Monday, December 31, 2018

Double Header! Orlando Roller Derby vs. Savannah Derby Devils


I have become addicted to sketching Roller Derby. It is a thrill to sketch women competing all out with no holds barred. This double header was held at Barnett Park (4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32808), the Orange County Parks and Recreation Center.

 Roller derby began in the early 1900s as a form of banked track racing. It then morphed into Transcontinental Roller Derby where two teams of women skater would travel 3000 miles around the oval track. Briefly the sport waned during WWII but then returned with a vengeance and was televised through the 1970s. in 2006, the Women’s Flat track Derby Association was formed and Contemporary roller derby was born. Orlando Roller Derby has been around since 2009. There are 65 active skaters and 12 referees.

There were two matches in this double header. I will share a sketch from the second match tomorrow. Game 1 - Orlando Ozone Slayers vs Savannah Derby Devils
Game 2 - Orlando Sun Blockers vs Savannah Hostess City Hellions 
Orlando was in the lead 90 to 52 when I sketched the score board, but the action heated up at the end with Savannah catching up. Ultimately Orlando was victorious.

Doors opened at 3:45pm, and the first whistle was at 4:00pm. There was also a 50/50 raffle. The money collected benefited High School High Tech, a program that exposes children with disabilities to careers in the STEM fields.

If you are interested in joining roller derby in Orlando, stop on out to the 2019 Recruitment Info Session at Semoran Skateway (2670 Cassel Creek Blvd, Casselberry, Florida 32707). They will be providing information about how to get involved with Orlando Roller Derby in 2019! If you've ever dreamed of being a derby girl, referee, or are interested in volunteering for one of the fastest growing, exciting, and fun sports in the world - please come!  NO SKATING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
Find out why so many people say "Derby saved my life". The 'fresh meat' program will teach you everything you need to know about roller skating and playing the sport of roller derby!





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, December 30, 2018

Leu Gardens Gallery

I decided to participate in a one night art exhibit at Harry P. Leu Gardens (320 Ferncreek Avenue Orlando Fl). I framed a sketch of a Rainbow illuminated dinosaur that I did at the Orlando Science Center. I sketched the entry outside the gallery as artists checked their work in. The evening had some complimentary food and drink, so that made it a nice social hour. We all had to take our work back home when things wrapped up.

Many of the paintings were by students. Of course I am a student of life as well, and I want to learn something new every day. Each painting in the show had a small box where guest’s cold vote for their favorite piece. I joked that it would be easy to stuff those ballot boxes. The person I was there with was upset and appalled at the suggestion, but I still think it is the American way.


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, December 29, 2018

BASE Orlando - Masquerade Body Paint Art Show

The Masquerade Body Paint Art Show run by Mandi Ilene Schiff, was at DRIP (8747 International Drive Suite 102 (Behind Denny's and Senor Frogs), Orlando, Florida.) Unfortunately DRIP on has closed down. It used to be a spot to see some of Orlando’s most edgy art.

BASE Body Art Showcase and Exhibit is one of the few places in world where guests can witness a body painting event of this magnitude. Each body art showcase is centered on a theme and features over a dozen professional body painter’s masterpieces. Artists and models come together to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece of art that only exists for the fleeting moments for that one evening.

 I focused my attention on Nix Herrera who is an amazingly talented body painter that I have sketched at work before. Once all the models were painted, there was a runway show to showcase all the creations. Nix’s mom was curious about my work in progress. Clearly she is supportive of her son’s colorful career.

Afterwards, the only remember the creation is in the photography taken, that can never fully bring back view of the 360 degree, living, breathing canvas. My sketch is just another hint at the art created 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

Friday, December 28, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks December 29 and 30, 2018

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

10 am to 4pm Free. Sanford Farmers Market. Sanford First and Magnolia.

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

Sunday December 30, 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 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit our historic home museum, listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.

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


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

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Foxtail Coffee


I sketched at Foxtail Coffee (1282 N Orange Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789) as part of my series of Orlando’s best cafes. I was working on a book for a London Publisher. Unfortunately that book wasn’t pushed though to publication. I did a series of sketches for several spreads in the book for the book pitch. Unfortunately it want picked up at the London book fair.

I like the relaxed ambiance at Foxtail. People worked away on their computers and cell phones as they sipped their coffee. A separate glass enclosed corner room is where the coffee beans are ground. Shelves of bagged beans lined the shelves and a huge old grinder was ready at a moments notice.

I met the daughter of a friend of mine. It turns out she is a fashion blogger, though I think the fashion photos are posted on Instagram. I am not sure how all that works. She encouraged me to get involved on Instagram and the next week I was up and running. Apparently this is the best business card in this digital age.

Foxtail Coffee Company was founded in December of 2016 with a mission to provide high quality coffee and intuitive work space for local communities in Winter Park and Orlando. Foxtail Coffee Company is dedicated to responsibly sourcing and roasting some of the finest coffee from around 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

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Before I die at First Thursday



The theme at 1st Thursdays at the Orlando Museum of Art (2416 North Mills Ave Orlando, Florida) was “Before I Die: Ultimate Celebration of Life”. This theme invited artists to submit their version of a life well lived. On the “Before I Die, I want to…” wall, guests could write their aspirations. Quotes I saw on the wall included, “Visit the Holy land”, “Become more ambitious”, and “Repeat all the good again.”

On the first Thursday of each month, you can discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There are cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks and water, and café offerings from area restaurants.

There was music by DJ Atnarko Bear, Food by Hawker’s Asian Street Fare, and a Time-lapse by Chalk Whisperer Kim Panella. Admission for museum members was free and $10 for visitors.


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, December 25, 2018

Orlando Director's Forum


I went to the Orlando Director's Forum at Valencia College East Campus (701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, Florida 32825). The forum featured a group of Orlando's most stylistically diverse stage. This was a great opportunity to hear unique perspectives on inspiration, casting, rehearsal process, trouble-shooting, and overall creative process of directing. Seth Kubersky hosted a moderated discussion followed by a questions and answers with attendees.

The event featured (in alphabetical order)…
Rob Winn Anderson: Consulting Artistic Director - Garden Theatre
Mike Carr: Artistic Director - SAK Comedy Lab
John DiDonna: Program Chair of Theater - Valencia College, Director/Creator - Phantasmagoria
Pam Harbaugh: Director - Theater on the Edge
Beth Marshall: Producing Artistic Director/Theatre Artist - Beth Marshall Presents
Eric Pinder: Director in Residence - Opera Orlando
Donald Rupe: Director of Theatre - Central Florida Community Arts
Jeremy Seghers: Independent Producer and Director

I love these kinds of events because listening to these directors talk about the creative process reminds me that all the arts share the same creative challenges. It offered inspiration to keep sketching and painting despite any setbacks. I have seen and admired the work of each of these directors in turn as I sketch the arts scene around Orlando. Orlando has such a vibrant theater community since so man actors come to Orlando to work for the theme parks. Those rolls offer limited artistic challenges, so they are always looking for more edgy options to test their chops.


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, December 24, 2018

Axium Coffee


I went to Axium Coffee (146 W. Plant St Winter Garden, FL 34787) to sketch and sip. This used to be a place that artist Larry Lauria like to hang out and sketch. After leaving Full Sail University, I was shocked to find out that Larry had died. I came to his old haunt to sketch in his honor. I was also working on a book about sketching in cafes so I was exploring all the best local cafes to try their best coffee and soak up their ambiance as I sketched.

Axium Coffee was founded in 2005.  They envisioned a gathering place for the community.  It is not just about the coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries, and desserts, but also about coming together around a cause.  It is a place about giving instead of taking, about helping those in need: locally, nationally and internationally. Here guests are not just numbers, but people with stories to tell.  They wanted to find a way to tangibly touch the lives of people in need: orphans, human trafficking victims, the poverty-stricken, those without potable water, while creating a place that unites the local community.  So, they decided to give all the profit away in hopes of changing the world…one cup of coffee at a time.

The name was born out of this dream. Axium is a city in Ethiopia.  In Axum, there are 45,000 people.  The is no fresh water, inadequate medical care, 1000 orphans on the streets and 1000 beggars who are old, blind or physically impaired in some way.  Most people walk over 5 miles each day to collect water from a reservoir that then needs to be boiled to be relatively safe.  Over the next 10 years, with the right funding and committed people they can bring fresh water to the city, enhance medical care, sponsor orphans back into homes of relatives or friends and help care for the old, the poor, and the blind.  The hope is to bring total transformation to the city and the impact could be felt for generations to come.  Hopefully in 10 years this will be this café’s story. The goal is to change lives one city at a time!

I didn’t know about Axium’s mission s I sketched, but I am happy that choosing to sketch there helped their mission in a small way.


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, December 23, 2018

Central Florida Homeless Person's Memorial


1 of 5 Print SOLD
I went to a Central Florida homeless person's memorial service at St. James Catholic Cathedral (215 N Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801) which recognized the lives of persons who died this year in Central Florida after having experienced homelessness. During the service, the names of homeless persons who died in 2018 were be read aloud, and a candle was be lit to recognize and pay tribute to our neighbors who died on the streets or in emergency shelters.

The service began with a hymn and a few words from a pastor. Then the 81 names were slowly read with a bell sounding after each name. It reminded me of the bells being rung for the 49 lives lost a Pulse at the Vigil at the Dr Phillips Center. At that time 49 names seemed to take an eternity to read. 81 names take an even longer. It is sobering that so many lives are taken due to homelessness. Suicide, the elements and a lack of medical care all take their toll. 

People who knew the deceased then stood to have a candle lit and they held that candle as they stood at the front of those gathered. The stage grew crowded as people stood shoulder to shoulder with their candles a glow.  Then people were invited to say a few words about the people they had lost. One woman spoke about a homeless man who fell in love with her. He said he would win her heart and someday she would come homeless with him. She did indeed fall in love with him. She knew what a tortured soul he was and she felt he might have finally found peace. I got choked up listening to her. Her grief was overwhelming. Another man bedded down for the night in a friends driveway and in the morning, that friend accidentally backed up over him with his car.

Some on the list had been granted dignity by getting a roof over their heads.  A volunteer spoke about how a homeless man began sleeping in his neighborhood and the neighbors, knowing her worked with homelessness asked him to talk to the man. "Why don't you talk to him? He doesn't bite." They wanted the man removed, but over time they began to offer him food and showers. When he moved on, another person took his place.

A volunteer from IDignity spoke about how important it is to give someone back their identity by recovering important documents. They host a monthly identification clinic where people can receive free assistance obtaining identification documents. Only with an identity can you start life over.


Homelessness is a real problem here in Central Florida. It is important to treat people going through tough times with respect and dignity. Embrace every one of your neighbors with curiosity and an open heart. As I left the service, it was encouraging to see several police officers at the back of the congregation. They get to interact with homeless individuals more than anyone else.


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, December 22, 2018

6th Annual Derby on Park


I went to sketch Derby on Park, Orlando’s Premier Kentucky Derby Party: Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Orlando and Anthony Dinova, Realtor at the Winter Park Civic Center (1050 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, Florida 32789). I met Melissa Marie McClain there. She had built an immense derby bonnet that had to be twice the size of any other bonnet there. It was vibrant green with a bright pink fluted lining that made it resemble a huge mushroom. Large feather thrust up to complete the look. There was a Best Hat Contest with a $500 cash prize. Melissa was sure to win. I had on a very floral dress shirt and a bow tie with a loud confetti pattern. I felt this dapper look might help me blend in.

I sketched all the ladies gathered outside at the tables. A gentleman wore a hat with a horse perched on top. It was encouraging to see a man embrace the hat contest. There were mint juleps and champagne along with plenty of food vendors. Everyone was dressed in their favorite derby attire, ready to cheer for their favorite horse.

As I was working on this sketch the Derby started inside the Civic Center. I could hear the roar of the crowd. While people were inside I tried a few of the outdoor food vendor booths. Always Dreaming won the 143rd Kentucky Derby it was over in an instant. Then came the real competition. All the ladies had to register on stage for the hat competition.

Long story short, Melissa's huge and vibrant hat did not win the competition. The prize instead went to the wife of one of the sponsors. People kept approaching Melissa to compliment her hat. They were all sure she had one. When she explained that she didn't win they were shocked. It wasn't a popular vote however. We have all seen how that can go in the general elections.


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, December 21, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for December 22 and 23, 2018

Saturday December 22, 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.
 
9am to 2pm Free. Sanford Farmers Market. Magnolia Square East 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771.
Sanford Farmers Market in the heart of historic downtown.

10:30pm to 12:30am Get a drink or bite. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL. Hot blooded Flamenco dancing set to acoustic guitar.

Sunday December 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.

10am to Noon Get a coffee. Irish MusicOlivia's Coffee House, 108 N Bay St, Eustis, FL.

10pm to Midnight. 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, December 20, 2018

Drunken Spelling Bee


I went to The Falcon Bar and Gallery (819 E Washington St, Orlando, Florida 32801) for the inaugural Drunken Spelling Bee. The master of ceremonies was "Kirk" holding a megaphone to announce if the spelling was correct or wrong. Any contestant who got a spelling correct got a free shot of Sake.

Contestants had a chance to impress the crowd with their amazing spelling skills. For the low price of $5 contestants got entry into the competition, a draft beer of your choice, and a sake shot between rounds to keep it interesting. I found a small spot by the front door for an angle to sketch the contestants.

Words to be spelled started off easy and grew progressively harder. One woman traced the letters in the air with her finger as she saw the spelling play out. The bar was packed full of people waiting for their turn. It was certainly fun to watch people agonize over their answers.


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, December 19, 2018

The Neighborhood Meet-up in Audubon Park


Domu presented The Neighborhood Meet-up at East End Market (3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, Florida 32803). Love wine? Love bottomless wine? Love bottomless wine, sangria, and draft beer? Well... look no further! You are invited hang out in the Audubon Park hood each and every Wednesday... because the Audubon Park neighborhood is awesome and you deserve it mid-week.

Weekly feature (from 5:30PM-9:00PM):
- Bottomless wine (reds, whites, and sparkling)
- Bottomless sangria
- Bottomless select draft beer
- Complimentary finger foods (based upon availability)
- Live entertainment
- Large outdoor patio + garden
- The awesome people of Orlando!

$15 per person before 6:30PM • $20 after.
Check-in table will be at the entrance of East End Market by the outdoor garden!

I sketched the third installment of this neighborhood event. These early meet-ups were a clear success but I have not been able to find proof that they continue to this day. I decided to host a 10 X 10 Urban Sketching Workshop from this location. It is a great spot to overlook people relaxing as they sip their drinks, work  and chat.


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, December 18, 2018

Milk Carton Superstars


The Milk Carton Superstars performed at The Geek Easy (114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6, Winter Park, Florida 32792). The band formed in 2007 when old friends Guy Larmay (guitars, bass, more) and Jim Myers (vocals, drums, other) began writing songs together for the first time. They are often joined for live shows by Jeff Boyce on bass. They have released four studio LPs, a two-song single, and - most recently - a digital-only live album

This is a fun local rock group who seem to be everywhere I like to sketch. The songs are original and quirky


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, December 17, 2018

Artway to Haven


Catch 22 EventsCentral Florida Monthly Magazine, D.W. Events Management, and Gateway Orlando presented a monthly art stroll at the HAVEN Orlando Nightclub (6651 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822),  called “Artway to Haven.” It was held every 4th Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm. There was a smattering of tents set up in the empty parking lot. A guitarist and percussionist set up at the far end of the lot to perform.

The press release promised that this was, Orlando's newest art stroll, located at the upscale and off-the-charts-cool, Haven nightclub on Semoran. Patrons could enjoy the mind-blowing, inspirational and surreal artwork of local artisans and sculptors, while experiencing live music. Admission was FREE and open to the public. Food and drink was available from Haven Orlando. A highlight was wine and cigars.

