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

Cigarz on Park Avenue


As part of the Winter Park Paint Out I have been painting on Park Avenue. The City of Winter Park has an ordinance making it illegal to create anything on this stretch of real estate. I printed out the map of illegal areas and decided to only focus my attention in this forbidden zone. The Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens got permits allowing artists to document this area so I am taking full advantage.

This little strip of shops was apparently just recently purchased and the French coffee shop I loved has had to move out. Behind the coffee shop is an outdoor garden seating area. It seems that the new owners plan to close off that garden spot. The two men smoking cigars were there for quite some time. They talked about the stresses of life and feeling guilty when not working. They sounded like financial advisors discussing where to best ride the market.

This painting will hang in the Albin Polasek Museum starting tomorrow through Saturday April 27, 2019. Today will be the Sun­set “Paint-In” at the Win­ter Park Rac­quet Club on Lake Mait­land, 2111 Via Tus­cany, Win­ter Park. Tele­phone: 407-647-2226 from 6pm to 8:30pm.
You invited to join us as Paint Out Artists gather on the shore of Lake Mait­land at the Win­ter Park Rac­quet Club. There we’ll cap­ture a beau­ti­ful Florida sun­set, then take a break from the week’s activ­i­ties. Come share the vista with us and watch as these out­stand­ing artists cre­ate a sun­set mem­ory on can­vas.  A cash-only bar and buf­fet will be avail­able to non-members, so please make an evening of it!  Stop out, enjoy the sunset and say hello!

On April 26, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm, there will be a Happy Hour and Digital Media Painting Demonstration with Thomas Thorspecken at the Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, (633 Osceola Avenue Winter Park.) Featuring Poets will be from the Kerouac Project of Orlando. Two local historic studios, the Albin Polasek Museum and the Kerouac Project of Orlando, will join forces to present this night of live art. Local poets will showcase the work of the Winter Park Paint Out’s live poetry contest on Allpoetry.com and read their own work while artist Thomas Thorspecken, known locally as Thor from Analog Artist Digital World blog, demonstrates the art of the rapid sketch. Plein air requires the ability to adapt and capture the subject matter quickly while conveying the energy and emotion of the subject. True to Thor’s digital following, the artist’s sketch and progress will be projected onto a large screen so viewers can enjoy the developing picture while they contemplate the diverse poetry selections. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be available for happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. The demo will begin at 6 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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Winter Park Paint Out Welcome Reception

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens will host the eleventh annual Winter Park Paint Out Plein Air Festival from April 21 to 27, 2019. The museum, sculpture gardens, and gallery will be free to the public during the week-long event. Twenty-five professionally-acclaimed plein air artists will paint at the Polasek Museum and locations nearby with art lovers invited watch the artists at work, view their recently completed paintings in the gallery, and attend free painting demonstrations. More than ten free instructional demos with the artists at the Polasek Museum and nearby locations will take place during the week of the event.

Twenty five artists descended on the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens ( 633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789) for a group photo in front of the building. There was a gorgeous blue wisteria in bloom and the photographer wanted us all to pose in front of it. With so many glorious blooms there was a swarm of bees busy flying from flower to flower pollinating. Being tallish I had to stand in back with my head in the blooms. The photographer asked us to smile and I grimaced, certain a bee was nesting in my thin hair or settling on the tip of my nose. Ultimately I survived the excruciating photo shoot.

What followed was a several hour mix and mingle with some finger food and wine. Pam and I joked with several artists as we sat in the blue lawn chairs behind the museum. When it grew quiet, we realized the party had moved inside. There was a loud speaker which amplified everything said inside. When we were trying to hear what was going on inside it became impossible with everyone talking at once.

Contributing artist had painted small square canvases for Hal Stringer. This was his birthday and also the first day of his retirement. We were seated right next to the birthday cake which had lots of candles on it. I didn't have a chance to count them. Hal made an announcement that he hoped that the number of candles would match the number of paintings sold this year.

Each artist would be hanging the painting created during the week on a section of the gallery wall that was designated with a number. Those spaces were assigned lottery style. Hal had created 30 small square paintings. The artists each were asked to pick up a painting. A number was inside each painting and that number would be the artists gallery spot. I picked up a deep maroon painting. I had considered a blue painting and a bright orange painting was also on my radar. I agonized before picking. My spot was number 13 which was in the second gallery room right next to the bathrooms. Last year I had exhibited in the spot right across from 13 even closer to the bathrooms. I think exhibiting near the bathrooms is a good thing. Everyone had to go there at some point and after they relieve themselves they might feel cheeky as they walk out and want to buy some art. I will be hanging a new painting each day at the museum. Be sure to stop out and check out all the work as it is created in the Polasek Museum Gallery.


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 22, 2019

Winter Park Paint Out Open House


The Winter Park Paint Out (WPPO) is officially under way. Easter Sunday April 21, 2019 was the open house at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens (633 Osceola Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789.) After dropping off a painting for the gallery walls, I went in the gorgeous gardens and decided to sketch these two musicians from the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras.Tonight I will frame this painting and it will hand on in the Polasek Museum for the week along with every other painting I do this week. All the work is for sale. A portion of any sale will go to support the great work they do at the Polasek Museum. Mention that you are an Analog Artist Digital World fan, and you can get a 30% discount on an original painting of mine in the gallery.

If you have never been to the Polasek you should head out this week sometime since admission is free for the duration of the WPPO. The other painting I hung on the walls is a nocturne of the Lake Eola Fountain.

Twenty-five professional plein air artists will paint at the Polasek Museum and locations nearby with art lovers invited to watch the artists at work, and view their recently completed paintings in the gallery and attend free painting demonstrations. A full list of painting demonstrations and events can be found on the WPPO website. I plan to document as many events as I can.

Besides doing journalist sketches of the WPPO events, I plan to do a series of paintings of Park Avenue at night. On Friday April 6, 2019 from 5pm to 8pm, I will be giving a happy hour demonstration called Digital Poetic License. Poets from the Kerouac House Project will be reading poetry in the Polasek Garden as the sun sets over Lake Osceola, and I will be doing a digital sketch live on my iPad with the sketch in progress projected on a movie screen so that the audience can see my thought progress in real time. All artwork from the WPPO may also be viewed online as it is created at winterparkpaintout.org and of course my art work can be seen here daily.


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 21, 2019

Florida Film Festival Opening Night Party

The opening night of the 2019 Florida Film Festival was celebrated with a thrilling film premiere at Enzian Theater (1300 Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751). The opening night film was Woman in Motion directed by Todd Thompson. To most of the known universe, Nichelle Nichols is Lieutenant Uhura, the communications officer aboard the Starship Enterprise. On Star Trek she broke barriers as one of the first African Americans to star in a network show and as a participant in television’s first interracial kiss. In reality Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer, a fiercely intelligent and passionate advocate for African Americans, women, and minorities. She worked with the NAACP and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a role model for young black children and women. Beyond that, Nichelle Nichols is arguably the single most important figure in history for the recruitment of women and minorities to the field of space exploration, specifically the NASA space shuttle program.

After the premiere, patrons sampled food and cocktails from favorite local spots and an open bar at Eden Bar. It was an outdoor feast where patrons could mingle and celebrate with all the folks would be their new cinematic best friends for the next ten days. Patrons ate, drank, were merry, and discussed all the films that might be seen at the festival ahead. This legendary party launched a non-stop, fun-filled, ten-day celebration of Film, Food, and Friends.

When Pam and I arrived, I quickly sat in a open spot to sketch the moon shaped orb that illuminated the lawn next to the Eden Bar. Pam explored a bit and sat with Scottie and Brendan to catch up. When My sketch was done, Scottie asked if I had included him in the sketch. Unfortunately he was out of my line of sight.

Pam and I tried a few vendors food booths to see what was available at this gala opening party. First up we tried a slice of pizza from Medici Pizza. It was kind of hard to judge the pizza since it was ice cold. We picked up a flyer anyway and might go to the restaurant to try a hot slice instead. Roque Pub was offering bites, beer and wine. Better yet they had a $10 off coupon and a bumper sticker. Now I don't put stickers on my bumper,but I did place it on the cover of my sketchbook which is mighty fine ad placement for hundreds of years to come. Should you be a local business wanting sticker exposure look no further than the AADW sketchbooks. The other food treat I tried was from La Empanada and that was delicious. After a couple of bites of cheese I had seen enough. I had my sketch and the party was in full swing. We decided to get back home since I had to get up early to teach all day Saturday.

Today is the final day of the Florida Film Festival, so get out and support independent cinema.


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 20, 2019

Richard II


Richard II is a historical play written by William Shakespeare in 1597. It is being presented at the Orlando Shakes through April 28, 2019. Richard II (Ryan Farley) was an arrogant, narcissistic and bumbling king. He surrounded himself with sycophants who fed off his good fortune and did his bidding. By brashly putting his own vanity before the needs of his kingdom, he created the perfect opening for Bolingbroke (Amy Hutchins) to seize the throne.

His true self was stripped bare when he had to surrender the crown. When he took the crown off his head and handed it to his foe, he couldn't bring himself to let go. He cried and ranted like a spoiled child extending his monologue as long as possible to avoid his ultimate surrender. At one point he stood in a spotlight high above his throne, with the crown above his head. As he lowered his arms, Bolingbroke stepped in front of him to allow him to place the crown on her head. Richard turned, hopped down and continued his monologue.

The Shakes production his set in modern times with a gender equal cast. To help the audience with the casting, they would often announce their name and title as they walked onto the stage. The set by Ruthmarie Tenorio, resembled a royal garden and the golden rings floating above stage of course represented the crown. At one point one giant ring floated down to surround the jailed King Richard further confining him. "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me." Mirrored boxes were repositioned in each scene to break up the space and to remind the audience of the kings vanity.

I have to give a shout out to the costume designer (Denise R. Warner) who made Bolingboke look regal and refined in every scene. In equal measure she made the royal court look like spoiled dandies and the common folk like mid-western farmers.

The language in the play was delicious. It is some of the most engaging prose I have heard from Shakespeare and the modern twist made it clear that out modern rulers are not that different from the rulers of the past, though they might be less eloquent. For the final act I put the sketch away and just let the prose wash over me. Every character had clear motivation and the story flowed unhindered to its inevitable conclusion. I absolutely adored this production.

These are the remaining show dates. Don't miss Richard II!


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 19, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for April 20 and 21, 2019

Saturday April 20, 2019
9am to 5pm Free. Earthfest 2019.  Renningers Mount Dora Flea Market and Antique Center 20651 US Highway 441, Mount Dora, Florida 32757. ART ARMY Mt. Dora. is hosting a Big Art festival to introduce the newest addition to Rennigers Flea Market. Its very own Art Village; that showcases more than a dozens of artist's regularly. And what better way to do all that then by celebrating our blessed mother Earth. We will be giving tours of our very own earth made dwellings on site. Meet the earth man himself Sean Micheal Flynn. 5 alive artists doing live art, Jim Preston, Bryan Abbey, Color Me Crazy - Leona's Art. Live music by Glofish Music, Southern Classic, Adam Engelson and others. LIVE art performances throughout the day. 100 vendors, artists ,Performing Arts. Crafters, Body painting and healing arts. Plus food vendors!!!

10am to 6pm Free.  Central Florida Earth Day 2019! Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801. Central Florida Earth Day is back--bigger and better than ever! It will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at beautiful Lake Eola Park in Orlando. Please join us at the largest and most prestigious Earth Day event in Central Florida.
The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; environmental and humane education; artist and craft corners; and live music and entertainment. Central Florida Earth Day will draw both committed environmentalists and those who want to learn more about how to protect our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. You can promote your business or group to thousands of people who want to learn more about environmentalism and the varied products and services that support an eco-friendly and a veg-friendly way of life. All money raised will be used for local environmental education and outreach.
For more information, visit www.CFEarthDay.org. This website will be continually updated as additional sponsors, vendors, restaurants, speakers, musicians, etc. are added. Please check back often for all the exciting changes! If you are interested in being a vendor, please go the Vendor Packet page. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please go to the Volunteer page.
Please also join us for other Earth Week activities to be announced. See you at Central Florida Earth Day 2019!

4pm to 6pm Cos-Play Figure Drawing. Elite Animation Academy  8933 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, FL 32835. Five minute poses with a few longer poses mixed in for loose gestural sketching. Thomas Thorspecken is the instructor.

Sunday April 21, 2019
1pm to 4pm Public Open House Chalk Walk Winter Park Paint Out Polasek. 633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Winter Park Paint out artists drop off their first painting in the gallery. The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens will be hosting their eleventh annual Winter Park Paint Out from April 21 to 27, 2019.
The Winter Park Paint Out officially starts with this Easter Sunday open house where festival artists will paint in the picturesque sculpture gardens. Artist Cory Wright will lead registered teams in the Student Chalk Walk competition by creating a chalk design on one of the garden’s sidewalk squares and then giving participants two hours to create their own designs. All K-12 students are invited to register in teams for the competition by e-mailing rfrisby@polasek.org. Complimentary art activities for all ages will be available in the gardens throughout the afternoon as well as a free lakeside performance by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs; limited seating will be provided.  The gallery and sculpture gardens will be free to the public during the week-long event which will feature twenty-five professional plein air artists will paint at the Polasek Museum and locations nearby with art lovers invited to watch the artists at work, view their recently completed paintings in the gallery and attend free painting demonstrations.
Artwork created during the Winter Park Paint Out will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to support the museum. All artwork may also be viewed online as it is created at winterparkpaintout.org.

5pm to 12am 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).

8pm to 11pm $5 Donation.  Folk Night with The 502s, Beemo, Jordan Foley and the Wheelhouse. The Falcon Bar and Gallery 819 E Washington St, Orlando, Florida 32801.
The 502s
www.the502s.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH9P25k3yF8
The 502s are a raucous indie folk group formed by three cousins from Central Florida. Since 2015 The 502s have taken their swaggering blend of Americana across the coast including Okeechobee Music Festival and Communion Records' NYC showcase. Their album is a heartfelt invitation to good old-fashioned fun, and their Facebook video for lead single "What To Do" has garnered over 600,000 views on Facebook. Enjoy the ride!
Beemo
https://www.mynameisbeemo.com/
Beemo is an acoustic Americana band with mountain music roots from Orlando, Fl. Their sound is a blend of indie-rock, Irish folk, bluegrass, and elements of the singer/songwriter genre, drawing inspiration from REM, Johnny Cash, Nickel Creek, and Ray LaMontagne. In 2018 Beemo released their first full-length album Bustin' Out, and were named Best Folk Band by Orlando Weekly!
Jordan Foley and the Wheelhouse
jordanfoleymusic.com
"He’s got a sound and voice that’s effectively situated between a little twang and a lot of soul. He doesn’t try too hard because he doesn’t need to. Confident in the pocket and the natural power of his expression, Foley’s probably one of the more finished and articulated young examples to emerge in the local Americana scene lately." - Orlando Weekly


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 18, 2019

Salisbury House and Gardens

The Salisbury House and Gardens (4025 Tonawanda Drive Des Moines, Iowa 50312) depends on volunteers for it's survival. A volunteer sat patiently at the entrance waiting to guide the next guests around the historic property as I sketched the Great Hall.

Only a few rooms on each floor are available to tour. The first floor rooms included the Great Hall, the Common Room and the Library. 

Unfortunately the museum’s historian and curator was let go in order to save money which means the preservation and care of the collection is in danger. She was let go shortly after questioning the management by the executive director to the board.  The historic home is not on a sustainable financial path. Nine people have been let go for lack of revenue or have quit because of an increasingly toxic environment. Today, the nonprofit has no curator, no volunteer coordinator, no full-time accountant and no marketing director, the former employees said. The historic home has had a long history of financial difficulties.

Carl Weeks, founded a multi million dollar cosmetics empire in Iowa. On a trip to Salisbury England Carl and his wife Edith found the Kings house which became the model for the new home they wanted to build in America.  Construction began in 1923 and took five years to complete. The cost was estimated at three million dollars. Art from around the world was collected by the couple. Most impressive was the library which contains 35,000 rare books.

The family moved into their new home just before the market crash of 1929. The house became too expensive to maintain. To survive they leased the home to Drake University with the stipulation that they could stay as tenants in the home until their youngest son graduated college. Eventually the home was purchased by the Iowa State Education Association for $200,000. The Weeks family moved into a much smaller home.

