Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Casa Feliz


This is another demo sketch from my Sunday morning Crealde Urban Sketching Class. We sketched the historic Casa Feliz (656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) as an exercise in perspective. I was very pleased with this group of artists they applied the principles I suggested and some amazing work was created. Each student had their own particular way of putting lines and washes on the page and that is what makes sketching a pleasure to look at. Like handwriting each artist brings their own touch to an image they create.

Since I would walk around and offer individual notes and suggestions to each student I didn't take much time on this sketch. I'm finding that dashing off a sketch quickly has it's advantages. The has to look more spontaneous when you are throwing things on the page with wild abandon. Teaching students to be this careless is one of the most important lessons. When they start they want photographic accuracy, but a camera is much more suited to capture that. This is a case where teaching is making me much more aware of where my work needs to go moving forward.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, October 15, 2018

Aloma Bowl and the Frankenstein Effect


On Sunday mornings I teach an Urban Sketching class at Crealde School of Art and the goal is to get the class out to sketch in the community each session. We take the first half of the class to discuss a premise and do an exercise and then we apply that lesson out in the field. I had prepared course materials for something I call the Frankenstein Effect. When drawing on location you seldom have more than 5 minuses to draw a person. On many occasions you might only have 30 seconds before the person walks away. The goal of this class was to get the students to get a very fast gesture on the page within that 30 seconds and then add details to the sketch by borrowing body parts from other people. The head might be from one person, the torso from another and the legs from yet a third. Details of fashion are also mixed an matched.

To get started each student posed for a brief moment and we would sketch just their legs to start. The next student would pose and we would sketch the torso and a third student would pose so we could sketch their head. The results were surprisingly consistent and as an outsider you could not tell that the figures had been "Frankensteined" together.

The Aloma Bowl (2530 Aloma Ave. Winter Park FL 32792) has bowling leagues each Sunday, so it offered a great place to sketch to sketch active poses as people bowled. One bowler was interested in buying one of my students sketches and I am trying to get them hooked up. The trouble is I'm not sure which student might have sketched him. I contacted two of them and will show him both their sketches too see if I can find the sketch he wants.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mon Petit Cheri

Returning to Mon Petit Cheri (331 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789). I decided to push for a more complete sketch that encapsulated how I feel about the place. This Central Florida gem feels the closed to what it might be like to relax and sketch in a Paris cafe. Locals come here to have a coffee and to sit and chat.

I always ordered a chocolate filled croissant and a coffee that was a pleasure to nurse as I sketched. I only did this sketch after doing a series of thumbnail sketches (shown in the sketchbook). The wicker chairs also became the subject of a spread on the different types of furniture to be found in cafes.

New age coffee houses are cropping up all over Central Florida now that feature coffee and a wide selection of plants. The general notion of what constitutes a cafe keep evolving.

Though the book never became a reality, it was nice to explore and sketch the various cafes in town for a while. People offered plenty of suggestions of places I should suggest. That is the strength of social media. It is possible to crowd source to find the most intriguing places to sketch. We are living in an amazing time. Slow down once in a while sip a drink and take the time to soak in your surroundings.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mon Petite Cheri in Winter Park

I was asked by Querto Press in London to execute a series of sketches of cafe's for a possible book about how to sketch cafes. Now Orlando isn't Paris, but I started to search for the best cafes in the area. It is quite calming to slow down and sketch a cafe while sipping a coffee and chocolate croissant. Mon Petit Cheri (333 South Park Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789), seemed to feel like the most European cafe that I could find.

I stopped in several times doing thumbnails and final sketches for possible spreads in the book. Thumb nails are a really great way to organize your thoughts and create quick compositions without committing too much time on a finished sketch.

I also wrote copy to help in creating finalized layouts that showed ow the book might look. These spreads were shown at a London Book Fair to pitch the idea to prospective publishers. Unfortunately the book was not green lighted.

In this digital age it is nice too see that there are some places where people still sit an chat over a drink rater than hiding behind their phones to communicate with the hive. Perhaps my sketching is a similar anti social behavior that happens in slow motion, but for me sketching helps me truly feel a part of any new place I visit.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for October 13, and 14 2018

Saturday October 13, 2018
8an to 1pm Free. Parramore Farmers Market. The east side of the Orlando City Stadium, across from City View. Purchase quality, fresh and healthy food grown in your own neighborhood by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers.

4pm to 6pm Free. Young Voices. JB Callaman Center 102 North Parramore Ave Orlando FL. Teen Open Mic Every second Saturday of the Month.

8:30pm to 10:30pm Free but get a drink. Open Mic. The Geek Easy 114 S. Semoran Blvd Suite #6, Winter Park, Florida 32792. Open to all: Musicians-Lyricists-Artists-and Poets of all kinds
Bring out the cape and have some fun.

Sunday October 14, 2018
19 an 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 red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

1pm to 5:30pm Free. Family Day. 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.




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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Steamboat Arabia Museum


In Kansas City in the Farmers Market area, there is a museum devoted to a steam ship that sank on the Missouri River back in the 1850s when the Louisiana Territory was opened for settlers. My early relative, Dr Augustus Thorspecken was part of that movement West.

The Arabia was a steam ship that was packed full of supplied for the general stores that needed to be outfitted on the river. When a tree falls in the river, the trunk would sink and flow down river a bit creating a deadly spear just under the water. The Arabia struck one of these trees and quickly sank. Passengers rushed to the end of the boat above water. The one life boat was taken by the crew who quickly paddled away fearing that the water boilers might explode when they hit the cold water. When the boilers didn’t explode they sheepishly paddled back and started saving passengers.

The track of the Missouri river would change each year based of the flooding and flow of silt. A family became obsessed about finding the wreck which might not actually be in the water itself. They searched the surrounding land and in a corn filed their electro manometer found metal as they walked up a row of corn. Each time they hit metal they put down a flag and soon they had the outline of the steamer.

They got permission to excavate the site and pumped out the water as they dug below the water level.  Old reports showed that the Arabia had been found once before and the treasure hunters gave up after only finding a box of shoes. The treasure most people hoped for were the many gallons of gin that was being transported in wooden barrels. The gin was never recovered but inside the ship was like finding the 1850s equivalent of a Wal-Mart. Every day of the excavation was like Christmas. They found china ware, utensils, clothing hardware and every conceivable daily necessity for life on the frontier. There were plenty of beads which were intended as trade items with the Indians.

A mule was tied up on the bow of the steamer. An account of the day said that the owner tried to save the mule but it was so stubborn that it would not move towards safety. When the ship was found that mule was found to be still tied to a column of the boat. The more than 100 year old lie was unearthed.

At first the excavators thought they would sell off items to profit from their find, but then they realized they had to keep the collection all together in a museum. Only a fraction of the items have been preserved and they are still conserving items to this day. The family owned a refrigeration business and that is where everything is stored until it can be preserved. In an incubator several dozen shoes were being treated and other items were in storage containers pumped full of nitrogen.

I simply sketched the steamer boats paddle wheel which had been restored. Original pistons and cylinders powered the wheel. Wandering the museum I got a good feel for what life on the Midwest frontier might have been like. This ship that sank and was preserved in the anaerobic slime has become a true time capsule of what life was like in the 1850s.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

T-Rex outside Union Station Kansas City

I decided to take a trip to visit the Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City. I took the free trolley to it’s southern terminus at Union Station. Outside the station was a T-Rex sculpture. Tourists would stop to take selfies with the dinosaur. The Kansas City Science Center was inside the station and dinosaurs were on display. Look at the muscular legs on that dinosaur. Visible in the background of the sketch is the tower of the World Wat I Museum.

There was another exhibit of small gauge railroad displays which filled a large back room in the station with quirky and odd towns with railroad trains circulating the circumference. Some displays were of idealized small towns but others had dinosaurs wandering the streets and or mermaids and penguins in the waterways. One village was made entirely of Lego’s. It was an odd assortment of worlds.

From the station there was still a several mile trip to the museum. I decided to try and rend an electric scooter. These scooters are scattered throughout downtown Kansas City. You rent it and then just leave it wherever when you are done with it. To rent it you scan the URL code with your phone. I found three scooters across the street from the station. It took half an hour to get all the info into my phone. The scooter was like a skate board with handlebars. It was fun to use to start reaching 15 miles per hour. There was a bit of a learning curve, to figure out how to balance on it. After about a mile, I was up to speed.

Then I started scooting up a hill. Now in Florida there are no hills, so I wasn’t surprised that the scooter started to struggle going up the hill. I had to start pushing off with my foot to get to the top of the hill. Why was I paying for an electric scooter that didn’t have enough power to get up a hill? I came to the conclusion that the scooter battery had died. I left it parked at the top of the hill and started walking he rest of the way to the museum.

The remaining walk turned out to be much longer than I suspected. I walked through the full length of several long parks and through a ritzy neighborhood. I was exhausted by the time I got to the museum. Then I hiked every hall of the museum to see all the art. By the end of the day I had a severe case of museum burn. There were several Vincent Van Gogh paintings, and quite a few Thomas Hart Benton paintings. It was an impressive collection.

I decided I could not walk all the way back downtown, so I used Uber for the very first time. It was nice to finally relax in the back seat seeing all the neighborhoods I had just explored on foot. Pam and I used the scooters again another night to explore all the murals that are scattered around Kansas City. Pam showed me how to check the battery level before we rented the scooters and they lasted the duration as we explored up and down the alleys.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Union Station Kansas City Missouri


Pam Schwartz and I took a trip to Kansas City recently. She was invited to speak at an The American Association for State and Local History Conference. While she attended the conference and worked in the hotel room on Orange County History museum business, I explored on my own. Kansas City has a free trolley system and the end of the line is Union Station.

Across the street from Union Station is the National WWI Museum and Memorial. In 1919 two and a half million dollars was raised from a community based fundraising drive to honor the men and women who served and died in the war. The center piece of the monument is a 217 foot high tower surrounded by four guardian spirits (Courage, Honor, Patriotism, and sacrifice. Inside a memorial hall, a large mural covers a wall that has life sized portraits of some of the war’s most infamous generals and leaders. The mural titled, The Pantheon de la Guerre is just a section of a huge mural that was painted in the round that used to be several football fields in width. This mural was forgotten over time and sold for scrap where a local artist discovered it and insisted it needed to be preserved.

You enter the museum over a glass bridge that crosses over a field of blood red poppies. The poppy field references a poem called Flanders Fields about the poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers after the war. The museum itself houses an amazing array of World War I memorabilia.

Trenches are part of the display and as one woman stuck her head in a hole to peak inside to see manikin soldiers huddled inside, a soldier started whispering in her ear which completely freaked her out. The east gallery covers the years from 1914 to 1917 and the West Gallery covers the years from 1917 to 1919. Display cases stacked full of items were rather difficult to decipher but on a whole it was an impressive collection.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, October 8, 2018

Lake Eola Fountain Nocturne


My downtown studio was just a blocks walk from Lake Eola. On some nights I would walk to the lake to paint. Being so dark, it was liberating to just make a mess of the page, spearing paint and ignoring the tight rope of line.

A man clearly had too many bears at World of Beers. At first he seemed to want to discourage my sitting in public creating in the dark, but his mood shifted and I believe he began to respect my commitment to the mess on the page.

The entire walk around the lake is spotted with speakers that play music giving the impression of a mall of theme park. Orlando's fountain icon is carefully controlled and choreographed. My painting was quite the opposite.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Mennello Museum


The second Sunday of each month is Free Family Day at the Mennello Museum of American Art, (900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803). This was a rare day when it was cool enough to sketch outside. A wedding rehearsal was set up lakeside and people slowly gathered to run through the ceremony.

The Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden had on display sculptures by Alice Aycock called Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes. These were originally part of series of seven sculptures in Aycock’s significant outdoor exhibition on Park Avenue in Manhattan entitled Park Avenue Paper Chase. Aycock, is one of America’s most recognized and respected sculptors of her generation.

Grounds for Exhibition features year-long large-scale sculpture exhibitions by nationally renowned American artists who otherwise would not be shared with Orlando audiences. It is possible to see the sculptures any time if you are running or riding the Orlando Urban Trail which runs from Meade Gardens to the north down through Lock Haven park, Lake Formosa and down to Magnolia Avenue. An extension is planned to bring the running and biking trail downtown.

Museum Founder Michael Mennello presented over 20 examples of early 20th Century painting and seminal works from his American Impressionist Collection to the museum on May 1, 2018.  These painting are is valued at more than $8.75 million as appraised by Debra Force Fine Art, LLC, New York. The masterpieces include work by renowned ashcan school artists: John Sloan, Robert Henri, George Lukes, and George Bellows. The ashcan school was named after a sketch done by George Bellows of two bums inspecting a morsel of food they had just lifted from a garbage can. The movement didn't only show life in the gutters, but also featured the pleasures of art and culture that was booming at the time. The ashcan school of art includes some of my favorite artists who documented everyday life of people from all walks of life.

The next Free Family Fun Day at the Mennello is October 14, 2018 from Noon to 2:30pm. I definitely want to see these new paintings in person.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Joysticks Arcade Lounge and Retro Bar in Downtown Orlando


ODD 26 (Orlando Drink and Draw) was held at Joysticks Arcade Lounge and Retro Bar (69 E Pine St, Orlando, Florida 32801). Orlando Drink and Draw ventures to a new bar or restaurant each month to sample beers and sketch. There is no model fee and no instruction. This is just a chance to get out, meet fellow artists and draw. I'm hoping to sketch in Central Florida's best and most unique dive bars, so suggestions are always welcome.

Joysticks is a gaming bar with retro video arcade machines as well as a full bar. I like the references to Little Shop of Horrors, Star Wars, Jaws, Ghost Busters and there is a Game of Thrones sword throne that is great for photo opportunities. Retro arcade games are scattered throughout and there are themes nooks for friends to gather. The place is a visual fest for the eyes and working digitally allowed me to push the extreme colored lighting in the sketch. Four or five artists stopped out and we sat at the round tables to sketch this unique space. Joysticks is the self proclaimed most popular arcade bar in Orlando, Florida. They have a wide selection of specialize drinks, craft beers, and retro arcade games.

The joy of ODD is that I always get to meet several new artists and flip through their sketchbooks. Most people feel the eyes are a window to the soul, but for artists it is their sketchbooks.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, October 5, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for October 6 and 7, 2018

Saturday October 6, 2018
8am to 1pm Free. Parramore Farmers Market. The east side of the Orlando City Stadium, across from City View. .Purchase quality, fresh and healthy food grown in your own neighborhood by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers.

8pm to 11pm No Borders Breast Cancer Awareness Edition "Save 2nd Base".   The Geek Easy 114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6, Winter Park, Florida 32792. No Borders presents "Save 2nd Base" our Breast Cancer Awareness Edition.

8pm to 11:30pm $15.95 Science Night Live. Orlando Science Center, 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803.  It’s social. It’s science. It’s 21 and up! This is also one of the best opportunities to  check out my solo exhibition of Science Center Paintings on display on exhibit on the second floor near the Founer's Room.
Science Night Live at Orlando Science Center is your chance to spark your curiosity through fun exhibits and programs…with some adult beverages, of course! Bring your friends, or make it a date night, and join us for a unique and ever-changing experience that proves there’s no age limit on curiosity!
This event has been known to sell out and tickets are available online only for just $15.95, so get yours before they're gone!
[TICKETS] www.osc.org/snl
FEATURED EXPERIENCES:
• Hear a presentation from our guest speaker
• Immerse yourself in the world of superheroes, crime fighters, gadgets and spies in our traveling exhibit, Hall of Heroes
• View stars and planets with telescopes in the observatory (weather permitting)
• Experience giant-screen films in the Dr. Phillips CineDome
• Conduct lab experiments in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory
• Enjoy the latest exhibition on display in Fusion: A STEAM Gallery (Work of Thomas Thorspecken of Analog Artist Digital World)
• Delight in food and adult beverages available for purchase
• Experience the Science Center in a whole new way…without kids
Admission to Science Night Live is free for Orlando Science Center Members and $15.95 for the general public.

Sunday October 7, 2018 
10am to 4pm Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. Lake Eola Park, Orlando, FL 32801.

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 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Flamenco Guitarist Omar Miguel. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit our historic home museum on a Sunday afternoon from 12 to 3 pm, listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Art Class


Before I was teaching art classes at Crealde School of Art, I sometimes would stop in at different art classes around Central Florida to see artists at work. This seniors class was in a beautiful location right on a lake with white Ibis hunting for food right on the lawn. This was a watercolor class and I have to admit, I am a bit envious of the wide assortment of watercolor brushes that were available. I scrub watercolor on my sketches with a brush that has clearly seen better days.

I shared my sketchbooks with the class and then settled in to do a sketch of the artists at work. Besides the traditional watercolors being done there was also a large high tech printer available which is again something that would make my life so much easier to have in the studio.

Today was my last day with my Crealde Urban Sketch students and it always feels terrible to leave them just as they are warming up to the journey of doing sketches consistently. Once in a while a student comes along who embraces all you offered and it is a true pleasure to see them blossom and progress.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Jeremy Seghers hosts a public interview program at Urban Rethink


Urban Re-Think (625 E Central Blvd. in Thornton Park) used to be the cultural epicenter of downtown Orlando. It was a collaborative workspace, event space and  offered all around great community programing.  Innovative and experimental programs were tested there each week. In this case, theater produce and director Jeremy Seghers interviewed people in front of a studio audience. The set up was simple, a floor lamp a microphone on a foot stool and two bar stools.

In this sketch, Jeremhy is talking to Darren McDaniel, the founding Director of Urban Re-Think. It was an informal chance to share stories. At the time Darren was having a mural added to the interior of Urban Re-Think based on a drawing done by a very young niece GraciAnn. It was a quirky drawing of a character done in yellow crayon with big eyes. Darren planned to get large mechanical googly eyes which would move. Called the Audacity of Play, the yellow character had a hexagonal head with a mad know of yellow hair, and spiraling yellow hands. The mural was created by Orlando artist, Carolyn Schultz. The functional googly eyes were concocted by Urban Re-Think resident creative, Kathryn Neel, and empowered by Zach from Hicks Electric.

Urban Re-Think closed down in 2013 and sadly GraciAnne's mural is no longer gracing it's walls. Many co-working spaces, studios and creative/tech networking events have cropped up since Urban Rethink was closed but I can attest that the magic created there has not been replicated in any one venue. Though the city continues to grow, I see its cultural heart shrinking.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Art Critique


An art critique was held at the Gallery at Avalon Island (39 South Magnolia Avenue Orlando FL). Each artist would bring a sample of work to discuss. It is best if the artist has a specific question that can be posed to the group. This artist hand paints electric guitars and other instruments.

The building was donated to the City of Orlando and is now known as the Rogers Kliene Building which is now part of the Downtown Arts District. It is a contemporary art space that displays work by emerging and established artists. The gallery is located in the historic Queen Anne style Rogers Kliene building. It was built in 1886, and is the oldest operational building in Orlando.

I had two painting on exhibit in what I believe was the last exhibit at City Arts Factory which will be moving into the Rogers Kliene Building. This means that the art scene in downtown Orlando has collapsed and substantially shrunk. The Rogers Kliene Building has 1.5 rooms as exhibition space as opposed to the 6 or so gallery rooms in City Arts Factory. Avalon Island curator Patrick Greene was planning to leave Orlando when Avalon Island closed, but was hired on at Laughing Samurai marketing.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, October 1, 2018

Art Class


Dog Powered Robot rehearsals were held in this art classroom. Christie Miga taught art classes here and I decided to stop by to see a class in action. This was before I started sketching at Elite Animation Academy and it was while sketching this class in actin that I decided it was inspiring to see kids creating using pencil and paper. One of the instructors actually posed for the students and it was great t see them step up to the challenge and sketch her as she sat in her chair. Kids don't accept limitations. If you suggest they try creating something, they create something.

