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, September 06, 2011

Brain atilt

Do you ever have one of those days when your head isn't screwed on?  I arrived at my watercolor class this afternoon feeling very smug and proud - I'd walked 1.25 miles to get there and knew I'd be walking home afterwards.  Then I settled down to work and - I'd left the photo reference I wanted to use at home, my palette was also at home as was my black ink pen - and apparently my brain as well.

I did have a binder full of class materials I've collected.  There were several pages of black and white tree silhouettes.  This one, a cypress like the ones we see around the coast at Monterey, caught my attention.  So I redrew that, added color and context and called it a day.

 I think I need a checklist for each of my destinations.  Yesterday I got to the boys' art group at Juvenile Hall and was missing several items that were in my color theory class bag.  You know, when you take something out of one bag, toss in another and forget to put it back.  A checklist, yes, definitely that would help.  (Assuming I would remember to use it....)


  1. I love your blog! So fun, and the reading list for the year--now I want to do one on MY blog! Your comment that it wasn't what you expected but it was what you did--that's nearly every painting, isn't it? Always a surprise. www.theslipcover.blogspot.com

  2. In one of Laure's Imaginary Trips classes we pretended we lost some of our supplies to see what we could do without them. You did great under the circumstances! Way to go.

  3. Oh, it's such a comfort to know others do the same sorts of things I do. Recently I made a batch of melon salsa (a culinary adventure since I'd never made nor eaten it before) to take to my son's for a party. I also bought an extra melon to give them. Of course we were almost there (a 1.5 hour drive) when I realized I forgot to bring any of it - no salsa, no chips, no melon! lol nancy


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