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!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hold that pose!

Demi is so well trained that if I give her the Down-Stay commands she will stay in that position FOREVER.

Many times I have left the room only to return an hour later and the poor kid was still Downing and Staying!

But there's one concept she can't grasp - Don't move. Hold that pose!

This morning, while the kids in Juvenile Hall were drawing, I was sketching Demi.

Every time she moved her head I began again. And again. And again. Often she would return to an earlier position so I'd draw as fast as I could to get in a few more lines, then she'd move so I'd re-start, then she'd move and I'd work on one I had half finished. And so it went.

The flip side was that it gave me needed practice on quick gestural drawings and it was one of the few times I wasn't drawing her asleep!

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