Monday, December 29, 2008
To digress, amazing Rose is senior director of development for the School of Architecture and she has been the driving force behind its new Julius Shulman Institute cataloging some 70,000 slides!
While in their beautiful backyard, Charles was entranced by the hummingbird's darting to the Nielsen's feeders. Well, we have hummingbirds in our yard and they flit around like mad but somehow this was different. ASAP, CLP went on line and ordered a feeder. Who knew?
By coincidence/serendipity, I sat next to a 'birder' at Hildegard Lindsay's Christmas luncheon and we got to exchanging info. I for one told how delighted I was by the book kept at the front of the 'Boathouse Restaurant' in N.Y.C.'s Central Park where visitors come to record their observations of birds and other Park wildlife in the "Bird Register". Entrancing!
For this information I was traded the fact that you have to wash out the hummingbird feeder at least once a week. When ours arrived, we had a major discussion on how much 'syrup' to make, how long to 'boil' it and my input that hanging a hummingbird feeder means assuming a certain amount of responsibility for the well being of a fragile and trusting creature.
So, here it is, up and not quite full (my suggestion). The hummingbirds are feasting on all of the flowers in our little garden so I suspect they are saving our feeder for reserve.
All this to say we wish 2009 will be filled with ABUNDANT SWEETNESS for you.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
For more information:
http://www.taschen.com/ for books on Julius Shulman's oeuvre
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
...will cost you $1,400 more this year but please don't let that stop you from sending out your tokens of love. I was thinking about that this morning ... not about the swans, but about all of us, each in our own way, bustling about buying gifts. It seemed to me that it's easy at this special time to show how much we care about people in our lives and I was wishing that these same feelings could be spread about during the year. Why not greet each day with ... It's Christmas and I love you...silly but could work!
In the meantime, hope you take some time to smell the roses or the ocean for that matter. Nothing says PEACE like a day at the beach.
And, may we remember to share.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Victor Fisher is a sculptor of renown and his wife Phyllis creates some amazing silver jewelry. While they live in the Newport area, they had stopped by after a trip to Victor's foundry which is located in Burbank.
Of course, we got to the 'artist talk' and Victor said that in placing a tool into the flame to use on the wax pieces he does not go thru an analytical process but will rely on instinct. If he stops to think about it, the temperature of the tool is incorrect.
Now how amazing is that ... I had to tell the Chinese saying ... "From heart to arm to hand to brush to paper! Paint with your heart and not your head for the most splendiferous results!
Here's art patron Dr. Allan Stark, Nan, Victor and Phyllis
For more information on this talented artist go to:
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Since this was her second tree trimming experience after major advice from hubby Joe, she could now be in the...don't try this, I'm a professional class.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Here I am with the 'Sold Out' artist.
Carol O'Toole, Alfred Tse her teacher and you know who. Guess who's the Chinese Brush Painter!
It was a delightful surprise to see lovely Alison Slattery, also one of the Pasadena Jr. Phil's, which brought back many wonderful memories.
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Sunday, November 9, 2008
Where have I been for so long? Certainly not in Silver Lake for it is a magical kingdom. To quote Wikipedia, "There's a bohemian vibe and neighborhood feel with an eclectic gathering of hipsters and the creative class." Robert D. Putnam, author of "Bowling Alone," which is about the loss of community in American life, has most certainly not been to Silver Lake. This little enclave contains some of the most famous modern architecture in the United States, a Schindler house, Richard Neutra's galore and many more.
When Molly Siple invited me to lunch at her Silver Lake home I was totally unprepared for what would greet me. In this charming old neighborhood of winding streets & amazing residences you get a sense of community that perhaps is found only in Europe.
Entering Molly's front door I glimpsed 'It' floating before me. There it was, Silver Lake, dotted by a flock of white seagulls & what I was told is a Snowy Egret who now owns the place.
Stepping onto Molly's deck I thought, "Is this a Mediterranean villa I've entered?"
You can see Molly in front of her amazing vista with 'Ginger'...lucky cat. (Winston too, who is also a precious rescue.)
Allow me to rhapsodize about lunch but first I should tell you that Molly is an award winning author of too many books to list. O.K., a couple...'Eating for Recovery', 'Healing Foods for Dummies', Low Cholesterol Cookbook for Dummies', 'Recipes for Change', 'Delicious Way to Better Health' and on and on. It's like being invited over to Julia Child's (and did I mention Molly is the recipient of a J.C. award?) So, here is this best selling nutritionist and best selling author making ME lunch! Oh heavenly repast.
Here's Molly in the 'test' kitchen Victor built for her (#1 kitchen is upstairs) and here is the fantastic retro-fitted stove. Love it!
I was served 'Bouibaisse' and what better to have on a Mediterranean villa. A beautiful salad, French bread and delicious marinated olives that I'll tell you about in my next posting.
Because we both adore New York there was N.Y. cheesecake for desert with grand coffee.
Here's my gracious hostess serving our salad.
Oh, as if all this isn't enough, Molly is an accomplished artist, member of the California Art Club and a regular contributor to their newsletter as well as American Artists, Southwest Art and many more.
Driving home, past Silver Lake there were dog walkers galore...a perfect sight to end a perfect day.
For more information about Molly:
http://www.eatingforrecovery.com/ and also Google Molly Siple
And, be sure to Google Silver Lake architecture
We both love visiting the open air markets in other countries and the special 'gourmet' shops around the world. Molly promised that stepping into Mario's would do the trick...and it did. The cheeses, the meats, oh I swooned. Containing myself, I just got the yummy green marinated olives, some mild sopressata and two pints of Gelatto (chocolate of course and strawberry). All's right with the world.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
In October, Qingyun Ma, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, was the inspiring speaker who shared his vision for a contemporary architecture based on four principles:
1. If architecture is a form of knowledge for which ideas are the essential purpose, then architecture is more about ideas than materials.
