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6/20/14 5:03 P

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Wow, you are off to a great start! Congrats!

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4/12/14 12:43 P

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We are really glad to have you here! Drop by anytime. Congards on losing 9 pounds already. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/11/14 9:45 P

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Hi,
I am a newby. My name is Sara (spatters1011). I love to do oil paining but I also experiment with acrylics and watercolor. I also love colored pencil but I am too impatient to use them very much. Looking forward to some artsy talk and support!


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2/24/14 2:43 P

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Hi,

I'm happy to be back with Sparkpeople. Lost three pounds in two months, slow but sure.

Good talking to you again.

Happy Painting.

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F8CONE8's Photo F8CONE8 Posts: 13,086
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emoticon glad you are here!

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Hi, just an introduction here! New to team but not to spark! I paint a bit, thought it would be fun to join a team!

Moving in new directions.


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I am so glad you are back. emoticon

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SMILINGDAISY's Photo SMILINGDAISY Posts: 21
1/10/14 1:26 A

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I am back on Spark People. I would really like to be active in this group. I am an artist, more than an athlete, and art provides a solace that I need. A good brisk walk inspires the desire to paint, both of which I have neglected lately, so here I am, looking for support for both. :)

My name is Rebecca and I live in the green Northwest. I am an artist and I enjoy writing. bumbershoots-and-daisies.blogspot.co
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1/5/14 5:18 P

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I like your work. Fun stuff and some pretty stuff too.

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1/5/14 4:36 P

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Hi! I am a former teacher. Now I am an artist and arts education volunteer. Actually, losing weight after teaching is my first priority right now! After the holidays, I need to get back to a schedule to stay motivated and productive in my home art studio.

I have a Facebook art page where you can follow my work!
Just type in Natasha Witt Paintings and Sketches (with no spaces) on Facebook.

Edited by: CUTENHEALTHY at: 1/5/2014 (16:38)
"Slow and steady wins the race!"


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11/27/13 5:28 P

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Hi KSGAMMA, I had my settings wrong for my spark page. I think it is fixed now, so you can try and look again. Now I am going to go to your page and look at your artwork!!! Cheers

Like my garden I need to nurture my body and soul to be my healthiest ever!!


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11/27/13 4:06 P

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Hi again. I tried to access your page but when I did a search it said there were no results. Often when you run your mouse over your name it'll open a window with a link to the sparkpage but that didn't work either. I'll have to remember your name and try again later.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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11/27/13 4:04 P

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welcome to the team. I'll go to your sparkpage and look at your painting. I have some of mine in my photos on my sparkpage as well. I too am self taught and have been painting with acryllics for about 7 years. Like you, I have multiple health issues that make losing weight difficult. I think you'll find a lot of support and helpful information here on SparkPeople. Good luck on your journey.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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11/27/13 12:41 P

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Hi fellow artists!! This is awesome to join a group that has art in common as well as our weight issues. I am a budding artist, only been painting with acrylics for 6 years. No training at all, but already have sold two paintings on commission. I also have paintings hanging in a local gallery. I paint for pure enjoyment. On my spark page I put one of my paintings in the background if anyone wants to take a look. MY weight issues are so complicated. I have many health issues that make it difficult to lose weight, but I am hoping that belonging to sparkpeople I can find inspiration and friends that can help me and I can help them and together lose some weight. I am a chatter box too, can you tell? lol So nice to be here, hope to make many new friends!! Cheers everyone emoticon

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F8CONE8's Photo F8CONE8 Posts: 13,086
11/4/13 6:02 P

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Welcome to the team. Interesting problem. I seem to forget food when working in my studio except when my husband joins me. Then I lose concentration and get a little frustrated. I am a stress eater for sure.

I'm so curious about Etsy. Have any of you actually sold anything on it? I have a site on Fine Art America but I'm really discouraged. Seems the only folks that look at my work are also selling on the site. Just looky loos.

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11/4/13 10:57 A

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HRH-I do the exact same thing with cigarettes and coffee breaks-I cant work without them, and its a habit I need to kick (especially when I take sugar in my coffee)I hear you have an etsy site do you have the link I would like to have a look, I sell paintings on etsy Im Lucy Sutcliffe or Tokyopunk/etsy.com, your work sounds intersting are you a full time artist? I paint and exhibit-Im starting a graphic design course to work on my computer skills, happy sparking X LuCy

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11/4/13 7:53 A

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HRH - interesting problem - I often find that working on my art takes away my angst and cravings for food and I even have to be reminded sometimes that it is meal time, lol. I tend to eat more when emotional - worried, scared, depressed, (some perverted part of my brain convinces me that the food will replace whatever used to make me happy and inevitably, part way through the binge or treat, I feel worse than ever and regret giving in to the cravings) and even happy (celebrate or treat myself). Sparkpeople for me is all about a change in lifestyle and as you begin your personal journey, I wish you luck. For me, it's a long hard road, and I think for many of us. There is no quick fix for habits developed over a lifetime and when you set your goals, remember that and don't shoot for the moon. Set a reasonable and attainable goal and once that is achieved, set a new one until you reach your ultimate goal. Best of luck and looking forward to getting to know you better.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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11/3/13 5:32 P

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Hi there, I am a artist from Santa Cruz, CA. I work in drawing, painting (oils) and pastel. I also hand paint small gift items and make jewelry (boxes, etc) for my ETSY shop.

Being an artist has a lot of challenges to losing weight. For me a big one is what I call the "jump in jitters". It is an angsty feeling I get before I dive into a project or piece. I often find myself walking back and forth from the studio to the kitchen and looking for food to take the edge off of the angst. The only thing that really takes care of the angst is just jumping in. It's an interesting thing though how food and the creative cycle work with each other.

I also have a number of health issues and disability that contributed to weight gain taht I am trying to get a handle on.

I am so happy to find some artists that are on this site and are working to get to their goals.



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F8CONE8's Photo F8CONE8 Posts: 13,086
11/3/13 10:01 A

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10/22/13 3:16 P

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Hi Rebecca. I'm Lin from Peterborough, Ontario Canada. I'm retired but have a number of chronic illnesses. During recovery from one, I took up painting and have been teaching myself. I love doing pet portraits - I call them petraits - they don't always turn out but a lot do, lol. I also enjoy doing landscapes and some decorative painting.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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10/22/13 11:52 A

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Hi, my name is Rebecca. I live in Acworth, GA. I'm a mixed media artist and pet portraitist. I have been a member for a long time, but I've been away for a long time, too.

So, hello!

Finished the 28 day Bootcamp Workout Challenge! YAY! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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Every day, you have a choice, from the moment you wake up: to make this day a good day or something else. You can choose your attitude. You can change your life! What will you choose today?

WW Lifetime member since 2000

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F8CONE8's Photo F8CONE8 Posts: 13,086
10/13/13 3:38 P

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You are right not much going on right now. Please check out the Inches post. I'd love to see more involvement.

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10/13/13 12:27 P

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Nice to meet you. I don't see much action in this forum but maybe as we get more members. I paint with acrylics.

Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada

10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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So glad to meet you! emoticon

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10/8/13 7:15 A

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Hi there! Found this forum and am so happy to introduce myself! I have always been an artist, the gift being handed down generationally from mother to daughter. My daughters are also artists. I am particularly fond of pen and ink and pencil sketching, but love to work in 3-D with diorama and scrap booking techniques as well.

I have changed so much in the last few years, sometimes I forget that there IS an artist inside of me! Every once in a while she peeks her head out, but I'd love to give her full welcome to come back out and create!

Am living in the Northeast USA with my youngest daughter and my fiance'. We live in a little historical town with walkways to everywhere and great green trees and lots of community activities, including artist groups. This is an inspiration to pick up my life in an area I'd pretty much forgotten about.

Looking forward to the journey along with the rest of you.



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9/16/13 4:33 A

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Hello, my name is Lucy, Im a 37yr old artist living in Northern France, I have rejoined Sparkpeople to lose the last 16ibs on my journeyXXXLuCy

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8/19/13 9:21 P

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Hello, new here. I dabble in almost every medium but what I do the most is: paper art dioramas, photography, sewing, and drawing. When I was in art school I did a lot of watercolor and various forms of printmaking and would love to get back into both.

