Tuesday, October 30, 2012


….pursuing a life of the mind.  Articulate and with a wide ranging frame of reference that he generously shares, Satinder has distilled his thinking on attaining lasting fulfillment in his latest book, ‘THE SEVEN HABITS of HIGHLY FULFILLED PEOPLE: Journey from Success to Significance’.* In it the need for self-knowledge is explained along with the desired gifts of purity of heart, the importance of gratitude, being generous and of service while also being harmless and accepting.  And above all, being present.


Here is the perfect antidote to combat Jacques Barzum’s notion that Western civilization is in decline.

Always wanting to showcase talent, Valerie, our hostess with the mostess, opened her lovely and inviting home so that her guests could be introduced to Satinder and treated as always to a memorable evening.

Here’s Valerie with her honored guests and acclaimed artist Gayle Garner Roski to the left.


No one in the entire universe can make an introduction better than Carol Soucek King so it was fitting that Valerie would extend than honor to her. To the far left is Satinder’s lovely wife Shally and to the far right, Christopher Slatoff, noted sculptor.


Jo Ann & John Gantus listen intently with Valerie..Can I do or write anything without a puppy or two?


I was really enjoying Satinder’s insightful talk….


With Vanya, Valerie’s lovely sister… 


Carol you are the dearest…..


The table was set magnificently and Josie once again outdid herself with the most elaborate and delicious Indian vegetarian feast.  Of course there were some dishes for the carnivores in the group.  Deserts were sublime!


I love this picture…Satinder and his lovely Shally look like a bride and groom!


Satinder signed books in the library and guests were delighted to have a personal moment to talk with him.  I was charmed by Shally as was everyone in attendance!!!


For more information:


* book available on www.amazon.com

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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.