Monday, July 22, 2019

Apollo 13


In June there was a free screening of Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks at Winter Park's Central Park. I saw the film when it first came out in 1995 on the big screen. It was about the third attempt to land men on the moon. The one thing I remember form that showing was that I was seated in a front row of the theater and the film gave me a huge headache. At the time I was working at Disney Feature Animation and we had a box lunch session in which producers of the film showed us how it was made. The film was directed by Ron Howard of The Andy Griffith Show fame. Some scenes in the film featured astronauts in weightlessness. Back then there was no Digital Effects to recreate that effect so they actually got permission to build a set inside a plane known as the Vomit Comet or KC-135 airplane. It got that illustrious name because it would fly extremely high and then nose dive towards the earth creating a momentary weightlessness inside the fuselage. The remaining scenes in the capsule were usually close ups and to get the effect of weightlessness in those shots the actors would be on sea saws which would gently rock them up and down. Watching the film again I couldn't help but wonder which scenes featured those rocking horses or sea saws.

I sketched as people set up their blankets on the Central Park Lawn. As it grew darker I made my painting darker as well. Twice the film had to be stopped as an Amtrak Train roared by. I finished my sketch about half way through the film as Tom Hanks announced, "Houston we have a problem." An on-board explosion deprives their spacecraft of most of its oxygen supply and electric power, forcing NASA's flight controllers to abort the Moon landing, and turned the mission into a struggle to get the three men home safely. What followed were very exciting solutions to very difficult problems. Oxygen was being vented into space, and the astronauts had to move into the lunar landing vessel which acted as their life raft. With CO2 levels rising they realized that the filter could not keep up with the CO2 they were exhaling. The filter form the capsule they abandoned could not be used because it was round rather than square. On the ground engineers were tasked with finding a way to use the wrong shaped filter. It involved ripping the cover off a manual, some tape and tubing. When reconstructed with step by step instructions the astronauts held their breath hoping the filter would work and it did.

When the aborted mission returned to earth, the astronauts had to go back inside the capsule and jettison their life raft into space. When re entering the earths atmosphere they had to hope that the heat shield on the bottom of the capsule had not been damaged in the explosion which had been caused when they stirred the oxygen tanks. As the capsule was engulfed in flames as it dropped towards the earth everyone in the audience saw a shooting star streak above the movie screen. Apollo 13 was an amazing film about perseverance hope and steely eyes determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable life and death decisions. It was a nail biting ride from launch to splashdown. And watching it under a shooting star shower was and ethereal experience.


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, July 21, 2019

Kiss My Art


Boris Douglas Garbe and Marla E. Smith were live at Maxine's on Shine (337 North Shine Avenue Orlando FL). Boris and Marla joined forces to host a syndicated talk show called Kiss My Art, and this was a live taping of that show. Their guest for the evening was Chris Fioravantti. Chris was sporting a signature jacket that was given to him by commissioner Patty Sheehan. It was covered with day of the dead skulls. Before taking to the stage he vogued in it for admirers in the audience. Chris is a podcaster himself so he is used to conducting interviews with local guests.

Boris and Marla sat on opposite sides of Chris and each asked him questions in turn. Boris confided that he had experienced bullying as a kid so he was interested in a traumatic story from Chris's past. Chris related that he kept to himself in school. On a trip on his bike he noticed several kids bullying a gay fellow student. He knew of him but they were not particularly close. He decided he had to act so he shouted out for the bullies to stop. When they didn't he hopped off his bike and got into the middle of the fight. He started getting blows to his head and had to close his eyes. When he opened his eyes, he was on thee ground and he found that the kid he had come to help, had joined the bullies in hitting and kicking him while he was down. In hind sight he didn't blame the kid. It was his way to survive the incident.

Chris also found out later in life that he was adopted. His adopted family was in the audience and there were some ties between the father who abandoned him and his adopted family which made his telling of this story all the more brave. Today Chris works as a Dog groomer which he loves, but someday he hopes that the podcasts he creates can lift him up so he can live a financially stable existence. After the interview was over, I found a card on my table that announced that The Experience will be coming this February.  

As Chris stated, "At my core I am an artist. I play the guitar, the ukulele, and the piano. At one point I studied audio engineering, but podcasting is my true passion. When I was approached by Kyle Eagle and Boris Garbe in late 2018 to start my own podcast I jumped at the chance!!!" So, be sure to put, The Experience on your radar. It is now on mine.


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, July 20, 2019

The Accidental Historian


The Orange County Regional History Center (65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, Florida 32801) is creating an exhibit that will run from September 21, 2019 through January 19, 2020 called The Accidental Historian. The premise is that every day citizens could be historians without even realizing it! That’s certainly true of many bloggers, urban sketchers, photographers, and more. In this engaging exhibition, patrons can learn how individuals who are absorbed in documenting the world of today accidentally become some of Central Florida’s finest historians for the future. Catch a glimpse into some of the museum's favorite collections that were created for the now – more than 100 years ago.

I was  invited to contribute to this exhibit. The above sketch was done in front of the History Center in the exact spot a historical photo was shot back in the 1920s.  It was fascinating to see what has changed and what has not changed. The 55 West building is certainly new but many of the buildings on this street look exactly the way they did 100 years ago. If you go to the History Center web site you will see that this sketch was married to the old photo from the past creating a unique split screen view of this intersection at two separate points on the timeline. A larger than life framed version of this split screen is being created so that people who go to the exhibit can walk inside my sketch for a family photo opportunity. Anyone on the black and white photo side will be shown in black and white and anyone on my sketch side off the scene will be in vibrant color. I cant wait to see how this turn out in practice.

Besides my contributions to the show, other members of Orlando Urban Sketchers will have their work on display since the artists of today will be each leaving behind a unique view of what it is like to live in Orlando. So put September 21, 2019 on your calendar and come to see the history being recorded in unique ways every day right here in Orlando.


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

Friday, July 19, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for July 20 and 21, 2019

Saturday July 20, 2019
8am to 1pm 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.

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 & authenticity of the military experience. Non-military booths such as healthcare providers, home improvement, local attractions or other businesses are invited to be vendors for minimal donation.

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

Sunday July 21, 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 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Ola Szelag. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit our historic home museum on a Sunday afternoon from 12 to 3 pm, listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents. 

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 & 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, July 18, 2019

Purple Rain


In March of 2019 John Hurst celebrated his 50th birthday along with his twin sister Alecia at the Abbey (100 S Eola Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, Florida 32801). The party was actually a surprise orchestrated by John wife Chimene Pindar Hurst. As she said, " I have done what any self-respecting wife of John would do, and hired an amazing Prince impersonator (Sir Jac) with his full band, horn section, sexy backup dancers, the whole shebang. We have seen him perform and it’s really fun. I booked The Abbey (100 S Eola Dr #100, Orlando, FL 32801) for the night, a cool venue around the corner from us where they will play and we can do it up all night! Full bar, projector, stage, [and a] great sound system."

When Pam and I arrived there was a thong around John and the venue was packed. I decided to slip through the crowd and find a seat on the sidelines with a view of the stage. I sketched the stage as the band set up. Once they began to perform I placed each performer into the scene in turn. One of the back up performers was a performer and model I had sketched at other events. She had a great voice but was limited in her dancing moves by a pair of very high platform shoes. The prince impersonator (Joey Colon) himself was full of energy. He performed non stop for the duration of the evening. He has been performing as Prince in The U.S.A. for over 10 years. There is an uncanny resemblance, with every body movement sound being like the Purple Legend.

Orlando seems to be a hub for impersonators perhaps because of the theme parks. Anyway the band was great and I tried to capture a fraction of the high energy performance. AS they performed Purple Rain, I covered the sketch in Purple washes. John found me hard at work and introduced me to his twin sister. Back in high school in Tenafly, New Jersey, I studied American History with John's dad. As extra credit for that class I built a scale model of a dutch settlement home out of sandstone blocks that I cut using a tile saw. When John and I worked together at Disney we discovered that one degree of separation. The world is a small place.

John really is a Prince fanatic. John resisted social media for the longest time. After the party I began noticing that he posts some Prince related trivia every day on Twitter. He was on the dance floor throughout the night and when he was asked to get on stage. He held his own playing guitar and singing. John works for the animation industry as a storyboard artist but he might have missed his calling as a rock and roll star. The birthday cake was shaped as a purple frosted guitar. Drinks flowed and by the end of the evening Pam and I were dancing as well. It was a fun night and I got to see a side of John that I had never seen before.


