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!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Draw, Baby, draw

We got our collage projects back in our mixed media class. I posted two last month and have two more here:

We were asked to make some kind of collage abstract. I didn't know what I was doing but neither did anyone else so I'm still holding my own in that class.

Periodically I sing the praises of either tea or coffee -- and here's another case in point:

The truth is, I'm really concerned about my drawing skills. It's my weakest part of the art equation and causes me daily grief. Some days go well, some shapes go well, but my work is uneven and the lack of very basic drawing ability really holds me back. So... I need to really, really focus on this...you've been warned~


  1. Hi Barbara, I found you via freebirdsings and I am enjoying your collage work. We are kindred spirits in our need for tea therapy. Check out my piece I just completed recently http://plays-with-needles.blogspot.com/search/label/Tea%20Therapy%20pillow

  2. Hello there! I understand how you feel about your drawing skills, because I struggle with the same concern. Some days, I feel free in drawing.....almost as if my hand is working its own magic, and my body is guiding every pencil stroke. Then there are other days that I don't do as well and begin to lose confidence in my abilities. It is an ongoing battle.

    I want you to know in your case, that your work is BEAUTIFUL!!! There is something within that forces me to believe it is not always about how much skill that you have in your artistry, but the wonderful process that you go through in creating your work, and the positive impact that you have on others in viewing it. When I looked at your work, your photo, photos of your animals.....I could tell without a shadow of doubt that you are a warm, loving, and caring individual. You made me feel good today......your artwork, choices of colors, etc., has a "happy" vibe about it, and it motivated me to want to take out my journal and play/draw.....to not give up. You also made me say, this is the type of sweet person that I would enjoy knowing. That is the way that art should reach a person.....and that is the way it should touch the heart.

    I think that you have more skills, my dear, than you realize or give yourself credit for.

    (((((May God continue to richly bless you)))))), and continue on in the fine work of touching hearts through your kindness, and through your art.


  3. Plays with Needles -- I did follow your link. You really are into tea, aren't you??? Very nice work.

    Jacqueline -- Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope I never disappoint you!

  4. Well Hi there... we're kindred spirits on two fronts, our drawings need work.. and we're cancer survivors... honey, if we can survive that... how important is a mis-drawn line.
    Great blog, and I love your drawings... and your zoo :-)

  5. Looks like a mug of tea to me. Were you trying for something else? lol.


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