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!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

No way ... Yes way

I was drawing with two boys at Juvenile Hall yesterday morning. One of them, a gang member with serious charges, kept saying, "You can't draw, you can't even draw a maple leaf. You're gonna fail miserably."

Let's just say I've had more encouraging sketching partners! In the meantime, my task was to make use of Prismacolor pencils, a media I rarely use. Like many sketchbookers, I have a plethora of perfectly useful drawing utensils -- every imaginable graphite or colored pencil, watercolors and watercolor pencils, acrylics, gel pens, black and colored pens, a 120-color crayon box and several assortments of markers. That's on the first shelf ... need I say more?

Don't even get me started on the sketchbooks, filled and empty, on the next shelf.


  1. You are sooooo right on with having all the drawing tools! And the blank journals, lol. You leaf is lovely. Dedicate it to your ward.

  2. Oh, Barbara, you seemed to be describing MY shelves of art materials and sketchbooks! We are NOT alone. And your maple leaf is lovely.

  3. Beautiful drawing Barbara ^^

  4. Hmmm, could it be a maple leaf? A maple leaf in fall? Guess you did just fine. And that's just what you should have told your drawing companion!

  5. Lovely sketch and you were able to practice more with color pencils. I say you had a great day.

  6. You don't need to listen to that gang member. He sounds like he'd make a good inner critic. The leaf came out great.


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