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

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Cardboard Art Festival


In 2016 the TheDailyCity.com's 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival was held in two empty storefronts at the Sodo Shopping Center (80 W Grant St, Orlando, FL 32806). On Community Construction Night 100% of the admission ($5 adults) went to the OneOrlando Fund. A large piece was being created to be installed at a select tribute location and we need the community's help with creating their own cardboard heart. Also we are celebrating the life of a local-lover Colleen Burns from YELP who passed away at the Grand Canyon just last week. Guests could each take a star and decorated it.

I focused my attention on this cardboard rhino which was pieced together like a 3D puzzle. Next to him was a sculpture that looked like a section of a reef created by Jean-Claude Rasch. As I was preparing to leave, I noticed a long empty stretch of was above a map of Orlando that guests could sign. I  contacted the event organizers, Mark Baratelli and Denna Beena and suggested that I could hang the 49 portraits of victims of the Pulse massacre that had been created by local artists at the Falcon Bar.

I hung the portraits on fishing line using electrical clips. The result was they seemed to float high up near the ceiling. This was more work than expected since I had to climb up and down the ladder every time I needed a new portrait, or more electrical clips. Betsy Brabrandt showed up and cut the work in half by handing up portraits.


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 7, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 8 and 9, 2018

Saturday September 8, 2018
7:30pm to 9:30pm Free, but bring a dish or wine. Eleanor Matthews Welcome Potluck Dinner. Kerouac House 1418 Clouser Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804. You are invited to join us in welcoming Kerouac House Fall resident Eleanor Matthews. This event is a potluck dinner, so please bring something to eat and/or drink and share.
Eleanor Matthews is a fiction writer based in Bristol (UK). Her short stories have appeared in print and online, in magazines such as Popshot, Litro, Unsung, Prole, Haverthorn and Elbow Room. In 2017, she was selected for a Penguin Write Now insight day. She also featured on BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day program, talking about magpies and the writing process. To support her creative projects, Eleanor has worked as a professional editor for various universities and charities.

8am to 1pm Free. Parramore Farmers Market. The east side of the Orlando City Stadium, across from City View. The Parramore Farmers Market will be open every Saturday. 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.

Sunday September 9, 2018
10am to 4pm Free. Lake Eola Farmer's Market. South East corner of Lake Eola.

Noon to 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Beautiful Music "Paint it Black" Quartet with Shannon Caine.  Members of the public are invited to visit the historic home museum to listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.

1pm to 5:30pm Free. Family Day on the Second Sunday. 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, September 6, 2018

It’s Improvised at the 129: The Musical Edition!


Pam Schwartz and I went to Dragonfly Studio and Productions (Dragonfly Studio 129, 129 W McKey St, Ocoee, FL 34761).  To see It's Improvised at the 129 hosted by Richard Paul, Chris Barry (Four First Names) and Elaine Pechacek behind the piano. Dragonfly Studio 129 is a charming, intimate performance venue that is fully convertible to fit the needs of any given production or event. The venue's will feature a full season of events, including additional residencies, concerts, cabarets, theatrical productions, readings, workshops, and more.

Four First Names' Richard Paul and Chris Barry will put Sheryl Remekie Carbonell, John DiDonna, Tracy Frenkel, Beth Marshall, and Rob Ward through their improv paces. Each of the acclaimed Orlando directors will be tasked with directing an impromptu scene made up entirely on the spot with Dragonfly Studio and Production's owner and executive producer Elaine Pechacek on the piano providing an original, improvised soundtrack.

The hosts Richard Paul and Chris Barry kicked the night off by taking suggestions from the audience. What resulted was a Rocky Horror Picture Show wedding. Elaine behind the piano provided just the right musical accompaniment for they as they turned the moment into an inspiring musical number.

All the actors and directors that were invited to this improv got on stage and each in turn described their experiences. John DiDonna's story stood out because he used improv as a training tool for law enforcement. He described a scenario in which an armed gunman was on lock down with hostages. The goal was for police to get the gunman out without harming hostages.

Beth Marshall is a renowned local producer and she uses  improv to get a new cast familiar with one another. Simple exercised like tossing an object between actors can build trust and camaraderie. Rob Ward used improv among actors at the theme parks. These actors are usually hired because they look like a character rather than based on there acting prowess. Improv allows the actors to get off script for a bit and have fun with their lines. Actors in a theme park just as in animation, must play to the rafters. Whatever they are trying to convey must read as if seen from the bloody nose section of a football stadium. When actors played a scene over the top in the small Dragonfly studio they became very funny. Tracy Frankel had the actors create a scene at a barbecue. They were auditioning for a commercial and Tracy acted as the director trying to get them to play to the camera.  The goal was to be having so much fun, that people would want to buy the condiment.

The next It’s Improvised at the 129 is Friday, September 14 at 8 PM at Dragonfly Studio and Productions 133 W Mckey St., Ocoee, Florida 34761. The show will celebrate musical improv with an amazing slate of guests including Robyn Pedretti Kelly (Universal Studios), Summer Aiello (Universal Studios), Emily Fontano (SAK Comedy Lab) and T. Robert Pigott (Walt Disney World).

Join Musical Director Elaine Pechacek, Chris Barry, Richard Paul at Dragonfly Studios for Its next Improvised at the 129: The Musical Edition! This place is a rare gem located out in Ocoee.
$10 Online $12 At Door
Beer and Wine - Free Snacks!


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 5, 2018

The Whaling Museum on Nantucket


I went to the Nantucket Historical Association's Whaling Museum (13 Broad Street Nantucket Massachusetts). Whaling was the island's primary industry back in the 1800s. There was no photography allowed but no mention of no sketching. The museum took several hour to wander through and the rooftop patio has amazing views over the historic downtown district.

The crew of the Essex were hunting in 1820 and 20 crew members set out in 3 small life rafts to chase an enraged sperm whale. In return the whale destroyed their ship and the men spent 96 day sailing thousands of miles across the ocean to safety with limited water and supplies. This harrowing tale of survival was apparently the basis for such classic tales as Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the Ron Howard film, In the Heart of the Sea.

The museum houses a large collection of whaling artifacts and memorabilia, including longboats, harpoons, and scrimshaw, but the centerpiece is the complete skeleton of a 46-foot (14 meter) bull Sperm whale suspended from the ceiling. True to its original use as a candle factory, the museum also has exhibits regarding that trade as well. The exhibited beam press (used to extract oil from the spermaceti to make candles) is the only one in the world still in its original location.


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 4, 2018

Hanuman Chalisa


I went to the Hindu Society of Central Florida (1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry, Florida 32707) with Hannah Miller and a friend. The building itself is absolutely beautiful made of white marble and looking like it came from the heart of India. I have to get back as soon as the heat dies down and get a sketch.

We went to experience the Hanuman Chalissa which  is a devotional song based on Lord Hanuman as the model devotee. It is a poem written by Tulsidas in the Awadhi language. The word Chalisa is derived from Chalis in Hindi, which means 40, as the Hanuman Chalisa has 40 verses. Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god, is one of the most celebrated and worshiped figures in Indian religion. He aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance, and devotion.

The “Maha Kshetra” meaning, one of the most sought after regions to be born in for all sentient beings, was opened on June 19, 2005 in the presence of thousands of devotees, fulfilling the dream of the entire Hindu community of Central Florida. Hindus believe in universal acceptance and tolerance. The Scriptures reveal that God is everywhere, the pure, formless, almighty and all merciful. They teach that the Soul is divine but held in bondage of worldly affairs. This bondage can only be removed by his mercy. He has to be worshiped as one beloved, dearer than anything else.

The Hindu Society of Central Florida dedicated this temple to all sects of Hindus with the principal objective of not only, making it a place of worship but, also to be a learning center and a platform for exposition of Indian arts and culture. Inside the temple were many of these ornate and beautifully carved  shrines filled with statues covered in colorful flowers, fabrics and and partially gilded. I didn't sing the 40 verses but the sound soothed me as I finished the sketch.


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 3, 2018

Technology Classes at Melrose Center

The Orlando Public Library asked me to sketch one of their Technology Classes held in the Melrose Center. Since opening in February 2014, the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for technology, Innovation and Creativity has allowed the Orange County Library System to expand its role as a provider of technology education. Occupying 26,000 square feet on the second floor of the Orlando Public Library, it allows users to gain the understanding required to be a contributor to and consumer of emerging technologies.  They offer state of the art audio, video and photo studios, fabrication and simulation labs, an interactive media wall, editing bays, sound booths, collaborative work spaces and the means to pursue virtual reality and video game development.

The brochure described the classes which incorporated hands-on projects in photography, graphic design, audio production and video production in this 4-day camp. The camp runs 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Age requirements: 9-12. Capacity: 8. Required Skills: None., Materials Fee:, $25, Out of District Fee:, $65 (includes classes and materials fee)

Day 1: Create a soundtrack for a short animated film.
Day 2: Find out how to operate professional studio video cameras, recording a short film of yourself, and showcase your movie on television screen.
Day 3: Work as a team to create photo studio images.
Day 4: Use Adobe Photoshop and Wacom Pen Tablets to design coloring pages.

The kids, acting as news anchors were dressed in adult sized suits and  posed in front of a green screen. They were reporting about a theme park and when the footage was composited together it looked like the kids were on a roller coaster delivering their lines. It was fun for the kids to see the final results. They would switch rolls giving another summer camper the chance to operate the camera. The camera was mounted on a tripod, and one student loosened the clamp sending the camera toppling forward. One of the staff jumped in to avert tragedy. This was an adventurous two hour workshop fr the kids familiarizing them with the inner workings of a video production studio.


