Midland artist develops a trippy type throughout quarantine

Was die Menschen während der Quarantäne im Jahr 2020 taten, ist von Person zu Person unterschiedlich. Für Alexis Bearinger war es die Entwicklung ihres neuen Kunststils.

Im Juni 2020 startete sie offiziell ihr Kunstgeschäft Cudabeara Fine Art & Photo. Es verfügt über künstlerische Fähigkeiten und Stile, die sie während ihrer Kindheit und der Pandemie entwickelt hat. Von originalen psychedelischen Gemälden bis hin zu Aquarellhausaufträgen bietet Bearinger durch ihr Geschäft eine Reihe von Dienstleistungen an.

Bearinger begann schon in jungen Jahren mit dem Fotografieren und besuchte die Kunstschule, um mehr über Fotografie zu lernen. Sie würde später wegen ihrer psychischen Gesundheit aussteigen und die Richtung ihrer Kunst erweitern.

Als die Pandemie ausbrach, begann sie, Malerei und einen psychedelischeren Stil zu erforschen. Sie begann hauptberuflich Kunst zu machen und eröffnete ihr Kunstgeschäft.

„Ich habe mich entschieden, (mein Unternehmen Cudabeara) Fine Art and Photo zu nennen, weil ich Jobs annehmen wollte, die im Grunde mit allem zu tun haben“, sagte Bearinger. „Ich wollte die Tatsache nutzen, dass ich ein kleiner Tausendsassa bin.“

Durch ihr Geschäft fertigt sie persönliche und Auftragsgemälde, Auftragsaquarelle von Häusern, kreative Fotoporträts, Hochzeits- und Verlobungsfotos und vieles mehr. Sie möchte ihre Original-Fotokunst in ihrem Shop verkaufen.

Bearinger und ihre Kunst findet ihr auf ihr Webseite, Facebook, Instagram, Tick ​​Tack, und sie Redbubble Einkaufen. Sie verkauft Drucke, Wandteppiche, Tassen, Badematten, Magnete und mehr.

Die Daily News sprach mit Bearinger über ihre künstlerischen Stile, wie sich die Pandemie auf ihre Kunst auswirkte und über Ratschläge, die sie für lokale Künstler hat.

MDN: Haben Sie als Kind immer Kunst gemacht, wie Fotografieren und Zeichnen?

Ich glaube, meine Mutter war sehr verantwortlich für meine Liebe zur Fotografie, denn sie hatte immer eine Kamera bei uns (mein Bruder und ich). Sie hatte immer Fotos von uns, oder sie besorgte uns immer Einwegkameras, um unsere eigenen zu verwenden, also habe ich als Kind die ganze Zeit zum Spaß Bilder gemacht. Ich war immer in der Nähe von Fotografien, also war das meine erste.

Es ist lustig, wenn man zurückblickt (auf) den Kindergarten und sie haben dich diese Blätter darüber ausfüllen lassen, was du werden willst, wenn du älter bist. (Ein-)Künstler zu sein stand immer ganz oben auf meiner Liste. Ich habe immer den Kunstunterricht bevorzugt, mich hat es immer angezogen und es war einfach etwas, das ich immer wollte. In der High School hatte ich vor, Psychologie zu studieren, weil ich mich dafür interessierte. Aber ich hatte die Vorstellung in meinem Kopf, dass ich wie einen „richtigen Job“ werden musste. Also habe ich Psychologie studiert und dann, als ich mich aufs College vorbereitete, sagte ich eines Tages zu meiner Mutter: ‚Ich glaube nicht, dass ich mir selbst treu bin. Ich bin Künstler und war es schon immer (war) und ich denke, ich muss damit klarkommen.’ Sie (sagte): ‘Ich denke, das solltest du.’

Wie passt die Fotografie zu Cudabeara?

Ich habe in letzter Zeit versucht, mehr Möglichkeiten zu finden, diese beiden Dinge zu integrieren. Meine persönliche Arbeit in der Fotografie fügt sich sehr gut in meine psychedelischen Kunstwerke ein. Ich mag helle, kräftige Farben und die Verwendung von anormalen Lichtquellen. Aber dann liebe ich es auch, Porträts zu machen und Momente festzuhalten, die meiner Meinung nach aus meiner Kindheit stammen, wie Schnappschuss-Fotografie und Polaroid-Arbeiten. Ich habe zwei verschiedene Wege mit meiner Fotografie: Zum einen sind (Fotos) experimentell und kreativ, und zum anderen gibt es (Fotos) persönlichere (Fotos), die glückliche Momente anderer Menschen festhalten.