Looking forward to interacting with other artists on their journey to or maintaining their health!

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7/29/13 10:59 P

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7/29/13 3:01 P

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Welcome. I was just reading an excellent welcome message posted on a couple of different SparkTeam pages by BlueRose73. One I remember for sure is in the Calling All Canadians Team under Introduce Yourself and Hey Everybody. Go over and give it a good read. She has some excellent suggestions and links for beginners to the Site.

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10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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Hi. I just joined the Team, and have been on Sparkpeople since yesterday. Right now, I'm tracking my meals, so I can see what's helping me be healthier and change what isn't helping.
I've been wanting to get in shape since I was in middle school, but haven't had lasting sucess.
Not this time, though. I've had enough with struggling.
I live in the Central Texas area.
I seen older relatives deal with weight issues and serious health problems. I don't want that to be me. I also want to fit and strong and enjoy life.
I been drawing ever since I can remember. I've done people primarliy, but also like animals. Horses and cats are my favorite to do. I've been interested in Japanese Manga as something new to try. I also like making my own jewelry. I'm still a beginner, for now.
I'm really excited to be here.

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7/14/13 7:40 P

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Hi - I just joined the Team. I've been on SparkPeople for a couple of months now and I'm still learning and finding different things - like this Team.

I have always been overweight - except for all those times I lost weight only to regain it plus more.

I live in Peterborough, On. Canada. I'm married, for the second time, to a wonderful man. I have a daughter from my first marriage and we have a 5 year old grandson who I babysit most Mons and Fris in the summer and also on non-school days.

I became too ill to continue working in 2004 and took early retirement. I've since developed a number of chronic medical issues in addition to the Crohn's Disease I was born with. (Heart, Diabetes, sleep disorders, arthritis, etc.) As I started to recover somewhat, I took a One Stroke Painting class in 2005 and fell in love with painting. I seldom do One Stroke however I do use some of the techniques. I do some sketching but my love is for acrylics. I like doing landscapes and pet portraits as well as decorative art. I've painted on canvas, wood, paper, stone, cloth, metal, wax, plastic, glass, and ceramics. I have a website that displays some of my work. The web address is part of my signature below.

I'm looking forward to participating in the topics in this forum and in making new friends also determined to lose weight, keep it off, and live a healthier lifestyle.

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10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE - If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)

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Hi there Im new as well....and looking forward to being more creative in the journalling department.

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6/17/13 9:29 A

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Hi, I'm new here, and I am a digital artist :3

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Hello fellow artists, I'm glad to have found you all:) I am also at the heaviest I have ever been, probably because I dieted. They say..you lose weight on diets only to gain it back and more. Well I'm living proof. This time I plan on changing my eating habits for a life time and add a regular "play time" to my days. I love to dance and bike and hike so they will be my "exercise" I enjoy painting with oils and acrylics and pastels. drawing with pen and ink and charcoal. I have painted, plein air , murals, illustrations for children's books. and chalk talks I have decided to start a body of work that included still life's. Well, I've been in a two year slump but am getting out of it and hope to start making a living at this. You all know how hard that is...but nothing ventured nothing gained. Have a great weekend.

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Hello. I am on the home stretch of my weight loss (finally seem to have gotten past the plateau, knock on wood... I probably shouldn't have said that!)

Art: stained glass, graphic design, photography, writing.

Plan on working with: tile, acrylic, watercolor, decorative (and functional) woodworking, lithographs, sketches.

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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Hi everyone, I'm Jewel (really I'm Christy but couldn't get the name and didn't want all the #'s after it LOL) and I have been in a long time roller coaster ride with my weight. Currently, I am the heaviest that I have ever been and am determined that the numbers on that evil scale will no longer rise up! I am in love with the art of chainmaille and consider myself a budding maille artist. Over the years I have dabbled in acrylics, indian ink, pencil sketch, beaded jewelry... and have at last found my perfect creative mate: Maille.

Looking forward to being part of this team!

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thanks kats, I hope your shoulder is okay now. for months I couldn't do anything with my right hand and I am right handed, so it was difficult. It wasn't just painting I couldn't do. I couldn't eat, write, type or do anything with my right hand. So it is such a relief to be able to do everything again. But my greatest joy is being able to paint again. I posted a couple of my new paintings on my spark page. What kind of art do you do?

