Thursday, August 31, 2017

Faith Arts Village Orlando (FAVO)

I went to Faith Arts Village Orlando (221 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32801).  FAVO happens on the first Friday of each month. I like to sketch the event because the dusk light is a challenge to capture. There is usually an outdoor musical act that performs in the parking lot where tables are set up for patrons who order food from several food trucks.

Gallery 251 presented artist, Nadya Nickels, a young multimedia artist based in the Orlando, FL area. Before school, Nadya was an illustrator for since then she’s started painting murals in Orlando and began working with digital media and design. Recently she graduated with a bachelor of digital arts and design.

Her work mostly centers around people and mainly painted portraits. Her preferred medium is watercolor as it requires the painter to have control over the paint, but also a willingness to adapt and go with the flow of watercolor.

"I’ve been developing my craft and working in my field for the past five years as a freelancer. Initially, I started my career in high school by building my brand “eclectic weirdo.” I created a series of illustrations; To highlight diversity, show that we are all multidimensional and shouldn’t limit ourselves to stereotypes. This concept was picked up by Afropunk. I then began creating weekly illustrations for their online magazine. I am now a studio artist for Full Sail's game design department. My strongest quality is my empathetic nature, and this translates into my work. I strongly admire activists and people who inspire others. There’s a ton of work that needs to be done in this world, and I feel the best way I can contribute is through design."

-Nadya Nickels

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bungalower Bazaar.

Bungalower Bazaar powered by Cooper's Craft was held at Factur (514 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803). Bungalower and Cooper's Craft joined forces to bring a night filled with Orlando's best makers, in a new event space in Ivanhoe Village, run by Factur. patrons  sipped on fancy cocktails, shopped for local wares, and ate tamales at this fun, free event.

I was asked to bring some prints to the event and I set them up on  a folding table just as the event got started. I sat down and sketched the booths across from me. Ha'Ani Hogan's Lady Day Creations offered floral head bands which was worn my the  seller in the booth next to her. Pink, orange and lavender exploded from her tiny booth. White Christmas lights offered illumination.

Easter was the next day and I was asked to participate in a day long series of events. I opted instead to sketch a directors forum being held at Valencia College. Also happening the next week was a mediation which was an adventure that pretty much sucked the life out of me.

Outside in a separate garage area someone was blowing glass, which would have been a great sketch opportunity. The heat was brutal this night and my nerves frayed. This sketched marked the closing of one door, as I blindly push forward. None of my prints sold. I didn't expect them to.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sing Along with The Muppet Movie at the Abbey.

I now live downtown near The Abbey. Each day, I like to watch the marquee sign being changes. I stepped out for the night to do a sketch, and couldn't resist sketching the Abbey. Purple light glowed inside And the stark white marquee announced the Sing Along with the Muppet Movie . I sketched as the sun set and people gathered near the theater entrance. I had never seem the movie before but have seen the Muppets many times over the years on TV.

Sing Along with The Muppet Movie provided a family-friendly, interactive experience allowing the audience to renew their rainbow connection with the classic Jim Henson film. Heather Henson, Jim's daughter, and her Sing Along crew brought elements of the film to life for the audience via puppetry and more. One of her crew recognized me and asked me to go inside to see the show. Children and adults were urged to participate in a variety of fun ways. This relaxed performance had lights up, modified sound, a quiet room and the ability to get out of your seat to dance and play.

Butterfly kites fluttered and fish leaped above the audience as the Rainbow Connection opened the film. Kids played tab, Chasing each other around the theater. I think the adults were the only ones to see the film all the way through, but it was a fun chaotic experience.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Monday, August 28, 2017

George Wilson discusses his Photojournalism following the Pulse shooting.

Orlando is George Wilson's adopted home town. His wife works for Disney. It was in the 1980’s that George began to shoot news work.

On June 12, 2016 when he heard about the Pulse Nightclub shooting his first impulse was to go straight to the nightclub. The closest he could get was to park at Orange Avenue and Michigan Street. All of the press were gathered a Chipolte. His first photo was of an Orlando Strong sign being put up on the MacDonald's sign on Orange Avenue. He overheard a first responder talking about all the unanswered cell phones ringing incessantly inside the club, never to be answered. The camera became a barrier between the photographer and the event or the emotion of the event. Only later when he was alone and editing all the photos would the emotions well up.

One of his photos was of three girls, Jordan Tarquino, Lola Selsky, and Megan Boetto who often went to Pulse nightclub. When they saw each other outside the crime scene they all hugged, thankful to find that they all were alive. The Dr. Phillips memorial was his most emotional story. Strangers hugged each other and cried together.

Georges photos were picked up by Deutsche Presse Agentur, the German Press Agency, and distributed around the world as far away as Bangladesh. The power of the Internet and the photograph puts news and events in front of everyone around the globe. The Internet offers news in short snippets which doesn't allow us  to become attached to anything.

George never felt unsafe while shooting his photos. The LGBT Community Center had a sign on the door on the first day that said, "We will search bags." Fear had replaced the security the Center had once been able to offer. George applied for a Pulitzer prize for his photojournalist work following Pulse. Although he didn't win the award, he was glad he got to share his story for consideration.

He donated a collection of photos, cover sheets from publications from around the world in various languages and copies of his Pulitzer application. The newspaper cover sheets were utilized in the Orlando Regional History Center's One Year After Exhibition to let people see just some of the international outpouring of love that followed the shooting. Orlando now has the misfortune of being a location the largest mass shooting in American history. Georges photos help the world to understand our pain, our suffering, and our resolve to try and make it stop here.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Science of Wine at the Science Center.

I went with Pam Schwartz to the Orlando Science Center, (777 E. Princeton St. Orlando, FL 32803) for Science of Wine.  The event allowed patrons to experience the science behind the taste and body of some very full bodied wines. We became the sommelier and scientist at one of Orlando's most unique wine and food events. It was an evening of wining, dining and learning.

