Mary B’s Illustrated Breast Cancer Blog moves to Beaver Island Arts!

Ive never run out of ideas for my health blog—right now about six of them are waiting for attention—but I’ve tired of thinking about breast cancer so much of the time. It’s been two years since my treatment and I’m feeling like myself again. My prognosis is great, my checkups all good news.

So I’m off and running this summer, to do numerous art shows. And I’ll be painting Lake Michigan again—seven weeks spread out over five months—to produce Lake Effects III, the summer and last poster in my Lake Effects series. I start that project on Saturday! I can’t wait to spend a week doing nothing more than paint, walk, and look for mushrooms (it’s morel and oyster season at last!).

So please stay tuned. I’m going to do fewer breast cancer blogs, but I’ll now have time to include cartoons and illustrations, review my favorite breast cancer websites and blogs, give my take on new techno wonders like MRIs and digital mammograms, and, well, play. Remember play? It’s good for your health!

The picture here was taken at one of my book club meetings by my dear friend Mary Bush, who runs an artsy clothing shop in Saginaw called Glad Rags. Never been there? You’ve missed the ultimate in vintage/cool couture.

Please let me know your questions, responses, suggestions and, of course, praise. Just email me at mblocksma@yahoo.com.

Lake Effects III, Coming Up!

Starting in May and going through September, I will be working on the third and last poster in my Lake Effects posters. I don’t know whether I should say where this window is quite yet, but it is probably all right to let on that it’s in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, looking south, which lends a slightly different perspective to the first two posters, which were painted from a west-facing window.

I am almost out of the first two posters—Lake Effect I and Lake Effect II—with fewer than an hundred each remaining. I thought that rather than go to a third printing (those that remain are of a second edition), I’d do a summer poster, something new and a little different. Lake Effects I covers October-December, and Lake Effects II January – April; Lake Effects III will celebrate May – October.

Here are two sample paintings I’ve done as an experiment, painted from photographs of the prospective view. The actual poster paintings, all small playing-card size, will be painted from life, not photographs.

The posters should be ready for Christmas, 2007, at $25 each. Email me to get on the waiting list, and get a 20% discount!

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