitter account called Florida Man that just posts news stories that begin with, "Florida man..." My favorite being, "Florida man tosses an alligator through a Wendy's drive through window." The man was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, illegal possession of an alligator and petty theft. He is also banned from all Wendy's and not allowed to come in contact with animals except for the family dog. Another that I just ran across is, "Florida man pissed that AT and T trucks are parked outside his house, shoots out their tires." I dropped AT and T because of their piss poor costumer service, so this news item didn't surprise me. Or, "Florida man claims dog shot girlfriend as she slept." Such strange stories are a daily occurrence, leading to Adam's favorite tag line and former state slogan, "Florida, you don't know the half of it."


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Base around the World Body Paint Art Showcase.

The Base Around the World Body Paint Showcase was held at DRIP (8747 International Drive Suite 102, Orlando, FL.) This showcase is one of the few places in the world where guests can witness a body painting event of this magnitude. Pam Schwartz and I arrived early so I could sketch the amazing models when they were just beginning to be painted. It is fun to sketch as they turn into creative living canvases. Each body paint show is centered around a theme. Each model this evening became a different country or exotic port of call.

Over a dozen body paint artists' works could only be seen for several fleeting moments of artistic completion at the end of the evening. Music was provided by Dub Masters. Besides the body painters, artists also had tables to sell their wares.                                                                       

I focused on the models in front of a paint splattered rainbow of color that had the saying, “What Color Are Your?”  One model was being painted all the golden colors of the Savannah with a large lion face being painted on her butt.  The other model was being painted with green flames and a Chinese dragon wrapped around her torso.  

The Orlando community of body painters spent years gathering in bars or homes to practice and exhibit their art. Mandi Ilene Schiff founded BASE Orlando in an effort to reach out to a wider audience and produce events as a complete art show.  Now three years later the showcases keep getting better. It is always a sketch opportunity like none other.

Mark your Calendar. The next BASE showcase is going to be a black light extravaganza held November 30th starting at 8 PM at DRIP (8747 International Drive, Orlando, Fl). I am excited to see the glowing colors in the dark. 



Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Drum Schtick was a 50 hour drumming marathon.

As part of Art in Odd Places, Brian Feldman performed at a drum kit in front of City Hall for 50 hours straight. Of course, part of that performance included eating and sleeping on the drums. I had signed up to volunteer on Saturday at 7 PM so I returned for a second sketch. The idea behind volunteers was that they would be sure the live stream camera was safe and answer any questions from passers by.

Pam Schwartz walked with me to the location along with Sprout, her scraggly-haired pup. Orange Avenue was a buzz as the clubs geared up for the weekend night of debauchery. Sprout was excited to discover all the new smells. I sat much closer to the percussive noise this time around. Brian told me that earlier in the day a huge gust of wind had lifted up the entire tent and dashed it against the flag poles to his left. Jeremy Seghers has a video of the incident. Brian's camera was covered with a plastic bag to protect it from the rain so it didn't catch a thing.

A mom and her son stopped to listen. The young boy wanted to perform and Brian let him sit down and start drumming. This Tom Sawyering allowed Brian a chance to get up and stretch his legs. The mom sat with Pam and told her all about each of her pet cats.

Brian now resides in Washington DC. I let him know that I would be sketching in DC the next day. He suggested I see an exhibit of moving light displays called Lumia by Thomas Wilfred (1889–1968). These mesmerizing displays all predate the digital age and are created by translucent objects and refracted light that display ever-changing colored forms against a black background. They resemble Aurora Borealis, but are more complex and ever-changing. One display had just a slight gap in the side which allowed a glimpse of the inner mechanical workings.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 18th and 19th.

Saturday November 18, 2017
11 AM to 1 PM $10. Soul Fitness Session. Elar Institute 736 Boardman St, Orlando, FL 32804.
We've learned that in order to keep things in optimal working order, maintenance is required. Cars get gas and oil changes. Our bodies need nutritious food and exercise regularly. What about the emotional and spiritual parts of us?
Other than venting to a friend occasionally how can we process and clear the daily challenges we face? It's typical for us to stuff down emotions that are uncomfortable or numb with one or more of the many options available to us - alcohol, media, shopping, eating, etc. There's nothing wrong with these activities on their own, but when used to numb ourselves, the result is life feels heavy and often overwhelming. Or even worse, life becomes bland and insipid.
Soul Fitness is an opportunity to free yourself from the weight of the emotions, stress and worries that are a normal part of life. Consider this fitness for your soul - leaving you strong, clear-headed and energized. Like any other fitness regimen, making it a part of your life on a regular basis will keep you there.