As I sketched, Pam wandered to sample some of the food and drink. She brought back the best samples for me to try as well, as I worked. I immediately focused on the musicians who were mostly ignored standing in front of  articulated dinosaur bones.

Samples were available from more than 150 wines from the world's major regions. The hand-selected pairings were provided by local dining spots like Norman's, Black Rooster Taqueria, Shin Jung Korean BBQ and Tapa Toro

Pam and I decided to participate in the wine-themed canvas painting. About 20 tiny easels were set up with wine glasses already drawn on the canvases.There was a selection of just green, red and black paints. I joked that it was impossible to work under such crude conditions. I decided to paint the couple seated opposite us as they worked on their canvases. The canvas had two cups, two faces and lots of angles. It wasn't my best work. One of the people working the event said, "You must be an artist." "Not really." I said. "I just sketch stuff."

The Science of Wine raised critical funds to provide operating support for educational programs and opportunities for science learners of all ages to experience the fun and discovery of Orlando Science Center. The Orlando Science Center just won first place as Orlando's Best Museum in the Orlando Weekly reader's poll. After my first cup of wine, I loved the place.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Absinthe Jazz Trio at Lil Indies.

The Absinthe Jazz Trio performed at Lil Indies 1036 N. Mills Ave. Orlando Fl. This sketch was more challenging that most since I discovered that my pen didn't have waterproof ink in it. This made it so that black ink would bleed out anytime i put a watercolor wash down. I started to adjust to the new look and started to enjoy the more painterly approach as I let the pigments flow down to the jazz beat. The group tends to perform on the first Monday of every month. I recognized one of the guitarists from a performance I had sketched at Rollins College.

I could have lingered and had a drink, but decided to wrap up the sketch when the band finished their first set. Drawing to great jazz is endlessly fun and results in spontaneous and often unexpected results.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for August 26 and 27.

Saturday August 26, 2017
9AM to 11AM Free. Young Artists Orchestra Fall Auditions. Calvary Assembly Orlando 1199 Clay St, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Do you have a child interesting in playing in an orchestra? Our Young Artists Orchestra will be having auditions on August 26th from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone under 18 may audition by scheduling a time through

11AM to 5PM Free. Indie Art, Craft and Vintage Bazaar - Big Bang Bazaar. Central Florida Fairgrounds & Exposition Park (4603 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808) The event is family friendly and appropriate for all ages! Admission and parking are free to all guests!  Big Bang Bazaar will feature a curated selection of over 200 local Indie artists and crafters, along with a free photo booth, Orlando Psycho City Derby Girls, Orlando Facial Hair Club and movies playing all day! Shoppers will find a wide variety of goods, all handmade by local artisans! Products such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, original art, art prints, housewares and much more will be available for purchase! For more information about this event, please visit website, or on Facebook at  New indoor venue.

9PM to 11PM Corsets and Cuties 3 Year Anniversary.  The Venue, 511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803.

Sunday August 27, 2017
 10AM to Noon Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources.

Noon to 1PM Free. Yoga. Lake Eola near the red gazebo. 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801.

2:30PM to 2AM Free. Barlympics.  The Other Bar 18 Wall St, Orlando, Florida 32801. Do you and your drinking crew think that you have what it takes to win the 5th Annual BARLYMICS? Time to put your money where your mouth is! Join us Sunday, August 27th as we crown the champions of the ultimate summer time party! Registration starts at 12pm and the games kick off at 2:30. If your panties get in a twist because you must sign up now, contact and he will set you up! We will soon drink friends, but until then, May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Passion PR Five-Year Anniversary Bash.

Pam Schwartz and I arrived early to Gilt Nightclub (740 Bennett Rd, Orlando, Florida 32803) for the Passion PR Five-Year Anniversary Bash which was founded by Ilene Lieber. The evening was an Explosion of Live Entertainment All Night. There were complimentary cocktails Light Bites, Fun Photos, Swag Bags, DJ Music and more no cover optional donation to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

Makeup and body painting were happening near the bar before the event began. Celebrity impersonators Mariah Carey and Austin Powers. arrived and hugged their hellos.  Soon an aerialist was spinning from a hoop  from the ceiling. I never landed a complimentary cocktail but did order  round of beers. Most of the evening for me was spent sketching the five card stud table. Pam was working the table and winning the whole time. I sat in for one hand while she went to the bathroom. She was excited to be in the stall next to Mariah Carey. While she was gone, I lost every hand.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rattlesnakes at Valencia College.

Directed by John DiDonna, 'Rattlesnakes' had its Central Florida premiere from British playwright Graham Farrow at the black box theater in Valencia College. The play explores the theme of retribution, and the fall-out from infidelity in marriage. In 'Rattlesnakes', a vigilante group of husbands seeks retribution on the seedy gigolo giving satisfaction to their bored wives. This is a hard-hitting study of betrayal and personal failure.

The play was unnervingly violent, taking place in the hotel room where the gigolo was about to meet one of the wives. Instead, five working class husbands show up all at the same time. A baseball bat, rope and the threat of a knife set a dim future for the cornered well dressed seducer.


McQueen (The Gigolo)   Well, if it’s confession time tonight . . . if it’s truth you want . . . if it’s truth we all want, then why not? It’s why you’re here. ‘S what you said. It was the first question . . . ‘Why are you fucking my wife?’

Jarrett  My wife's dead. She's lying in the bath home with a shower-cord wrapped around her neck. Funny, but I thought you knew that . . . thought Richie told you when you first sat down. McQueen Okay, why did I fuck your wife?

Jarrett  That’s better. 

McQueen  You wanna know?

Jarrett   If it’ll help you. Personally, I couldn't give a shit, but it seems to make your balls grow a bit bigger.

Though cornered and beaten, McQueen manages to get under each husbands skin showing them how they failed in their marriages and are to balm for the wives need for companionship.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The first Modern Widows Club Conference in Orlando.

Carolyn Moor founded the Modern Widows Club six years ago in Orlando Florida. It has since expanded to have chapters in 15 other states. On June 12, 2016, Carolyn was in Seattle making plans for the first Modern Woman's Club Conference. Because of the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting it was unanimously decided to have the first Conference in Orlando Florida. The hash tags were #WidowsStrong and #OrlandoStrong.

The theme of the conference was "Always wear your invisible crown." There is the biblical connotation to that symbolism but also a playful sense of empowerment. Every woman who attended got a t-shirt with a crown that looked like it was made from upside down tear drops. At the first luncheon in this room, they were all given crowns. This was something of a social experiment in that women who wore the crowns were further along in the grief process and able to receive love. As the conference went on and everyone opened up more, all the ladies wore them. This tradition started at the second Modern Widows Club meeting at Carolyn's home. She had a friend who worked in the Disney costuming show and she asked to borrow one of the big Cinderella crowns worn at the big Disney parades. It was heavy. One of the ladies at the meeting had basically not left her house for five years. She saw no future for herself. Carolyn told the group that she could prove to them that they still have joy in you. They couldn't see it because of the devastating grief. She brought out the huge crown and everyone lit up with excitement. They each picked one and looked at themselves in the mirror. One of the ladies turned around and said, "You tricked us." Carolyn said, "No, I just showed you what was already there." All the crowns were symbols for the trials and tribulations of various sizes.

One of the hotel staff was seen leaning against the wall watching the widows crowning each other at the luncheon at the conference. Carolyn met her after everyone has left. The staffer said she was surprised that she had been assigned to work this conference. She had no idea what to expect and she welled up multiple times and had to go back to the kitchen to dry her eyes. She had lost her husband three years ago. She told Carolyn that she was overwhelmed by what she saw happening in the room. Carolyn said that the woman deserved a crown as well, but all the crowns had been handed out. Just then her assistant walked up and said, "I have one more crown let over. What should I do with it?"  Carolyn showed me the picture of the two of then hugging and beaming. That woman is going to the next Modern Widows Club meeting at Carolyn's home.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mike Perkins presented a Collective Narrative.

Mike Perkins, the Orlando Regional History Center director gave a talk at the Albin Polasek Museum's Capen House (633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) titled "A Collective Narrative" about the museums efforts after the Pulse Nightclub massacre to collect and preserve the memorial items left at sites around Orlando.

The goal at the Orlando Regional History Center is to present History in an interesting way, You are going to have challenges as you work through your career, but you don't expect to have something so incredibly changing, with such a huge impact to the community happen, and all of a sudden, while you are at the job it becomes your task to collect and retain this history that just happened. It was a shock to all of us. Pam Schwartz, who is the museum senior curator carried the bulk of this initiative.

It was of course the middle of summer. We had to collect at Lake Eola first since the city wanted to have July 4th fireworks. Collecting began on June 26th and went on for about 3 months? The question was directed towards two members of the museum staff, Emily Arnold, and Whitney Broadaway in the audience of seven. After Lake Eola was cleared, Dr. Phillips Arts Center (DPAC) became the primary site for a memorial.

Mr. Greg Zanis brought his 49 wooden crosses to Orlando Regional Health Center and that became its own memorial site. When the crosses were eventually collected, items left around the crosses were also collected. The crosses were stored in specially designed archival boxes and the items left at each individuals cross were put in an accompanying box in the museum archives. Photos are on the museum's online digital archive that show the crosses when they were first put in place and then several photos document the memorial items as they were left at each cross. Mike gave credit to Emily Arnold for all the photos in his presentation but from the audience, she had to let him know that all the photos were by a photographer named Phelan Ebenhack.

All the candles couldn't be collected. Only particularly beautifully decorated candles were collected the rest went into land fill (most have been kept for potential use). American flags that had touched the ground could not be collected. Those couldn't go into the museum collection. After much of the memorial had been cleared at DPAC, Boy Scouts collected the flags and gave them to the military or fire department to be properly disposed of. There were huge banners that were often covered with other items and flowers. The banners were folded up or rolled up. Flowers could not be collected and they were turned into mulch. Keep in mind it was hot out. The sun and fading of items became a problem.

Candles would get kicked over and drip wax onto other memorial items. Items that were most at risk were collected first. The collecting was only the beginning of the work. Gathering was in some ways the easy part of the process. Once items were safely back in the museum archives, they were cleaned, and processed to be made stable for the collection.

Then of course Pulse became a memorial site and items are still being dropped off precipitously. So obviously a tremendous effort went into this. A tent would be set up and the History Center van would be close by. There were archival boxes, blotter paper, and a press, all to stabilize items so they cold get to the History Center with low humidity and temperature control. The collection now is called the One Orlando Collection and it has over 6100 items. The exhibit that we opened on June 12th was visited by about 700 family members. It was seem by about 2,400 people that week.

A question from the audience: "Were people upset when you took memorial items away?"
Mike: "When we told them what we were doing, generally they thanked us."
Question: "Did you call the City or did the City call you?"
Mike: "We are a County institution."
Question: "How did that happen? Did someone say, 'Hey you need to do this?'"
Mike: "It was an organic thing. If anyone deserves credit, it would be Pam Schwartz."

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Art After Dark at the Copper Rocket..

I went to The Copper Rocket Pub (106 Lake Ave, Maitland, Florida 32751) on a Tuesday night for Art After Dark, a showcase for artists of all media to come and strut your stuff. Vendors were on site, fine arts, street performances, fire breathing demonstrations, handmade goods, and more on display. Free Vendor spaces were available. Ages 18+. Free Parking, and smoking allowed on outdoor patio.

I arrived early and watched the vendors set up. People sat outside drinking and smoking until the open mic began inside. hosted the open mic. Performers were asked to sign up day of show. They had to bring their your own guitar amps, and outboard gear. Any tracks, were on on CD and USB jump drive. The waitress seemed to recognize me. I think she is a dancer with one of the local dance companies. I didn't stick around for a second sketch inside. I was satisfied to just get a sketch done outside as people gathered and socialized.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Living Room Screening - Short Film Program.

Living Room Screenings showcased a handful of films (each under 20 minutes). The theater was Tisse Mallon's living room (736 Boardman St., Orlando, FL 32804). Banks Helfrich and Tisse Mallon presented independent local films in real, live living rooms. Living Room Screening events go beyond movie night and into an intimate shared experience which includes the films, a discussion with the the creators and the reflections and thoughts of the audience.

One short stop motion film featured a matchbox car that dreamed of flying and morphed into an airplane. Another film looked like black and white surveillance video from a factory at night. There was some activity in the background but I couldn't make out what was happening. Another film had the characters interacting in a run down apartment, it was perhaps the truest representation of what life is like in Orlando. Darlyn Finch showcased a short film titled Sewing Holes which is based on one of her books. It had a mother sitting on her daughter's bed, contemplating shooting herself as her daughter slept.

My own short film, Finger on the Pulse was shown at the Living Room Screening prior to this one. My sketchbook at the time was filled with Pulse related documentary sketches, so it was nice to take a night off, relax and soak in some thought provoking entertainment. These Living Room Theater screenings seem to have moved to the new Blue Bamboo Music Center for the Arts.  The Elar Institute, which branched off from Living Room Theater, has been offering more educational seminars as of late. Periodically, the Institute posts quotes on Facebook, "Our emotions are communication from that part of ourselves which is connected to the truth of the universe."

On Saturday, September 16 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Banks Helfrich is hosting Life Screenings - One Minute Film Festival at the Orange County Library (101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801). The festival looks “Outside the Lines” at what happens when a film festival and library mash-up. The purpose is to create a library beyond a library and a film festival beyond a festival. Preceded by donuts and coffee, one minute films will screen back to back; post exhibit, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in a lively talk back. Films are chosen on the basis that they show a world we love to live in.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Friday, August 18, 2017

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

Saturday August 19, 2017
 10AM to 4PM free - Commander's Call. Museum of Military History 5210 West Irlo Bronson Hwy Kissimmee FL 34746. This ongoing program is held on the 3rd Sat of each month is designed to appeal to families, military memorabilia collectors, history buffs, re-enactors and others interested in military history. In addition, persons interested in displaying, trading or selling their military items such as honor coins, swords, photographs, military buttons, scale model boats & planes, military art, uniforms or other equipment register in advance by calling the museum to reserve a spot.
Re-enactors and  veterans are welcome to come in uniform to add to the history and authenticity of the military experience. Non-military booths such as health care providers, home improvement, local attractions or other businesses are invited to be vendors for minimal donation. INFO & Register: 407-507-3894 or to register your table space.

2PM to 11:30PM Free - Open House. Orlando Shakes 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, Florida 32803. Open House and Movie Night to celebrate the beginning of our 29th Season. Drop by for an hour or stay the whole time–we’ll have on-going activities into the evening.
Open House | 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Festivities will include:
Open rehearsal during Man of La Mancha Scenic, lighting, and sound demonstrations.
Crafts and coloring for the little ones.
Backstage tours.
Story time with characters from your Children’s favorite stories.
Discussions with Orlando Shakes’ artists.
Prop and costume museum.
Movie Night in the Park | 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Shakespeare In Love | Rated PG-13 (edited for nudity) A young William Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

6PM to 9PM $35 for 1 class - 10 x 10 Orlando Urban Sketching Workshop. Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801. Urban Sketchers celebrates 10 years and they are celebrating by introducing the first long term Urban Sketching course ever! Sketchers from around the world are invited to attend ten on location classes with an  official Urban Sketching instructor to learn or improve the core value of Urban Sketching, Discover the World, one Drawing at a Time.
In this third  class, we will be continuing to use principles of perspective to create sketches of small dioramas of historic local buildings from the museum collections. Ticonderoga pencils, ink, and watercolor will be used for the final sketches.
Instructor info: Thomas Thorspecken has been documenting arts and entertainment in Central Florida for the past 10 years. He started the online news site, Analog Artist Digital World in 2009 as a New Year's resolution to do one sketch a day for a year. It became a lifestyle and he continues to put down roots in his community by discovering Orlando's story one sketch at a time. This course will encourage students to carry a sketchbook everywhere they go, and write articles that explain what transpired as the sketch was being done. The hope is to get artists to document the city's history with their sketches.

Sunday August 20, 2017
10PM to 4PM Free - Lake Eola Farmers Market. South East corner of Lake Eola Park.

Noon to 1PM Free - Yoga. North East Corner of Lake Eola Park. Bring your own mat.

Noon to 3PM Donation based. Music at the Casa. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

History in a glass.

The first History in a Glass took place on June 22 at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801. History in a Glass pairs fun and fascinating historical collection artifacts with delicious hand-crafted cocktails. Three bar districts - Downtown, Mills/50 District, and Winter Park - battle for the championship to see who can win people's choice in designing the best custom cocktail based on a story from the history of Central Florida. Three ace mixologists from each district will go head to head with their colleagues, the winner advancing to the series finale in December.

In the first competition mixologists from three popular downtown Orlando establishments – Hanson’s Shoe Repair, The Woods, and The Courtesy Bar – received a brief biography of Billy Bluebeard, Orlando’s first swan to create their drink from. Billy was brought to Orlando in 1910 by Charles Lord and placed at Lake Lucerne with his mate Sally. They were a rather romantic pair and Billy took quite an interest in their domestic affairs. Sally would sit on their eggs, but each day Billy would come by to relieve her so that she might swim about the Lake and stretch her legs.  One day, Billy was running a bit behind and Sally decided to take off before his arrival.  Their eggs grew cold, Lord knowing they would be dead, removed them from the nest. Upon finding an empty nest, Billy was furious. He swam out to Sally in the middle of the lake, grabbed her by the throat, and held her head under until she died.

