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Art is my outlet. What do you do for yours?

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I mean it's my job since I'm an artist and i work from home but i love it! Painting pets are my favorite :)

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What's your outlet? What do you do that keeps you busy or whats something that you just love to do?

Happy Wednesday Friends!

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They are beautiful! You are so talented.Me- I love needlework, especially counted cross stitch . I love the way you can ' paint ' with thread and achieve some effective results. Its not my job, I usually do it for gifts. At the moment I'm working on a picture for my friends 70th birthday, of his favourite UK costal town. It uses over 80 different shades of thread 🙄

Happy Wednesday to you , too , although it's coming to the end of it here in the UK .

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merlin0413 in reply to MadBunny

Thank you! ❤️

Needlework is so beautiful! My husband actually knows how to do it quite well haha he use to do it with his mom alot. There is alot of work that goes into it! Very fun! Your coastal project sounds lovely!

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MadBunny in reply to merlin0413

It will take me a few months to complete - I'll try to remember to post a picture when it's finished 😁

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merlin0413 in reply to MadBunny

Yes I bet! I'd love to see it! I was reading your bio, we should chat sometime. My momma has RA and my youngest sister was just diagnosed with it as well. They were doi g bloodwork on me to check for RA since I have some of the same symptoms but my RA factor came back negative.

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MadBunny in reply to merlin0413

I'm sorry to hear that, but pleased for you .Mine is in remission at the moment, and I'm lucky it doesn't affect my hands 😁

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EndUser13 in reply to MadBunny

I really want to try cross-stitch. I bought a ready-made thing with a pattern but the instructions suck and I'm not sure where to begin.

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MadBunny in reply to EndUser13

I'm sure there are demos online somewhere🤗

Your work is amazing merlin.. How nice it is to have a livelihood that youenjoy and are blessed with that talent. Happy Wednesday~

May peace and calm fill your thoughts :) xx

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merlin0413 in reply to Agora1

Agora, thank you so much! I love painting! Since covid caused me to lose my job of 8 years I decided to go to work for myself! I am finally happy working! Haha❤️❤️

Happy Wednesday dear friend!

YAY floofs!! I love all the furry animals ❤️ Excellent job(s)!

I like to stay diversified; reading, writing, carving wood (making miniatures most of the time), embroidery, doodling... I really miss target shooting.

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merlin0413 in reply to EndUser13

Yay floofs! I love all the animals! Lol those are all awesome outlets! I love reading too! Whatever make you happy! ❤️

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Brig57 in reply to EndUser13

oh how cool are u?????

Wow you are very good. I love them.

Thank you so much! :) I love doing them, I have alot more to get done this week I'll have to share them when I finish them up :)

Yes please do as I would love to see them.

You got it!

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MadBunny in reply to hypercat54

Me too.

Right now merlin0413, I’m wearing this site out! Figure if I get noticed help will follow. I like drawing with colors. Learned that in a mental health lockup.

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Well wear it away! I love this site, it's truly a blessing to have so many people who truly understand how I'm feeling!

Drawing is a wonderful outlet! Keep doing it!

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Will Do, merlin0413, Will Do

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bring it on...i learned paintng with kit 2...dude...pigment is pigment who cares how...go for it...its ur area u cann be ur own boss....sure u know that...thrilled and helps us find anoher fellow....(closet art fan)

I love helping people and helping my brother ☺️. When i grow up i want to be a therapist or special education teacher. i just want to make peoples lives more better ❤️❤️

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merlin0413 in reply to Hb2003

I have no doubt that you will succeed and be wonderful at it! ❤️❤️❤️

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Hb2003 in reply to merlin0413

Thank you ☺️ someone said it was my calling and i believe him i guess I'm naturally good at it ☺️

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merlin0413 in reply to Hb2003

I was having a conversation with my husband about that same thing. My momma is one of those people who is just naturally food at taking care of others! The world needs people like you! ❤️

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Hb2003 in reply to merlin0413

thank you so much ❤️☺️ your mother is a sweet person for doing that 😄

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merlin0413 in reply to Hb2003

Ypu are too! Message me anytime you want to chat:)

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Hb2003 in reply to merlin0413

Same to you ☺️

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Brig57 in reply to Hb2003

(wow- u help? ur brother....wow....i think mine would help me find the door...u

help? ur brother...........w.......o.......w

she helps her brother....blows my mind....LC misses hers.....blows my mind.........all her br heartache because she cares about her brotrher not .....

un

real.......she greives for her brother...u help ...ur brother...un

real...

ugo girl

Music and baking/cooking. I am a singer, songwriter and pianist and pastry chef.

