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!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rocks and pebbles

I stacked up several "Mexican pebbles," as they call them, and thought this would be a cinchy little sketch to pull off in moments.

Not so! I worked for quite a while, erasing every other line, and struggling with both the perspective and the shadows. The right hand side is sort of okay but I don't know how to correct the stack on the left. I can't wait for my new art class to begin; it's not until the 22nd. (long sigh)

Today was good. The dogs went for their weekly play date - a total of seven dogs, all friends (yes, dogs definitely have friends) -- while we mommies of canines sat around and visited.

This group has been in place for five years so we know each other well. It started with three dogs, then a fourth was born, then Brix was old enough to be the fifth, then another and another. Eventually the oldest dog died, another entered advanced training to become an assistance dog, etc., etc. It's been an ongoing saga full of potluck suppers in the summer, visiting puppies and interspersed with our human dramas as well. It's on my list of My Five Best Decisions that I got a dog!

I finished the day with a group of kids at Juvenile Hall. They were exceptionally cooperative and responsive today -- the kind of behavior that would allow them to keep their freedom if they would only act like that in the outside world!

BTW, since I was speaking of rocks, did you know that Rocky Road ice cream was invented and named during the Great Depression? I just love bits of trivia like that!


  1. Well it looks good to me :) I would think that messing around with the shading will help with the perspective problem :)
    That or double checking your lines and the angles they are at.
    I think you have made great strides!

  2. I like that stack on the right! Sounds like it was like the pine cone sketch; seemed like it would be easy but wasn't. On the left stack I have one suggestion. My calligraphy experience comes in handy here. The shadow of an object can only contact half the way around an object, since the other half has light on it. You have the shadow go around about 3/4 of the way. Reduce it to half the edge and you've got it. I've notice if I have more than one light source on an object it confuses the shadow and it may appear to go 3/4 of the way around. If I can't figure it out, I'll bring in a study lamp and shut off the room lights. (sorry this is lengthy)


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