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, July 17, 2019

First Thursdays at OMA


Noga Grossman arranged for Orlando Urban Sketchers to have a table for First Thursdays at the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). As part of  our presentation, I agreed to do a sketch on my iPad, which was connected to one of the large screen TVs above our table. With that arrangement people could see my sketch progress in real time. Getting the connections right was a challenge, so we arranged to get things ironed out the week before. My possible sketch opportunities were limited to my view from the table since I was tethered to the screen. Pam helped me with a new wireless connection that worked great, which might mean sketching from anywhere in a venue without worrying about wires. It is a brave new world.

The Orlando Urban Sketcher's table was adorned with a roll of paper, allowing anyone the chance to add to a sketch that developed over the course of the event. It was a popular spot for artists to come and relax with a sketch. Each Orlando Urban Sketcher was asked to bring in a sketchbook. My sketchbook had sketches of the strip in Las Vegas from a recent trip. What is great about having Urban Sketchers exploring an event is that each artist has their unique way of seeing and interpreting  the scene.

The theme for this First Thursday event was Art and Architecture. This show is a discovery into how art informs the built environment. Artists were encouraged to submit all types of media, from photography to 3D models, to showcase the beauty found in the built world. First Thursday is an opportunity for patrons to discover local artists, listen to live music, and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There are cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks, and water, and cafe offerings from area restaurants. 

A giant pink sculpture by Carlos Betancourt dominated the back gallery area, while The Smoking Jackets performed live near the Chihuly sculpture in the atrium. Trevor Fraser was telling me a story of a reporter asking Chihuly what the hardest lesson was that he had learned as an artist. The two were walking through the artist's glass-making workshop and an apprentice was finishing up a gorgeous piece of glass. Chihuly took it from him and threw it violently against the wall. It shattered into thousands of pieces. "Nothing lasts," he said.

The next First Thurday is June 6, 2019. The theme for the evening will be Indigenous Futurism, which will will focus on the indigenous and tribal origins of art. From Africa, Australia, North, South and Central America, and beyond. They will explore the influence and fusion of tribal art from the past and into the future. Admission is $15.


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, July 16, 2019

Fiddler on the Phone

In March, DC based performance artist Brian Feldman was back in Orlando visiting family. At this time Fiddler on the Roof was opening at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Brian did a series of performances while he was in Orlando. At one of the performances called Knives Out, Brian asked me if I knew of a pay phone in Orlando. Pay phonea are a dying breed in this digital world, but Brian did find one only a few block from where he used to live in Winter Park on Edgewater and Fairbanks.

Brain explained that he wold begin his performance right after sunset.  I was working on the Ivanhoe Brewery mural at the time. Pam and I ordered some food from a food truck and it became clear that the people inside were new to the job. My dish came out but Pams was held  up and people who had ordered before us were still waiting. She told me to drive up to the phone booth since the sun was quickly setting. Luckily Brain was a few minutes late as well which is actually rather a tradition.

The pay phone was at a 7-11 convenience store. Brian set up several LED light strip inside the phone booth so he could see the script from Fiddler. His idea was to sing the entire show over the pay phone to people who had asked for a performance. Pam Schwartz had asked for a performance but she joined me as I went to the phone booth to sketch. This  is where the real theatrical magic happened as noisy trucks and motorcycles buzzed by on the crowded roadway.

Several people didn't pick up their phones perhaps thinking the call might be a cold call from an advertiser. Brian then called Pam even though she was 10 feet away. We could hear the performance line and she heard it from her cell phone perhaps creating a unique stereo effect. Brian's performance was light hearted and fun. He would read the parts for every character leading up to each musical number.


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, July 15, 2019

Funny Launch Party


We Bring the Funny hosted a Funny Launch Party at Theatre South Playhouse (The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7601 Della Dr. Suite 15, Orlando, FL 32819). The event was a way to introduce people to their new company which brings comedy solutions to corporate meeting and events. The  idea is that they would apply the tenants of improvisation to the workplace by training staff and executives. As they put it, "Even Eric from purchasing can do it." They also offer customized written materials like sketches, jokes, commercials, and top 10 lists.

Pam offered ideas for one one the improv sketches, having the comedians work with her home town of Maquoketa, Iowa. I was impressed. The comedian must have been in the hallway researching the small Iowa town, because little known facts about the region were brought up in the comedy sketch, though he couldn't quite pronounce the name itself. The bottom line is that this was a fun and inspired evening of comedy.

