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!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The flowers that bloom in the spring, tra-la

The seed catalogs are beginning to crowd the mailbox. The vineyards are suddenly full of yellow mustard, a popular cover crop in this area. The vines themselves are bare sticks, beautiful in their orderly stands up the hillsides and across the county, but they won't begin to leaf for a bit longer. In the meantime, I'm wondering what to add to the half-barrels in our front yard, what borders I might add and what could I plant that would look better than what I can draw!


  1. Looks great and realistic!! Leona


  2. Thank you, Leona.

  3. These are really great flowers. I kind of resolved not to do a lot of flowers lately, but I might do a couple of flower sketches one of these days.

  4. Hi Carolyn -- I hope you do try some flowers. They're colorful, have predictable lines, are small and easy to complete, etc. Go for it! - Barbara

  5. Dash the words of negativity in your blog about your artwork! This is a lovely page...the medium handled skillfully, the composition pleasing, and the flowers drawn convincingly.

    Cynthia Padilla, Editor Sketching & Drawing. Garden & Hearth: http://www.gardenandhearth.com/SketchingandDrawing.htm

  6. Thank you so much, Cynthia. I'll work on my attitude! - Barbara


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