Thursday, August 1, 2019

WHERE DID JULY GO?

Honestly, I don't know where the month went to especially since I had determined to enjoy the summer.  It started off wonderfully with a bang up 4th of July party at Marine and Aram's my friends who wrote the book on partying!
I took mostly video's so you just have to imagine how amazing this party was.

There was a station for tacos and for desert, this fellow from 'Crepes a la French' was quite awesome!

So happy for this selfie with dear Gayane, Marine's precious mom and her adorable sister Eliza who took it.

Kita is always party ready!

She's also always ready to help out in the office!

There was a grand party the next day celebrating Maryam and Kert's second anniversary but again...all I took was video's!
Sweet Patricia treated me to lunch at Geoffrey's in Malibu for my birthday...

and then we dipped our toes in the ocean....a summer must do!



Next stop dinner at Élephante in Santa Monica for dinner.  WOW does that place rock!!!

Al fresco lunch at Ca Del Sole with Monique Schenk, my brilliant
architect is always a joy!

Of course the class at the Huntington is always a sublime pleasure...

It was great fun to work with Elizabeth on her project.

Dinner with Benjamin  discussing my next book...

and chips and dips with the Gift Show gang at Veranda, the poolside lounge in the historic Figueroa Hotel downtown.  Brings back so many memories...

Finally, al fresco on the patio with Grace Farag, my brilliant writer friend.

Summer means at least one trip a week to Monte Carlo Deli for their amazing gelato!

Sandi Girl and I finally celebrated our May birthdays with a Chuan Spa adventure at the Langham Hotel.  Thank you so much Marine and Eliza for this special treat!  Time for a champagne toast!

Next a birthday dinner poolside.



Later beautiful Stephanie came over to show her stunning mom the studio.

To close out the month I took some large works into Chang's Frames to be mounted.  May is the best!

May August be filled with summer fun for you! Maybe a road trip!




Monday, July 1, 2019

LET'S TALK ABOUT ART

...and how absolutely wonderful it is to just play.  To not be concerned about outcome but just delight in the process, enjoying the adventure.  Of course, if we can remember the brain needs to build a large file, muscle memory, then we can be patient.  I've painted Peonies a certain way for years and in Saturdays class in the studio decided to just play and everyone loved it.  We all expressed on paper what our hearts wanted to say.



Thank you dear Kc for the two absolutely delicious fruit tarts that disappeared way too quickly!

I loved the birthday candle!

Earlier in the month we worked on Wisteria and found a new way of expressing it as well.  Know the rules....then throw them out!  Picasso would be proud!

The Magnolia's are blooming now and so sublime they're inspirational.  Perfect subject for the class at the Huntington and especially because we had Sakura Poster White.

The second Wednesday of each month is devoted to studying Eastern Landscape in the studio.  It's fascinating to see the world in a completely different light, learning about centuries old ways of expressing nature.  I'm so proud of Tony and always love seeing his work completed and framed.  Bravo!

LA Opera's production of La Traviata was sublime.  True art in so many forms, Art Deco set design by Marta Domingo, flapper costumes and of course the amazing singers.  Soprano Adela Zaharia was magnificent asVioletta.



Great fun seeing Valerie at The Spotlight Awards at Disney Hall.
In the garden for treats and cocktails pre performance.

The Spotlight is a scholarship program empowering students by emphasizing preparation, courage, critical thinking and perseverance.  Categories are in acting, ballet, classical and non classical instrumental, voice, jazz and non classical dance and voice.



After the performances and awards, supporters were treated to a wonderful dinner.

Parvin has elevated the art of dining.

Dinner at Tom Backer's, bon vivant man about town and knower of all things art related with Maggie.  Here they are with Don Bachardy's portrait of Tom.

Followed by a business lunch with publisher Benjamin Darling from Laughing Elephant...Subject?  My next book!

Happy Days by Samuel Beckett at the Mark Taper  was not so happy so no more will be said except that Diane Wiest was amazing.

Marsha Ramos, former Burbank mayor,  is my template for doing good and I honestly don't know how on earth she can be involved with as many organizations as she is and all with aplomb.  It was delightful seeing her and Councilman and former mayor, amazing Bob Frutos, at the opening party for SKINBLVD an all inclusive beauty spa.


One could say this is also an art form.