The three players in We Bring the Funny were: Steve Purnick, writer, actor, improviser, and corporate entertainer; Mary Thompson Hunt, actress, improviser comedian, teacher, corporate facilitator trainer, and host; and Jake Lockwood, a freelance writer, director, educator, and actor.  With a combined 12,000 years of experience in corporate entertainment, the team is, smart, clean, professional, and (on most occasions), funny. They are dedicated to bringing laughter, fun, and energy to live meetings and events. I can vouch for the fact that I laughed all night.


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, July 14, 2019

Infusion Tea


I had an event on my calendar called Cafe Night Open Mic at Infusion Tea (1600 Edgewater Drive College Park, Florida.) I had been working on the Ivanhoe Park Brewery mural earlier in the day from noon to 2:30 pm, so I was sweaty and grimy from railroad dust. Regardless, I wanted to get a sketch done for the day, so I headed to Infusion with Pam to experience the Cafe Night Open Mic.

We ordered tea and sat, waiting for the event to unfold. There was no Cafe Night Open Mic. I kept sketching anyway. The ladies across from us had ordered a three tiered finger sandwich and tea platter. There was lots of lettuce on the top tier. It must have been a special occasion. They chatted and joked... when they were not lost in their phones. Behind them was the Arts Co-op with funky dishes, jewelry, and t-shirts. One blanket said, "Live by the sun, love by the moon."


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, July 13, 2019

Grand Avenue Community Center Meeting

The Grand Avenue School was built in 1926 and designated a historic landmark by the City of Orlando in 1995. It features Mediterranean Revival architecture. The historic Grand Avenue School closed its doors in 2017, after 90 years. The school served 227 students from pre-K to grade 2 each year and upon its closure, when staff were asked to leave the building, one woman took it upon herself to make efforts to preserve some of the history packed away in boxes. When the school closed there was fear that the building would be demolished. A committee was formed to try and stop that from happening.

Segregation was struck down by a Supreme Court Order in 1954 but Orange County was slow to comply. Orange County figured making black students file paperwork to attend white schools, while stalling on rezoning and busing, would suffice. One dad wanted his adopted daughter, who was black, to attend an all white school. He pressured the school board to allow her to attend but the school board responded that she was too smart to attend their all white school as well, so they graduated her at the age of 12. This resulted in another court case demanding desegregation in Orange County Schools.

In 1971, a judge threatened to hold the entire school board in contempt after missing a court-imposed deadline for filing an outline of their plans to desegregate. The school board dragged its feet since there was no real repercussions for non-compliance. State and federal funding might be cut, but it never was. In 2007, Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center was 80 percent black. At this meeting where some members had attended Grand Avenue, the memory of the school board ignoring desegregation was visceral. Tempers still flare about the injustice. Integration was extremely divisive in the South, and there was a reluctance to tear the community apart over it. Silence and inaction became a way of ignoring the problem.

The now empty Grand Avenue Elementary School will be preserved and repurposed as a youth and family recreation center. The Borrelli + Partners’ design team has been selected for the design-build contract to renovate and construct the City of Orlando’s Grand Avenue Community Center. As a historical landmark, any exterior work or demolition is subject to a Historic Preservation process. The $17 million budget includes renovations of the existing 29,844 SF school building and 66,000 SF of new construction. The Community Center will house multiple programs including the Parramore Kidz Zone, After-School All-Stars, Orlando Pottery Studio, as well as a MAC gym and yoga studio. This committee has been meeting to help guide an infusion of the school and community's history into the public art that will adorn its walls.


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, July 12, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for July 13 and 14, 2019

Saturday July 13, 2019
8am to 1pm 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.

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

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

Sunday July 14, 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 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Beautiful Music with Shannon Caine. Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit our historic home museum on a Sunday afternoon from 12 to 3 pm, listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents.

2pm to 4pm $5 Film Slam. Enzian Theater, South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL. Originally a project of University of Central Florida's Downtown Media Arts Center, Enzian became the home of FilmSlam when DMAC closed in 2006. FilmSlam continues to be a popular outlet for indie and student filmmakers throughout the State of Florida. Q and A with the filmmakers to follow screening.