Oo! Very awesome! Pastry is the best! Lol I all about Cheese Danish! Haha

That's wonderful! ❤️

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Brig57 in reply to merlin0413

every tweety bird needs a safe area and a swing

and a beloved old ladykind and loving

and carriwes a good ol umbrella.....lol

gb Britain

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Brig57 in reply to MusicalChef

awwwwwwwesome....

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Brig57 in reply to MusicalChef

wait wait ...i need to sit down....

oh happy days......now what was that song again.....

knd of Fried Green Tomato ish in spirit ..knw what ah mean...

ok radar ur turn...

Well ya knolw pigrams.....ah think yall is just swell....me and ma horse think yall is earlabmazing..

nice

tons of talent (plse dont be hurt by the understated nice...i mean they are great keep sharing ..helps us)

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merlin0413 in reply to Brig57

Thank you Brig!

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Brig57 in reply to merlin0413

inspires us - so plese keep going and sharing

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

being totally genuine....people...not u ..are so worried about perfection annd ....they dont realize how helpful it is to be with other artists....llike musicians finding othr muscians rather than being surrounded by x people who scratch their heads?? huh music?

all im saying is peopl crations be it mobils or mosiacs with chips or painted rocks....make3s u feel like u found ur people ish....share pls share share share ...we love it....helps.....does not hurt.....were trhilled with ur art th softness of th medium and its made by hand

by u

by this person

my favorite pet rock is connected to th person who did it

by

hand......

at my age one gets v sentimental......

by hand

by x person.....all th time and thinking and

i repeat

made '

bby hand......

by x person........so many peopel dont ....see the big picrure....

flaws? who 5hinks that way

Sally made this ...for joe.......

define price...less

as only peopl here would get....

give u ten trillin for that.......dude....i wouldnt even let u see it or tha5 price....its from sally....hand made...

some peoopl get it and some peoople dont

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merlin0413 in reply to Brig57

I totally understand, I sincerely appreciate that! I always love handmade items, it means so much more to me than just any gift. There is something special about a handmade item. I'll continue to share! Thank you so so much! ❤️

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Brig57 in reply to merlin0413

understatement- tk u ...u helped me soo much ....nice to find ur tribe ? birds of a feather happier together? speak my language....yes ...got it from my father -soo right...hand made no matter how small....infinitely better...

thank u soo muh

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

so much more personal or hand written card...

wow....

i buy store bought since most people dont get it...

had someone write a note on hand made paper - almost fell over...wierd to some ...not to me....to me it wierd they are so left brain.....but brig....its not commercail grade...

neither is my hand made coffee mug ...pricelss...glazed by the artist herself himslef..

brig ..dont know about u.....partner....feeling very muh mutual i reverse...u love the perfect left brain forms...

i love the trees all bent and real trees not telephone poles...

to each his own...place for left brain but right brain is free from constraint and i cann go anywhere in time ande space...ooh dinosaur picrtures.....

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

for me yes i use org left brain....its an emotional straight jacket ....right brain...

boogie time.....do whatever whwerever........visit any solar system or swim with trhe whales....or gardens in Britain or

sooo easy...

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

as most know....think ill change the theme of my place to jungle today....

change the murals.....walls just wall s lke the great castles linewd with hanging murals.....what stone ? or change the paintings......

oooh vintage cars.........what rules???

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

ur place a mini theatre...just change the sets ....

no doubt well known but fun to be safe to have fun....here

after a life5me of hard work

its OK to have fun..fill up the spirit5ual tank

all work and no play makes johhny or sally.....

create whatever world u want
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Luna_Child in reply to Brig57

Very true

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Brig57 in reply to Luna_Child

u started it and said it many times....never hurts to revisit Pooh country.....well some people doohave exceptional taste...

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merlin0413 in reply to Brig57

Exactly! Handmade is lovely! I make my own paper! It's a really fun thing to do!

Whatever works for you is all the outlet you need! Perfect!

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

ya know....better late than never......

friends aint wrong

I love the dog drawings....very lovely. I play my violin. Classical, blues, and country. LOL

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merlin0413 in reply to compasnet

Thank you compasnet! Violin wow that's awesome! The violin is such a beautiful instrument!

