Sunday, September 22, 2019

Panera and Urban Sketching


On Sundays for the next 6 weeks I am teaching an Urban Sketching class at Crealde School of Art. One of the first venues we explore with or sketchbooks is Panera Bread (2516 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL.) Each class begins with about an hour of instruction in the classroom along with some sketching exercises to apply the new principle taught. Then we head out to sketch on location. Paneras on a Sunday morning starts off rather slow and by the time the lunch hour approaches the place becomes packed.

This allows for a relaxed first hour to sketch the interior setting without worrying about the human element. Then as people file in we sketch people at the tables that were established in pencil. I teach the students to pay attention to how much food was ordered and how full peoples glasses are, to get a sense of how long the person might be at the table to be sketched. People come and go while the sketch is in progress and the goal is to make it seem like a moment in time had been captured. Catching fellow sketchers in the sketch is an advantage because they are on the same time table, lingering rather than rushing to finish eating and get out.

I don't always take the time to do a sketch myself since I circulate and give each student notes that might help them with the composition or gestures that can be caught. I  have a very talented crew of students for the next six weeks and I am excited to share my thoughts on how to capture life in a sketch. One of my students showed me a fordable devise with magnets that can be used to hod a palette and water jar. It is a smart design and I might incorporate something similar into my work flow. By teaching I often find that I learn things  as well.


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 21, 2019

Seasons: The Musical


Seasons with music by Elaine Pechacek and lyrics by Katie Hammond was first presented at Fringe back in 2014 and I had a chance to sketch that production back then. I remember saying back then that this production deserved to grow and find its way into a much bigger venue. It is now being presented at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.)

Helen (Megan Valle) was young and vibrant and a night on the town ends in a one night stand with Peter (Peter Heid.) Peter is enamored with her, head over heals in love. She has plans to go to medical school but those plans are dashed when she realizes that she is pregnant. Peter like a true gentleman proposes marriage on one knee. She agrees reluctantly to marry.

Hope (Gabriella Hockensmith) since a beautiful balled about fulfilling her dream of becoming a bride. Her mother Mrs. Jones (Rebecca Fisher) discovers around the same time that she has breast cancer. As she is struggling through chemo she sees a blue bird and takes it as a sign  that thing might be alright.

Helen had doubts about her new role as a mom and the newly wed struggled to make their new roles work. I have been researching ancestors lately and often wondered what difficulties they might have had to overcome. Helen and Peters struggles were very real. The play culminates in an overpowering lullaby sing at the beginning and end off life. It is at these extremes that love is pure and absolute. I doubt there was a dry eye in the house. It is impossible to experience this play and not be touched. The song performed by Rebecca Fisher about living each moment and seizing the day was stellar.

The final performance of Seasons: The Musical is tonight,  September 21, 2019. If you have a chance to go you should not miss it.
Tickets range from $15 to $20. 


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 20, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 21 and 22, 2019

Saturday September 21, 2019
10am to Noon. Free. A special tour for interested artists. Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge 450 E. South St., Orlando, Florida, 32801. Orange County, Florida Public Art is looking for artists for a $31,500 commission available for Public Art Project Exterior or Interior Art for New Facilities at the refuge.
Eligibility: International
State: Florida
Entry Deadline: 10/30/19
Days remaining to deadline: 75
REQUIREMENTS:
Media
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 12
View Site Details

Project: 
Back To Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road Orlando, Florida, 32832 
www.btnwildlife.org 
www.facebook.com/BTNwildlife
Project Description

The Orange County Public Art Review Board seeks an artist or artist team(s) to develop artwork for the new Back to Nature (BTN) Wildlife Refuge Center located at Eagles Roost, an Orange County Green PLACE property managed by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD). The Green PLACE program is an Orange County public land acquisition and land management program. This project includes five (5) new buildings that will replace existing portables. The values of nature, history, community and nonurban lifestyle should inform the art.
Background
Orange County, Florida is a rapidly growing metropolitan area of more than one million residents that contains the city of Orlando and a dozen other municipalities. Back To Nature (BTN) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public wildlife rehabilitation facility serving the Central Florida Region. Since its incorporation in June 1989, BTN has been rescuing, raising, rehabilitating and releasing injured or orphaned Florida-native species and educating Orange County visitors about respecting and preserving the environment. The organization hosts an education center, where citizens can view and learn about wildlife.
Site
Back To Nature is located at 10525 Clapp Simms Duda Road on 20 acres of the 232 acres at Eagles Roost conservation land. This project will add a new Education Center that will provide a space for community meetings. A new Visitor Center also will be constructed.
Building and Site
Numerous possible locations are available for placing or integrating art. These are the primary spaces with possibilities for art installation or integration.
· An interior wall (Visitor’s Center)
· Exterior walls (Visitor’s Center and Education Center)
· Front porch of the Education Center and Visitor Center
· Entry sign
· (Common Areas) Walkway
· Approach to the site along the driveway 
Grounds layout, floor plans and elevations are included in the "View Site" feature.
Budget
$31,500 has been approved for artwork.
Artwork
The Public Artist Selection Panel seeks creative solutions for possible locations mentioned above or other locations suggested by the artist. The artwork should be permanent and durable with little maintenance needed in the location to which it will be sited. 
Artwork should reflect the mission of the Back to Nature facility that serves as a rehabilitation center for injured native animals and an educational center for children and adults to learn about nature with help from the resident animal ambassadors (animals unable to be returned to the wild). Many people with impairments find empathy and connection with animals living with impairment.
Eligibility
This opportunity is open to professional artists working in any media. Student artists may apply, if they can secure an experienced public artist to serve as a mentor to oversee their work.
Selection Process
A selection panel consisting of the project manager, arts professionals and BTN staff will review artist qualifications and images of past work. Several artists will be selected to provide proposals and will be paid a stipend of $500 each for their site-specific proposal. Final artist(s) selection will take place after review of the proposals. The director of Arts & Cultural Affairs serves as the nonvoting chair of the Selection Panel. 
The Public Artist Selection Panel and Orange County reserve the right to reject any or all applications, proposals, applicants or projects, and to modify or terminate the application process or the selection process for any reason and without prior notice.
Selection Criteria
Artists will be evaluated on artistic excellence, as evidenced by submitted materials, professional experience and compatibility with the architectural design, park environment and values of the center.
Submittal Requirements
· Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs uses the CaFÉ online service for its public art selection process. There is no charge for artists to register with CaFÉ or submit an application.
· Experience with public art projects with a similar budget is not required but helpful.
· Professional resume (teams must submit resumes for each member).
· Letter of interest, outlining interest in the project and a preliminary statement of approach.
· A minimum of one (1) image is required, and the maximum is 12. Images of finished works or conceptual drawings can be submitted. Provide additional information to assure the Selection Panel of what the finished work will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.
Timeline

· Release of call to artists: Monday, August 12
· Artist Site Visit at BTN: Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.-noon
· Submittals due: Wednesday, October 30, midnight MST
· Panel review: Tuesday, November 5, 1-3 p.m. 
· Selected finalists notified: Wednesday, November 6
· Final Proposals Due: Monday, February 3, 2020
· Artwork installation: Winter 2020/Spring 2021

7pm to 9pm Free. Smelly Cat: The All That 90’s Show. Boxi Park Lake Nona, 6877 Tavistock Lakes Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827. Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?
The members of Subliminal Doubt are STOKED to bring you an all-new show featuring A VARIETY of hits from the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and even... 1999!


8pm to 10pm $15-$20. Seasons the Musical. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801. Seasons the Musical spans the course of one year, and is a story about love. This original musical delves into the lives of two couples. Helen and Peter – classmates who reconnect at a high school reunion, and struggle with an unexpected pregnancy. And, Hope and Mrs. Jones - a mother and daughter with a close bond celebrating a recent engagement and grappling with an unwelcome diagnosis. Poignant and touching, this story explores these characters with humor and realism, and will leave the audience wanting more.
Lyrics by Katie Hammond Music by Elaine Pechacek


Sunday September 22, 2019
9:30am to 12:20pm $275 Urban Sketching Class. Crealde School of Art, 600 St Andrews Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792. Learn to sketch from subject to the environment. Classroom sessions will focus on sketching clothed models and progress towards sketching the model and classroom environment. Learn how to incorporate storytelling into your sketches in our location sessions. These trips to local venues will challenge you to use your sketchbook the way a photojournalist uses a camera. The six-week goal is to produce finished sketches using pencil, pen, and watercolor within two hours. Skill level: Intermediate. 

11am to Noon. $5 Yoga. Lake Eola Park near red gazebo. 

Noon to 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Jorge Mendoza. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit our historic home museum on a Sunday afternoon to 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 19, 2019

Accidental Historian Install


The Accidental Historian Exhibit will be on display the the Orange County Regional History Center (65 East Central Boulevard Orlando FL) from September 21, 2019 to January 21, 2020. I went in to sketch during the install of the exhibit. I was  intrigued with the fact the eight years of my sketchbooks were stacked like the Tower of Terror inside a glass museum case. The staff tried to just stack the books but it swayed uncontrollably and they had to come up with a plan B. A clear plastic spine was created that supports the high column of books but even with that solution, the tower slumps forward just a bit like an old man reaching for a cane. On top of the tower one sketchbook is open to a sketch of a giant inflatable alligator that was once in front of the History Center thanks to Heather Henson. A laser level stood sentry like a War of the Worlds armored attack vehicle. It stood on spindly legs staring at the sketchbook tower perhaps judging how fragile it looked.

In this exhibition, created at the History Center, you get to learn how individuals who are absorbed in documenting the world of today accidentally become some of Central Florida’s finest historians for the future. You can also catch a glimpse into some of the museums collections that were created for the now – more than 100 years ago.

The Accidental Historian features both historic and contemporary work and collections, including drawings by the renowned artist and teacher Ralph Bagley and Orlando Urban Sketchers , poetry by Orlando’s inaugural poet laureate Susan Lilley, audiovisual work by food blogger Ricky Ly, historic images by photographer T.P. Robinson, and of course a some Orlando sketches by myself.

Visitors to the exhibit can create 19th-century “tweets” and step into a larger-than-life, Instagrammable photo station, along with other fun features. The exhibit is fully bilingual, presented in both English and Spanish. Related programs range from preservation workshops to poetry readings and a historical food-based demonstration.

In my sketch, I focused on the huge open sketchbook in the corner of the room where Orlando Urban Sketchers work was displayed. I am proud that these artists who work together to explore Central Florida with their sketchbooks are now seeing their work exhibited in a museum. Their vision is unique in a time when people tend to shoot homogenized selfies with thoughtless abandon. These artists take the time to truly see the world around them.


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 18, 2019

Orlando Arts Collecive


The Orlando Arts Collective is a diverse group of artists who enjoy supporting, sharing, communicating, and collaborating with other fellow artists. OAC members are painters, sculptors, photographers, and mixed-media artists.

Members conduct workshops, run critique seminars, curate art shows, participate in other community shows and events, and go on art related field trips together. The group encourages members to participate in art activities, shows and other groups throughout the community, and to share their experiences. Having adventures is one of the hallmarks of the OAC.

They are an IRS-501(c) 3 not-for-profit group, which allows them to conduct classes and work with charities. This also means they have a Board of Directors and annual dues. Even though they have a board they are not a board-centered group. All decisions are determined by a majority of their members. The annual membership is $30.00, which helps to pay for group shows, classes, and guest speakers. Extra fees may be required for participation in gallery shows. The members have shown and participated in various art venues in and around Orlando, such as City Arts Orlando, Mega Con, Third Thursdays, Dandelion Cafe, Pom Poms, and FAVO. The Orlando Art Collective meets on the second Thursday of each month between 6:30-8:30 pm.

I stopped in to a meeting and sketched while members were learning new techniques in a printing workshop. Everything was provided and there were some unique results.  At the end of the table one artist apologized because he had evicted me from a painting workshop at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens one year because I was sketching as I listened. I laughed and said there were no hard feelings.

Also on the table were ceramic tile hearts which were for a mural that is now up on the side of Lamp Shade Fair which is a 65-year-old business on 1336 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, Fl. The ceramic hearts were created by artists from around the world and will be arranged into a rainbow coming from the open hand of a Banksy-inspired silhouette of a young girl blowing a kiss.


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 17, 2019

Robin Maynard - Harris


In 2005 Robin Maynard-Harris's mom, Libby, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Both of Robin's grand parents were also diagnosed with breast cancer. They had mastectomies, chemo and then lived really long lives. So they thought, "OK Lets do this." Her mom had a mastectomy, chemo and then eight months later as they were finishing up treatments,the doctors saw a small spot that they were concerned about and they wanted to do a 4 month checkup. When they returned they said it looked like the spot had grown on her lungs.

Robin took her mom to Moffit Cancer Center for a second opinion. She paid more attention to what the doctor was doing rather than what he was saying. He said, "Do the things you want to do." Robin said, "Can we talk about this for a second? What kind of time frame are we talking about here? " Her mom wasn't concerned as much about a time frame. Robin insisted, "Well I am, so you can leave the room or do you want us to leave?" The doctor said to her mom, "On average a woman in your condition can live a long time." Robin said, "A long time for an oncologist and a long time for a daughter are probably vastly different." He said, "3 to 5 years." Her mom joked, "Well good, there is nothing average about me." Robin was devastated by the 3 to 5 years.

On the drive back from the doctors Robin asked her mom what she wanted to do with the time she had. Libby wanted to go on a cruise to Alaska. Her mom lost her job at the American Cancer Society  do to "Inabilities to fulfill her duties due to cancer treatments." That is a harsh and angering irony. Robin was justifiably angry about the American Cancer Society. Her mom said to her, "I taught you how to live and now I am going to teach you how to die. You can't be so angry.  You need to do something positive." Libby died just 6 weeks after the 4 month check up. She never got to take that trip to Alaska. Right before she passed, she insisted that Robin get a mammogram. They found an early stage of cancer and she had a lumpectomy the same year. Her mom had saved her life.

Robin founded Libby's Legacy right away. The goal of the organization was to send stage 4 cancer patients on that trip to Alaska and to advocate for them when they lost their jobs which would mean no insurance. In 1983 when they moved to Florida, Robin got in a mini bike accident, and almost lost her leg. Her mom said she could no longer ride. Before Libby passed, Robin said, "You know mom, life is short." Libby relented and said "You can get your scooter or motorcycle." So, Robin got 2 Vespas and a Harley Davidson. To raise money for Libby's Legacy she started an event called Scooters for Hooters which raises money for Libby's Legacy which has started giving mammograms as well. In 2008 about 53 services were given away along with 1 cruise. In 2009 125 services were given and they diagnosed their first patient. Her name was Zenaida.

Zenaida worked for Orange County as a temp and she made too much for medicaid and not enough for insurance. Robin took her all over and couldn't get her help. She was blown away. She had 19 pages of notes. She called the American Cancer Society and they did nothing. She went to the hospital and they said, "You know we can't." She called  all over and couldn't get help. After 3 months of not succeeding, she was sitting at her desk at the sheriffs office and realized that this was a sign that she needed to do more to bring about change. She resigned, handing in her two months notice. Her last day was the day Zenaida had her double mastectomy. Now 9 years later Zenaida is a regular volunteer for Libby's Legacy.

The Women's Center of Radiology is just a block from Pulse. They have given away over 7000 breast health services where 141 women and 1 man were diagnosed. 189 children have a mom because she doesn't have hers. !0 cruises have been booked to Alaska. Scooter for Hooters has raised almost a million dollars in 10 years. They are starting a new event called Treasure Your Chest which will be a scavenger hunt on Wall Street. Another event will be called Florida Squeeze Um. They do fun things that involve drinking and fun along the way. The 10th Scooters for Hooters fundraiser had to be canceled in the wake of Pulse. After the shooting the Women's Center had to close down for 10 days because Orange Avenue was shut down for all the FBI vehicles as they  processed the scene.

Pulse used to do fundraisers for Libby's Legacy. They did a poker tournament there. Robin danced there. Had the shooting happened 10 or even 5 years earlier, it could have been her or her friends or anybody she knows. The beauty of Pulse was that everyone was welcome. One of Robin's best friends and all her sorority sisters who are straight as can be, were there the Friday night before the shooting. Woman can dance and there is no one hitting on you. It was an open club for everyone. It was such an open and loving club, not just for men, or women or Latins. It was all inclusive.


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 16, 2019

California Gwen a Tribute to Katie Perry and No Doubt

Pam and I decided to take Sprout out to a hot concert at Waterford Lakes Town Center (413 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828) The stage was in front of Wahlburgers in the shopping center parking lot. Monica Leamy is the lead singer of Subliminal Doubt, a full band tribute to No Doubt and Gwen Stefani. Also featuring our alternate persona,  Katy Parody and the Teenage Dreams: A Tribute to Katy Perry.

Storm clouds were looming on the western horizon but the rain held off as the Subliminal Doubt gave an energetic performance. Monica even recruited some back up dancers to give a stadium worthy performance. Attendance was unfortunately spotty. A bounce house was set up in the far corner of the parking lot and a little girl stood directly in front of the stage dancing and clapping.

Actually since this sketch was done Monica and her lead guitarist Jonathan Leamy got married. AS they say, the family that plays together stays together. I have bumped into this tribute band multiple times, even when I least expect it, as I search out sketch opportunities. They are a fixture of the Orlando scene. Sprout never stopped wagging his tail. That is a great review coming from an excited old pup.

This band will be performing Smelly Cat: The All That 90’s Show at Boxi Lake in Lake Nona on September 21, 2019. The show is from 7-10pm. Smelly Cat, Smelly Cat, what are they feeding you?
The members of Subliminal Doubt are STOKED to bring you an all-new show featuring A variety of hits from the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and even... 1999! Expect a fun time.


