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!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Back to work Monday

I just love this book! I read it when it first came out and now I'm reading it again. While it isn't unusual for me to reread books - I do it often - it is unusual to start the book all over again so quickly. But I'm enjoying it that much.

 I've become an avid journaler myself  and books like this give me great new ideas as well as more confidence in the style I'm beginning to develop on my own. 

I've kept written journals for decades. I wrote pages and pages, most often the same old boring stuff, but I never so much as drew a single line or constructed the tiniest doodle. I didn't know how to draw! Now that I'm learning it is becoming easier to balance short writings with quick drawings and that's a habit I hope to maintain until the end of time.

I finished my homework, due tomorrow.  I couldn't fit it all on my scanner but this is most of it. It's a pencil sketch of a stem from the plum tree that lives next to my driveway. It's very similar to the drawing I made a couple weeks ago of the flowering quince, but the branches and blossoms themselves have similarities. I enjoyed drawing them both and am particularly interested in learning how to draw and paint botanicals.


  1. I keep my copy of An Illustrated Life lying around, and when I have a spare few minutes I just dip into it at a random page. It never fails to cheer me up or make me want to draw.

    I like your homework!

  2. I can relate. I would read this book again in a second.

  3. All through my prolonged hospital stay this book was at my side. While I have been lately put of the drawing mode I was greatly encouraged to see what others have done and continue to do. Much creativity and happy success in the process to you.

  4. Anonymous7:07 PM

    I like your drawing.

  5. Great subject for a drawing. I have the book too, and it's so inspiring to dip into just to see the amazing variety of work people produce.


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