Monday, August 20, 2018

Abhidhamma: A Psychology of Awakening


On Wednesdays there is a Mindful Meditation Group that meets in a small backyard hut behind the home of Peter Carlson (1818 Carrigan Avenue, Winter Park, 32789). I went a few times during a turbulent period in my life to quiet my mind. The  evening starts with an hour of meditation followed by a group discussion.

On this day Peter was discussing the Abhidhamma, which is a Sanskrit term that derives from the expression “concerning the teachings.” For the Buddhists however, the term means approximately “higher” or “further” teaching, and it refers both to the doctrinal investigations of the new scholastic movement and to the body of texts yielded by its systematic exposition of Buddhist thought.

Peter discussed a psychology of awakening, suggesting ways to connect the spiritual realizations of Buddhism with the psychological insights of the West. His white board had notes about universal conditioners, contact, volition, vitality, attention, and contact. The focus was on our will to do which is affected by our feelings and perceptions, seeing (very important to me), hearing, smell and taste. Though I cant claim to fully understand every point offered, it was nice to wrestle with larger concepts rather than keep going over the daily thoughts about how to survive and stay say inspired.


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, August 19, 2018

49, 53 and Beyond Kids Mural

Susan Gromala Crary helped home school students design and then execute a Pulse themed mural in the stairwell leading up to the studio where Michael Pilato and Yuriy Karabash painted a pule mural that now hangs next to a  laundromat on Washington Street across from Dexter's in Thornton park. Chimene Pindar Hurst asked Michael and Yuriy to come to Orlando to work on the mural. I do not believe that the mural is permanently installed in Thornton Park and I am not sure of where it will finally reside.

The children's stairwell mural however is a permanent fixture at the Colonial and Mills Avenue studio above the pizza joint. While painting the mural a can of yellow paint was spilled, and rather than get upset, they incorporated the yellow paint into the overall design. Yellow hand prints and puddles of yellow can be found  all  the way up the steps.

The home school students sang as they worked. One student used a tiny brush to paint in her section of the mural. Susan said that was her style. Inspirational phrases swirled around the myriad of rainbow colored hearts. It was inspiring to see the community come together to help make this studio pace livable and to paint bright colors to try and help the city heal.


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, August 18, 2018

Composer's Forum at the White House


The Central Florida Composer’s Forum presented their 4th annual Composer’s Salon Concert at the Timucua Arts Foundation (2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL 32806). Seven local Central Florida composers: Eric Brook, Stan Cording, Paul Harlyn, Dr. Chan Ji Kim, Dr. Seunghee Lee, Sharon Omens, and Rebekah Todia,  featured original compositions including local and world premieres in a diverse array of musical stylings. Instrumentation included, piano, violin, flute, saxophone, bassoon, bass guitar, percussion, and electronic music. This was a rare chance to hear music from some of Central Florida's best composers. This sketch was done quickly at the beginning of the concert. I did a second sketch from  the second floor which I posted some time ago.

In July of 2016 I invited local artists to the Falcon Bar (819 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801) to create 49 portraits, one for each of the victims of the mass murder at the Pulse Nightclub. Benoit invited me to exhibit these 49 portraits in the entry to the concert. They were hung high in the wooden rafters and filled every inch of the available space. I was told that one of the composers complained about the portraits being on display since they felt it interfered with the atmosphere of the night's performances. I am always shocked to hear of other artists complaining about art. To hell with propriety, it was an appropriate gesture. At the end of the evening, people had cell phones out shooting photos of the portraits in the rafters.


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, August 17, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for August 18 and 19, 2018

Saturday August 18, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 & 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 and 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 healthcare providers, home improvement, local attractions or other businesses are invited to be vendors for minimal donation.
INFO and Register: 407-507-3894 or to register your table space.

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Downtown DeLand Classic Car Cruise-In. East Indiana Ave Downtown DeLand, Deland FL. Classic cars and rods line East Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. Every 3rd Saturday night!
INFO: & for showing your car 386-738-0649

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adults-Only Science Night Live. Adults & Seniors $15.95. Orlando Science Center 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, Florida 32803. Live from Orlando, it’s Science Night Live! On display will be a retrospective exhibit of my sketches done at the Science Center since 2009. 30 of the Analog Artist Digital World sketches will be on display through October 23, 2018.
It’s social. It’s science. It’s 21 and up!
Science Night Live at Orlando Science Center is your chance to spark your curiosity through our 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!
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 (Analog Artist Digital World Retrospective.)
• Delight in food and adult beverages available for purchase
• Experience the Science Center in a whole new way…without kids!


Sunday August 19, 2018
10 a.m. 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. 

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Lake Eola Flow Jam - August. West side of Lake Eola Park in the shade of the trees right between the red Japanese gazebo and the play ground - look for flow toys!
Join us again for our Third Sunday of the Month Flow Jam at Lake Eola! Jam, flow, juggle, share & learn in the park. We are there to have a good time with other flowmies looking for a fun and relaxing day of prop manipulation goodness. We meet up around 1:00 PM.
All types of props and skill levels are welcome! Bring water or other drinks, snacks, blankets, chairs, etc. Just make sure to throw away all of your trash - this is a LEAVE NO TRACE event.


10 p.m. to Noon 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, August 16, 2018

Central Florida Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Song Circle

Musicians gather monthly on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 P.M. til 8:30 P.M. in the community room of the Winter Park Public Library  (460 E. New England Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 for the Central Florida Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Song Circle. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy the music. I stopped in to sketch. This was a relaxing evening in which each musician in turn would perform a piece and other musicians could join in if the mood was right.

Any person interested in acoustic fingerstyle guitar is welcome no players can attend if they wish to listen and bring any friends along. All levels of players can join in because everyone will be exposed to many styles and levels of skills. The circle is very casual. They sit in a circle and share one at a time.

The group recently established some guidelines. By default, if it is your turn to play, then others in the circle are welcome to join in and play with you, as long as they don't drown you out. If you do not wish to have accompaniment that is OK, but you must tell people this before you start playing.

For me this was a relaxing, casual sketch opportunity. I did two sketches on this evening and it would be nice to return to do more. Everyone is literally seating in a large circle as if around a large camp fire and each song sets the mood for the next. Check the groups Facebook group page for the next song circle.

These are the date through the end of the year...
September 19, 2018
October 17, 2018 (Children's Story time Room - 2nd floor)
November 14, 2018 (2nd Wed)
December 19, 2018
Also the group has been  been asked to perform for an event on Saturday afternoon, September 29, 2018 for the writers in Elaine Person's class also in the Winter Park Public Library.