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, July 11, 2019

Daytona Beach Sand Dredging Project


Pam Schwartz and I decided to get away to Daytona Beach for a day. Parking at the end of a street was surprisingly easy. A quick walk over some dunes left us on the beach where we set up the umbrella since I am a vampire needing eternal shade. Once set up we walked down the beach towards what looked like a huge fountain.

The beach ended with a sign and workmen warning "Danger and Keep Out!" The fountain was part of a  $20-million-plus effort to restore protective berms along Flagler County’s coastline, one of the longest and most multifaceted projects in the county’s history. Work crews dumped more than 750,000 tons of sand to patch up Flagler’s battered dune line, which was devastated by hurricanes Matthew and Irma in 2016 and 2017.

Sand was being pumped through huge pipes being moved from one area and mixed with sea water to make a slurry and then pumped out like a geyser onto the new beaches being built and expanded.  As the sand filled slurry poured out, tractors quickly moved up and down the beach moving the new sand into place. A few months later the same beach had a huge thick boa constrictor of a pipe running down the beach as the sand was being pumped further south. Sand was built up in certain areas so beach goers had bridges to walk over the thick pipe which was at least 5 feet in diameter.


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, July 10, 2019

Latitudes


I need to find a downtown spot which will work for an Orlando Urban Sketching Workshop about sketching the Orlando Downtown skyline. Pam and I decided to go to Latitudes (33 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801) which has a rooftop bar. After getting drinks we walked upstairs to another platform above the bar to see if the view might work for a workshop. The New Year's Eve ball or orange was still on a pole having ushered in 2019 in January.

Unfortunately this rooftop bar is surrounded by much taller skyscrapers which cut off the views. I rather liked the intimate view of the couple sitting on the bar stools chatting with the bartender. During the week this spot if rather quiet until the crowds arrive much later at night. We discussed the idea of renting an upper balcony apartment just for the workshop. Another building was nearing completion across the street.

If anyone has suggestions of building which might offer good views of a 360 degree view of the downtown skyline please let me know. My next thought is the courthouse but of course there is tight security to get into the building and art supplies tend to confound most security guards. Another thought is to just sketch the skyline from Lake Eola Park. There is however a definite added drama of sketching a city skyline from an elevated vantage point.


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, July 9, 2019

Rollins College


While walking back from an event I sketched in Winter Park, I heard activity over at Rollins College and I decided to cross over Fairbanks Avenue to see what was going on. The large football field was illuminated with stadium lighting. A soccer practice was under way and I had to stop to sketch. The chapel was illuminated a bright blue with spot lights and the upper bell tower windows glowed a golden yellow. A full moon helped lighten the scene as well.

I was sketching trough the chain link fencing for the sake of convenience. One of the players saw me sitting and taking in the scene and he asked me if I was a talent scout for a professional team. Another player had a better guess of what I was up to and I showed him the sketch in progress when he asked to see.

There were a few drills and shots at the net but the huddle in the middle of the field dominated the time I spent sketching. The practice was over and the players dissipated before my sketch was complete. I didn't linger long since this was a simple landscape scene but the lighting of the field at night would make a good plein air study should I decide to return. The Knowles Memorial Chapel at night is an amazing sight.


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, July 8, 2019

Fireworks Lake Eola


The Lake Eola Swans were being paddled around the lake right up until sunset. They then returned to the dock for the duration of the fireworks. Mayor Buddy Dyer got the crowd rallied and ready for the spectacle. I had been working right up until sunset on the drawing of the far skyline looking across the lake. Disney music from the animated films warmed the wet the crowd for much of the afternoon.

When the first fireworks bursts went off flocks of swans and nesting birds took flight panicking as they tried to escape the noise and bright flashing lights. I made sure to capture the red white and blue lighting of the fountain. The fireworks were launched from a spot just to the left of the fountain, probably near the peninsula which had recently been denuded of palm trees near the red gazebo.

As I painted the fireworks burst I realized I had a disadvantage to the video and photo shooting phones. All the giant bursts went off in exactly the same place. So I focused on making the one fireworks burst I painted as visually interesting as possible. I discovered a whole series of luminous brushed in Procreate, my digital sketching program and I played with the toys as the fireworks burst. I might have missed some of the show as I hunted for new brushes to play around with. All the smoke from the fireworks drifted off silently to the south.