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 15, 2019

Blog Con 2019


I stopped by Full Sail University to see the opening of this year's Blog Con. Ford sponsored the event and several vehicles were parked outside the entrance. In the parking lot a woman had her arm stretched out in front of her holding her phone which she was  talking to. She was clearly recording a video of herself reporting about Blog Con. I have tried to sketch at Blog Con every year since 2009. It is a chance to see what is happening in this relatively new field of digital communication. This year's theme was "Tell Your Story." The Full Sail Live auditorium was packed. Blog Con had sold out.

Rachelle Lucas a Freelance Spokesperson, Writer, and Videographer was giving the key note talk. I sketched her as she waited to go on stage. She spoke about getting a trip to Dubai and being nervous about going to the Middle East. With world tensions so high she feared that she and the people with her might be dragged out into that desert to be shot. The trip however was lovely. She showed an Instagram photo of herself in a bathrobe sipping a cup of champagne. It looked like the ideal relaxing vacation. However the reality behind that image was something else. She had welts all over her arms and legs from mosquito bites. That was why she was in the bathrobe. 

Rachelle talked about walking through the lobby of the hotel with several gentleman carrying the campaign. Two older gentlemen seated in the lobby, I imagine them looking like the two guys in the balcony of the Muppets show, winked and nodded their heads. Had they seen the cameras set up in the hotel suite their imaginations would have gone wild.

Rachelle's primary point was that social media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are platforms to help drive traffic to the place where the WHOLE story can be  told which is her blog. It was rewarding to hear that for once I might be doing something right since I use those media in the same way. 

She pointed out that telling stories is as important in society as the basics of survival. Stories have been passed down through the generations, filling history books, offering insights into our culture. They are central to humans communicate. We engage with others through stories, and storytelling is a lot more than just a recitation of facts and events. As human beings, we are automatically drawn to stories because we see ourselves reflected in them. We inevitably interpret the meaning in stories and understand ourselves better. It was helpful to be reminded that the simple act of sharing ideas every day has meaning and value.

After her Key Note, the  crowd was divided up into different groups. Someone would hold up a sign saying something like, Foodies and all the foodies would gather around the sign. I always feel like the odd duck out since what I do does not fit neatly into any of those categories. I'm not a mommy blogger, a foodie or a lifestyle blogger. Though I am starting to use digital sketch tablets, I'm not a tech blogger. I feel too old school to fit into the modern digital categories. I have so much to learn and Blog Con was a fire hose of information. Someday I hope to master the business of telling stories.


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 14, 2019

6 of VIII at Casa Feliz


As I approached Casa Feliz there was plenty of activity. A photographer as shooting photos of a wedding couple on the back  patio so I walked around the front of the building. Several ladders and a trampoline were set up in front of the entrance. I still don't know what the trampoline is for, but I suspect it might play a part in a production of a pre-show presentation of On the Balcony, a mash-up of  Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and West Side Story Gabriel Preisser the Orlando opera executive and artistic director welcomed me.

In the living room of Casa Feliz, Opera Orlando will remount the 2019 Critics Choice for Best Musical 6 OF VIII this weekend at the beautiful Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum. There will be  food, wine, and an evening of stellar theater featuring The Helena Collective. it would make for a  perfect date night.

 There were 5 minutes before a full run through of the show, so I started sketching the set quickly in pencil waiting for the actresses to take to the stage. The room grew dark and the women in long white robes came down the aisle ringing bells and carrying candles. As they glided down the aisle, a large bang echoed through the empty historic home. There was nervous laughter from the cast. It was a foreboding start to he show.

This original work about the 6 wives of Henry VIII expands the song cycle Try Me, Good King by Libby Larsen, with original monologues, madrigals, and other music to give voice to Henry’s dead wives. The result is an atmospheric snapshot into the unique lives of history’s most famous wives.

One opera singer, Sarah Purser Bojorquez, I have met before. She sang about how women risk their own lives willingly to bring new life into the world. Sarah has just given birth to a baby in her own life so the song seemed quite prescient. Each woman was a former bride of Henry the VIII who is best known for beheading his brides when they displeased him. Each woman's story was unique. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. 

I was particularly take by the story of a young 16 year old girl who was in love with another man but was used like a pawn by her father to wed a man much much older than herself. She regretted not marrying the boy she loved and died a the tender age of 17, beheaded by the king.

The room in Casa Feliz where this show is being staged is quite small so the audience is right on top of the action. Seated in the front row I feared I might trip up an actress, but they adjusted to the tight stage. The show is mysterious and somber. There are few happy endings for the women who knew King Henry VIII.


 6 OF VIII
Tickets are $77.25
The show is sung in English so you will not have to read subtitles.
Adaptation created by Sara Catherine Barnes
Special pre-show presentation “On the Balcony” featuring selections from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Bernstein’s West Side Story along with pop-up performances by the ConVivo Madrigal Singers.
ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 1 Hours
SHOW TIMES:
Friday September 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday September 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday September 15 at 2:00 p.m.*
*This performance is currently sold out, to be placed on the wait list please email office@operaorlando.org or call 407-512-1900



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 13, 2019

Wekend Top 6 Picks for September 14 and 15, 2019

Saturday September 14, 2019
10pm to 5pm Free. 331Sullivan Street Fair, Punta Gorda. Punta Gorda Craft Festival. Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Festival will highlight the talents of many unique crafters, providing the area with one of its most enjoyable winter traditions. Come meet and visit with some of the nation’s best crafters while enjoying the charming streets of Punta Gorda. It features a display of products like ceramic, jewelry, digital, photo, fiber, metalwork, sculptures, glass, mixed media, wood, graphics, painting and much more.

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

8pm to 10pm $5 Second Saturdays in Sanford. 202 S Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL. Live music event featuring 2 stages, drink specials and more.

