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!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Sweet little vinca - easier to grow than draw

I like to add vinca to borders and containers. It's such an endearing little flower, the definition of simplicity and undemanding to boot. But drawing it was a lot harder than I anticipated. This was Moleskin with watercolor pencils, Micron pen and pencil.


  1. I agree - drawing something white is hard. One thing I've found that helps is starting with a toned paper - another you could try (since you like your moleskin) is to draw the area around the white object leaving it as primarily negative space amongst all the colors. Just keep practicing - you're off to a great start.

  2. I like this drawing a lot. I also like the Caran d'Ache pencils and the Pigma Micron pen, and I just recently bought a Moleskine. It seems like a good combination if this drawing is any indication. Nicely done.

  3. I don't know any advice to give you as I've never done white before, but I do know what is pleasing to the eye and this is very much.


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