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, July 6, 2019

Waiting for the Lake Eola July 4th Fireworks


I experienced the Lake Eola Fireworks with Pam Schwartz and her family visiting from Iowa. July 4th also happens to be Pam's niece, Destiny's birthday so she gets to celebrate her birth on the same day as our nation. We all got a strong lesson in Central Florida History before heading down to the lake along with artifacts like a KKK robe and a lynching photo. On the same floor of the Orange Country Regional History Center there is Love Speaks which features art created in answer to the Pulse massacre three years ago. The history Center is just one block from the lake and we hiked to the lake with a picnic blanket, some lawn chairs and a cooler. We got to the lake about four hours before the fireworks were scheduled to go off.

The crowd grew thick as we approached the Disney Bandshell which had live music. Food trucks. TV trucks and various vendors were around the bandshell. A bus was parked at the end of Washington Street adjacent to the park so that no madman could drive into the park to kill pedestrians. As we spread out our blanket I scanned the high rises looking for spots where a gunman might decided to fire on the crown below. Our blanked fit nicely between two other families. Kids played cards and grew squirrely as they lost patience.

I decided to sketch a woman seated next to us who had a piece of luggage which had a convenient shelf that opened up as a portal to a TV screen. She had on head phones and around her neck was another digital device probably for audio. I had been tracking storm clouds using my iPhone radar and predicted about a 50 chance of rain. As I sketched it started to rain. Pam went back to the museum to get some red white and blue umbrellas and also some Geico blue ponchos for the kids.The rain never got heavy enough to keep me from sketching. The opposite was true. The rain settled the crowd down making the scene easier to draw.


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, July 5, 2019

Weekend Top 6 Picks for July 6 and 7, 2019

Saturday July 6, 2019
5pm to 9pm Free. Faith Arts Village (FAVO) First Friday Art Show. Faith Arts Village Orlando 221 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida. 36 Studios of original art in a former motel.

 9pm to 11:30pm No Cover but get a drink or food. Live Jazz. White Wolf Cafe 1829 N Orange Ave Orlando, FL 32804.

11pm to 1am No cover. Fresh produce with mango beats presented by Family Gang. Debbie's Bar 1436 State Road 436, Casselberry, Florida 32707.  Howell Branch and Semoran Blvd.
its going to be the best Friday of your life. the best drink specials ever and mango beats on the ones and twos. free entry come get your drink on
Drink Specials:
$2 Mango Jello Shots
$3 Fireball
$3 Blue Raspberry (UV Vodka Shots)
$3 Grape (UV Vodka Shots)
$4 Lemon Drops
$5 Chocolate Cake Shots
$5 Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shot
$12. Domestic Buckets
Mango Beats Spinning the best Hiphop, EDM, Classic Rock, Local Ozone and Familygang Tunes all night.


Sunday July 7, 2019
10am to 4pm Free. Lake Eola Farmers Market. Lake Eola Park, Orlando, FL 32801. 

Noon to 3pm Donation based. Music at the Casa. Bryan Hayes (NEW to Casa Feliz!) Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, 656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Members of the public are invited to visit the historic home museum to listen to live music and take a tour of our historic home museum and the James Gamble Rogers II Studio by trained docents. 

10opm 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, July 4, 2019

July 4th Washington DC

When Donald Trump launched his candidacy for president in 2020 he decided to have his Trump Rally in Orlando Florida. Local counter demonstrators got a hold of the Baby Trump Balloon which was first flown in London when Trump visited the queen over there. Unfortunately the balloon never took flight in Orlando due to an ordinance that kept it grounded.

With Trump hijacking the Washington DC July 4th celebration I was pleased to find out that the Baby Trump balloon was granted a permit to appear in the Washington mall which is where the celebration is to be hosted. However the balloon was once a gain grounded. It can not be filled with helium and it can not take flight.

Trump is turning the annual July 4th celebration into a military display of might by having tanks transported to the Mall. There is of course concern that the Washington DC roads are not constructed for the heavy weight of huge tanks. Military aircraft from around the country are also being flown to DC for fly overs. There is much concern about how many millions of dollars are being used of tax payer dollars for this one show of force as children are shoved into overcrowded camps on the border and in Honesdale Miami in very inhuman conditions. Photos surfaces today showing standing room only in overcrowded facilities.

I started wondering what the Trump balloon could look like now that it is grounded and that is where this sketch came from. It would be nice if the tanks were as light as helium.


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, July 3, 2019

Fabby Awards at Fringe


On the final evening at Orlando Fringe the outdoor stage is set up for the Fabby awards which honor the best shows of the year. A live band opened the festivities but the volume was so loud that no one sat inside the tent. Most people kept their distance scattered across the fringe lawn. The top selling show at the fringe was Animatronicans: Under New Management. I had an opportunity to sketch that show but was pulled away on another assignment. I bumped into one member of the cast, Janine Klein, that I had sketched before and she said that any Disney themed show always tends to sell hard. Every show in  the run was sold out.

The critics choice awards are highly anticipated. With 75 awards being presented it seemed like there was an award for just about any show. Actually I take that back, there are over 200 shows which makes it impossible for any one critic to see every show over the 14 days of Fringe. Word of mouth and the Fringe Buzz however clearly swing towards favorites. The award for the best show went to Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard! He was beside himself going up to accept the award and some Fringe artists on the lawn like Paul Strickland were just as excited for him. It is that kind of enthusiasm of artists supporting each other that I find heart warming.


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, July 2, 2019

Super Variety Match Bonus Round at Fringe


Jousha Productions presented Super Variety Match Bonus Round at Orlando Fringe.Written by Deb Hiett and directed by Tara Kromer, the show featured Mags (Elizabeth Murff) and Erns Eagleton (Rod Cathey) who were lower middle class people living out their retirement in a small Texas Town. They were set in their ways being rather xenophobic, and homophobic. Their daily routine was only occasionally interrupted by the UPD delivery lady named Delores (Maria Flores).

As the play opened Mags was asleep in front of the TV. Erns entered with soup and the loving way her served her was heart warming. Mags was supposed to have narcolepsy which means she could nod off at any moment. They reminded me of members of my own family living only through the TV news that supports their views.

However there was a hint of loss in the set. An American flag was folded into a triangle and framed in a wooden display case. This unfortunately was from the loss of their son who had served in the military. Part of what held them in place was their grief and guilt over his death. Without informing Mags, Erns had decided to rent out their sons room as an Air B&B. A large concert was rolling into their small town and it would be easy to rent out the space which would help with their mounting expenses. Mags was upset about the idea of allowing a stranger in to their home but she relented since it was already a done deal.

Enter Chrz (Douglas Warren Jensen) who wore a bright pink feminine blouse showing his tummy, a furry white anime cap with long ears a white skirt and knee high red striped socks. The cap had led lights that made it glow. it was magical. His high spirits and enthusiasm were in stark contrast the couples insular conservative life. Clearly they had never met someone as joyously gay as Chrz. He was honest sincere and compassionate so these polar opposites began to share and relate to each other.

He decided the couple needed to loosen up if they were to find their way through grief and when he left for the concert he left behind a small bit of LSD which was hidden in Erns and Mag dinner as they settled in to watch TV. The second act was a high stakes LSD fueled game show in which the couple had the chance to win the life of their son back or a chance to move on with their lives. A small seed had been planted for them to once again embrace their life instead of regretting their loss.


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, July 1, 2019

Death Face at Fringe


Wicked Tongue Arts of Orlando presented Death Face at Orlando Fringe. Adam McCabe wrote the show was about a killer new app of a company called BuHu that enables people to have their bad news delivered door to door. In the opening scene a courier named Kelly Kelly (Jerry Jobe Jr.) delivered bad news to a woman who was bound with a sack over her face. As he tried to confirm her identity to deliver the news, a man with a fury mask entered and shot her in the head. Having someone die while delivering news wasn't a part of the job he was prepared for.

He spirals into depression while a new hire, Peggy (Leigh Green) tied to cheer him up. The rest of the staff envy his experience and seem intent on triggering him to keep reliving the experience. A sensual co-worker (Cassandra Heinrich) embraced the company culture and the boss (Brett McMahon) was only concerned that the couriers keep up with the growing demand for depressing bad news. One comic moment featured and old woman who didn't give a damn about any bad news since she had already lived through a shit storm of a life.

I didn't quite know which way the story was going. Cynical humor was mixed with a few rare moments of sincerity. However interpersonal relations seemed strained in this dark and menacing future of social media. I left the theater feeling confused and conflicted, but maybe that was the intent.


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