It is only when kids get older that they start to feel like they aren't doing sketches accurately enough. I on the other hand keep striving to get back some of the childhood innocence and directness each time I do a sketch. Inspiring kids to catch the world around them by sketching is a challenge but sometimes it feels so good to see a kid embrace old technology as a way to slow down and truly experience the world.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Eola Wine Company


I sketched at the  Lake Eola Wine Company (430 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801) during a private workshop I hosted for with an undisclosed artist from NYC. On the subject of mysterious artists, I enjoyed watching the a painting being sold at auction of a girl releasing a heart shaped balloon by Banksy at a Sotherby's. It sold for 1.4 million dollars. As soon as the gavel went down, the painting self destructed. The artist had built a shredder into the frame and he must have been in the auction house and pressed the self destruct button. On Instagram, he posted an image of shocked auction goers with the caption going going, gone. IT was a brilliant stroke of genius. I has not been reported yet what the auction house will do for the person who purchased the now shredded art.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Orlando Drink and Draw at Thai Island


Orlando Drink and Draw  (ODD) ventures to a new bar or restaurant each month to sample beers and sketch. There is no model fee and no instruction. This is just a chance to get out, meet fellow artists and draw. I'm hoping to sketch in Central Florida's best dive bars, so suggestions are always welcome.

Wendy Wallenberg suggested we go to Thai Island (2522 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822. Thai Island is a casual spot for familiar and country-style regional Thai dishes in a quaint setting. About four artists showed up and sketched while sampling the dishes. I had a spring roll with the accompanying sauces on the table was good but didn't  order a full meal. 

Artist Orit Reuben stopped out and worked in pastels which was a colorful alternative the watercolor sketches I do each day.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, September 28, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 29 and 30, 2018

Saturday September 29, 2018
8am to 1pm Free. Parramore Farmers Market. The east side of the Orlando City Stadium, across from City View. Purchase quality, fresh and healthy food grown in your own neighborhood by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers.

7pm to 11pm Free. Ybor City Art Walk. 7th Ave Ybor Tampa, Florida 33605. 
Here are the participating locations:
The Bricks of Ybor
Bloodline Tattoo
Ybor Arts Colony
Hot Wax
Wandering Eye Art Gallery
Dysfunctional Grace
Moon Over Havana Arts Gallery
Live Arts Labs


10:30pm to 12:30am Free but get food and drink. Son Flamenco.  Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL. 

Sunday September 30, 2018
9am to 4pm Donation based. Shampooch 2018! Lambs Eat Ivy Salon 804 E Washington St, Orlando, Florida 32801. ALL PAWS ON DECK! BRING YOUR DOG(s), A FRIEND'S DOG, A FAMILY DOG, AN Exes DOG, ADOPT A DOG, <>DOG TO THORNTON PARK for a dog washing block party to raise money for Rescue Me Orlando!
•DOG WASH
•NAIL GRINDING
•PHOTO BOOTH
•LIVE MUSIC
•DOG POOLS
•DUNK TANK
•STREET MISTERS
•DJ
•FOOD TRUCKS
•DRINKS
•VENDORS
•APPLE WATCH/FITBIT RAFFLE
•ADOPTIONS
Washing paws for a good cause.
Bring em dirty!


1pm to 4pm. $60. 10 X 10 Workshop: The Frankenstein Effect. East End Market and Domu (Upper balcony) 3201 Corrine Dr. Orlando FL 32803. With instructor Thomas Thorspecken.
For the second year, Urban Sketchers Orlando is taking part in 10x10, the worldwide initiative to offer educational workshops wherever sketchers live. Launched in celebration of Urban Sketchers’ 10th anniversary in 2017, the program brings a variety of courses on urban sketching techniques taught by talented local instructors in their home cities. In 2017, cities around the world began offering 10x10, a series of 10 courses telling the stories of our places. For 2018, Urban Sketchers have a new creative plan of long term workshops.
DESCRIPTION:
When sketching events on location it is sometimes helpful to search for the high ground to get an overview of the scene. From above people are less likely to block your view. This class will discuss how to place figures in the scene as viewed from above. We will discuss perspective, sighting to find angles, human proportions and gesture.
When people move you can piece together individuals from multiple people in the crowd. I often track an individual adding detail to the location where I placed them initially in the sketch. This is a way to "Frankenstein" the scene together. If we were sketching a scene in a movie, this would be the establishing shot. The goal is to utilize the course material to finish one sketch in a two hour time frame.

SUPPLIES:
A sketchbook of your choice, HB pencil, Micron pen or fountain pen with waterproof ink, Pentel waterbrush, travel watercolor palette, brown and black colored pencils, a rag and small water supply. A camping stool is a great addition but not 100% necessary.
Thomas Thorspecken is a correspondent for the Urban Sketchers organization since 2009 and has been an official Urban Sketching instructor for two years. An illustrator and journalist he is working in and around Central Florida and has been documenting arts and entertainment for eight years in one sketch a day for his online news site, Analog Artist Digital World. Thorspecken was an animation artist for Disney for 10 years and has taught courses at Full Sail University and Elite Animation Academy. USk Correspondent.

10pm to Midnight Free but get a coffee. Comedy Open Mic. Austin's Coffee, 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL.  Free comedy show! Come out & laugh, or give it a try yourself.


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

Thursday, September 27, 2018

DRIP Date Night


DRIP Date Night was held around Valentines day at the former grunge bar on International Drive. The black lighting in the venue was a challenge, since I couldn't judge values or color. It was a grand experiment to sketch that night. DRIP has unfortunately closed so the colored beer bar is a thing of the past.

The evening featured interactive stations, gorgeous performers, a full DRIP show with dancers performing in paint, flying water, colored sand, a live rock band, and a Miracle Berry after party, experimental taste testings, dancing, and a 10 foot paint shower.

The Interactive Stations included:
BLUE STATION: A new twist on Paint and Take. You could be your own artist and show off what you got.
RED STATION: Guests were blindfolded and relaxed as they experienced the touch of your partner. Can it get spicy? Maybe....
YELLOW STATION: Word smiths helped guests refine and express their thoughts and affections. We make it easy.
KISSING BOOTH: A photo booth filled with X's and O's was set up for selfies and group shots.
CREATE YOUR OWN VALENTINE: Guests use up cycled materials to craft their own special valentine.
T-SHIRT PULL WALL: Guests could take their chances by picking a crop top to see if they could win the grand prize.
FULL THEATRICAL SHOW:  The show featured a sordid love story with dancers performing in paint, flying water, and sand to a LIVE rock band. It's a standing room experience.
THE COLOR BAR: Guests cold enjoy drinks by the color! DRIP's Color Bar had Red, Blue, Orange and Yellow beer, cocktails, shots, wine and non alcoholic beverages for sale. On Valentine's Day, a special flight of shots was added that would shock taste buds.

DRIP added some real grit and color to the Orlando night life. It was a shame to see it go.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Faith Arts Village Orlando


On the first Friday of each month, a former motel (221 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32801) comes alive as a vibrant open studio for local Orlando Artists. The Park Lake Presbyterian Church across the street purchased the motel and has been converting it into active artists studios. Faith Arts Village or FAVO is a good place to check out what is happening locally in the visual arts.

As I was doing this sketch, a local band was performing in the parking lot. hey were singing the opening song from a Muppet movie called the rainbow connection. Almost everywhere I sketch in Orlando there is a rainbow to be seen. In this case a large rainbow heart decorated the entry to a studio that had flower headed mannequins. I had a commission on my mind that involved a small antique carousel. I ultimately called the piece "The Rainbow Connection" and put in prints of all rainbow themed decorations I had sketching since the Pulse Massacre.

