Welcome to the Melbourne Community Daily Discussion Thread.

  • @just_kitten
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    I had one of those super vivid and engaging dreams that was so engaging that I snoozed my alarm 5 times (over 50 minutes) to get to the end of it. Felt like a therapy session that I didn’t want to leave hanging.

    E: also this is the first week in a while I have worked every single day. I am pretty sick of it. Next job definitely has to be part time…

    • @Seagoon_
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      I dreamt Mr Seagoon was reading one of his stories to people but they didn’t know he wrote it. I was totes proud of him. 💗

      And then I went to a second hand book shop /old library to look for ancient travel books but they didn’t have any. There was a totes cool planetarium of Earth but there was only one person looking.

      But I did find a bunch of lost jewellery in a corner off the marble steps and some of it was cool. Then I felt guilty about finding it.

      Then Ted Cat meowed in my ear and patted my hair. Time for first breakfast.

      • @just_kitten
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        33 months ago

        I wish my dream was so cool! I mean, I’ve had other cool dreams before, but this one was more about revisiting many people and places in my past as an adult and actually rewriting the story of how I relate to some of them. Also v good though and wish I had more of thosr

        • @Seagoon_
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          33 months ago

          hugs , sounds nice 😊

    • Catfish
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      33 months ago

      I got canabalistic space pirates. Yay…

  • Bacon
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    113 months ago

    whinge:
    I’m annoyed. I have not done anything to deserve getting a cold. Last two times I caught something I went to a memorable event. I have been staying hydrated, eating fruits and veggies, and exercising. What do I get? A sore throat now and a cold coming up.

      • Bacon
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        33 months ago

        thank god

    • CEOofmyhouse56
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      23 months ago

      I’d be pissed off too. May your recovery be swift. 🌻

      • Bacon
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        23 months ago

        Thank you

    • bull⚡
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      3 months ago

      💊🍲🧸🛏️

      • Bacon
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        13 months ago

        I will save that for the weekend when I feel worse. Thank you.

  • CEOofmyhouse56
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    103 months ago

    For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.

    Genesis 7:17

    Enough already. Thou shall bring the sunshine to to the people asap.

    Melbourne 1:12

    • @calhoon2005
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      83 months ago

      And yea, on the 41st day the waters still fell, as it was a lesson to all those who cast doubt upon the BoM.

      Melbourne 1:13

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        63 months ago

        And on the 42nd day when the heavens did clear and the earth still moist, thou shall hath humidity and mosquitoes.

        Melbourne 3:12

    • @Thornburywitch
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      63 months ago

      Be careful what you ask for. Look at the BOM forecast for Mon & Tue next week.

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        53 months ago

        Don’t worry. Next week I’ll be whinging that it’s too hot.

      • MüThyme
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        13 months ago

        It doesn’t go far enough, I’m demanding 30°C to be the minimum temperature at all times.

  • @omoikiri
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    103 months ago

    Thanks to everyone that popped by to say congrats yesterday! Sorry for not replying but I have been celebrating very hard. Tonight I discovered frozés and my life is better for it.

    • @Thornburywitch
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      33 months ago

      What’s a froze? I think this is important information, given what the weather is going to do next week. Unrelated but maybe there is a connexion, I have just tipped over my glass of wine into my spectacles case. Bugger.

      • @omoikiri
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        23 months ago

        A cross between rose and a slushie! I bought it thinking that it wouldn’t be very strong and would be more for the looks, but god damn is it boozy.

        They sell them at The Mitcham Social, if you’re ever out my way.

        • @cuppaconcrete
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          13 months ago

          Fun fact, alcohol freezes at something like -114 Celsius - so drinking the liquid from a frozen wine drink leaves most of the water in the cup and a high alcohol content liquid in your tummy.

          Another fun fact - this method is used to make those super yummy German dessert wines, aka eiswein (icewine).

        • @Thornburywitch
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          13 months ago

          Oooh must try that! Mitcham is a bit out of my orbit, but it sounds like something that will take the whole town by storm this summer. So here’s hoping someone local gets onto them.

  • CEOofmyhouse56
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    So this is Christmas And what have you done? Another year over Still getting fucked up the bum

    Rent increases are ridiculous Shopping’s a chore Can’t feed the family People still poor

    No backbone has Albo Keep your tears and your shit What choice do we have now? When the other’s a twit

    A very merry Christmas And a happy new year Shit is going up, including the price of my beer.

