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!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My new friend

A few blocks from home, on his regular perch, my new friend (I've named him Buster) was watching over the street.  He was probably checking to see if I was going to my drawing class today. (If you click on the photo you can see him better.)

I tried to get closer with my camera but this relationship can only tolerate so much. He flew away.

Ten miles away, in Napa Country, I spotted one of his cousins. He's often there too, sometimes with siblings. This one was even more freaked by seeing me and flew off.

If I ever splurge on a new camera I'm going to pay the bucks for a much stronger zoom lens.

I drew the still life assigned in class and then looked around for something else to do. Jennifer, a young student who sits next to me, was bent over her work. She's a wonderful young artist and as sweet as can be.

So I drew her. She was working so intently on her own project that she never noticed what I was doing (although later I showed her). Adding people to my sketchbook is a new piece for me. I chose Jennifer because her hair covered her face so I could get the basic story line, so to speak, without having to fuss with features.


  1. Great job on Jennifer's hair!

  2. congratulation for your new friend!!


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