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, November 23, 2008

The 48 box

When I was a kid I envied those who had the 48-box of Crayola crayons. (The next size up, 64 I think, hadn't been invented yet.) I never got those crayons.

There's a personality theory suggesting that the careers and interests we pursue as adults originate in the frustrations of childhood. Well, when it came to that 48 box, I was one frustrated kid!

I posted a question on the Everyday Matters Yahoo group and asked if anyone currently used old-fashioned crayons, whether they could be considered a viable medium. Several answered and the response was a definite YES!

So I tried. I dumped out my stash. I haven't actually bought a crayon since my kids were in school, but I seem to be a magnet for everyone else's castoffs. I have quite a few.

And then I flipped through magazines until I found something to practice on.
It works! I mean, what I don't know how to do with pencil or watercolor I don't know how to do with crayon either. But what I have learned, works there too.

I'm so excited, not only do I have every possible color available - that may not be true, they keep inventing more and I don't buy crayons - but I have enough. No more excuses, on the bleakest day I can finally bring out my Crayola crayons!


  1. Great drawing of the cat. Really special.

  2. Nice drawing using the crayons. Interesting what they can do.

  3. Very nice! I always liked drawing with crayons too.

  4. Wow, those'll take some using up! The cat's focus has a great intensity

  5. Anonymous5:16 PM

    That's a cool collection of crayons - I like them cos I think in some weird way they take the pressure off.

  6. You did a great job on your cat. I like how you got just his face.


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