Each session will:
- Increase your emotional intelligence
- Provide you with new tools for self-care
- Unite you with others who are seeking to live life fully

Currently Sessions Are:
Monday Evenings: 7pm to 8pm
Saturday Mornings: 11am to 12pm

To register, visit:
http://elarinstitute.org/soul-fitness

Pricing Options:
Single Session: $10
2 Sessions Per Month: $15
Unlimited Sessions Per Month: $45


 6 PM to 10 PM Free. Jingle Eve 2017! Ivanhoe Village. Celebrate the Orlando launch of the Holiday Season! Iconic & annual Jingle Eve...Santa, carolers, bands, food trucks, Pop Up shops, VIP concert and the best Wine Stroll in Orlando by Tim's Wine. Want more...check here for updates! Event proceeds benefit Ivanhoe Village Main Street.

6 PM to 2AM ARTundressed - South Florida's Sexiest Art Event is coming to Orlando.  DRIP, 8747 International Dr Ste. 102, Orlando, FL 32819.
ARTUNDRESSED ORLANDO :: THE INTRODUCTION ARTundressed introduces its world renowned exhibition to the city of Orlando with a great selection of creative, sensual, thought-provoking work of art. The show is recognized and appreciated for it’s engaging aspects in exhibiting beautiful artworks that captivate the erogenous mind, but also incorporate interacting ideas that connect the audience both mentally and physically. We encourage our audience to get in the spirit of sensuality and express themselves with sexy, alluring and provocative fashion. Our entertainment and music crew will tantalize and tickle your sensual soul!
ART SELECTION Although the atmosphere at ARTundressed circles around interaction with ideas and concepts that engage its attending audience, one of the most important aspects of the festival focuses greatly on the art selection process. ARTundressed attracts and exhibits skilled artists who are established and recognized; talented artists who are less popular; as well as junior and freshmen artists who are breaking through and providing a new perspective into the genre of creative nude art. For this show, we will present a reprise of some of our favorite art pieces, and a very impressive curated collection of work from local and international artists. The selection of art is chosen by knowledgeable art experts and curators from some of the world’s most prestigious art museums and galleries.
LET YOUR MIND BE FREE… TO EXPRESS YOURSELF!!! We do not restrict artists to work or be confined within any particular or specific theme. Instead, we want every interested mind to think freely and create interesting unique concepts. We want to see what we haven’t seen before and feel what we haven’t experienced before. In creating / submitting work, whether visual or performance art, please make sure to incorporate at the core of it the ARTundressed C.O.D.E., our acronym for CREATIVITY – ORIGINALITY – DEPTH in DESIGN – EROTICISM… The fusion of these key criteria plays an important role in achieving an exceptional selection of unique artworks and talents, which in turn helps to set ARTundressed apart from other similar events. ENTERTAINMENT A different theme each of the 2 days of the art exhibition, incorporating our audience to become actual performers… Our Sensual cast of talents will delight and tantalize all your erogenous spots.
THE EXPERIENCE: *** Celebrating the sensual aspects in Art + Music + Fashion + Entertainment *** Art Exhibition showcasing over 200 exceptional curated art pieces *** A beautiful collection of highly creative sexy artworks that will titillate all of your senses *** Various artists representing many different countries *** Meet the Masters behind the art… Many participating artists will be in attendance ***Live shows and performances; Music; Amazing Visuals; Chic and Provocative Fashion *** A packed lineup of talents and performers that will entertain you and virtually connect to your erogenous spots *** Art Installations and participation by local, national, and international artists who specialize in nude art *** Art contests for Body Painting; Live Drawing and Photo shoot Sessions *** Bar Service for beverages and cocktails *** Friday Night Theme: “Dirty Canvas”, a glow light interactive art experience where you are the canvas and also the artist. *** Saturday Night Theme: “Bound”
EVENT DATES / LOCATIONS: DRIP – 8747 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Friday 6:00pm – 12:00am — Official Exhibiting Hours (and Entertainment)
7:00pm – 11:00pm — Body painting Competition (Live!)
11:00pm – 2:00am — Dirty Canvas (A Suggested Nude Body Art Party) Saturday >> 6:00pm – 12:00am — Official Exhibiting Hours (and Entertainment)
7:00pm – 11:00pm — Nude Photography Competition (Live!)
11:00pm – 2:00am — Bound (A Fetish Themed Experiment)… You are encouraged to ‘Leather Up!’
DON’T MISS IT… GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!! For more info / tickets: http://www.artundressed.com

Sunday November 19, 2017
9 AM to 11 AM Dapper Day. Epcot Center, 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32830. Park admission price. All refined fashions from vintage-inspired to contemporary-chic are encouraged as we "step out in style" at The Walt Disney World Resort!