The next FAVO showcase is October 5, 2018 starting at 5pm. I always find something unexpected and inspiring.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Drunken Monkey


I no longer hang out at the Drunken Monkey to sketch and enjoy a cup of coffee. A past sketch I did mysteriously appeared on their internet sever to welcome anyone wanting to use that service. The trouble is that the image was lifted off line without consulting me and without paying for the reproduction rights for its use.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, September 24, 2018

Magic Beyond the Mouse


In May of 1989, The Walt Disney Company added an animation studio in Central Florida.  Spearheaded by animation industry expert, Max Howard, the Florida studio grew from a crew of 40 to more than 400 in the mid-90s, before closing in January 2004.

The studio was responsible for the box office hits: Mulan (1998), Lilo and Stitch (2002) and Brother Bear (2003) and contributed substantially to films such as, The Little Mermaid (1989), Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), and many more, reinvigorating the animation industry and The Walt Disney Company.

The artists and staff at the Florida studio fostered an atmosphere that bottled a type of magic that is hard to put in words, but anyone familiar with the facility can attest that working together, this team created a family that no other Disney environment has.

I teach an Urban Sketching class at Elite Animation Academy (8933 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, FL 32835). The primary goal of the class is to introduce young students to the idea of carrying a sketchbook everywhere they go. Elite was formed by a former Disney Feature Animation artist and its mission of delivering traditional and digital art courses remains true to this day. It is a place where students can build a portfolio of work should they choose to pursue a career in movie making or game design.

A few blocks away from Elite, is Art of Fitness (5154 Dr Phillips BlvdOrlando, FL) which was also formed by a former Disney Feature Animation employee named Ron Beta. Ron decided to mount an exhibit by former Disney Artists showcasing their art since the Disney Feature Animation Studio closed in 2004. In 2004, the Orlando Disney Studio was  just starting production on a new project tentatively called My Peoples or A few Good Ghosts that was about a folk artist living in Appalachia that made puppets out of re purposed parts. For instance Abe Lincoln was made from an old broom. I was slated to do the key drawings for a villainous possum and I was gearing up to find the final look of the character.

I invited my Urban Sketch students to sketch the installation of the exhibit. In my sketch you can see a full wall of wildlife paintings by Aaron Blaise and some mermaid watercolor paintings by Ronnie Willford lined up at the base of the mirrored wall. I had simply framed one of my Urban Sketches to add to the show. In all, twenty one former Disney Artists exhibited work in the show. When the Disney Studio closed, these artists proved that there is magic and meaning to life after the Mouse. Hopefully my students took away the lesson that working for any particular a studio isn't always the crowning moment of an art career. Every artist who remains curious is always evolving.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Uprising: Pulse to Parkland


Pam Schwartz and I attended two screenings at the Global Peace Film Festival. The screenings were at the Bush Auditorium on the Rollins College Campus. The first film was "Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane". It was produced by Kim A. Snyder the same documentary film maker that made "Newtown". Father Bob Weiss was featured in Newtown. In the days following the Sandy Hook Massacre that took the lives of 26 children and teachers on December 12, 2012, he was tasked with burring 8 of those children. Interviewed in this film he broke down as he said that it was an honor to be able to do this for the families. After the tragedy he was still needing to heal himself while having to answer parishioners questions and grief.

He received a letter from Father Basil O'Sullivan from Dunblane Scotland where in 1996 sixteen school children were gunned down by a gunman. Through a series of letters, the two forged a bond sharing their similar experiences in having to deal with the trauma and recovery. Father Basil agreed to fly to Newtown for the one year anniversary. One year after such a tragedy can be re-traumatizing and he decided to go in solidarity to offer his support. My favorite scene had the father reading the same sermon he presented in Dunblane after that tragedy. The audio of that sermon from the past cross dissolved with the present audio. At the Dunblane sermon,  Charles Prince of Whales was in the congregation. After Pulse, I saw members of our community reach out when others face the same kind of tragedy.

The second film, "Uprising: Pulse to Parkland" was about two Florida Communities united by grief and anger from deadly mass shootings. After 49 lives were taken at Pulse, gun legislation was proposed and quickly died in Tallahassee. Part of the problem was that the legislature wasn't in session at the time. When 17 lives were taken at Margory Stoneman Douglass High School  the movement for sane gun legislation once again ignited. March for Our Lives swept up the Peninsula and marched into the Nation's Capitol. The Stoneman Douglas Students demanded an end to assault weapons and a stop to gun violence in America. The NRA however is a strong force in America with many politicians paid off and in their pockets. The battle for gun legislation is a long and continuing battle. Other countries around the world are shocked by America's murderous obsession with guns.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Billy Collins Reads at Rollins College


Billy Collins was appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 was New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. In 2016 he retired from his position as a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York after teaching there almost 50 years.

He read a selection of his poems at Rollins College, Tiedeke Concert Hall. His poems about everyday occurrences are witty and direct yet they often unveil something sublime and profound. Humor and insight mix in fun and unexpected ways.

I have had the pleasure of having dinner with Billy and Suzannah Gilman on several occasions. They both inspire me to want to continue to create every day. That is a rare gift from a friend or acquaintance. Billy has published 10 collections of poetry and they have garnered an amazing following. His work speaks for itself, go pick up one of his books and enjoy. His latest publications include Ballistics, Horoscopes for the Dead, Aimless Love, and The Rain in Portugal. I had Billy sign my sketch since they both will be worth something someday.

Billy's next reading will be, What Poets Talk About When They Talk About Love, in the Tiedeke Concert Hall on February 17, 2019 at 2pm. Tickets are $25.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, September 21, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 22 and 23, 2018

Saturday September 22, 2018
8am to 3pm Free. Orlando Super Kids Classic. Special soap box derby races with special needs children. Manheim Central Florida 9800 Bachman Road South Orlando Fl. sunshinestatesuperkids.com

7pm to 9 pm Free. Brewery Tour. Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL.

8:30pm to 10:30pm Free but get a drink. Amy Watkins and Open Mic. The Geek Easy 114 S. Semoran Blvd Suite #6, Winter Park, Florida 32792. Open to all: Musicians-Lyricists-Artists-and Poets of all kinds. Bring out the cape and have some fun.

Sunday September 23, 2018
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 2pm Free but get food and drink. Florida Gospel Jam. Fish on Fire 7937 Daetwyler Drive Belle Isle FL. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday.

Noon to 3pm. Donation based. Music at the Casa, Guitarist, Vocalist Jorge Mendoza. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Global Peace Film Festival Opening Night Party


On September 18, 2018 the Global Peace Film Festival opened here in Orlando. On that evening there was a screening of the film, "Every Act of Life" which profiles the world renowned playwright, Terrance McNally's pioneering five decade career in theater focusing on the struggle for LGBT rights and his pursuit of love and inspiration at every age. The festival is in its 16th year. In these times of deep division, the festival focuses on our resources which are just an arm's length away in our family, neighbors, friends and throughout our communities. All week films are being shown in venues at Rollins College, The Winter Park Public Library, The Center, Valencia College, and Downtown Orlando.

