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!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Donuts and trees

Our watercolor class went on a field trip to Bartholomew Winery in Sonoma, California for some outdoor drawing. I like to work small so I limited my work to a single tree that I added to my sketchbook. It was a wonderful day for drawing. I was sitting with a friend, chatting and catching up with each other as we drew and watched the lizards running around the rocks.

Earlier this morning I sketched at a local donut shop, much to the delight of the owner who asked to see my work. After I was home I copied my page to fit a 4" by 6" postcard which I mailed to the guy at the shop.  He'll receive it tomorrow -- and won't he be surprised!


  1. What a wonderful idea about the post card! I'm sure the donut shop owner will be thrilled with a copy of your beautiful sketch.

  2. really like the shading on the trunk. trees are the best to draw.

  3. beautiful sketches! I simply love the tree! =)

  4. Both are great sketches! I bet the guy will be quite happily surprised!

  5. Thank you, everyone. I rarely draw trees, but I was determined to try harder!

    I like to sketch the situation that I'm in -- like the donut shop -- because it's sort of like telling a story.


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