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Positive Wellbeing During Self-Isolation

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Staying Positive during Self-Isolation

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I have found drawing has been brilliant for my wellbeing, not only during lockdown but since becoming poorly. I find many of my day to day chores quite difficult but for some reason I can sit and draw with no ill effects. It has given me the positivity to keep going and stay strong. Funny thing is, I didn’t even know I could draw, well not like this 😊

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RoadRunner44

That is so good! Is it a drawing from a photograph or imagination?

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to RoadRunner44

Thank you. Yes, I used a photo, it’s a friends cockapoo

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RoadRunner44 in reply to Whatawonderfullife

You must be a bit proud and your friend will be delighted I'm sure.

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to RoadRunner44

Thank you She’s actually decided to have it framed!

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Jennymary

That's absolutely beautiful, if you didn't know you could draw like this, I'm wondering how many more hidden talents you have x

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to Jennymary

Thank you. Who knows??? 😂

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Agoodenough

Well your art is very impressive. So how did you get so good? Lots of practice?

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to Agoodenough

Thank you. I did O’level art at school but didn’t really pursue it after that, I was desperate to work with horses.

After finding out that I was unwell with GCA, I spent a lot of time at home watching Portrait/ Landscape Artist of the year. That spurred me into thinking I could have a go. My husband bought me some lovely pencils etc for Christmas. I then just had a go now and then, enjoyed it, a friend asked me to draw her dog and that was it. I’ve been having a go ever since. I’ve drawn a Galloway cow and calf too.

Long story, sorry 🤭

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springcross in reply to Whatawonderfullife

Is that Giant Cell Temporal Arteritis? If so, I had a sister who had that.

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to springcross

Yes it is

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to springcross

Sorry to hear that.

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springcross in reply to Whatawonderfullife

Thanks, not a nice condition but there again, neither are so many others. xx

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Agoodenough in reply to Whatawonderfullife

Well that's a good idea to watching it being done. I look at some on you tube and they are amazing even though they say it easy! Not my kind of easy lol. The calf and cow sound lovely too. It's great your husband bought you the pencils and then you took off with your art 😀

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to Agoodenough

YouTube is great, it seems to have anything and everything on there that you could possibly need to see. I’m lucky, my husband is very supportive and will try to help me if he can 😊👍🏻

That’s amazing well done you 👍😃

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Thank you

Ooh gosh, thank you 😊

That is absolutely fantastic, I love it, you should feel very proud of yourself and please do more. ❤️

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Wow thank you so much. I’m pretty pleased with the finished article, I have to admit 😊

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I would be too, I bet you could get some work drawing animals 😊

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Oh really? That would be amazing to actually do it as a business! Thank you 😊

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BaffledKaffy in reply to Whatawonderfullife

If your friend shows this wonderful drawing to her friends, then they ask you to draw their pet ... and then more people see your drawings/your amazing talent ... you’ll need to start thinking about how much your drawings are worth! I see a profitable business in your future! This shows so much talent ... !

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to BaffledKaffy

Tbh, I have had some of my family ask if I would draw for them. It lifts me to know I can produce something they will enjoy 😊

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springcross

That is really lovely wawl, I absolutely love it. Is it your dog?

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to springcross

Thank you so much. No it belongs to a friend of mine. She offered me the picture for something to draw. I loved drawing her, it was great fun

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springcross in reply to Whatawonderfullife

I can imagine, she's gorgeous. xx

How wonderful that it's helped you so much Whatawonderfullife! And you have such a talent. It must have been amazing to discover that you can do such fantastic work!🌈🦋

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to

Thank you, it’s been such a positive experience and an overwhelming surprise from people who have given comments on my pictures. I will be drawing from now on, I think 😊

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Galen_Writer

Thank you for sharing. I’ll have to try that!

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to Galen_Writer

Please do, you never know 🤷‍♀️

Wow! This is absolutely fantastic!! Something I couldn't do!! I will stick to digital paint by numbers 😊. You are very talented. Love and hugs Lynne 💞❤️

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to

Thank you. If you can find something that helps you while in isolation and lockdown, it certainly helps the hours fly by 😊

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That is so true. How are you feeling this morning? Love and hugs Lynne xxxx ❤️🤗🌈💜

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Feeling good thanks. I’ve just seen your amazing work, wow! I couldn’t do that, it’s so clever

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Neither could I , I could never do this by hand!! The wonders of technology 👍👍😉

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daveh121

That’s good. Captures the essence of spirit so well.

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to daveh121

To be fair, my friends dog has masses of personality and was a delight to draw 😊

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I'm so pleased for you, bet he got lots of hugs etc after. Your drawing brings out a lovely personality with a twinkle in his eyes. Take care and stay safe. Love and hugs Lynne xxxx ❤️🤗🌈💜

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Thank you

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448690

Fantastic. I would say you can draw tremendously.

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Philippa24

It's brilliant.

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Sheperdess

That is beautiful 👏You are talented 😃

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Sheila_G

Wow! You have a very wonderful gift. That is amazing and so beautiful. I would love to be able to draw like that. Please show us more. x

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to Sheila_G

I have 2 others that I have drawn. I’ll post those if you like?

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Sheila_G in reply to Whatawonderfullife

Please do. x

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to Sheila_G

I’ve just posted the cow and calf

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PackerGirl

That’s amazing!!!!!!! If you have ANY desire to draw another dog, I just lost both of my dogs recently and one died in her sleep several weeks ago (long story). I would be SO honored, if you would ever want to when you’re bored, keep me in mind 😊❤️

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to PackerGirl

Thank you. I have a couple to do at the moment. A horse, couple of dogs and a child playing in a stream. I will be able to do it after that, in probably about a month?

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PackerGirl in reply to Whatawonderfullife

That would be amazing!! Of course completely up to you!! Here they are, just for reference 😊

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Midnight-Blue

OMGOSH!!!! What talent you have! Your attention to detail is so perfect! Doing chores is one thing but creating something of beauty is a labor of love.

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to Midnight-Blue

Thank you. I can’t quite understand how I can draw the detail but ask me to hold a conversation on the telephone and that’s quite a different skill. 🤷‍♀️

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RLN-overcomer in reply to Whatawonderfullife

Many artist communicate through their work. I have a few friends who are artist who use different mediums. Now that I am thinking about it the majority of them are not the greatest verbal communicators, and are somewhat socially inept. I haven't pencil drawn, or painted in decades. I wonder if this is why I am now such a good communicator. On some occasions in this past year I have had 2-3 hour marathon phone conversations with a couple of my friends.

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to RLN-overcomer

Maybe, I’m not sure all arty people are bad communicators thought. Before I became unwell, I taught in a special school. Communication was key 😊

Great you’re getting in some good lengthy chats, long may it last 😂

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RLN-overcomer in reply to Whatawonderfullife

Good morning. I don't think ( all )Illustration artist are verbally communication challenged. ( My ) very talented artist friends do have more difficulty conveying verbal communication, and ideas, especially in a timely manner. I will include myself, and say for years I didn't speak, and was socially shy, and inept. I was unable to communicate well verbally, but I was selling illustrations, and paintings that I should have charged more money for. I was also selling T-Shirts back then. I went to a specialized High School for gifted artist, and my college major was in the art field. I took a Government job, because I didn't want my mom, and dad to have to support me forever, and I also didn't want to be a starving artist. I haven't done any illustrations, painting, or silk screen printing in decades. I believe this gave me a chance to use my left brain a lot more. Now you can't shut me up. I now volunteer to speak in public for a couple of organizations that are near, and dear to my heart. I will eventually get back into illustrations, and maybe even silk screen printing after I take care of some loose ends.

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to RLN-overcomer

Wow, that is so interesting, so a good communicator and engaging too! I do hope you sort things out and take up your art work again!

Please do show us all you do 😊

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RLN-overcomer in reply to Whatawonderfullife

My laptop is old, and out of updates. I don't know how to cut, and paste on my computer, or send pictures. I am an old school dinosaur who has not fully emerged from the cave. Many decades ago cut and paste was literally piece's of paper or other collage item's which would actually be cut, and pasted onto another piece of paper or board. I had been thinking about taking a computer graphics class . I also have access to one on one 1 hour computer class instruction if I make an appointment with my local library once it re-opens. Though I think I will wait quite some time before getting cut, and paste instruction when I feel safer in regards to this Corona virus pandemic.

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to RLN-overcomer

There is a cut and paste option on the computer, I think 🤔

On the main screen at the bottom, there is a search bar, try typing ‘cut and paste’ in. You may find the cut and pate tool show.

Good luck 😉

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RLN-overcomer in reply to Whatawonderfullife

Thank you, but my computer is too old, and is only a very basic simple learning computer. I have no CD drive or unnecessary apps that would pull on my very limited storage space. I can't even access Zoom. I will eventually get a more advanced computer , but for now I am very happy to have access to the many things I love doing online. I will eventually fully emerge from the dinosaur cave to meet the millennium. Have an amazing day

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to RLN-overcomer

Ah ok, fingers crossed you’ll be able to invest in a more up to date computer 😊

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ShelWhitt

Lovely. Obviously found you had a hidden talent!

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nosher

Wow! That is really beyond good. Have you thought of pursuing your talented.. developing it more. You could research what local classes and groups are available. You meet people of like-minded interests. After co-vid, of course, and depending on your mobility. A talent like yours is a gift. I know very little about art but I can recognise good work. I so envy it.Be well and stay safe.

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to nosher

Thank you for your great advice. I think I am going to pursue this. I have been asked to do commissions, I will go down that route I think?

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Pussycat65

That's amazing..wish I could draw!

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foodbankcupar

Lovely drawing!!

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AndtH

You have caught the spirit and the happiness of a well loved dog. Brilliant.

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Madmolly

It is wonderful to discover that about yourself it is very talented. Good for you

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footgo

Beautiful, l would think that you have really captured the character of your friends lovely dog.

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Analeese

You have a wonderful talent. So glad you discovered it when you needed to. Congrats to the hubby who is encouraging you. Your picture looks much like my little yapper.

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Spanaway

That's awesome!

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cljones

You did wonderful job. You are really talented. It's good you discovered your talent.

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Frenchhouse3

That’s a fantastic drawing; you are clearly very talented. Denise xxx

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RLN-overcomer

Oh my God you are so talented. I though this picture was a photo. You are truly gifted. You need to continue drawing, and you need to have enough pieces to put in a gallery. Okay I need to close my mouth. OMG

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Whatawonderfullife in reply to RLN-overcomer

Thank you so much. I’m so pleased you like it. That was my intention, giving a little bit of pleasure at this difficult time 😊🌈

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