Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Agony and the Ivories at Fringe


Grown Man Productions, Chicago, IL, presented Bill Larkin behind the piano in the Brown Venue. I have to say right up front that this was the funniest show I have seen so far at this year's Fringe. Bill was from Orlando working at the SAK Comedy Lab before he moved to Chicago. He is an actor, musician, and most defiantly a comedian. He feels the music and he feels your pain.

He sang a song about his twin brother. It was the first song he ever wrote when he was just 8 years old. The beautiful chord progressions that followed lead me to believe a Disney ballad might follow. Instead the ballad was about how the family only wanted one child. Then followed his dreams of killing his brother and how the world would be such a better place once he was gone. It was hilarious and unsettling all at once, a viscous and crazy childhood dream.

Another song about his childhood involved the lengths he had to go to to see some porn. It involved a long trip into town on his trust bike. His destination, six miles away, was the magical Davidson's Pharmacy that carried a special type of magazine. Way in the back of that den of drugs were the magazines, from Time to Woman's Day, but up above those behind an orange, plastic screen were the objects of his dreams - Playboy and Penthouse magazines. He was able to reach the forbidden fruit and he hid it inside a Life Magazine. Lost in the splendor of what he saw, his cover was blown when a proprietor tapped him on the shoulder. He ran for his life and biked home in the rain.

He then explained how easy children have it today. He asked a member of the audience to set the timer on their iPhone to see how long it might take him to find some porn on his phone. The timer was set and his fingers flashed across the screen. Within 14 seconds he found a site and screamed. It took 14 seconds. He shouted it out for all to hear. He then walked over to the outdoor stage door, opened it, and sunlight streamed in. "14 seconds!" he shouted.  I laughed so hard my sides hurt.

This is just a dry sampling of the hilarity that ensued. His songs tackled subjects such as aging, homosexuality, self-esteem, and social media.  Weird Al Yankovic himself is "a big fan."

The Agony and the Ivories is in the Brown Venue at the Orlando Shakes, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803. 

Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button needed for every show.

Remaining show times:

6:15 PM

8:15 PM

10:45 PM

5:30 PM
7:00 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

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Coconuts, Coral, and Cow S#it at Fringe


The title for this show was quite misleading. I walked into the preview assuming I would find a strange comedy. Instead, I found a compelling personal drama. Actress Sara Kunz stood on a chair looking down into an abyss. Wind whistled in our ears as she subtly swayed forward and back. She began to cry. The moment lingers, allowing the audience time to realize that she might be willing to jump. The theater went black.

Sara excitedly considered a challenging hike in Hawaii. She loved physical challenges, they allow her to push to her physical limits and beyond. The park announcements in her iPod headset kept reminding her of the dangers. The announcer offered much needed humor, since she seemed to be directing her recorded commentary directly at Sara.

At an outdoor festival, Sara discovered that people would actually pay her money when she performed with her hula hoop. She showed us her act, which was incredible and graceful. She beamed when performing, a human flame, making the hula hoop move in unexpected and magical ways. Realizing that people actually paid her for her art, she decided to travel the world, busking along the way to supplement her life. Her parents didn't think this was a wise life choice, but her mind was made up.

Someone she thought was her friend took a part of her that sent her into a spiraling depression. The scene I sketched had her seated in a therapist's office as she described how her life had been put on hold. We returned to the Hawaiian hike where she was crossing a dangerous ravine that only had a PVC ladder as a crossing point. The ladder was across two chairs, but her terror as she crossed was palpable. I identified with this scene as I had just painted a mural and reaching up to paint the sky, high on the wall, was terrifying on the tall swaying scaffolding.

This performance was testimony to the fact that Sara had not only overcome the horrible experience in her past, but that she also has the strength to share her story so that others who might feel the same guilt and debilitating shame might realize that they are not alone. So don't go to Coconuts, Coral, and Cow S#it expecting comedy, go to be challenged and inspired by the strength of the human spirit. I highly recommend the show.

Tickets are $8 plus a $10 Fringe Button.
The Green Venue is in the black box theater behind the Repertory Theater, 1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803

Remaining show times are:

2:00 PM
6:15 PM
5:45 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

Friday, May 17, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Fringe Picks

Saturday May 18, 2019
3 PM to 4 PM $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. Black Wood. Gold Venue in the Orlando Museum of Art 2416 Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803.
Carpenter Aunt Productions, Orlando, FL
It's 1967, and Caroline Logan has just joined the cast of TVs top supernatural soap opera. But will nervous network censors and a vampire with line trouble derail her career before it's begun? Probe the dark shadows of dysfunction in a hilarious and poignant new comedy written by Fringe fave Steve Schneider (Escape From Baldwin Park, Ominous George) directed by Dave Russell (president, SAK Comedy Lab), and starring a cast of top O-Town talent.
13 and up - Strong Language, Adult Content

8 PM to 9 PM  $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. A Showgirls Musical. Orange Venue in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803.
JMEG Theatrical, Winter Garden, FL
Sequins. Sabotage. Sex in the pool? Based on every one's favorite career killing cult classic, JMEG Theatrical takes you to the 90's with a parody musical that is sure to have more than just your eyes popping. Nomi Malone arrived in Las Vegas with just a suitcase and a dream. So pack your ice cubes, hitch a ride, and wear your best Versayce!
18 and up - Nudity, Adult Content, Strong Language
This show includes strobe lighting effects.

10:30 PM to 11:30 PM  $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. Corsets and Cuties: #Celebrate. Black Venue in The Venue 511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803. 
Corsets and Cuties, LLC, Casselberry, FL
Fringe veterans Corsets & Cuties have made their home at The Venue since their sold-out debut August 2014. Sponsored by Premier Couples Superstore, the Cuties personally welcome guests and attendees to their shows and the troupe intends to light up the night this May in the Black Venue. With a different guest star each night you never know what's gonna happen with this troupe. Be a part of the Cutie's party and "have a good damn time."
18 and up - Strong Language, Nudity, Adult Content

Sunday May 19, 2019
3 PM to 4 PM  $12.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. Black Cow Jumps. Purple Venue  in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803. 
Banks Helfrich, Clermont, FL
Multi-vignettes that place the human back into humanity. Visceral reflections of how we perceive ourselves when we remove our veils, and shift into authenticity. An observation of reality in a performance space to create a clarity and frankness that we all crave, if only we are willing to see ourselves in others. An invitation to pause long enough to experience our Ah-ha moments in a room full of people desiring connection. Life soup.
18 and up - Strong Language, Adult Content

