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!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My boy, Brix

Brix is one of my most favorite drawing subjects. He's four years old, a labrador/golden retriever cross. I raised him from eight weeks as a Canine Companion for Independence puppy but he was clear from the get-go that he didn't want to be a service dog, he wanted to be the boss and he wanted to cuddle all day, not work. The professional trainers got the message so he was released from the program at 23 months and has been our beloved family pet ever since. He sleeps a lot giving me a real chance to draw some basic contours before he shifts position again. Here I used watercolor pencils, a Micron .5 pen and my faithful Moleskine sketchbook.


  1. Nice sketch, I likewise want to sketch my dogs and cannot seeme to capture them - good practice here!

  2. Love the pose! Looks so peaceful when he's asleep.


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