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, August 15, 2018

Jack's Birthday at Pig Floyd's


Jack Graham held a birthday celebration at Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa (1326 Mills Ave N, Orlando, FL 32803). I never turn down an invite and it was a chance to  try some barbecue. Other friends were there, and the evening was made more festive with some colorful childhood birthday caps.

Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa offers you meat that is slowly-cooked all night, to give a succulent and tender barbecue that is second to none. Generously seasoned with sourced herbs and spices, the meat is packed with flavors unique to South America. There is also a selection of local beers, wines and iced beverages that pair well with the food.

The place was packed. My pulled Pork sandwich was decent but not really memorable. I haven't returned since.

Jack recently had a sold out acoustic guitar concert at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts (1905 Kentucky Ave Winter Park, Florida 32789). He put out a call for art to be projected on the stage behind him and I submitted one of my Blue Bamboo paintings. I let him know that if he ever does this again, I could easily edit a series of my sketches to fill the allotted time slot.


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, August 14, 2018

Corsets and Cuties: A Burlesque Cabaret


4th Anniversary and Amateur Show is coming to The Venue (511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803) on August 17, 2018. The award-winning Corset and Cuties puts a fun twist on Burlesque combining singing and dancing talents with some outrageous humor. They are celebrating their 4th year at The Venue so they're giving you a chance to join the troupe on stage! Have you ever wanted to try burlesque? Think you have the what it takes? Want to cheer on your friends? Any and all are welcome at this annual party and the audience chooses the winner!

And, of course, they'll have a few surprises in store for all of you with a Cuties twist! The rehearsal was a fun mix of leather and lace along with brandished blades and rainbow flowing dresses. This is always an awesome sketch opportunity for me though the clothes fly off fast so the money shot seldom makes it into my sketchbook.

Please note, the doors and the full bar is open at 9pm to get you in the mood. T
he Cuties are always more friendly to those with tips. The show starts at 10pm. The show, full of fun and frivolity is not for the faint at heart, but for those with a sense of humor and adventure!

Your name will be on the guest list to check in after tickets are purchased. Everyone has a chance to win fun door prizes from our fab sponsor Premier Couple's Superstore.
 

This event is for 18 and up!


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, August 13, 2018

Milk Carton Superstars at FAVO

Faith Arts Village (221 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida) hosts an  art studio open house every first Friday of the month.  They describe the art motel's mission s follows: "In life and in extreme death we love. We at FAVO love all and celebrate life and community. Every month we offer this art show to bring people together. We don't care who you are or what you believe in (or don't believe in). Celebrate an evening of just being creative with local creative people."

The event allows patrons to browse through 36 artist studios, vendors, , live musical talent, food trucks and more. Bethany Taylor Myers has a studio in which she showcases work from a different artist each month. Her husband is the drummer and lead vocalist for a band called the Milk Carton Superstars.  They performed in the former motel room now being used as a gallery. They were lit from below and small fans blew their hair upwards giving the illusion that they were falling.

FAVO and Park Lake Presbyterian Church work hand in hand supporting all the Orlando communities. The next FAVO evening is August 3rd. The evening gets started after 5pm as the sun sets.


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, August 12, 2018

National Dance Day


I went to Emotions Dance Studio (111 N Longwood Street #201, Longwood, FL 32750) on National Dance Day. Emotions Dance was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director and Choreographer Larissa Humiston. Emotions Dance consists of a professional contemporary dance company that focuses on social and environmental awareness through the art of dance, dance education training at the organization's state of the art dance studio, and programs that enrich the local community. The organization emphasizes strong technical training and education combined with passionate artistry.  Through inspiring performances, arts-education programs, and active community outreach the company touches thousands of people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds.

For National Dance Day there was a series of performances followed by classes which were free for anyone who wanted to try. When I was done sketching, I joined in and tied some Salsa Dancing.

The next chance to  see Emotions Dance in action will be at The Shift on September 14 and 15, 2018. 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.

Showcasing work from the following professional companies/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
Tickets go on sale August 10, 2018.
Presale (Until Sept 5)- $18 GA   $14 Students/Seniors (65+)


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, August 11, 2018

The Imperial at Washburn Imports


Shortly after getting separated back in 2016, I went to The Imperial at Washburn Imports (1800 N Orange Ave Orlando, FL 32804) to meet a friend and discuss the lengthy and endless process  of trying to start over.  Washburn is an antiques shop in Ivanhoe Village that also sports a vintage bar. I have been to a few literary event here and I always order a different wine whenever I go here.  On this  night I ordered a Hercula Monastrell 2010, which I noted on the sketch. The wine producer is Bodegas Castano, from the Yecla County Heirarchy in Murcai Spain. It was a red rich intense wine which I would certainly drink again. 
 
The person I was meeting was late, so I started to dash off this sketch. I am so used to going to venues on my own, that I don't know how to be a truly social creature. Hopefully in time I will find the right balance between work and play.


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, August 10, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for August 11 and 12, 2018

Saturday August 11, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. McRae Art Studios 8 x 10 C-Note Fundraiser Art Sale. McRae Art Studios 1000 Arlington St, Orlando, Florida 32805. Purchase 8 x 10 art work by McRae present and past members for only $100 each. All proceeds benefit and support McRae Art Studios.

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Black Cow Jumps - Orlando's Experimental Theater Project. Winter Park Public Library 460 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Black Cow Jumps in association with the Winter Park Library bring an intimate evening of theater; parlor dramaturgy of the mind, immersive and immediate, relational, philosophical and often absurd.
Created by Banks Helfrich, this connective experience is unlike any other.
Come enjoy theater of the heart-- along with complimentary wine, cheese and crackers.

10:30 p.m. to Midnight Free but get a drink and bite. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL. Hot blooded Flamenco dancing set to acoustic guitar.

Sunday August 12, 2018
10 a.m. 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 p.m. Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park, near the red gazebo.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Script Reading Workshop. Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, 8267 International Drive, Orlando, FL. Read and workshop plays.


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, August 9, 2018

Buyer and Cellar at Mad Cow Theater


Written by Jonathan Tolins, Buyer and Cellar is based on a very real but ludicrous idea. Barbara Streisand has set up a shopping mall in the basement of her luxurious farm house and she needs someone to watch over the merchandise. Actor Alex More, career hit a rod block when he cursed out a child harassing him in a Disney Land costume. He gets a break when told to go to a mysterious location. He is hired to man the private basement mall in Barbra Streisand’s house.

