Saturday, September 1, 2012

DIANA JEONG, Kung fu Karate and Brush Painting……..

What a combo….


I’m in awe of this young woman’s talents…besides the Karate and Brush painting, Diana crafts the most charming, creative jewelry.  (I’ve already given three of her necklaces to delighted recipients!) So, when Diana told me she’d be exhibiting some of her work at ‘The American School of Martial Arts’ where she trains… I had to go.


Besides being a student of mine….here she is with the beautiful painting she did in Danny Chen’s workshop recently.  It was great fun hosting Danny in my studio…..


And here’s one of Diana’s paintings from our Huntington class.  She just had it mounted and re-framed at Magic Dragon in Chinatown when the class has a field trip there.


Here’s another Huntington subject…Foxglove and Hummingbird.  It too was mounted and re-framed. (The mounting process takes all the wrinkles out and brings out the original color.)


Diana with Grand Master Don Baird.


And Don’s adorable wife….Maria…what a gracious heart!


I’m sooooo proud…


Part of the nice crowd that gathered to see all the wonderful work…


“ Kung means work & fu is the quality of the work.  Together they mean hard work, diligence, responsibility, discipline, honor.”

Grand Master Don Baird

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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.