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I am so glad you are painting again, Dotti! I, too injured my shoulder and I understand what it is like not being able to paint. Nice to meet you here on Spark People.

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hi my name is Dotti and I am an artist. I have been a member of sparkpeople and this team for several years but have not been using the site for many months. I was lucky enough to meet my first goal of getting down to l50 lbs. by my scales I was actually 142, My NY scales, and right now I am 148 lbs. on my florida scales. I know neither of my scales are right, so I am not sure just where I am at the moment. After first reaching 150, I set a new goal but have not lost any more weight. In fact I think I have gained a few pounds back so it is time to get back to work.

the last few months have been very difficult for me. I had just about given up painting because of arthritis in my right shoulder. I was in constant pain and could no longer paint on an easel, I had to paint holding my canvas in my lap and turning it every which way to reach where I was painting. On July 17th 2012 I had a complete shoulder replacement that didn't go very well. There were many complications. Because my bones were much thinner then anticipated, the bone in my arm was broken twice during the surgery and caused a nerve to be stretched. As a result in addition to the shoulder replacement I had to have two metal plates to stabilize my arm and I could not lift my wrist or my fingers or move my thumb because of the stretched nerve. I went through the first six weeks with my arm in a brace and a sling that kept my arm immobile. The doctor said it would take about 6 to 8 months before I would recover the use of my hand. It didn't seem possible that I would ever be able to paint again, but I am so happy and blessed to be able to tell you all I CAN PAINT AGAIN!!!

I went through 4 months of therapy, then I exercised on my own with exercises the therapist had given me. Then in the park where I live in the winter, they have a stretch and tone class three days a week which I attended and it has been a blessing and a miracle. I have the use of my hand again and a very good range of motion, my arm is getting stronger every day and NO MORE SHOULDER PAIN. I can use an easel again and I am enjoying painting, I have found my passion again. I have finished three paintings and now am working on three of my grandchildrens portraits. These were the only grandchildren I hadn't painted yet, and didn't think I would ever be able to. Thanks be to God, my therapist and my doctor.
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Hi, My name is Beth. I have been a member of Spark people for a few years now. I am a painter, along with doing crafts, mostly jewelry. I teach art to 1st and 2nd graders for 1/2 a day and work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and other special ed students the last 1/2 of the day. I do know sign language with is a visual language. I had weight loss surgery around 1 1/2 years ago (lapband). and am slowly losing the weight. Looking forward to hearing back from everyone.
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Hi, I am Kat. I lost 50 lbs in 2011 and gained some back so I feel like I am starting over again. Since starting this time around I have lost 4 lbs so far, but started my ticker when I was down 3 lbs. I am a painter, crafter, musician. I love outdoor activities and have been looking for a local walking partner. If anyone is in the Rockford, IL please message me. :)

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Hello Spark Artists,

I don't think I introduced myself since joining this team. My name is Adrienne. I joined SparkPeople almost a year ago (I think) but I have not been consistent with my program. I came back strong a few months ago but have been challenged my one distraction after another! Bottom line is, I haven't been tracking my food or exercising lately.
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I lost a grand total of 5 lbs, gained it back and lost it again. I have along way to go to reach my goal weight and know that I must do better!

I am the sole caregiver for my 89 year old mother, who has allergies, chronic pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple fractures in her pelvis from a fall, and most recently pneumonia, blood clots in her legs and on the lungs, and a partially collapsed lung. WHEW!
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I am mentally and physically exhausted with the care routine, doctor visits, oxygen setup, meal preparation, household chores and and now household safety installations that have to be done. I have had to curtail most of my creative activities and cut back on my freelance work as a grant writer as well.

I am happy to be returning to my weekly painting workshop today. It is the best thing I have going in my life right now.
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I work exclusively in oils in the workshop, but I also work with acrylics, found objects, and ephemera for my collage and assemblage work. I love printmaking especially intaglio (copper etching) and stone lithography, but those are processes that I don't have the space or equipment for, so I will be focusing on wood and linoleum block prints for now. I plan to start making artist books and have a goal to create a page per week but I haven't started yet. I want to learn some bookbinding techniques and will probably have to teach myself from books and videos. Once I figure out some space issues (I have moved into my mother's tiny house), I will get started.





