Artistic Activities Such As Drawing Are Real Stress Relievers During Indoor Weather Season, Says Expert

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Lisa Vishoot, owner of Little Art Store, Inc., says drawing during the winter is an excellent way to combat the blues.

Learning to draw, or picking up the pencil again after a busy summer, is a great way to help combat the cabin fever we often experience during the long, cold months ahead, says Lisa Vishoot, owner of online drawing supply site, Little Art Store, Inc.

"Art therapy experts from Stanford University say that the act of creating our own art influences our brain wave patterns as well as the substances released by the brain," says Vishoot. "It can help us reduce stress and anxiety, and provides a sense of accomplishment and well being."

Drawing is an attractive way to start or expand interest in the creative arts because it's relatively inexpensive to start, is very portable and doesn't require clean-up.

The Little Art Store web store simplifies the process of starting a hobby as a drawing artist by offering complete kits which include all the drawing essentials, as well as technique books and accessories.

Beginning students are guided by a series of practical tips and techniques drawn from Vishoot's life-long love of drawing as a self-taught artist.

'With the holiday rush over, it's a little easier to find time for ourselves. I like to settle down for a few minutes with three pencil, sketchpad, and cup of anything hot and just draw. Maybe I'll pick out a picture I like from a magazine, or the cat will be my unwitting model. I just let myself get lost in the process. And I don't worry about creating a masterpiece. The point is that I'm enjoying it, and learning from it. And the dirty dishes will still be there when I'm done!"

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Little Art Store,

2 Annandale Court,

Lake in the Hills, IL 60156


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