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, May 27, 2009

Five more

My blogging has sure slowed down, hasn't it? I don't even have a good excuse. I've been busy, but not that busy...

My Drawing I class is officially over. All I have left to do, tomorrow, is drive to the college to pick up my portfolio, get my grade and say goodbye to the teacher. That's it.

It was a successful semester. I did learn, my skills did improve. The other good news is that now I am free to use my watercolor pencils more - or anything else I want - because I'm not consumed by class projects.

On Sunday I went to church in Napa. I haven't been there for a while but when I do I always find I focus better if I draw during the sermon. I started with Demi, who was at my feet. (The guy behind me, an usher, later stopped me and said he liked it!)

Later we stopped at Safeway. While Steve picked up a few items I stayed in the car with Demi and finished the page with this tree.

On Monday I was out of ideas so I used a Dover book to understand the basic outlines of hollyhocks. I've never planted them but I grew up in southern Illinois and they grew along the fence.

Yesterday I was in chemotherapy and used the time to draw pansies from the same book.

Next up: a watercolor pencil project!

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