Monday, December 17, 2012


…..and Saturday’s class came prepared!  So many goodies….treats galore!


Kathy makes the very best Chinese Chicken Salad and fry’s her own won tons.  They’ve yet to be broken up as the salad awaits assembly.  Note to Kathy:  We devoured the extra salad you made for our dinner.  THANK YOU sooooooo much!!!


I bet you’re getting hungry.  Colleen got the Endame at COSCO and they were wonderful!!!!Of course you have to have Fortune Cookies at a Chinese Brush painting celebration! Dear Clara brought cakes and scones from an amazing bakery on the Westside.


These wonderful oranges are from Sweet Lynne’s tree!!!! Can you see the salmon treats?….I told Kc if she couldn’t make it to class she’d best mail these in…..they’re incredible.  Beautiful cheese’s from Lauren….I know I’m forgetting something or someone…..


Laurie’s special salad…..


Lynne, Laurie & Kc …….


This is the greatest picture….Kathy & Clara…


The tree didn’t want to be left out…..


It’s a wonder I can demonstrate at all with all the laughing we do…..Lynne S. has a list of my special phrases….otherwise known as ‘Nan Speak’…Bouncy bouncy, scrapy scrapy, thingie, mooshing, gooshing, oh the list goes on…will have to get a copy.

Oh how I love my precious, talented students.  I’m so proud of each and every one of them….they make my heart glad!



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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.