The Salisbury House Foundation was founded in 1993, to preserve and share the property for the cultural and educational benefit of the public. They began operating it as a historic house museum. Hopefully they are up to the task of preserving the home. But it seems there are bigger problems on the horizon due to mismanagement. Historic house museums have been closing and selling off collections around the country. The executive director admitted that the Salisbury is suffering financially. Revenue has dropped more than 40 percent in recent years, according to IRS records. It's serious enough that leaders are considering selling part of the home's vast collection. The increasingly skeletal staff seems unable to keep the place afloat. The home is struggling and depends on the generosity of supporters to sustain its existence. The future is very uncertain.


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 17, 2019

El Wiz

UCF Celebrates the Arts presented El Wiz as a staged reading at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Based on a book by Paul Castañeda, the show was  originally conceived by Juan Cantu and Paul Castañeda. Paul sat house right reading stage directions for the staged reading.

The show was based on the Wizard of Oz but set in Puerto Rico just before Hurricane Maria hit the island. The Narrator, (Josh Ceballos) introduced the familiar cast of characters on the island. Chico, the scarecrow (Emile Doles) was a quiet and socially awkward man who had an eye for details no one else would notice.  Juanito, the tin man (Eric Parafan) had loved a man but had his heart broken. He felt he could never love again. Eddie, the lion, (Joe Llorens) just wanted some cajones. Dorothy (Crystal Lizardo) fell into a deep sleep before the hurricane hit. She woke or so she thought in a strange new place.

In this new world she was given a very blingy pair of Nike sneakers with red white and blue sequins. Her dog Toto was a puppet who came alive when she held him in her arms. From the start she wanted to return home to her Mami and Papi but she was instructed to go to the Emerald city for advice on how to get back home. The journey was fraught with dangers.

For me the most powerful number in the show was Vas A Ver, or You'll See in  English. Sung by Esperanza, (Paul Padilla) the song was about how the strength of family can overcome any hardship. He performed with just the right amount of resolve and throaty growl. His face grew so red as he sang that I was concerned he might burst a blood vessel. It was an amazing performance.

The joy of this show is that it takes itself lightly. There were many references to  Lin Manuel Miranda since the playwrights clearly were inspired by his musicals. The plot moved effortlessly and the actors playfully joked and teased one another. I have only studied Spanish in a cursory fashion on Duolingo, but I was able to follow every bit of the show.

When Dorothy finally got back to her home island it has been destroyed. She took the lessons learned in her dreams to gain strength in the belief that family can endure any difficulty. The cast and creative team deserved a standing ovation.


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 16, 2019

Notre Dame Burns


2 of 5 Prints SOLD
In 2012 I visited Paris and had the opportunity to spend several hours sketching Notre Dame Cathedral from the banks of the Seine. I was following in the footsteps of Ronald Searle who creating an amazing series of sketches of the city in the 1950s. I tracked down the same locations he sketched and sketched the scenes myself. The styles of the cars had changed but otherwise history had stood still. With his sketch in hand I walked the banks of the river until I found the same view.

It was a quiet sunny day with locals and tourists checking their phones and shooting photos. I was humbled by the buildings immensity. I felt I was in the true heart of the city. I was in the exact same place one of my favorite artists had created about 50 years before. Construction on the cathedral was begun in 1160 and largely completed by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. In 1858 some of the statues were damaged by Huguenots who considered them idolatrous. In 1793 after the French Revolution many of the art treasures were destroyed or plundered. 28 statues of biblical  kings were beheaded being mistaken for French kings.The cathedral became battered and ruined from neglect but Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame written in 1831,  brought a new interest to the structure. During the liberation of Paris in 1944 the building experienced some damage due to stray bullets. In 2016 there was a failed cathedral bombing attempt, and in 2017 four people were arrested on charged that they planned to travel to Paris and attack the cathedral.

None of these damages over the centuries compared to the horrible fire that engulfed the building starting about 6:50pm on April 15, 2019. It is believed it was caused by construction workers who were renovating the building. The fire possibly began in the bell tower. The fire caused the collapse of the spire and the roof. A small statue of a rooster on the top of the spire contained relics including a tiny piece of the crown of thorns which was acquired in 1239.

There is a water reservoir, covered with a lead roof, that is located between the two towers, behind the colonnade and the gallery and in front of the nave. It was designed to quickly extinguish a fire.  Many of the statues, including statues of the twelve apostles, were removed just last week to allow for construction, so that is some good news. A bucket brigade of people also passes relics to safety as the roof burned. Firefighters have saved the cathedral from total destruction. There are no confirmed deaths. The fire is being treated as an accident.

As news of the fire blazed into my studio via social media, I immediately started to alter the sketch I had created in 2012. I painted the fire and smoke darkened the scene. Seeing the cathedral towers on the western facade engulfed in smoke of course brought back memories of September 11 when the twin towers collapsed in New York City. Thankfully the firefighters saved the twin towers on Notre Dames Western facade. The interior was blackened yet a golden cross remained suspended above the damage. The full extent of the damage is being assessed.  The phoenix must now rise from the ashes.


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 15, 2019

Saint Amands Key


Pam Schwartz and I traveled down to Lido Key on the west coast of Florida near Sarasota. Saint Amands Key is the ritzy shopping district and we were going to meet a travel reported who was writing about Florida travel for her mid-Western paper. While Pam explored for a bit I sketched in the center of town where these Greek statues were arranges in a circle. A man in a bright yellow shirt sat reading the newspaper while smoking a cigar.

Property on the island was originally purchased by Charles St. Amand in 1893, who used it for fishing in the gulf and the bay. The name of the island, St. Armands Key, was based on a misspelling of his name. Years later, the circus magnate John Ringling bought land on the island to build a large residential development. His plan was to build a shopping center around a circle in the middle of the town. Due to the intervening Florida land crash, the Depression, and World War II, it wasn't until the fifties that the area really began to take off. 

Many of the statues date back to the twenties reflecting John Ringling's belief in bringing art and culture to the city of Sarasota. His travels to the Renaissance cities of Italy inspired this vision. The classical sculpture he saw combined the realistic portrayal of individual beauty and the humanistic aspects of localized beauty. Sculpture was a key component of his vision as he began marketing lots on St Armonds Key in 1927.

One of the statues in my sketch, standing in front of a beach shop at the corner of John Ringling Boulevard and St. Armands Circle is, Asclepius, the god of medicine and one of the seven virtues. Allegory of Sarasota, Its Seven Virtues was conceived and designed by Edward Pinto and was dedicated on Feb 2, 2008. Also in my sketch is Music, created by Ewald Judt. This statue  represents the performing arts.

The Save Our Statues (SOS) project’s goal has the goal of preserving the statues John Ringling purchased. Twenty-one new statues were added in 2007 to enhance his legacy. Today, St. Armands Circle is a hub of activity for the island that is otherwise filled with mostly posh residences. The beach, sitting on Lido Key, on the Gulf of Mexico is only a few blocks away.


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 14, 2019

The Orlando Fringe Sketchbooks



The Orlando Fringe Sketchbook Abridged 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 one or the other you get an Orlando Fringe Abridged book thrown in for free.

Below is a 10 page sample of the much larger 249 page book that has all the original articles written for Analog Artist Digital World.


This coffee table book is still in the works and of course will be more expensive that the abridged book now going to press. This Deluxe Edition Orlando Fringe Sketchbook will be available by print on demand. If you are interested in this unabridged edition of the Orlando Fringe Sketchbook, please, contact pam-schwartz@hotmail.com so we can keep you  in the loop when it goes to press.


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 13, 2019

Striking the Set


After Man of La Mancha closed at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, I went in to sketch as the set was struck to make way for the next show. La Mancha was a theater in the round so bleachers had been set up where the back of the stage usually would have been. Subtlety isn't needed when striking a set, things get hammered banged and kicked in any way to break things down. As I sketched, the set disappeared. The set had a circular central platform that turned and a trap door.

A drill would remove screws and a hammer might bang out nails, but safety was always the first concern. Stage hands looked out for each other assisting each other as needed. I enjoyed sketching the progress. According to Ivan Klima, "To destroy is easier than to create." Yet these folks seemed to be working mighty hard while I was sitting and just scratching the page with a pen.

Now through April 28, Richard the II by William Shakespeare is at the Shakes. Tickets are $25 to $32. Convinced of his divine right to rule, King Richard II never expected to be undone by his own maladroit mortal wrongs. By brashly putting his own vanity before the needs of his kingdom, he creates the perfect opening for Henry Bolingbroke to seize the throne. Shakespeare’s deeply moving and insightful retelling reveals how one man’s bumbling mistakes can shape a nation’s political landscape and change the course of history.


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 12, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for April 13 and 14, 2019

Saturday April 13, 2019
6pm to 9pm Free. Imaginarium: Natura Art Reception. Chapman Leonard Studios And Production Center Orlando, Florida 9460 Delegates Dr, Orlando, Florida 32837.
This Art Reception is a family friendly event that is free and open to the public, and there will be light refreshments. The artists on display are Bridget Hanley Cohen, Heidi Vance, Tatjana Andre, Richard Bond, Stephanie Muse, Kerry Harripersad, Eileen A Art, Mark Hadley, Charlie Charen, Leyna McGrath, Leona Gold, Maryse Jupillat, Dan Meneely, Violeta Militaru, Richard Guerriero, Teresa Touhey, and Bethany Piotrowski.
In honor of Earth Day the Arts Hub Organization and Chapman/Leonard Studios brings you the next installment of Imaginarium, “Natura”. With beautiful works of art depicting the majesty that is nature, it is a show not to miss. “Without nature we would not exist, nothing we have or place value on would exist. It should be respected.” states Jason Lee, the curator of the space. The artists in this show are a mixture of established and emerging individuals that are a vital part of the eclectically talented Central Florida arts community.
The art will be on display February 2nd through May 4th, 2019.
The local artists’ works may also be viewed during normal business hours, 9am-5pm, by appointment with an Arts Hub Org. representative.
Chapman/Leonard Studios is an award winning manufacturer of camera support equipment for motion picture and television productions worldwide. The equipment manufacturer is based out of their state of the art sound stages and production facilities.

7pm to 11pm Free. All Things Music Art Show. Kaleidoscope Venue For The Arts 1991 Corporate Square #181, Longwood, Florida 32750. An art show featuring Music related and inspired art. Beer, wine, sodas, and water available at the show for donation. Contributing artists' drinks are complimentary.

10:30pm to 11:30pm Free but get food and drink. Son Flamenco. Ceviche Tapas Orlando, 125 W Church St, Orlando, FL. Hot blooded Flamenco dancing to acoustic guitar.

Sunday April 14, 2019
11:00am to 1:30pm Free. Conway Community Market and Urban Sketching Demo. Barber Park 3701 Gatlin Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32812. Urban Sketchers Orlando is hosting a FREE sketching demo at the Conway Community Market! If you are new to urban sketching, this is for you! Experienced sketchers will share advice on how to focus on small stories from observation and demonstrate the art of making an urban sketch on location. Clipboards, paper, pencils, and coloring supplies will be provided for those who would like to sketch along with us and the session will include a QandA.
We also invite our fellow sketchers of Central Florida to join us on a sketch walk of the market and Palm Sunday/Early Easter celebration. The Conway Community Market brings people together for a fun afternoon outside with the opportunities to offer new experiences. The event will include the Easter Bunny, a photographer and an Easter Egg Hunt! There will be plenty of festive stories and moments to capture into our sketchbooks.
Meet Up Point: At the covered pavilion near the pond and the market. where the Urban Sketching Demo begins at 11:00 am.

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.

2pm to 4pm  UCF Opera presents The Tender Land An opera by Aaron Copland. Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801. Generously supported by Ronald Thow and Carolyn V. Thow
In the American heartland during the Great Depression, the provincial existence of a rural farming family hinges upon the high school graduation of the eldest daughter, Laurie Moss. However, on the eve of her graduation, Laurie finds herself questioning her place in the world and wondering what kind of life she could lead if she were to leave the farm. Her restlessness is fueled by two drifters, Top and Martin, who are hired to help with the harvest.
While Ma and Grandpa Moss are suspicious of the strangers, Laurie is captivated by their vivid tales of travel, and she and Martin quickly fall in love, culminating in a tender kiss at Laurie’s graduation party. Grandpa Moss, furious, banishes the two men, leading Martin and Laurie to make plans to elope, but Martin quickly realizes that this would cause trouble for all involved, and reluctantly sneaks away before daybreak. Heartbroken, Laurie realizes that, though now alone, it is still time for her to go. She bids farewell to the farm and sets off into the unknown, leaving her weeping family to completely reassess their hopes, dreams, and plans for the future.
A vivid portrait of the rural mid-west, The Tender Land is painted richly with Copland’s quintessentially American harmonies and tells a beautiful and simple story of a young woman’s coming of age.
Sung in English with super titles.


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 11, 2019

Game Night


Driving home from my mural unveiling at Ivanhoe Park Brewery, Pam and I noticed a young woman biking across Mills Avenue in the light rain. She looked familiar, in fact, she was a friend of Pam's named Gabby. Pam pulled her truck over on the next block and shouted out her window to Gabby, "Do you need a lift?" Of course Gabby probably considered this an offer from a creep, but when she recognized Pam she was pleased. Gabby and Brent had just purchased a bungalow and she advised us to follow her to check it out.

The blue bungalow was indeed adorable in a nice quiet neighborhood. The front lawn was filled with native plants rather than a lawn. The home had a a front porch and a sizable back yard for their dog Zoe. We got a quick tour of the place and then Gabby and Pam decided to set up a date for a game night.

Gabby and Brent take care of Pam's dog Sprout any time we are traveling and we do the same for their dog Zoe. Pam and I picked up a foster puppy named Darcy and she is an unpredictable kraken of a beast. When Pam and I took care of Zoe, fights tended to break out between the three dogs. Zoe and Darcy would play rough having a ball, and then Sprout would break in snarling because he was protective of his girl Darcy.

Game night the dogs ran around the back yard with Darcy and Zoe playing rough while Sprout relaxed. They burned off plenty of excess energy. I sketched the first game which involved making up stories about horrible turn of  events. Gabby's brother showed up as the rules were being explained and he joined in reluctantly. Game play was constantly interrupted by bouts of over zealous dog play. Gabby's brother had to leave once the first game was over.

I wanted to play Settlers of Catan, so the sketch was done when that game came out. Settlers involves gathering resources to  build roads and settlements. The player who builds the largest settlement wins. It was a fun game involving plenty of bartering for needed resources. The game stretched late into the night with four large settlements spreading across the board.

War broke out. The war wasn't on the game board but among the beasts. Zoe enjoyed playing but grew tired of Darcy's incessant nudging and barking. "Darcy NO!" was shouted so often that you would think her name was Darcino. Several snarling brawls had to be broken up. Brent did a good job of separating the beasts by shuffling them apart with his legs. Pam did the same on a second occasion. Darcy the puppy was clearly to blame. She doesn't know when to slow down. Gabby and Brent had considered getting a puppy but that foster didn't work out. Zoe loves playing with people more than other dogs. She kept bringing me a toy while I was trying to sketch. When Zoe was put in the back  room, Darcy began nipping at Sprout, who just wanted to rest on the couch. I finally decided to leash Darcy to my chair limiting her movements. With other dogs to bite and bark at she soon stretched out on the floor and there was peace. She needed the rest. The next day she was going to be "fixed" at the vet.


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 10, 2019

Titanic the Musical


Titanic the Musical based on the story and book by Peter Stone, and music a lyrics by Maury Yeston, was staged at the Walt Disney Theater in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as part of UCF Celebrates the Arts. I entered the theater under the impression  that i would be seeing a quaint college production with excited parents in the audience shooting shaky iPhone footage of their child on stage. The stage itself quickly dismissed that false notion. The set was huge consisting of three tiers with stairways and gang planks. An orchestra was under the second tier providing live musical accompaniment. Silky banners were suspended from the rafters, and at the overture, photos were projected of the people who would  play a part in the tragedy to follow. As the projection glowed bright a spotlight wold illuminate the tiny actor on stage playing the part.

This wasn't based on the James Cameron movie in which Kate Winslet let her artist lover, Jack, slip off the floating door which she needed to survive, and watched him sink into the cold ocean depths. The play introduced a whole new cast of characters, many immigrants hoping for a better life in America and others rich and famous. Three women from Ireland discovered they all had the same first name of Kate as they entered the floating palace destined for a new life. Below deck third class passengers ate at humble wooden tables excited for what might come while the rich smoked cigars and drank brandy as they played cards up in the Grand Salon. The excited songs below deck were tinged with an underlying sadness since we all knew their true destiny to come.

