Friday, February 17, 2012


…..I want to tell you about Trudy…..actually….TRUDY of the BIG HEART! If there’s an animal or human on the hill that needs help of any sort……Trudy is there in a big way.  She and hubby Geoff walk the hill and Trudy always has a pocket filled with doggie biscuits.  When Yuki would see her afar off, she would just sit down and patiently wait for Trudy to arrive. Charles got such a kick out of this that he dubbed Trudy “THE COOKIE LADY”! Yuki and Trudy became so close that Trudy would take Yuki for her early A.M. walk and let her romp and play at the water tower.

This was Trudy’s first meet and greet with puppy while Geoff waits patiently.


How’s this for good behavior?  I’d say it’s worth a cookie or two.041


Three weeks ago Trudy helped me take Kita to puppy play time at Petco.  (It takes a village.)008

Kita’s fan club started to line up before we even got in the door.


Let the party begin…..


I love little boys…..or little girls..or any human who walks by as I much prefer the two legged creatures to the four.  I guess I’m just a real people person….or is that people doggie?


Alycia, my new friend and Petco instructor. She thinks I’m a smart and a good dog.   Little does she know that it’s the treat she’s holding.  Don’t tell on me.


You look like lunch! You’re lucky I just ate.


Let the sniffing begin…..


Haven’t you had enough?


Trudy, don’t you think you should get me out of here?  These creatures are beginning to annoy 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.