Personally I found it a bit sad that experiencing art and culture in Orlando needs to be relegated to empty parking lots. This event has gone the way of the Dodo bird and is now extinct. With my sketch done, I left the parking lot as the sun set.


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, December 16, 2018

Yellow Dog Eats


Orlando Urban Sketches held a sketch crawl at Yellow Dog Eats (1236 Hempel Ave, Windermere, FL 34786). Artists were scattered around the outdoor seating are taking in the vibe with their sketches. There were chickens running around the parking lot out back, and an old red VW van offered a private dining area for a few guests. The restaurant has branched out to New Smirna Beach.

The menu features great local BBQ and pulled pork sandwiches. Sandwiches have names like, Florida Cracker, What the Fig, White Trash and The Rufus. There are tacos, nachos and salads as well, and even some signature vegan options. It can be a bit intimidating to order at first. There was a crowded line to order but the staff kept that line moving.

What I love is the rustic atmosphere with wooden picnic tables and cement garden tables outside. There is a stage area so local bands must play there on some nights. The outdoor seating area is also dog friendly. A black lab was curled up under on families table. The menu has paw prints all over it.

When our group finished our sketches, we gathered together in the back table to throw down and compare sketched. I am always fascinated to see what other artists choose to focus on. If you ever want to go out for an informal dinner with your family and pup, this is a great local option for some very large BBQ sandwiches.


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, December 15, 2018

Phantasmagoria's Christmas Carol


 Phantasmagoria is proud to present One of the greatest and most enduring Ghost Stories ever told! Victorian Troupe Phantasmagoria returns to the stage with its own unique adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas”.

This critically acclaimed Victorian Performance Troupe will bring its signature tapestry of movement, dance, puppetry, projections, music and storytelling to the stage as one of the most famous Ghost Stories of all times comes alive! A true tale of the Past, Present and Future – with the glory of redemption!

Dickens’ wonderful tableau will come to life with Phantasmagoria’s own unique aesthetic and performance style in a brand new adaptation of the classic work. Last year’s performances SOLD OUT fast so get your tickets now! A show good for ALL ages!

The dress rehearsal I sketched had all the bravado I have come to expect from a Phantasmagoria performance. Jacob Marley was presented as a skeleton puppet wrapped in chains. A unique head harness linked the skeleton's head movements to the movements of the handler's head. The ghost of Christmas past was a floating blue head with a streamer. The ghost of Christmas yet to come was the largest and most menacing enshrouded in a dark hood. with bony fingers. John DiDonna as Ebeneezer Scrooge brought plenty of energy to the part which he has performed for years. He steps into the crotchety old mans skin with ease.

Only one show date remains, Dec 15, 2018 at 8pm John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803). Ticket prices are...
Student/Senior/Military: $15.00 regular / $40.00 VIP
Adult: $25.00 regular / $30.00 VIP
(VIP includes early entry to pick seating, Christmas beverage (no alcohol), Take home souvenir, and POST show performance including Poetry, Dance, song, Magic and more!


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, December 14, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for December 15 and 16, 2018

Saturday December 15, 2018
7:15pm to 9:15pm  $32-$38 Reindeer Run. Sea World 7007 Sea World Drive Orlando FL 32821. Run or walk through Sea World to the sound of holiday bells and finish in a runner wonderland. 


Noon to 3pm Free. Zinetude, a Workshop and Zine library / Small Press Display at the Orlando Museum of Art 2416 Mills Ave N, Orlando, FL 32803. In collaboration with Orlando Zine Fest, join us for a special program exploring zine making and collecting. Zines are small-circulation, self-published works that merge original or appropriated text and image.
Preview zines included in this year’s Zine Fest, network with local Zinesters (zine makers, collectors, and enthusiasts), peruse private collections of zines, and make your own mini zine!
Some zines may contain mature content, event appropriate for those 13 and up.

5pm to 7pm Free. Orlando Zine Fest 2018. Dirty Laundry Amphitheater by Will's Pub 1042 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803.
with:
44:16
Bjørn Halden Parramoure
Book Arts At Rollins
Bonk!
Boysgiant
broken machine films / Illuminated Paths
Cicadaboy
Divine Feminine
DNL HRS / Is it Over Yet?
Flimsy Premise
Green Children
Gulf Coast Girls
Hawkysh
Head Slam Zine
Holly Dickson
Hurts So Good
Ivan Riascos
Laeluu
Letters to Nowhere
Lemon Press
Living Kills, Love Triangle
Mantras (or how to cope)
Movement Magazine
Native Tongues
One Big Trigger Warning
Psych Cat
Recycled Hearts Records Zines
Rejected!
Sinkhole Fever
Space Grain Press / Jurassic-Jasek
Spooooky Steve
st. nobody
Strawberry Samurai
Suitors Club Presents: Speedway like you’ve never seen him before.
The Sensory Times
Touki Touki
UCF: Free Spirit
Visual Aid
You Really Mean It?
+ more!
Plus:
special handmade stuff from Long Gone co. and food trucks probably.
After OZF with Blestian, Dolce, J.A.S.O.N, The Nightmare, Red Rodeo @ Lou's - December 15, 9 p.m.
Register to Participate:
https://goo.gl/forms/zvdb7orBYIZxcz2p2

Sunday December 16, 2018
 9am to 2pm Free. Mount Dora Village Market. Sunset Park 230 W. Fourth Ave. Mount Dora FL.
Weekly artisans and farmers market.

