Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More of Kita’s Friends…….

I finally sat after being told I was NOT a good dog.  What’s their problem?  I’m excited to see Cathy that’s all.  Besides, I got confused by their matching colors.  Wonder why mom wears those gloves?


See, I’m better now.  June said so!


O.K. Grace, lets sing together……


Lynne, I love those Greenies but love you more!


Now see this……Trudy knows how to get my attention.


…….Hey, come on… Let’s eat first…..why are you calling me “No, no…bad dog”?


Tomiko, I really like you but  next time you come over please bring Brownie so that we can socialize.


Trudy thanks so much for taking me to PETCO!


Another meet and greet……


Lynne, your stuffed toy was DELICIOUS..thank you!


Tai Ling it’s so good to see you again….


Lisa, I told Tomiko to bring Brownie and you should bring CJ…what a party that would be!!!


WOW, what a great hugger!!!


Joan, if you could understand dog speak I’m sure we could have quite an intellectual conversation….perhaps about the meaning of life…the cosmos…..ingredients in Kibble?  Whatever….


I’m really quite smart you know…..


Kent, you were told not to rough house with me.  I guess that’s why your picture didn’t come out.  Karma?


Katie, you seem to be the only one who understands me….


Oh Kim, where you lead me I will follow.  You’ve definitely got my attention!


To be continued………….

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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.