5:30 PM to 6:25 PM  $11.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. The Hammered Dog. Red Venue in the
Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803.
Freeline Productions, Orlando, FL
Starring Fringe favorites Sarah Lockard, Steven Johnson and Todd Allen-Long! From the creative team of 2016 Purple Patrons Pick Murder Sleep. Shy, insecure and emotionally fragile Sandra meets the handsome, sexually possessive Ted at a nightclub where a chance interaction quickly leads to an intense, volatile relationship. Under the strain of her obscure past and Ted’s emotional manipulation, her life takes a fateful turn. Some wounds never heal.
13 and up - Adult Content

9:45 PM to 10:55 PM $10.00 plus a $10 Fringe button. How to Eat a Bear. Brown Venue  in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater 812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803.  
Crafty McVillain, Orlando, FL
Best friends Dave and Mark decide that they will stop at nothing to satisfy their inexplicable craving for bear meat and find out the hard way that their quest will lead them down every path except victory.
13 and up


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

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ray Bradbury's H2O at Fringe


Susan Turner and Kangagirl Productions is presenting H20, conceived and performed by David Lee. I went to a tech rehearsal to sketch. The production is centered around three Ray Bradbury short stories. The Lake had a young boy yearning for a moment alone by running along the shore. When truly alone, he began to miss Tally, perhaps his sister or a dear friend who he used to help build sand castles. At 12 years old she swam out into the lake, never to return. He built half a sand castle hoping she would return to build the rest.

In The Season of Calm Weather, George Smith and his wife were vacationing in France. He didn't mind the art of Caravaggio or the thick wormed yellows of a Van Gogh sunflower, but he truly loved the paintings of Pablo Picasso. He hoped to one day pay Picasso $5000, telling the artist "Give us the sea, the sand, that sky, or any old thing you want, we'll be happy." George took a walk along the beach and in the distance saw a tan old man drawing in the sand with a popsicle stick. He was drawing incredible figures. He was completely absorbed in his work drawing one figure and then another, and another. The sand flew as he sketched wildly. What appeared was free-running bacchanal, with satyrs, fauns, wine-dipped maidens, prancing unicorns, and piping youths dancing toward distant meadows, woodlands, ruined temples, and volcanoes.

The artist stopped and discovered George standing behind him. The artist shrugged his shoulders as if saying "Look what I've done; see what a child? Allow an old fool this, eh?" He wanted to run back to his room for a camera to capture the scene but there wasn't time, the sun was setting fast and the tide was coming in. He only had time to walk along the length of the creation to soak it all in before the sun slipped below the horizon.  Then, the tide came in, ironing the sand flat. I loved this story which was a reminder that nothing we create will last forever. However as artists, we can't help ourselves.

The third story was The Million Year Picnic, about a family trip to Mars. Blue lights on the edge of the stage created subtle ripple patterns on the ceiling and walls of the theater. This visual clue tied together the three stories, which each had the common element of water. The stories were at times haunting and foreboding about how small we are in the grand scheme of the universe. David did block out each scene by moving around the stage taking on the parts of each character in turn. His goal was to focus on the rich language of Bradbury. This created a staged reading where Ray Bradbury's mesmerizing phrasing could shine. It was raining hard while this rehearsal took place further emphasizing the theme of H2O as the storm pounded the theater roof. There was magic in every moment.

Ray Bradbury's H2O is in the Yellow venue in the Orlando Shakes,  812 E. Rollins St Orlando, Florida 32803. Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe button. The show runs 60 minutes.

The remaining show dates are:

7:30 PM
12:15 PM
8:30 PM
10:45 PM
7:15 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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Corsets and Cuties: #Celebrate

Corsets and Cuties made their Fringe debut in 2014. Since then, the shows keep selling out. I first sketched them that year, and I have been following their entertaining antics ever since. The Fringe show opens with the jingle song of Premier Couples' Superstore. What followed was a fun night of burlesque, mixed with singing prowess and comedy. There was some unexpected news that their aerialist had fallen recently at the pirate dinner theatre, so he would not be performing.

Veronica Paige did a hilarious and sensual routine in which she essentially made love to a delicious handful of carbs as she stripped, a Hawaiian Sweet Roll I believe. Her Rubenesque might not fit into many pencil thin fashions, but she put those thin girls to shame and looked beautiful. Black gloves and a flowing semi transparent robe made for some fine old-school burlesque.

Crumbcake Cutie did a hilarious routine in which she was baking a cake. Orlando Sentinel theater reporter Matt Palm was in  the audience, seated toward the back away from the crowd. Crumbcake strutted up to him once she had stripped down, and shook her bootie right in his face. He realized he was now the center of attention and gave her a playful pat on the butt, as it seemed she would not go away until he did.

Barbie Rhinestone gave a high energy routine in her polka dot dress. She radiated smiles. Nicki Jay performed to a Lady Ga Ga song and she moved with so much energy that I had to just stop for a bit and watch. I will figure out how to get that level of energy into a sketch someday. Pam seated next to me always jokes, "I always know when Nicki Jay is performing, because your brush stops moving and you just stare."

Corsets and Cuties offered an amazing night of Burlesque. You never know what will happen. Super fun with a big side of sexy.

There are 4 show dates. Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button. They are in  the Black Venue which is in The Venue 511 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803.

11:59 PM
10:30 PM
10:30 PM
11:59 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

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Black Wood at Fringe

Pam and I happen to have been binge watching Dark Shadows, a goth 1960s live TV show. The show ran for an incredible 1,225 episodes. We are still watching the first season, though it seems like it has been forever. Black Wood, written by Steve Schneider and directed by David Russell, recreated what it might be like for the cast of that tradition of live TV. I have a rather personal memory of watching Dark Shadows as a child. My mother was diagnosed with cancer and she spent most of her time in a NYC hospital away from our suburban New Jersey home. Towards the end, she came home and I would sit in bed with her watching Dark Shadows each day. To me the show seemed dark and sinister, often dealing with people struggling to stay alive after having their blood sucked away by Barnabas Collins... a VAMPIRE! This was one of the last memories I had of being close to my mom. I was 10 years old.

