Thursday, May 17, 2012


……..left this delightful card on our mail box. Of course I wasted no time in calling him as you know my new job is enlisting peeps for Kita.


I know, we’re not supposed to let her do this but Kita went nuts for Michal….even before I opened the door she nearly bolted through the plate glass window….that was a first!004

If this isn’t love……………..


And off they go……


Bye bye……………….


You can’t see the sweat dripping off of Michal.  This may be more than he bargained for.


But on the other hand…he does look happy.  You can’t see his equipment…there’s a little roller thingie for plastic bags and also his water container is on his other side.


Wow Michal, that was some fantastic run!


Time out for a little butt wipe ‘cause we love to sit in puddles!


On weekends Paulina joins in the excursions.  She’s enrolled at the famed New York Film Academy’s Los Angeles campus at Universal Studios.  Aren’t they the cutest????


The answer is YES!


Oh, thought you’d like to see all the dog walking accoutrements. The blue bottle is for Kita as it has a great lid for slurping.


After her walk, Kita loves to play soccer!

Just so you know….this dance of love goes on every morning…..


She just can’t help herself…..


Just one dance?



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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.