Thursday, June 13, 2013


……curating and cataloging my artwork.032 ……..the job will probably take a couple of weeks…..or longer…. everything is being assigned a number along with it’s listed title.


We had several Nespresso coffee breaks…..037

….It helped a lot…….


But, when Sandie phoned I was ready to go play.

I met Sandie at Americana in front of the theatre……she looked so cute sitting on the curb & I snapped this as she was getting up….look close & you’ll see her….

011  We started at Anthropologie……


Is this not the cutest ever!!!!! Sandie just fits right in because besides her cuteness, her sweater is from Anthropologie.


Sandie Girl thanks so much for giving me the O.K. on that cute jacket….I love it! And I sure loved getting the ‘birthday’ discount!!!

After some more trolling about it was definitely time for a relaxing dinner at Katsuya. The Miso Cod is sensational.


Please, just give me some raw fish!!!018

The Crispy Rice is a crowd favorite!


Why have I never noticed these painted ceilings before….most interesting! (Raw fish does that to me.)


Hot dog, hot Sake!!!!


They’ve torn up the grass again….


Would it be possible….can I not go to Barnes & Noble????


As long as we’re talking cuteness, here’s Kita early A.M. waiting for Nikka and Vicki. She loves to rest her head on the ledge and…..wait!


Mary Beth came to take our little girl for her training in the park and commented that she’s too attached to her.  We were too polite to remark that Kita is too attached to EVERYONE and would go home with anyone!  Want a dog??


Bye, bye…..


To be continued………….

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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.