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, February 19, 2008

I have so had it

For the past three weeks, THREE WEEKS, I have been working on this little doorway in my watercolor class. Each week it has improved and I admit to learning a lot, but I have so had it with this piece! Eventually it will be part of a three-part divided painting but I haven't completed the other drawings yet, let alone the painting. Even Beulie is bored, she curled up at my feet and slept through the entire class.

Doorways, paths, bridges and architectural details all catch my attention when I'm poking around looking for something new to draw. Flowers are fun. Trees are still hard for me but I liked the way last night's bark turned out. I like masonry and stones, piles of rocks and things like that. I don't like landscapes unless I can confine them into some small bit of detail.

In fact, I prefer small -- small images and small paper. Sometimes my classmates sit in front of humongous sheets of watercolor paper and my eyes glaze over. I haven't graduated beyond 9x12 paper and prefer something littler than that. Like my Moleskine that I used last night. Or some torn piece of something larger. This image was on half of a 9x12 so I guess it's about 6x9, quite enough for me.

Oh, the weather report. It rained all day. The forecast is for rain all week.


  1. I can SO sympathize! I will often lug the same darn painting back and forth to watercolor class on Saturday, week after week after week ... Keep it up, though, and it will get easier! :-)
    I love this doorway, by the way -- so very inviting and yet secretive...

  2. Hi Linda - Thank you for stopping by. If I could open that door I'd invite you in! - Barbara

  3. I'm so with you, Barb, on loving the small drawing environment. Art instructors always want you to go bigger and bigger. Well, I say great things come in small packages, like moleskins and artist trading cards. But hang in there, learn everything you can. Then apply it to those small things. :)

  4. Thanks Dee for the support! I like Moleskines and ATCs too. And don't forget, going small never hurt Frida Khalo (not that I expect to be on her level, but she painted small!). - Barbara


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