Sunday, October 16, 2011


…..are actually trained to get jobs, amazingly great jobs in their chosen fields after graduation. 

Case in point is the current exhibition in the NAN RAE GALLERY showcasing the work of alumni of the Graphic Design Program.


This display case shows off the designs of Steven Everhart, a 2007 grad, and his spectacular work for all things “MONK”.001

I’m a huge ‘Lord of the Rings’ fan and here’s 1998 grad Duy Nguyen’s brilliant work for ‘Fellowship of the Ring’.


‘The Reporter’s’ 1st place 34th Annual Key Art Award for DVD/VHS Packaging was taken home by Amy Sowers, a 1997 grad, for her tremendous designs for ‘Schindler’s List’.


Is there a bigger cult favorite than ‘The Big Lebowski’?  Probably not and here’s 1998 grad Duy Nguyen’s ‘Limited Edition’ for the book and CD.   A must have!


Monica Bucknam (2000) hit it out of the ballpark with this strong graphic design for the movie ‘ de Lovely’.


Another Monica Bucknam…this time for ‘Peter Pan’ and you can see how versatile she is.


Jennifer Logan (1996) designed this poster for LACMA’s Costume Ball.027

2007’s Jeff Stevens came up with this riveting image for ‘Reasonable Doubt’.


What’s this?  WOW, a book created by Brian Herbst, 1995 Alumni.  Book Design Publication: ‘Minimize: Graphic Design in the Age of Sustainability


Wonderful, wonderful………….


With Sue Vessella, Chair & Professor of Graphic Design.  Sue is adored ‘den mother’ to all the Graphic Design  students.


There’s so much more to see but for now, one last hug and time to go. 



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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.