The most necessary to civilization: the artist.
-- Now, this class concerns your health as an artist. You're not going to be any good to civilization dead. Your work may become more valuable some say, but that's not real civilization, that's just the collection mongers who are only concerned with prices.
-- You might do well and meet the right people like Picasso did. Or have the right pitch like Dali did. Or you might be an incredible businessman like Warhol. Or a sincere illustrative painter like Rockwell. Or incredibly good at landing grants like Pollack. But if you're like the rest of us, you're going to have to have your share of time facing poverty.
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The facing poverty part: It isn't so bad. With a little scientific know-how you can get by. You need vitamins, minerals, protein (50 grams a day for adult males), carbohydrates, oleo acids (fats), and a little coffee, tea, or wine wouldn't hurt, either.
Remember what happened to Vincent. He was a wonderful person and many treated him like crap. They'll do that to you if you're poor. They don't care. To them if you're less fortunate and all that, it's a chance for them to feel superior to you and they'll insult you and use humiliation on you. You can take all that so much better if you exercise. If nothing else, find some steps outside and do about ten reps a day or so. Put some sand in a small cardboard box and carry it around the block.
It does pay to keep the crows away. Why? Look what happened to Vincent. Get the holographic gift wrap they sell at the mart around the holidays and fly a few strips of it outside wherever it reflects the sunlight. If nothing else, aluminum foil will do. They hate bright bursts of light. It's bad enough having certain people hastle you.
Oh, and if you're stuck with only enough for meals and you get hungry between them, chomp some brewer's yeast and drink some water. It actually suppresses the appetite and is a handy source of excellent protein.
And remember the good old beatnik technique: espresso, man. Kitchen stores sell the Italian unscrewable espresso gismos that go right on the hot plate for about twelve bucks. After you get done with the rabbit skin glue for sizing the canvasses, you can toss the gismo on the coils and in minutes, black gold. Kills any appetite there is. Just don't overdo it. And coffee does hurt your sleep so last cup six hours before bedtime. Use a demitasse, or tiny cup. You won't need whitener, just sugar if your fussy like me. I'm not sweet enough.
Don't get into smoking. it costs too much, ruins your health, and nicotine breaks your concentration. Use the patch and ditch the habit while you can. You'll cheapen your creativity if you smoke, even if it may be a crutch, forget it. Rise and walk. The establishment is going to throw enough crap at you without you adding to it all by crippling yourself. Don't be an idiot.
And remember, if you're painting, don't eat till you wash your hands. A lot of paint pigment is poisonous. The slow type. Hey, you want to keep on trucking' in your fifties, dontya? If you get heartburn, eat an apple. If you're poor, eat a quarter of an apple per incident. Chew each bite five times and swallow only the juice and chew the same mouthful again. Repeat until there's no more juice. Then swallow the rest and spit out the tiny bits that didn't go down. Pace the floor until you burp. You're going to be all right. Cheer up. Poppa Paul's online.
You'll need your multi vitamins, with your meal, and use time release vitamin c. If you start to catch cold or any other virus that hits nose first, spray your nose with vodka every time you feel like a sneeze or the nose gets runny. The big thing is the minerals. I use some stuff derived from shale deposits in Utah. I'll put in a link to the website. You might not know it, the genetic life of the human being is one hundred and twenty-five years. Minerals might help you to get there. The tales of the abominable snowman. They're really actually credible, you know. They might have been people who lived in mountainous regions where they drank water from glacial deposits in which they got all the minerals needed for the genetic code to stay resilient enough. It's not what we know, it what we don't know. We don't know really how many minerals the body needs.