9am to 10pm $15Yoga in the Park. Central Winds Park 1000 E. State Road 434 Join Debbie Sunday mornings at Central Winds Park for a workout that unites the mind, body, and spirit through the use of meditation and stretching. The outdoor yoga class takes place under the large oak tree at the practice fields. Athletic attire and yoga mat are recommended. 407-327-6593

12:20m to 1pm Free. Orlando Brewery Tours. Weekly brewery tours at Brix Project 5220 South Washington Street Orlando FL. Join us every Sunday and soak up all that beer knowledge! Continues through Dec. 30, 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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Animal Kingdom


Because I taught a workshop at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, I was issued two free tickets to the Disney Theme parks as a thank you. Cleaning up around the house, Pam Schwartz and I found the tickets and realized that there was just one week left before the tickets expired. We decided to go the next day which was a Sunday. The Animal Kingdom was our destination which I had only been to once before. We watched the movie Avatar the night before, and made a commitment to go to the new Pandora Land in the Animal Kingdom.

As we drove south toward Disney it started to rain. We wanted to get some breakfast at Panera Bread, but when we got there the restaurant had evacuated the building. We got crummy overpriced breakfast sandwiches at Starbucks instead. I checked the radar and realized that it would be raining all morning. We put a positive spin on this by thinking the park might be empty when we arrived. We were dead wrong. Nothing stops the flow of humanity to the theme parks. Parking was $25. As I had my bag checked by security, a waterfall suddenly poured down on my shoulder from an umbrella that gave way its weight of water.

The first order of business was to get a plastic bag to protect my sketchbook. With that done, we wandered the park towards Pandora - The World of Avatar. The land is impressively designed and landscaped. The floating islands were amazing and I wanted to sketch, but not in the rain. The wait time for Avatar - Flight of Passage was like 190 minutes, How many hours is that? We skipped that ride and decided to find rides with shorter wait times. Every ride we tried was shut down. We also had fast passes to some rides. The fast passes kept getting canceled. As we got turned away from attraction after attraction we both got pretty grumpy. WTF.

Then we decided to get some food to get away from the rain. All the sit down restaurants we approached had insane wait times. Clearly every family in the park had the same idea of using the restaurant as a place to stay dry for a bit. The smaller food carts weren't much better, I couldn't stomach the idea of paying $15 for a hot dog. A majority of the "affordable" quick grab food stands were also closed. We would have to hide under a gutter overhang to try and stay dry as we ate. We finally did split a macaroni and cheese.

My sketch is of Up, a Great Bird Adventure in Asia. We went in simply because the audience had cover from the rain. The stage however was still getting soaked. The announcer wasn't sure the show would go on. The Disney cast did come out and performed at the front of the stage which was barely under the awning. Russel and Doug from the Pixar movie, Up were amongst the cast. A bird flew out and turned on the radio on stage. A green parrot did manage to belt out a tune. But the peacocks were divas and refused to go out on stage in the rain. The show was cut short and everyone was ushered back out into the rain. I kept working on the sketch until the cast practically had to drag me out.

Theme parks are a special kind of hell. Screaming children were having tantrums everywhere. You got to see the worst in parenting. We were on a theme park death march from land to land in the endless rain. My feet were soaked all day. We sought cover in every stage show we could find. In the afternoon the sun finally broke through. We waited for an eternity going through endless switchbacks to get on the back of a Banshee and fly. I have to admit that the all too brief ride was the best thing we did that day. It was a 3D motion simulation ride that really did an amazing job of making it feel like we were flying. I kind of wish there was truly some control so that each ride was unique, but it is what it is. We ended the day at Rivers of Light which was impressive, but could have used a story line to tie together the animal-themed projections. Would I return to Animal Kingdom any time soon? Hell no. Disney would have to pay me (again) to return.


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, December 12, 2018

Dammit Jim! I'm a Commedienne, Not a Doctor!


Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor! was a one woman show written and performed by Polly Esther at the 2018 Fringe Festival. She wore a short skirt and gold tights that made her look a bit like a Star Fleet Cadette. Her shirt had Spock's live long and prosper, hand gesture printed over her chest.

An innocent suggestion of watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” for the first time quickly turned into obsession with the entire Star Trek universe. Every series. Every season. Every film. Then came the Las Vegas convention. These are the voyages of Polly Esther, her ongoing mission to explore this strange new world and how this universe has helped her boldly go forward in her journey as a recovering alcoholic.

At one of the Star Trek Conventions she me someone else who was a recovering alcoholic and they decided on a whim to send out an invite for anyone else to come to their hotel room. They were shocked by how many people showed up to that meeting.  It was a heart warming reminder that we are not alone in our troubled path through life. Her fan girl enthusiasm was a joy to watch and her story gave some meaning and significance to the whole Fan Convention phenomenon. Embrace your geek, and share it with 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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jorge Estevez DNA Test


Jorge Estevez, a WFTV Channel 9 news anchor, was invited by Pam Schwartz, the Orange County Regional History Center Chief Curator, to take an Ancestry DNA test to learn more about his family history. She also researched the family histories of other well-known Central Floridians, including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer;  journalist Brendan O’Connor of the Bungalower; Toni Pressley, Orlando Pride soccer team defender; and Geraldine Thompson, state representative and senator and founder of Orlando’s Wells’ Built Museum.