Noon to 2 PM 1,000 Paper Cranes A Benefit for Orion Predko and Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. Will's Pub, 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803. "1,000 Paper Cranes" A Benefit for Orion Predko and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation at Will's Pub Family Entertainment Live Music, including performances by Terri Binion and; Kaleigh Baker, plus more Orlando favorites. Market Vendors Food Drink Specials Local Art Silent Auction Family-friendly activities from 12 - 3pm Silent auction at 4pm All for a great cause! Vendor fees are $20 donation or an item for silent auction, please contact michelle@theempresstable.com if you are interested in being a vendor for this benefit.

 Noon to 1 PM Free. Yoga. Near red gazebo at Lake Eola Park.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Howl at the Moon Fundraiser.

Howl at the Moon raised money for In Harmony Nature Animal Haven. Patrons were invited to dress up their dogs for Yappy Hour at Orlando Brewing, (1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806). Nature Animal Haven is a sanctuary for wolves, wolf dogs, dogs, cats, parrots, reptiles and pigs. They work to find forever homes for animals ready for adoption.

There were folks at the door to explain the event and accept $10 donations. The donation allowed for money off of draft beers. Pam Schwartz brought Sprout her gentleman of a mutt, He wore a green polka dot bow tie for the occasion. His hair was spiked up into a Mohawk for as long as it lasted. There were plenty of dogs in the house, and my favorite costume was the German Shepard in the foreground dressed in a yellow rain jacket with a red balloon. This is of course reminiscent of the beginning of the Stephen King movie, It, where a little boy chases a paper sail boat down a drain, only to have his arm ripped off by a demonic clown. The dog had all his limbs. Another smaller pooch won the costume contest wearing an inflatable power pack from Ghost Busters. His owner had on a similar power pack. They spent all their time at the bar and I didn't notice them until the end.

There were wolf dogs and dogs everywhere. Sprout had a great time sniffing and meeting all the dogs, though none of them were particularly interested in playing. Dogs in Orlando are so well behaved. There was a silent auction and none of the items had bids yet, so Pam put starting bids on several items. She didn't end up winning anything. She ordered us a beer sampler with 5 different beers. I liked the German Blonde beer the best.

Once the  sketch was done, we went outside to try Mighty Weenie which was vending Seattle-style hot dogs. What is different about these dogs is that they have thick cream cheese spread inside the buns along with onions. It was a rather bland tasting hot dog to be honest. It needed something other than white bread and cream cheese for flavor so I mounded on the sauerkraut.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The In between Series at Avalon Island Gallery.


I had scheduled an Orlando Drink and Draw (ODD) event at Joysticks bar downtown. However when I got to the bar, I suddenly discovered that they aren't open on Mondays. Joysticks is right across the street from the Gallery at Avalon Island, and I noticed a crowd gathering. I decided to go inside since I needed to get a sketch regardless.

The In between Series are concerts that happen in between the hanging of shows in the Avalon Island gallery (39 S Magnolia Orlando, FL 32801). The evening featured an experimental music performance by Tiger Fawn. She wore Klingon Ears which was a fascinating visual touch. Behind her were hung cotton ball clouds that has violet lights inside. One warm cloud was embraced by a halo. As the sun set, the light in the space grew dimmer and dimmer. The tribal psychedelic electronica  music was mesmerizing and unexpected. Largely instrumental, she also incorporated audio loops of vocalizations rather than lyrics.

I sent out a quick Facebook message letting any artists know that Joy Sticks was closed and that Avalon had a great sketch opportunity. Colin Boyer showed up at the tail end of the show. He does incredible digital illustration and has probably attended more ODD events than anyone. I enjoyed the challenge of capturing the fading light and the music certainly inspired me. I had to run to the airport right after the show, So I didn't linger.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Chakra Kahn at the Timucua White House.

