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, January 09, 2009

Sun, glorious sun!

Today's walking - 15 minutes with Steve

I wish you could have been here today, whoever you are, wherever you are. The sun was shining all day and the temperature was in the low 60's, light jacket weather. It was stunningly beautiful.

While I was staring out the kitchen window a western scrub-jay flew by and chased all the house finches away. It was a brilliant blue, a good size and a hearty scrounger. And then s(he) left and the finches eventually returned.


  1. Absolutely beautiful drawing!! Someday, someday I will be able to do that...I love Jay's and all the birds in the corvidae family. Very smart birds! Thank you for sharing.

  2. You should be pleased with this one Barb. Sounds like your weather inspired you! We had 78 degrees yesterday and will be in the 40's today for the worldwide sketchcrawl :-( Crazy Texas weather!

  3. This is beautifully done!

  4. Great representation of the Jay. Things that flit and move about are SO hard to draw, imo. I understand why Audubon (and Darwin, for that matter), KILLED so many birds (and maybe ate them) in order to draw them better. I'm in Lisa's territory with the weather. It was WINDY today... so I didn't stay out to sketchcrawl... though I might put on my coat and mittens and do it tomorrow.

  5. This is beautiful. Lovely color and so delicate.

  6. Anonymous5:02 PM

    You captured essential 'bluejay' here. Congratulations.

  7. Anonymous3:18 AM

    Beautiful bird picture! And you've done so well to get the shape right without a photo! Gosh I wish we had birds that colour in the UK.


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