Wie würden Sie Ihren Kunststil konkret beschreiben?

Ich würde sagen fett. Einige Leute haben gesagt, dass es ein Element von Nostalgie gibt (und) haben es mit Lisa Frank aus den 90ern verglichen, was ich wirklich lustig finde. Einige Leute haben gesagt, es sei nostalgisch und das ist lustig, weil ich denke, dass sich das auch auf meine fotografische Arbeit überträgt. Ich weiß nicht genau, woher die psychedelische Seite kommt, es hat sich einfach so entwickelt.

Wann und wie hast du deinen psychedelischen Stil entwickelt?

Es hat sich in den ersten Monaten des Jahres 2020 wirklich entwickelt, und Quarantäne hatte viel damit zu tun. Es erforderte viel Nachdenken an meinem Ende. Ich hatte damals große Angst, dass ich versuchte, die gesamte Situation und den Zustand der Welt durchzuarbeiten. Ich begann darüber nachzudenken, was mir wichtig war, und stellte fest, dass ich schon seit einiger Zeit keine Kunst mehr machte, die nur für mich war. Es war hauptsächlich kommissionsbasiertes Artwork und einfach nur Sachen für andere Leute zu machen, was meiner Meinung nach gut war, um meine Technik und meine Fähigkeiten zu behalten, aber es fehlte etwas.

Mir wurde klar, dass ich mich selbst an einen hohen Standard hielt, wie ich wollte, dass meine Kunstwerke aussehen. Als ich anfing, einfach loszulassen, wie meine Kunstwerke aussahen, fing ich an, mich wieder den Gesichtern zuzuwenden, und das hat mit meiner Liebe zum Porträt zu tun. Ich würde anfangen, diese einzeiligen Gesichter zu zeichnen, bei denen man nicht zum Stift greift und einfach mit einer Linie zeichnet, bis man ein fertiges Stück hat. Ich fing an, diese interessanten Gesichter und Formen zu machen.

Eigentlich wollte ich malen. Früher habe ich hauptsächlich Zeichnungen und Skizzen gemacht, aber ich habe mir immer vorgestellt, dass ich malen würde, und ich war nicht wirklich auf diesem Weg. Also fing ich an, mehr mit anderen Medien zu experimentieren, und Acrylfarbe war wirklich das, was mich am meisten angezogen hat. Ich wollte schon immer damit arbeiten, hatte es aber nicht wirklich. Im Jahr 2020, als ich diese einzeiligen Gesichter als Übung machte, begann ich mehr mit Farbe zu experimentieren und andere Elemente in meine Stücke einzufügen. (Dazu gehören) fette Linienführung und ein Cartoon-Stil, der auch aus meiner Kindheit stammt. Ich habe die ganze Zeit Zeichentrickfilme gekritzelt und ich erinnere mich, dass mir vor langer Zeit jemand gesagt hat: “Man sollte nicht mit Cartoons beginnen, sondern mit Realismus beginnen und sich dann zu Cartoons arbeiten.” Weil mir das jemand erzählt hat, habe ich angefangen, mich von Cartoon-Stilen fernzuhalten. Im Jahr 2020, als ich all diese Überlegungen anstellte und versuchte, meinen Stil zu finden, fing ich an, zu den Dingen zurückzukehren, die ich in meiner Kindheit gemacht habe, was meiner Meinung nach wirklich interessant ist, darüber nachzudenken.

Es brauchte viel Seelensuche, um das zu finden, was ich von meinem Kunstwerk wollte, aber als ich anfing, diese Endergebnis-Idee von dem, was ich im Sinn hatte, loszulassen und intuitiv mit meinem Kunstwerk zu arbeiten, fing ich an, etwas zu finden, das wirklich funktioniert mich. Das hat es zu dem gemacht, was es heute ist. Ich war sehr inspiriert von der Kunst der 60er und 70er Jahre.

Malen oder zeichnen Sie hauptsächlich?