Captain Smith was on his final voyage before he retired and he allowed himself to be pressured into accelerating the speeds ship beyond his usual safety precautions. Titanic after all was unsinkable. At the end of the first act a spotlight illuminated Fleet, who was high above the audience on a an upper balcony in the theater. He was the look out and he sang a song lamenting no moon and no wind as he shivered on his post. Then he spotted an iceberg. The sound of ice ripping through metal was followed by the blackness of the curtain falling.

Another particularly powerful scene came when perhaps 20 of the cast appeared above the audience on the lower balcony. Watery reflections shimmered around them as they sang. Perhaps they were ghosts. As the first and second class passengers gathered in the grand salon they were told to put on their life jackets. Vanity kept the rich from covering their expensive robes. As they argued a coffee cart began rolling across the stage. All the bickering stopped and suddenly everyone was in a rush to get the jackets on.

I had never heard the music before but by the second act I would myself predicting what word would follow on the next line to rhyme. With so many intertwining human stories, some stronger lyrics might have added a finer polish to the show.

The Titanic carried 20 lifeboats, enough for 1178 people. That was only a third of the passengers and crew. Women and children entered boats leaving the men behind to die. As one surviving woman described it, "It was as if a while football stadium entered the sea and the screaming was overwhelming. A half hour later, all the screaming stopped."

This was a stellar production, far exceeding my expectations. The theater was packed. It is a shame there were only two chances to catch this amazing show. There were over 50 performers in the cast and all of them were UCF students with a few guest artists and faculty in the mix.


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 9, 2019

Fictional First Dates


Written by Mallory Vance and Megan Markham, Fictional First Dates is a musical Parody presented by Phoenix Tears Productions, at Dragonfly Studio 129 (133 W Mckey St., Ocoee, Florida 34761) about dating using a digital app called Sparkle. Songs were used from other shows with the lyrics changed to advance the story. Carson (Chan Sterling) was a writer who had an assignment to write an article about Sparkle the new digital dating app. He was friends with Piper (Megan Markham) who worked in a coffee shop. The coffee bar in the corner of the set was fully functioning and Pam ordered us drinks for the show. I needed a hot drink to battle my chronic cough. I had sketched this show before, and wanted to see how it had evolved over time.

Tyrion Lannister (Skylar Keck) found out about Carson's new mission to  go on dates, and he introduced him to the appeal of one night stands. Skylar's singing prowess stood out in this show. He did an amazing job staying true to his character. Each date Carson went on was with a female hero from pop culture. He dated Jean (Bella Swan) from Xmen, Daphne (Leanna Bailey) from Scooby Doo Faith (Olivia Roman) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and more.

The funniest date came when Carson's date spoke at a rapid fire pace never giving him a chance to get a word in. The date was over before he knew what hit him. The blind hopes and dreams of each meeting made for some fun encounters. Not all the singers hit the notes just right but the fun playful aspect of the show allowed for some off key registers. I had a blast.

I unwrapped about 10 cough drops before the show started and sipped some hot coffee to keep my cough at bay. Laughing unfortunately triggers my cough sometimes and that happened in the middle of the show. I started coughing so uncontrollably I had to run out into the street so I didn't interrupt the show. Once I regained my composure I slipped back inside. I managed to stifle my cough through the end of the show.

Ralph Richardson famously said, "The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing."

Fictional First Dates runs through April 14, 2019. 
Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door. 


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 8, 2019

Wild Party


Wild Party written by Andrew Lippa is running at Theater West End (115 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771) through April 14, 2019. The play was based on a poem by Joseph Moncure March. The poem was widely banned when it was published back in 1928, first in Boston, because people felt the content was lewd. This musical was equally lewd and lascivious which is it's strength.

Queenie (Kristen Sheola), was a hard working burlesque dancer whose lover, Burrs (Preston Ellis), a vaudeville show clown, became abusive. At first that violent side of him excited her but  soon it scared her. After Burrs essentially rapes her, Queenie decides to throw a lavish party with the hopes of putting her lover in his place by letting him make a fool of himself.

The party flared up with an amazing cast of friends, Madelaine the lesbian (Wendy Starkland), Eddie the thug (Casey Sweeney), Mae the dimwit (Bernadette Siudock), Jackie the dancer (Cody McNeeley), Dolores the hooker (Elizabeth Christie), and Nadine the minor (Sarah Huff). Kate (Michelle Knight) arrived with a flourish and quickly devoured the attention of everyone in the party. She arrived with a friend, Mr. Black (Terrance J. Jamison).

Queenie placed her trust in Mr. Black and fell for him hard while Kate fell for the abusive Burrs although he had no interest in her. He became enraged when Queenie and Mr. Black danced. To diffuse the situation Kate pulled Queenie from Mr. Blacks arms and danced with Queenie herself. As the party raged on the drama of this love triangle grew to a boil.

Michelle Knight belted out her songs with confidence but sadly the acoustics in the theater were harsh making it impossible to hear any of the lyrics. It might have been that the band was loud and overpowered the words but I followed the show not knowing what was being sing relying on the gestures and staging to follow the show like a silent movie.

It was definitely a powerful production. If seated up front in the cabaret tables you would be right on top of the action. Pam and I were seated in the last row so that the glow of my screen would not be seen by anyone else in the audience. The walls of the theater are brick with a metal ceiling. Perhaps the sound just bounced around like in a noisy bar, which could be good if I was able to pick out lyrics. Despite this, I loved sketching the show. Colors changed constantly like in a dance hall. The creative challenges kept me engaged as the wild party turned violent.

Tickets are $22 for an individual or $50 for the dinner package.


