Sunday, March 31, 2019

Buddy Dyer Official 2019 Campaign Kickoff


The 5th Buddy Dyer reelection Campaign Kickoff was held at The Abbey (100 S Eola Dr, Orlando, FL 32801). This was an invite only event, so I was happy Pam Schwartz the Chief Curator the the Orange County Regional History Center, invited me along. As we approached people were lined up at tables at the entrance signing paperwork presumably making donations to the campaign. Contributions are limited to $1,000 per person or entity. 

 Entering the venue, there was an immediate crush of humanity. People were shoulder to shoulder, and we pressed our way in, negotiating through narrow gaps in the crowd. We met a few friends and then I pressed towards the media area. Media TV cameras were set up at the back of the dance floor and there was no one on the dance floor so we crossed over to some some tables where I found a spot I could sit and sketch.

Rather than sketch the podium on stage, I decided to sketch the crowd behind the media. The Mayor's speech was short and sweet, defining what is great about Orlando. He pointed out the divisiveness in political discourse today and reminded us that after the horror of the Pulse Nightclub massacre, we responded not with hate of anger, but with unity and love. It is a shame the rest of the country doesn't learn something from what happened here in Orlando. The mayors address wasn't more than 10 minutes long, although he joked about having  more pages of notes. He asked the crowd to shout out what they love about Orlando. I heard "soccer" to my left and then the multitude of shouts blended together. He said that he loves seeing families out enjoying the parks on the weekends and that Orlando is a great place to raise a family. Buddy has been instrumental in the development of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and the new Lake Nona Community. In a list of the best cities to live in Orlando ranked 64th.

I finished up the painting as the crowd dispersed. When the Abbey started flashing the lights, I knew it was time to leave with the rest of the stragglers. Buddy has been in office for 16 years. So far Dyer’s re-election prospects have not drawn a major challenge.


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, March 30, 2019

Thai Festival


The Wat Florida Dhammaram Buddhist Meditation Center (2421 Old Vineland Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746) hosted its 16th Annual Taste of Thailand Food Festival 2017. The event was a celebration full of fun and laughter, live entertainment and of course Yummy Thai Food, there were also displays of Thai culture, costumes and traditional Thai music.

 Pam and I quickly wandered through the event and I settled on sketching this group of musicians as they performed on traditional Thai instruments. The performer on the large string instrument in the foreground unfortunately left as soon as I started sketching and he never returned. Thai music was soothing and meditative.

Once the sketch was done Pam and I went about the serious business of trying the Thai food available. Unfortunate many vendors started running out of food, so we didn't try everything. We watched as a chef prepared a purple Thai pancake dish. I probably should have sketched because the preparations took quite some time.

The meditation Center itself is gorgeous with intricately carved details covered in gold. It had rained earlier in the day. It turned out that the spot where I parked was a mud puddle. My tired spun, kicking up mud when I tried to back out. Pam pushed the car as I drove. We gently rocked forward and back multiple times until the tire was free.

The $12 ticket price is well worth it if you go early since it is all you can eat. Be aware however that the food can run out quickly.


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, March 29, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for March 30 and 31. 2019

Saturday March 30, 2019
10am to 5pm Free. Fort Christmas Bluegrass and Backyard BBQ Fest. Fort Christmas Historical Park and Museum, 1300 Fort Christmas Road. Barbecue contest for best chicken and St. Louis pork-style ribs.

10am to 5pm Free. Community Chalk Art Festival. Carrabba's Italian Grill, 5475 Gateway Village Cir Ste 103, Orlando, FL 32812. Community Chalk Art Festival Live chalk painting dedicated to the local community's diversity.

11am to 7pm Free. Longwood Pirate Seafood Festival. Reiter Park, 301 W. Warren Ave., Longwood Fl. Filled with vendors, mermaids, a pirate village, great music, a pirate ship for kids to climb and a shark ride. An assortment of ocean delights are available, along with beer and wine.

Sunday March 31, 2019
11am to 7pm Free. Arab Fest. Lake Eola Park, Eola Drive, North Eola Drive and East Robinson Street. Arab Fest Cultural heritage festival celebrating Arabic art, food and traditions.

7pm to 9pm Tickets are donation based. Waterfalls, Forests, Coastlines, and Other Musical Dreams. Timucua Arts Foundation 2000 S Summerlin Ave, Orlando, Florida 32806. Central Florida Composers Forum presents “Waterfalls, Forests, Coastlines, and other Musical Dreams,” a concert of works by local composers at Timucua White House, March 31.
Winter Park, Florida – The Central Florida Composers Forum will present “Waterfalls, Forests, Coastlines, and other Musical Dreams,” a showcase concert of selected works scored for Pierrot Ensemble by Full Sail University composer and Central Florida Composers Forum founder and Executive Director Charlie Griffin, University of Central Florida’s recent transplant Alex Burtzos, Orlando-based composers Erik Branch, Damien Simon, and film composer and Cocoa Beach resident Joe Gray.
The term Pierrot Ensemble refers to a specific instrumentation used by Austrian (and later Austrian-American) composer Arnold Schoenberg for his seminal and most famous work, Pierrot Lunaire. Composed in 1912 for voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, this combination was subsequently taken up by many later composers such as Milton Babbitt, John Cage, and Peter Maxwell Davies.
The musicians featured in this concert will be Julie Bateman (voice), Katie Mess (flute), Erik Cole (clarinet), Pepina Dell’Ollio (violin), Abigail Collins (cello), Ammon Perry Bratt (piano), and Justin Steger (percussion).
A diverse collection of works on the program include Charlie Griffin’s Shifting Coastlines, a trio of songs whose lyrics are taken from an anthology of poetry called Verse and Universe. These songs all draw upon science and math to explore the human experience. One example from the set is “Love’s Discrete Non-linearity,” a poem set like a Gypsy tango that uses the language of Chaos Theory to understand a romantic relationship. Selections from two works by Alex Burtzos will be on the program: The Birth of Dangun, a ballet based on the Korean myth of creation, and The Impossible Object, a multi-movement work inspired by works of M.C. Escher. Four vignettes by Erik Branch will include a premiere of his Brises Dansantes. The concert will be rounded out by Joe Gray’s The Black Forest, and Damien Simon’s Change.

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, March 28, 2019

Mini CityArts


City Arts Orlando Celebrated its Grand Opening In The Historic Rogers Kiene Building In Downtown Orlando. The Downtown Arts District’s gallery marked the opening of its new location with a ribbon cutting with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City Commissioners. When Pam Schwartz and I arrived on the scene the gallery was too packed to get inside. Another artist, Jonathan Stemberger, was already set up across the street documenting the scene on a large yellow canvas. I have seen him at other events recording history much the way I do, so I was pleased to get a chance to meet him. He gave me his card, or so I thought. When I got home and took it out of my pocket, it turned out to be a sticker with a silhouette of a Jackal-ope on it.

I worked from the far corner to sketch the crowd pressing through the doors below the historic spire. While working, Gladiola Sotomayor shared with me photos she had taken of the mural we had worked on together that now hangs in the Orlando International Airport. I have been through the airport multiple time and not seen it yet. At sunset there is a golden column of light that shines down Pine Street only on the Rogers Kiene tower. It was exciting to see, and I splashed down some vibrant yellows and oranges in response.

With the sketch done, Pam and I went inside to explore. This building offers far less space than the former City Arts Factory a few blocks away. Artists still have to pay for the right to exhibit their work. Inside it was very crowded and the music was highly amplified. Violinist Michelle Jones performed all night. I admire how she is turning the violin into a hip pop instrument.

I was most curious about the new gallery space upstairs that had formerly been a screening room for films. The stadium seating had been removed to open up the room. I have seen and sketched so many amazing performances in that space over the years, so it will be missed by me. Now it was filled with artwork created by patients in the Integrative Medicine department at Orlando Health. The program is called Arts in Medicine. I sketched Andrea Canny who was part of a similar program funded by LIVESTRONG. A dancer was in the center of the room, so it was impossible to get close to any of the paintings on display. 

The hall ways upstairs are narrow and a woman knocked into several paintings causing them to slip on their hooks, almost falling off the wall. Another woman slammed her hand against the canvas saving it from slipping further. Together they righted the canvases. Across from them, Heisenberg, from Breaking Bad glared, his portrait covered in blue crystals of Meth.

 Though there might not have been enough space, the people who love visual arts spilled out into the street.


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, March 27, 2019

Program Announcement Party


The 28th annual Florida Film Festival pass and package holders as well as other festival supporters gathered for this kickoff event featuring the announcement of all films, events, and special guests selected for the 2019 Florida Film Festival. The big announcement was that actress Nichelle Nichols best known for her role as Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek series would be featured in the opening night's film titled Women in Motion. Back in the 60s when Star Trek aired it was unheard of for a black woman to featured as a senior member of a crew. After leaving the bridge, she saw a film about the space program that featured all white men. She wondered why there were no women of color in the space program. She spoke to people in charge and ended up becoming the single most influential figure in the recruitment of women and minorities in the filed of space exploration.

The Blair Witch Project was made in 1999 with a budget of $25,000. The premise of the film was that the film makers hiked in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch. The three disappeared, but their equipment and footage was discovered a year later. The purportedly "recovered footage" was the film the viewer saw. I first saw the Blair Witch Project at the Enzian. The Blair Witch Project grossed nearly $250 million worldwide on a modest budget of $60,000, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. The Cast and Crew will be returning to the Enzian for an evening to see and discuss the making of the film.

This year the Oscar for the best film went to a film made for Netflix. This might be an indication that audiences have a growing taste for independent films. The Florida Film Festival is an Oscar qualifying film festival. So for the independent film creators, this is an important step in their film's journey.

Following the announcement, trailers were screened. This year there are more films by women filmmakers than ever before. Pam Schwartz wrote comments for each film so we knew what the best films to see might be. Her choices included,  
Chef's Diaries: Scotland, food travel.
Dachra, Investigative reporting about witchcraft.
Dog in the Woods, a magic universe dog.
All is True, Shakespeare's biography and finding his voice after retirement.
The Biggest Little Farm, a couple on a farm faced the hardships of nature.
General Magic, an early computer company dreamed of the pocket cell phone and was ripped off by Apple.
Tungrus, was a hilarious short about a rooster terrorizing a family home in Mumbai.

Of the animated shorts, I liked,
Sister, about memories of an annoying sister. I incorporated this film into my sketch.
Hybrids, looked like  gorgeous epic about life in the ocean with crabs wearing bottle top helmets.
Cerulia, a creepy Burtonesque film.

Beginning April 13, 2019 the Festival will screen 180 films over 10 days. Festival passes and individual tickets for the film Festival are on sale now. It will be 10 days of Film, Food and Friends.


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, March 26, 2019

Florida Blog Con


At the 2017 Florida Blog Con, "Rowdy" Gaines was the key note speaker. Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, was an American former competitive swimmer, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He is locally born being from Winter Haven Florida.

His talk about how every moment of his training led up to a single defining moment in his life. From 1978 to 1984, Gaines set ten world records. He was considered a favorite to win multiple gold medals at the 1980 Olympics. At the time he was the world record holder in the 100-metre and 200-metre freestyles. That moment to shine however slipped through his hands when the United States boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics. “I felt physically at my peak in 1980—and mentally up, too. It was tough, really tough. I had the chance for four golds.” To cap off his story, he handed off a gold metal and had it passed around the audience. I can say that is the only time in my life that I have held a gold metal.

In August 1991, Gaines was temporarily paralyzed with Guillain–BarrĂ© syndrome, which is is a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system. After a two-month hospitalization, he experienced a surprising full recovery attributed largely to his superb physical condition as a competitive swimmer. He eventually regained world-class times and, at the age of 35, became the oldest swimmer to qualify for the trials for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Ultimately, he chose not to compete in the trials for the 1996 Olympics but instead continued his career as a television commentator, covering swimming for NBC at the Games.

It was an inspiring story of perseverance and finding new directions and goals through the various stages of life. My own life is going trough seismic shifts and I am desperate to find full time work to make ends meet here in Orlando. Hopefully hard work and perseverance will someday pay off. The ship never comes to harbor, you have to swim out to it. Opportunities abound if you just keep swimming.

The 2019 Florida Blog Con will be on September 7at Full Sail University. Tickets are $50 - $70.