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Hi my name is Deb. I am not new to spark, only getting back to it after I retired and gained after hernia surgery and knee surgery. I enjoy acrylic painting which normally get given away as gifts. One of my goals for painting is to start using oils. That will be for something that doesn't have a deadline to complete such as a birthday. My goal for my weight loss is to get healthy again so I can enjoy my retirement.

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Hi everyone! I live in Australia surrounded by trees. When I'm feeling down I just have to walk around my yard for inspiration and an instant pick me up. I am an artist, mostly oils and watercolour, but the art production has been a little quiet over the last year or so due to a soul draining job which I finally ejected from my life a couple of weeks ago. Slowly chipping away at the clutter stopping me from getting to my studio, and psyching myself up for a really creative 2013. I'm interested in learning some new skills this year and Im thinking hebel sculpture, printmaking, art quilting and possibly if I feel particularly brave I might like to look into blacksmithing and metalwork. But first things first - to the brushes!

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I'm not new, but returning after a long break. Recently I've worked in oil painting but I think my next piece might be a pastel. I haven't worked a lot lately because I've been wasting an incredible amount of time on the timesuck that is Facebook. It's time to get moving again. Hello everybody, new & old!

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my name is Tammy, I am 53 and married, and I am a amateur overweight, out of shape artist, I like to do acrylics mostly now, but I used to do oils, I have not worked much with other mediums, i am glad I found this site and this team.

My name is Tammy I live in Idaho
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Hey y'all! I am Tricia and I am hoping to recapture my artistic spark from since 1992. Maybe I will try and spend some time with a sketch journal each day.

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i am an artist. i like to draw,to paint and to create things.

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I am an artist.
I know I am. I feel like myself when I am creating something...anything.
But just like my non weight loss all my life...I put the time to draw or paint or carve on the back burner and I am not sure why.
It just seems like, if I could get in touch with that part of me, it would effect my eating too.
In part, I was unsure whether to sign up for SP....just another bite of time in my day that I don't have to pursue time to make art.
But maybe they are somehow locked up together.
Who am I now....and who will I be if I ever pursue those things that I think are the real me?

on the practical side....I am having trouble even walking without my feet and knees hurting.
but when I am making art....I forget the pain.
sorry about the ramble....and so I start.

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Thanks so much for the warm welcome and the thought of others, walking similarly through the art and office supply stores in town, especially in fall, when the new school supplies are seemingly stacked to the ceiling. We are moving in unison, treading softly, and reverently -- touching textures and pages. Time stands still and for a moment -- we are in heaven.

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Welcome. Artists are special and you are too. Rocky, your note pointed something out to me about myself -- I also love art supplies. I enjoy art but I really love getting new brushes, a new tube of paint and any new book about art. I hope you enjoy this group and will be a very active member.


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Thank you! If life were easy for just one day I think I'd panic. :) I know that's added to my waistline (and my arms, and my bum, and my third chin...). I'm so glad I found this site and all of you! For the first time I think I may be able to do this.

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So glad you joined us.. Sounds like you have had a lot on your plate. Hugs and Welcome

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Hi everyone! Up until 2 years ago I couldn't even draw a stick figure! :) I started freehand "copying" clipart onto a dry erase board at work to advertise our wellness classes (I worked in a nursing home teaching "classes" on various ailments, leading chair exercises, meditation exercises and healthy eating....yeah....me! LOL!). My coworkers were very impressed with the drawings and it took off from there. I currently trade artist trading cards on atcsforall.com. I'm not exactly where I want to be in terms of my art (meaning I couldn't sell it if I tried!), but I love learning new tricks and techniques.

