Sunday, November 4, 2012


… healed now so I though I’d post about her journey.  The vet told us to keep the bandage on the infected ‘paw’ dry so nurse Vicki and assistant Nikka were elected to change the dressing.  Fun huh?????


Wondering what kept her so still??????????


Why ‘Lickety Stik’ of course!


The miracle aide….we’d be lost and undone without it!!!  Must be awful yummy as it keeps pup concentrating on her licking and lets us do just about anything…..




Weighing in at 86 including the bandaged paw….


So many new friends at the vets…..this couple has 3 dogs and a baby….can you begin to imagine?


But mommie I’m scared and the pink collar isn’t helping…..


Another collar of shame…..


O.K. doc, what’s the verdict and where is my regular doctor and what exactly is going on around here.  Are you listening to me?????


You have no idea what they do to you in there…..


Another weigh-in…..


Is this Henri????


I’m outta here!!!!


I’m half the dog I used to be………


Imagine treating me like a prisoner….where are my rights…..I demand to see a lawyer!!!


Bandage off and ready to go….


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.