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compasnet in reply to merlin0413

Thank you merlin0413. You're right. It really IS a great instrument to help anxiety and depressio.. You night say it's a compassionate instrument...no pun intended e need. LOL. ...keep up the great posts!

Wow! These are great! My outlet since my mom died has been to make her a home. I will post soon.

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merlin0413 in reply to Norw

Hi! Thank you so much!

That's very sweet, whatever works for you I think is great! ❤️ we all need something!

Gardening! It’s like painting with plants. Gets you out of yourself.

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bralintly said ....im jumping up and down..!!!!!!!

Hi Gilly! That's lovely! Gardening is a very calming outlet! I do alittle gardening not too much I only recently got good at it. Honest i use to kill everything. Haha

This year I planted alot and it's been going so well! What have you been planting?

I’ve been busy converting my perennial beds to pollinator gardens. I’ve planted agastache, joe pye weed, calamentha and Heliopsis. I’ve got lots of bees so far. Butterflies are late this year. Also put in a half whiskey barrel pond with a few plants for the wildlife. Weeds have been ferocious this year!

Oh wow! That all sounds so lovely!🌷

So I grew some tomatoes... haha

😂🤣

Feel free to share photos if you want too I'd love to see it all! The whiskey barrel pond sounds awesome!

Agreed the weeds are crazy this year!

Here’s the little pond. A beautiful Japanese iris called Angel Mountain is the center.

Pond

Angel Mountain

Iris

Omg so beautiful! Nice work!! That flower is so pretty! Love the colors!

Thank you! It’s just loaded with buds!

I have a big love of Ranunculus, I'd really love to grow some of those.

They are beautiful. Have to grow them as an annual where I live. Winters too cold here!

Flowers are awesome :)

the more i look ...the more wow!!!! wow wow wow (real me..his is th real me..were from big sky contry and we say wow!!) .. really needed this as its a mirror.,,,,helps me feel better abo5u my closet of art in an inept family and world.....i get aouned fellow artisst who paint all kind of things and surfaces fom boards to rocks.....i think ....brilliant... such an expression of freedom.....and u hand skills.....not some computer...

made by u...

..

th pet owners must be thriled....

cant wait to make my new family of pet rocks and theatre group....the stage ....how cool.....

well only people here would get it....

love***** ur work..........when i get stuck ill know where to go....

love it love it love it

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merlin0413 in reply to Brig57

Brig, thank you for such kind words! Ypu know it's so funny I never thought my art was good at all. I never use to sell it or do it for others but it's one of those things that makes me feel so happy I just decided to take that leap and share it with the world and people love it!

Painting pets is newer to me but I've always wanted to be able to do it. Usually I do landscapes and buildings. I love it all and many other styles of art. ❤️

My art
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Brig57 in reply to merlin0413

bear with me- K? im an acuired taste...ive tried for twenty years to get art clubs going... i was v fortunate my first instructor was sooo accepting....some did flowers some made their paints...some made beach scenes glueing sand......

she really was so far ahead of her time....allowing

but lke fellow muscians or coin collectors....we didnt have to be the same....there is no ocrect coin.. or stamp or ice cream as LC was poinint out

styles of art vary from left to right.....depends on artist purpose lke clothes....hiking boots to clogs....which is the right shoe? a: none

it ur paintng.....its the end effect and man....urs is smashing...

ok lke wow ice cream.....not ice milk

or wow pizza or wow music.....

its the effect not has to be such a way.....(artists can do whatver hey want....they get it)

living ur dream is soo cool...ive tried fro 25 years to encourage peopoel to take the risk

i give up....til u......man.....like seeing a person p;lay their dream guitar....goes out in his garage and.......what do u know...living his dream with row row ur boat....

awesome....

most people wont step acriss the line

me too ..i bombed in art til i was 35.....a millino times til i fig the sstem...

unreal

and unreal i get to talk to other artists/muscians.../colaboration

no fun alone.....

man wish i were a billinare...give eah person tengrand to share hei stuff of thei creation

nothing better than goode old fashiond

show and tell..........grade school was spot on.....

keep going!!!!! the class rooom loves!!!! ur work....!!!!!

all real man all real...........we frolm Montana...and we juice sayy ti lake it is.......

smore? go man go....bob is making fishing poles jill has hand made candles....

god what a club man.....lets do it

i need my club back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Uncle !!! i confess!!! all fellow crators welcome!!!!!!!!pleeeeeese!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~!photogra;phers 2222222!!!!!

