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, August 17, 2008

Like a kid with a new pencil box

Last night I sat up and finished Elyn Sak's riveting memoir, THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD, in which she describes her lifelong battle with schizophrenia. This was my page turner for the summer, I just couldn't read it fast enough and got into several discussions during the week about various aspects of the narrative.

Demi accompanied us to church this morning. I'm not used to drawing her. She has many positions similar to the poses Beulie held, but her fur is black and the shading is completely different. I'm struggling, that's for sure.

This evening I tried again and simply focused on her round snuggled up curl. I'll figure this out, I know I will!

After church Steve and I drove through my new campus. I found the Art Center where my class is scheduled, I found the bookstore, the cafeteria, the parking lot, the library and everything else I will need to keep myself entertained and busy during the semester. I am only taking a single course in art which will meet twice a week so this is a major production number over not very much. Class begins Monday evening and I am so very ready!


  1. Barbara, once again I gleaned information from your blog...I went to Amazon and added to my wishlist the book that you are reading...my mind must be going as the title has just slipped from my mind. It will take time to get used to your new pup...in drawing and real life. Good luck

  2. You are doing a great job on practicing your dogs. I admire it because I find dogs so hard to do.

  3. These are wonderful drawings! I love it when dogs curl up like that, looking so sweet :)

  4. Sleeping dogs are just the best things huh? Hope you're having fun sketching them. Our wee Faith likes to sleep tucked into the back of our knees for warmth.

  5. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Great job with Demi! I love seeing your sketches done at church and I'm envious. It is easier for me to listen if my hands are busy so I've always dreamt of knitting or drawing during the sermon but I've never been brave enough to actually do it...


Related Posts with Thumbnails