Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Winter Park Sunset “Paint-In”

Winter Park Paint Out artists gathered on the shore of Lake Mait­land at the Win­ter Park Rac­quet Club (2111 Via Tus­cany, Win­ter Park). There they cap­tured a beau­ti­ful Florida sun­set, and then they took a break from the week’s activ­i­ties. The public was invited to watch as these out­stand­ing artists cre­ated a sun­set mem­ory on can­vas. A cash-only bar and buf­fet were avail­able to non-members! I love sketching artists at work so I always stop out each year.

This year I was invited to participate as one of the artists in the week long Winter park Paint out so I will be executing sketches every day the event. On Friday April 27th, I will be doing a digital sketch at the  Polasek Museum and projecting the image for people to watch as they mix and mingle. The evening is a Happy Hour and Mixed-Media Sketch Demonstration.

Two local historic studios, the Albin Polasek Museum (633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789) and the Jack Kerouac Project, will join forces to present this night of live art. Local poets and winners of the Winter Park Paint Out’s live poetry contest on will read their work while artist Thomas Thorspecken, known locally as Thor from Analog Artist Digital World blog, showcase the art of the rapid sketch. Plein air requires the ability to adapt and capture the subject matter quickly while conveying the energy and emotion of the subject. True to Thor’s digital following, the artist’s sketch and progress will be projected onto a large screen so viewers can enjoy the developing picture while they contemplate the diverse poetry selections. Orlando’s first poet laureate, Susan Lilley, will participate in the evening’s poetry reading. A wine/beer bar and appetizers will be available for happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. So if you would like to see me do a sketch live or perhaps you just want to heckle me, come on out and grab a few drinks.

This year's Sunset Paint In is happening on April 25th 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. again at the Winter Park Racquet Club (2111 Vía Tuscany Winter Park, FL 32789.) The event is free but it is suggested that you register in Eventbrite. I will once again be sketching away. I'm not sure if I will do a digital sketch or analog.

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

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