Friday, July 27, 2012


….nobody does it better than Thomas Keller and if you can’t be at the French Laundry or Per Se, this is the next best thing…(well kinda.)

There ought to be a club for people who are impelled to photograph their food!!!


On the other hand….


Heavenly pate……I’m salivating at the thought….


Actually this was too pretty to eat……..


Nothing like a Croque Monsieur to fire up your day….good enough for Proust’s ‘Remembrance of Things Past’!  Actually, this is a Croque-Madame….see the egg on top?  And, enough Pommes Frites to share…not to be confused with French Fries.  For these, according to Thomas Keller, you have to cut the potatoes as uniformly as you can, rinse & soak for a couple of hours and dry COMPLETELY…then DOUBLE-FRY!!!!


It’s tough to share a Pot de Creme…


O.K., lets just have one of each….


Clara I’m ready for a re-do…..


Checking out the action in the courtyard of the Montage Hotel from Bouchon’s balcony.


Bouchon Bakery….”One of each please”!


Or maybe a drink downstairs to think it all over…..



My idea of the perfect take-out food!!!


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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.