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, March 25, 2019

ADSR-Squared


City Arts Factory is about to move into the former Avalon Art Gallery space (39 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801.) Chris Belt took over The In between Series from Patrick Greene, the former gallery promoter at Avalon Island. Chris wanted to add his own touch to the series and decided to ask artists from different disciplines to work together. Pulled together Elizabeth A. Baker a modern electronic sound composer, and Voci Dance.

ADSR-Squared was a multi-movement interdisciplinary structured improvisation work for dance and sound. Evolved from the traditional spatial and sonic relationship of a fixed media track behind dancers, the piece blurred the line between music makers and movers, creating an immersive experience for both performers and audience.

I decided to sketch from the side lines but was afraid the wall I backed my artist stool against might be in the way of some part of the dance routine. I went back stage quickly to check with choreographer Genevieve Bernard to be sure I wasn't blocking anyone.

The Voci dancers brought a playful aspect to the evening. They interacted with speakers, holding them to their ears and moving to the beat. When they began using small musical instruments, one dancer became possessive and would not share the instrument she came to love. The dancing wasn't limited to the stage area. Dancers moved in and around the audience as well.

One dancer sat next to me for the longest time. I began to wonder if she was an understudy, but she was only waiting for her moment to shine when she began her solo. Ausin Texas has the saying, "Keep Austin Weird." The In Between Series is doing its part to "Keep Orlando Weird."


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, March 24, 2019

The Shasta Trailer


Traveling to Austin Texas, Pam and I decided to stay in a Shasta Trailer parked in someone's garage. It was an affordable option that felt like a camping adventure. There was a shower in the backyard where a few chickens wandered. In this sketch, Pam is making breakfast. Behind her is the bathroom which was the one flaw of the trailer. I couldn't get in and out of the bathroom without bonking my head. It was also too tight for me to stand to lift my underwear back up, so I would have to crawl out of the bathroom and then shimmy my skivvies back into place.

This trailer also promised several bicycles but they weren't working. We ended up taking Ubers wherever we wanted to go instead. On a whole however, this tiny trailer was the perfect place to explore Austin from. The host offered plenty of suggestions for restaurants and venues to explore. Austin's restaurants are strangely loud and always crowded. It is as if the louder a restaurant is the more crowed it becomes. We tried several Texas BBQ joints to see how Texas compares to Central Florida BBQ. My humble taste buds could not differentiate. I would need a blind taste test side by side.


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, March 23, 2019

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival


This was the 60th Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. I arrived on the first day to do a quick sketch. I entered by the rose garden and realized that it was the perfect spot to slow down and observe before entering the tight crowded walkways.College girls took selfies in front of the iconic peacock statue. One girl must have shot over 50 photos of herself in her constellation pattern skirt.

The first local artist I saw was Robert Ross but I never did find his tent. There are so many paths set up with wood chips through the park that I suspect I must have missed a few aisles. Someone walking the event was on his cell phone was saying to a friend, " It's 9 to 5 or some mess like that." I always like seeing the quirky work of Ed Myers who integrates hidden digital phones and tablets into his creations to add blinking eyes to some paintings.

There was a hand made book binder that intrigued me. It reminds me that I should create my own sketchbooks if I want to work on paper that I love in the size that suits me. I have never found just the right sketchbook for my work. I make due with what I can find mass produced.

Local artist Mathew Cornell had a booth on Park Avenue. He creates small and incredibly realistic oil paintings. I like that he doesn't crowd his booth with tons of work. He just had a few paintings appropriately spaces like in a gallery. The painting on display were called roadside attractions being from his travels across the country. He is trying to relate what America means to him as an artist.

There was also fashion accessories, photography, mixed media, ceramics, metal, leather, jewelry, digital art, fiber, glass, clay and sculptures. It was a chance to see a wide variety of art as inspiration. Of course it is illegal to sketch on Park Avenue in Winter Park. I hoped that the city ordinance had been rescinded for the duration of the festival. I also knew that Central Park is considered a safe zone, where freedom of expression is permitted.


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, March 22, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for March 23 and 24

Saturday March 23, 2019
8 AM to 1 PM Free. Parramore Farmers Market. The east side of the Orlando City Stadium, across from City View. Purchase quality, fresh and healthy food grown in your own neighborhood by local farmers, including Fleet Farming, Growing Orlando, and other community growers.

10 PM to Midnight $18  Corsets and Cuties: Lady Jaimz Bday Show. Theater West End, 115 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771. A little song, a little dance, maybe a Cutie in your lap. Unexpected fun and surprises await!
Lovely ladies and some not-so-gentle men sing, dance, and take their clothes off all for your entertainment pleasure! Whether you're celebrating with the one you love or out on the prowl, the Cuties are ready for ya! Guest stars, and special treats from sponsor Premier Couples Superstore - you can be sure of a fantastic night out!
NOTE: The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity. 

10:30 PM to 12:30 AM Buy some food and drink. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL. 

Sunday March 24, 2019
10 AM 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. 

1 PM to 4 PM Free, $5 onsite parking. Florida Cowboy Heritage Day Family Open House. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Cattle Culture Arts Crafts demonstration historical presentations cowboy poetry live indoor painting hands on art activities.

2 PM to 4 PM Free but get a coffee. Irish Music. Olivia's Coffee House, 108 N Bay St, Eustis, FL.


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, March 21, 2019

Cathedral of Junk

The Cathedral of Junk is located in quiet suburban neighborhood in Austin Texas (4422-4424 Lareina Dr, Austin, Texas 78745) in the back yard of the artist who created it. It is a living sculpture, meaning it is always in flux as its creator, owner and curator, Vince Hannemann, adds new features and edits others out. Construction began in his backyard in 1988 and new items are added constantly. He estimated that it now contains 60 tons of junk. His puppy acted as our unofficial docent and Vince left us to explore. You should call  should you ever decide to visit the Cathedral. Vince welcomed my request to sketch.

The unassuming cathedral can not be seen from the street. The main tower has an inner structure of re bar onto which is attached every for of junk you can imagine. Hubcaps, gears, surf boards, rocking horses, guitars, road signs, a glittering array of Cd's and a shrine to Elvis and Madonna. Crutches pointed to the heavens at the top of the tower. Though the materials are unorthodox, there is a reverence to the place, like a true cathedral. The place is also multi leveled with steps winding up to a high perch overlooking the neighborhood. It is a true playground for adults and children alike. No single sketch or photo can do the place justice. There is something new to see every few inches.

Yuppies in the townhouse behind the cathedral had complained to the city asking it to be torn down. Several engineers have studied the structure looking for weak spots but it is built to withstand any Texas storm. The only thing that did have to come down was a pyramid of 200 TVs. Although the engineering of a pyramid might be sound, the TVs are lighter than stone and might become projectiles in a hurricane.


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, March 20, 2019

Austin State Capitol


The Austin State Capitol was designed in 1881 by architect Elijah E. Myers. It was constructed from 1882 to 1888 under the direction of civil engineer Reuben Lindsay Walker. A $75 million underground extension was completed in 1993. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

The Texas State Capitol is 302.64 feet tall, making it the sixth tallest state capitol and one of several taller than the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. In 1931, the City of Austin enacted a local ordinance limiting the height of new buildings to a maximum of 200 feet, aiming to preserve the visual preeminence of the capitol. From that time until the early 1960s, only the University of Texas Main Building Tower was built higher than the limit, but in 1962 developers announced a new 261-foot (80 m) high-rise residential building to be built adjacent to the capitol, called the Westgate Tower. Governor Price Daniel voiced his opposition to the proposed tower, and State Representative Henry Grover of Houston introducing a bill to condemn the property, which was defeated in the Texas House of Representatives by only two votes. The Westgate was eventually completed in 1966.

Pam and I sat back to back on the lawn so I could do a sketch of the capitol. There are 7 Confederate themed statues on the lawn of the capitol. After a rally by white nationalists turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, Confederate monuments and markers across the country have drawn increased scrutiny. The process of changing the landscape of the Capitol grounds isn’t an easy one. While the Preservation Board is in charge of the Capitol grounds, it often takes new state laws, along with years of waiting, to spur them into action. The board currently has no instructions or processes in its administrative code that address the removal of any items from Capitol grounds. That’s prompted some to push for state lawmakers to address the issue. Things move very slowly in the South. It could take many years for lawmakers to pass legislation to get the preservation board to make changes to the capitol landscape. Who wants change? Charlotesville, Virginia


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, March 19, 2019

Nerd Nite 6 Year Anniversary


The Nerd Nite 6 Year Anniversary was held at Celine Orlando, (22 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.) Nerd Nite anniversaries are usually held at The Abbey but that venue was booked for the night. The evening was slated to begin at 6 PM but the first speaker didn't take to the stage for another hour and a half. I suppose that was time set aside for mingling and networking. I used the time to block in my sketch. I had never been to Celine before so the space itself was exciting. Ricardo Williams started off with excerpts from some of his favorite Nerd Nite presentations over the years. His white suit caught the blue light to great effect.

Dr. Krista Noble was the first speaker for the night. Her talk was titled "Why the Heck Are We Conscious? The Hard Problem of Consciousness". As she said, "Everyone agrees that our mental processes (meaning our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions) correspond with physical processes in our brains. The question is, how and why? Why do we have subjective experiences at all? Why aren’t we genetically programmed to pursue survival, yet lacking consciousness? These fundamental questions still plague scholars in spite of our most advanced scientific discoveries." As she spoke about comparing two objects and noting that they were both bright red, I put some red notes on my sketch. If I sketch am I conscious? Perhaps I am more like a zombie using my few synapses to document what is around me with my hands and eyes.


“To Boldly Go: A Brief History of the Space Toilet” by Brendan Byrne followed with hilarious results. Brendan works for WMFE and he covers the space beat. As he said, "Human spaceflight has been plagued by waste. From urine-soaked spacesuits to floating turds, the history of human spaceflight is flush with dirty (and hilarious) anecdotes of dealing with waste in space. Engineers seem to have a handle on #1 and #2 as we explore low Earth orbit, but the future of deep space exploration hinges on our ability to overcome a heaping pile of physiological, biological and engineering problems. So how will we do it? Brendan has been exploring the history of the space toilet for a new book and presents a brief history of the galactic commode – and ideas for new hardware that will boldly take our poop to places like the moon and Mars." 

On the first space flight, the astronaut was supposed to be in flight for just 15 minutes so no thought was put into a toilet. He was nervous and drank many cups of coffee that morning. Then there was a delay in launch which resulted in his needing to ask permission from mission control if he could wet his spacesuit. Engineers followed with a hard dock solution in which a condom was attached to a bag. A crap was more difficult requiring a cup strapped to the butt and a two fingered method of snipping off the log. Gravity usually helps the solids fall away but there was no gravity. Brendan read a recently declassified transcript in which astronauts debated about whose crap was floating around the capsule. Upon opening a recently recovered capsule a navy man vomited upon smelling what was inside. There was some hilarious audio of astronaut John Young (namesake of John Young Parkway)  as he was on the moon. He farted loudly and curses saying he would never eat citrus again.

Technology did catch up with the problem with a small fan providing suction to draw the excrement from the source. He played a video of astronauts pee being vented into space and it instantly crystallizing. Today however all liquids are recycled to be reused as drinking water. For long distance space flight a researcher is creating a device that burns down all waste and turns it into water and hydrogen. Brendan ended the presentation with a photo if him sitting on a space station toilet replica. is  mom must be so proud. I geek  out just as hard trying to get to as many space launches as I can to  sketch.

It was an evening of scatological and cerebral pursuits, who could ask for more?

The next Nerd Nite is April 11, 2019


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, March 18, 2019

Ivanhoe Park Brewery Mural Unveiling


Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM will be the the official unveiling and signing of my City Beautiful Mural at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company (1300 Alden Road, Orlando, Florida 32803.)   Gentry’s BBQ will be on site for food options. No cost to attend but drinks and food will cost.

I have been working on this mural for the past 39 days, usually from sunrise until noon when the sun floods the wall taking away my cooling shade. The last week was accelerated with me working all day long because Charles Marklin from Metro Finishes let me borrow some scaffolding. When I stood on the scaffolding it would shake violently side to side. I braced my hand against the wall and steadied my breathing to continue painting the sky. I only painted one 5 foot section of sky and then Pam Schwartz took over. When she stood on the scaffolding she was steady as a rock. She ended up painting all the rest of the sky.

