Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Chanukah T'was for the Dogs

Greyhounds by Levin I'm a little late for posting a Chanukah image. So sue me. I sketched this quickly in my new Moleskine sketchbook. I've decided only to allow images created from my imagination and not those from observation in this book. I have other sketchbooks for those. Yes, the inspiration for this doodle was from a photo but it that is where the need for the photo stopped. I want to thank Li at WetCanvas for this one. She creates gorgeous silk art as well as paintings and has a great heart. Thanks Li.

Funny, I started this blog just about this time last year. I can't believe that New Years Eve is almost here again. It will be a wash for me since I have chemo on Friday but thoughts of 2007 still fill my head. I was thinking about resolutions and such and had to laugh at my first thought. "I resolve not to get any form of cancer ever again!" How's that? I actually might have more luck with that than a resolution about diets. Sigh.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Wishing You Peace

Doves by Lori Levin The holidays fast approach. For those of us who are Jewish they are already here. I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone Happy Holidays and most of all Peace. This is a page out of my new Moleskine sketchbook thanks to Nance and Joyce at 4Tails. This is just an image from my heart. I am lucky for I truly feel quite at peace and I wish the same to all of you.

I also want to thank all the folks at my gym. There was a birthday card waiting for me today signed by all the other gym rats. I was so touched I almost fell off my treadmill (how is that different than any other day I wonder). A big thank you goes out to the folks at WetCanvas as well. You ladies know who you are. Thanks Li for never forgetting about me. Also a shout out goes to my friend G at U of P. He is making sure that I remain strong on a cellular level. Nutrition and fitness are everything people (this being typed with a sugar cookie in my hand). Also Trac and Jen, you ladies rock.

I mention all of these "thank you's" because I often don't realize how many people care about me. One thing that I've learned is that one doesn't have to do anything big to make a difference. Everything that we do and say is like dropplets of water in a pond. The ripples go out far and wide. Don't gag here, I'm quite seriouse. This may be one of the most important things I've ever learned.

Happy Chanukah...Merry Christmas...Peace and Happiness to All!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Having a No Hair Day

self portrait in oil Ok, so you say you're having a bad hair day huh? I guess I got you beat! Ha! Seriously, I am doing well and enjoying getting back to a level of some normalcy. My plan was to spend the afternoon painting but I think I did too much yesterday and this morning so I'm going to relax the rest of this day. I'm very excited that I've been able to paint a little (this installment shows the glazing I've done) and get back to the gym. Well, I'm not doing kick boxing or pumping iron but the treadmill is my friend again and it is good to hang with the other gym rats.

I'm proud to announce that I've been chosen as next year's artist for Canine Partners for Life's 10th Anniversary Wine Auction. You can check out the artist's work for this year here. I consider it an honor and I can't wait to start on my own version of a Labrador. Warm fuzzy puppies maybe? Signed prints will be offered from this piece so I want it to be something that just tugs at your heart and is beautifully rendered. I will also donate a portion of the proceeds of my own sales to CPL. I'm really pumped to get started.

Gracie is having her other knee operated on tomorrow morning. Poor little pittie. She and I will convalesce together since my next chemotherapy is scheduled for December 12th, my 37th birthday. Oh heck, I guess I blew the lie I was telling that I was 29...again. What do you mean you never believed that tale anyway?