Black Wood featured a young method-acting student, Caroline (Melanie Leon) landing a prize role right after graduating from acting school. Her excitement and enthusiasm was thrilling. The long time cast of the show, however, was jaded, just trying to get through each episode without stumbling. To open her first appearance, Caroline read an opening monologue into the mic. Her throaty, reflective, and dreamy performance was perfectly in line with every intro that proceeded the actual on-air drama. In her monologue, she dreamed of how her life would change once she was finally confronted by Black Wood. The intern on the program, William (Hannibal Callens), was black and he tried to hold back a giggle. This was an ongoing joke.

The cast were professional actors faced with having to go live before the cameras for each show with only a brief rehearsal and script rundown. The sinister vampire of the series was Peter, playing Victor (J.D. Sutton.) He had a magnificently chiseled face, reminiscent of Vincent Price. One constant when watching the TV show live is that actors often stumbled horrifically over their lines. In this stage comedy, Victor as an aging actor was the one who would forget his, leaving the cast stunned as they tried to redirect him on the live broadcast. It left room for plenty of comedy and dark terrified stares off into the scary unknown.

This is my favorite Fringe show so far. I have the advantage of being in the midst of watching Dark Shadows. If you have never seen the goth 1960s drama, then some of the subtle jokes might be missed. But I had a blast. When Caroline let it slip that she was proud to be working on a soap opera, the whole cast gasped. They didn't like referring to their show as a soap opera. They preferred to call it a daytime drama. Soap operas suck, but reality bites. I am certain that Barnabas Collins would approve.

Tickets are $12 plus a $10 Fringe Button. Show dates are:

Thursday May 16, 2019 at 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM
Saturday May 18, 2019 at 3 PM to 4 PM
Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Saturday May 25, 2019 at 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Sunday May 26, 2019 at 10:45 PM to 11:45 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

Monday, May 13, 2019

Showgirls at Fringe

On May 14th the Orlando International Fringe Festival begins. It will be 14 days of fun and theatrical fancy. Fringe is the longest running Fringe Theatre Festival in the United States. It is founded on the principle of being 100% uncensored, unjuried, accessible, and inclusive. 100% of ticket sales are returned to the performers.  To Fringe you need to get a Fringe Button, necessary to get into any show. No button = no entry. Tickets are around $12 and most shows run for about an hour.

The first show I saw was A Showgirls Musical presented by JMEG Theatrical, Winter Garden, FL. The show featured sequins, sabotage, and sex in the pool. Nomi Malone arrived in Las Vegas with a dream of being a famous showgirl. When she arrived, she caught a ride from a stranger and immediately had all her possessions stolen. She took her anger out on a random car and in the process met a girl who took her in.

The first club she worked in was a total dive. When told to show her breasts she said she wasn't getting paid enough and stormed out. She changed her tune over time - for the money - and she did a disgruntled lap dance for a customer. As a 20-somethinglearning for the first time, she yearned to fit in on the strip. She saw a woman walk by in a dress she loved. She wanted the dress, which she bought with money borrowed from her friend. It was $900.  Though she bought it, she didn't bother learning how to pronounce Versace. "Ver-sayse!"

A musical-sex-in-the-pool number brought an audition opportunity and advancement. But, even a better showgirls' troop was far from ideal. There was plenty of glitter and cat fights in the dressing rooms. She fought her way to the top only to find it wasn't really what she had even wanted.

The press preview I saw had technical difficulties, in that the mics kept cutting out, so I didn't hear half of what some characters said. That said, This is still a show I would recommenced for fun dance and plenty of sass!

Tickets for the remaining show dates. The show is in the Orange Venue in the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Don't forget to get your Fringe button as well.
10:00 PM
8:00 PM
10:30 PM
8:15 PM
6:30 PM
10:15 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, May 12, 2019

Chef Nite


Chef Rashaad Shears was lured to Central Florida by Disney. They were looking for talented chefs for their themed restaurants. For a time, it was a dream job, but eventually things changed. Rashaad set out on his own, setting up Chef Nite in a warehouse (3477 Parkway Ctr Ct, Bldg 608 Orlando, Florida) which he converted into a kitchen and teaching space. Now, he works on his own introducing couples and groups to the pleasures of cooking, while also catering custom meals and offering personal chef experiences.

Pam is a fine chef herself, cooking each weekend by taste and experimentation. She arranged for us to take this cooking course together. Finding the workshop was an adventure in and of itself. It was at the end of row of warehouses. It reminded me of a scene in Good Fellas, where the wife of a mobster was encouraged to walk into a dark alley to get some free clothes. Inside burly men loomed in the dark. She got spooked and drove off. We weren't spooked, and when we got inside we found a warm inviting kitchen space. The converted warehouse space allows for individualized cooking stations and prep areas. All the food items, appliances, tools, equipment, and knives were provided. Outside the entry was a home-grown herb garden.

The longest lesson was on using a knife. We would be dicing all the vegetables for our creations. As he put it, boys know from adolescence how to firmly grip a long, firm handle. He demonstrated the rocking motion needed for quickly slicing the vegetables and demonstrated ways to avoid also slicing off a finger in the process. Safety was repeatedly stressed, with a sense of humor.

There were four couples taking the class. The next step was to mix a bowl of spices for our personal creation. Pam has a refined palette so she mixed our spices. There was no step-by-step process, each couple was free to blend to their own tastes. One couple was snuggling the whole time, which was mildly distracting, but also a little adorable.

This was a different kind of date that gave us a shared memory. We already worked well together in the kitchen, but this was also a way to mix and mingle with a larger group as we created. When our dishes were finished, we shared our dish with others and they tasted our creation. I might be biased, but I think that what Pam and I cooked that night was pretty spectacular.

Should you want a unique date night contact Rashaad Shears at Chef Nite.


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, May 11, 2019

Aloma Bowl


My intrepid group of urban sketching students from Crealdé School of Art went for a sketch outing to Aloma Bowl (2530 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792) which is just a block away from the school. On Sundays Tournaments are held, so there are some pretty talented bowlers working the lanes.

The goal of this sketch workshop was to help students catch gestures in their sketches. For the first half hour of class we worked in the Crealdé studio, doing quick, two minute sketches to catch gestures. We used a round shaped radio to substitute for a bowling ball and posed, keeping gesture and storytelling in mind. I stressed the importance of using fluid action lines to catch the motion.

