Monday, October 24, 2011


… an innovative company that designs unique and creative, visual and verbal media for luxury brands.  This web design, marketing and public relations company is the brilliant brain child…& I do mean BRAIN… founded by Kat Podmolik after several years at the top in the corporate world, making full use of her marketing expertise, design aesthetic and keen business sense.  Kat decided it was time to branch out on her own with branding her specialty along with a focus on solid internal business operations.

With offices in both Los Angeles and Chicago, Kat jets back and forth to meet the needs of her clients in both cities. I think you can tell by this picture how HAPPY I am to see her!  Kat is our’ Renaissance Woman’…wise, witty and totally awesome.


Coincidentally, wonderful Carol Soucek King, award winning author & design journalist came by to pick up her ‘Duchess’ Christmas cards in order to get a head start on her huge mailing list.  (Sorry I can’t give you a sneak peek.)  Carol writes a beautiful personal message on each card so this is not too early to get started.  I was thrilled these two amazing people could meet!!!


In the ‘Can You Believe This?’ department….Carol brought back a box of the most delicious cookies ever from JAPAN.  I had to show you the box…it’s so cute!


And here’s the star of the Christmas card….’Duchess’ herself.  Is she not the most beautiful dog ever?  And sooooo smart!!!


A final hug………..


And off they go!


Lunch time.  Kat is so funny….she said I even have my own paparazzi!



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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.