Chakra Kahn (Alexandra Love) was performing with Beautiful Chorus and special guest Emily Fontano at the Timucua White House, (2000 S Summerlin Ave Orlando, FL 32806). The music had a deep, personal writing style, along with eccentric cadences and lush harmonies. In concert with DiViNCi’s vast, poly-rhythmic, orchestral soundscapes is perfectly matched. Together, their sound is like smooth electricity, an intense, bass-rich, melodic wind. Their newest album, The Cope Aesthetic, which was released June 3, 2017, is a more jazz-inspired, electronic soundscape than anything else the group has created thus far. She explained on stage that she lost her hair at a very early age, and came to realize that how she looks to other does not define who she is.

Amazingly on the evening of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, Chakra Kahn performed a piece titled Pulse at the venue. The lyrics seemed to eerily predict the events that was about to happen. "Their is a Pule and its fading, but we claim we are still alive."

Elizabeth St. Hilaire was the visual artist working on stage during the performance. Elizabeth usually works with collage but this evening the was painting with acrylics. The painting depicted a female sun bather from perhaps the 1920s. She swayed to the music clearly inspired by the music.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Double Jeopardy: A Double Bill of One-act Operettas.


Producer Theresa Smith-Levin invited me to sketch a Double Jeopardy dress rehearsal. Two one act operettas stood back to back both having a trial theme. The first was The Trial of B.B. Wolf with music by Curtis Tucker and words by Nelson Sheeley. Children's blocks were on the stage. Part of me thought I was in the wrong place. A giant mushroom tiny house was house left and vines intertwined on house right. The judge in this case was a Leprechaun dressed all in green and with a bright orange beard. Pam Schwartz later explained that the blocks had the letters and colors associated with each character. For instance Little Red Riding hood stood by the red R block and the judge stood by the green J block. Members of the audience were invited to go up on stage to sit on the jury.For this rehearsal only two audience members were picked since there officially was no audience. Nishaa Carson the shows musical director performed on the piano with an iPad for her sheet music.

I was confused by the operetta writer's motive. Did an adult audience really want to watch a trail build around Grimm's Fairy-tail characters? The fact that the lyrics were in English was a plus. Of course Stephen Sondheim created the musical Into the Woods, a Broadway musical that was a success, so perhaps it was a viable option. So B. B. Wolf is as it turns out, an actual wolf (Bryan Hayes) in a grey suit and furry skull cap with wolf ears. He was on trial for destroying the three little pigs homes. A chubby little pig (Christina Rivera) took the stand and was interrogated about the incident. She shook in her boots letting out the occasional oink and squeal. Her testimony was overshadowed by the ferocious wolfs stage presence.

The wolf was indited in a second case involving Little Red Riding Hood (Katherine Stenzel). She related the usual tail of gong to her grandmothers house with the unexpected twist that she is an expert in martial arts. When the wolf took of his grandmother disguise, she karate kicked  his sorry butt and brought him in for trial. I am glad I chose to sketch this first operetta since it was visually interesting.

The second Operetta, Trail by Jury was by W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Sarah Tellier took over at the piano. The set was transformed into a more traditional courtroom. This was a case of a man, the defendant, (Bryan Hayes) not wanting to marry his voluptuous fiance, the plaintiff, (Christina Rivera) and she brought him to trial to try and force his hand. Some of the language contain references that are unknown to a contemporary audience. For instance that defendant sang, "Be firm, my pecker." Pecker used to be slang for courage, and in the case of a bird, it's beak, in other words, "Keep a stiff upper lip." Even knowing this before hand it was hard to resist a juvenile giggle.

During this performance I was focused on finishing my sketch from the previous operetta so my attention was divided. The defendant was in love with another woman and if forced to marry his fiance he would quickly then marry another. With characters singing over on another and the staging changing so quickly I honesty got a bit lost trying to follow the inn working of the case. I would have made a horrible juror.

Double Jeopardy
CFCArts Black Box Theater 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd Orlando FL
Tickets: $25 reserved seating, $18 General seating and $16 Student / Seniors
Remaining show dates:
Thursday  November 16, 2017  at 7:30 PM
Friday       November 17, 2017  at 7:30 PM
Saturday   November 18, 2017  at 7:30 PM
Sunday     November 19, 2017  at 3:00 PM


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Art in Odd Places.



Around 2:30 PM on Friday November 10, 2017 Performance Artist Brian Feldman began playing drums in front of the Orange County City Hall on Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando. The invite claimed the location to be 300 Lincoln Plaza which is a parking garage and corporate offices. However, Brian was in a much better location across South Street in front of City Call. Drum Schtick was his contribution to Noise: A Visual and Performance Public Art Festival in Downtown Orlando. Brian has never performed on drums in his life, but he will be banging away for 50 hours, the full duration of the Art in Odd Places Festival. Drum Schtick is going to be his longest performance piece to date and he confided to me that it will be his hardest.

