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, February 06, 2010

A do-over for later on

Today I cracked open a new Fabriano sketchbook which was perfect timing for An Imaginary Visit to the Beach. I learned a lot in the process but have this sense that if I tried again I could improve.

Here in northern California we're having another series of storms. It's nothing like the snowstorms in Washington, D.C. and thereabouts, but enough that I keep hoping some official tells us the drought is over. The next day or so is predicted to be dry, but then a new front is moving in for all next week. Yay, yay, yay! I just love this active weather stuff!


  1. Wonderful sketch! And I'm with you on the weather sentiments!

  2. Oh, love the pages! I was wishing I could go on that "trip," but life hasn't cooperated...I get to see it through your eyes, though, and thank you!

  3. Such a beautiful and calming painting. Love those starfish and your shadows. Nicely done!

  4. Yes, summertime is a-comin, and I can't wait, living up here in the mitten! Great job with the starfish - I can almost smell the ocean. nancy

  5. Haven't visited here for a long time, you have been busy. Still waiting for my daffodils! Fun blog.
    Continued success!


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