The Aloma Bowl lanes were active when we arrived and they grew more crowded as we sketched. I made the rounds, showing the different stages of my sketch as I progressed, and also giving tips and some demonstrations on how to catch a pose in repeated attempts as the parson stepped up to the line to bowl again and again. The large overall sketch was intended to demonstrate one point perspective. I suggested that students only focus on the bowling pins on one lane so they didn't spent much time obsessing over that one detail.

Families came in to bowl, and guard rails were raised on either side of the one bowling lane so that stray balls didn't go down someone else's lane. For the very small kids there was a ramp that could be put on the line and the child just had to get the ball to the top of the ramp and gravity would "bowl" the ball down the lane. I had never seen that contraption before. The first bowler I sketched was finished with his game after only a few times of going up to the line to bowl. I started getting better about watching the score board of people I was sketching, because the board could let me know if I had much time to sketch the people before their game was over. My quick demo sketch stressed the importance of making the figures in the foreground dark against the illuminated lanes. I didn't spend much time on the sketch since I kept checking in with each student as they worked.

There is a wonderful energy to a bowling alley, as folks celebrate their strikes or spares and chat between games. The place had an auditory buzz about it, punctuated by the loud sounds of the pins getting smashed. As an artist, it is exciting to feed off that energy and try to infuse some of it into each sketch. This was unfortunately the last class with this crew of talented artists. It is always hard to say good by after working with artists for six weeks straight.

My next Urban Sketching: Tips and Techniques class starts June 16, 2019 running each Sunday Morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Usually, the first hour we cover a premise in the Crealdé studio and then we break out into the community around the school to sketch on location.


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

Friday, May 10, 2019

Orlando Fringe Abridged Sketchbook



The Abridged Orlando Fringe Sketchbook documents 10 years of the Orlando Fringe in sketches. The project began in 2009 and today, 10 years later, the sketching continues. Above is a sample of the first 10 pages of the book.

This Abridged Fringe Sketchbook is 110 pages with over 200 full-color sketches. The book is going to press now and will be available by the 2019 Orlando Fringe Festival. Each year has a few paragraphs highlighting my favorite shows of the year. The goal has been to assemble every sketch done at Fringe shows over the past 10 years at an affordable price.

The books will sell for about $25 at the Orlando Fringe. If you would like to pre-order a book, contact pam-schwartz@hotmail.com. If you pre-order, we will arrange to give you the book when you arrive at the Fringe Festival. If there is enough interest we will print more books. We can take orders via pay pal, checks, or of course, the preferred cash. As an added bonus, prints and original Fringe paintings, are being offered at HALF OFF. $100 per print, and $200 for an original. Should you want me to frame the art I can arrange that for $100 more. If you order original art, you will receive an Abridged Orlando Fringe book thrown in for free.

A much larger 249 page book that has all the original articles written for Analog Artist Digital World is also being produced if we have enough pre-orders and interest!


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

Weekend Top 6 Picks for May 11 and 12, 2019

Saturday May 11, 2019
10am to Noon Free. Empty The Tanks Worldwide. Outside entrance to Sea World Orlando, 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821. Empty The Tanks worldwide is a global event which aims to raise awareness of the truth behind Sea World and other captive marine animal facilities. This is a day for everyone around the world to stand up against marine mammal captivity. The abuse and exploitation of these sentient beings has no place in the 21st century.

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

10:30pm to 12:30pm Get food and drink. Son Flamenco.  Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. Hot blooded  Flamenco dancing set to acoustic guitar.

Sunday May 12, 2019
10am to 4pm Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. Lake Eola, Orlando, FL 32801.

Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Near red gazebo in Lake Eola Park. Bring your own mat.

1pm to 4:30pm Free. Family Day. The Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. The make-and-take craft table is open from noon-2:30 p.m., and docents are available to give mini-tours of the museum. Then it's open house in the galleries until 4:30 p.m.


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

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thursday Night Hang: Chris Cortez Trio


At Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts (1905 Kentucky Ave. Winter Park Fl), Chris Cortez performed on guitar and vocals; Ron Jenkins was on bass and Walt Hubbard was on drums. Chris is an international recording artist with a wide range of musical interests, he ranks among the top jazz guitarists in the world. He's been featured in Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Le Jazz and Hot Paris. He's performed at clubs and festivals all over the world. His recordings are critically acclaimed.

This was a free jazz jam session and great sketch opportunity. I was able to find a small table in the front row to set up and relax to the music. They have a small bar in the back of the room for drinks and some snacks. Blue Bamboo is one of the newer venues in Central Florida and they are always hosting amazing musical talents. Blue Bamboo is part venue, part recording studio, part art gallery. More of a concert hall than a night club, they're open to all ages and present all kinds of music, theater, dance, and spoken word events.  They're also available for private parties. Check the web site to stay up to date on all that is happening.

There is a Thursday Night Hang with the Dave Sheffield Trio tonight May 9, 2019 starting at 8pm.
The trio has been performing together for almost 30 years, and the group is regarded as one of the finest jazz trios in the central Florida area. The group features Dave on piano, Jeff Green on bass, and Don Sanderson on drums. This is an authentic jazz trio with repertoire consisting of standards from the American song book. The group can easily crossover from easy listening dinner music, to hard bebop.Admission is free.


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, May 8, 2019

Creative Cay Life Dawing


Monthly artists meet at Creative Cay (5959 Anno Ave, Pine Castle, FL 32809) for life drawing sessions. The fee is $10. Old school drawing horses are circled around the model stand. It is the type of artistic environment that makes me feel at home. When you enter the studio large historic photos from the Disney Feature Animation greeted me. I always feel proud to have been a small part of that period of animation history. I don't get out there as often as I would like since events I plan to sketch often are during the same hours.

Most evenings the models wear costumes so that there is a fun theme for the night. This evening the theme was "Dawn of Man" so less was more. We listen to music that supports the theme for inspiration as we work. It makes for a great work environment.

Most poses were 5 minutes or less, so there is always a high pitched frenetic energy in the room. When the model took a break, I took that as a a cue to do a sketch of the studio space and sketch the model in his bathrobe.

I really should get out to these type of sketch opportunities more often. It loosens me up and helps the next sketch done on location feel more spontaneous and inspired. Artists have sketched since the days of cave paintings. It is  important to keep that tradition alive in this digital age. Most of the sketches I did this night were done digitally on mu iPad using Procreate. It is hard to get messy since there is nothing to spill when working digitally.


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, May 7, 2019

UCF Woodwind Ensembles


UCF Celebrates the Arts presented UCF Woodwind Ensembles in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater inside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801). The stage is referred to as the Pegasus Stage. The evening began with an Oboe Trio. As they performed I was busy sketching the audience around me.

The UCF Flute Knights performed Pegasus Gallop and March of the Trolls which I rather enjoyed. The UCF Clarinet Choir performed The Tournament which had four movements, The Entry of the Knights, The joust, Lament for the Wounded and Triumph of the Victors. I always like compositions that follow linear story lines.

The Centaurus Woodwind Quintet was followed by UCF Saxophone Ensemble. 17 saxophone players crowded the stage with every shape and size of saxophone. They performed Colonial Song and Molly on the Shore both composed by Percy Granger.The final performance was excerpts from Carmen by Georges Bizet. The stage was filled with every form of woodwind. One instrument I had never seen before it looked like a six foot tall paperclip. It was a contra bass flute and gave off a deep resonant sound.


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, May 6, 2019

Fisher Fiesta


Fisher Miga was the little Pomeranian pup who brought joy to so many in his recurring role as the dog behind Dog Powered Robot. I was back stage for the very first performance of that epic show and still remember the wild and boisterous laughter from the crowd. Every artist was given the same 3 minute song to act as the inspiration for their performance and Dog Powered Robot blew the concept wide open. I peeked out from behind the back stage curtains to catch a glimpse of the wild reception.

The Fisher Fiesta was a low key party to celebrate the dog who made so many people smile. Fisher was diagnosed with cancer, on top of the other health issues he was dealing with, and his humans, Evan and Christie Miga wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to pet his little head before his ailments got worse. He was doing great given his circumstances, Christie and Evan described the last months as bonus time. Every day that Fisher was happy and comfortable was a gift.

He definitely seemed on his game, begging for treats and greeting people as they arrived.  The whose who of the Orlando Theater Community showed up to pet the little guy. I of course struggled with one last sketch. By the end of the party, Fisher retired to Christie's back room studio where he had a comfy spot under her art table. City Commissioner Patty Sheehan was there discussing big green eggs and smoking meat in the kitchen with Pam. Photo albums were out showing the vast collection of magazine articles and clippings about the famous Pomeranian and Dog Powered Robot. I was proud to see some of my framed prints among the archives.

When Pam and I finally left, people were still arriving. Opera director Eric Pinder was parking as we pulled away. That little puppy lived an operatic life. Evan announced on Facebook on March 31, 2019 that they had to let Fisher go on Saturday morning. He passed peacefully in a small park in Christie’s arms, looking into Evan's eyes, and surrounded by love. The cancer got the best of him over that last week. Fisher was a world traveler, a performer, a therapy dog, and a friend to so many. He is, and forever will be, deeply missed. I am publishing a book about the past 10 years of Orlando Fringe and he appeared so many times in my sketches, being one of Fringe's biggest stars.


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, May 5, 2019

Epiphany in Tarpon Springs


One of the country's most celebrated Epiphany celebrations, which honors the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River more than 2,000 years ago, takes place in Tarpon Springs. This 100-plus year-old Tarpon Springs tradition was a day-long affair, which was highlighted by local teenage boys diving into Spring Bayou to retrieve a cross thrown into the water by an archbishop. The boy who surfaces with the cross is said to have good luck for the following year. What followed was an Epiphany Glendi, a lively gathering with food, drink, and live music. Small community dance and musical groups performed all day. All of the day's events were free.

The drive time to Tarpon Springs, which is north of Clearwater on the Gulf Coast, was about 2 hours.  When Pam Schwartz and I arrived, it was clear that this was going to be a crowded event, since parking was difficult to find. We negotiated our way through side streets until we found an isolated spot. People with lawn chairs walked along with us towards the Bayou. When we got there, the crowd became insanely dense. It was estimated that up to 20 thousand people were there, crowded around the small body of water. Finding a spot with a close enough view to sketch seemed an impossibility. We pressed our way through the crowd until we were directly across from the platform.

Pam found a spot between groups of people where we could squeeze in and sit. I immediately started sketching. Some people had arrived up to 4 hours before the celebration to ensure they had a good view, but we arrived just minutes before the festivities began and sat next to them. Archbishop Demetrious walked out on the platform and recited blessings of the water and the cross. Then the 55 boys who were to take place in the event ran down the dock and jumped into the water. I was amazed none of them were hurt in that crush of humanity. They all then swam out to about 9 row boats and struggled to get into them. Two of the row boats capsized in the chaos. It was clear that the boys were aware of which boats were closest to the likely spot where the cross would sink into the water. It seemed the boys all wanted to get into just a few boats. One boy had a boat to himself. The Archbishop raised the cross into the air and then tossed it into the Bayou.

The water splashed and churned as all the boys dove towards the spot where the cross sank. Within a minute a boy burst back up to the surface triumphant. As the crowd dispersed I continued to add watercolor washes to the sketch. When I was done, Pam and I made our way to a church where Greek food was being served. There were long lines of people waiting to order from tents. We sat by the water to eat. It was a gorgeous day.

We then decided to walk over to the Tarpon Springs dock area where sponge shops and restaurants were. We watched a short film about the history of sponge diving in the area and walked through shops full of sponges, both large and small.

Then came the urge for flaming cheese! We found a Greek restaurant with the one goal of just ordering flaming cheese called Saganaki. A small family sat next to us in the crowded restaurant and when our dish arrived, the waitress ignited the cheese which flailed up with bright hot blue flames. The young daughter was frightened out of her wits, thinking she would be caught on fire. Her reaction alone made ordering the dish worth while.

Before the drive home, we arranged to interview a Pulse survivor who lives on the west coast. This certainly mixed the celebrations of the day with grim reality.


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, May 4, 2019

The Little Merman from the Black Lagoon


I had sketched a rehearsal of The Little Merman from the Black Lagoon written and directed by Christian Kelty. I was happy I then got a chance to see the production live at Stonewall Bar Orlando (741 W Church St, Orlando, Florida 32805.) Karaoke was going on downstairs and I had to ask  the bar maid where I could find the Merman. She directed me to the upstairs bar. I ordered a beer and started sketching the bar and a palm tree covered swamp scene which I assumed was the backdrop for the adventure to follow. I met someone I had sketched meditating at Veg Fest. I am always happy when people introduce themselves since I tend to blend into the woodwork as I sketch.