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        33 months ago

        Thank you. I missed out on Hot Take Thursday. Better late than never.

          • @just_kitten
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            33 months ago

            Fuckoff Friday. As every Friday might be

          • CEOofmyhouse56
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            23 months ago

            I don’t like being grumpy on a Friday but if anyone else wants to purge then I’m here for it.

  • bull⚡
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    3 months ago

    A friend of mine reminded me that one of my favourite things to do on a cruise is air dry on my room’s balcony after a shower when underway at sea. So I tasked AI with making a majestic visualisation of that and then I did a wee bit of Photoshopping and… BEHOLD!

    Pixelated for modesty (in reality there's just a pinkish coloured 'shape' under there which looks suggestive when pixelated)

    • @Seagoon_
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      one million puns have raised their heads

  • @fullkitwanker
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    83 months ago

    I live two stops from the free tram zone. I am too miser to pay $10 every day and am too anxious not tapping on a tram so instead I just walk two stops 💁‍♂️ added benefit of upping my step count for the day in addition to savings

    • @just_kitten
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      43 months ago

      I’d totally do that too. PT is expensive for short trips yo.

    • CEOofmyhouse56
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      33 months ago

      I’d be happy to walk but I also wouldn’t feel guilty about not paying for 2 stops.

      • @fullkitwanker
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        33 months ago

        True but I have heard that the AOs hang 1-2 stops from the free tram zone so my anxiety 📈📈

        • CEOofmyhouse56
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          23 months ago

          A little tip. You get on. They get on. You get off.

    • @Bottom_racer
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      23 months ago

      I wouldn’t judge you if you didn’t touch…

      It’s also very healthy to have a walk

      This is conflicting.

    • @Thornburywitch
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      23 months ago

      Factor in the car exhaust gases when deciding if this is healthy or not.

  • bull⚡
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    73 months ago

    Happy (what we still call even though the seasons have obviously shifted later by at least a month) Summer!

    I have the day off today. I might go to Costco.

    • @cuppaconcrete
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      13 months ago

      That pallet of pickles ain’t gonna buy itself.

  • @Taleya
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    73 months ago

    55 KILOGRAMS OF TOFU CAT LITTER crazed laughter

    • @cherryripesalmoncake
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      33 months ago

      The “tofu” makes me imagine it’s just… rehydrated cat litter. Rehydrated with cat urine. Spongy like tofu.

      • Rusty Raven M
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        53 months ago

        Mr Woof thinks it’s food, hydrated or not. I avoid any pellet shaped litter now to avoid unwholsome snacking incidents.

      • @Taleya
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        Tofu-based, as yet unhydrated by our discerning felines. The dudes that do those wheelie bins full of firewood also do cat litter. And now i have many litters for my boxxen

        • @cherryripesalmoncake
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          13 months ago

          Thank you for introducing me to this concept. A new meaning to stinky tofu.

          Next up, silky tofu cat litter. Mm with strawberries.

    • Catfish
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      13 months ago

      Kilograms or bag litres? Because the first is fucking full on!

  • @Taleya
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    73 months ago

    Woke to a bunch of people who decided to put aggro panties on and are determined to make it my problem.

    I care not, 'tis Friday and i am above such things 🧘🧘

    • @just_kitten
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      43 months ago

      People with aggro panties on often have shit festering in there and want everyone else to join them in their misery, I reckon.

      • @Taleya
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        43 months ago

        yup, hence the refusal to engage. Not my circus, not my monkeys, not my shit filled panties.

    • @cuppaconcrete
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      13 months ago

      Well played, most attempts to help them will lead to them telling you about more things they don’t like. I guess kinda like I’m doing now?

      Ahhhhhhh!

  • @useless_modern_god
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    73 months ago

    Successful acquisition of Christmas tree. They didn’t have any 7 footers unfortunately so maybe a 6’2” or so. Plenty of room for my topper this year.

    It’s still in the car because it’s beer o clock and need a little sit down

  • @melbaboutown
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    3 months ago

    Shane McGowan of The Pogues has died 🙁

  • @Bottom_racer
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    63 months ago

    So over locky lockdowns I was betting with myself on what time it was when waking up. Using sun, road noise, birds… I got pretty good at it with no alarm.

    Anyway this morning I was 1.5 hrs off which is shameful.

    • @just_kitten
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      53 months ago

      I live near a school so I get to cheat at that game. Locky d was very surreal because the school bell was still there… but no students or road noise.