2. Human beings are identified and unified by the ideas they have; as human beings develop and evolve, so do ideas. The quality of ideas is in the advancement of human consciousness and interaction.
3. The idea has to be beautiful because beautiful things urge people to look toward the future with optimism and romanticism.
4. Beautiful things make us want to share and therefore to give to others. Therein lies the essence of architecture, a beautiful architecture.
After Dean Ma's inspiring and inciteful talk, there was a lively question and answer period sparked most dramatically by the amazing Julius Schulman. What can I say about the most iconic architectural photographer of the 20th century...most famously the Pierre Koenig Case Study House #22. He's a visionary photographer of the work of the greatest architects including Richard Neutra and John Lautner. To make the event even more delightful, there was a delicious birthday cake for Julius' 98th birthday!!!
Our beautiful, loving hostess Carol Soucek King, Dean Ma, Richard King and Rosanne Sachson celebrate Julius Schulman's 98th birthday!
Valerie Hoffman gives a big birthday hug to Julius. When the saying, 'if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person' was thought of, I'm sure someone just like Valerie was the templet. She is awesome and I've yet to find anything she cannot do and that perfectly.
For more about the 'Salon' go to http://www.carolsoucekking.com/
and be sure to Google Carol's biography to learn more about her amazing books on home design. They truly are the best and cover every aspect...I have been a fan since 'Empowered Spaces' and treasure my extraordinary collection of the books that have followed. They are truly 'art' books extrordinaire!
Also, be sure to google Julius Schulman to learn more about this national treasure.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I thought today that if we learned any more, we could possibly all explode with joy. We started off with Tom's presenting our three artists with their completed scrolls. Beautiful Beverly had an advance peek at my blog but it was even more exciting to actually see her scroll up close and personal. Tom explained that the material used at the top of the scroll represents Heaven and covers a larger area, while the bottom material represents earth and of course is smaller.
We then heard about Confucianism is a moral code of conduct which teaches individuals a set of proper behavior within the family in particular and society in general. Also, Taoism, being connected to nature and learning how to live in harmony. Interestingly, it also deals with fantasy and dreams. The Tao is 'the path is the Way'...the process.....how the world runs. So, the 'process' is as important as the end result.
Today's calligraphy was 'THE GREAT PATH HAS NO DOOR'. The symbols we used to create this were: 1. great or large, 2. path or way, 3. without or nothing and finally, 4. door.
It's important to remember that the void is as important as the calligraphy and the spacing should be spontaneous and done by intuition....always remembering that you can't have freedom without a framework of discipline.
On to Calligraphy and the beauty of it being that you can't control it (especially when you use a Soft brush). You're one with the brush and never do the same thing twice.
Tom explained the artistry involved in seal carving.
Showing us (Denise and Donald here) how our work can be improved and giving us a grand A+ when we nail it. It's so helpful as Tom uses Red Ink over our Black.
Since Charles was staying in Santa Monica, we went to 'Anisette' a new French brasserie that is so delightful. I think you could order anything and it would be dreamy. They have a wonderful Zinc bar that has been imported from France and it was just like being in Paris. Heaven!!!
Next, after being fortified with more fat than I consume in a year, it was off to the Getty for the Bernini exhibit which my dear Charles had been wanting to see.
Do I feel hunger pangs? Well then, it's time to drive to Venice and eat at Joe's which is definitely not of the 'Six Pack Joe's' variety. If you don't mind taking out a small loan, it's one of the best places to eat in L.A.
We came home tired but very happy and terribly stuffed.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
- First we see Denise's elegant work which roughly translates to "The moon lights the path of the birds".
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Here's the routine; when you come to the door, she will bark at you like crazy, follow you in and actually 'lead' you to the cookie jar, barking all the way. Once you're in the proper position you'll get slightly mauled as she continues to bark until the desired end is accomplished. You can see why she's now called THE COOKIE TOLL BRIDGE.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Suffice it to say there was enough food to feed the Olympic team......(Chinese of course) ....perhaps we over estimated a wee bit but that's a good thing. Ellie and John Lynn provided tons of the very best Chinese beer (of course) and we were all happy as can be. I was a bit concerned that everyone be finished by 7:30 as that was when the SURPRISE was planned to arrive Right on the dot, there was a bumbulating on the driveway, with Sifu Thompson Chen, Chinese Martial Arts Master announcing the arrival of his Lion dance team on his gigantic copper drum. Wife Christene accompanied on the cymbals! Well, all I can say is that it was fantabulous and all 3o viewers were enchanted. After their enchanting performance on the driveway (good thing it's large) the troup went into the house and we had a photo op for all. If you want the show of all shows to delight one and all, contact Thompson at LoHanLion@yahoo.com (626.399.4764). You will not be disappointed, I promise.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Well, the second Wednesday of the month Calligraphy class met for the first time and as with the Saturday class, everyone was enthralled and did wonderfully. This is opening up a whole new world and we are all thrilled. If you've never watched a Calligraphy master do his thing you are in for an amazing experience. Be prepared to have your breath taken away!
Monday, July 7, 2008
For example, the 'word' for landscape is made by combining the images for mountain and water. If you wish to write 'love' you would combine/connect the words for mother and child. The writing, even the very expressive running or grass style, all stem from ancient pictogram's or ideograms where a graphic 'symbol' would represent an object or idea. Through the years the symbols became more and more abstracted.
On Saturday, we had our first class with Master Calligrapher Shantien 'Tom' Chow and we were all enthralled. It was pure joy just to watch him as each class member would call out a word for him to write so they could practice copying it. This Wednesday a second group of students will have the privilege of learning this ancient skill.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
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.