A three piece band was set up complete with a theremin which is that science-fiction sounding instrument that is played by just waving our hands over it. The slithering sound began and the show began. The Little Merman from the Black Lagoon is a mash up of the 1950s horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Disney animated classic The Little Mermaid. The discovery of an aquatic human hand lead researchers, Julie (Jenn Gannon) and Richard (Scottie Campbell) to explore the Black Lagoon thanks to the funding of (Timmy Walczak) who was the chauvinistic financial backer of the trip. The boat's captain, navigated the treacherous waters thanks to a boat wheel that thrust out of his pelvis like a phallus.

At rehearsal I had only seen the first half of the show. I was shocked by how the violent conclusion of the show. The Merman eventually got his legs but had to give up his voice. That resulted in a huge monster of a green man who sounded like the Frankenstein monster. He was truly menacing when he grunted and his long awaited interactions with humans didn't go as he had imagined.

The staging was tight being between two rows of patrons seated at the bar and along the windows. But the cast used this narrow walkway of a stage to great advantage. The folks across from me where smiling ear to ear and so was I. This was a fun premise and very entertaining.

The show run had been completed, but there is one more encore performance happening on Sunday May 5, 2019 at 1pm at Stonewall Bar Orlando (741 W Church St, Orlando, Florida 32805.)

Tickets are:
$20 in advance
$25 at the door

Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
Seating is extremely limited for each show.


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, May 3, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for May 4 and 5, 2019

Saturday May 4, 2019 
5pm t0 9pm No Cover. “It Is Here”. ICEBAR Orlando, 8967 United States, 8967 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819.  Fans of the hit fantasy drama television series “Game of Thrones” are in for an icy treat as world-famous Icebar Orlando announces its month-long celebration “It Is Here” to commemorate the series finale. From Saturday, April 13 until Saturday, May 18, guests of the coolest bar in Orlando can take the throne within Fire Lounge with no cover Sunday through Friday and enjoy the bar and dance floor, or cross over the wall and join Night's Watch inside of Icebar featuring specially-themed Game of Thrones cocktails available on a secret menu. Guests will receive a souvenir digital picture, take in live ice carvings every Saturday starting at 7pm and entertainment by special guest DJs. Icebar will also host Game of Thrones trivia Sunday through Thursday from 5pm-9pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm-7pm. Trivia participants who get five or more answers correct will receive half-off a drink and be entered to win a $1,000 VIP experience. No tickets are required for “It Is Here”. The “Small Counsel VIP Package” with bottle service, appetizers, desserts and faux fur coat upgrades is available for $350 (five people).

7:30pm to 9:30pm Free. Moonlight Symphony In The Park. Kissimmee Lakefront Park (201 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34741.) Violectric will take the stage at 7:30pm, following the Osceola County School for the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and then both groups will perform together for the grand finale. The group will perform their unique musical arrangements of classic and modern rock tunes, plus celebrate “May the Fourth Be With You” with a special “Star Wars” themed tribute. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chair or a blanket and take advantage of the beautiful scenery, diverse array of string music and moonlit atmosphere at the family-friendly event.

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

Sunday May 5, 2019
10an to Noon. Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources.

Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park in front of the red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

10am to 5pm Free. Downtown Sanford, Sanford Avenue and First Street St. Johns River Festival of the Arts Outdoor art festival with artists and crafts from across the country, along with food, entertainment 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

Thursday, May 2, 2019

I Should've Just Married David Neilson Rehearsal

Downstairs Lady Theater Productions will be presenting, I Should've Just Married David Neilson, written by Carol Jacqueline Palumbo and directed by Mikaela A. Duffy. The show will be at the third annual Tampa International Fringe Festival. Carol also played the leading role of a blogger tapping away at her computer. Her roommate and BFF (Lizzie Reynolds) helped Carol from feeling like she might be getting into a writer's rut. The two had clearly gone through much together, with their friendship weathering the storms of a crazy dating scene. As Carol got emotional about all the jerks she had dated, her BFF advised her to write those thoughts down. The only thing Carol had a harder time with, besides her writer’s block, was her love life. So why not combine the two, and make it SUPER painful!  

Carol's first love, was David Neilson in Kindergarten. He told Carol's mom that he had a thing for blue eyed brunettes, and to Carol's Stepford, Connecticut family, a statement like that was an obvious declaration of everlasting love and marital intent. Things didn't work out that way.

A disastrous first kiss was hilarious in its slobbery details, followed by online dating, really bad dates, and even worse sex. Carol uses her humor to navigate through treacherous perils. There were plenty of trolls along the way, but this was not your typical fairy tale. This modern day Cinderella takes you on a journey through the good, the bad, and the “What the Actual F***?!” to finding love and perhaps a happily ever after.  Stage Manager, Morgan Polodna, played audio snippets of guys insipid and disgusting pick up lines, which made Carol, and both Pam and I, smile. It was the first time Carol had heard this element of the show.

Things got really dark as Carol related the details of being drugged and date raped. Her emotions were visceral and raw, and very real because perhaps this wasn't just acting, but reliving a horrible truth. This scene really hit hard. I don't think I have ever experienced theater that was that heartfelt. I particularly identified with her as a blogger, and she shared her thoughts online in all their intense rage. The overwhelming response from friends and people she didn't even know, was a reminder that none of us are going through this life experience alone. As Carol said to herself, "You could give girls hope that a sense of humor could be your glass slipper of of this hell hole."

A warm hug to this amazing show and cast. As I worked, I suddenly realized I had left my paint brushes at home. I had to resort to finger painting to finish up the sketch. It kind of made sense to slip back into finger painting mode since Carol's first kindergarten love was so central to the show. Carol reminded me that I have sketched her in seven different shows over the years. Sadly, she is leaving Central Florida, so this will likely be the last time I will sketch one of her performances. Her bright flame will light up the next arts scene she becomes a part of.

The show opens tonight May 2, 2019 at HCC Rehearsal Hall on the Corner of Palm Ave and East 14th Street Tampa Florida.
Tickets are $10 with a $4.50 fee.

Thursday, May 2: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 4: NOON
Sunday, May 5: 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 10: 10:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 11: 8:00 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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Fish Fry


While family was waking up and chatting in the kitchen and living room in the Iowa home, the men went out to the garage, work area to gut some fish and start a fish fry. Rather than stay inside with the woman and children, I felt it my manly duty to head outside as well. The space is set up for maintaining vehicles and farm equipment complete with a lift. Deer skulls decorated the walls and horns protruded from the bare light bulb fixture. A crossbow was hug on the wall with care, but most hunting was done with guns. Behind the propane fryer was the huge walk in freezer where the season's venison was stored.

Pam Schwartz came out to watch and talk while holding a sleeping nephew. This is where some of the better family conversations happened as the fish were gutted. I love this utilitarian space, with cabinets and counter space, a true man space. Pam hates fish,  but I tried some later and it was good. This is where I would want to be to polish up survivalist skills of hunting, fishing and preparing the meat.  As I live now, I don't think I could survive without a source of Mountain Dew.


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, April 30, 2019

The Black Inflatable Monolith of Seneff Plaza


I am sketching as many events from UCF Celebrates the Arts as possible. The events happen between April 5-14, 2019. Each event  is ticketed. I was issued a ticket to see the Creative City Project's Immersive Projection Installation happening Sunday April 7 between 4pm and 7pm. The projections were to happen in a large black inflatable room set up on the Seneff Plaza in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

As Pam and I approached the black monolith we got the definite impression that the area was deserted. We got to the entrance and looked inside to find there was nothing inside but one screen. We double checked our ticket and we were in the right place at the right time. I had sketched Creative City Projections in the past, so I knew what was to be expecting. It was also insanely hot inside what was essentially a black bounce house, minus the bouncing. Had  it been a bonce house it would have been more fun. A guard approached and let us know that the monolith would be deflated in a couple of hours. He was nice enough to let us walk around inside to assure us that there was nothing happening. He confided that they don't let him know anything about scheduling. Being kept out of the loop made his job a bit harder. Clearly the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing with these event organizers.

Rather than claim complete defeat, I decided to sketch the black monolith sitting in the plaza. It was fairly cool under one of the many sun umbrellas. Construction cranes loomed overhead since construction had stopped for the weekend on the northern theater being added to the Dr. Phillips.  As I sketched Pam worked on some editing. A few families started to arrive for what seemed to be a children's play area to the right of the monolith. One performer waved some colorful silks and another tapped his tambourine. The monolith remained a bust.

Six foot tall panels were being assembled for Creative Clash which was scheduled to happen later that day. One panel had a UCF Knight riding in one of the Lake Eola swan boats. Teams of artists were going to compete against each other armed with black markers racing against a clock. The theme would be announced right before competition began. Having just sketched at a No Borders Art Competition which is essentially the same thing, we decided to head home satisfied too have sketched the empty black monolith which remained as a testament to the strange inefficiency of the Orlando visual arts scene.


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, April 29, 2019

Newbo City Market in Cedar Rapids Iowa


Newbo, short for New Bohemia is a quaint City Market (1100 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401). Pam was there for a meeting and while she was busy, I stopped over to the market to sketch. There was a tourist information booth which was a good way to get an introduction to the city. NewBo City Market is home to dozens of small business start-ups. Entrepreneurs are creating new business concepts and products that are locally-sourced, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. With returning shopkeepers and many weekly pop-up shops and farmers markets, they are the destination where local producers and consumers gather.

I got a gyro from a mom and pop Greek food stand and started to sketch the airplane above the crowd. I used this as an excuse to play with the assisted perspective feature in Procreate on my iPad. I kind of prefer to be less mechanical in my use of perspective but I can see how the feature can be useful in blocking out a scene quickly.

As I was finishing up the sketch, a concert was getting started on an outdoor stage in front of the market. People had gathered in lawn chairs to watch the band perform as the sun set. I walked across a bridge to meet Pam in the Czech Village section of the city which preserve the history and culture of this large immigrant population. What makes America great is this diversity and mix of cultures. Historic building mixed with hip contemporary vibe in tech friendly shops. The inspiration of sketches were endless, but time was limited.


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, April 28, 2019

The Winter Park Paint Out is a wrap


SOLD
On one day of the Winter Park Paint Out each artist is asked to paint on the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens so that visiting patrons could see the artists at work. I decided to paint the bright Van Gogh yellow building which is the heart of the paint out. Albin Polasek sculptures from the are all over the property. In the entry court yard artist Cynthia Edmonds was painting the sculpture of a woman playing a harp called the Emily Fountain. Water trickled from the harp to create the strings she plucked. Cynthia came over to say hello and see what I was working on. I then realized that she was the face on the Paint Out banner waving in the breeze in front of the museum.

I consider myself a bit of an outlier at this week long event. I am not a traditional plein air painter in that I do not work on canvas with oils. My approach is much more linear, intending to document a moment every day. Most of my work is created indoors in theaters and rehearsal spaces, so it is a change of pace to capture the intense Florida sun. I definitely learned plenty by getting to rub shoulders with so many talented artists. I also learned that I must bump up my schmoozing skills. I am so used to documenting events that it is hard to go into sales mode. This is my blind spot, my kryptonite.

Several other artists joined the ranks this year who added some variety to the mix of work created. Orit Reuben works in pastels and the intense color she can get definitely can result in some vibrant work. John Gilbert is another watercolor artist so I am no longer on my own tacking that medium at the paint out.


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, April 27, 2019

Winter Park Paint Out Sunset Paint In

Twenty Five artists have been creating plein air paintings all around Winter Park this week as part of the Winter Park Paint Out. On one evening, the artists gathered at the Winter Park Racquet Club (2111 Via Tuscany Winter Park Fl) to paint the sun set. The paint out is the Albin Polasek Museum's big fundraiser for the year. As a participating artist I  was told to sell the painting as soon as it was created. One artist from Venice Florida had several paintings already framed and somehow hung on a tree. I wondered about the logistics. I'm sure he didn't drive nails into the tree. He must have wedged s shaped hooks into the bark.

I decided to focus my attention on the view down the boat dock. For some reason there were orange traffic cones on the sidewalk, and I decided to sit next to one. I decided to leave out the orange cones and a sign that said that only Racquet club members were allowed on property. As artists set up they chatted with each other. I arrived about 5pm and the sunset wasn't until 7:56pm. Many artists put a single ground color on their canvas and then waited for the right moment to strike.