Billy was given a new mate, Mary, who was quite a bit younger than he. Billy grew ill and was taken to a veterinarian. Once he was better, he returned home to find Mary with another swan! Unfortunately Billy wasn't quite the fighting swan he once was, and the new, younger Charlie wasn't having any of Billy's attitude. Lord made the decision to remove Billy to another lake where he eventually passed away.  Some say it was old age, others say Billy died of a homesick broken heart.

In 1933, the proprietor of W.H. Swan Company had Billy stuffed and placed in the foyer of his department store where he stood until becoming one of the very first donations to the History Center.

Mark your calendar! The next History in a Glass, "Hog Wild" Edition is Thursday, August 24 at 6 PM - 9 PM. Not far from the present-day History Center’s door, razorbacks once rubbed their backs on the steps of Orange County’s wooden courthouse in the 1870s, when Florida was a wild frontier. Florida still has an estimated one million feral pigs on the loose. Just recently in the news, wild hogs are still running amok in Brevard County! Come cheer on your favorite bartender from the Mills 50 District in a competition to create the best history-inspired beverage. The winner will advance to the series finale in December.

Admission tickets include great music with a DJ, three hand-crafted cocktails, and tasty cuisine from a local restaurant. Member tickets are $20, general admission $25. This event is for guests 21 and older. For details, call 407-836-7035. Doors open at 6 p.m., cocktail competition and drink service start at 6:30.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Orlando Urban Sketching Workshop at the Orlando Public Library.

This is a very quick sketch I did in the Orlando Public Library (101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801) at the First Orlando Urban Sketching Workshop. This  first of 10 weekly workshops focused on using simple shaped to place small intimate objects on the page.  We used the magnolia room as a studio for the first two hours.  There we sketched from busts of Abraham Lincoln and small statues of American Buffalo. We experimented with blind contour and using a simple shape to define the shape before focusing on detail.

For the last hour I sett the students free to explore the third floor of the Library. The  goal was to catch an intimate detail and I let the students interpret that as they pleased. I did quick sketches for each student offering suggestions on what to consider as their sketch progressed. Then I settled in and did this quick sketch. There wasn't time to add color, so on this rare instance I finished the painting back at my studio days later.

We all gathered at the rainbow of books at the end off a hallway for a group photo with everyone holding up their favorite sketch. I am having fun creating worksheets and course materials for these 10 workshops. The Worldwide Urban Sketchers organization was founded 10 years ago and they are celebrating by offering 10 long term workshops at cities around the world. The goal is to encourage more artists to carry sketchbooks and discover the world, one drawing at a time.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Orlando Urban Sketching Workshop 2 at Dixon Toconderoga.

The second Orlando Urban Sketching Workshop was held at Dixon Ticonderoga's headquarters (615 Crescent Executive Ct #500, Lake Mary, FL 32746). Dixon Ticonderoga is best known for making those ubiquitous 2B yellow pencils that you will find being used in most classrooms and many artists studios, mine included. It was a rainy afternoon on a Friday but all the attendees braved the weather and rush hour traffic. Rachel Fox, Dixon's Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator greeted us in the lobby and guided us to a small classroom set up on the first floor. The room is clearly for younger students with bright picnic tables and a salt water fish tank in the corner, but it suited us just fine.

Rachel showed us some of the art products we would be able to play with and then escorted us upstairs to the Ticonderoga museum and curator, executive assistant Donna Cochran, who offered us a brief tour of the art work that the company has collected over its 200 year history. The jewel of the collection is a Norman Rockwell painting that was one of 3 paintings stolen from the Ticonderoga offices in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1975. This one painting titled "Grandfather and Grandson." was later recovered by police but the other two have yet to be found. The painting has since been cleaned and is worth an estimated 4 million dollars.

In the museum was an old green machine with a hopper that was used to sharpen pencils. The pencils would be rolled over a cylinder of sandpaper. Our time in the museum was limited, so we all immediately set about sketching artifacts and the scene. Everyone was encouraged to take photos of some of the incredible artwork created using the Ticonderoga pencils.

Dixon is one of America's oldest companies, created by a merger of the Joseph Dixon Crucible Corp. with the Bryn Mawr Corp., a Pennsylvania company dating back to 1794 when the company built the first highway in America between Philadelphia and Lancaster. The highway was 62 miles long.  Joseph Dixon began making pencils in the 1830s. Dixon used Cedar wood from Cedar key until the supply ran out. Graphite was mined from the town of Ticonderoga in Upstate New York. During the Civil War, soldiers needed pencils so they could write home. Quill pens with ink weren't a good option to be used on a battle field. In the early years, machines turned out 86,000 pencils a day. The company also made wooden boxes for the model T when it was first rolled off the assembly line. The crayon company willed this automotive order from 1914 until the 1960s. The Dixon Ticonderoga company has since expanded to include other art supplies like Prang, Das, Oriole, Lyra, Daler Rowney, and Canson.

Back in the classroom, we put watercolor on the sketched since wet media wasn't allowed in the museum. I handed out workshop material that covered one, two and three point perspective, I invited everyone to take one of the sketches from the collection and do a sketch that showed the horizon and vanishing point used by the artist. I also asked them to take one item from the collection and interpret it 3 different ways using the three different perspectives. We were encouraged to use Dixon art supplies and at the end we each were given a Canson sketchbook. Students were asked to write an article about the experience and share it on the Orlando Urban Sketcher's Facebook group page. Each of these workshops is a new adventure. Each attendee is quickly becoming an Orlando sketch correspondent.