Jorge met Pam at the History Center Research Library where she asked him about what he did know about his family history. To do the DNA test he had to spit into a test tube which was a great photo opportunity for Melissa Procko, History Center Research Librarian, who was documenting the moment with video and still photography.

A line of Jorge's family tree comes from Cuba which turned out to be problematic for online research since Cuban records must be researched from the courthouses and archives on the island. Pam was afraid she might have bit off more than she could chew, but she enlisted the help of a genealogist who specializes in Cuban research. This genealogist also does research for a TV program called Finding Your Roots.

It turns out that Jorge comes from a family line which is renowned for being public servants who notarize documents. Being a notary in those days was a position of high honor. She even found their notary stamps. The family line was researched way back into the 1500s. Jorge joked that he has never had a tattoo, but he is considering getting a tattoo of one of those ancient hand-drawn stamps since it means so much to him.


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, December 10, 2018

The Last Door

Ethos Physical Theatre Company of New Jersey presented this press preview of The Last Door. A monkey entered the stage swinging from the ropes with abandon. A large lumbering tortoise entered the stage from the left. Their exchange brings to light that they are stuck inn a zoo enclosure. their keepers were gone for an unknown reason. Perhaps it was an apocalypse. They argued about the one door out and weather it was locked. All the while the tortoise made its way across the stage which is I assume where the door might be located. Then the monkey had a revelation that might lead to their freedom.  But at that moment the play was suddenly over. It couldn't have been more than ten or fifteen minuets. The audience sat dumbfounded for another 10 minutes thinking that there might be more to the story. At least let us know it they made their way out into the world. But the story was over before it began.

The  tortoise was kind of interesting as a puppet requiring two handlers, and the monkey was acrobatic but not quite as entertaining as Cirque du Soleil acrobatics. It was an existential children's fable with no discernible moral. I felt a bit duped to have entered the door to the theater and was thankful when I found it on the way out. Regardless I got a decent 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

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Hansel and Gretel Dress Rehearsal


Orlando Opera presents Hansel and Gretel at the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 South Magnolia Avenue Orlando FL). Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic retelling of the ever-popular Grimm fairy tale features a lush score and charming characters that, on Christmas Day in 1931, became the first complete Metropolitan Opera radio-broadcast performance.

The cast includes mezzo-soprano Sarah Purser as Hansel, soprano Jillian Marini as Gretel, soprano Samantha Barnes Daniel as the mother, baritone Ben Ludwig as the father, and tenor Jess Muñoz as the witch. Opera Orlando’s music and education director Robin Jensen conducts, and creative director Grant Preisser directs. Come and get lost in the woods this holiday season.

Hansel and Gretel shirked their chores and played together with childish abandon. Then their mother arrived and discovered that Hansel had gotten no work done. Gretel had managed to keep sweeping even as she played but they were scolded anyways.

All the trees on stage were on wheels, so the stage shape shifted throughout the production. A banner above the stage was used to project the lyrics which weren't much needed since the production was in English. However the witch at this rehearsal was difficult to hear, which was probably a technical issue that will be worked out. A large gingerbread man doubled as the oven towards the end of the evening.

Wood nymphs and plenty of stage mist created some mystery as the children got lost and fell asleep in the woods. An enthusiastic cast of children helped sell the horror of the fate of Hansel and Gretel. The children were dressed up like gingerbread Gumbys with large flat mittens and featureless faces.

The witch and a wood nymph wandered into the audience several times, breaking the fourth wall and adding some intimacy to the production. Perhaps because this is a familiar story line, the ending seemed anti-climactic. Clearly staged for children, this could be a fun family outing.

Tonight's final performance on Sunday December 9, 2018 at 2pm is unavailable which I assume means sold out. Tickets


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, December 8, 2018

God Bless Cambodia at the 2018 Fringe


In God Bless Cambodia, Randy Ross is a chronically single man who decides to travel the world through four continents after the loss of a job. He hopes to change his luck with love. Yet as he highlights his many relationships it becomes clear why he is hopelessly single. His world travels world result in more sexual misadventures.

Reading a travel guide book he learns that you can travel cheap if you travel like a backpacker. On a trip to his local camping store he meets a colorful sales person. He asked for a 60 liter backpack with a waterproof cover, and the salesman had him covered. He added "I don't know if your going to Bangkok, but if you are, I highly recommend a massage at a place called tugs." Taken aback, He noted the info and decided to ask for a travel shirt. "In Ko Samui there is a body spa called the curious finger." The salesman sniffed his pinkie to relive the memory. TMI but in the end Randy spent $500, but as he left the shop he decided not to shake the salesman's hand.

Much of the show was laugh out loud funny. I can identify with this middle aged man's desire for travel after the loss of a relationship. It was like Eat, Pray, Love, minus the praying and with high class literary sex instead of love.