Sunday September 15, 2019
9:30am to 12:30pm  $275 for 6 classes. Urban Sketching Tips and Techniques. Taught by Thor. Crealde School of Art. Learn to sketch from subject to the environment. Classroom sessions will focus on sketching clothed models and progress towards sketching the model and classroom environment. Learn how to incorporate storytelling into your sketches in our location sessions. These trips to local venues will challenge you to use your sketchbook the way a photojournalist uses a camera. The six-week goal is to produce finished sketches using pencil, pen, and watercolor within two hours. Skill level: Intermediate

2pm to 3pm  $77.25 6 of VIII Casa Feliz 656 N Park Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789.
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. Revel in the bliss and misery of marriage as the six ill-fated queens of the second Tudor king share their experiences of matrimony and acrimony. 
This original work about the 6 wives of Henry VIII expands the song cycle Try Me, Good King by Libby Larsen, with original monologues, madrigals, and other music to give voice to Henry’s dead wives. The result is an atmospheric snapshot into the unique lives of history’s most famous wives. The Critic’s Choice winner for Best Musical at the 2019 Orlando International Fringe Festival, 6 of VIII features The Helena Collective. Presented at the Historic Casa Feliz Mansion in Winter Park, these special encore performances include appetizers, desserts, and wine.
Sung in English.
Adaptation created by Sara Catherine Barnes
Special pre-show presentation “On the Balcony” featuring selections from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Bernstein’s West Side Story along with pop-up performances by the ConVivo Madrigal Singers.

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 and laugh, or give it a try yourself.


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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Before Pixels


Third Thursdays, now marketed as, Art, Tech Biz is an opportunity for visitors to converge downtown and celebrate art, food, technology, and business. Along the way, people partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and cosmopolitan living. At the time of this sketch, I had two sketches on display at City Arts Factory, but in order to get a sketch done, I walked two blocks over to The Gallery at Avalon Island (now City Arts) to sketch the musicians performing for the evening.

The monthly Third Thursdays event includes, the Gallery Hop, hosted by the Downtown Arts District featuring numerous galleries and non-traditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists, in tandem with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

The 3rd Thu Biz Networking events are hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership and allow attendees to experience some of downtown’s fine establishments while making great local business connections.

The Orlando Tech Meetup offers tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs the chance to socialize and hear five different technology groups present live product demos.


This sketch done at The Gallery at Avalon Island was of the musicians for the night, Before Pixels.  Much has happened since this sketch was done, the historic Rogers Kiene Building (39 Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL) that was home to the Gallery at Avalon Island was donated to the city. Thus Avalon Island Art Gallery was shuttered. City Arts Factory moved from its location on Orange Avenue two blocks away to the Rogers Kiene Building and is now called CityArts Orlando. The end result is of course much less exhibition space as the visual arts scene shrinks in Orlando.


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 11, 2019

Annual Harvest Grape Stomp


The harvest season has arrived and it's time for grape stomping competitions at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, (19239 US-27, Clermont, FL 34715). This event is perfect for a family outing. Listen to continuous live music the entire weekend by superb local musicians. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks, and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary winery tours and tasting.

The long line for stomping wound back and forth under the shade of the event tent. Anticipation built as we made our way to the front of the line. Grapes were loaded into each of the barrels and a spigot would empty the resulting juices into a plastic cup. Pam Schwartz is very competitive, but I have bigger feet. The stomping began with all the excitement of a Kentucky Derby horse race. Though stomping vigorously, I wasn't getting much juice run off. Of the 8 or 9 competitors, Pam had the largest run off collected by far. The latter explained that the most important thing to do is to sweep away all the solid grape guts from the siphon inside the barrel. Every few stomps she would sweep the siphon clean allowing the juices to flow. My take was pitiful in comparison. The judge took a photo of us holding our juices in mugs. At home the next week I photo shopped a much bigger mug in my hand overflowing with juice. Pam wasn't impressed with my handy work.

We took a wine tasting tour and relaxed for the afternoon listening to music on the main stage. The couple next to us gave travel advice. Food available was comparable to fairground vendors.

Catch this year's stomp on:
August 15, 2018 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
August 16, 2018 11:00 am - 05:00 pm

Admission Fee:
Adult Admission -  $10
Children 12 and under - FREE
Grape Stomping all ages - Included with entry fee.
A portion of the proceeds go to support the Alzheimer's Family Organization


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 10, 2019

Kings Landing


Pam Schwartz and I took a trip up to Kings Landing (5722 Baptist Camp Rd, Apopka, FL 32712) to kayak and explore the Emerald Cut. There was a huge line of cars to get into Kelly Park, a swimming hole and springs right before the kayak launch site. Pam cut into the dirt side roads and avoided 3/4 of the line. Rick Kilby had loaned us his kayak which I used for the day.

Once at Kings Landing it was easy enough to drop off the kayaks and them Pam parked the truck on the roadside. She went inside to make arrangements and get a wrist band while I guarded the kayaks. I then went in and quickly got my wrist band. There were lots of folks renting kayaks and the launch was crowded. A narrow cut led to the river and since there were so many inexperienced people getting started we had to bide our time until we could navigate around them.

At the end of the entry to the river was a rope swing hanging from a tree with a crowd gathered to swing into the water. The first half of the day's trip was all up stream working our muscles, but once we reached the turn around point it was all down stream on the way back. We saw lots of turtles sunning themselves on logs with their hind legs spread out, webbed toes spread to catch the sun. There were also some sizable alligators patrolling the shores.

We stopped once in a shady spot so I could get a quick sketch as another couple passed us on the river. There were a few humble homes on the shores, but for the most part it felt like old Florida as it was over 100 years ago. There were spots where trees had been cut because they blocked the river, probably after falling during a hurricane. Hurricane Dorian swept past Orlando without making landfall. We were spared what could have been a devastating storm.

The four hour kayak trip ended at Wekiva Island where a huge crowd was swimming and sunning themselves. A bus and trailer brought us back to the launch point. If you are an experienced kayaker this is a fantastic weekend day trip. Once you get away from the crowds at the launch you can experience as much time as you want on the river. I highly recommend this if you want to experience Florida as it was long before theme parks.

Kayak/Canoe rentals are $30 for the day. Using your own kayak is $20, if you choose to have them pick you up at Wekiva Island and shuttle you back. During summer months, get there early (before 11), as they typically sell out. We considered driving up with two cars to avoid the shuttle but decided against it, paying a bit more for convenience. The shuttle bus isn't air conditioned so if you want luxury, think twice. Also bring or wear swimming trunks. I was scolded for only wearing shorts and my butt got quite wet.