The Third Orlando Urban Sketching Workshop will be at the Orange County Regional History Center on August 19th starting at 6PM. We will be sketching models of Historic Orange county architecture to further hone our perspective and composition skills. Tickets are $35 and available from Eventbrite.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Do Good Date Night at Second Harvest.

Kristen Manieri who founded the Orlando Date Night blog hosted a Do Good Date Night at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (411 Mercy Dr, Orlando, Florida 32805). Couples were invited to a night of pitching in for a good cause combined with date night fun with your sweetie. An hour was spent sorting food during this very busy time of year. Skids full of large boxed items were lined up on the left and couples walked down the line inserting items in a baggie as they moved to the right. Finished bags were sealed and then packed into boxes on the right. It became a playful and then efficient assembly line with a bit of a competitive spirit.

Then the second hour was spent enjoying gourmet bites (burger slider station and more) and sipping one great beer or wine, which were included with the $20 tickets. Additional glasses of wine or beer could be purchased. Entertainment was provided by Curtis Earth Trivia, who led a fun trivia game complete with prizes for the top three winners.

The Do Good Date Night is a 100% non-profit event series that joins couples with local non-profits through a fun and connective volunteer project. Couples volunteer for about an hour and then enjoy food, refreshments and entertainment.

The next Do Good Date Night is coming up in Orlando on Friday, September 15, 2017. Tickets go on sale 8/24. The Do Good Date Night series is expanding into Tampa, FL and Asheville, NC.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bass Pro Shops

I needed a new pair of hiking boots. The soles of my old set had literally started to flap loose. I was beginning to look like Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Before getting the boots, I decided to get a sketch of the large fish tank in the middle of the huge Bass Pro Shops warehouse store. Bobcats, deer and bears roamed above in a taxidermy diorama. Water cascaded down the false rocks into the tank. Behind me, rows of guns were for sale, but I'm not in the marked for an assault rifle.

While working on the sketch, a friend from Boston called whose back had seized up, making it impossible to get out of bed. Someone had to go over and help with getting dressed. It was apparently an awkward scene. Being on my own, the thought of not getting out of bed and staring at the ceiling was a rather terrifying thought. On the other hand, I was in the middle of the sketch and wanted to get back to it. I listened, but kept my hands active. That evening I sent several get well presents. My friend made a full recovery.

I found the boots I needed and went to the register. My credit card didn't work. I asked the cashier to try a second time. I had to leave bootless. That evening I was contacted by my bank. My identity had been stolen and someone had tried to make purchases with my card out of state. The bank had canceled my card. Thankfully the incident didn't cost me any money, but it was a major inconvenience. This was the second time my identity has been stolen. Last year someone filed a tax return in my name and got a refund. In this digital age identity fraud seems to run rampant. I have turned to using cash,which is a solid, old school analog way to make a purchase.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Merry Widow at the Rep.

I went to a dress rehearsal of The Merry Widow, directed and re-conceptualized by Eric Pinder, and conducted by Aaron Collins. Pam Schwartz and I searched for and found an open stage door. The cast could be heard warming up their voices in the distance. A life-sized model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sat tireless back stage. It was a challenge to find a way into the theater without walking onto the stage. I could see that the cast was dressed to the nines from the wings. This production features the best vocal talent in the area with members of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra in the pit. I was excited to sketch the pit in action. Not many productions feature a live orchestra so predominantly. The steam punk themed set must have been left over from the previous show. Perhaps it was intended to indicate the complicated gears of love.

Leading lady, Hanna, (Claire Tendl) inherits a fortune from her late husband. The year is 2005, and she is so wealthy that everyone who is anyone in Silicon Valley is vying to get into her inner circle in order to gain access to a piece of her wealth, in the range of $300 million. Believing that a new marriage is the best way to secure her inheritance, business mogul friend, Baron, (John Segers) springs into action with the help of his own wife, (Eliza Healy Dopira) to find Hanna the right husband. It proves to not be as easy as it seems. The clever widow has her sights set on the charming and reckless Daniel, (Kevin Romero) a former college flame. There is only one problem, he has no intention of sacrificing his bachelor lifestyle for the comfort of marriage. He has a "wealth" of ladies to keep him entertained, and not even the promise of Hanna's fortune can pull him away from his drunken escapades. Rendezvous are rampant. Complications abound.

The cast of about 20 often filled the stage with a party atmosphere. Claire Tendl's singing was amazing. Kevin Romero acted with a drunken vaudevillian bravado, his body often struck in an arching curved gesture. The modernization of the show was most obvious in the third act which took place in a strip club called Maxim's, complete with a stripper's pole, on which Dawn Humphries gave an athletic performance. I wouldn't mind this being an Olympic event. Money was thrown everywhere, as the other dancers gyrated on several chairs. Then the club abruptly emptied leaving the lead couple, Hannah and Dan, playfully holding onto the pole and spinning around it together.

The Merry Widow will be presented in the Edyth Bush Theatre at the Orlando Repertory Theatre (1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803). Tickets are on sale now with local Orlando shows August 10th through the 13th. There will be two satellite shows in Melbourne and Vero Beach August 19th.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Friday, August 11, 2017

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

Saturday August 12, 2017
4 PM to 6PM - Free. Young Voices. JB Callaman Center, 102 North Parramore Ave, Orlando. Teen Open Mic Every second Saturday of the month.

9 PM to 2 AM - Free. Perseid Meteor Shower. Night sky. According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor shower's actual peak is around 1 PM EDT on August 12, which means that the night before and the night after will both have good rates; Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of Aug. 12, but that there would be a decent show both nights.

7 PM to 10 PM - $25 to $35. The Merry Widow. Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, Florida 32803. A modernized version of Franz Lehár’s Operetta. This production features the best vocal talent in the area with members of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. Rendezvous are rampant. Complications abound.

Sunday August 13, 2017
10 AM to Noon -  Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class.  University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources.

Noon to 1 PM - Free. Yoga. North East corner of Lake Eola Park near the Red Gazebo.

