I tried to write a poem, but it would not come, but I will not forget to try again when the idea has had time to mature. I drew this pic of me on a walk because my husband who has dementia and I love to walk, there is so much to see and to talk about, I have drawn some of them. We spend as much time stopped, looking at things and photographing them as we do walking, and there are always other walkers to say hello to and maybe chat a while. My husband loves getting to know all the dogs we meet and makes great efforts to learn their names, when he forgets he just calls them 'Rover'. I tried to draw a camera around my neck but rubbed it out, it looked like a name badge. Anyway my husband takes most of the photos, then we look at them together on the computer. He labels each picture so it helps him to recognise the walk and the event. I decided to use play dough for my challenge. It was great fun and really took me back to my childhood- especially the smell of it. I wanted to make my portrait playful and funny because my partner's Grandma has Dementia and she is always the life and soul of the party, smiling and having fun. I always start off by overthinking these things and then find doing something simple really enjoyable. Less is more for me, so focusing in on a lovely smiley mouth with lipstick on was nice. I'm quite happy with my portrait as I always tell myself (& others) that I'm not good at drawing! This is the first time in a while I have allowed myself 10 minutes to sit down and be creative. I really enjoyed it. I also think it's a great way to raise awareness for dementia - to see the person, not the dementia. I decided to only draw my eyes as eyes can communicate so many things without the need for words. My Grandma had dementia and sometimes she would look at me and I knew she recognised me, even if only for a second. Those fleeting moments were so special. Juanita chose to draw a self portrait of her favourite self, in the place where she feels best and most in her element. And amazingly this is on the race track! Juanita volunteers as a marshal. She has been doing this most of her life therefore really values that her dementia hasn't stopped her from volunteering. What an amazing hobby! I didn't know this about Juanita and it was such a lovely challenge to provoke stories and memories. I saw this orange and thought I had to include it because I have ginger hair and because it's what people often refer to when they think of me. I also drew myself wearing my yellow mac because I love it.. and also I think it says something about me that I am quite good at having a positive bright outlook on rainy or difficult days. I am jo and my grandma had dementia, I've started working with people with dementia now and I'm looking forward to doing these challenges. This is a portrait of Margaret at her art class, drawing a glass. Margaret has been going to weekly art classes so this was really fun for her and a great opportunity to share her drawing talent! She does admit that she finds drawing faces hard though. I made sure I did my portrait quickly because I knew I'd overthink the process and end up taking the fun out of it if not. I wanted it to be organic and playful. I was slightly nervous because it's hard to sum yourself up in one drawing (if you're thinking more than visual likeness). I wanted to try show my personality too. This was easier than I thought though because it seems you do this instinctively. I was surprised what you can convey in a quick drawing. Doing this challenge was great! I like the colour and pattern of my portrait and pledge to do more quick, fun drawings! I wanted to be involved in these challenges because my Grandma has dementia. Day 1 Do Draw or make or take a self-portrait that says something about you. It could be you wearing your favourite hat, or playing your favourite game or with your favourite people. If you’re drawing it doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t take longer than 10 minutes or so. It’s just about having a go and getting involved. Think What was that like? Did you like doing it? Have you drawn in a while or was it easier to take a picture? Did you feel nervous? Share Share your picture or just your thoughts about it either on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW Day 1 Do Draw or make or take a self-portrait that says something about you. It could be you wearing your favourite hat, or playing your favourite game or with your favourite people. If you’re drawing it doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t take longer than 10 minutes or so. It’s just about having a go and getting involved. Think What was that like? Did you like doing it? Have you drawn in a while or was it easier to take a picture? Did you feel nervous? Share Share your picture or just your thoughts about it either on our website dothinkshare.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW