Monday, July 22, 2013


…..was ‘the’ scene for the toddler set’s social event of the year.

Rigby has been on planet earth for one year and it was time to party!!!

Tables were set with the totally appropriate and chic blue and white theme and of course every guest under the age of ten (and perhaps older) was given a cool beach ball with Rigby’s name printed on it.


Master Rigby was assisted in welcoming his guests by dad Stuart, beautiful mom Vanessa and delighted Glam Gram Valerie…….Note:  This photo was taken as Rigby issued directives to the group.


Rigby’s best bud said ‘This was the best play date EVER’!


Fittingly, there was reggae which is the number 1 choice of the toddler set.


…..and presents….

049    I came for the milk and cookies but had to settle for Curried chicken…..


….mini crab cakes….


….and sliders…..


Then the search was on as clamors were beginning to be heard…..’Where’s the cake!….Where’s the cake’! 


Found it!045

‘All right everyone, calm down’ Rigby said, ….’you’ll get your cake’……


I must say this was the best gathering ever so forget all those stories you hear about the wild parties of the ‘younger generation’.  Everything was done decently and in order and not a single tantrum to be heard.

On a final note, the young lady to the right is the most amazing ten year old.  As I listened to her recounting her trip to New York for a moment I thought I was talking to a twenty something!


Now to get the sand out of my shoes………….

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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.