  • CEOofmyhouse56
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    63 months ago

    Anybody got a gripe? Wanna get anything off your chest? Confession perhaps? Let rip.

    • PeelerSheila
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      83 months ago

      I’m sick of working more or less the same hours every week for over 2 years and yet I’m a casual.

      On a deeper level, I’m pissed off that I didn’t make more of my life due to low self esteem and confidence and a lack of self belief. Any bright spark of confidence and independence of spirit I displayed as a child was vigorously and abusively snuffed out by my parents, who wanted obedience and servitude from me. I was the dux of my school but I never believed I was good enough for anything worthwhile. I was a perpetual doormat in my early relationships, and more than occasionally a punching bag. Now I’m working as a casual in manufacturing, 50 years old, physically tired and working my arse off.

      I’m pissed off that my mother’s sons from her first marriage (who she blatantly loved more than me) contested her Will for a greater share of my childhood home (that they never lived in) so I didn’t get to inherit that house, and that was probably my only shot at home ownership.

      I’m pissed off that I was such a wimp for much of my life, too scared to take risks, too worried about failure… and that in itself is a failure.

      Wow! 🥫🪱🪱🪱. Sorry guys! Well, you did ask…

      • @dumblederp
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        33 months ago

        Oh hey, I was dux and recently working in manufacturing.

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        23 months ago

        I did ask. I thought that after a certain amount of weeks (I think 26. Not sure) they have to offer you a permanent position?

        • PeelerSheila
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          23 months ago

          If the workplace has less than 15 employees they don’t have to, according to the Fairwork Commission, unfortunately. At least I can access LSL after 7 years I guess.

    • @melbaboutown
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      I’m so tired of being stressed out and in constant pain. Not a fan of talking about it because it’s such a bummer but every single day is a battle

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        43 months ago

        I don’t blame you for being stressed out. I think most of us would. But we are here to listen. A bit like a free counselling service. And we care and wish you the very best.

        • @melbaboutown
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          23 months ago

          Thanks. I just don’t want to be whining all the time

          • CEOofmyhouse56
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            23 months ago

            Mate there’s nothing wrong with that. You’ve been dealt a shit hand.

    • Catfish
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      53 months ago

      Yes! Sweeping involves under furniture and behind doors. Not bloody good enough!

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        33 months ago

        Nah. Sweeping involves a vacuum and how far it can reach.

    • @Bottom_racer
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      53 months ago

      This is waay more serious than hot take thurs.

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        73 months ago

        I don’t mind hearing people’s rants on here.

    • @dumblederp
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      53 months ago

      The opposite. I found the exact hedge clipper I was considering buying, in hard rubbish.

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          Dusted off the battery slot, wd-40’d the blades, I already had ozito batteries, clipped the hedge about 5x faster than the shears.

    • Catfish
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      43 months ago

      If this letter from VicToads is another Fine I shall cancel Solstice

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          Not mine, so I shall just stew & gripe thanks

          • CEOofmyhouse56
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            Fuck. Have a few more drinks and steam that cunt open. Nah don’t do that. 😉

    • @Duenan
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      43 months ago

      Not a gripe but I’m ashamed I’ve treated myself to way too much stuff in the last few days.

      Also I snuck out from work early today to do shopping.

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        33 months ago

        Don’t be ashamed. It is what it is. Enjoy yourself while you can. When you’re older you’re not going to go “Well shit I spent to much back in November 2023”. Regret is useless.

    • @Seagoon_
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      33 months ago

      This week I have come to the realisation my MIL is a bad person. I don’t say that lightly. She’s not stupid/unaware, she’s not good , she’s not evil, she’s over the edge of neutral and into bad.

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        Mmm. I don’t think she’s a bad older person. I think she’s always been bad. Probably always gotten her own way so she won’t change. Stay true to you. You don’t have to answer to anyone.

    • Bacon
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      33 months ago

      getting the bacteria or virus or whatever it is off my upper respiratory tract 🦠

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        33 months ago

        When I’m sick I just get a scoop of Vicks and smear it on the shower floor and stand in there and hack everything up.

    • @Gibsonisafluffybutt
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      23 months ago

      I want a 2nd cat so Gibson has a friend, but I don’t have the time to spend to properly introduce them because I’m in office 5 days for the next couple of months.

