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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.

Wild Spirit Artworks

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Introduce myself and a thought about art

Hello guys, I am L D Sledge. This is my first post on IAC and I intend to post regularly. I am a writer, author, poet, copywriter, visual artist and mess with a piano keyboard, guitar and a couple of other things as a mediocre player. But I love making visual and physical art whether it is an oil or acrylic canvas, a great shot with my camera, piano melody, a flower arrangement or a string of words on a page or pages that gives that joyous heart bursting joy of having flowed something extraordinary. It is all art, whether a fleeting shadow or a childhood memory of geese flying across a great yellow winter moon, with their lonely cries in the night, or the scent of a rose. This world is a sumptuous feast of eye, ear and sensual candy just waiting to be slurped up. It is all candy to me.

The test is not technical perfection. The test is if it creates an emotional impact on the observer. What impact does the Pieta have on you? If you have seen it, as I have, in situ, right there before my eyes, you would receive a palpable impact, as I did. Even looking at a picture of it does that. The artist imbued that marble with his very spirit that lives on and on in the stone, singing its beautiful melody through every molecule and atom of its self transferred through the hammer and chisel of a great artist.

But an artist, whether a writer or painter, makes a serious mistake at trying to create this impact on others. If a writer writes to please others, to make money, as a vanity exercise or as a effort to make an impression on others, it changes the essence of the form to something other than real art in my opinion. An artist must just open the doors and let it out, flowing, without concern of any other person or mind of others, except to please the artist and to make sure it speaks a language that can be understood.

Iris

Too much individuality makes it unintelligible, and a thing that renders itself even ugly to my mind and it has an instant effect the moment I lay eyes on it. I went to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg recently, in hopes of seeing something deserving of the publicity. Sorry. His work is strange, kind of scary, gross in a way, certainly not something that you can take away feeling inspired, delighted or aesthetically gratified. He just made lots of noise with melting clocks, etc. There were two or three very excellent pieces, like the Last Supper, which was inspired. And no double he was a fantastic artist. I see good artists waste it on gross, ugly, scary things. That is just my viewpoint.

Art should communicate, create a “good” impact that makes a person better for the experience, taking away a good feeling, free, happy and loving life more than before. How to do that? Just be yourself, and if it is ugly, it may be beautiful to you; don’t fret over it.  Just let it out. Let your art be you. You live on as you in your art. It is your communication line, you have given it life through your brush or pen or fingers on the strings. It may make them feel good, laugh or cry for joy, (maybe not) but just be you, you are eyecandy. But most of all. Just do it. 

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John Henry Soto – Actor, Filmmaker, Musician, Writer & Producer

John Henry SotoJohn grew up in the South Bronx during the 70s and 80s during a tough time for that community.  He understands the importance of a neighborhood coming together and working for real solutions.  That experience along with the love and support of his family shaped his early artist passions and gave him  a purpose to try to make the world a better place by spreading beauty with his creative energy.  Music and films were his salvation.  He began to write songs and play guitar at the age of 5, and 15 years ago he started a band to raise the awareness of the world around them. The band is called Glass of Know. The group had a few song on local radio and toured heavily.  The band still reunites for special events.  John recently launched his new record label Anakeion Music with his business partner Michael Katz.   First signed artist is Metanoiz!

In 2013 John started his journey in building a production company.  His intention is to create a place where a filmmaker, actor, musician or writer can feel comfortable bringing their ideas to the table and seeing them come to life.  John will find the best people to work on your project and take full responsibility for your getting it done.  Fully understanding the economics of the business, John also finds great talent that’s affordable for your budget.  As John states, “I want the artist to be shocked how great their project came out and want to come back, create more and tell everyone.” To set up a meeting with John email him directly at johnhenrysoto@gmail.com

John Henry Soto - musicianAlthough music was his first love he always had a fascination with film. He began studying with the successful theater and film coach Ruth Kulerman in 2007.  After many sessions and plenty of encouragement from Ruth, in early 2008 he decided to start testing the waters by auditioning for many roles.  The response was overwhelming and he landed 17 roles in 5 months.  The roles were small but it gave John enough confidence to continue to work hard and more importantly, he knew he had something special to offer.

Kids TV InternationalJohn has had films in the Asian American Film Festival, New Film Maker Festival, The Katra Film Series, International Film Festival of Manhattan.  In 2008 John was the lead for the film En Route which won first place at the Milford Connecticut Film Festival and shortly afterwards he was nominated for best actor at the Columbia film festival for the short film Good Bye.   In the lead role once again, the film Down & Across was invited to the Cannes film festival in 2011.  Earlier this year The Coffee List made it to the final round at the HollyShorts challenge for indi.com in LA.  This film was John’s first attempt at writing, directing and acting in a project.   John is currently producing a TV pilot, Web series and working on a book.  In the near future John would like to enter the lecture circuit and motivate others by sharing his journey.

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John Henry Soto

The one constant endeavor that has given the world more hope than anything else is art.

Therefore, artists are the most valuable people on the planet. Someone may argue this and that’s fine but a clear and educated look at history will prove my statement time and time again. From the amazing artists that designed the pyramids and Greek monuments to today’s creators of art influencing elections via social media and giving us hope for the future, artists are the leaders.

We have a mind. We have bodies. We are spirits. If we do not help this planet, who will? The politicians?

Thank you,
John Henry Soto

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Here’s where you can find John Henry Soto:

My main site with my work.  http://www.johnhenrysoto.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/johnhenrysoto

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/johnhenrysoto

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/johnhenrysoto

 

 

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Elizabeth C. Sullivan Fine Artist & Musician

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About the Artist
Elizabeth Sullivan
www.ecsullivanart.com
ecsullivanart@aol.com

Elizabeth C. Sullivan gave up an artistic life to single-handedly provide for her child with no help from the adventurous ex-husband/father. When the job was done, she resumed artistic pursuits and has been an artist full time for the last 15 years, and now considers that she reigns supreme as Granny Bess, with 3 wonderful grandsons. Although she has produced artworks in many

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different mediums, she is primarily known as a muralist and watercolor painter. Although often inspired to paint those awesome grandsons, her most well-known works are of horses, buffalo, armadillos, horned lizards, elk, deer, longhorns and other Texas wildlife in a unique style vaguely reminiscent of cave paintings (one of her inspirations). Her most recent murals in Bastrop and Elgin, Texas, reflect this subject matter and style. (However, one of the Bastrop murals had to be of the famous Bastrop chickens.) Ms. Sullivan has sold thousands of prints, hundreds of originals all across the US and Europe and Japan. Her work has been licensed to produce area rugs, coasters, cards, posters, jewelry and other articles. A Swedish company, Scandecor, licensed and distributed her work across Europe and the US, but interestingly, tourists wishing to take a little bit of Texas back home to England, Germany, Japan, New York – a hundred places – choose one of Ms. Sullivan’s watercolors from galleries that carry them in Texas.

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Ms. Sullivan is also a musician – how could you be from Austin and not be in a band? Although the band is strictly volunteer, it has been spotlighted on local TV and in the Austin American Statesman. The band was the inspiration for one of the two cows she painted for the Austin Cow Parade – “Cowjunto.”

She has done hundreds of art shows across the US. Awards from various art shows are listed on her resume on her website. She also teaches watercolor to adults and children. As a volunteer she devotes time weekly to teaching art to autistic kids, and playing music for facilities for the elderly. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas.