Friday, February 1, 2013


…..WAS A BLAST WITH ABOUT 100 OF HER ‘CLOSE’ FRIENDS.  My goodness this gal is sure loved! People were coming and going and for a time I thought I was at Grand Central Station.  Never mind, lets have that cake…….


Chuck I’m putting this up just because you made this face….so there…..


The beautiful birthday girl……


Porto’s always steals the show…..


Lovely Kristin, daughter-in-law, Stephen’s Mrs. and soon to be mom who worked so hard for weeks putting the whole party together.  She made the addicting artichoke dip, the delicious quiches, the quinoa salad and the decadent macademia nut pie.  All that while 7 months pregnant.….….I can’t imagine how she could still smile……


So much yummy food…. I told Kristin we should go into business with her quiches….


Assorted peeps and meats…….


Lisa with Rich Johnson, her partner in crime on the ‘Barry, Rich & Lisa Show’ on the radio….check it out!!!.….


O.K. Chuck, lets do something with that pro camera of yours…..


I want that camera but didn’t do too badly with my iphone snapping your beautiful granddaughters Baylee and Taylor and you look better too…..Hmmmmm is that a ‘Nan Rae’ I see peeking over your shoulder???


Break time……


And the nicest part of all is that over $1,000 was raised for ‘Journey House’ in Pasadena along with kitchen supplies & other good stuff!

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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.