Wednesday, March 6, 2013


I love Burbank’s City Hall….It’s soooo retro….


What great citizens these folks are.  Patiently waiting for a voter to come in.  I’m amazed to have gotten a parking spot right in front of City Hall.  Wake up people!


The lone other voter…..


Well, at least I voted. Here’s proof.


On to the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant for the evenings victory celebration.  I had no doubt. Early results showed 60% in support with the measure needing 55% to pass.

This bond measure will fund overdue upgrades to the deteriorating Burbank school roofs, asphalt & plumbing & hopefully infrastructure & energy saving projects.


Kind of stuff you eat at a brewery don’t you think?


What’s this doing here????


Supporter Nicholas DeWolff.  He writes an elegant and wise blog that you can read on


Kevin, you were tireless in your efforts.


Time to congratulate the amazing Marsha Ramos, ex mayor of Burbank and all around tireless worker for all things good.  After months of tireless effort as Campaign Manager, Marsha spent the day knocking on doors to get out the vote.


Audrey Hanson, former Burbank School Board member shows her winning smile!


  Watching election results…….


I bet Marsha made you wear this!


Congratulations Marsha…..hope you take a day off!!!

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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.