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. 

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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