Am liebsten arbeite ich mit Leinwand oder Leinwandbrettern. Früher habe ich meine Skizzenarbeit gemacht, bevor ich angefangen habe, Farbe auf die Leinwand zu bringen, aber in letzter Zeit mache ich eine Sprühfarbe für den Hintergrund und dann zeichne ich meine Skizze auf die Sprühfarbe. Es gibt ihm eine schöne Dimension, da der Hintergrund weich ist, aber gleichzeitig kräftige Farben hat. Die Mischung ist schön. Es ist wie ein verschwommener Hintergrund, und eines der Elemente in meiner Arbeit, die ich wirklich mag, ist, dass meine Arbeit so aussieht, als würde sie von der Leinwand springen.

Das mache ich so, dass ich einen unscharfen Hintergrund habe, dann volle Linien für den Vordergrund und dann füge ich allen Formen immer ein Highlight und einen Schatten hinzu, damit es aussieht, als würde es wirklich von der Seite springen. Ich möchte es eher so aussehen lassen, als würde man denken, es sei etwas, das digital erstellt wurde. Es verleiht meinen Bildern ein zweites Leben, wenn ich sie fotografiere. Wenn ich sie auf Kleidung oder Produkte lege, weil ich in Photoshop geübt und in Fotografie ausgebildet bin, nutze ich diese (Fähigkeiten), um die Bilder hervorzuheben und ein bisschen digitaler zu wirken.

Wie läuft das Geschäft bisher?

(Mein) Hauptziel ist es, an den Punkt zu kommen, an dem ich hauptsächlich mit dem Verkauf meiner persönlichen Arbeit Geld verdiene, denn das bedeutet mir am meisten. Im Moment mache ich Provisionsarbeit hauptsächlich, um einen konstanten Umsatz zu erzielen, und ich arbeite daran, einen konstanten Umsatz in meiner persönlichen Arbeit aufrechtzuerhalten. Ich lerne nebenbei viel über Marketing und Werbung, und während ich einige dieser Dinge in der Schule gelernt habe, lerne ich vieles aus Erfahrung.

Der größte Kampf für mich ist, konstanten Verkauf zu halten. Ich werde feststellen, dass ich in einem Monat fantastische Verkäufe erzielen werde, und ich werde für eine Weile festgelegt. Dann, einige Monate, hat niemand Lust, Kunstwerke zu kaufen. Vieles lehrt mich, vielseitig zu sein und herauszufinden, was für andere Menschen funktioniert und was für mich funktioniert. Ich finde, dass ich extrem introvertiert bin, daher fällt es mir schwer, mich an das anzupassen, was andere von meinen Kunstwerken sehen möchten. Ich versuche sicherzustellen, dass ich ein Gleichgewicht zwischen dem, was andere Leute sehen wollen, und dem, was ich gerne kreiere, halte.

Was machen Sie mit Wohnungsbaukommissionen?

Wenn jemand Schwierigkeiten hat, ein altes Haus zu verkaufen, wird ein Makler mich erreichen und ein schönes Foto von der Außenseite des Hauses machen. Oftmals möchten sie, dass dem Gemälde etwas hinzugefügt oder entfernt wird, daher steigen oder sinken ihre Kosten für die Provision basierend darauf. Wir besprechen die Größe, und alle meine Aufträge werden auch gerahmt und mattiert geliefert. Sobald sie mir das Foto gegeben haben, brauche ich nur noch ein Fälligkeitsdatum und die Größe, die sie von mir wollen. Es ist ein wirklich einfacher Prozess.

Früher habe ich das zum Spaß gemacht. Ich habe sie nur komplett von Hand (und) mit dem Auge skizziert. Ich liebe das Aussehen von denen, aber sie waren ein wenig skurriler. Als ich anfing, sie als Maklerprovisionen zu machen, wollte ich sichergehen, dass ich alle Details des Hauses richtig verstanden habe. Ich drucke das Bild des Hauses aus und skizziere es auf meinem Aquarellpapier mit einem Leuchttisch, um den Umriss darüber zu skizzieren, damit ich alle Details richtig bekomme. Sobald ich einen Bleistiftumriss erstellt habe, gehe ich mit einem Stift oder einem wasserfesten Archivstift hinein und mache einen Umriss, und dann kann ich von dort aus mit dem Aquarellieren beginnen.

Die Gliederung dauert am längsten, weil sie alle Details richtig macht. Der Aquarellteil ist super schnell und einfach. Aquarell ist ein so lockeres Medium, dass es leicht ist, Schichten aufzubauen. Ich lasse es verfilzen, rahmen und treffe mich dann normalerweise mit einem Makler und (mache) einen schnellen Austausch. Normalerweise bekomme ich ein paar Stunden später eine SMS, wenn sie das Stück ihrem Kunden geben, und die Leute lieben sie einfach. Es ist etwas, das sie mitnehmen und sich an ihr früheres Zuhause erinnern können. Ich liebe es, weil es den Kunden sehr viel bedeutet.

Sie haben erwähnt, dass Sie einen Job im Einkaufszentrum haben. Hast du diesen Job noch?

Ja, ich habe bei Spencer’s im Einkaufszentrum gearbeitet. Sie haben uns beurlaubt und ich habe angefangen, Kunst zu machen und so. Als sie mir anboten, wiederzukommen, war ich ungefähr zwei Wochen wieder dort und mir wurde klar, dass ich genau das tat, was ich während der Quarantäne Vollzeit tun wollte. Ich sagte ihnen, dass ich einfach durchhalten und weitermachen würde, was ich tat, und zu sehen, wie es für mich funktionierte. Ich ging in die Stadt und bekam einen offiziellen Firmennamen und fing einfach an, Werbung für das zu machen, was ich tue, und es funktionierte weiter, also bin ich hier.

Was raten Sie Künstlern, die versuchen, ihr eigenes Unternehmen zu gründen?

Mein Größtes, was ich sagen kann, ist, dich mit anderen Künstlern und Dingen zu umgeben, die dich inspirieren. Als Künstler ist es meiner Meinung nach das Schwierigste, diese Inspiration aufrechtzuerhalten, damit Sie die ganze Zeit über arbeiten können. Für mich funktioniert es, mich mit anderen Künstlern zu umgeben.

Die andere Sache, die man im Hinterkopf behalten sollte … (ist), sich nicht von der Idee verfangen zu lassen, dass ‘Oh mein Gott, ich muss Dinge erledigen, ich muss produktiv sein, ich muss all diese Dinge tun.’ Aber du musst daran denken, dass du es tust, weil du es liebst, du tust es, weil es echt ist und weil es dir viel bedeutet. Alles andere passt zusammen, sobald Sie das Ding gefunden haben. Denken Sie nur daran, dass Sie auf dem richtigen Weg sind, indem Sie das tun, was für Sie von Bedeutung ist.

No quarantine for vaccinated US residents touring to England

People wait for passengers in one of the international arrivals lounges at London Heathrow Airport in west London on February 14, 2021

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LONDON – US and EU travelers who have been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus The British government announced on Wednesday that they will soon be able to travel to England without quarantine.

The move comes after the UK government also lifted quarantine requirements on July 19 for fully vaccinated English residents if they visited countries with the so-called Amber List with less severe Covid-19 situations.

Both announcements bring new relief to airlines and the wider tourism sector, which has been hit hard by Covid restrictions. The European travel and leisure sector traded higher on Wednesday, aided by recent decisions. EasyJet and the parent company of British Airways London afternoon shops increased more than 4%.

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said via Twitter that the quarantine exemption will be introduced from Monday. There comes a time when the United States is lifting some of its social restrictions.

Shapps said the changes would apply to fully vaccinated individuals with a vaccination approved in the US or Europe. Travelers are required to perform the usual pre-departure test prior to arrival and a PCR test on the second day after returning to England.

The Biden administration said this week it will maintain travel restrictions, including a ban on most non-US citizens from entering the US from the UK, as the Delta variant is rapidly spreading. Last week the CDC and the State Department did have raised their warnings when traveling in the UK to the highest level and encouraging citizens to avoid traveling there.

The trend has frustrated airline executives who hoped the US would relax the travel rules during the main travel season in summer. JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes said Tuesday the airline would offer flights between New York and London on August 11, as planned, but is likely to cut flights in September. “We will continue to do the review from month to month,” said Hayes in a quarterly phone call with analysts.

Meanwhile, the CDC announced on Tuesday that even fully vaccinated Americans should be wearing masks indoors again. This follows renewed concerns about Covid variants, particularly Delta, which is known for its higher infection rates.

– CNBCs Leslie Josephs contributed to this article.

Quarantine and starve, or earn cash on the road and face detention

Gavan Kennedy is out Glasson, Co Westmeath. He went Ireland to go in 1991 George Washington University, in Washington, DC, and returned to film for the in May 2019 Wake project In the James Joyce Celebrations for the center’s 80th anniversary of the release of Finnegans Wake.

The Covid-19 lockdown began here in Cebu, the second largest city in the United States Philippineswith 2.8 million residents on St. Patrick’s Day last year. It is located on the island of Cebu, which is about the size of Co Kerry but has a population of 4.7 million.

Since 2017 I’ve been traveling to film people all over the world and read pages from Finnegans Wake. The goal is to make a film version of James Joyce’s modernist epic. I finished a shoot at the University of the Philippines in Diliman in December 2019 and did a workshop for the next shoot Cebu Normal University when the strictest lockdown in the world (according to The Economist) began.

Given the perpetual restriction to my hotel room, I considered a friend’s invitation to volunteer Bayanihan Mission as a blessing. One of our key projects in Cebu is a quarantine support program in Sitio Marna, a slum with around 2,100 inhabitants. It is estimated that 80 percent of Covid-19 cases in Cebu occur in slums.

Quarantine in the heat in the Philippines

When the government announced the military-enforced lockdown in March 2020, it put many Marna residents in an impossible situation. Most of them were day laborers and worked on the streets. Many are not eligible for assistance from the local government because they are economic migrants from rural provinces whose residents are not registered Cebu City. No work and no savings meant no food. It has put a self-sufficient people in a terrible dilemma: quarantine and starvation or making money on the street and imprisonment.

Sitio Marna is a segregated, marginalized community where cramped living conditions make social distancing impractical. When we first visited the Bayanihan Mission on April 5th last year, we were inundated with more than 600 hungry, fearful people. Our 200 grocery packages were gone in a few minutes. Parents, sometimes with 10 or more children, had neither food nor hope of food. The feeling of panic was difficult to observe.

The next day, I met with Marna’s six Purok or neighborhood leaders, and we agreed that the Bayanihan Mission would offer to ensure food security for the entire population until the lockdown ended, but only if each family made a commitment signed up to maintain a 100 percent quarantine in support of their entire community. We recruited 18 young community volunteers to pack and deliver food to each resident’s door twice a week. We also recruited 12 health care volunteers who took temperatures and monitored the 2,100 residents daily for Covid-19 symptoms.

Four-year-old John Gador has his temperature checked in Sitio Marna

Our first grocery deliveries started late this week. The local volunteers packed 1,000 kg of rice, 1,000 kg of pumpkin and 500 kg of monggo or mung beans and delivered them to the doorstep of every family in need. At the same time, they all monitored for symptoms.

Marna is usually a beehive full of noise and activity, where gangs of children play, people wash and do laundry in the narrow streets, crow tails, dogs bark, and people sing karaoke. But when the missionary promise began, there was an eerie silence. Up to half of the residents of Marna are under 12 years of age, but not even a toddler scream was heard. The alleys were empty except for the PPE-clad volunteers who quietly moved from door to door with food packages twice a week.

As the weeks turned into months, I began to wonder at the quiet perseverance of these people who waited for Covid-19 in overcrowded 30-degree rooms without a fan and lived on food worth about 1.25 euros for a week.

You might expect to meet desperate, exhausted people every day, but a warm smile and gratitude on every open door were the norm. Luscious kids loved having their temperatures measured by a visitor and breaking the monotony. Her innocence in not realizing her own suffering was instructive.

Masks and face shields aren't even a debate for people outside their homes, says Gavan Kennedy, who is starting the pandemic in the Philippines

Masks and face shields aren’t even a debate for people outside their homes, says Gavan Kennedy, who is starting the pandemic in the Philippines

The program was a year old last week. Sitio Marna is still the only slum in Cebu that has prevented infection with Covid-19. It is remarkable evidence of the perseverance, community spirit, and hard work of its residents and volunteers.

Last month, the Philippines saw its confirmed Covid-19 cases increase by 640 percent. There are now over 10,000 confirmed daily cases, more than double the previous high of August 2019. However, this number contradicts the gravity of the situation. Only 45,000 tests are carried out nationwide every day. The average positivity rate for seven days on April 13 was 2 percent. With a population of 108 million people, the effects of a 24 percent positivity rate are astounding.

By March this year, the country had done remarkably well in the fight against transmission. Filipinos are committed to a concerted effort. Masks and face shields outside the home are not even a subject of debate. Being an archipelago – the Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands – has also helped curb transmission. The government simply stopped all inter-Iceland travel.

However, towards the end of last year, it was decided that the economic impact of the lockdown caused more suffering than if the lockdown ended and people returned to work. This hypothesis is about to be tested. The blocking has ended. Interisland trips were resumed. President last month Duterte gave them back Manila Metro area – 20 million inhabitants – pending full emergency quarantine to contain the record increase.