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 2, 2018

Comedy Open Mic at The Other Bar


Each Monday starting around 9pm there is a Comedy Open Mic at The Other Bar, (18 Wall St, Orlando, FL 32801). Pam Schwartz and I arrived a bit early and I started the sketch before anyone got on stage. A great feature of The Other Bar is that there is free popcorn when you order a beer. I had a Blue Moon. Unfortunately the bar didn't have orange slices. The bartender offered to pout in some orange juice but I skipped that option thinking it could be a tragedy. Karen Tschida was the artist who painted the busty woman on the wall behind the stage. I found it fascinating that the woman's eyes were cut off by a ceiling joist.

Ken Miller was the first comic up ion the stage. He was the most narrative comic of the evening, chatting with the audience in a friendly familiar way. He was a comic in his element comfortable in a crowd of his colleagues. I thought he was the host, so I sketched him fast. At the end of his set however he introduced Akim who was the actual host for the night. Akim was a bit more brash and confrontational with the audience. I didn't consider the notion that sitting at the front table with a sketch pad might draw attention to myself. Akim wanted to see what I was sketching so I handed him the sketchbook. "Damn, That's dope!" He said. "I was going to rag on you, but that is amazing." Of course the audience couldn't see what he was looking at, so it didn't work visually on stage. He asked me to draw him on a stallion with long flowing hair.

Hennessy Williams  had a great routine about how Donald Trump will not allow hurricanes to be named after Mexicans. I hadn't realized that such an idiotic policy was being considered. Hennessy proposed that hurricanes should have black names instead. His premise was that a black names hurricane would take its time getting to where it was going giving everyone time to get to shelter.

The theme of racism rippled throughout the evening. Whites now buy Koren children since they cant buy slaves. Since The Other Bar is a small venue, the comics would often latch on to someone in the audience or new material. Several comics announced form the stage that they are looking for work. Being in that same boat, I can identify.

Pam and I slipped out before the night was over. It is kind of hard to slip away unnoticed when seated front and center. As we walked out Akim shouted out, "I am going to be pissed if I don't see that sketch I asked for!" Outside Ken Miller wanted to see the sketch I had done of him at the mic. He seemed pleased.


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 1, 2018

Sunburst Convention Kick Off Party


Pam Schwartz, who looks a bit like Julia Roberts, and I went to Lafayette's at Point Orlando (9101 International Dr Suite 2220 Orlando, Florida) for the 16th Annual Sunburst Celebrity Impersonator Convention kick off party. The room was filled with impersonators! The host and convention producer, Greg Thompson, was introducing each celebrity impersonator in turn and then giving them just a few lines to lay out their shtick. There were two Marilyn Monroes, yet surprisingly one Donald Trump whose introduction I decided to sketch in the minute or so available. Trump kept his bottom lip protruded and spoke with his didactic simplicity.

Dr. Evil took the stage after Trump. His views seemed tame considering today's political climate. But he loves to dance as does Austin Powers. The troika of Evil, Trump and Powers were dancing throughout the night occasionally joined by pop stars and pirates. Paula Deen offered up meals drenched in butter and the Queen of England offered the crowd a feeble wave.

Huey Lewis with his pencil thin black tie, took to the stage and started a set. All of the celebrities dances in the aisles. Some folks in the venue had probably just wanted to go to Lafayette's for some fried Chicken Tenders, beef sliders or Voodoo Chicken Wings, but they got so much more than expected.It was great to see the celebrity impersonators relax dance and just enjoy each others company.

The public is welcome to attend the remaining Celebrity Impersonator Showcase tonight Saturday September 1, 2018 at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center (located in the Florida Mall 1500 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32809). The Showcase is from 1pm-4:30pm where impersonators will perform, delight and entertain the masses, including a special Sunburst edition of “The Tonight Show”.  Plus, guests can get their picture taken with their favorite “celebrity” during intermission and following the showcases.  Showcase tickets are $25 per person at the door and $20 online. 

Each year, over 100 of the world’s best professional celebrity impersonators, lookalikes and tribute artists fly, drive and cruise into Orlando for Sunburst to gather, mingle, network, educate themselves and have an unforgettable time.  They are joined by numerous talent buyers, talent agents, producers and meeting planners from all over the country who are invited to watch the imitators perform live and make a lasting impression.  Sunburst features performance showcases, themed parties, an awards banquet, promotional room and tons of photo opportunities.  The general public is invited to attend the talent showcases and rub elbows with the "Just About Famous" stars, and with this special public access again this year, now even more spectators can enjoy the unique, fun and one-of-a-kind entertainment Sunburst has to offer.


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