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, December 7, 2018

Weekend Top 6 Picks for December 8 and 9, 2018

 Saturday December 8, 201810am to 1pm Sold Out. James Richards USK 10 X 10 Workshop. corner of S. Park Avenue and W. New England Avenue, Central Park, Winter Park. GPS ping at 251 S. Park Ave.
On-location Urban Sketcher artist, educator and urban designer, James Richards will bring to the class and into your sketchbook an international inspiration from his journeys and drawings in 45 countries around the world: In this workshop, you will learn the secrets of creating a convincing illusion of 3-dimensional depth on the 2-dimensional paper surface! Creating this illusion is the essence of location drawing, yet is one of the most consistent sources of questions in my workshops and online classes. Abstract concepts will become clear with examples from the worlds of stage and film, followed by demonstrations of how those concepts can be translated to location sketching. You will learn a range of classic, foundational techniques that demystify creating a sense of depth, as well as a number of cool tricks I’ve learned over decades of creating believable worlds on paper. By workshop’s end, you will see city scenes in a different way and will bring a new sense of believability to your urban sketches.
LEARNING GOALS:




  • Seeing the view as 3 distinct planes: foreground, middle ground, and background
  • A toolbox of techniques:
  • Value
  • Line weight
  • Level of detail/texture
  • Diminishing size
  • Overlapping
  • Simple perspective
  • Color 
  • Jim’s tricks for creating a strong foreground “frame”
  • Understanding how set designers and filmmakers have historically created the illusion of depth, and what we can learn from them.
  • Creative use of pens, pencils, and watercolor to achieve depth 

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

    7:30pm to 9:30pm Free. Black Cow Jumps. Winter Park Public Library, 460 E New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Banks Helrich. Black Cow Jumps is immersive live theater, uncovering relationships, philosophy and the absurdity of life. This playful performance will conclude with an open talk back. Come enjoy music, performance art and storytelling -- along with complimentary wine, cheese and crackers. Sign up by calling 407-623-3300, ext. 3.

    Sunday December 9, 2018
    Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola near red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

     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.

    2pm to 4pm $5 Film Slam. Enzian Theater, South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL. Experimental Films, Puppet Films, Art Films, Bartenders throwing bottles, Gangsters, a Music Video. Program starts at 1pm sharp. Tickets are still only $5. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow screening.




    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, December 6, 2018

    Callbacks

    Callbacks told the story of Mike Rossi (Danny Baynard) and Terry Stein (Jay T. Becker), two aging actors whose careers lead them into the "small world" of theme park acting. They played the parts of Captain Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the explorers who forged their way through the Louisiana Territory. Over the course of the years performing the same show over and over, they find the value of friendship and learn that life doesn't have to end in a theme park dressing room, if they're lucky. Based on over 11 years of experience as a theme park actor, writer Thom Mesrobian crafted a knowing and hilarious valentine to actors and anyone who's every wondered what goes on behind the castle doors.

    Catie Walsh (Sarah Lockhard) as Sacagawea unwittingly became a love interest when Terry became infatuated with her. She smartly avoided love in the workplace. Filled with heart, humor and romance, "Callbacks" delivers an inside look at the people who make theme parks some of the happiest places on Earth. Mike Rossi was adamant about always going to auditions but Terry Stein grew complacent with his role in the theme park show. When the show was shut down Mike bounced to a new position quickly while Terry found it hard to find a new role. Mike ended up rising up to a managerial position and when he bumped into Terry he took him under his wing.

    I enjoyed the show. It reminded me of working for Disney as an animation artist for 10 years. The studio was started in trailers set up in the theme park parking lot and during the internship I could see cast entering their dressing trailers next door. All day, I could hear guests screaming as they plummeted down in the Tower of Terror.

    The show was directed by Mark Hartfield, former show director at Universal Studios. "Callbacks" featured original incidental music composed by Ben Shepler. Costumes were by Cristina Hartfield and the production Manager was Tonya Mesrobian. Stage manager was Sarah Moening.

    Mark Your Calendars! Thought this show isn't part of the Winter Fringe Mini-Fest, I thought I would remind you that Mini-Fest is coming! It will run from January 10 to 13, 2019. A Winter Mini-Fest button is $3. A pass to 5 shows is $65. A show ticket and button are needed to get into any show. This 5 Pass includes admission to 5 shows during the 2019 Winter Mini-Fest (WMF).  This is a $10 savings over the regular price of 5 WMF tickets.

    Unused allocations are non-transferable and non-refundable.  This pass is valid for the 2019 WMF, January 10th - January 13th. This pre-paid 5 pass does not guarantee entrance to a show.  You will need to redeem your allocations through the box office to receive a ticket to the specific performance you have selected. Quantities are limited, get yours today!


    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, December 5, 2018

    FOX Station

    Pam Schwartz was asked to go into the FOX News Station for an interview about an exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center. The exhibit was Things come apart which featured photos by Todd McLellan that showed everyday objects like smart phones and lawnmowers blown apart to show all the parts.

    Things Come Apart has ended and has been replace by Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. This is another Smithsonian traveling exhibition but the History Center staff has created a section that uses the Genome to tell something about Central Florida history. Five Central Florida celebrities were asked to give DNA samples and Pam used that information and online resources to research their family trees. Mayor Buddy Dyer found out that is family has ties back to the Revolutionary War making him and his sons eligible for admission into the Sons of the American Revolution. Former Senator Geraldine Thompson found a relative she never knew about. A man had been trying to find his father for many years. When Geraldine's DNA went online it became clear that he and she were related. Her brother was this man's father. Unfortunately her brother has died so this man can never meet his father in person, but he has an aunt he has never met, and they have stories to share.

