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, September 11, 2010

Doorway to history

Are you as surprised as I am that I didn't draw yet another Demi picture? Actually I did, but first I focused on the heavy wooden door on the facing wall. I was attending a meeting with fellow docents at the historic barracks in Sonoma, California where General Vallejo maintained his troops.

The ostensible threat at the time was the Russians headquartered at Fort Ross on the coast about two hours north. The Russians always claimed that their only purpose in the area was the fur trade, particularly the sea otters in the Pacific Ocean in those parts. But you never know, was the thinking, so Vallejo, a young Mexican commandant (when California was under the Mexican flag) was sent from the Presidio in San Francisco to keep watch over potential danger. And now, aproximately 180 years later, más o menos, I get to sit in an upstairs room and think about these things.

Now, where is Demi?


  1. Nice stout door... should keep the Russians out I'd think :-)

  2. Very interesting drawing, and lots of history there =) The door was shut for a good reason now

  3. Ooh,I like this one a lot! nancy

  4. Lovely architectural detail! Well done!

  5. Thank you, One and All! It's unusual for me to attempt buildings, even tiny parts of them!


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