If thereâ€™s something that making art teaches usâ€”itâ€™s patience. With less money to go around these days, we have to be a bit more creative with how we spend. That might mean that you might not be able dish out for expensive digital-manipulation programs like Photoshop, but my art-hero for today, Stanley William Moore II, shows you that patience goes a long way with very little. He made this pic using only MS Paint! Yeah, you know that FREE program that comes with your PC? This is only a portion of the picture, check out the rest here. Scroll down to â€śUltimate MS Paintâ€ť. Totally bananas, isnâ€™t it? If you love Macs, hereâ€™s the Mac equivalent.
Ok, so now that Iâ€™ve pointed the way to some free stuff, guess what? Hereâ€™s more! This site has some great tips and links to free software, so that the next time you post pics to your Facebook profile, your friends donâ€™t think youâ€™re a talentless loser who should stick to ordering the rounds rather than taking the group photos. See Example below. (Red-eye enhanced for dramatic effectâ€”thanks, Paint).
So whatâ€™s the lesson? Well, if you apply a sageâ€™s patience to your budget the way that Stanley Moore does to his art, you can still make beautiful things happen. I know Iâ€™m going to try. Stay tuned for more of my recession-themed heroes. Can I call them Recessioneroes, or is that lame? I think itâ€™s lameâ€¦ Iâ€™m taking suggestionsâ€¦.