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!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Short winter days

No rain, they missed the forecast again. I was so hoping because we so need it!

The new semester doesn't start for another two weeks. I am determined to dedicate some real time in 2009 to learning how to draw because my lack of basic skill holds me back every time I take a class.

In the meantime, I'm faithfully adding pages to my new sketchbook. Today I drew the common house finch which has taken residence in both my front and back trees. I have several feeders out and they love my cookin' -- nyjer seed, black sunflower and a general mix. They're fun to watch and I have lots of opportunity.


  1. I think you are improving daily :) Keep it up!
    The finch is very good :)

  2. I don't think you lack basic skill at all! your finch looks great. They're such beautiful birds.

  3. I enjoy watching the birds at the feeder in my backyard. Your drawings of the birds are beautiful!


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