    The TV cameras had just one operator. For the most part the cameras were fully automated wandering from mark to mark like Roombas. The cameraman didn't seem to have much to do. An hour of waiting, and a quick recording session resulted in just moments on the final cut shown on 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

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Patron's Pick for Murder at Fringe


    Mallory Sabetodos Vance produced Patron's Pick for Murder which was a truly interactive "who done it" at the 2018 Fringe Festival. Patrons met outside the Firehouse Museum behind the Shakes and it was in this pre-show quay that the cast mingled with patrons. The mystery was already a foot. Michelle Papaycik played the part of an actress in a show called "Michelle and Lars go to Mars". This was clearly a spoof of some of the Fringe's worst possible shows. Rabid fringe fans mingled with actresses and self appointed theater critics. A simple 2 by 4 door frame was the entrance to the main staging area up on a slight hill under a huge live oak tree. I focused my attention on the line of patrons as they mingled with the cast.

    Bikini Katie was the guest star for this press preview and she played up the part of being a true diva. A sip from her water bottle resulted in her immediate demise from poison. After this the patrons could interact with the cast asking questions to try and surmise who had killed Katie. Strangely enough you could even ask the corpse for her thoughts, which is a real luxury for a detective to have. As I was sketching, Pam Schwartz was working the crime scene to try and solve the mystery. She is a born detective, but she was not able to solve this crime. The final motive when reveled was quite simple, but I will keep it to myself should you ever have a chance to experience this show for yourself. The show becomes more exciting when you ask the right people the right questions. You would get out of the show what you put into 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, December 3, 2018

    Winter Garden Farmer's Market


    The Winter Garden Farmers Market (104 S Lakeview Ave, Winter Garden, FL ) is open every Saturday from 9:00am to 2pm in beautiful Historic Winter Garden.  It has quickly grown into a community staple and offers a large selection of vendors from locally grown produce and baked goods, to homemade soaps and fresh flowers. Dogs are welcome. Enjoy live music every Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. There are Holiday Carriage Rides through downtown Winter Garden on December 8, 15 and 22, 2018 from 5pm to 9:30pm  starting at the Winter Garden Downtown Pavilion.

    Other Winter Garden Holiday Events to watch for this season...

    December 7
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm
      
    December 8
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    Sleigh Ride with Santa! 6 to 9 pm

    December 14
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on the
    Plaza, 7 to 9 pm
    December 15
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    Holiday Movie Night
    (Carolers Pre-Show), 6 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
         Show at City Hall, 6 to 9
     
    December 16
    Holiday golf cart parade, 4 to 7 pm 
    December 21
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm 
    December 22
    A Very Merry Farmers Market
    with Santa, 9 am to 2 pm
    Holiday Music and Horse Drawn
    Carriage Rides, 5 to 9 pm
    A Merry Winter Garden Light
    Show at City Hall, 6 to 9 pm
    December 28
    Holiday Music - Friday’s on
    the Plaza, 7 to 9 pm


    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, December 2, 2018

    A Christmas Carol at Orlando Shakes


    1 of 5 Prints SOLD
    I have seen A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens many times so I am a bit jaded, however this production far exceeded my expectations. The set felt like an attic and there was a staircase at the front of the stage that heightened that effect. The play began with the sounds of an excited party below the stage, and then the actors walked up from that excitement onto the stage.

    Steven Paterson did an amazing job as the crotchety Scrooge. Paul Bernando got to perform some very angst filled scenes as the chain covered Bob Marley's Ghost. Amazingly he also performed as the kindly ghost of Christmas Present. Many actors got to play up to seven different characters and I didn't even notice. Tiny Tim, played by Sebastian Cranford had the thinnest legs, making him a perfect fit for the part.

    The Shakes really seems to be stepping up their game when it comes to effects in their staged productions. A ghostly door knocker was represented by a framed photo in a spotlight held by an actor from behind. When the ghostly knocker came to life the actor pressed his face into the mesh of the canvas creating a ghostly three dimensional apparition. The ghost of Christmas future was a huge hooded puppet that moved around the stage freely. A four poster bed rose from a trap door and the curtains floated down from above.

    More important than the flash however was the emotional heart of the production. This is a great show to warm even the coldest heart this holiday season. It is nice to see innocence and kindness win over a hard heart.

    Performances of A Christmas Carol continue through December 30, 2018 at the Orlando Shakes (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803) in the Margeson Theater.
    Tickets are $30 to $53.


    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, December 1, 2018

    Smallest Gallery in Orlando


    Trevor Fraser, an entertainment reporter for the Orlando Sentinel put out a call for artists on Facebook for what he called the Smallest Gallery in Orlando. The gallery consisted of a small strip of wall between two doors. I decided to incorporate my 12th Night Orlando Shakespeare Theater sketch to fill the space and my submission was approved.

    Trevor and his wife Lindsay Fraser decided to host a party where guests could paint in the sketch. I arrived about an hour early and projected my sketch on the wall and then painted in the dark line work. I Did a bit of painting on the central Shakespearean actor and then relaxed along with Pam and watched as people finished the painting. f course everyone had their own style so the disparate areas didn't entirely tie in together but that is part of the charm.

    All the food served was part of a "Beet Off" between he and Lauren Delgato. Everything had beets in it, Beet hummus, beet salad, beet cupcakes. It is amazing the variety of tastes you can get from a humble beet. It was a fun afternoon.

    This little mural wasn't quite finished by the end of the party, so I am not sure if it ever was completed. There was some talk of using this sketch in the Orlando Sentinel for an article about the gallery, but there was no budget so I saved it for this site. The Noor Salman trial was just beginning and unfortunately the Sentinel also didn't buy any of the 70 or so courtroom sketches I did for that trial. Only CNN, Channel 9 and Channel 6 and the Orlando Weekly used some of those sketches. March was a crazy month.


    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