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Squirrel – Pastel on Black multimedia paper

After this week’s chemo treatment, I slept until Friday, was up a couple of hours, back to sleep and I am actually awake today. The nice part about sleeping the week away is that I miss out on all of the nausea. SO ONLY four treatments to go!!! We are 2/3s of the way through. We meet with the oncologist next week, so hopefully will find more improvement!  Last week’s learning: I learned NOT to drink a large fresh veggie juice. Must start with smaller quantities. It really played havoc with the digestion system. All recovered, hubby survived all of the gas and complaining, and everything is back to the “new” normal.

SO thought I would try a pastel on the multimedia paper, since it is so rough. It seems to take many layers, and so far so good. See what you think. This is from a photo of a squirrel we saw on one of our Flagstaff trips. Am still to tired to bring out the camera and tripod, so this is a shot from my cell phone. Don’t forget to click on it for a larger view.

Ok, for my BIG news! Two of my artworks, ‘Raven’, and ‘Pottery Hands’ were juried into the yearly Glendale Council of Arts Show at Sahuaro Ranch. “Pottery Hands” won second place in drawing, and “Raven” sold. And you watched them right here as they developed. This is very exciting for me, as I have only won “Honorable Mention” in that show, and have never sold anything in it, so these are both firsts for me. And in a year where my focus is on getting well and doing art as therapy, it was very unexpected. So I am delighted, but the parrots are all saying, “Why didn’t you enter a parrot? How did silly human hands get a prize? Who would want to buy a RAVEN?” and the cats are saying “Why didn’t you enter a cat?…..”


Comments on: "Awake after chemo week, New WIP – Squirrel, and Whooooo Hooooooo!" (6)

  1. Keep up the fight, and nice squirrel!

  2. Great work of art. Pastel is hard for me.

  3. A very big congratulations to you, Arlene! That’s fantastic that you sold one of your pieces and also placed second. FanTASTIC. :0) I think you get a lot more done with cancer than many people do withOUT it. No kidding. I totally get having to sleep a few days away. When it’s time for the (pre)monthly hormonal migraine to hit me- it’s vicious. Phenergan and Ambien make a substantial difference! So glad to hear you’re 2/3 of the way through- hang in there. I’ll be praying for you that God will swallow this thing up in His grace and give you a new life and body. I have no doubt when all of this is said and done, you will have gained an incredible amount of strength- more than ever. x

    • Thank you and Congrats to you. That degree will be yours before you can even blink a couple of times! I used to think migraines and fibromyalgia were the worst thing in my life until I encountered cancer. They are both hiding in fear of the cancer right now. I realized I DO have a choice on how I look at my life. So I can live in fear, anger, despair and do nothing, or I can cling to hope, have faith, see all the love in my life and keep on going. With all of the blessings that have been gifted to me, It is an easy choice, duh! LOL! Besides, the critters would not have anyone to write about their antics if I give up!

  4. Congrats on staying active despite chemo!
    Marcy Westerling

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