Cancer Survivor Pairs Art with Radiation Treatments

Today is day 5 of radiation therapy. I’ve numbered 43  sheets of paper. My idea is to pair something nice, my art, with each day of radiation treatment. So, I’ve gone public with my commitment. I don’t know if I’ll be be able to it. We’ll see.  It is a good goal because each time I pick up an oil pastel, brush or a pencil;  each mark I make creates new questions. Every time I draw or paint I create new problems for myself. Discoveries are made. Art is a distraction from the many daily actions and reactions caused by radiation. I’m working with WordPress to get the colors right. Reds are coming up brown.

Little Blue Flower – Day One  –  9″x12″ Sennelier oil pastel, pencil ebony jet black smooth

9″x12″ Sennelier oil pastel, pencil graphite ebony jet black smooth

White Lily – Day Three – a little guy in a white suit emerges.

12 thoughts on “Cancer Survivor Pairs Art with Radiation Treatments

  1. Dearest Carla, I have been thinking of you and finally am getting in touch. I love and am inspired by your artistic self as you take this journey.

    I am in NY dealing with a bit too much and now my back has rebelled. am working on taking quiet days until this weekend when I go to Massachusetts for a Feldenkrais conference.

    I would love to stay in touch. am thinking of you

    with love, annie Borgenicht


      • Does it feel very integrated with your life at this point? I’ve been doing daily writing prompts for 23 days and I’ve been shocked how quickly they’ve become a part of my day. I feel like I’ve been doing them for ages.


          • I haven’t kept up so well with doing the prompts every day, but I’m still writing almost every day. The balance of writing and visual art always tips when I’m doing a lot of one — the other always falls off for a time. This week I’ll be getting back into some painting and I am looking forward to that!


            • I agree. I used to write – did some poetry but it’s hard to do both. Now I find I’m writing a bit on the back of the drawings. I get discouraged with the color from wordpress my white drawing paper comes out weird colors so my colors or drawings don’t make sense.


        • Yes tomorrow is day 43 the last day of radiation treatment. I ended up doing more than one drawing a day of course .. I’ll continue. Art has saved me through this difficult time in my life. My art has changed. I want to go back and see where I came from.


  2. Are you sure it’s WordPress, and not your camera? I always find white paper tricky to photograph — I’ve taken to manually setting the white balance each time, and even then sometimes the colors come out off.


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