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!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Trying to redeem myself

Yesterday, as I was saying, I spent my weekly Artist's Date in a bird journaling workshop where I was in far over my head because I didn't know a crow from a tangerine bearded whatchamacallit. But I found a photo to learn from and tried again. This, my friends, is a red-shouldered hawk, which I now know is common to the Eastern United States and to California. It has a raucous call, something I will listen for in the future because I seem to do better with listening than seeing. I used watercolor pencils here on the first page of the new Fabriano sketchbook I was given yesterday, the first page of a real nature journal!

It was quite cold here in Wine Country today (I'm glad the workshop was yesterday). Rain is forecast every day this week with snow falling in the hills and lower mountains. After a week of early spring we're suddenly back to winter.


  1. You've done fabulously well with this! It's always challenging to step out of our comfort zone, and I think you'll do great with journaling.

  2. Hi Brenda -- Well, I'm gonna work on it! Thank you for writing. - Barbara


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