I was introduced to Glen Clossen of Ivanhoe Park Brewing by Brendan Bunting O'Connor of The Bungalower. Brendan knew I had pitched this mural design for the Fringe offices back in 2014, but that building was torn down before painting started. I adjusted the same sketch for use on the Brewery. Years before this same design was used to paint a large canvas at a Downtown Arts District fundraiser at the Sonesta Hotel Downtown. That painting was executed by the drunk party goers and the results were as might be expected. It looked like it had been painted by non artists. That canvas hung over the admissions desk for a while and then quietly disappeared. I am not sure of it's fate, if it went in the trash, or is in someone's private collection.

My process on this mural is well documented on Instagram showing a photo at the end of each work day. Line work was a challenge. I considered using Krink markers but was told they do not last long in the Florida sun. Instead I used black acrylic paint and the same water brush I use every day to do my on location sketches. I tried to maintain the same quirky line quality of the original sketch on the much large wall surface.

Come on out, grab a beer and say hello.


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, March 17, 2019

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival


Pam Schwartz and I went to The Hideout Theatre (617 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701) for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, which traditionally takes that final blistering week before Labor Day and fills it with funny. There was improv, sketch, and stand-up by mirth makers from both the Austin and around the planet. Out of Bounds showcased more than 130 acts over the course of seven days. More than 500 performers brought on the laughter. Out of Bounds is Austin’s longest running comedy festival and the largest multi-disciplinary comedy festival in the south.

The theatre was small and intimate and the acts came fast and furious. It was a fun night of improv comedy and proof that Austin is indeed keeping it weird. After the performance the two performers I had sketched found me and asked to have a photo taken with the sketch. I don't think I ever saw that photo but it was great to meet the performers face to face.


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, March 16, 2019

Remington Beard Boss World Beard and Moustache Championships


When Pam Schwartz and I traveled to Austin Texas, I wanted to sketch events that are a quirky and unique as the ones I find in Orlando. The Remington Beard Boss and the Austin Facial Hair Club World Beard and Moustache Championships fit the bill. Beardos and Whiskerinas came from all over the world to Austin, Texas for Championships at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

The three-day competition attracted more than 1000 competitors and fans. Every two years, the WBMC showcases the very best in men’s whiskers and united beards in a cultural event like no other. For the first time at WBMC, Whiskerina (ladies) categories were showcased. Projected to be the largest competition to date, the three-day event included live entertainment, local food vendors, family-friendly activities and dozens of facial hair competitions—all on site at Austin’s premier downtown performing arts center.

I was clean shaven at the time but after witnessing this event, I began to sport a beard. There were beards of every shape and size and some that honestly are hard to believe. One man grew his beard so long he created a mask out of it that made him look like a werewolf.  Beards were sculpted into intricate and delicate curtly cues. Beards were long, short soft and pointy. There was a beard for every taste. A woman has a mustache that looked like two nuclear explosions.

We arrived late in the day on the final day of the competition to see the best in show and the closing ceremonies. I wrote on the sketch that #526 was the winner. That was not the werewolf but a more refined beard and mustache of epic spiraling forms. I keep my beard trimmed to less than 1/4 inches but it is tempting to contemplate what it would take to be a world champion.  I only feat a larger beard would get in the way when I sketch.


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

Friday, March 15, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for March 16 and 17, 2019

Saturday March 16, 2019
9pm to 5pm Free Saturday and Sunday. Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Central Park, 150 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789. Plenty of art to see and buy. Just don't sketch on Park Avenue it is illegal.

10am to 4pm Free. Commander's Call. Museum of Military History 5210 West Irlo Bronson Hwy Kissimmee FL 34746. This ongoing program is held on the 3rd Sat of each month is designed to appeal to families, military memorabilia collectors, history buffs, re-enactors and others interested in military history. In addition, persons interested in displaying, trading or selling their military items such as honor coins, swords, photographs, military buttons, scale model boats & planes, military art, uniforms or other equipment register in advance by calling the museum to reserve a spot. Re-enactors & veterans are welcome to come in uniform to add to the history and authenticity of the military experience. Non-military booths such as health care providers, home improvement, local attractions or other businesses are invited to be vendors for minimal donation.
For information or to register: 407-507-3894 or to register your table space.

4pm to 8pm Free. Cruisin' Downtown DeLand Car Show! East Indiana Ave Downtown DeLand, Deland FL. Classic cars & rods. Live DJ, giveaways, shopping & dining. Fun for the family! Every 3rd Saturday night!
Information for showing your car 386-738-0649

Sunday March 17, 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.

10am to 4pm Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. Lake Eola, Orlando, FL 32801. Arts crafts and some fruits and veggies.

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, March 14, 2019

Corsets and Cuties


Corsets and Cuties has found a new home in Theater West End (115 West 1st St., Sanford, Florida 32771). Their next performance is Saturday, March 23, 2019 doors open at 9pm, and the showtime is at 10pm. Tickets are $18. A little song, a little dance, maybe a Cutie in your lap. Unexpected fun and surprises await!> Lovely ladies and some not-so-gentle men sing, dance, and take their clothes off all for your entertainment pleasure! Whether you're celebrating with the one you love or out on the prowl, the Cuties are ready for ya! Guest stars, and special treats their sponsor Premier Couples Superstore - you can be sure of a fantastic night out! Seating is general admission, and first-come, first-served basis.

Bring your sense of humor, appetite for adventure - and dollar bills, y'all! NOTE: The show is intended for adult audiences, as it contains adult content and nudity.  This sketch was done at the Venue when Violectric joined the troupe offering some amazing live violin music. Violectric is now performing out in Las Vegas with Wayne Newton.

The event is 18 and up. And 21 and up to drink, of course!


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, March 13, 2019

The Yorktown

The Yorktown aircraft carrier is harbored in Charleston, South Carolina. It is one of the ships that can be explore at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum (40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464). One thing that is difficult to convey in just one sketch is just how huge this ship is. The upper deck must have been several football fields in length.

Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the 1970s to develop the naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown as its centerpiece. It’s also home to a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the agency's official Medal of Honor Museum. Patriots Point strives to preserve the living history of our nation's bravest men and women while telling their stories in honorable, educational and engaging ways.

We explored the inner bowls of the ship winding up metal staircases and narrow passageways.  It felt liberating to get out on the huge open each, so I  took some time to settle in and sketch.

Every section of the ship has been converted into a museum to showcase the history of the Yorktown and ships like her. Initially to have been named Bonhomme Richard, it was renamed Yorktown while under construction to commemorate USS Yorktown (CV-5), lost at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. Yorktown (CV-10) was commissioned in April 1943, and participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, earning 11 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, it was modernized and recommissioned in February 1953 as an attack carrier, and served with distinction during the Korean War. It was later modernized with a canted deck and eventually became an antisubmarine carrier and served for many years in the Pacific, including duty in the Vietnam War, in which it earned five battle stars. Late in its career, it served as a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission, and was used in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! which recreated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


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, March 12, 2019

Solar Eclipse


Getting to witness a complete solar eclipse is rare. When I found out a solar eclipse was coming, I researched where the path of totality was as it passed across the country. The narrow band crossed over Charleston, South Carolina. I have a sister who lives in Charleston so I gave her a call. Then I researched the best places to witness the eclipse and I found out about Joe Riley Stadium the home of the River Dogs. The stadium opened early before the game so that fans could watch the eclipse.

Pam and I found solar glasses well over a month before. We drove up to South Carolina with John Naughton and his nephew. The road trip itself was fun with a few short stops along the way, including an amazing restaurant in Savannah Georgia. My sister agreed to join us on game day to watch the eclipse. It felt good to share such a rare event with family.

I expected huge crowds approaching the stadium but parking and getting in proved effortless. Once seated, we got a few hot dogs and waited. Announcers kept track of the eclipse progress sharing video on the jumbo-tron screen. A drone hovered over the field watching the crowd and the players lounged on top of their dugout to watch as well. Hundreds of people watched the sky with their solar glasses. Some kids had built their own solar pinhole devices which projected the eclipse on a white card for viewing. The last time I witnessed a solar eclipse I was maybe 10 years old and made a similar pinhole viewer. A group of students also launched a weather balloon high above the field. Rumors circulated that Actor Bill Murray was in the crowd. A face painter was busy painting solar eclipse themes faces.

It took quite some time for the sun to completely block out the sun. When it did the stadium grew quiet. Even the birds stopped chirping. It was a reflective moment. This crowd seemed small compared to the grand scale of the universe. Gaps between leaves in the trees acted as pin hole viewers projecting crescent shaped images all over the pavement. Just as the day had grown pitch black, it slowly illuminated again. Once the sun was out, the game got under way and went on right until sunset. The sunset was glorious and golden behind the bleachers.


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, March 11, 2019

Bok Tower Gardens


Bok Tower Gardens is one of Florida's gems. With 126 different species of birds, 50 acres of gardens to explore and fascinating architecture, the Gardens are an outdoors enthusiast’s dream. I wish Bok Tower Gardens was closer to Orlando. It is an hour and a half drive west from Downtown. Douing this sketch was a major challenge since mosquitoes were out in force. I spent more time swatting them that putting makes on the pace. If there is a noticeable frenetic energy to this sketch, that is the reason.

Edward W. Bok immigrated to America from Den Helder, Netherlands at age six, not understanding the language, customs or culture. Through determination and hard work, he became a highly successful publisher, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, respected humanitarian and an advocate of world peace and the environment.  in 1921, the idea came to him to preserve this hilltop and create a bird sanctuary – a place of beauty, serenity and peace.

Integral to his idea was the availability of a famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. who also designed Central park in NYC. Having made arrangements to buy land on the hilltop, Bok commissioned Olmsted to change this arid sand hill into “a spot of beauty second to none in the country.” The first year was spent digging trenches and laying water pipes for irrigation, after which thousands of truck loads of rich black soil were brought in.

With the proper conditions for a subtropical garden in place, the planting of bushes and trees began to provide food for migrating birds. Today, these plantings provide shade to visitors as well as refuge for squirrels and 126 bird species. I quickly sketched the giant floating water lilies.

The Singing Tower was designed by famed architect Milton B. Medary and ornately crafted by noted stone sculptor Lee Lawrie, the Tower houses one of the world’s finest carillons. Concerts from the 60-bell carillon fill the garden every day at 1p.m. and 3 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, March 10, 2019

Nightmare Before Christmas Cabaret


I went to the Falcon Bar and Gallery (819 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801) to sketch the Nightmare Before Christmas Cabaret staring Marisa Ashley Risque. In the window of the bar, was a sing from the Pulse Foundation that said, "We Will Not Let Hate Win."

This was a fun edgy and funny show for those who wanted to celebrate Christmas in July. There was live acoustic guitar and plenty of cross dressing. The drag performer was proud with a full beard, push up bra, and full white fur coat. Some shows like this might fall back on lip sinc to carry the tunes, but Ashley Risque has a fabulous  voice that can belt out any Skellington themed tune. Ashley was dressed as Sally, Jack Skellington's love interest. She sang Sally's song with deep baleful and tragic sincerity. The arts though stitched and sometimes missing an arm are still thriving in threadbare 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

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Art and Poetry at the Polasek


The Albin Polasek Museum and the Jack Kerouac Project,  joined forces to present this night of live art. Local poets and winners of the Winter Park Paint Out’s live poetry contest on Allpoetry.com read their work while I did this sketch which was projected live on a screen as I created it. It was the golden hour as the sun set illuminated the Polasek gardens a gorgeous golden tone. In the distance a painter was capturing Lake Osceola on canvas. I will be doing a similar sketch again this year at the Winter Park Paint Out which runs from April 22 to April 28, 2019.

I worked quickly to try to capture the fading light as the Kerouac House resident author Laura Lee Bahr read her work. She is the author of two novels, Haunt and Long-Form Religious Porn. Haunt was translated into Spanish under the title Fantasma. Laura has been a screenwriter for various award-winning films, including Jesus Freak and the little death. Her debut feature as writer/director, Boned, won “Best Micro-Budget Feature” at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and is currently distributed through Gravitas Ventures. Her latest book, Angel Meat, a collection of her short stories, is available through Fungasm Press. To promote it, she created the “Bahr Crawl,” a string of readings across the U.S. and overseas where local authors join her in a celebration of the spoken word. She lives with her sweetheart and two lovely felines in Los Angeles, CA, where she teaches at a school for twice-exceptional students.

The Kerouac House is in cozy College Park. Jack Kerouac lived in the area for a short time in 1957–58 when his classic work On The Road was published to much acclaim. It was also the place he typed the original manuscript of his sequel, Dharma Bums. Four authors each year take up residence to focus on their writing without having to worry about paying rent.


