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!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Shifting gears

Now that I don't have homework to complete, I can have fun! I've never gotten much into collage but after watching several of Teesha Moore's videos on YouTube, I was inspired to try my own.

I'm hoping that I will branch out on my own, develop my own collage style and perhaps, combine drawing and collage.

It's unfortunate that, in a massive clear-out just a week or so ago, I tossed stacks of magazines that would be perfect for my needs now. On the other hand, in our home magazines seem to reproduce in the dark so I'm sure there will be more by the weekend when I have more free time.

Next Monday Kate Johnson will begin teaching her new art journaling class. I've taken other classes taught by her and am looking forward to acquiring new skills.

I'm very clear about my art goals. I only want to be able to chronicle my life as freely in drawings as well as I used to in words.

Depicting the dailiness of life with all its triviality is much more fun than writing it out -- but harder for me because my skills are still weak. But I've gotten more comfortable with that -- I draw what I can, I keep practicing, and each completed art journal is better than the one before.


  1. I keep seeing Teesha Moore pages. Still have to try one myself. I do think the doggy one is definitely your own! Great job.
    I'm in Kate's class too. Couldn't resist another journaling class. Someday I'll feel confident enough to strike out on my own - I think!

  2. Different, intertaining, and colorful. Good practice.

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