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, August 10, 2007

Novel approach

My book group discussed THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA, by Susan Vreeland, this week. I have to admit that this is a book that I probably wouldn't have chosen on my own, although I don't know why I say that, and yet I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is an historical novel of the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, a 17th century Italian artist. Reading the descriptions of her various paintings left me running to the 'Net over and over again to view her work. I'm recommending it!


  1. This book looks interesting. Glad you recommended it; will try and get hold of it to read.

  2. I agree, this is an excellent book. I read it a few years ago, and liked it a lot. The author has also written novels about Emily Carr (a Canadian artist, called The Forest Lover) and about Renoir's painting called Luncheon of the Boating Party. All are great reads.

  3. I loved this book. Nice wonderful story which makes me grateful to live in this century.


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