Pam Schwartz and I got a table with a view at the Enzian Theater on opening night. The film had not let out yet, so the Eden Bar was half full. Then the theater doors opened and the festival goers filled the bar. There were light bites and the room was suddenly a buzz with activity. At a table in front of us, photographer Peter Morey was having a discussion with Jim Lussier. Peter spent ten years shooting photos of Nelson Mandela and an exhibit of these photos is opening on tonight, September 20, 2018 at City Arts Factory. 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Photos in the exhibit feature Mandela's inauguration, meetings with dignitaries, and even shots of Nelson at home with his family.

I intend to get to a screening of "Uprising: Pulse to Parkland"  by local film maker Vicki Nantz. The film is about two Florida communities united by grief and anger from deadly mass shootings. It is about the national uprising against the gun industry and the politicians who profit from gun violence in America. That screening is on Friday September 21, 2018 at 6pm in the Bush Auditorium at Rollins College.

Check the online Film Festival Schedule to find other amazing thought provoking films.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

FAVO Every First Friday


On this evening, I installed the 49 portraits of the victims of the Pulse massacre at Falcon Bar. I then had to drop some art at Faith Arts Village Orlando (FAVO), 221 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32801 and I decided to stay to get a sketch. FAVO is an old motel on Colonial Drive that has been converted into 36 artist studios. On the first Friday of each month the studios are open to the public. It is an opportunity to window shop for some amazing original art.

Some artists set up tables in the parking lot as well. There is also a food truck or two and tables to sit and eat. There is also music. This month, Cindy Barr (on guitar), Jim Hull (on the Bodhran) and Sharon Harlimer (on violin) played under a tent. They performed Irish folk tunes and other selections. A banner had been printed up and hung on the chain link fence that said, "FAVO Cares" to honor those who lost their lives at Pulse.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Shakes 30th Anniversary Gala


The Shakes (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803) pulled out all the stops to create an amazing 30th Anniversary Gala this year. Gorgeous blue and pink curtains were hung at the entrance and a shimmering silver carpet was rolled out to the entry door. High columns of glistening crystals lined the walk. Inside a line built up for picking up programs and bidding numbers. Food stations were set up throughout the Shakes both inside and out. I settled in immediately at a standing table to sketch since I knew that time would be limited.

I focused my attention on Capa Restaurant from Four Seasons. Capa is a luxurious rooftop restaurant at Walt Disney World resort. They were serving Cerdo, which is Pork Belly, Rhubarb, and Hazelnuts covered in a rich creamy sauce with bright prigs of garnish. It was like an extra thick cut of bacon lightly crispy at the edges. I sketched madly as they prepared plate after plate of food. For the most part I just drank Coke to keep my sketching buzz on. Pam Schwartz explored the various food stations and brought back samples. I Tried  Lamb shank that was delicious. Somehow a chunk of mashed potato got wedged between my palette and sketchbook. I only discovered it when I finished the sketch and started cleaning up.

Several patrons were charmed that I was sketching. One woman stopped to tell all about her two daughters one is bohemian and an artist herself and the other is a type A personality. Another couple started talking about the vibe of the arts scene in Italy. I started talking about Provence, confusing it for Italy because I was so focused on my sketch.

The fundraising portion of the evening was an amazing success. I had a print in the silent auction and it was sold, though I didn't see the final bid. The auction held in the theater itself offered several dream stay-cations and a dinner for 100 friends. These packages went for thousands of dollars. Bidding for the Shakespeare education programing was extremely lively. Tallahassee has cut the arts budget by more than 90% this year so fundraising is more important than ever.

Jim Helsinger and Scott Maxwell both told stories about Harriet Lake who has just died this year. It seems everyone who met Harriet has a story about her. She always made an impression. She used to always sit in the same front row seats and though she was offered comps she would insist on paying. However she would at times show up unannounced and want to sit in her seat. Because of this the staff of the Shakes always kept those tow seats open until the last minute.  Jim announced that a plaque will be added and those seats will forever be known as Harriet's seats.

In the Heights is now playing at the Shakes and in that musical residents of Washington Heights dreamed of what it would be like to win the lottery worth 96,000. The cast of In the Heights took to the stage to perform 96,000. In a stroke of genius Jim Helsinger asked how much money had been raised in the silent auction and the live auction so far. We were just about 5000 short of 96,000 dollars. Bidding was opened again and in the excitement over 96,000 dollars was raised.

The cast of in the heights then performed a cabaret that ended with the entire cast performing the opening number of In the Heights. I lined In the Heights for 10 years as a struggling artist in New York City, so I identify with the hopes and dreams of that barrio.  It was a rousing and fitting end to a very successful gala.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, September 17, 2018

ODD 17 at Dexter's in Winter Park


Orlando Drink and Draw (ODD) invites artists to go to a new bar or restaurant each month to sample food and drink and sketch. I was living in Winter Park at the time so I decided to go to Dexter's (558 W New England Ave Suite 100, Winter Park, FL 32789). My roommate went to this place religiously. There are often bands that perform but on this evening it was quiet. I usually go to ODD events a little early so that I get a good jump on my sketch before I start socializing with other artists. I ordered a beer and got to work.

As I was finishing the sketch, I realized that I had not seen any artists enter. The door was at the right of my sketch so I was looking towards the entrance and should have noticed and welcome any artists. I decided to put extra time into the watercolor on the sketch to pass the time but decided after a while that no one was going to show up. I  paid, packed up and walked back to my car. 

On the drive back to my studio, I got a text, "Where are you?" from an artist. I explained that no one had shown up and I left. What I didn't realize was that daylight savings time had just ended, so I was at Dexter's well over an hour before anyone else, and I left before the start time of the event I had scheduled. I had to apologize. I hope anyone who did get out to Dexter's got a decent sketch that night.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, September 16, 2018

There Will Be Words


There Will Be Words produces a somewhat quarterly reading series called Saturday Night Special which combines prose and poets and a sporadic poetry slam called There Will Be Verse. The location of these shows rotates and proceeds generated from our shows go back to our featured writers.In this sketch Trevor Fraser is seated in a lounge chair prior to the event at Urban Think. Tod Caviness is at the mic reading one of his insightful and always funny tomes about Central Florida.

Jesse Bradley, the host, invites four writers each month receive ten minutes to read a work of fiction or non-fiction of their own creation. Authors read fiction and non-fiction between 1000-1500 words. The piece could previously be published elsewhere.

I enjoy going to sketch and I am always blown away by some awesome and unexpected story. Tapping into the creativity right here in Orlando is much more fun than wasting away in front of a TV.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Shift


 I went to a tech rehearsal for The Shift at the Mandell Theater in the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803). Larissa Humiston the founder of Emotions Dance was in the lighting booth helping set the lighting cues. I thought I was just sketching an Emotions Dance Company rehearsal but I got to experience so much more.

