Sunday, October 9, 2011

Have You Ever Been Sent a Garden?…

… now I can say I have and it’s truly awesome! When I walked in the door I thought I was in the wrong house, a Four Season’s hotel  or the florist had sent the amazing creation to me by mistake.  As I stood in the doorway, mouth ajar, Nikka informed me that the beauty set before my eyes was sent by Judith Nelson and Eileen Ogle.  So O.K., lets take a poll…who are the kindest, most thoughtful, caring, generous, brilliant people ever?  And, smartest for sure… as these two are definitely my ‘go to gals’ for just about everything…helping me out on so many things from hips to furnaces to beyond!!!


Up close….


And more…



How high does this creation go?016

Almost forgot this part…017

And all this beauty to wish me a wonderful October!

It’s said that ‘gratitude is the memory of the heart’ and I say amen to that!!!

For more information:

John Glebocki

A TOUCH OF ROMANCE Unforgettable Flowers

14325 Ventura Blvd.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


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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.