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 9, 2019

Evita at the Shakes


Evita is a musical based on the book and lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It charts the young and ambitious Eva Duarte’s meteoric rise to sainthood. The play opened with an audience trying to watch a film, which is interrupted by the news flash that Eva Perón had died.The blood curdling screams made it clear that a great and beloved soul had been lost.

The set by scenic designer Jim Hunter made the rise to the iconic balcony scene accessible via a spiral staircase. Pam had a good laugh because I was blocking in the set in my sketch, when all of the pieces of staging on casters were rolled to new locations up stage.

Evita (Yael Reich) had a passion for life and she went through a revolving door of lovers, each of which brought her rising fame. She was a humble actress who wanted to rise above her middle class upbringing.



Juan Perón (Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz) was also rising in power through the ranks of the military. Generals played a game of musical rocking chairs to see who lasted on the way to the top. When he and Eva met they were the perfect fit. Eva marched into his home and kicked out his young mistress.

Since she was from the streets, the people loved her but the elite snubbed her. Despite not being accepted into the ruling class, she initiated reforms that would help the people of Argentina.

Che (Dan Domenech) was a true revolutionary who saw her reforms as ways to win the love of the public instead of truly offering the people the power of democracy.  Evita's passionate life was lived as a candle burning from both ends. Under her bold impassioned pleas there was a delicate frame. For one song she stood beside me in the aisle and belted out her song. I was amazed at the purity and strength of her voice in such a small frame.

Evita runs through October 6, 2019 

PRICING

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and every Sunday and select Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. – starting at $35

Preview Performances and Senior Matinees – starting at $25



DISCOUNTS (May not be combined with any other offers)

Group Sales: 20% off groups of 10+

Student Rush: $25 - 30 minutes prior to show w/ valid student ID

Student and Active/Retired Military: $10 off single ticket prices w/ valid ID (Only available in Price Levels A and B)

$25 Under 35: Patrons under 35 years old can purchase $25 tickets for evening and weekend matinee performances during September 18-22. Call the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or purchase online with code word: 25UNDER35 (Only available in Price Levels B and C.)


Senior Matinees: September 18, & 25 and October 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Talk Back Performance: September 29 at 2:00 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

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Baldwin Bark


As I write this, Hurricane Dorian has become a category 5 storm, causing devastation in the Bahamas as it heads west towards Florida. Earlier in the week, Orlando was right in the line of the storm's path, but newer computer forecasts show the storm turning north and heading up the coast of Florida without making land fall. Orlando is still in the cone of uncertainty. This is all happening on Labor Day weekend, which was already a long weekend because of the holiday, and now the city of Orlando, as well as Orange County, have shut down through Wednesday. The result is cabin fever, since most events that I would want to sketch are also cancelled.

For three days in a row Pam and I have taken the dogs to the dog park to let them run and expend some energy. The result is calmer, sleepier puppies. Although Donkey is a bit of a hurricane in her own right. That dog had already eaten a coffee table and several TV remotes. Couches are shredded and toys are just tiny shredded bits that get clogged Debbie the Deebot in any clean up attempt. The threat of a possible storm outside pales to the ongoing devastation from Hurricane Donkey inside.

At the dog park Donkey runs everywhere at full speed with her long tongue hanging out of her mouth. She has a high pitched bark that is created without her ever moving her jaws. Sprout, on the other hand, tracks dogs in order to hump them, from the front or back, it doesn't matter. He was fixed but that doesn't stop that primal urge to shake those hips. The final trip to a dog park ended with an outer rain band soaking everyone. I was the only person with an umbrella but it wasn't much help with the rain coming in horizontally in high winds. Now we are hunkered down and just waiting to see if the storm will turn to the north before hitting us. The forecasters might have fancy computer models, but the storm will do what it wants. Right now Orlando is under a tropical storm warning and I can see the hurricane on my iPhone radar. For the first time I can watch the storms progress any time I want. I'm hoping the winds that hit Orlando will just be around 39 miles per hour. We will just have to wait and see.


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 7, 2019

Weeki Wachee Mermaids


Pam Schwartz and I spent a weekend out by Weeki Wachee. We found a motel with a dock right on one of the streams that flow from the spring. We brought along two kayaks and explored the waterways the first day. It was plenty busy at the start of the trip with people swinging off of ropes and splashing into the crystal clear water. As we paddled further on the crowds thinned and the old native Florida habitat took over.

The next day we made our way into the Weeki Wachee Srings State Park (6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606). “Weeki Wachee” was named by the Seminole Indians. It means “little spring” or “winding river.” The spring is so deep that the bottom has never been found. Each day, more than 117 million gallons of clear, fresh, 74-degree water bubbles up out of the subterranean caverns.

In 1946, Newton Perry, a former U.S. Navy man who trained Navy Frogmen to swim underwater in World War II, scouted out Weeki Wachee as a good site for a new business. In 1947, the first show at the Weeki Wachee Springs underwater theater opened. In the 1950s, Weeki Wachee was one of the nation’s most popular tourist stops. The attraction received worldwide acclaim. Movies were filmed at the spring, like Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.

Of course we had to see the Mermaid Show. Women with air hoses acted as the mermaids and performed such astonishing stunts like drinking a bottle of Coke under water. I do have to admire their calm demeanor as they dove further down than I have ever tried. They were always smiling while waiting for their next breath of air from a hose. The best mermaids made the hose seem unnecessary. The shows climax came with a stirring tribute to the American flag which rose up behind the mermaids in the water.

The rest of our day was spent in Buccaneer Bay which had some steep water slides. The line up the wooden staircase was excruciatingly long. And the slide was terrifying, but over in a split second. The bay itself was relaxing, but we did see a woman slip on the cement ledge and fall - first hitting the cement and then falling in the water. Someone helped get her out of the water and life guards revived her. I then lost sight of her and don't know if she left or was taken for further treatment. The lazy river tubes were my favorite way to stay cool and relax.

Now that school has started for most kids, the lazy river and water slides are closed Monday through Friday.


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 6, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for September 7 and 8, 2019

This month's concert held at the Timucua White HouseSaturday September 7, 2019
9am to 5pm. $50-$68  Florida Blog Con. Full Sail University, 3300 University Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792. The Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference (aka #FLBlogCon) is a one-day gathering of the state's biggest bloggers, social media pros, content creators, marketing and PR pros, and online influencers. Now in our 9th year, the FLBlogcon planning team is excited to present once again a day packed with break-out sessions, hands-on classes, and informative keynotes.

4pm to 7pm Free. Found Spaces: New Paintings by Robert Ross. Arts on Douglas Gallery, 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Sept. 7-28, 2019. The show, Found Spaces: New Paintings by Robert Ross, will feature 38 brand-new art works I created over the past year exploring interiors and landscape spaces. The exhibit includes a series of 10x10-inch paintings called “DOMUS” that riff on the classic geometry of domestic spaces.

10:30pm to 12:30am Free but get food and drink. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. 

Sunday September 8, 2019 
9:30am to 12:30pm $275 Crealde Urban Sketching Class. Crealde School of Art, 600 St Andrews Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32792. I am instructing this 6 week course in Sunday mornings.  Learn to sketch from subject to the environment. Classroom sessions will focus on sketching clothed models and progress towards sketching the model and classroom environment. Learn how to incorporate storytelling into your sketches in our location sessions. These trips to local venues will challenge you to use your sketchbook the way a photojournalist uses a camera. The six-week goal is to produce finished sketches using pencil, pen, and watercolor within two hours. Skill level: Intermediate.

Noon to 2pm Free. 10th International Urban Sketchers Symposium Travelogue by USk Orlando.  Sam Flax Orlando 1800 East Colonial Drive 2nd Floor Orlando, FL 32803. Join USk Orlando as we show and tell what we gained from the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Amsterdam! We'll meet at Sam Flax on Sunday, 9/08 at 12pm.
trav·e·logue
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noun
a movie, book, or illustrated lecture about the places visited and experiences encountered by a traveler.
Join us as we present a travelogue of our personal experiences at the 10th International Urban Sketchers Symposium held in 2019 in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. We will have a Q&A session, show & tell of our sketches done on location during the symposium, and demonstrations of workshops. Stay after and shop at the artist’s mecca, Sam Flax, then join us for a traditional Drink & Draw at Dandelion Communitea Café.
“The Dutch capital city has a history that dates back to the 13th century, and nowadays is a world city with historic as well as modern architecture. It has inspired artists for centuries with its idyllic bridges, canal houses and cobblestones.Amsterdam hosts 180 nationalities so everyone will feel right at home. It has everything you need for spending the perfect day in the City. Hosting world-class museums, it’s not just decked with old canals, charming gabled facades, drawbridges, and windmills but also with cutting edge modern design like the EYE Film museum. Truly an urban sketchers paradise.” http://www.urbansketchers.org/p/usk-amsterdam-2019_99.html

2pm to 4pm $5 Film Slam. Enzian Theater, South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL. Originally a project of University of Central Florida's Downtown Media Arts Center, Enzian became the home of FilmSlam when DMAC closed in 2006. FilmSlam will usually be held on the second Sunday of each month at 1PM at Enzian.


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 5, 2019

Coney Island Drive Inn


Pam Schwartz and I drove west towards Weeki Wachee. Along the way we stopped at Coney Island Drive Inn (1112 E Jefferson St, Brooksville, FL 34601). This place has served the same huge foot long hot dogs and sausages for the past 40 years. Stepping in felt like going back to the 1950s. Elvis posters adorned the walls, along with vintage pop logos and advertising. I ordered a standard foot long with mustard and sauerkraut along with fries. It was good. Pam naturally had something a little more interesting. I wish this place was closer to Orlando. If I had my way, I could live on hot dogs and pop. I taste the varieties of hot dogs much the way a sommelier tastes fine wines, and this was a rare blend.

They serve John Morrell all-meat Hot Dogs, both short and the “World Famous” Foot Long Hot Dogs. Everything is cooked with steam. The Hot Dogs can be served many ways and they will custom make them any way requested. The Coney Sauce is a meat sauce with no beans, or they also have a made from scratch chili with beans. They offer a variety of specialty Hot Dogs as well as Corn Dogs and many other sandwiches.

On July 7, 1960, Darrell and Gertrude Todd and family from Brooksville opened Coney Island Drive Inn in an old boat manufacturing building. In 1961 Elvis Presley was in Inverness, Florida filming a movie and legend has it he ventured down to Coney Island Drive In for one of the famous foot longs. The business has changed owners four times over the years, but Fred Rice was the master hot dog slinger for over 24 years and he still keeps an eye on the place. If you are ever driving West on 50, this a definite required stop for a foot long.


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 4, 2019

The Oakland Mill


Jenni Schwartz and Roger Wood held a second baby shower in Maquoketa, Iowa, which is Jenni's home town. Lacey McDevitt and Nick Szebeni own the historic Oakland Mill ( 22095 IA-64, Maquoketa, IA 52060). Lacey is an old friend of Jenni's and offered the mill as a venue. The theme of this shower was woodland creatures and Lacey, and another friend Season, did an amazing job of decorating. Photos of cute baby critters were hung on the wall near the food serving table. Centerpieces were elegantly appointed. A large horse-drawn hoe hung from the ceiling.

The historic building, originally known as Oakland Mill, was built by Joseph Willey in 1867. The 2½-story stone building has a partial basement and is capped with a gable roof. A water-powered turbine, still extant, supplied the power to operate the mill. The location of the mill race can still be seen on the east side of the property, and remnants of the damn remain in Prairie Creek. None of the mill workings remain on the inside. Willey sold the mill to Seneca Williams in 1867, and he operated in until 1904. The building was converted into a barn in 1920. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Wildlife artist Patrick J. Costello used the old mill as a residence and studio from 1979 to 2006. Today it is operated as a reception hall. I wish I had seen the place when it was an artist's studio.

I fell in love with the site. From several outdoor balconies you can watch the creek as it flows gently by. The large wheel no longer turns because the owners are not allowed to build a small dam to divert some of the river's flow.  The back yard has a nice paved path with a fire pit at the end of it a quiet gazebo. This baby shower never moved outside however.