Three year old Desiree Pajo took her temperature in Sitio Marna

Three year old Desiree Pajo took her temperature in Sitio Marna

The dire situation is exacerbated by the slow introduction of the vaccine. As of April 15, only 0.15 percent of the country’s population was fully vaccinated, compared with 6.54 percent in Ireland and 21.15 percent in Ireland United States. Like many other poorer nations, the Philippines is facing a major vaccine supply crisis.

In a recent report by Capital economy The think tank said: “The country’s slow vaccination will continue to hold back recovery. We expect GDP to be 12 percent below the pre-crisis trend by the end of the year, which is the largest gap of any country in the region. “The reality is that the pandemic will disproportionately affect the efforts of poorer nations to return to economic growth.

Covid-19 is a reminder of how connected we are, not just with families and friends, but with our neighbors, cities, nations and even continents. Covid variants of South Africa, UK and Brazil are found here on sparsely populated islands.

The Philippines are a poor country. Tragically, unlike many richer nations, there is still no light at the end of the tunnel. These gentle, joyful people are likely facing their darkest Covid days.

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Kat Graham embraced her pure curls in quarantine | Leisure

Kat Graham “hugged” her naturally curly hair in quarantine.

The ‘Vampire Diaries’ alum always had her locks hidden under wigs, but since moving home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the actress has experimented with her locks, calling herself a near-curl expert.

Speaking to People magazine for her lovely edition, she said, “Hair has been a great trip to quarantine for me over the past year. I really hugged my locks, which I’ve never done before. I’ve relied on it really heavily straight wigs and the like. And now I’m finding ways to have looser curls, tighter curls, softer curls, stronger. I almost feel like a curling expert, I’m not quite there yet. “

Elsewhere, the 31-year-old singer announced that she learned how to apply makeup from her drag queen friends.

She shared, “When I started releasing more music, the only people who let me perform were gay clubs.

“So I used to go to the bar for free about two or three people, and then that became my community. When I started doing more press and more red carpets, the only make-up artists who did that I knew I meant Am friends so they did my makeup for the first press until they finally taught me how to make my own. “

Kat added how much she loved getting excited about the red carpet.

She said, “I would be the girl who would be the first on the carpet. I would just hurry to make a carpet. It’s a little silly now.”

In the meantime, the co-founder of Modern Nirvana spoke of the importance of “self-love”.

She said, “You have to get into this room of self-love. No matter how much work you do, if you don’t love yourself, if you haven’t really accepted yourself, the work will never end. You I’ll always find something you just want or if only I could have that and it will never be over. Give yourself the opportunity to heal. Because it takes a long time and you don’t know who to inspire if you just loved yourself. “

The Black Coast is about to drop ‘quarantine model’ EP quickly

Fishtown’s The Black Coast combines rock and dirty blues into a heavy guitar and a vocally driven garage rock sound.

The two core members Stef Emery and Ryan Gaughan appear as a duo or with a full band and dive deep into explosive guitar riffs and soaring vocals to achieve a mix of grit and soul that speaks volumes.

Their debut album “And Counting” (under the band name La Capitaña) was released in 2012. Most recently, in late 2019 to 2020, they released a number of singles under their new name The Black Coast. In December 2020 they released their seven song album, which includes these singles, as well as several other new songs, “Dark Days | Dark nights. ”

The band has played many Philly venues including The TLA, Dobb’s, Bourbon and Branch, Ortliebs, Milkboy, and the recently closed Boot and Saddle. They’ll be releasing a quarantine-style acoustic EP in early 2021, which will feature a mix of songs from their freshman album as well as some songs from their new release.

PW recently met with Emery and Gaughan to discuss their careers and music.

Fishtown’s The Black Coast has performed in numerous locations across the city. | Image: Travis Chicken

Let’s go back to the beginning. Who were some of your early musical influences? When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

Stef: I started playing music at a young age, just before I was ten. In my early teens, I started doing a lot of classic rock and then I really found a love for singing. Although I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a musician, it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I felt that music had to be a dominant part of my life. Early influences were Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Cream … All this music from the 60s and 70s has just opened up a whole different world to me.

Ryan: I was probably 10 or so when I realized I wanted to do this. Blues was my first major influence. Buddy Guy, BB, to Stevie Ray. Finally I made my way to Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Zeppelin.

How did you two get together to make music? Why did you think it would fit well?