There was an annoying hum that I thought was an issue with the sound system, but turned  out to be the sound of the yogurt machine in the basement. Louie Gravance plays the lead role as the actor turned dapper curator in Barbara's basement. He plays all the rolls  inn this one man show that is a tour de force of high energy acting.  I have such a deep respect for any actor who can retain so much material and perform it with such abandon. The roll called for some very flamboyant diva worshiping. Though he sees Barbara as very controlling, he connects with her on a personal level as they play a game of buyer and seller.


Philip Nolan who directs the play is a familiar face from many of the funniest productions I have sketched over the years. He worshiped the projector which had been painted black with such theatrical reverence, that I laughed out loud before the run through. Set designer Cliff Price recreated the opulent basement set.

I am so used to  seeing one man shows at Fringe, but those shows are only an hour long. Though I didn't time the run through it was certainly much longer than an hour. For those who love Barbara or divas in general this will be a fun show. If you know little about Barbara, then at least listen to The Way We Were before you head to the theater. Now I wish I had painted a misty water color of the show, but a digital sketch made sense in the low light.

Buyer and Cellar has 16 shows running from August 10, 2018 to September  2, 2018 at Mad Cow Theater (54 W Church St, Orlando, Florida 32801). Tickets are $15 with a $2.50 fee.


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, August 8, 2018

Flight back to Orlando from Nantucket


After a relaxing week in Nantucket it was time to head back to Orlando to continue sketching vigils, memorials and fundraisers for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse that took 49 lives. Airports are always a place to get a sketch done while waiting for a plane to board. My battery was recharged, but a vacation always seems lie it is over just as you are beginning to relax.

Glen Weimer, a college buddy was a consummate host, letting me sleep in his own bedroom as he slept downstairs. We watched several movies in the evenings. One was about Lincoln getting the votes needed to stop slavery. I fell asleep. Another however was about Woodstock, a small town in upstate New York that got more than it planned on when it hosted a concert in the 60s. A young man had decided to host the concert because he felt the sleepy little town needed a boost. Called Taking Woodstock, the movie did an awesome job of following the families story as they adjusted to the sudden changes that a single concert bought to the town. That is a concert I wish I could have sketched.


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, August 7, 2018

View from the Nantucket Hostel


I was waiting for someone at the Star of the Sea Youth Hostel, so I took the time to sketch the view across the street towards the ocean. There is a home between the hostel and the beach and a couple of dunes as well. One of the hostel guests had his sippy drink and a cell phone and was chatting before he drove off on his Vespa. Since I got this much done on the sketch, I must have been waiting for an hour or so. I am attracted to the wind blown shapes of the tree trunks next to the beach. They reminded me of the wispy trees found at Big Sur in California.

Grey is a color that isn't usually used by me in watercolors, but in Nantucket every building is grey, so I actually had to find an art store to get a tube of black and white paint so I  could mix grey each day. Luckily the art store was just a block away from Glen Weimer's home. Sometimes things do line up perfectly. This was my last day on the island. I  miss it.


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, August 6, 2018

Bathing Suit Optional Beach on Nantucket.

This beach with strong surf and high dunes is a perfect place to relax and soak up  the sun on Nantucket. I sketched someone sun worshiping and his towel was lying in the center of a track from a jeep that had driven down the beach. Visually this looked to me like someone lying in the middle of the road.

At the time it was possible to drive right up to the beach but now apparently access for cars has been blocked meaning it is a much longer hike to get to this slice of paradise.

This was my first time on a bathing suit optional  beach and I definitely liked the sketching opportunity it provided. I got in trouble once with a friend for doing a similar painting of a nude foreshortened figure. I was shocked by the response since this person was an artist. To calm the friendship, I put bathing trunks on the figure and that still was too risque. If you are upset by seeing the human form, just don't bother me with your concerns. I am busy celebrating life rather than being shocked by it.

After this sketch was done, I created a rare abstract painting on the beach which surprisingly sold. I am not chasing that market however. I love getting out and sketching from life too much.


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, August 5, 2018

Music of the Night: Masquerade

Orlando Light Opera, Opera De Sol, and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra presented Music of the Night: Masquerade at the Orlando Repertory Theater ((1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803) from August 2 to 4, 2018. I went on the opening night to sketch.

The show starred Michelle Knight, of Broadway’s Disenchanted, and local stars, Stephanie McCranie, mezzo soprano Sarah Purser Bojorquez, Stephanie Newman, Bryan Hayes, tenor Kit Cleto, baritone Michael John Foster and Andrew LeJeune.

This evening will embody the glamour, magic and mystery of beloved musical theater and opera repertory. Space Coast Symphony performed on stage under conductor, Aaron Collins. Opera del Sol offered an interactive performances upon arrival and throughout the evening.The visual artistry of Ashley Willsey, designer of CFC Arts Hunchback of Notre Dame, had her original projected sets inspired by the larger works from which the music was excerpted.

I was offered a seat up front and center but decided I wanted to sketch from further up, so I could take in more of the audience and so no one would be around me to see the faint glow from my tablet screen as I sketched in the dark.  The evening included many selections from musical Theater of Lloyd Webber, Sondheim, Rogers and Weill. I was excited to see Michelle Knight perform again. I had seen her perform Disenchanted in NYC and her sassy bravado had me laughing out loud that night. Sarah Purser Bojorquez performed as Evita, her voice echoing through the hall from behind the audience. Unfortunately there were more than a few mic issues that evening and it seemed like Michelle's mic cut out more that any other. Pam Schwartz really liked the timber of Bryan Hayes, voice.

Pam Schwartz and I sat behind a millennial couple in masks and I decided to include them in the sketch. Half way through the evening the guy started ripping up his program. They were slow deliberate rips that lasted an excruciatingly long time to execute. How can someone be so dense, clueless and inconsiderate about the people trying to enjoy the music around them? He was trying to make some feeble origami with his program but it was no better engineered that a primitive paper airplane. Such a person should not be allowed out for an evening on the town. They might be fine in a crowed bar where they can be lost in the crowd on their digital devices but keep them out of theaters.

I wanted to take my cell phone flashlight and shine it in this mindless beasts face. Even his date and the people to his right kept looking over at him with annoyance. I heard of an audience member that was following a soccer game from the front row seat while she was supposed to be watching a play. She even shouted out whenever there was a goal. Will live theater have to die because of such mindless dolts? Perhaps an app can be developed that sweeps a theater and uses face recognition to find these strange mindless zombies. Their credit cards should be charged 10 times the ticket price as reparations for the disturbance or they should be escorted from the theater. Though angry, I resisted confrontation because I was busy finishing my sketch. I had work to do. I just laughed to myself about how clueless some folks in Orlando can be.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. It will be performed  on August 11, 2018 at the Scott center for the Performing Arts at 7PM, and then The Community Church of Vero Beach on August 12, 2018 at 3PM.


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, August 4, 2018

Nantucket Bathing Suit Optional Beach


A short walk west from Surfside Beach towards Miacomet Beach on Nantucket is a bathing suit optional beach. I couldn't resist walking there to sketch. I have done figure drawings for decades, so this was a treat. If you know me at all, you know I am a vampire. I got skin caner on my nose removed years ago which was a barbaric operation in which I watched a staple remove a large chunk of flesh inches from my eyes. Just the idea of the C word keeps me from worshiping the sun anymore. While I sketched others soaking up the sun with every inch of their being on this Nantucket beach, I was under a beach umbrella, wrapped in several beach towels with not an inch of skin exposed to the sun.

I liked that there were rainbow colored beach umbrellas scattered along the beach. I made me feel like the Nantucket natives were in solidarity with Orlando after the Pulse Nightclub massacre the previous month. The surf at this beach was particularly strong. I was on the top of a small cliff of sand that the surf had eroded. As the tide came in, it got closer to the bottom of the sand cliff I was resting on to of. As I sketched, the base of the sand was eroded and without warning, the cliff gave way and I tumbled down into the water below. Other than falling in, I didn't swim very far out. I heard that the rip tides are rather strong and the waves were honestly intimidating. I preferred the pleasure of watching and sketching sun bathers to the surf.


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, August 3, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for August 4 and 5, 2018

Saturday August 4, 2018
Thursday August 2 at 3pm to Sunday August 5, 2018 at 3pm. $197.00 Widow Empowerment Event 2018.  Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes 4012 Central Florida Parkway Orlando, Florida 32837.
Experience an epic 3-day full immersion event that is focused on personal transformation for women in widowhood, their mentors, leaders, friends, family and community partners who strive to empower widows to thrive.
Within this supportive, positive community you’ll learn everything you need to know about rebuilding and living an empowered, resilient life which will transform your own widowhood journey. Bring a special supporter friend or family member (female) for this uplifting, inspirational, informative, fun and life nurturing weekend. Say yes.

7pm to 9pm. Ybor City Art Walk. 7th Ave Ybor Tampa, Florida 33605. Featuring a number of arts organizations and artsy businesses. 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.

8pm to 10pm Free. Shuffleboard at Orlando's Beardall Courts. Orlando's Beardall Courts 800 Delaney Ave Orlando FL. On the 1st Saturday of each month. Free fun!

Sunday August 5,, 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 1pm. Free. Yoga. Bring your own mat. Lake Eola Park near the red gazebo.

10pm to Midnight Free. Comedy Open Mic. Austin's Coffee, 929 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL. Free comedy show! Come out and 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, August 2, 2018

Surfside Beach in Nantucket


Another glorious relaxing day alone at the beach in Nantucket. I don't wear sunglasses so the beach was shockingly white and bright. Others read and relaxed under their umbrellas while I sketched. Whenever I got too hot I would go out in the surf for a dip in the ocean. Then once I dried off enough, I continued to sketch. The one airport on the island is right at the end of the beach, so periodically a large airplane would land or take off, connecting the island to the mainland.

I was content to feel like a castaway with a sketchbook. Glen Weimer had to work during the day, so I spent my time exploring the beach or island with my sketchbook. There is something very rewarding getting to see an old art school friend after so many years. In the evening he took me out to Millie's Restaurant near Madakett Beach. Millie was a colorful native of the island and the restaurant is a local favorite among the islanders. I had a delicious Po Boy sandwich which hit the spot at the end of a long day baking at the beach.


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, August 1, 2018

Ethan Philbrick performed at the Nantucket Community Music Center


After the presentation of the Red Violin at the Nantucket Community Music Center (56 Centre St, Nantucket, MA 02554), Ethen Philbrick performed on Cello. I like most people in the room of course had hoped to hear the Red Violin which was supposed to be a masterpiece of a perfect acoustical instrument. The violin however was spared the stress of performing and was just discussed and held gingerly by it's owner, Elizabeth Pitcairn. Since Elizabeth refused to even pluck a string, of the 1720 instrument that was purchased by her family whose fortune was built on paint for 1.7 million dollars. I satisfied myself by sketching Ethan's performance. I  have a vast respect for him to have followed up such an instrument as the Red Violin. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. I had to wonder what his instrument would be worth at auction. It was a fine end cap to the champagne reception.


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, July 31, 2018

The Red Violin at the Nantucket Community Music Center

Glen Weimer was kind enough to get me in to sketch the presentation of the Red Violin at the Nantucket Community Music Center. “The Red Violin” and the “Red Mendelssohn” are the two nicknames given to the violin built in 1720 by Antonio Stradivari and painted by Stradivari with a distinct red varnish that remains intact on the violin to this day. The Red Violin Movie shows Antonio using his wife's blood to add color to the varnish after her sudden death during child birth.

For more than 200 years, the whereabouts of the violin were unknown, until it reappeared in the possession of an heir of the composer Felix Mendelssohn in 1930. In 1990 the Pitcairn family purchased the violin at a Christie’s auction for $1.7 million, setting a new record at the time for Stradivarius violins.

Elizabeth Pitcairn was 16 years old and had been playing violin for 13 years when her family bought her the Red Mendelssohn. For the past 26 years Pitcairn has honed her technique on the violin and, in doing so, has developed a complex relationship with the instrument “I’m not sure where I stop and the violin begins,” Pitcairn said.

I of course hoped to sketch the Elizabeth playing the violin but she only talked while holding the instrument delicately. She would be performing on on July 17th at the Nantucket Hotel but unfortunately I would be flying back to Orlando that same day and would miss the opportunity to hear the instrument in action. Instead I heard chatter as I sketched furiously. The goal of Red Violin Weekend was to raise money to provide more scholarships for island music students.


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, July 30, 2018

Old Spouter Gallery in Nantucket


I went with Glen Weimer to an opening at the Old Spouter Gallery, (118 Orange Street
Nantucket Massachusetts). The gallery name of course refers to a whales, spout. Nantucket Island has long been a magnet for artists, revered for its scintillating ocean light and uniquely beautiful landscape, as well as for its vibrant Artist’s community. In 2018 the gallery will celebrate its 20th year as one of the most interesting and eclectic Art Galleries on the island of Nantucket - a very special showcase for exciting new, mid-career, and established artists.  The building itself dates back to 1756.