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merlin0413 in reply to Brig57

I feel that brig! I will keep sharing for sure! Thank you for such inspiration too! It really is wonderful to chat with people who get it! ❤️

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oh ya arts and crafts wood wookers people who make and are doers.......not nasty crtics...have no time for them..cooks and car enhthsiasts people with passions...so done with the hyper controler clincial peoople ...talk about repressed....fine for thei world i get it...

no me....time

to start the living...not survivng or enduring...i totally done with people who are not encouraging of others....in the learning phases.....encouage participation.....

and are just mean and rejecting or whatver it is....

feeling good because im back with libary peo;ple.....they are the opposite of crow crtics...

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

ive been doing art for thirty years, construction since i was 15....

my family has never once...asked me to make or do sonething for them....yet ive bilt courses in Hawwaii, the PNW, Salt Lake, Seattle....always having to do it without one speck of help,yet my mother will move mountains and contacts for anyone else ...seen it a millin tmes...rave about this person and call everyone....

imnot a PC guy....iknow what some familes are like and not

i know some familes rave about their kids and the rest like ours...

sooo embarassing to have.....uggh pooor betty has a senstive son....omg poor woman...

have zero time or patience for morons.....however harsh that sounds...they kill peoples efforts and its their pathology not ours....stay away from my friends....

Gorgeous

Thank you friend! ❤️

You're very welcome! ☺️

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Brig57 in reply to Luna_Child

LC got the ball roling ....this is community colaboration where everybody wins........as LC and others know....there is no correct art or arts or passion....or sport...whatever help;s u want to get up in the morning......have to v want to...v love to....

Amazing art work.. I love dance, singing, I have done free verse, poetry

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merlin0413 in reply to Lve2dance

Dancing is a wonderful outlet! I am definately not a poet but I do enjoy it! Haha

Fantastic outlets!

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Lve2dance in reply to merlin0413

I'm stream of consciousness 😁

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merlin0413 in reply to Lve2dance

Haha yes ❤️

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Lve2dance in reply to merlin0413

Rhymes are cool 😎.. Mine are more just my thoughts

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merlin0413 in reply to Lve2dance

Hey whatever helps you express it! I love it! ❤️ keep doing it I bet it helps others relate too!

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Lve2dance in reply to merlin0413

It was just random stuff... Depending on my thoughts.. Most were happy.. I used to do poetry readings at coffee houses back in the day 😁

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Brig57 in reply to merlin0413

(oh great word thank u - save that for scrabble or cross word puzzles homemade)

wow

This is so beautiful! Love art. I draw , read, paint stones, 🎨, walk my dog's, Watch TV, dabble in the paranormal/ghost world,

Yeah girl! Live all your outlets! I love reading and ghosties! 🖤

I love Roman Comedy books 📚 mostly however and yes researching & visiting the paranormal/haunted. My dad got me interested In that.

I love researching, history of old buildings is fascinating! History in general!

Yes me too however the history of old houses.

That too!

Yes I need to do the house I live in.

Is it haunted?

I've moved alot and I have checked alot of them out. I've definitely lived in a few haunted places... usually when I walk in I just know. Like it's a feeling.

I'm pretty certain however they are friendly

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Brig57 in reply to Luna_Child

what ?? an art lover?? u mean i dont have to hide...hoooo said that ...whol said that dont fly away little bird dont go away i need u ....ill p;ut out food and bird bath and buld a area so the cats cant get it...;plsea little bird dont go away.....we need ur type...im not into skyscrapers and ammuzement parks...sorry no offense

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

art? expression? did someone say what i think i heard...art? who said that? dont be shy dont fly away dear birds...

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Brig57 in reply to Brig57

music lovers?? where where ....did they fly away...ohhh noooo

I paint too, I also read a lot. Love your work 🙂

Hey there! Thank you for sharing! That's awesome! Reading is a favorite of mine too! ❤️

ooh please...still blows my mind....an image.....from flat piece of nting paper...people look at the micro

i look at

one moment paper

the next a hilarous cartoon

or favorirte pet

blows my moherboards.....un real'

yes share share .......

I envy you very much to be able to live off your art (although I don't diminish all the hard work that this career choice probably demanded from you, networking, etc.) I wish I had made that career choice but I never was courageous enough so I choose a stable yet soul-sucking job :P

We never know, maybe when I retire I can become an artist like I always wanted. In the meantime I still create as a hobby.

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