Stef: Ry and I met in high school and instantly bonded over a shared love for anything to do with rock and blues. We ended up doing a few coffee house shows together in high school and college. It was 2011 when we finally decided it was time to form an official band together. Since we had been best friends for so long and always only had the same styles of music, it was really an easy decision to form the band! We thought that if we could bring our love of music together and write songs we liked, maybe others would love them too. We were under the band name La Capitaña from 2011 to 2019 and recently rebranded to change our name and release our latest album “Dark Days | Dark nights. “

Ryan: We practiced for an acoustic set in a small studio where we both worked. As we went through the songs, all I remember is that I really wanted to hear more rock music for Stef. We’ve been best friends since we were 16 too so we knew it was going to work!

They have played many local venues that were closed during the pandemic. How did all the closings and restrictions affect you, besides not being able to perform in those places?

Ryan: It was hard not even to see each other! Go out for a drink, write together, let alone not play live. It was an isolating time but we found our own way to move on.

Stef: When the pandemic started we were preparing to plan a release show for the new album … It was obvious that we had to hold back indefinitely to do this. It was so different to releasing new music and not sharing it live, but using social media was the first way to keep in touch with our followers. And like Ry said, it was crazy not even to drink and make music together! We’re really looking forward to the day when we can be out there again and play these new songs live.

What is the Philly music scene like these days? Are there any local artists that you particularly follow or would like to work with in the future?

Stef and Ryan: We are so lucky to live in such a music driven city with so many incredibly talented artists. There are so many great musicians out there that we can call friends in this town and it was really inspiring to see how they adjusted to the closure. Everyone is forced to get even more creative with their music marketing in order to stay afloat and it’s so cool to see how some of these bands took on a difficult situation and turned it over to work for them.

To name a few Philly bands and artists we love these days … First off – our hard working drummer Branden King just released a single, “Grand New (This Year),” Secret American, The End of America, Roger Harvey, 49 Burning condors, the Menzinger … to name just a few.

Talk a little about the new album “Dark Days | Dark nights. “How did it come together in terms of the writing and production process?

Stef and Ryan: This new record was so much fun. We recorded it at Cambridge Sound Studios in South Philly with Jim Salamone and Todd Mecaughey. We really took the time to do it, thought a lot about the production and recording process and really saw it as the best representation of us as a band at the time. We wrote and recorded these songs over a period of about two years. Some came together very quickly, like the first single from the album, “The Entertainment (Caught Me by Surprise)” because we literally thought we were done with the record, and then we realized we didn’t quite have the stellar first single that we had we were looking for. Ry nailed a riff down in no time, had the melody and the hook, and we literally wrote the lyrics until three in the morning before we went into the studio to record them (which is our method because I’m on some remember late nights finishing the texts before a session the next day!). Overall, we just knew that this album had to represent where we came from with our first, but we also had to dig a little deeper into our love of rock music. We wanted to keep developing our sound instead of potentially falling into something that could stagnate.

Talk a little about the quarantine style album coming out soon. When do you expect it to be released and how will your fans get it?

Stef and Ryan: We came up with the idea of ​​making an EP with some old and new songs, all recorded at home, and releasing them as a kind of quarantine style collection. It will be a purely acoustic EP with some new settings from the older songs and stripped down versions of the new ones. We can even throw a brand new unreleased song on it. We’ll be releasing it in the next few months and it will be available wherever you stream your music!

What are the best ways for your fans to keep up to date with what you’re doing?

Stef and Ryan: We’re on all social media platforms, but Instagram is the one we are most active on and the one where we get back to our fans. Our music is streamed everywhere and we also have a website where you can find everything in one place!

Check out The Black Coast online at:

theblackcoastmusic.com

instagram.com/theblackcoastmusic/

www.facebook.com/theblackcoast/

twitter.com/blackcoastband

Millennial Cash: Flip your quarantine litter into cash

I have placed more online orders than I can count in 2020. And I justified everyone.

My porch was filled with boxes containing everything: furniture (I needed to redecorate), paper towels (I needed to stock up), crafts (I needed activities), board games (more activities), and a treadmill (I needed exercise).

But if I’m being honest, I bought a little too much.

Look around. If your quarantine habits were even a tiny bit like mine, you could turn that mess into money. Here is how.

TOO MANY STAFF? SELL IT

Maybe you bought more than you ultimately used, like board games or video games. Or maybe you’ve bought new products to replace old items and left a drawer of discarded technology.

In any case, you have more than you need. And there are plenty of places to sell your stuff online.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf, co-host of the TV show “Today’s Homeowner” and host of the web series “Checking In With Chelsea,” said she had sold over 1,000 in the last six months of 2020 on Facebook Marketplace, an outlet for US dollars sold online buying and selling on site.

You can also. Look online for this or any other marketplace that suits your needs. For example, the Facebook marketplace offers local transactions, while other websites focus on product categories like technology or clothing. Read the instructions to see how the website works, and then check for customer reviews or a Better Business Bureau accreditation before committing. Create an account and get to work.

You can sell almost anything online – technology, furniture, clothing, video games, and toys, to name a few.

Here are Wolf’s keys to getting things up for sale:

– PRESENTATION. “You want the item you’re selling to be the focus of your photo,” says Wolf. Clean it first, and then take flattering photos in natural sunlight, preferably near a window. Get multiple angles.

– PRICE. Think what someone could pay for the item, then rate it a little lower to keep it moving. You can also check the entries posted by other users to see the current rate.

– INFORMATION. Write down everything in the description, including the brand and any defects. A more detailed listing means less back and forth with potential buyers. As the saying goes, “Time is money,” says Wolf.

TOO MUCH WORK? CONSIGN

Depending on which website you are using, you will need to create offers, package your items and send them either directly to the buyer or to the platform where you made the sale. In some cases, you can deliver in person.

Instead, to save time and effort, take your items to a local consignment warehouse. You will likely earn less, but the store will do the sales for you. Expect half the selling price, says Wolf.

Other options? Give things away to family and friends. Donate to a local charity. And throw away items that are absolutely of no use.

TOO MANY TEMPTATIONS? SCALE BACK

Once you’ve sold and donated what you can, fight the urge to re-buy impulses. If you keep your current habits, you can go back to where you started. One way to avoid that? Save first and buy later.

This approach is just the opposite of writing something on a credit card and paying it off afterwards, says Pam Horack, certified financial planner and owner of Pathfinder Planning LLC, based in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

Save money and wait until you can place an order until you can fully afford it. Horack says her family has a certified clothing account. When someone needs a new pair of shoes, the money comes from what they put aside.

You can do the same with a general expense account. “If you don’t have any money in this account, you can’t buy it,” says Horack. “That has to be your rule.”

There are also ways to stay busy without spending a lot or no money. Here are some of Horack’s ideas: Renovate your home by moving around your furniture. Spend time outdoors. Finish projects around the house. You will spend less and accumulate less stuff.

TOO EXPENSIVE? TO BUY SECOND HAND

But you can’t stop shopping altogether. For things that you absolutely need, consider buying them from the same websites that you made the extra money on.

When you list products, you’re not selling them for as much as you originally paid for them. That said, you can buy things at a significant discount too.

According to Sara Beane, media specialist at the Swappa technology market, consumers bought and sold used products during the pandemic. “At this unprecedented time, everyone is buckled up,” says Beane.

For example, there was a rush for laptops on the website back in school.

Search used marketplaces by the item’s model and condition. You can find lots of price points that will fit your budget.

But before you hit “Buy,” organize something, says Wolf.

“When you’ve got so much stuff that you can’t see what you have, you’re going to buy more than you need.”

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This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Courtney Jespersen is a writer at NerdWallet.

Winter escapes: Take a break out of your quarantine routine | Leisure

Treat yourself to your creative self

On February 6th, Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art opens at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, exploring the artistic heritage of this iconic natural wonder.

Featured artists include Frederic Church, David Johnson, Edward Hicks, and many others who depicted Virginia’s Natural Bridge, one of the most popular sites in 19th-century American landscape painting that, according to VMFA, was probably only surpassed by Niagara Falls.

Remember, this is an indoor activity and face covering is required. The VMFA uses a time card system to ensure removal.

The rock formation is more than 400 million years old and was gradually formed when the waters of Cedar Creek caused erosion, resulting in a large arch.

In 1774 Thomas Jefferson bought the property from King George III. As part of 150 hectares, and his family owned it seven years after his death.

If you’re feeling inspired to create your own rendition of the bridge after watching the show, Natural Bridge State Park is great for visitors of all ages. The natural wonder is just under three hours away. Once there, it is easy to reach via the Cedar Creek Trail, which leads under the 21 meter high limestone arch. There is more to discover there, as well as activities for children and self-guided nature tours.