I had to leave work due to migraines and widespread muscle pain in March, moving back in with the husband I had separated from years before. He's changed a lot, but the reasons we separated are still there. He's not one you want to depend on to be honest. Then my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumor. Those few sentences don't begin to convey the stress, disappointment and sadness in my life the past 6 months. Art was the only thing that saved me, that gave me an outlet. It's like meditating to me. I love surrounding myself with creative, inspiring people. Here I have both! :)

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Hi all,

Just a little - I'll try - line to note that I'm really happy to have found this team. I have a life long love for art supplies, paper, and art emporiums, where I can spend hours looking and touching all the new supplies. I love to write, draw, and paint. Looking forward to getting to know you a little better over time and hope to be actively involved as much as I can. Getting healthy involves a real time commitment, and much of my effort will be concentrated on what goes on in the kitchen, at the dinner table, plus gaining a real sense of balance between rest and strenuous outdoor activity. Glad that we have found each other on this journey!

Cheers, Rocky.


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Great - Congrads on your retirement and having some time for doing what you love. I know you will enjoy your retirement and getting to a healthy weight.

If you want a challenge join the ATC August challenge wth this group to jump start your creative endeavors. We would love to have you!

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Hello everyone,
I'm from Ontario, Canada.
I've been a member of Spark since 2 weeks...Love it! I just discovered this group. I'm recently retired and looking forward to dedicate my time and energy to my art; drawing, painting, writing poetry. I need to lose 30 pounds;I know I can do it with your support! In short, I want to grow artistically and spiritually while getting healthier. Seems like a perfect exchange. Thanks! emoticon

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Hello there, I'm Victoria, nice to be here. You can find out about me by looking at my spark page! and going to my website......I'm very serious about reaching my goal.

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Hi, I have been at Spark for about a year but went MIA for awhile and completely gave up on my goals. I am back though and intend on trying to stick with it. I just found this group. I am a creative person. I consider myself to be amateur but I am gradually learning new things everyday to make improvements to my work. I dabble away creating randomly- mostly digital and graphic art type stuff. I love photography as well and I write poetry, song lyrics and novellas. I joined this group because I enjoy being around or seeing posts from light-hearted, spiritual and imaginative people with which I can relate. I hope that this turns out to be a great place to visit. Please bare with me as I adjust to visiting this group.

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Welcome! I love to hear from people who are passionate about their art. I look forward to hearing from you frequently. Carol

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Hello, my name is Mary and I have been a Spark People member for over a year, but I just found about this team. I am an artist!! I have two art degrees, and I am certified to teach art. I have worked as an artist for over 25 years! And I have been a freelance artist for over 18 years :) Most of my creer has been architectural illustration, but now I am branching out.....I love to paint in oils and I also love printmaking. I have been experimenting lately with textures and mixed media. I have a studio in Louisiana. So there you go....I need to lose weight and I LOVE art :)
I am married with 2 teenage children and very active with my church :)



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You certainly have come to the right place. I love that you are growning your spiritual journey! Welcome

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Hi,
My name is Lisa, I am 47 years old, and just joined SP. I am looking forward to losing 30 lbs and learning to exercise. Love food too much and exercise too little. My goals are to lose the weight and exercise, grow my spiritual journey, and allow myself to do art, something I haven't done in many years and I'm tired of neglecting the gift in me. Just started working on my first drawing in my first sketchbook, working on practicing recognition of shapes in landscape and values.
Nice to have a community of people with common goals! Thanks for being here!
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Hello,
I'm Rebecca and I live in Atlanta and love to hike with my guy. I'm also a mixed media artist.

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Welcome it is so nice to have you here. Concept art sounds like a fun and rewarding career.

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Hello,

I'm new to Sparkpeople and am a 2d/3d artist in training to become a professional concept artist. Nice to meet you all.

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Halloo! It's nice to see a group of creative people together. I work in a Media Organization, and my specific focus is bringing on the fine arts, music, plus cultural dance and drama. Currently I'm working on a HUGE painting project that I get to do every day! Also I live in Thailand.

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Wow sounds like you are one versatile lady. I think that creative covers so much. It isn't just visual arts but also crafts, makeup etc. Glad to have you on board.

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Hi guys!

