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!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Draws with kids

I'm lucky that my job assisting the art instructor at Juvenile Hall allows me time to sit and draw while I chat with kids. They are drawing/painting and so am I.

Learning how to draw does not come easily to me. I sketch almost every day or attempt some other kind of mark-making. Call me compulsive, but when you don't have tons of natural talent you have to devote hours of practice to learning the most basic skills.

In the meantime, I'm just grateful that it's about 3-1/2 hours before Friday. You know, TGIF. I live in a state of perpetual exhaustion and welcome the weekends as much as any nine to fiver. I'll somehow manage to keep myself busy, I promise.


  1. These are absolutely fantastic Barbara! You've done an awesome job creating vivid images of what you say, I really like the way you draw bones :)

  2. Thank you, Alex. I just "discovered" bones this month when it became a class requirement.

  3. I do the same thing, draw in every spare moment, though the word "obsessive" makes me nervous! Like Wil reminds himself: "when I'm sitting I'm drawing." That is how we get better. Very much like the skull!

  4. Well these two are super. Your practice is paying off! I'll bet the kids enjoyed seeing you draw a skull!

    You seem to be a very busy person plus you still have a daughter to take care of. I'd be exhausted by Friday too.


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