Monday, February 4, 2013

Farmers Market at Americana…

……is the most delightful place to be on a Saturday morning.  Here’s a clue why……


But first a little produce shopping…..


Organic of course……


….and there’s lots of other good stuff….jams, honey, nuts, popcorn……


…..and of course eggs!!!


Even a food truck…..


But here’s what I really came for……


I LOVE the petting zoo….


….am I too big to play????


…..ah the pony rides….and what great pony’s they are!  With beautiful saddles....


May I pet you????


You’re such a handsome fellow!!!


Girls you’re over the weight limit…..sorry.


….But she’s not…..


….They’re never too young…..


Poop detail…..  See, there really is a pony with all that poop!!!


Time to feed the goats…..


These two were the cutest….more on them later…..


All the kiddies were given cups filled with oats and little carrots…..


This is how a pro does it…..


Can’t forget the rabbit……


Here piggy piggy……


Here’s the mama goat…more on her too later…..


This dog belongs to the Giddy Up Ranch and was bored with the whole show……




Now this is about the cutest thing you’ll ever see.  The baby kids decided it was time for lunch and they grabbed onto mama….watch what she does….and then their response…..

More of the cuteness….

Show over……Farmer’s Market closes at 2:00


But wait….there’s still time for a dog……


….or enchilada……


…..or fish taco…..


And what my fine fellow do you have to be crabby about on such a fine day?


This was sooooo adorable.  Her fella had just slipped her the ‘ring’ and she got all mushy.  The pig was part of his proposal.  Precious!


O.K., in Pasadena this great guy showed me his Harley Davidson  decked out with all the bells and whistles. After his last Harley he decided to get one with extra wheels.  So cute.


……so fun……


Next I saw this young fellow doing a skateboard trick while his partners in crime video taped it.  Hope he’s still alive!



This pup watched along with me….


Destination for the evening….


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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.