 The Shift is an annual production that showcases work from professional companies and up and coming choreographers in the Central Florida area. The goal of The Shift is to showcase new works to the Central Florida Community in the spirit of collaboration and exploration of dance as an art form.

The first dance consisted of a troupe of female dancers in black Flamenco dresses with white polka dot frill.  They all moved in graceful synchronous movements and I struggled just to catch one or two dancers. When they spun, their dresses billowed out. During their second run through a small army of young dancers filled the theater seats. They quickly got into costumes and soon where on stage. Some dancers were as young as 5 years old up to maybe 18 years old. They performed to music with a tribal beat and the youngest of them gyrated with stunning athleticism. The choreographer was in the front row to encourage them to push themselves.

Four dancers in black suits and black fedoras danced with Bob Fosse exaggeration to a Michael Jackson song. Their faces were hidden behind the brim of the hat and to begin their chests heaved as if to the sound of their own heart beats. One dancer in particular seemed to have that extra polish that caused me to pause and just watch. None of the acts were in order, each dance company took to the stage when they arrived and then they would file out. It was an exciting and energetic evening that proved that Orlando will keep Dancing.

Showcasing work from the following professional companies and individuals:
Aretuza's Ballerina Project
Florida Dance Theatre
Emotions Dance Inc
Ellie Vie Co
Crawford Jazz Project
Marshall Ellis Dance
Still Moving Dance
Vincent Sanrocco Dance
Inez Patricia School of Dance
Tori Sarau
CG and Dancers
Thomas Wilkins

The final performance of The Shift is tonight, Saturday September 15, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Mandell Theater in the Orlando Shakes (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803).
Tickets which are available at the door are
General Admission- $20
Students/Seniors (65+)- $15


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Friday, September 14, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 15 and 16, 2018

Saturday September 15, 2018
8am to 1pm Free. Parramore Farmers Market. The east side of the Orlando City Stadium, across from City View. Purchase quality, fresh and healthy food grown in your own neighborhood by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers.

1pm to 3pm Free. Vet Voices: 1st Highlights Presentation.  TheatreWorks Florida 8 W Palmetto St, Davenport, Florida 33837. TheatreWorks Florida and the veterans of "Vet Voices" proudly invite you to a FREE public presentation of inspirational theatrical work created entirely by the vets themselves during their first 10-week session of workshops. Come share stories of the men and women who protect our country every day in an impromptu studio setting. Support… Connect… Engage.
Please support the incredible veterans of Vet Voices as they share their military experiences in an eye-opening theatrical forum. This event is open to the Public and we encourage families to attend.
Questions to Mark Graham: vetvoices@theatreworksfl.org or 203.952.8760.
We hope to see you at the theatre!
Mark Graham - Associate Director, Vet Voices Scott A. Cook - TWF Artistic Producer

7:30pm to 9:30pm General Admission- $20 Students/Seniors (65+)- $15 The Shift. John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Mandell Theater (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803). The Shift is an annual production that showcases work from professional companies and up and coming choreographers in the Central Florida area. The goal of The Shift is to showcase new works to the Central Florida Community in the spirit of collaboration and exploration of dance as an art form.
Doors open at 7 and show is at 7:30pm.Tickets available at the door.
 
Sunday September 16, 2018 
Noon to 2pm Free. Orlando Flea by the Daily City. Celine Orlando 22 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801.
The Orlando Flea is Sunday September 16th 12pm-4pm at the event space Celine Orlando at 22 S. Magnolia Ave. It will feature a tightly curated collection of local and regional artisans, designers and makers along with live music, a full bar and local bites.
The Orlando Flea wants to create a community around supporting and celebrating our region's creative small business owners. There's an inspiration and energy that comes from talking with and just being around creative people doing what they love. The Orlando Flea wants to be a hub for that energy and experience.
The Orlando Flea is the latest project of The Daily City, creators of The Daily City's Food Truck Bazaar, The Daily City Cardboard Art Festival, and Big Box of Orlando (Orlando's first pop up shop!). The Daily City began in 2007 and is Orlando's longest running hyper local indie news site.
Since The Daily City publicly announced The Orlando Flea on March 1st 2018 it amassed over 500 fans at www.instagram.com/theorlandoflea and 130+ members in the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/331443710710233/).
Vendors: Go to the facebook group to apply. Thanks!

5pm to 7pm Tickets: $250, $200, $150. 30th Anniversary Season Gala. John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803.  You’re invited to attend an evening of exceptional food, live entertainment, and memorable conversation as we celebrate Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s 30th Anniversary Season.
Book your tickets today and you will be among the select few to see a one-night-only cabaret created by In the Heights performers. The Season Gala also features an extensive variety of auction items and experiences that you won’t want to miss. Our thrilling live auction will feature an incredible vacation experience at the Walt Disney World Resort, a dinner party for 100 from Arthur’s Catering, and a luxurious staycation at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.

7pm to 9pm Free but get a beer. Stephan Mikes at the Imperial. The Imperial at Washburn Imports 1800 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804. Contemporary Sitarist and composer Stephan Mikes plays internationally influenced tunes with Tablaji Riad Abdulsalam, Swara means truth!


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The 49 Mural Roundtable Meeting


Mural artist Michael Pilato came to Orlando from Happy Valley, PA shortly after the Pulse Nightclub massacre to create a mural as tribute to the 49 who were murdered on the evening of June 12, 2016. He introduced the idea of the World Mural project which would have murals around the world in places that had experienced tragedy. He attended my 49 portrait creation project at Falcon Bar and from that he imagined a group of artists working together to bring the mural to life. For his mural to be a success he needed public awareness so this round table was formed to get people on board to help with his vision. 

 Besides the painted mural he wanted a viewer to be able to point their smart phone at an individual and a 3d rendering would appear of the person walking off the surface and telling their story. Several people from a computer graphics company in Vancouver were at the meeting to explain how this tech might work. I tried on a headset and was able to walk around in a recreation of a civil war battleground. I walked up to the end of a cannon and looked down inside the barrel. It was possible to walk around soldiers as they prepared to fire the cannon. Such interactive tech is inspiring but in the end the mural just needed old fashioned brush and paint to be created.


Chimene Pindar Hurst first asked Michael to
create a mural in Orlando. Chimene's father took on he roll of keeping the round table committee on track. Michael's mural partner, Yurly Karabash arrived and the mural really started to take shape. I contributed 4 portraits of victims, recreating the portraits I had done on the evening that the 49 portraits were created. In the restructuring of the mural, all 4 of my contributions were painted over and replicas were painted in other sections sort of in my style.