      A little ginger lad would really be great! We could pass the braincell back and forth lol

      • CEOofmyhouse56
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        23 months ago

        Maybe in a little while when you get some time off you could adopt another cat. Ginger cats are the best.

    • @calhoon2005
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      23 months ago

      That you don’t create playlists of your Friday nights and share them with us…!

  • @melbaboutown
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    It’s frustrating to be limited to mostly sedentary hobbies (that are still a fair amount of physical and mental work).

    I decided to take it down to the very basics and speedrun a ‘draw manga’ book with the cheap sketchbook and supplies, beginning with drawing head proportions and they looked terrible at first… when I draw by instinct it looks kind of okay, but these looked drawn with my left hand. But I then took some advice I’d heard about many small sketches and filled a few pages with heads about the size of 20c and 50c pieces… and as I went I started to make adjustments and learn what made them look off. Then while away from it and looking at someone’s real face during a conversation I realised another change that was needed etc.

    So, annoyingly, grinding skill points… works. You can’t just be a quick study by looking or reading, it seems you really do need to physically do it to learn. It’s just so hard to stick with. It’s discouraging and boring, and learning is hard work. Sometimes rarely I can focus on it really well but other times it’s hard to focus on boring basics. And sitting up for long periods is tough. You’re meant to draw sitting upright with good posture for your health and to make it easier/mark correctly but it is so tiring. I’d have to do the wrist stretches too if I actually did manage to grind practice drawings. :( My wrist hurts even just from using a mouse.

    Maybe I can buy a portable tabletop easel to go on my lap/lap desk and work out a way to prop myself up for more support. And maybe if I had movies or music or even those dumb snippet cartoon compilations going in the background that could help me concentrate. (Sometimes it does.)

    I’m thinking of Melbcat still. It’s kind of good she’s still being looked after because I’m still feeling pretty ordinary, but I feel guilt about leaving her there. I hope she’s adjusting and coping well with the fear free techniques. She’s got her favourite heated bed, her toys, and her own food… but I couldn’t explain to her what was happening and tell her I would be coming back.

    • @Seagoon_
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      It’s just so hard to stick with. It’s discouraging and boring, and learning is hard work.

      It’s a great feeling to achieve a skill after hours of practice 😊

    • @Seagoon_
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      You’re meant to draw sitting upright with good posture for your health and to make it easier/mark correctly but it is so tiring.

      You need to be aware of your posture

      art is a physical activity that takes hours at a time, you need to have a posture that reduces muscle strain. Pivot from your shoulder.

      Look at videos on YT by artists about how to work and how to set up your work area. Mark Carder has some good videos.

      and the stamina required isn’t just physical, it’s also mental.

      I tend to work in 4 hour blocks, work for 1.45 then I take a rest, walk, stretch, have a cup of tea, then work for another couple of hours. More than that and I am wrecked

      There is a reason my favourite statue is of Watteau, a friend depicted him at work in his studio, you can see his stance is one of relaxing as much of his body as possible, he can look at both his subject and his canvas without much effort but you can see the concentration in his face, his shoulders are relaxed, he stands like someone who stands all day, shifting his weight from one leg to the other , resting an arm on his hip

      https://api.art.rmngp.fr/v1/images/17/211803?t=cziuTfdlJ0G4CxdKApn7VA

      • @melbaboutown
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        Yeah, that’s the posture I need to have. It’s a bit hard to achieve because I’m physically disabled (which I don’t talk about much) and tire so quickly. I can still do some things but sitting up for long periods is hard and standing for too long could make me pass out.

        A lot of the time I’m lying on my side drawing digital on my phone which while more supported is pretty bad for my posture and wrist. But you know.

        Traditional is apparently better for learning though. At some point I may be able to get a recliner and a swing over desk or something

        Edit: Ahahaha… It looks like he’s standing contrapposto

        • @Seagoon_
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          😊 yes, it’s a good pose for standing for long periods, like models do.

          Try to get a chair that allows you to use your shoulders. Also learn to support your working hand.

          I rest my working hand on my other wrist. ( I work on a desk ) My daughter who is a make up artist rests/steadies her hand with her pinky finger resting on her subject’s face

          a painter rests/steadies his hand using a dowel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWFDQqu75iA

          • @melbaboutown
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            23 months ago

            Thanks, I saved the video.

            I’m not really able to use a normal desk right now but I’ll see about good chairs

            • @Seagoon_
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              hugs, just keep looking and researching art equipment, there is so much out there to help artists 😘