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.

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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