This event was quite a bit larger than the party in Des Moines, Iowa. Food consisted of several large casseroles and cinnamon rolls. Bright blue cupcakes were arranged in the shape of a baby carriage. They had some kind of jelly center and were delicious. Though sketching, I ate more than I needed to. The couple opened presents in front of the "Oh Baby" banner. Between the two showers, the couples surely have more than they need to start their newborn's life in this 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, September 3, 2019

Robert Ross Exhibit

Found Spaces: New Paintings by Robert Ross will have its opening reception at Arts on Douglas Fine Art and Collectables (123 Douglas Street, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168.) I have been fascinated by Robert's work for years. He creates oil paintings that depict empty interiors and exteriors. They break up the canvas into well defined, sharp-edged shapes, with warm and cool colors playing off of each other along with warm and cool greys. They create a sense of deep space while evoking, to me, a lonely atmosphere.

This sketch is of an opening at Mills Gallery in Orlando. Robert walked through the exhibit with guests explaining his process. I liked his response to one patron's esoteric question about the underlying meaning of what he paints. He explained that he simply loves the process of painting. Years from now the critics can read what they want into the paintings but his goal is to keep creating. He said, "My paintings reveal the beauty, mystery, and hidden life in ordinary, overlooked places. My paintings often convey a quiet stillness, a sense that something has just happened, or is about to happen. While good design is always my starting point, I also want my paintings to transmit the pleasures of light and color."

Artist Dana Hargrove will also be exhibiting in the galleries alt_space. Dana's work questions the ties that surround our daily lives, whether cultural, political, religious, or social. She looks at how our ideals and values are shaped by the fabric of our society and our identity within a nation. To me, her work looks like colorful shipping container architectural communities. 

The opening will be on on Saturday, September 7, between 4-7 PM. During this event, Arts on Douglas will be featuring the smooth jazz stylings of Trio with Ron Gilotti on the upright bass, Howard Post on the guitar, and Tyler Rosenke on the drums. Light refreshments will also be served.


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 2, 2019

A Book of Baby Names

The dining room table is the heart of the Schwartz family home in Iowa. Jenni Schwartz is expecting a baby boy this October and her sister-in-law, Kim, revived a silly book Pam and Jenni had given her when she was pregnant with her first child. They painstakingly went through every page of the book and wrote in new names, made jokes in the margins, and illustrated some names.

She, Pam and Kim poured through the book looking for possible names for baby wood. They all laughed hysterically at the ridiculous jokes and suggestions. Jenni laughed to the point of tears and complained it isn't so easy to keep from peeing a little when you're pregnant. I can confirm that the baby boy's is not likely to be names Aapo, Aaro, or Abasi. I don't think they got past the A section of the book.

Before this sketch was complete the table was cleared or another family meal and then a round of games. I did not try my hand at Canasta this time around, instead relaxed, finishing this sketch with color.


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 1, 2019

Family History in a Cardboard Box


Pam Schwartz has been assembling her family history for years. Her grandmother, Martha, on her father's side died in June 2018. Her dad's sister, Carol had been taking care of Grandma Martha in her final years. I got to experience one Christmas at her grandmother's home. It was full of tradition, for instance, the men got to sit in the kitchen and eat dinner before the women and children.

Aunt Carol had a large box full of old family photos, documents, and newspaper articles. This was the first time Pam had seen many of the photos. She had never really seen an image of her grandmother as a young beautiful woman. One newspaper article was about couples who had been married for a combined 187 years. Her great-grandparents were the youngsters of the group having just been married for 58 years. Pam took cell phone photos of every photo and document, believing this was her one chance to document this history.

On the plane ride back home she read a long transcript of a court case. It involved an auto accident which killed several of her relatives. Back in 1958, the family was driving home from a party in an Oldsmobile. As they approached a curve in the road a truck was approaching from the opposite way. The truck driver looked down for just a moment. The family car drove off the road onto the shoulder to try and avoid the truck but the the truck slammed into the car on the driver's side. The car had its roof peeled back by the bed of the truck which was carrying dozens of cartons of eggs. The driver (Pam's great uncle) and his wife behind him were instantly killed. Pam's grandmother on the passenger side survived along with her children (Pam's father and Aunt Carol). Eggs broke all over the roadway. The story is that the family was rushed to the hospital but when they got there, Pam's father was nowhere to be found. Police returned to the crash site to find the 2 year old boy wedged under a car seat, cold but very much alive. It is hard to imagine a family bouncing back from such a horrific accident.

Aunt Carol decided to give the box of family history documents to Pam, and she is now tasked with sorting through the thousands of new facts and images. That one box of documents is a genealogist's dream come true.


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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Sunburst Celebrity Impersonator Showcase


The Sunburst Celebrity Impersonator Showcase is always a great sketch opportunity for me. As I entered the Florida Hotel and Conference Center (1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 32809) I saw Colonel Sanders in the lobby with an ice cream cone. Jack Sparrow was wearing a Captain America costume. He must have been a celebrity impersonator impersonating another celebrity. Marylin Monroe was putting out buttons on her marketing table. The Queen posed with James Bond, as Donald Trump was adjusting his suit's shoulder pads for the best effect. He has our lunatic POTUS's mannerisms down pat. Across the room Breaking Bad's Heisenberg was talking to Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. Sheriff Rosco from Dukes of Hazard took some interest in the fact that a sketch artist was in the room. For me, this is an annual ritual to sketch the stars in their element.

Celebrity impersonators of legendary actors, singers, comedians, politicians, and sports figures perform, delight, and entertain the masses. Guests can also get their picture taken with their favorite “celebrity” during intermission and following the showcases.

Each year, over 100 of the world’s best professional celebrity impersonators, lookalikes, and tribute artists fly, drive, and cruise into Orlando for the Sunburst Convention 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 also invited to attend and rub elbows with the "Just About Famous" stars, and with 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.

Join the 17th Annual Sunburst Convention and Showcase of Celebrity Impersonators on Saturday, August 31. For more information and to purchase public showcase tickets online, visit www.SunburstShowcase.com.

Tickets range from $15 to $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