I wandered the galleries and then decided to sketch from the front porch as people arrived.  I set myself for more of a challenge that expected since the wine was being served at a table to my left and the line for drinks usually blocked my view inside. Patience and perseverance were needed to complete the sketch.

Artist Katie Tringle Legge painted inviting still life's with succulent peaches. Joan Albaugh painted Edward Hopper inspired homes. Sunlight filled the scenes and there was a strange absence of windows on the buildings. I have to say these paintings seemed to be flying off the walls. It felt good to sit in an witness the ongoing industry of art on the island.


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, July 29, 2018

The Nantucket Atheneum


The Nantucket Atheneum (1 India St, Nantucket, MA) is the public library for Nantucket, Massachusetts. The Greek Athenium was a school in ancient Rome for the study of arts. The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to millions of books, films and music as well as over 1,000 programs for all ages year round. The iconic building, built in 1846, is located in the heart of downtown and features art and artifacts important to the island's maritime history as the center of whaling. The library also provides a free wifi signal, computer access on the second floor and an inviting garden.

The Nantucket Atheneum evolved from the Nantucket Mechanics Social Library and the Colombian Library Society, which were both founded on the island in the early 1820’s. These two social libraries joined forces in 1827 to become the Universal Library Association, which moved in 1833 to a renovated Universalist Church at the corner of Federal Street and Pearl Street. In 1834 the library was incorporated as the Nantucket Atheneum, a private membership library with eighteen-year-old Maria Mitchell as its first librarian.

In the spring of 1841 Nantucket banker William C. Coffin traveled to New Bedford to attend an anti-slavery meeting. There he met a 23 year old runway slave named Frederick Douglass who briefly spoke to the meeting. Impressed by the young man’s composure, Coffin invited Douglass to attend a Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society convention at the Nantucket Atheneum that summer. Douglass accepted and on August 11, 1841, at the urging of convention organizers, he rose nervously and addressed the audience.

It was the first time Douglass had given a formal speech and his remarks so ignited famed abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison’s passion that he rose and addressed the audience.

“Have we been listening to a thing, a piece of property, or a man?” he yelled.

The gathering of 500 people shouted back “A man! A man!”

“Shall such a man be held a slave in a Christian land?” Garrison then asked. “Shall such a man ever be sent back to bondage from the free soil of old Massachusetts?’

The crowd stood up and shouted “No! No! No!”

After that meeting Garrison invited Douglass to join the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society and travel the country on a lecture circuit. Douglass spent the rest of his life speaking and writing in favor of ending slavery and, in time, his fame and influence would surpass his mentor Garrison.

The Great Fire of 1846 destroyed the original library building and virtually all of its collections. The Atheneum was rebuilt on the same site in 1847 and became a free public library in 1900. A significant renovation of the Atheneum took place in 1996, including the addition of the Weezie Library for Children.


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, July 28, 2018

Oldest House on Nantucket


The Jethrow Coffin House (16 Sunset Hill, Nantucket) built about 1686 is the oldest house on Nantucket. By the time I arrived to sketch the house was already closed. It is one of a series of excellent Island-wide attractions of the Nantucket Historical Association (Nantucket Whaling Museum, on Broad Street). It is the only surviving structure from the island's 17th century English settlement. Because of the brick design on its chimney, it is also called the Horseshoe House. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968. It is now a historic house museum.

The Coffin House is a 1-1/2 story wood frame structure, with a steeply-pitched roof and a large brick central chimney. The chimney is adorned with a projection in the shape of an inverted U; this has been variously interpreted as a horseshoe, or as a hex for warding off witches, or as a vernacular rendition of Jacobean brickwork styling. The house has only a relatively small number of casement windows, all of which feature diamond panes. There are two on either side of the main entrance, with others placed asymmetrically on the other walls. The house has a classic New England saltbox appearance, with a lean to (an addition in the early 18th century, rebuilt during restoration in the early 20th) extending to the rear of the house.


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, July 27, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for July 28 and 29, 2018

Saturday July 28, 2018
8 a.m. to  1 p.m. 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.

7 p.m.to 9 p.m. Free. Ybor City Art Walk. 7th Ave Ybor Tampa, Florida 33605. Featuring a number of arts organizations and artsy businesses, be sure to R.S.V.P. here to get the official map for the walk!
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
There will be other businesses joining the lineup so stay tuned!


8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. $8 No Borders Presents Marvel vs DC II. The Geek Easy 114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6, Winter Park, Florida 32792.
No Borders Art Competition welcomes you to MARVEL vs DC II at The Geek Easy.
Come watch as two universes collide for the better good. Armed with black markers and their choice of one color. With 30 minutes on the clock and a 4ft x 4ft smooth white canvas as their battlefield. Who will take over?? Only one way to find out!!!
Artists TBA
DeeJay Dolo will be providing the sounds.
Our judges for the night are..
Earl Lugo
Josue Ortiz
TBA


Sunday July 29, 2018
10 a.m. to Noon 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.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Members FREE; Non-members $8.. Sun Screens Movie: “Creature from the Black Lagoon". Orange County Regional History Center 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801.
Keep cool with a series of Sunday matinees featuring movies linked to Florida. We’ll supply the popcorn, along with fascinating facts about each film, hosted by Joy Wallace Dickinson of the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Flashback feature. After the movie, we’ll also have the opportunity for a short behind-the-scenes discussion with an expert about the subject of each film.
There’s nothing like seeing a movie the old-fashioned way: with a group of fellow movie fans. The series is free for members! Popcorn and beverages will be provided. Featured film: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
This black-and-white horror classic from the Cold War era has inspired films from Jaws to The Shape of Water. The underwater skills of Floridians Ricou Browning and Orlando’s own Ginger Stanley Hallowell made creature-feature history.

Noon to 2 p.m. Free but order 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, July 26, 2018

Church Renovation on Nantucket

The First Congregational Church (62 Center St, Nantucket Town, Nantucket, MA) was undergoing renovations when I was on the island. This church has welcomed visitors to the island for more than 200 years.

The original vestry was built about 1725, but dismantled and moved to its current site in 1865. The first tower was built in 1795 and a bell was hung in the tower in 1800, the first one on the island. The tower was removed and the church moved to the back of the property to make room for the current church in 1834. The current tower was added in 1968.

I couldn't resist sketching the building surrounded by a skeleton of scaffolding. The back alley I was in had manicured topiaries and an American Flag. The grey sky let loose a light rain that sent me scurrying for cover. The rain only lasted a few minutes however, so I was able to return to my spot and finish up the sketch.

