Sunday, July 22, 2012


…..was the lovely setting for a delightful baby shower…..


Proud as can be mom Valerie on the far left with beautiful daughter and mother-to-be Vanessa dressed in smiles and blue cause guess what…It’s a BOY!   On the far right is co-host and all around amazing Virginia in that smashing hat with Michelle, her lovely daughter also in white.  image

Soon to be mom Vanessa with the hosts of the party… her mom, beautiful Valerie,Virginia K., Joyce and Suzi…lovely ladies all!


Carol outdid herself in the style department with that stunning hat and outfit!  What a picture. Linda is to her right and there’s you know who.


Dramatic as always, artist Gayle Garner Roski…wearing some of the fantastically creative and beautiful jewelry she designs.  Smiling Alexa in the middle and excited me again.


Lunch was soooo yummy…..


There goes the cake.  Wish I had a photo of the top as it said…”Happy Pushing”! So cute!!!


Isn’t desert always the best part?….


In the ‘Can you Believe’ department….Hostess Virginia gave each of the guests a beautiful ‘Siberian Blue Ice’ ring tied around our napkins with a blue ribbon!!! (These man-made crystals were developed by the Soviets to counter President Reagan’s Star Wars attack system.  Used for laser technology using natural cobalt and citrine crushed & then re-crystallized to form beautiful clear prisms that in peace time could be cut and fashioned into commercial jewelry).  Had to capture the moment.


Lovely Valerie thanking Stuart, handsome son-in-law and soon to be proud dad for the beautiful flowers!


All time greats Michele, Faith and Ginger.  Just a note, Michele is the #1 realtor you want to call before anyone as she will go that extra mile for you and Ginger designs the most extraordinary candles….they are must haves!!!


The greatest idea was to have each of the guests open a present or two (not their own) and describe it.  This rocking horse was the cutest.


…here are my bunnies for baby!169

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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.