I hope you are all doing as well as can be during these incredibly
difficult and strange times! Like most people in the world, Karen and
I have been hunkered down in our home for what seems like about a
hundred years!

Along with going to the grocery store for essentials, we've also
ventured out to our local parks occasionally for some much needed
exercise as well as nature photography. It's interesting to see that
more people than normal are returning to the peaceful tranquility of
our natural world! Too bad it takes a virus to get some people back
to nature!
Too bad as well that we find ourselves in this situation at all! From what I've heard, this virus originated
in China in either a live animal meat market or a lab where animals were exploited. If one or both of
these sources are true, it is yet another reason for humans to live on a plant based diet and to not use
animals for inhumane reasons. To put it another way, if every human in the world treated animals with
the respect they deserve, none of this would be happening!

As John Lennon famously once sang...Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other
. My plans have certainly been disrupted by the current events. The film I was working on has
been put on the back burner...at least for the time being. In addition, the book projects I've been
working on (and mentioned in the last issue of Artists Are Always Right) have been delayed as well.
I'll be sharing updates on these projects as soon as possible.

This intensely introspective time got me to thinking about all the artists throughout the history of the
world...as well as the world itself…and the fact that all art ever created by humans was done so on a
tiny blue sphere in a vast universe. A planet called Earth. Our home. Our art studio. And so, during
these trying times that we are all going through, let us step back for a moment and view things from a
distance. Let us contemplate the creative past of artists and say a collective prayer for the future.
That is what this issue's SPOTLIGHT is dedicated to.

Lastly, you may be wondering why the iconic image from the classic film, Citizen Kane, is featured
. First of all, it's a great movie. Some consider it to be the greatest movie
ever made. The main reason why it is featured at this time, however, is because the story in Citizen
shows how too much power can eventually consume and destroy. Something to consider.

By the way, readers of Artists Are Always Right should be aware of the fact that ON THE FRONT
images are not archived in the PAST ISSUES section of the journal. If you don't want to miss
seeing them, be sure to subscribe to Artists Are Always Right. There's no cost to do so and you can
unsubscribe whenever you wish.

It is always a pleasure to hear from our readers! This is especially true in times such as these.
Some of your comments are featured on the FEEDBACK page.

I'll close this UP FRONT with observation number 512 from the SchwartzShirts.com website
which I feel is apropos at this monumental moment in history.

"We are all solo voyagers on a common journey." 

Until we connect again...

                                                                                  Douglas Schwartz, Publisher and Editor
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