For me this was a restful day wandering the island and sketching at every opportunity. I still hoped to get to sketch the oldest house on the island which would be a short hike away. The weather cooperated allowing me to continue my day long sketch crawl in peace. My friend Glen Weimer was a consummate host taking me to the best local eateries each night. I packed a lot in to my one week on the island, getting to explore it like a local.


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, July 25, 2018

Paddle Boarding in Nantucket


I explored Nantucket island at random with my sketches.I remembered that when I got off the ferry there was a wonderful view of downtown. I sat on a piling and started to sketch. I  worker quickly and as I did this woman made her way up the channel on her paddle board. It was such a peaceful scene of everyday life in Nantucket. Far in the distance was the steeple of the Nantucket Historical Museum. I was up in that steeple later in the day, and the view of all of downtown with all it's grey historical homes was spectacular.

I wondered if FloYo had made its way to Nantucket. FloYo is yoga practiced on paddle boards. Sketching a whole class doing the downward facing dog on their paddle boards would be a fun challenge to sketch.

The parking lot behind me filled up as another ferry disgorged a boat load of tourists. There was gridlock for a while as everyone tried to drive out onto the island. Then things quieted down again. I got a Nantucket baseball cap downtown so I wasn't squinting into the sun every time I sketched. It was a classy tan hat that I have since lost. I seem to leave a pencil, eraser or hat just about everywhere I go. I am trying to Velcro my latest hat to my art bag every time I take it off. That hat makes me look like an Iowa farmer, or hunter.


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, July 24, 2018

Glen's Nantucket Home


Glen Weimer and I were buddies back in the early days of our studies at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. It had been a long time since we saw each other and it was so amazing to  get away and spend a week exploring his home of Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. Glen rents this beautiful little bungalow along with a roommate. Glen keeps the place immaculately clean, watering the lawn each morning and squeegeeing the shower tiles. His bedroom is right above the porch and rather than using air conditioning, the windows have fans to circulate the ocean breezes.

Waving in the breeze on the porch was a rainbow colored wind sock.  I had visited shortly after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando and it was a chance to get away from sketching the sadness as Orlando came to grips with the gravity of what had happened. Every day I found some vigil, fundraiser or healing service devoted to Pulse. Nantucket gave me time to myself and sketching opportunities outside the confines of mass murder. The rainbow wind sock brought back flashes of the endless rainbows that had cropped up everywhere in Orlando. The entire world was in solidarity with our loss.

Glen's place also doubles as his office where he offers holistic bodywork for clients. Sessions are a synthesis of polarity therapy and subtle osteopathic (manual therapy) techniques, structural mobilization and positional release techniques. They are customized to address unique needs and specific body-mind challenges. On his coffee table were photo books of his trip to Tibet where he explored the birthplace and temples of Buddhism.

It was wonderful to see how Glen had rebuilt his life. Though on an island, he was part of a tight knot community. Appointments for his business were logged in digitally and he went through the schedule to be sure all the appointments lined up right.  In the morning he built a complex blended drink with powders, fruit and vegetables that must have been incredible healthy. That is in stark  contrast to the Peanut Butter Captain Crunch I have each morning. He told me something that has stayed with me and I think about often. He said we are all rich in our own way. We make choices about our lifestyles and who we surround ourselves with. While some may have lots of money, others choose freedom and creative or spiritual endeavors that offer different forms of riches. It was in a time of incredible personal chaos and change when I visited him, and that hasn't changes two years later. Seeing Glen gave me some form of consistency and hope that I will find my place in 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

Monday, July 23, 2018

Star of the Sea Youth Hostel of Nantucket


If you don't want to pay a kings ransom to stay on Nantucket island, your best bet is the Star of the Sea Youth Hostel (31 Western Avenue Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554 ), just a short walk from Surfside Beach. Glen Weimer let me stay with in in his rental cottage. I walked over after relaxing on the beach After doing a sketch and relaxing on the beach, I decided to walk over and see how the other half lives.

The Life Saving Station at Surfside, the first of its kind built on Nantucket Island, was originally constructed in 1874 in a Carpenter Gothic style with Stick Style embellishments. It was enlarged in 1884 with addition of east and west wings and an enclosed cupola. The first rescue was on March 9, 1877 when the entire crew of the W.F. Marshall was brought safely ashore. The incidence of shipwrecks off Surf side diminished toward the end of the 19th century and in 1921 the Coast Guard abandoned the station. During World War Two the station was used again by the Coast Guard as an outpost for beach patrol. In 1963 the property was purchased by American Youth Hostels Inc. and has since been used as the Star of the Sea Youth Hostel. 

The hostel is a quaint barn like structure with a steep pitched roof, and huge orange doors that open out towards the beach. Dunes and a home hide a direct view of the beach across the street, but it is a very short walk over the dunes. A large group of kids in bright yellow jerseys were getting ready for a bike ride. Each bike had a triangular orange flag. Other guests relaxed around the picnic tables planning their day. This is a summer-only hostel open from May 18 - October 15, 2018

The Nantucket hostel is a little slice of paradise. They have everything you need to settle in for a little rest and relaxation. Chairs or boogie boards are available so guests can hit the beach or rent a bike and cycle around the island on one of the many bike paths.

Guests come from around the world so you never know who you might meet during the free breakfast. At the end of the day you can grill up a tasty feast and trade stories from your adventures as the sun sets over the island. There is a female dorm and a male dorm and a stay is about $42 for the night.
  • Incredible beach side location
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Fully equipped, shared guest kitchen
  • Access to chairs and boogie boards


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, July 22, 2018

Surfside Beach on Nantucket


Surfside Beach is a short drive from Glen Weimer's cottage on Nanucket. He let me  borrow his car and I packed a beach umbrella, sunscreen and a blanket along with my sketch supplies. I set up early and watched as people arrived to soak up the sun. This  is a rare moment where I was sketching not to document a particular event, but just sketching for the joy of sketching. Line didn't seem as important in this beech scene.

With the sketch done, I closed my eyes and relaxed while breathing in the salt air. This incredible island it a true escape. It was a warm beautiful day, and I needed to recharge my personal battery.


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, July 21, 2018

Street Performers in Nantucket

After a full day of exploring the Nantucket side streets, I went downtown in the evening and sketches several street performers. Street performers are not encouraged in Orlando and they are banned by an ordinance in Winter Park. In Orlando performers are told they must move to blue beggars boxes which have been painted on sidewalks in 27 obscure places downtown. Evening strollers occasionally dropped a tip in the open case. Having an open case in Orlando would get you shut down by police unless you were in a blue box.