2 PM to 5 PM - $25 to $35. The Merry Widow. Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, Florida 32803. A modernized version of Franz Lehár’s Operetta. This production features the best vocal talent in the area with members of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. Rendezvous are rampant. Complications abound.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

ODD at Elixer.

The June Orlando Drink and Draw (ODD) was going to be held at another bar on Orange Avenue, but that bar was closed. At the last minute I sent out a message on Facebook letting artists know that we would have to go to Elixer (9 W Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801) right down the block. Pam Schwartz and I arrived first and I started working on the panoramic view of the bar right away.

I got a text from Stella Arbelaez saying she would be there soon with her daughter Laura. Laura is taking a summer theater class and so they were right nearby. She spent the duration of the ODD event going over her lines at the next table. I tried to arrange a chance to sketch a rehearsal but the schedule never worked out.

Anna Ast also managed to find our group. She recently moved here from Russia and according to her, my book is used as a text book there for a group of artists who gather to do Urban Sketches. This is pretty exciting news, and I am hoping to see a copy of the book in Russian at a future ODD outing. Anna founded a cake decoration business here in Central Florida and her husband is a pilot.

We all just drew the bar for the first hour, and then I decided we all needed to sketch each other. I timed the drawings at 5 minutes, and artists had to face off to sketch one another. The artist being drawn, would sign the sketch made of them which makes for a simple way to learn the names of everyone at the table. One of my sketches was done blind, which means that I never looked at the sketch as I put lines on the page, only at the person's face. These sketches are always fun since you never know what you are going to get.

All sketches are available for sale as a print or original. Contact the artist for details.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Great Florida Road Trip Tacky Tourist Party.

The Orange County Regional History Center (65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801) held an evening of historic proportions as they saluted the Tacky Tourist in Florida. The event was free for History Center members and a $10 suggested donation for others. Rain certainly did its part to thin the crowd and it was pouring when I arrived.

There was a book talk with Cathy Salustri, author of Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida. After the slide presentation the audience could test their Florida knowledge with trivia.  I was invited to be one of three judges for the Tacky Tourist Costume Contest. The winner wore every conceivable piece of tacky tourist paraphernalia, shopping bags were full of Disney plush toys and trinkets. Shuffleboard was offered in the lobby. I managed to win a round thus reclaiming my dignity as a shuffle board champion.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The I-4 Band at La Maschera Parisian.

The Downtown Arts District hosted a fundraising event at The Abbey (100 S Eola Dr #100, Orlando, FL 32801). Patrons enjoyed a journey back to Paris in the 1890s, when impressionist artistist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec created his most famous works of art. The birthplace of modern can-can dance, the Montmartre neighborhood is the symbol of creativity, pleasure, beauty, and celebration.

The I-4 Band was performing on stage when I arrived, so I set up immediately to sketch. The lead singer had on a gorgeous black dress that was quite reminiscent of the can-can era. Guests did a great job of dressing up in their Parisian best. I did a second sketch near the bar and was considering a third sketch of the dance floor, when friends invited me to their table. It is sometimes frustrating to only have time to do one or two sketches, when this event clearly had inspiration for dozens of them. It is important to learn, however, that sometimes it is nice to let go and just enjoy the moment.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Barbara Poma remembers Pulse's inspiration and growth.

Barbara Poma was born in Connecticut and her family moved to Florida when she was 10 years old. in 1987 she moved to Orlando. Her brother John was four years older than her and he got her into trouble as a child. He was the source of entertainment and centered the family. Barbara graduated from UCF and started teaching. She got married young and that marriage only lasted two years. Around that time her brother John died from complications associated with AIDS. To honor her brother she dreamed of opening a clean and beautiful gay club. Gay clubs were known as being seedy she wanted to create something clean and inviting. She remarried and with her husband ran a series of restaurants. Ron Legler knew about her brother and suggested she try opening a club. The name Pulse was to honor of her brothers pulse living on through the establishment.

The original design of Pulse was in three rooms. First was the all white room which has LED lights that would change color turning the color of the room from red to blue, etc. The dance floor was in the center room and then there was the smaller dancer performance stage room. The club used to be an Italian Restaurant and she has a good time remodeling. Her husband referred to Pulse as an expensive hobby.

Her favorite night was Drag Night. Boys would come as girls and girls would come as boys. Employees came up with ideas for events. Comedians came in, and gay days brought people from all around the world in. We enjoyed ourselves. Twisted Tuesdays drew a young crowd. They were young people trying to find their way. There was a talent nigh and and every four to six weeks there would be a finale. Pulse had some amazing talent develop over the years. 19 year old kids would blossom into full on performers. Wednesday was College Night. That evening was popular for 12 years. Friday became Hip Hop Night. Every room had its own DJ. Saturday Nights were Latin Night for the past few years. Employees just didn't leave Pulse and if they did move on to a new career path, they often returned. We were family. Pulse was the second home for many people. The purpose of a gay bar is to be a second home. Often someones own family will not accept them.

Pulse had just recently been renovated. The white room was removed and the place returned to the original South Beach and Miami vibe. The new look was amazing. Gay days had just finished and the club was gearing up for its anniversary in July... The evening of June 12, 2016 interrupted that anniversary.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The First of 10 Orlando Urban Sketching Workshops.

The first of 10 X 10 Orlando Urban Sketching Workshops was held at the Orlando Public Library (101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801) in the Magnolia Room. The brutalist style architecture of the building makes it feel like it belongs in a futuristic non-Utopian society as in George Orwell's 1984. Classical music is pumped into the lobby and when the automatic doors open, you can feel a rush of inviting cold air hit you as you walk by.

Urban Sketchers is celebrating 10 years by inviting sketchers from around the world to attend ten on location workshops with an Urban Sketching official instructor! The 10 workshops will cover three themes:
1. Little Stories.
2. Medium Stories.
3. Great Stories.

