Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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 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

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