Besides my small contribution to the mural, I also was hired by Michael to create several renderings that showed a new vision for Lake Beauty right next to
Orlando Regional Medical Center where all survivors who had been shot were taken and treated on that fateful night. The medical center is just a few blocks north of the Pulse Nightclub and because of that some lives could be saved. I went to the lake and drew the setting on location and then returned to the studio to make the changes to the setting that Michael envisioned. 49 plaques had been placed around a fountain already in the victims honor. the trouble with this otherwise peaceful lake is that it is right next to the very busy Orange Avenue.

Michael imagined a series of arching walls covered in greenery. Misters would soak the air cooling the area around the fountain. At night lights hidden in the greenery would light up with all the colors of the rainbow. The mist would soften the lights at night. A lower level path path was imagined that would literally be below the lake surface in spots with water cascading over the clear Plexiglas walls. Colorful plaques were imagined across the lake and a tiny gnome village might appear among the knees of a cypress tree. Catacombs could be created on a round peninsula that just out into the lake. Lake Beauty is already a peaceful and serene place despite the incessant sound of traffic. Each new suggestion was intended to make it even more of a place for reflection and healing. The project was pitched to the hospital and nothing ever became of it. Susan Stauffer Beckmann is the public relations person for the mural. It was propped up for a day on June 12, 2017 at Lake Eola for people to see. Rather than being painted on a wall, it is painted on sections of marine grade board so it can be installed anywhere. It was installed on the side of a bar in Thornton Park for a while, but that is not intended as it's permanent home.

What went up as a temporary memorial at Pulse. Resembles the curving wall design envisioned for lake Beauty. Only instead of being covered in foliage it is covered with thousands of photos from the community response after Pulse happened.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In The Heights at Shakes


When I worked as an illustrator in NYC I lived for 10 years in Washington Heights. Rent was cheap and I had a large railroad style apartment a few blocks for the George Washington Bridge. In the Heights based on a book by Quiara Algria Hudes and with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda is set in my old stomping grounds. The corner bodega in Jim Hunter's set could very well have been the spot I went each week to get milk and eggs.

I had seen In the Heights once before and I love the shows guttural energy. The show opens with Usnavi (Ernie Pruneda) opening his corner bodega early in the morning as the Heights come alive. The lyrics are delivered in fast paced rap and before long I was addicted to the beat. Sonny (Zach Infante) is Usnavi's sassy, superficially lazy, yet ambitious younger cousin. Abuela Claudia (Alina Alcántara) is the loving matriarch of the barrio who knows everybody and is like a grandmother to all. She looked after Usnavi when his parents died. He was born on the long passage to America, and he was named by the first American sign his parents saw, US Navey.

Across from Usnavi's shop is a taxi dispatch office called Rosario's. Mr Rosario (Juan Cantú) has invested in his daughter Nina's (Iliana Garcia) college education so she can have a better life than his. She becomes a shining hope for the entire neighborhood that it is possible to live the American dream. She returns to the Heights and is welcomed by everyone. Benny (Deon'te Goodman) is working dispatch although struggling since his Spanish is weak. In a playful way, Nina teaches Benny how to brush up on his Spanish. There is clearly chemistry between them. Nina confesses that she could not keep up with the work load to pay for books she didn't have time to read at college. There is chaos in the Rosario household when this bomb shell hits.

Usnavi and Nina's stories run parallel with aspirations to live the American dream seemingly stifled in their North Manhattan neighborhood. They both come to realize however that the vibrant culture of where they are is as important as their dreams and aspirations and both are important for their future.


In the Heights from September 12 through October 7, 2018 don't miss it.
Shakes (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803)
Tickets are between $22 and $42


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

BASE Orlando: Beach Bash Body Paint Art Show Reggae

The BASE Orlando: Beach Bash Body Paint Art Show was held at DRIP (8747 International Drive Orlando FL). The black walls were great for allowing the painted model's colors to shine.  After all the models were painted, there was a runway show of the creations. There was a jellyfish wig and plenty of aquatic themes. One woman had beach umbrellas painted on each butt cheek and a shark swam its way up another leg. Clam shells cupped breasts and along with octopi and starfish. Seaweed and scales adorned skin in faux patterns.

The runway show was too much of a challenge since each creation was on stage for less than a minute. I focused my attention on the reggae band instead. They played a lively set which did blend well with the beach theme. Body painting is such an ephemeral art form existing for just one night. All that remains after the evening's festivities are the photos, videos and a few sketches.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Monday, September 10, 2018

BASE Orlando: Beach Bash Body Paint Art Show


BASE Orlando founder, Mandi Ilene Schiff celebrated her birthday at the10th BASE show, at DRIP (8747 International Dr Suite 102, Orlando, Florida.) Painting for over a decade, BASE brings together the talents of renowned Face and Body Painter Mandi and Photographer Robert Johnston.

From humble beginnings of face painting at princess parties, Mandi was inspired to see the entire body as a canvas and potential work of art. Since then, she has won multiple face and body painting awards, painted across the state, on cruise ships and in the Bahamas and currently does face and body painting in Orlando. Mandi and her dynamic team now bring their work together at BASE Orlando for an imaginative experience unlike anything else. After her community of body painters spent years gathering in bars or homes to practice and exhibit their art, Mandi founded BASE in an effort to reach out to a wider audience and produce a complete art show. After many wildly successful events, Mandi and her team continue to offer visitors a remarkable experience through their one-of-a-kind collection of local artists and performers.

Over a dozen body paint artists came together to showcase their unique work and channel their inspiration for the Beach Bash Body Paint Art Show. BASE guests experienced live body painting while watching talented artists transform models into living works of art right before their eyes while getting the unique opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes of professional body painting.

BASE attendees get up close and personal with live body art like nowhere else in Florida. While awaiting the final reveal of the body paint masterpieces, they can browse artist vending tables, enjoy food and bar specials and live entertainment from the area’s top burlesque acts, dancers and more. For me, it is always a great sketch opportunity. I have been sketching BASE events for years and the final creations always amaze and inspire.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

Sunday, September 9, 2018

National Dance Day in Orlando


The 6th Annual National Dance Day was held at various locations around Orlando like the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Studio K Orlando, and ME Dance. The multi day event offered free educational classes, professional showcases and community participation.

Free performances and classes, in ballet, modern, improvisational movement, Afro-Latin and other genres, took place all day Saturday. Classes are available for different levels of skill. I went  to Emotions Dance Company (111 North Longwood Street, Longwood, FL, 32750). I  sketched while dancers stretched and warmed up. With everyone constantly moving the sketch was a challenge to say the least.

I then sat in on a Latin Dance class. I finished this second sketch quickly because I decided to give the dance moves a try. There is a whole lot of fancy footwork in Latin Dance and I was just trying to keep up.

I have a new respect for dancers who can keep up that pace. The Dizzy Feet Foundation established the day to improve and increase access to dance education in the United States. As part of its support, the foundation produces and distributes instructional videos featuring dance routines for the public to learn for fun.

Other cities that participate in National Dance Day include Los Angeles, where activities take place at the downtown Music Center; and Washington, D.C., where events are hosted by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


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 analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com