Thursday, July 4, 2013


…….in Beverly Hills to celebrate my birthday.  It’s said to be the last bastion of civility in Los Angeles and we were in the Belvedere, one of it’s loveliest rooms. (Bringing back memories of L’Orangerie on La Cienega Blvd.)


I suspect if you’re not a foodie you probably don’t want to read or look any further……

Our first course was Smoked Salmon on a Potato-Scallion Pancake with CAVIAR & Chive Creme Fraiche.


Clara did the honors……….just looking at this made us smile and oh the taste….ambrosia!


And oh the bread, the glorious bread…..

122 Melon Balls Anyone???


Hold on….here comes the melon soup….perfection!


O.K., you want sublime comfort food?  How does Kona Crab Risotto with Sweet Corn, Peas & Mascarpone sound to you? I thought so!


I bet you’re starting to think about dessert…..can you  guess which one?


Awwwwwwwww, that was too easy…..

….of course, the 15-layer Godiva Liquor cake with white Chocolate Godiva Liquor Ice Cream!  Why would you even wonder?

Surrounded by beautiful flowers ……

147 and exquisite wall coverings….


…….sublime food and warm & loving conversation…..could one ask for more?

Of course not!!!

I thank you dear Clara with all my heart!


Looking for the perfect nest? Passion, Prosperity, Purpose, Possibility…..that’s Clara!

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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.