On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Listen to him sing

I was sitting in chemotherapy today, feeling well but with little to do, and copied this photo of a Pacific chorus frog from the May-June issue of Audubon Magazine. (I travel with a Moleskin watercolor sketchbook, watercolor pencils, a couple graphite pencils and Micron pens.) This frog, I learned, is the most prevalent here in the western United States although I don't recall ever actually seeing one. One thing I've noticed about my new sketching habit -- unlike those who go through life with photogenic memories -- if I haven't drawn something I haven't really seen it. Puts all my life experience in a different perspective, as in, what have I been missing....everything???


  1. Ohmigosh, that's such a cute frog! I agree with you about not really seeing someting until you've drawn it. It does make you look at everything in a whole new way.

  2. what a handsome guy your frog is! You did a great job!

  3. GREAT JOB! And you caught such a cute expression too!

  4. Charming little guy. You did a great job on this!


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