When I arrived Brian and his dad Edward were rolling up the side panels to the tent which were billowing like sails. The fellow Brian rented the drum set from was there to offer a few tips until Brian got started and then he wandered off. Online Brian set up a volunteer sign up sheet so people could be at the location with him so he would remain safe, Over the course of the 50 hours he will have to sleep on the drum set in the evening. His dad set up an iPhone which was live streaming the performance. I signed up for a two hour window to sketch but Brian suggested I sketch the very beginning since he might get shut down by police. As of this writing, he is still at it.

During the initial hours, three dancers began to perform inspirational dance to Brian's beats. Rebekah Lane wore a walkie talkie on her lapel Emma Cotter a choreographer from Brooklyn NY was on the sidelines offering arrive on what dance movements they should perform next. I was impressed they did n amazing job performing with Brian's first beats. I have to wonder if Brian will become a virtuoso in 50 hours or will he degrade into loosing all sense of rhythm.

Brian should be finishing his performance around 4:30 PM on Sunday November 12, 2017. Be sure to catch his performance before that time.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Orphans at Theater on the Edge.


Orphans written by Lyle Kessler is being presented by the artistic production team at Theater on the Edge (5542 Hansel Ave, Orlando, FL 32809). I am a huge fan of their hyper realistic set designs by the amazing Samantha DiGeorge. The attention to period detail allows me to get lost in that particular place and time. The plays presented in this intimate space highlight an American aesthetic of brutality and unfulfilled dreams. Orphans is set in 1989  in  a two story rundown Philadelphia row house. During the pre show, Philip (Adam Minossa) was mashing cereal in his breakfast bowl and then sat to watch a TV game show. He lived his innocent preoccupied life in the home as the audience filled in. He settled in on the couch to watch TV while hugging a red woman's high heal shoe. When he sees his brother Trent (Zack Roundy) approaching, through the window, he rushed to clean up  the place and then hid in the closet.

Trent is a terror. He has returned to show off his earnings form the mornings robberies. He likes to taunt his simple brother and a game of tag became a power struggle between the siblings. The red high heal shoe becomes another point of contention and Trent throws it out the window on the front lawn. A painful head lock is the only sign of affection between the two.

On another occasion, Trent returns to the house with a drunk business man. When the man passes out on  the floor, Trent takes his brief case and forces it open on the kitchen table with his knife. Inside are piles of stocks and bonds. Kidnapping this man would clearly be extremely profitable. While out looking to cash the stocks and calling people for the ransom, he leaves his brother to watch the now tied up business man. The ropes are sloppily tied and loose so, Harold, the business man (Allan Whitehead) gets free. He doesn't try to escape however and goes up stairs to clean up.

Trent isn't pleased when he returns and there is a power struggle between Trent and Harold. Harold doesn't play the part of a victim but instead says he likes Trent's anger and could use hims as a body guard.  Harold grew up as an orphan and he sees a bit of himself in Trent's deviant behavior. He becomes a father figure to both the boys offering support and affection the boys clearly lacked probably after their parents deaths. He builds Philip's confidence to the point where the boy is able to venture out into the world alone.

The end of the second act ended with gut wrenching results. When the house lights came back up, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Someone said, there should be a warning before the show begins. All three actors did an amazing job exploring their characters and their underlying motives. The intricate relationships left me wishing there was more time to see what happened next. On the car ride home with Pam Schwartz, I was full of questions. I had a an affection for the characters and couldn't let go. Perhaps that is a sign of great theater. This show got under my skin exposing regrets and the need for acceptance that seems never realized. I highly recommend this production.

Orphans
Theater on the Edge 5542 Hansel Ave, Orlando, FL 32809
Tickets: $22 to $26
Remaining Show Dates:
Saturday November 11, 2017      8 PM
Sunday November 12, 2017        2 PM
Wednesday November 15, 2017  8 PM
Saturday November 18, 2017      8 PM
Sunday November 19, 2017        2 PM
Friday November 24, 2017          8 PM
Saturday November 25, 2017      2 PM
Saturday November 25, 2017      8 PM
Sunday November 26, 2017        2 PM



Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 11th and 12th 2017.

