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ART IN THE TIME OF PLAGUE

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So you had a thriving creative business going (I had both art and music) and this corona plague came along and the government shut you down. I don’t think any of us were prepared for that, as I don’t think any of us have lived through times like these.

I had several different sources of income – fine art sales, teaching art classes, commissions for public art (murals and sculpture) and I was actually making the most money playing music gigs. Suddenly all the music venues, art galleries, art shows, art classes, and yes, even the public art commissions I had won and was about to start, were closed down. March 7 was my last gig.

I was so angry I wanted to throw something. I just got angrier and angrier. Which, of course, didn’t do any good at all.

Right now the world needs art and music more than ever before. Anything you can do to make people smile. I started a YouTube channel and put my music online. On facebook, too. Made a website for music. And let me tell you, this was a big deal for me – I didn’t know how to do any of that before! I’m 71 years old and learning to create a youtube channel was quite a feat. (The Bess and Mike Show on Youtube.)

I’ve been painting – I’ve been posting new and old paintings all over the place online. I’m going to paint a mural on the fence at my house. I created an art gallery in my house that will open as soon as people are allowed to gather again.

I’ve taken several online classes. I was invited to perform on a famous YouTube channel – that was a hoot. We had an online tip jar which actually netted us about $500. Not as much as we would have made performing regular gigs, but imagine that – people liked our music so much that they gave us tips! I’m floored.

I have my little small town projects, too. I planted more in my garden so I can give some away. I have chickens so I gave away eggs. I have an incubator which has now been running full time for almost 9 weeks. I’m hatching out chicks, because now my neighbors want to keep chickens, too. I’ve given away chicks to two neighbors who are first time chicken keepers and I have a waiting list for the next two batches to hatch in the incubator.

The game now has got to be how can you help? How can you make people smile? How can you spread a little joy and bring some beauty to the world? This pandemic will be over one day and what will be your legacy? You can do something about it, and you can help others get through and you can bring joy to the world.

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3 Tips from Chuck Rosenthal Fine Artist

Being a good painter is not done because of accidents. You need to pass through lots of challenges, trials, practices, and failures. To help you in painting, here are Chuck Rosenthal Fine Artist three simple yet valuable tips that you must always remember as you go along your journey in painting.

Light Controls Everything

You must have been thinking of the best materials to use in painting and must have bought very expensive ones just to be sure to have a great outcome. However, the expensive items will turn out to be worthless if you cannot imagine how the lighting will be on your painting. You must understand that everything in the painting depends mostly on light. The absence and the presence of it control everything. Light provides glow to your painting. The objects will appear gloriously with the appropriate lightings. Using the best angle for lighting, the viewers will experience a very tremendous impact. This is the first thing noticed by viewers and this entices them to look closely and longer at the painting. Your work will not appear dramatic as it is, not until you will paint the right light within it.

Color Matters Greatly

Colors highly influence the overall impact of the painting. There are pieces wherein the color enhances the message to make it clearer. It can describe a scene that other aspects find hard to show. The color used in painting plays a major role. It can harmonize, it unifies a scene, it produces rhythm, it shows a clear visual path, and it creates emphasis. The colors can be greatly shown using the right kinds of brush as well and the appropriate strokes. The best way to understand the value of colors, and how to use them in a painting, is by studying and practicing what the different colors are and what will happen if colors are mixed up. You can learn different combinations of the color wheel and try new ideas for color combinations in your paintings.

Aim to Improve

There is no such thing as steady best painter. All painters grow with each new painting. If you can’t seem to get a particular effect that you want, practice till you get it. Keep learning – read books, watch videos on Youtube, look up definitions of words so that you understand – it’s a continuous process. When you achieve a painting that is the best one you have ever made up, try to surpass that quality. Aim higher. Compete with yourself.

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