It was nice to sit and listen and sketch the acoustic performance. The arts can flourish in plain view of the public on Nantucket. The performers were curious about my sketch, so we chatted for a while between sets. They come out too this downtown spot quite often to jam together.

I was fairly familiar with the streets between downtown and my friend Glen Weimer's house, so I hiked back to his place. It had been a productive day, so it felt good enjoying the night air as I hiked. I like he gloaming hour when the silhouettes of the homes are barely visible against the evening sky.

There is something magical  about Nantucket. The architecture reminds me of Charleston which has tons of history. The sea faring history of Nantucket is visible everywhere. Although the rich move in every summer, there is a balance among the native islanders. There is also plenty of untouched natural land on the island. There are no monolithic mansions like in the Hamptons. Instead all the homes feel like they have been on the island for hundreds of years.



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, July 20, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for July 21 and 22, 2018

Saturday July 21, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 & 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 and Register: 407-507-3894 or to register your table space.

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. The Hate Bombs 25th Anniversary Party! The Veranda at Thornton Park
707 E Washington St. Orlando FL 32801. Your favorite creeps together again! Original lineup — PLUS — 25 years of Bomb-bastic artwork by Greg Reinel, Scott Sugiuchi, Jim Leatherman and more! All ages. Doors at 7pm. Show 8-11pm.

8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Free. Dive-In” movie series "Jaws". The Cady Way Pool is located at 2529 Cady Way, Winter Park.  The City of Winter Park has brought back their successful pool-based “Dive-In” movie series this summer, kicking it off with a screening of cult-favorite, Jaws, on Saturday, July 21.
The screening is part of the Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Fun program and will be hosted at the Cady Way Pool. It’s free and family-friendly; if your kids can handle animatronic sharks eating people.
Free popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Sunday July 22, 2018 
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mount Dora Village Market. Sunset Park 230 W. Fourth Ave. Mount Dora FL. Weekly artisans and farmers market.

Noon to 5 p.m. $7. Florida Wedding Expo. Meet with wedding professionals, enter to win thousands of dollars in prizes, taste gourmet food and decadent cakes, experience a runway fashion show, and much more. Orange County Convention Center 9800 International Drive West Orlando FL. 407-685-9800.

10 p.m. to Midnight. Free. GWADCIP$ Lil Indies 1036 N. Mills Ave. Orlando FL. Lo-fi, beats.


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, July 19, 2018

Nantucket Architecture

I explored downtown Nantucket on foot. So many homes had a Victorian flair and they all had the grey weathered shingles.

All the homes on Nantucket have the same grey wooden facades. Nantucket has fairly rigid design mandates. You cannot build as you please on Nantucket; houses must have pitched roofs, not flat ones, and they must be covered in unpainted shingles, which weather to a soft gray once they have survived their first Nantucket winter.

In 1983 a Nantucket island town meeting approved a local two percent tax on property sales to finance the purchase of open space for conservation and public use. Now roughly a third of the island is in the ''land bank,'' and officials have been quoted as saying that they hope this figure will eventually reach half the island's area.This land tax and land bank idea is helping turn the island's boom into a means of preservation rather than simply a means of development.

I hiked endlessly and there was a beautiful home to sketch one every corner. I finally decided to sketch this building because I liked the way the tree snaked skywards. A man was out painting his fence. If you paint in Nantucket it means you are rather rich because you have to repaint every year. The Nantucket winters will weather any paint. Every day was a sketch crawl of exploration. I would do 4 of 5 sketches every day as I familiarized myself with the island.


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, July 18, 2018

The Old Mill in Nantucket


The first sight Glen Weimer pointed out on the drive back to his place was the Old Mill, which is a historic windmill located at 50 Prospect Street in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Built in 1746, the mill is owned and operated by the Nantucket Historical Association as a museum. It is the only surviving mill of the four “smock mills” that once stood overlooking Nantucket town. There was a fifth Nantucket mill called “Round-Top Mill” on the site of the present New North Cemetery.

Smock mills have a fixed-body containing machinery, and a cap that turns to face the sails into the wind. The Old Mill was sold for twenty dollars in 1828 to Jared Gardner in deplorable condition for use as “firewood.” Instead of dismantling it, Gardner, a carpenter by trade, restored the mill to working condition capable of grinding corn. The mill was sold once again in 1866 to John Francis Sylvia, a Portuguese miller, who operated it for many years with his assistant Peter Hoy, until it fell into disuse in 1892. When the mill appeared on the auction block in 1897, the Nantucket Historical Association was able to secure the mill with a successful bid of $885. After multiple restorations, the mill is still in working order today, and believed to be the oldest functioning mill in the United States


Everything is within walking distance in Nantucket, so on my first day on my own, I walked to the Mill. I got to know Nantucket intimately as I walked place to place. Isolated on tan island the islanders are not in as much of a rush as the rest of the world. When the ferry arrives  from the mainland of Massachusetts, thousands of tourists flood onto the streets of Downtown Nantucket. The tourists are all in a rush to get settled and find the nearest beach. It is a flash of chaos that happens every day. I simply mention this because some of the cars roaring past me on my walks, were speeding to their destinations. If everyone took the time to walk where they were going, the island would be a much more peaceful place.

There was no cloth on the windmill's sails. Just the wooden framework was in place catching no wind. A huge pole behind the windmill was hooked up to a wagon wheel to turn the sails into the wind. I didn't think to check if the light breeze was coming from the right direction. I wondered how hard it would be to rotate the roof or cap into the wind. I imagined a team of horses and men pushing and pulling it into place. Then again, the roof might rotate freely with the right parts and lubrication. How cool would it be to build a tiny house from the plans of a Wind Mill and use the sails to help supply electricity? Of course a Florida hurricane could decimate the sails.


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, July 17, 2018

Lama Yesha Palmo


When my plane landed in Nantucket, Glen Weimer, my host was still with a client doing body work, so I couldn't go straight to his home. Instead, I caught a taxi to the Family Resource Center, (20 Vesper Lane, L-1 Gouin, Nantucket MA). Here a Mindful Meditation Group was going to meet and I thought it would be a good way to unwind and relax after a day of flying. The room we met in was set up for an Alcoholics Anonymous 12 step program. the 12th step was "Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions." In some ways Buddhist teachings are similar to the 12 steps. Buddhist thought holds that craving leads to suffering (the second noble truth). Twenty-five hundred years ago the Buddha taught that snippets of addiction, constantly wanting, ever craving this or that,  are the source of all human suffering. This craving can be reduced and eventually eliminated.