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, March 8, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for March 9 and 10, 2019

Saturday March 9, 2019
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.

10:30pm to 12:30am Free. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL.  Hot blooded flamenco dancing to acoustic guitar.

Sunday March 10, 2019
10 am 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.

1:30pm to 5pm Free but get food and drink. Florida Gospel Jam. Fish on Fire 7937 Daetwyler Drive Belle Island FL. Non Denominational Gospel open mic Every 2nd and 4th Sunday.

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, March 7, 2019

Black Cow Jumps - Immersive Theater of the Heart


I went to The District Market At Mills 50, (1221 North Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803) to sketch Black Cow Jumps. In association with KC Malhan, Banks Helfrich brought immersive theater of the heart to this eclectic fashion event. Black Cow Jumps is an immersive, reality-based theater which explores relationships, philosophy and absurdity through short vignettes.

The District Market at Mills 50 is a Local Artisan Market and Co-Op Marketplace featuring a Vegan Bodega Gourmet Grocery, Coffee, Handmade Cards, Gifts and Artwork, Vintage / Soaps and Pop-Up Dining. I was fascinated by the cat bag hanging on the wall, and the various African animals scattered around the room. It was a quaint place and I am glad I got to discover it with Pam.

 The show started off with a cello solo. Black Cow Jumps featured intimate on on one performances which often had the theme of connection. An upcoming show at the Winter Park Library on March 9, 2019 is sold out, so it is clear that this direct and intimate form of theater has a place in our fast paced digital lives. Theater that is accessible in the back rooms of community markets and libraries can attract a whole new audience of people who might not otherwise go to theater. This is theater that is simple real and raw. There are no sets and no scripts. The performances are about simple direct interactions and feelings.


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, March 6, 2019

The Yearling Restaurant

Pam Schwartz and I went to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park (18700 S. Cr 325 Cross Creek, Hawthorne, FL 32640) which is the former homestead of Pulitzer Prize-winning Florida author. Marjorie, a native of Washington, DC, and her husband Charles purchased a 75-acre (30 ha) orange grove in 1929, including the old dogtrot house. They set about enlarging and adapting the house to their use, and both developed their careers as writers. Marjorie first achieved significant notice with stories published in Scribner's Magazine, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1939 for The Yearling. Her writing was infused with details from the central Florida region where she made her home. Upon her death in 1953, the property was bequeathed to a foundation of the University of Florida. It has been managed by the state ever since, the house opening to the public in 1970.

After a tour of the home, we went to the Yearling Restaurant down the road 14531 East County Road 325 Hawthorne, Florida 32640)for some local dishes, and live music. Willie Green who Hails from Alabama, delivers authentic down home blues at The Yearling daily. He has been called "The Real Deal" by slide guitar legend John Hammond, and has played with many of the greats.

Willie told me that another artist had done a painting of him that was sold for plenty of cash. Willie didn't see a dime from that sale. Should anyone like to purchase this sketch, I would be glad to send a percentage down Willies way so that he can feel good about sharing his music with people down near the Rawlings home. Otherwise it will get filed away along with thousands of others like it in my library of sketchbooks documenting Central Florida arts and culture. Should you stop in to the Yearling Restaurant, be sure to let Willie know I sent you.


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, March 5, 2019

Knives Out

A critic can cut like a knife. That is the premise behind performance artist Brian Feldman's Knives Out at The Glass Knife, (276 Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789)which featured five current and former critics from Central Florida, each taking a stab at reading 3 reviews they’ve previously written about past Brian Feldman Projects; 15 reviews for the 15th anniversary of Brian Feldman’s performance art career.

Featuring the arts criticism of Mark Baratelli (The Daily City), Carl F Gauze (Ink 19), Seth Kubersky (Orlando Weekly), Elizabeth Maupin (Orlando Sentinel), and Thomas Thorspecken (Analog Artist Digital World). (Due to a schedule conflict with Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Brian’s Mom, Marilyn Wattman-Feldman, read for Betsey Maupin.) As an added bonus, I  decided Pam Schwartz would read for me since I was busy sketching the event.

Originally envisioned to take place inside of the Randall Made Knives Museum in Orlando, after Brian’s proposal was rejected he was conflicted as to whether this project was still worth pursuing. While the final realization may not have been nearly as visually interesting as critics in a room filled with 1,000 knives, there was at least be cake available.

A disadvantage of The Glass Knife's outdoor patio is that the sound of traffic meant that I could only hear bits and pieces of each review. I showed up to the event completely unprepared. I didn't realize that Brian had wanted each critic to choose the columns they wanted to read. I knew that time to sketch was limited, so I got right to work. Brian seemed to have assigned seating, but he relinquished the seat at the far end of the table that I felt I needed to sketch from. I managed to sketch every critic but Carl F Gauze since he was hidden behind others at the table. I usually try to get the back of his head in any sketch that I do.

Pam did a great job reading my columns. I particularly liked the article about the end of Analog TV. I really liked Seth's article about Wawa Shabawa. Carl read his review of #txtshow which had not been published yet. The gist of the review was that not many went to the show, but the few that did had a great time. Orlando is a transient town so anyone that was familiar with his Orlando Performances starting 15 years ago have likely left town. Then why am I still here?

Knives Out was one of 5 of Brian's performances (part of #BFP15) that he brought back to Orlando to Celebrate his 15 years as a performance artist. The last shows still to come include:

Fiddler on the Phone will have 2 performances.
• Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Sunset (6:28 PM EST)
• Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Sunset (6:29 PM EST)
Depending on your musical number order, Brian Feldman will call you between 6:28 PM – approximately 9:30 PM EST.
The performance will come direct to your Phone (Brian Feldman will call you from a pay phone).
Free (only 16 calls available)
Register for your phone call at brianfeldman.com.
Note: All calls to area codes outside of the U.S. will be made collect.
Taking place entirely over a pay phone, this performance features Brian Feldman singing Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein’s classic Tony Award®-winning 1964 musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” a capella, one song at a time, one phone call at a time.
Specific songs from the show may be requested, and will be fulfilled in the order received. Otherwise, all songs will be allocated randomly. Phone calls will range from approximately 1 to 8 minutes.  