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 7, 2019

C' d'Zan Mansion


Ca' d'Zan, was a Venetian Gothic residence in Sarasota, Florida, which was the winter home of the American circus owner, developer and art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable. They had been traveling throughout Europe for nearly 25 years, acquiring circus acts and art. They both greatly admired the architectural style of Venice’s Ducal Palace, Ca’ d’Oro and the Grunwald Hotel. When they decided to build a home in Sarasota, Florida, where they had been winter residents for a number of years, The Ringlings took these palazzi as their inspiration, and Sarasota Bay as their Grand Canal. Ca’ d’Zan, means “House of John”, in the dialect of their beloved Venice.

One of America’s wealthiest couples, the Ringlings started building Ca’ d’Zan in 1924 and completed it shortly before Christmas in 1926 at the then princely sum of $1.5 million. Mable, who had kept an oilskin portfolio filled with postcards, sketches and photos she had collected during her travels, oversaw every aspect of the construction. The home was built from terra cotta “T” blocks, concrete and brick, it is covered with stucco and embellished with glazed tile. Decorative tile medallions, balustrades and ornamental cresting in soft red, yellow, green, blue and ivory highlight the pink patina of the stucco and exterior.

Sadly, only three years after its completion, Mable died from Addison’s disease and the complications of diabetes. When John Ringling died in December of 1936 he bequeathed his estate to the people of Florida, but legal wrangling with his creditors went on for a decade until the property finally passed unencumbered to the state. During this time Ca’ d’Zan remained closed. Finally, in 1946 it was reopened to the public, but still in a state of disrepair. It was so run down it was used as Miss Haversham's Mansion in the 1998 production of Great Expectations.

Restoration of the home was finally completed in 2002, at a cost of $15 million, ten times that of the original house, Ca’ d’Zan was returned to its former glory and reopened as the grandest mansion on Florida’s sun coast. Today it stands as one of America’s architectural treasures.


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 6, 2019

The Goat or Who is Sylvia?


Edward Albee's The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? is an absurdest play with subtle references to ancient Greek tragedy. It poked fun at modern liberal ideals, and taboos. It is not an easy play to digest. In the first scene Martin (Allan Whitehead) has turned 50. He seems to have it all a very successful career as an architect and a loving wife, Stevie (Merritt Anne Cooke-Greene). They joke with each other clearly loving each others company. Martin's friend, Ross (Mark Anthony Kelly) is a reporter and he sets up his video camera to record an interview with his longtime friend. Though Martin is at the pinnacle of his career it became clear that he was not happy about turning 50.

I had sketched a reading of Edward Albee's play back in 2010, so I knew what was to come in the second scene. Thought Martin had been faithful for his whole marriage, he had recently met Sylvia and fell  deeply in love. Perhaps it was the country air but he was different around her. He confessed this affair to Ross who immediately wrote a letter to Martin's wife to warn her. What followed was a long confession my Martin to his wife while she broke just about every delicate item in the living room. I have to confess that there was so much yelling that I began to tone it out. The entire scene seemed hell bent on a single note of frantic yelling and emotional destruction. Martin's Son, Billy (Adam Minossora) was home through the confession and he didn't take the news well. Though Martin was out doing unimaginable things in the name of love he was not accepting of his son's homosexuality. This was strange double standard for this father son relationship.

I will say it again, this is a hard show to watch. It is unnerving. It was a daring choice for Director Marco DeGeorge to bring it to Theater on the Edge (5542 Hansel Avenue Orlando FL). The first evening's performance was sold out. Perhaps Orlando is ready for some really unsettling and cutting edge theater.

CREATIVE TEAM: (Producer / Set Designer) Elaitheia Quinn (Asst. Director / Creative Asst.) Riley Walden (Directing Asst.) Chris Ivers (Builder) Megan Raitano (Associate Producer / Stage Manager) Derek Alan Rowe (Graphic Designer) DeeDee Strauss (Box Office).

The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia? is running April 2, 2019 to May 5, 2019. Tickets are $23 to $35.


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 5, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for April 6 and 7, 2019

Saturday April 6, 2019
1pm to 3pm Free. Creative City Project’s Immersive Projection Installation. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.

6pm to 8pm Free. FL ANTIFEST IV Music festival. Grumpy's Underground Lounge, 1018 N. Mills Ave Orlando FL. Celebrating Florida's experimental music scene.

7:30pm to 9:30pm Free. Titanic: The Musical UCF. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.

Sunday April 7, 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.

Noon to 1pm Free. Yoga. Lake Eola Park on lawn by Red Gazebo.

2pm to 4pm Free but get food and drink. Hollerbach's Springfest. Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe, 205 E. First St., Sanford FL. A spring version of Oktoberfest complete with sausages, pretzels, beer and people dancing to polka music in lederhosen and dirndls.


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 4, 2019

Sugar Art Fashion Show

The Sugar  Art Fashion Show took place during The Americas Cake Fair 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse Hall. Organizers didn't know how to handle the crowd gathered, resulting in an endless wait to be seated. So I could get busy sketching, I slipped into the back row while the chaos to be seated played out. Everyone was desperate for front row seats. Perhaps people hoped some icing might fall and they could taste the fashion first hand.

A portion of the proceeds from the fashion show went to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The New York-style fashion show displayed mouth-watering haute couture. Gorgeous edible ensembles were masterfully designed by more than one dozen celebrated sugar, cake and chocolate artisans. The fashion designers were asked to base there edible creations on famous movies and the results were quite fun. The models strutted there sweet stuff down the catwalk during this one-of-a-kind event hosted by Food Network Star, Chef Emily Ellyn and Fashion Stylist/On-Air Style Expert Melanie Pace.

When I walked back to my car, I discovered that I had left my umbrella under the seat in the convention center.  I didn't decide to walk all the way back. I tend to leave a little piece of myself everywhere I go.


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