Thursday, January 6, 2011

What a Joy to Present…


A group show by my amazingly talented students, now professionals in their own right.

We were privileged to exhibit at the most beautiful site possible, SHUMEI HALL GALLERY

2430 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107


A brief description of Brush painting at the entrance.


Tony Oliver and his painting Chattering Pines (2 red birds/pine branch)

I love this work!


Luben Jordan, all the way from Palm Springs where he is successfully selling his work.


To my left is Eileen Ogel and to my right, Judith Nelson…two of the most brilliant women who somehow always manage to be present in the moment, making the world a better place!


My dear friend Olga Nachev, a brilliant artist who works at Nickelodeon and Martin,her talented and artistic son.


How I love Laurie Burton who after years of acting and teaching directing at USC has now turned her awesome talents to Brush painting.


Dr. Kenneth Nielsen, President of Woodbury University and his truly amazing wife Rose.

We were honored to have them at the exhibit.

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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.