Thursday, January 5, 2012


Mom was first to greet me!056

My folks welcome me! They seem very excitable!


Hugs from Vicki…122

Nikka plays too..


Carol do bring Duchess to visit me…..040

Rose, I hear this was your idea….thanks for the crate!058

Time out…which ones the stuffed animal?067

I hear Sheila is a big Akita fan…


Dr. A.  gives me the O.K.016

Emma joins the team…….031


Kc, my new best friend….IMG_0865

Colleen too…


Add Lynne S.IMG_0892

But Violet, I’m an American Akita…


George and Olga love me….


Laurie wants to put me in the movies…..


I think it’s my tummy that she loves….


I call this ‘Baby Girl meets Sandie Girl’098

I’m clean again, thanks to Vicki…


Rose, is Sophia making a peace offering?020

Emma says I’m getting too big to do this…136

Paul, next time you come over bring Dakota…


Dr. M., are my nails too long?092

Ivan, I love dancing with you…


Jana, you are the best ever….I love your cooking!074 

Does this pose make me look fat?106

I’m quite the pro now at playing catch!

Mom, may I come over to see you when I have all my shots?


Sir Charles, that crown becomes you!156

Rex, take me to Hermes next shopping excursion.  They’ll love me in the Bev.011

Lauren, I’ll be bigger than your Chocolate Lab and Vreanna won’t be able to hold me then.


Kathryn, do you recognize me from last time?100

Here’s my cat pose Vreanna.086

Michaela I think you’re even cuter than me.


Now girls, don’t fight over me…wait your turn.023

Oh Rex you’re back.  I can just fit in that fine Hermes bag.


Jay, I hear you got a Saint Bernard.  Now that’s what I call a dog.  My mom had one and says I look just like a S.B. puppy.  Right Lucas?021

Martin I can’t wait for you to go walking with me!


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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.