There were just two of us sitting in. The woman across from me had her fists clenched the whole time as Lama Yesha Palmo explained the meditation process. This was the first time I had practiced with someone in full robes. A candle was lit and we sat quietly. I sketched before and after the meditation. I consider sketching my form of meditation. Birds chirped outside and a dog barked a few blocks away. For once my body didn't ache and as I finished the sketch I felt a bit of peace. The session ended with the sound of a meditation bowl humming from the wooden mallet circling it's rim.

I would have left feeling satisfied, but afterwards the Yesha asked questions about our experience. The woman across from me also felt some contentment but she was told that she wasn't meditating properly. Apparently inner sensations must all be let go. I kept my mouth closed, I didn't need my experience to be criticized. I was far to new to meditation to have my experience picked apart and dissected. When I was finally let back out into the world with my suitcase in tow, the sun  felt good on my face and the breeze kept me cool. I didn't need so much structure to appreciate it.

I hadn't seen Glen since the early 90s. He pulled up in his car and we hugged warmly. It was amazing to see the life he had built for himself on this tiny New England island.


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, July 16, 2018

Heading to Nantucket


A month after the horrific attack that killed 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub, I was feeling burnt out from sketching vigils, fundraisers and community healing events in Orlando. Glen Wiemer, an old art school buddy offered me a chance to get away and take some time for myself up in Nantucket where he practices Holistic Bodywork.

I found a cheap direct flight to Nantucket right from the Orlando International Airport. I was recently separated and it turns out that getting divorced is a long drawn out process. Now two years later I am still in the process of preparing for the divorce. An art appraiser is determining the value of my art since it is considered part of the marital assets that need to be split.

The flight was uneventful and pleasant. I was excited for some time to soak up some sun and regain some strength to face the long road ahead.


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, July 15, 2018

Climb Time Construction in Kidstown


I returned a second time to sketch the construction of the Kidstown, Isaac's Family Climb time at the Orlando Science Center (777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803). Protective screens had been added to keep kids from any attempted jumps from up high. It looked like a complicated maze and I am too tall to walk through any of the corridors without hunching over. At this point I believe the play area was close to being finished. I was impressed with how the structure filled the room. Construction  workers were still using ladders and the lift to get up high rather than crawling inside the structure itself.

Foam had been taped around one of the support beams. Perhaps the lift had been banging up against it in the commotion of construction. This was a chance for me to stretch my perspective muscles as I tried to fit the entire structure into the sketch. At the grand opening of Kidstown, I saw the kids climbing inside this structure for the first time. It is very popular with the kids.

This $5 million project opened to the general public in late October 2016. It signals the completion of the first phase of the $30 million Unlock Science Campaign, a multi-year/multi-phase effort to renovate all the exhibits and expand resources at the Science Center.


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, July 14, 2018

Explore It at the Orlando Science Center


Explore It at the Orlando Science Center (777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803) allows children to build their own roller coaster. Loop de loops and bridges can be plugged together to create a dynamic gravity fed coaster. Kids have to really reach high after climbing several steps to get the red ball high enough for the launch. A dad decided to “help” his son build a coaster. It was clear the dad was more interested in the new design than his son.

The other device uses vacuum suction to inhale colorful bolts of fabric. The fabric snakes through transparent tubes and then is launched into the air where it floats down to the kids who catch them below. There was a constant line of kids waiting to feed the machine and then shrieks of laughter as they ran around trying to catch the fabric as it gently parachuted to the ground.Part play and part learning, Kidstown delights the youngest of visitors. Dads and moms get to play as well.

These sketched are going live because I am assembling art for a retrospective exhibit of my work at the Orlando Science Center which will open August 17, 2018. Each painting in the show will ave a label that links back to the article on Analog Artist Digital World. I am discovering that some of these paintings had not been shared before.


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, July 13, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for July 14th and 15th, 2018

Saturday June 14, 2018
8 a.m. to 1p.m. 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.

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

5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free.  10th Annual Bastille Day Celebration. Audubon Park Garden District, 3201 Corrine Dr #216, Orlando, FL 32803. French Market at Audubon, Wine and Cheese tasting, baguette fencing, live music and more. Oui oui!

Sunday June 15, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. Lake Eola, Orlando, FL 32801. Farm fresh produce in the heart of Orlando FL.

2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. Vintage Market At The Abbey. The Abbey 100 South Eola Drive #100, Orlando, Florida 32801. The Abbey will be hosting its first Vintage Market. It will be a fun day of local vendors for your shopping pleasure, food trucks, and drinks made by The Abbey's amazing bartenders. What better way to spend your Sunday Funday than by supporting local businesses?
If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact us at gcvintageshop@gmail.com

10 p.m. 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 and 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, July 12, 2018

Drip Drop Splash Construction


I was fascinated by the construction of Drip Drop Splash happening at the Orlando Science Center (777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803). Hydraulics has to be adjusted and everything perfectly balanced. One of the water columns required plenty of tweaking. In the end water would fill the pools and the columns would become the source for a cascade of water falling from above. If one element leaked things could get wet and messy, however the whole contraption was planted on a cement pool which had drainage just in case. Construction workers got used to me being on site and once in a while they would glance over my shoulder.

A group was given a tour to  show them the progress of construction. The area in the background of this sketch is the Toddlers Corner. Every worker had a task to complete and the place took  shape incredibly fast. Part of me wished that I had come in daily to watch the progress but I had to balance this assignment with other events happening in town. I am posting this sketch in preparation for an exhibit of my painting that will open at the Science Center on August 16, 2018.


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, July 11, 2018

Harriet Lake's Kidstown Theatre


Harriet Lake is one of Orlando’s greatest patrons of the arts. Harriet’s Kidstown Theatre is located just past Drip Drop Splash in the Orlando science Center (777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803). A quaint little stage is littered with props like a hard hat, and tutus. The backdrop kept changing, I opted to sketch a playful view of the Lake Eola Fountain. It doesn’t take much to fire the imagination in a young mind. Kids are already gifted actors. A dad sat in the audience sporting his foam statue of liberty crown. The bean bag chairs helped keep the audience active.

I am assembling 30 paintings for an exhibition I am mounting at the Orlando Science Center opening August 16th, 2018. I like to include links in the labels that link back to the articles that appeared on Analog Artist Digital World. This quaint little sketch somehow slipped through the cracks, so I am publishing it now.

In some ways, the kids were just playing on the stage with no well defined story line. However some of the best theater happens when the actors relax and are playful on stage. Lets put on a show! After writing this post, I learned that Harriet Lake died July 10, 2018 at the age of 96. She will be deeply missed by the Central Florida arts community.


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