Pam ended up going to the Polasek Museum since most of the Paint Out events are there. We were texting ans she said "I am here." I responded that I was down by the dock. Well, there is a dock at the Polasek as well. By the time we realized the mistake the grounds keeper at the Polasek had closed the gates and locked them effectively locking her inside. Ultimately he spotted her car and let her out.

An artist in a straw hat leaned up against the boat dock posts sipping his wine. I considered putting him in the sketch but erased him when he walked away. This turned out to be Jonathan Stemburger who is an artist who like myself documents events around town by sketching. He asked me questions about the paint out and I mentioned that I had sketched the event for several years before becoming a participating artist. I planted the seed that made him want to join in. Whereas I tend to blend in since I work in a tiny sketchbook, he works large. As he tried to get in with his easel and supplies he was stopped since he wasn't an invited artist. He took it in stride and stayed, continuing to ask artists about their work.

Pam and I shared a pita creation from a food truck. Lettuce drizzled in balsamic vinegar fell off. The problem was it fell off onto my dress shirt and the balsamic made it look like I had been shot. I moved the Paint Out name tag over the splatter on my shirt but then another spot showed up somewhere else. I should never eat and paint at the same time. I'm not that coordinated.

The sun dipped down behind a bank of clouds which I figured would be the end of any spectacular sunset. Then at the last moment the horizon lit up the most spectacular vibrant pink color. The under sides of clouds also suddenly glowed that bright pink. I panicked, there was no way I could reproduce that color with the limited palette I had. I ultimately had to admire it and just enjoy the show.

Tonight is the big gala Paint Out Garden Party at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens (633 Osceloa Avenue Winter Park). All the painting created during the week will be on display. Tickets are $125 at the door. Patrons can mix and mingle with the artists and enjoy an array of food from the areas finest caterers, all while enjoying the gardens, local entertainment and the exhibit. All of my paintings created over the course of this week are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Museum and Sculpture Gardens. Come on out and support the arts.


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

Friday, April 26, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for April 27 and 28, 2019

Saturday April 27, 2019
10am to 4pm Free. Sanford Farmers Market. First and Magnolia Sanford Fl.

5pm to 9pm No cover. “It Is Here”.  ICEBAR Orlando, 8967 United States, 8967 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819. Fans of the hit fantasy drama television series “Game of Thrones” are in for an icy treat as world-famous Icebar Orlando announces its month-long celebration “It Is Here” to commemorate the series finale. From Saturday, April 13 until Saturday, May 18, guests of the coolest bar in Orlando can take the throne within Fire Lounge with no cover Sunday through Friday and enjoy the bar and dance floor, or cross over the wall and join Night's Watch inside of Icebar featuring specially-themed Game of Thrones cocktails available on a secret menu. Guests will receive a souvenir digital picture, take in live ice carvings every Saturday starting at 7pm and entertainment by special guest DJs. Icebar will also host Game of Thrones trivia Sunday through Thursday from 5pm-9pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm-7pm. Trivia participants who get five or more answers correct will receive half-off a drink and be entered to win a $1,000 VIP experience. No tickets are required for “It Is Here”. The “Small Counsel VIP Package” with bottle service, appetizers, desserts and faux fur coat upgrades is available for $350 (five people).

6pm to 9pm In Advance: $100. Door Price: $125. Each ticket enti­tles the buyer to $50.00 off the pur­chase of a paint­ing dur­ing the Gar­den Party! (Limit one ticket per paint­ing val­ued at $300 or more)
Winter Park Paint Out Garden Party. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789.

Sunday April 28, 2019
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.

2pm to 4pm Free. Winter Park Paint Out Painting Demo Stacy Barter. Winter Park Health Foundation Crosby Wellness Center 2005 Mizell Avenue Winter Park.

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, April 25, 2019

UCF Brass Ensembles Concert


The UCF Brass Ensembles Concert as held in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801) as part of UCF Celebrates the Arts. Getting through security with art supplies was it's usual adventure. I also brought along opera glasses but since we were seated so close I really didn't use them.

The evening consisted of 6 different Ensembles which meant I  had to work  fast since all the music stands and any chairs would move for each ensemble. The first ensemble was for the UCF Trombone Choir directed by Dr. Luis Fred. I managed to sketch two trombone players before they were done playing.

The UCF Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble was next and I dashed off one tuba player before they left the stage. There was a world premier of a composition called Avalanche by Thomas Harrison.  I tried to envision how the music evoked an avalanche but the music left me cold. Another horn ensemble was then followed by the Colbourn Brass Quintet. Their performance was the highlight of the evening for me. They performed Wachet auf, Ruft uns die Stimme by Johann Sebastian Bach. Translated the title is Awake the Voice is Calling Us. The performance was dedicated to a present day performer of Bach's works who had recently died.

A final fanfare was followed by the stage filling with all the performers from that evening as they performed a combined ensemble. Though i didn't count the stage was filled with horn players shoulder to shoulder. The strength in numbers filled the hall. I grew up playing coronet which is like a small  trumpet. It was my earliest passion in the arts, so I love the sound of horns.


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, April 24, 2019

Abridged Orlando Fringe Sketchbook



The Abridged Orlando Fringe Sketchbook documents 10 years of the Orlando Fringe in sketches. The project began in 2009 and today, 10 years later, the sketching continues. Above is a sample of the first 10 pages of the book.

This abridged Fringe Sketchbook is 110 pages with over 200 sketches. The book is going to press now and will be available at the 2019 Orlando Fringe Festival. Each year has a few paragraphs highlighting my favorite shows of the year. The goal has been to assemble every sketch done at Fringe shows over the past 10 years at an affordable price.

The books will sell for about $25 at the Orlando Fringe. If you would like to pre-order a book contact pam-schwartz@hotmail.com. If you pre-order we will arrange to give you the book when you arrive at the Fringe Festival. If there is enough interest we will print more books. We can take orders via pay pal, checks, or of course, cash. As an added bonus, prints and original Fringe paintings, are being offered at half price. $100 per print, and $200 for an original. Should you want me to frame the art I can arrange that for $100 more. If you order original art or a print, you will get an Abridged Orlando Fringe book thrown in for free.

A much larger 249 page book that has all the original articles written for Analog Artist Digital World is also being produced.


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