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, August 25, 2009

Bits and dabs

The art teacher at Juvenile Hall keeps saying, "Paint, Barbara, paint!"

I basically loathe acrylic paint but that's what all the classes have been using for several months. Periodically I try, I really do try, but it's tough going for me.

On the other hand, I very much want to support the instructor and I want to do it cheerfully. One day I tried making an acrylic

Today I worked on acrylic trees. I'm just learning how to draw trees using pencil -- and that's from direct observation or photo references.

It was one more leap to work from my imagination, another demand from the instructor. I'm trying, I'm trying....


  1. I love your Zentangle !! I would never have thought to do them with acrylics. Yeah, something else to think about and a challenge.

  2. I share your feelings about acrylics - I use them for backgrounds on ATCs, but that's about all. I'm getting ready to take the plunge and try to do more with them. I applaud your efforts - the zentangle is really nice, and the colors in the tree painting are spectacular. Keep up the good work! nancy

  3. I'm with you. I'm not much of an acrylic painter. I only use them when teaching the children. But, I do love your paintings!

  4. Thank you so much for your lovely comments! - Barbara


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