Stephanie you could not be cuter.  I'll take a Selfie with you any day!

It's special fun going to LACMA after it closes.

Dinner first at Roy's and then a special lecture by Insoo Chu on 'The Faces of Korea Calligraphy'.

This was in conjunction with the current exhibition 'Beyond Line:  The Art of Korean Writing'.



If you're even remotely interested in modern art, you'll be enthralled by John Seed's first hand account in his latest book 'My Art World' available on Amazon.

This may not be art but it sure is adorable.

May you always find joy!






Monday, June 24, 2019

A WEDDING AND BIRTHDAYS AND JOY OH MY

Is anything more joyful than seeing two people who are so perfect for each other, knowing the miracle of their meeting, their journey and life together? Eliza and Tyler bring so much joy to everyone around them that it's no wonder they have more friends than can be counted.

The night before their marriage there was a party at Terroni DYLA for about 500 of their closest friends! (I'm laughing!)

Wedding day was bright and clear as the beautiful bride examined her wedding dress at lovely sister Marine's home.

Looks like all my photo's were video's during the ceremony but here's one just after. Marine and Aram's home is so perfect for celebrations I suggested they rent it out!

Of course my favorite girl, precious Alyssa, flower girl and niece of the bride.

Later that evening there was a celebratory dinner at Playa Studios in Culver City with far too many guests to number.  This is one of the table seating charts....I'm in here somewhere.

I did say birthdays didn't I?  Here's a few.
Nikka always starts mine at midnight the night before and it's always a complete surprise.



A world of thanks to my precious friends...
Marine and Eliza,,,

Joycie treated me at the Peninsula which was a complete surprise, balloons and all!

Dear Carol joined me at the Robinson Garden's event to celebrate my birthday.

And Amy's precious friend Lilia brought me a birthday cake!

Sweet Patricia got 2 cakes for the first of three planned days.  (There's one more to go.)

Maggie at Julienne's...

Sweet Patricia helped me and Joycie celebrate in the Polo Lounge.....

We took the remaining champagne home in paper cups!  So funny!!!

Joycie and I both got cake!

Laurie Pie at Monsieur Marcel in the Original Farmer's Market after lunch and a movie!

With my very uber-private friend at Avra. I had not been there and highly recommend it.  Great place!

Ca Del Sole with Maria and Nikka...

Panna Cotta birthday cake!

Thank you Lovely Mary for always remembering!

That's it for now.  Four more to go and then we wait for next year!

May you always have cake to wish upon!









Introduction

There is no avoiding the pull of the internet, the blogs, the YouTube imaginings. It's as if we're all 'On the Road' with Jack Kerouac each in our own world of meanderings. When we tell someone to 'get a life' it might be a bit difficult when you're dragged into other people's 24/7.

I've come to realize two foundational principals, there are no accidents and everyone has a purpose. More and more I'm desiring everyone to come into a full realization of their purpose as we all find our way on this little jewel of a planet.

For me, as a professional 'Western style artist', I stumbled into Chinese Brush Painting after a trip in 1980 to Monet's home/garden. Seeing all of his collection of Japanese woodblock prints was an ahh haa moment for me and when I returned to the States I started painting in the Chinese manner and never looked back. The first year was extremely painful for me as I felt that I should be able to master the technique since I was a 'trained' artist. Not a chance ... that just gets in your way.

Now, after teaching close to 3,000 students and having my book 'The Ch'i of the Brush' published by Watson Guptill, I can say that every one of my students does better their first day than I did my first year! Why? Because I insist that they leave their critical parent outside and just enjoy the journey, respecting the work that they do. I never let anyone throw anything away because that just ingrains frustration and defeat.

We really only begin to learn when we stop and figure out how to 'save' a painting. It works every time.I am so proud of my students, their receptivity and eagerness to express themselves is a continuing blessing for me.So, back to finding your purpose. Perhaps it starts with realizing 'it's not about me'. It so easy to want our needs met and to filter everything thru this attitude. When we realize that we're here to be of benefit to every life that we touch the universe really provides the ways and means.

The best part is that it's really exciting to not have yourself on your mind all the time!I'm re-reading a wonderful book about authenticity and in my next meandering I'll tell you about it. In the meantime I'd love to hear about your journey and am here to answer any and all questions about Chinese Brush Painting.