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, February 19, 2010

Brown pelican redux

I am trying again with the brown pelican I drew two days ago. The first effort was with Prismacolor, this one is watercolor pencils.

After a few days of bright sunshine, it has turned gray again, cooler and Friday is bringing the first day of more rain. But spring is well on its way here and the flowering trees are beginning to bloom.

My reading this week took me way back to P.D. James' first crime novel (I think), AN UNSUITABLE JOB FOR A WOMAN. It's been on my to-read list for years and I'm so glad I finally read it. Cordelia Gray, the strong female main character, is wonderful, but what surprised me most was that this is our introduction to Adam Dalgliesh, the poet-detective. Here he is a behind-the-scenes figure until the very end, but as totally loveable as I remember him in the later books where he is front and center. (Click on the image to buy your own copy.)

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