My name is Madaline, and im sort of a creative person.. I dont want to say artist, because I do a little more than art I guess! I grew up loving art, but graduated with a Graphic Design degree. I have sold a few of my art pieces, but nothing to brag about at all (theres still hope! hehe)

I have done freelance design work, as well as taught art, given lectures on color and color psychology and how to use color in film. I worked as a makeup artist for the first Middle Eastern Walt Disney movie (which seems to never want to come out, seems like the shelved it!). I have done makeup for other videos and worked as the manager of the art, costume, props and makeup departments for a few shows.. I love anything creative, and so this should be a great place to get some inspiration! Oh, and I blog! emoticon

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I'm kinda a dabbler too. Stick with it. Enjoy your retirement.


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Hi everyone!

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I am so glad you have joined us. What fun to experiment and learn all those new mediums.

Love your profile picture. Welcome.

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I am a dabbler and, therefore, a novice in a few art and craft mediums. I have played the most with watercolors, but also a little with acrylics, art journaling, oils, pastels, drawing, doodling, sketch journaling, mandalas, and zentangles, At the moment iI'm still finishing a watercolor and ink sketch journaling class. Then I plan to try an online class for mixed media. Going at my own speed is good because I am slow (health issues). I'm an amateur artist, I guess. emoticon

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Nancy, emoticon ! It's great to have you on board!

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So glad you are here. I can't wait to retire and spend time on my artwork. emoticon

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Just stopped by to introduce myself. My husband and I both retired about 5 years ago and moved to a new home and new area 1 1/2 years ago. This has given me more time to paint - I do mainly landscapes in oil - and also given us more time to cook and enjoy trying new recipes. Having us both home has given me some very bad habits which led to increased pounds. Well it is time to change all the bad things and improve on the good things. This group sounded like fun because of our shared creative interests. I took up painting back around 1996 but have really done much more since I retired. Hope to get to know everyone better in the near future.
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I checked out your blog spot and have to say sad empty town looks like my home town :-( I left almost 20 years ago.

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3/9/12 3:22 P

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My name is Rebecca, I am a middle aged woman with six children and ten grandchildren. I stay youthful by being with the young and the young at heart. It is always a delight to teach arts, crafts and skills like sewing to young people, and it is always so delightful when they make you laugh!

I have a degree in art and I love to paint, especially in watercolors. I have recently discovered digital media, and that is fun too, and so easy to put away. I have posted some recent sketches here: http://bumbershoots-and-daisies.blogspot.c
om/ . I will spend more time this summer in the garden than in painting, but who knows? I also enjoy writing. I volunteer with Bibles for America to give away free Bibles (bfa.org). I take care of different family members at different times of the year, so I travel a bit. Time is always a factor for any one of these items isn't it?

My goals are not so much weight as health and nutritional. My strength and stamina are decreasing with age, but recently, I have noticed that completely changing the way that I eat has helped my energy and alertness. I am becoming a flexitarian, which is mostly vegetarian. This really is seeming to make a difference for me, and it is easier to maintain my nutritional goals this way.

My name is Rebecca and I live in the green Northwest. I am an artist and I enjoy writing. bumbershoots-and-daisies.blogspot.co
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2/24/12 4:41 A

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Thanks F8CONE8!

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2/21/12 12:58 P

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I love your ATC's and your carnival costumes. What a talented lady you are. Glad you joined us!

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2/21/12 9:16 A

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Hi! I have just 'come back' to SP and am starting all over again. I´m very happy to have found this group. I have been making ATCs for about 6 months now. My art blog is: rubybarr.blogspot.com

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1/18/12 2:08 P

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Having your artistic side back is awesome. I too have been "normalizing" lol. I am really making an effort to get back to healthy eating. So far I am doing excellent on my exercise so that is at least a change for the better. Glad you joined us!

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hi all, i joined spark about 10 months ago wanting to drop a lot of weight. they said i could do it in a year, well, of course, at first everything was going super-duper, can't complain, but at some point i just had the urge to 'normalize' for a while. and now i'm trying to knock off the next bit, which would get me to where i want to go. but as yet i'm still in 'winter mode' with not so much motivation to get moving again.
however, my creative side is more in the foreground now. that's how i found you all!

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Welcome to all the new and returning Sparkers!

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yo there and all the best to ya! be good and have fun!

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Welcome to the Artists Team! We are delighted to meet you and would like to get acquainted. Please post a new thread or simply reply to this one if you haven't introduced yourself yet. HINT new threads get more attention as we receive emails whenever a new one goes in.

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