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Hello wonderful peeps

It's been a fair while. This time last year I was nearly due my baby. I can't believe he's a year old next week.
I have to admit that I haven't been as creative as I was a few years ago over the last 18 months. I rarely had the urge of creativity I had had. There are numerous factors that have contributed to this - new job, new house, new baby, making baby's 1st Christmas special, stress but mostly depression. Depression is rarely talked about and the few times it does get talked about, a fair few people that haven't been affected by it don't have the right things to say (cheer up, get over it, etc.) or don't really know how to approach it. I have been under depression's thumb for nearly 17 years. I haven't really NOT had some form of depression. I find it hard to open up about the demons in my head and have really struggled over the years with it, often isolating myself and pushing people away, but there has always been one thing that truly gave me relief and that has been art. a lot of my art was done before I started getting help with it. and I worry that if I'm "cured" of depression that my art will suffer because of it.
Anyway like I said haven't been up to much art things recently (I blame the hubby for buying me the Arkham Knight game, Uncharted Collection & a PS4 for Christmas) although for the last few months (since August) I have really gotten into Adult Colouring Books. I have a fair few (under 10 but that will soon be changed when I go to town ehehee) and I know it's not really art cos I haven't spent 4 hours sketching, 3 hours on line work and then 5 hours on colouring/shading/ highlights etc. but they are really really relaxing (except when the pattern/design isn't the same on both sides of the page on the mandalas or repeating patterned ones) and I'm not really sure if I should post any of the completed ones on here or not :/
I just looked in my folder for last year's work and found it woefully sparse. i know I've done more then that but can't remember if I ever completed any of it. Think for the next few days (or weeks) I may just leave the gaming while i try to reconnect with my inner artist. Plus I got some lovely new pencils for Christmas (and last year too) that I haven't even touched yet so be a good excuse for me to sit and draw for hours after Lil Legs is in bed

Anyone else play the Mystery Case Files games? I'm loving the new one Ravenhearst Unlocked, finished the other one Key To Ravenhearst in 2 nights (all in all about 12 and a half hours)

Should I post my Adult Colouring or not?



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CFKiikyo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the +fav Hug 
BlackheartedPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem hun :)
TargeBunny Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist
Thanks for the fav of of my bases. :)
BlackheartedPhoenix Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem hun :)
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Just like what WarAngel said: Thanks for the faves!

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If you’re not interested, that’s cool too, I really appreciate the faves and the support!

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