Friday, August 24, 2012


….was party central for the “Kiwanis  Club of Burbank’s 15th Annual Gala honoring Dr. Kenneth and Mrs.. Rose Nielsen”…August 18, 2012


I just love this club…there really is a lake!!!


And here’s the lovely couple….so cute!


These kids were adorable and who can resist buying a ton of raffle tickets for such terrific wise owl prizes!


The place was jammed….people bidding on a ton of neat things….


Can you imagine…I was the only one who bid on this fantastic item….what do you suppose the ‘Doggie Park Visits’ are….guess I’ll soon find out.


Hi Rose…thanks for sitting me at your table…you’re so fun!!!




Chicken….are you surprised?  And again I forgot to take a picture of the best part….desert!


Speech, speech….

You too Ken…speech…speech….

This dynamic duo….a real Batman & Robin, have done more for Woodbury University and the cities of Burbank and Los Angeles, than any 100 people combined.  They were justly honored and took home so many plaques they’ll have to add on a room in their great house!

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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.