Sunday, April 15, 2012


Matt’s my best bud and the coolest Heavy Metal rocker I know….can I join the band…can I…. can I Matt? PPLLEEASSSEEEEE!!!!!!


Matthew, as you know, I’m a working dog and currently unemployed.  ‘Contractor’ would look great on my resume and I could carry your T-square.  How about it?



Lisa don’t you think I should be included in your blog ‘ ‘?


It’s time for me to go to school.  Woodbury would be a good place to enroll…lot’s of grass and those beautiful Ginkgo trees Jeffery planted…..  What about it Rose & Ken?


Francisco you’re my pal….I love to help you garden!!!


Carol, I do wish you wouldn’t leave Duchess in the car….we could be such goooood friends!


Ann, I share your love of all things horticulturally speaking that is.  Anything green is good in my puppy book so why am I always being told ‘LEAVE IT’?!  Pardon my while I pee….it’s just that I’m glad to see you….


Tom I’m not a Japanese Akita so I can’t relate to the Calligraphy…but I’d visit class just to see Lynne!


O.K. where are the girls?


Kc I’ll go home with you and be a really GOOD girl…promise!!!


It’s Laurie, Lynne and Kc…..

These girls get me sooooooooooo excited!


Monique, architecturally speaking I could sniff out some good spaces for you.  Maybe you could list me as your assistant on



Julie (O-kami) said...

Kita sure has a wonderful group of friends.

sandie girl said...

Kita's mom is chill. She let's Kita play with some very cool cats.


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.