Saturday November 11, 2017
10 AM to 1 PM. Free. Circling the World in a 24hr Sketch Walk! Disney Springs 1780 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 Planet Hollywood and Coca Cola buildings. Nearly 80 Urban Sketchers chapters around the globe will hold sketch walks in their cities and towns to celebrate Urban Sketchers 10yrs anniversary, showcasing sketches from their cities and towns. Orlando's Urban Sketchers group is one of them!
 Using social media Instagram network all sketch walks will be followed starting with the first chapter to see daylight (Auckland, New Zealand) to the last chapter to see the sunset (O’ahu, USA). Photos and videos from each chapter will be shared throughout the day.
Where is Orlando in all of this? We are in an awesome place in the middle! With the world's eyes on us here in Central Florida, we will be showcasing in sketches one of our unique and iconic locations.
The renovated Downtown Disney, now called Disney's Springs, and the newly added section provide plenty of sketch opportunities. Take a pride in our Central Florida community! Come join us!

2 PM November 10, 2017 to 4 PM November 12, 2017. Free. Sidewalk in front of Lincoln Plaza in Downtown Orlando (300 S. Orange Avenue). Drum Schtick. As part of Noise, an Art in Odd places production, award-winning D.C. based performance artist Brian Feldman will embark on his longest project to date. For 50 consecutive hours, Brian will remain at a drum kit. Brian has been trying to realize this project since 2007.
Brian is seeking up to 50 volunteers (one hour shifts) to help ensure (1) his safety, (2) the continuity of the live stream (periscope.tv/BrianFeldman), and (3) answers to attendee questions (to the best of your ability), as he won’t be speaking during this project. Go to Sign Up Genius if you want to help. Earplugs are provided!

Noon to 4 PM through November 19, 2017. $15 Festival of Trees: The Gift of the Holidays. Orlando Museum of Art (2416 North Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803) The Festival of Trees, now in its thirty-first year, transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a glittering wonderland filled with sparkling trees, vignettes and stunning décor for visitors of all ages.
The Orlando Museum of Art will showcase designer Christmas trees of all sizes, holiday vignettes, custom hand designed wreaths and table décor, a gingerbread village, tabletop displays and more. Each piece is designed by Orlando’s finest designers and is available for purchase. A glamorous gala night will mark the start of the 9-day event.
The Festival continues with musical performances, fun family entertainment and delightful programs for all ages throughout the week at the museum. View the museum calendar to see all of the related Festival events. Festival of Trees is presented by Council of 101, a non-profit organization. All proceeds benefit the Orlando Museum of Art. For more information, please contact the Council of 101 at (407) 896-4231, ext. 254 or by email at councilof101@omart.org.

Sunday November 12, 2017 
11 AM to 5 PM. Free. Pagans in the Park. Mead Botanical Garden 1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, Florida 32789. A day of connecting, workshops, readers and vendors at Mead Gardens, Winter Park FL. Please bring a pot luck item to share!

1 PM to 5 PM Free. Family Day on the Second Sunday. The Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. The make-and-take craft table is open from noon-2:30 p.m., and docents are available to give mini-tours of the museum. Then it's open house in the galleries until 4:30 p.m.

Noon to 1 PM Donation based. Yoga. Lake Eola Park near the red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

2 PM to 4 PM Free but get a drink. Kelly DeWayne Richards Pop Up Piano Bar. 1212 Country club Oaks Circle 32804.




Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Orlando Weekly Best of Orlando Party.


This year I was nominated as the Best Artist of Orlando. Andrew Spear won first place, and Boy Kong took second place. They both certainly deserve the recognition. I came in third place but just being nominated meant I could sketch the Orlando Weekly Best of Party at The Beacham (46 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801). The party of the year is a celebration for winners of Orlando’s most prestigious awards, Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando. It's a free party for 2000 taste maker VIP's: Best of Orlando Winners, Orlando Weekly clients, select readers, artists, politicians and media. This is always a blowout event that gets super crowded. Pam Schwartz and I arrived somewhat early and as I sketched the venue filled up to capacity. Only when people left, would more people be allowed to enter.

There were two entrances to the event, a "Winners" entrance at The Beacham, and a general admission entrance at 64 North. A series of bars were interconnected, including The Social, Aero, and The Patio. Different things were happening at all the bars. Lasers and spotlights created a two point perspective grid over the crowd. I sketched the grid and then took it back out feeling it hid too much of the crowd detail. When the live performance started confetti was shot over the crowd. I like to watch the hectic action at the two island bars as the bartenders are swamped by orders for free drinks. Working digitally meant I could catch the amazing lighting of the scene.

With the sketch done, we agreed that we had seen enough. We didn't venture into the other crowded bars.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.