Monday, March 4, 2013


…..that actually started with Rose and Joan at BJ’S for lunch on Friday.

The amazing Rose with the adorable ‘Folkmanis’ hand puppet from ‘Once Upon a Time’ in La Crecenta-Montrose….a fun place to go to and conveniently located next door to ZEKE’S SMOKEHOUSE for the best burgers & Carolina pulled pork.  Yum!


Joan wanted this sooooo bad but I told her it’s for a precious baby boy soon to make his entrance on our beautiful blue planet.


My oh soooooo good lunch.  These were the best beans ever!


This great car was just pulling away when I walked outside……


On to see Marsha Ramos to get the low down on Measure S.


Leaving Marsha’s office, on Victory Blvd. at Betty Davis Park….I was at a stop light….can you see the THREE dogs? 


Meanwhile….fun on the patio…..


The Iris are blooming…..


Friday evening was perfect….having dinner with Sandie R. on the patio….


Hugs from Nikka…..


Saturday was the baby shower with that great car on the freeway…


Kristen the mommy to be and proud MIL Lisa, the two beauties!


Once again, Sarge. the adorable Labradoodle!


Sunday morning on the way to meet Tomiko…


Loved the singing….Constantine Maroulis played Dr. Jekyll'/Hyde.  Remember him from the fourth season of American Idol?  He was a finalist.  Sensational!


Tomiko’s exchanging our tickets……purchased for May 14th (Mother’s Day) by mistake.


Barnes & Noble’s cuteness……


Can’t pass up a doggie…..


Neither can this little fellow….


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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.