Wednesday, December 28, 2011


…..whatever you do, don’t miss ‘PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: Art in L.A. 1945-1980’ at the Getty.  It’s a sensational exhibit!!! “A unique collaboration among museums and other cultural organizations across Southern California.  This unprecedented endeavor showcases the region’s artistic production during an important period in the history of modern and contemporary art.”

“This exhibition charts the artistic innovation in post-World War 11 in Los Angeles, when artists looked for new approaches, subjects and techniques for art making.  The works on display represent a number of important and distinct West Coast movements,including the hard-edge painting, assemblage, and large scale ceramic sculpture of the 1950’s, the iconic Pop Art of the 1960’s, and the perceptual explorations and process painting of the early 1970’s.”

A wonderful bonus was the FREE ‘Getty Guide’ Multimedia Player.  We could hear L.A. art world figures talk about artistic innovations in the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s.

Carol Soucek King and I are ready for our art adventure!


This was the funniest…’TAP DANCER’ by Stephan von Hueme actually tap danced!!!


Cara Lee, brilliant Swiss architect, Elizabeth Gill Lui, a true Renaissance woman, and dear Carol Soucek King, author and creator of the inspiring ‘Arts Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life’.


Here we all are.  It’s a privilege to know these outstanding women.


For more information: to learn more about Elizabeth’s creative output.  You’ll be inspired by ‘CLOSED MONDAYS’, a documentary that celebrates the museum as an art form, expressed through its architectural and environmental aesthetic. To learn more about the Salon and Carol’s brilliant and totally beautiful books

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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.