Saturday, December 1, 2012


…….actually began a few days ago when Nikka, my Office Manager and #1 Assistant  & I ventured forth to enter that wonderful world of car buying.  Nikka is a first time buyer and this was quite an undertaking and one big deal event!  My experience has always been with Rusnak but I will tell you, this CARMAX thing is a pleasure.  There’s no haggling, no going back to the manager for another quote.  Honestly, doesn’t that drive you crazy????  So Nikka had gone to their website & found a car she liked and after discussing a few things, we came back today.

The place was packed!!!


We had phoned George (Martin’s father) and asked him to please meet us there and give the car a good once over….or is that the term for beating someone up?  Anyway, George drove and we all went for a test drive.  Turns out both Nikka’s saleswoman & George are from the same town in Bulgaria & were chatting up a storm. 

Very important to check the filter….or something….thank you George!


Big confab…….


Hmmmmm, looks O.K.


Here’s Edita….she’s the best of the best!!!!  Ask for her….


Nikka kicked the tires which gave us a good laugh!


Thank you George….you’re the best!!!!


O.K., time for paperwork….and getting insurance…..


These two prospective car buyers were so cute!


Edita we love you!!!! You’re the best!!!


Nikka, sign here please.  Notice she’s wearing the CARMAX colors.  By chance?  You decide.


Please let me explain……this is for….and this is for….and……..


O.K., one final thing…..


Yippee……welcome Nikka, NEW CAR OWNER!


A jump for joy…..


What’s that thingie for?


That’s right, put the papers in the glove compartment……


Well done, time to celebrate with burgers & fries at The Habit!  Five hours well spent!!!


I get the lettuce wrap so I can pig out on fries & onion rings.


Thank you Nikka!


We’re so happy….

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Edita Lankova

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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.