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, March 25, 2011

Life in a lab(radory)

Brix x 3
I honestly don't know what Brix would do with himself all day if he couldn't snooze and cuddle up to someone. My original plan was to hose out the chicken coop - it needs it - but, just as I was setting forth, a new torrent of rain began falling so I backed myself into the house again. (Chicken coop hosing isn't my favorite activity so I wasn't broken-hearted.)

Brix, per usual, was snoozing so I sat with him and grabbed my sketchbook. When he shifted position I began again. The third shift - the small shaded drawing on the right - was when he had snuggled right up against me so his left ear was flush against my jeans. I could probably fill a thousand sketchbooks of this one dog - there are two more, also black labradors - because he'll lie down for hours.

I like that little head shot the best.


  1. I LOVE your dog sketches! After reading all your stories I'm beginning to feel like I know them. I have a yellow Lab and snoozing is one of her favorite things, too, although whenever I try to sketch her she seems to find a reason to get up and leave the room.

  2. What a great model! I think these are wonderful sketches.

  3. I love the combo of sketches! Nice job. I need to sit down and do that some. I have a sketch of a couple of dogs I had years ago that I drew when I couldn't draw worth beans and I like to revisit those drawing on occasion as it puts me right back in touch with those dogs (even if the pics aren't really like them).

  4. ahhhhhh...I love your doggie sketches!! :-)

  5. He's a sweet boy, isn't he? All the labs I've known have been good dogs, the kind you like to snuggle up with.

  6. Anonymous1:38 AM

    love your blog, nice to meet you. :o)

  7. I like the little "head shot," too--intimate, and tender.


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