1. Thank you so much Lisa. I really would like to hear your voice one day. Try to get the Pergammon tool. It has a smaller ball pint than most and is good for hairs etc as well as veins.

      There is another technique for veins I will show next tmeπŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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        1. You could always start a youtube channel that is unlisted and just post the links on WP. That would both be free and would not use your WP storage allowance😊. I just started one before upgrading my WP plan. If I make it public it will get a bigger audience too. For now I may post in both places.

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  1. Darren I’m delighted to know you a little bit more by hearing your voice! Well done with your first post, very accessible and interesting! Wishing you every success with your video upgrade and a big increase in followers as you share your amazing talent!

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  2. I love this new departure! Really interesting to see how you work. I am going to share this with my arty daughter. Out of interest, where did your botanical art come from? Has it always been a hobby or do you have an arty job? I ask because my daughter is 14 and thinking about career choices. She is very creative and loves drawing and making, but also loves computing. I don’t know where to start in advising her – would love for her to gain work experience to inform her decisions. Any thoughts would be welcome!!

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    1. Thank you Ali😊.

      I sympathise with your daughter. We have a niece a couple of years older who will be thinking about university next year.

      I always wanted to work in science. And I do – I am an environmental chemist for a research institute at Lancaster university.

      I don’t enjoy it. I would never recommend going into academia in this country. You get all the corporate BS but without the pay.

      Though I work as a chemist my degree is in biology. And my interest in plants and nature came from my paternal grandfather.

      The art thing is funny. I have always been able to draw but was never encouraged at home or school. Then one day after ten years of marriage my wife bought me a drawing pad and pencils and said she thought I should try drawing. When she came home that night she was somewhat taken aback by my competent drawing of a cyclamen pot plant on our windowsill. She never knew I could draw.

      When I was in my early 40s I saw an advert for a botanical art coloured pencil weekend course at our nearby adult college. The tutor, Susan Christopher-Coulson, recognised my potential and encouraged me to do further courses, culminating the the Society of Botanical Artists diploma course which I completed with a distinction in 2016.

      So at the moment it is a hobby which I am now turning into something that might bring in some money and maybe one day replace my unloved day job.

      I guess the message is that I think it unrealistic to choose your life direction in your teens. Things change as you grow up. I never knew what I wanted to do with my life until I was in my 40s.

      With regards your daughter. Has she considered graphic design/ digital art/ games design/ animation? It is mostly digital these days and would appeal to both her interests.

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