The Goals of the progressive workshops are to:
1. Show stories from Orlando, one drawing at a time
2. Improve drawing skills
3. Learn how to select, frame and design visual stories on a page
4. Learn how writing and drawing can work together to communicate more to your audience
5. Experience the advantages of group learning and seeing the many paths to success

For the first workshop I started with simple shapes like squares, circles, and triangles. We sketched the simple shapes and then sketched them as dimensional objects on the page. The most important building block to understand for me is the cube and we sketched it from all different angles as if it were dice on a roulette table. We then softened the edges of the cube and stretched, bent and twisted the shapes on the page. Being able to sketch that form from any angle is critical.

We then focused on contour drawing by doing blind contours before more controlled contour drawing of Abe Lincoln statues and buffalo statues. We then focused on producing a more finished still life of our art supplies. We used watercolor for the first time and I offered sketch suggestions to each student as their work was in progress.

 The library sketch with all the computers shown above was broken down into simple shapes. We left the classroom and found small intimate things to sketch throughout the library. The goal of each sketch was that the object chosen should have a story. As part of the workshop each student is encouraged to write about their experience and post those articles on the Urban Sketch Workshop Group page on Facebook. I am excited about the line up of venues that is coming up. We will be sketching exhibits and historic building models at the Orange County Regional History Center, the Ticonderoga Museum which is devoted to the humble pencil, a Celebrity Impersonators Convention, Zombietoberfest, the Creative City Project and Skeletons at The Museum of Osteology. By the end of the 10 workshops, I hope to have helped inspire some new Urban Sketch Correspondents.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Daddy Issues at the Parliament House.Footlight Theater in

Coming direct from its Off Broadway premiere, Daddy Issues written and directed by David Goldyn is coming to the Footlight Theater in the Parliament House (410 North Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando FL). Pam Schwartz and I went to a dress rehearsal. Walking in, we passed a drag queen bingo session going on at the bar. The cast sat in the audience for the first hour or so since Blue Estrella was working power nailing baseboards to the walls, framed show posters were hung on the wall with care. We all waited with anticipation for a white door to arrive which went stage left. I had to resist drawing any furniture since it had been pushed around the stage to make room for set construction. An air compressor that looked like a cross between a Roomba and R2D2 was eventually removed.

Donald Moscowitz (Wes Miles) has overbearing parents. Don’t we all? He is trying to live his life as a gay man in 1980s New York as a struggling actor no less. Of course his parents are in denial about his lifestyle, disapprove of his career choice, and question his flair for decoration. To get his family to stop kvetching, Donald needs a son. With the help of his ballsy best friend Henrietta (Darby Ballard) and rising drag queen Levi (Tim Garnham), Donald hires the ten-year-old kid (Rhysee Silvestro) from downstairs to play his son. What could go wrong?

This fast-paced new comedy, takes audiences on a fun ride to remind us just how far we’ll go for family.  Both Henrietta and Levi want to play the part of Donald's long lost girlfriend that he dated in college, before he realized he was gay. When his grandmother (Jack LeDoux) brings home the real college girlfriend, Mary Ellen (Melanie Leon) who happens to be the mom of the 10-year-old son Donald has hired. Melanie was always thick into the drink, having named her son Johnnie Walker. Her off kilter performance certainly added humor to the third act.

Donald's father Sid (Joe Zimmer) and grandmother approach the boy to find out if he has been circumcised, only to be pulled away by Donald. The show was a fun romp. It was just as fun to watch the actors who performed with selfless abandon since there was no audience. For instance, rehearsing the bows for the first time brought out some over the top styles.

Daddy Issues opens Friday August 4th at Footlight Theater.
Tickets are $20  7:30PM to 10:30PM
Show Dates are
Friday August 4
Saturday August 5
Friday August 11
Saturday August 12
Friday August 18
Saturday August 19
Monday August 21 (Industry Night)
Saturday August 26

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.

Friday, August 4, 2017

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

Saturday August 5, 2017
8 AM to 5 PM - $100-$399 Widow Empowerment Weekend. Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel, 5445 Forbes Pl, Orlando, FL 32812. Registration is OPEN. 200 ladies will come together for a very special weekend! #Orlando #Florida #TeamCompassion #ModernWidowsClub #2017WEW

3 PM to 6 PM - $35-$300 1st of 10 Orlando Urban Sketch Workshops. Orlando Public Library 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801. The first Orlando Urban Sketch Workshop will cover Little Stories (Microcosm, Small Objects). I encourage artists to bring a small personal object that has personal meaning. We will discuss how everyday objects can tell a story. 

We will warm up doing contour drawings in which more time is spent looking at objects rather than looking at the sketch page. The fact that a sketch isn't perfect is an excuse to loosen up and have fun with the process. I will do quick sketches for each student to drive home ideas that could help with each sketch in progress. Each sketch is a step towards slower and more deliberate observation.

After classroom discussion and sketches, we will branch out and sketch small isolated scenes in the library. You could sketch someone reading, or focus on some small items in the library collection. The idea is to find something small and intimate to sketch. The library closes as 6 PM and we will meet in the classroom just before closing to look at all the sketches done and compare notes.

Thomas Thorspecken (Thor) has been an official Urban Sketching instructor for two years. For 8 years he has been documenting arts and culture throughout Central Florida with one sketch a day for his online news site Thor was an animation artist for Disney Feature Animation for 10 years and has taught courses at Full Sail University and Elie Animation Academy.
If there are any questions, contact Thor at

7:30 PM to 9:30 AM - $20.  Daddy IssuesFootlight Theatre at the Parliament House Resort (410 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805)  Donald Moscowitz has overbearing parents.  Don't we ALL?

Sunday August 6, 2017
10 AM to 4 PM - Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. South East corner of Lake Eola Park. Weekly.

10 AM to Noon - Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources. 

Noon to 1 PM - Free. Yoga. Lake Eola near the red gazebo.

All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.