The Feldman Dynamic on March 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM at:
Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Rd.
Orlando, FL 32803
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Free if your last name is “Feldman” (at the door, with valid photo ID). Offer not valid if tickets are sold out prior to the performance.
The original Brian Feldman Project returns to Central Florida for the first time in over five years, and to Orlando for the first time in over 10 years.
An unprecedented reality theater event featuring a family – Brian Feldman’s actual family (Mom, Dad, and sister) – having dinner together live on stage. There’s no script, no rehearsal, and every performance is completely different. It’s not improv. It’s the reality show that will never be on TV.
The Feldman Dynamic is Brian Feldman, Edward Alan Feldman, Adrienne McIntosh, and Marilyn Wattman-Feldman.  


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, March 4, 2019

Fusion Fridays


Fusion Fridays at a Magi Temple Belly Dance School, (3589 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806) is hosted by Serafina Schiano. I have seen Serafina perform many times with Phantasmagoria and other productions in town.

A Magi is teaming up to promote all sorts of workshops and cultural affairs in the Central Florida area, so there is always something fun and different to inspire your creative side! In an effort to make the arts accessible to everyone, this class session was donation-based.

The session began with a review of Zil Rhythms and musicality. Everyone sat on the floor in a circle and Serafina explained the Zil Rhythms. They each pt on finer cymbals on each hand and then started with 3 triple gallops Which had the simple pattern of 123, 123, 123. The 3, 3, 7 combination went, 123, 123, 1234567. There was also a 3,5,5 combination and a 3,1,3,1,3 combination. Some of these are more difficult to maintain and some got lost in the midst of their pattern. Rhythm is something that is felt intuitively not necessarily learned.

I was amazed that the students picked up a routine in just 15 minutes in the second half of class. Serafina picked a piece of music by Fifth Harmony called Work from Home (Ty Dolla $ign.) Moves taught included head circles, chest circles, and hip circles and rib combos. Written on sheet of paper, the choreography looked incredibly complex. Yet by the end of class everyone had mastered the entire routine. I have a deep respect for everyone who mastered this lesson which resulted in a hip and contemporary Belly dance routine. There was a well deserved shot of pleasure when they completed their run through.

Should you want to explore Belly Dancing you can study with Serafina every Fusion Friday at Magi Temple Belly Dance School. Class runs from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. It is an opportunity to train your body, Cultivate your unique style, and  ignite your passion.


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, March 3, 2019

Gertrude and Claudius at the Shakes


Gertrude and Claudius based on the novel written by John Updike and adapted by Mark St. Germain, acts as a prequel to Hamlet. I had just sketched Hamlet the earlier in the month. The set remained the same, being a royal castle in Denmark. This play began with a royal wedding between King Amieth (Kenny Babel) and Gertrude (Paige Lindsey White). The king was a man with unsubtle tastes and ways but a true love for his queen. On their wedding night be fell fast asleep as the queen got ready for bed.

There was trouble in paradise as the queen felt she lost her identity with her royal responsibilities and she was actually frightened of her son, Hamlet (Junior Nyong' o). In this play, Hamlet had a very small part to play. This play was about the queen and how she was seduced by the king's brother, Claudius (Gene Gillette). As the queen felt more confined, the brothers letters from far away lands helped her imagine a life of freedom.

The infamous couple serve as the villains in Shakespeare’s work, but are offered a new exposition in this tale of good intentions and family dysfunction. With ominous hints at the familiar story to come, Gertrude and Claudius is a play that shakes up what you thought you knew about the royal couple. It is a classic tale of guilt and revenge.

This was a more modern production as well, without the flowery language of Shakespeare. There were also many moments of levity, acting as a stark contrast to the brooding Hamlet that would follow. Though Hamlet is a classic, this play is far easier to digest. If you have a chance to see both plays, go and see Gertrude and Claudius first and follow that on another night with Hamlet.

Remaining show times are:
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:00 PM - Talk back Performance
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Tickets are $30 to $53


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

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Florida Licence Mobile


My last sketch at the IDignity Identification Clinic was of the FLOW Mobile parked behind the Salvation Army Gym, (440 W Colonial Dr. Orlando, Fl 32804). For people who had all the proof required to obtain a Florida ID (or license renewal), one could be obtained at no charge via the FLOW mobile (Florida Licensing On Wheels) at the event. People I had sketched inside as they made their way through the process ended  up out here where they could get their ID handed to them inside this bus. A few volunteers hung out in the tent to offer guidance. Some people lingered for a cigarette or a chat before they left to rebuild their life with the added asset of an ID. These Identification Clinics happen on the third Thursday of every month. 

It began to rain which chased me off to find my car parked several blocks away. As I was about to cross Concord Street on foot, a car rushed by at about 90 miles per hour. I swerved into oncoming traffic to get around slower cars and then tried to turn right down Hughey Avenue which is a frontage road parallel to I-4. The car was traveling too fast to make the turn and it crashed into a dirt embankment which saved it from crashing into a cement support wall. The car was perched on to of the hill with its tires dangling. Police drove up to the crash scene in a black SUV. I was walking towards the crash and saw police scanning the ground looking for foot prints in the dirt. The car was empty. Whoever had been driving had fled the crash scene on foot. People in a condo near the crash were on there balcony looking down at the scene and pointing. The police wore ski masks which hid part of their faces. I decided it wasn't a good idea to stick around since clearly someone was wanted and desperately trying to escape capture. They could be armed. I walked the two blocks to my car and drove back to the studio.


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

Friday, March 1, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for March 2 and 3, 2019

Saturday March 2, 2019
8pm to 11pm Free. The Tremolords + The Wildtones. The Veranda Live 707 E. Washington St., Orlando, Florida 32801. Real. Raw. Rock and Roll.
Doors 7pm ... Bands play 8-11pm

8pm to 10pm Free. Shuffleboard.  Orlando's Beardall Courts 800 Delaney Ave Orlando FL. Shuffleboard at Orlando's Beardall Courts at 800 Delaney Ave on the 1st Saturday of each month.

10:3pm to 12:30am Get a drink and or food. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL. Hot blooded flamenco dancing to acoustic guitar.

Sunday March 3, 2019
10am to Noon. Free. Enchanted Nature Walkabout. Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, FL 32789.  After all the enchanted guides health issues this past year, he plan to conduct his first official walkabout at Mead Gardens on March 3rd, which is s Fae Day (03/03).

2pm to 6pm Knives Out.  The Glass Knife, 276 Orlando Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Critic read select reviews of past Brian Feldman performances.

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