Sunday, November 9, 2008


Scotty, do not beam me up. I have been transported and think perhaps I'll stay a while.

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: and also Google Molly Siple
And, be sure to Google Silver Lake architecture

1 comment:

Marian Fortunati said...

Sounds lovely AND deliscious!!


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.