Friday, November 16, 2012


….it’s always fun & a treat when Ann comes to town!


Decorating the tree at Americana in Glendale….what a job!


More decorations….


We’re crazy for all things Chinese…..


We regressed enough to see this……and consume vast amounts of popcorn…


Kind Albert is the second in command for security at Americana and volunteered to walk us back to our car ‘cause we might melt in the rain!


I am always so excited when the ‘Farm Fresh’ delivery arrives.


This time these beautiful (and delicious) grapes were included…….


There is usually a bunch of sweet baby carrots…


It was soooo beautiful after the rain!


Crazy over clouds…….


Lisa Caddel has an exhibit at GEO Art Gallery and she kindly gave me a private tour…


Isn’t the belly floating in the pool a hoot!!!!


Marsha Ramos owns the building where the GEO space is so of course I had to go up and say hi. She’s a favorite collector of mine and a great booster. Besides, no one does more good work than Marsha…..if there’s a committee to benefit folks….she’s right on it!!!


If you see ‘Flight’ you may not ever fly again…terrific movie!


This is the best Bond ever! Saw it with Sandie R. & son Tim…………


How did she get in here? This is her ‘Mommy I’ll be good’ look….ha, I’m not fooled for a moment.

So far she’s accomplished the following:

Tore a screen door

Chewed a Kargus chair & dining room table leg

Chewed on kitchen cabinets (yummy)

Nibbled on a bar stool (an appetizer)

Ate off several wall corners

Destroyed the cable lines to my speakers & mouse connection

Chewed the fabric off one side of my bedroom chair and ripped off the bed sham

Totally destroyed the pillow on a wing chair

Tore the fabric off the back of one sofa and ate the fabric off another

Shall I continue???

I’m so proud!


Where was I? Oh yes, at ‘007 SKYFALL’ with Sandie and Tim……waiting in line…..By the way, this is my personal best score..3 movies in one week! Almost went for four but will wait ‘till tomorrow with Laurie B.


Seats secured, it’s time for popcorn….I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!!!!


More lines……………


Yummy Chinese ….


Dinner at Far Niente with Valerie………


Magnificent Dover Sole expertly boned at the table by Michael…


Quixote is only two but his owner will be taking him soon to work with special needs kids….here out for a stroll at Staples!


Work at the ‘factory’!


‘The Sessions’ is a lovely movie that will grab your heart and not let go. I give it 5 Kleenex!


It’s too early for this!


Laurie at Market City Cafe!


Franz explaining the specials…


Papa John’s ‘All Gone Pizza’!


Kita took the stuffing and the squeaky out of this poor defenseless toy within 5 minutes & for good measure somehow turned it inside out. I am so proud!


Lynne brought yummy treats from ‘Fresh & Easy’ to Saturday class!


Back from the spa… Please try to KEEP OUT OF TROUBLE KITA :)


To be continued…..

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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.