Introduction

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.PLEASE CLICK ON 'COMMENTS' TO READ or REPLY

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

ROSELLA, MY BEAUTIFUL MOM, and her 100TH BIRTHDAY BASH…..

……..first we did a collage, collecting photos from baby time on, trying to get delightful moments in mom’s amazing life….can you find yourself?

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Of course you need a theme and what better for mom, the chief fashionista, than fashion.  Sara Jessica Parker never looked so good as when mom’s face crowned her body on the cover of VOGUE.  I gave this assignment to Nikka and she came thru wonderfully.

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Photo op with the poster which was actually the seating assignments.

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Farnaz, always in style, loved it!

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After all, it’s really all about the cake…isn’t it?Thanks to Naaz at ‘Dress my Cake’ we got this amazing creation…all edible!

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Mom loves classical guitar so…..

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My two dearest ones…..

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Handsome (and oh so smart) cousin Ron in from Memphis….he’s a good ‘good ol’ boy’!

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Bet Ken and Rose are talking to mom about Nebraska….

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Can you tell how much I love Sandie…..

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Here’s Sandie’s super great hubby Dr. Jim who has the greatest sense of humor….all deadpan….with Rose who’s #1 on the list of loving, caring, giving peeps!!!

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Lisa, my partner in crime with director hubby and all around great guy Chuck….Lisa sang at our wedding!

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O.K., to that list of caring loving souls, add Dr. Jerry and his dear wife Alice….

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Hildegard and Michael…Hildegard will make the world a better place one way or another!  I do believe Michael is the smartest man I know….O.K., except for my Charles.

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Dear Kent who voted us ‘best house in Burbank’….that was after he gave me a ‘to do list’ a mile long!!!!

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Monique, my brilliant architect and her great hubby Ron. They were at mom’s ‘90th!

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Here’s  Laurie Pie…woops, only kidding…hi Laurie!

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Beautiful Valerie, the hostess with the mostest….

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Isabel & Dr.Charles, dear friends….Isabel is taking piano lessons besides art with a very long list of interests for them both……

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Alice & Jerry are related to mom’s ‘angel’ Rosie…now isn’t that a small world???

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Time out for cute….the cutest….Steve and Sue…

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I don’t have enough space here to write about Carol….making that wish on a butterfly at our wedding, she and Richard have been dear, dear friends ever since (and before).  Do yourself a favor and attend one of Carol’s ‘Salons’ on the Spiritually Creative Life’.  I  am proud to have everyone of her beautiful books published by Rizzoli and eagerly await her latest…..

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First met Skye when she produced/directed the Lisa See film for Random House….I was one of the ‘book club’ members…who asked questions of course…we’ve been friends since.  She is a brainiack who develops apps!

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Can I love these two more….I doubt it….Tomiko and Olga….

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The gang of three…me, Mimi and Laurie

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Tomiko, I know you’re smiling on the inside…thank you soooo much for helping me set up….couldn’t do it without you!!!

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Rex, ‘Mr.. Style Extraordinaire’ and the nicest man you’d be privileged to know with the cuties Sue and Steve.

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Gifted artist and oh so kind George belongs with Olga and here’s Trudy and Geoff.  Trudy and Kita are best buds as she was with Yuki and it’s always a joy and delight to visit with her….You’re terrific too Geoff!

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This is the best mutual admiration team ever…..mom & Rex.

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Lissi hand painted each and every beautiful party favor….with best beau Doug.  Next time you have tea at the Peninsula or Montage, turn the plate over (oh go ahead) and you’ll see her name…..so lovely!!!

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One of the party favors hand painted by Lissi…

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Published by Terrestra.com. These were used as placement cards….

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O.K., here they are…..artists all….my second family, Olga, son Martin and George….

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O.K. Ron, what’s with the flowers????

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Brilliant Farnaz  (she holds several patents) and gentleman of the first order Yousef….

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Rose has seen firsthand what love and devotion Vicki has brought to us…

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Here’s our little family, Emma and Nikka with Vicki their mom, my darling Charles and my dear mom…

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Looks like a confab to me….

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This is tooooo cute!!!!

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What’s in that drink mom?

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Some crowd scenes……

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More……

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O.K., one more……

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And another…..

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Mimi we missed Rich….

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The pianist was there just to play happy birthday….funny!  And a special birthday wish to Carol and George who shared their special day with us.  See the girl and boy cakes?

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O.K., you blew out the candle but mom that isn’t a bag….we have to cut it!

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I’m so grateful to have this video…..

Awwwwwwwww…………….

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Another awwwwwww………..

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Some of the tables……….

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For mom’s table using one of my custom art bags…

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Remember, there was a fashion theme….

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So here’s Bergdorf’s…

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From the top…

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The most amazing Calla Lilies in the Hermes bag all delicately opened by hand….fitting don’t you think?

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A different view…

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Jewels in the Tiffany bag….of course!

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I mean really…..

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There’s an art to opening up these rose petals by hand…Amy you’re amazing!

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This was the cutest….there are little monkeys on the wires to continue the Le Cirque theme and jewels to match the colored stones on the bag!

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Can you see the monkeys?

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So sweet……..fitting for Laduree…..

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Another view showing the sides of the arrangement…

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Thank you Andrew for all the wonderful memories captured in your great photographs and video’s.

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I love you mom!!!!!

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For more information:

www.gennarosristorante.com

www.menuah.com

818.625.5243 for Amy(florist)

818.321.8108 for Naaz at ‘Dress my Cake

www.lissikaplan.com

andrew@chasewayimagery.com

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