Sunday, November 24, 2013


…….Sandie and Jim came over to pick up Sandie’s awesome Christmas card for title approval…..this was just after Kita dashed outside to greet Jim…..missed that shot!  Anyway, Sandie wanted to show me the great doggies she got for the Christmas display at work.  From the sound of things it’s going to be quite complicated and includes a ‘found’ antique coat stand to hold Santa’s P.J.’s (the one’s with the trap door) and Mrs. Claus’s apron.  There will be a table with Santa’s mug and milk & cookies and so many things….Sandie could be a set designer.


More for the display….there’s no end to the cuteness!


After they left, Kita finally settled down to watch Kim water….


Thank you Kim….


….and I was off to Pirch.  Well actually I had to get something at Bloomie’s first……

001  This fashionista had her eye on the same jacket I was going for…..this could be trouble….call security!

006 ….Back to Pirch.


…amazing bathrooms….



…and a kitchen I’m dreaming about!


Inspiring thoughts everywhere…..


And these transparent labels you can put all over your house!!!


And now here’s Marco, a Pomeranian I met while waiting for my car.


Monday was sensational with Lizzie coming over to work on Christmas cards…..


Thank you soooo much for the yummy candy Lizzie…..didn’t it go great with our Nespresso cappuccino’s?


We can no longer get the Cannon printers that we’ve used forever and the new ones just don’t work for our needs.  I had taken one that coughed it’s last to Business Machines and begged George to make it well again.  He was able to replace the complete insides and Monday afternoon I gratefully picked it up.

Here’s George….



Since I was so close, I stopped at Bloomie’s in Sherman Oaks for dinner….too bad they don’t have one of these in Glendale.


Yum, yum and healthy too so I got a smoothie to go with it!


They have an awesome Nespresso bar in the kitchen section and will make you anything you wish with the bonus round of a piece of chocolate!!!


Did anyone see the amazing moon this week???


Or Lady Gaga on Channel 5 ???


Class at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is always so much fun and especially when adorable Monica is there.


Monica just came back from a 3 day jaunt to Japan with a stewardess friend and declared she wants to live there or at least go 3 times a year.  She’s in love with Japan and made me even more excited about going there in March.

Even the candy is cute!!!



Leaving the Huntington I enjoyed the beautiful Ginkgo trees in all their golden glory.


Then it was off to the Langham to meet Tomiko for an early dinner.  While waiting I met sweet pooch Maddie, a guest at the hotel while her home is being re-modeled.


I suspect my constant picture taking is torture for Tomiko but she puts up with me..061

They always have the most beautiful floral arrangements in the lobby.

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On to dinner at The Royce….now an overpriced glorified steak house. We had the three cuts tasting and I honestly found all three tasteless….they certainly needed all the sauces.



I didn’t care for the spinach or the mushrooms either.


But the tomatoes were lovely.


Next stop the Pasadena Civic Center to here Fareed Zakaria, one of the Distinguished Speaker series.  He was fantastic…..I try to catch him on CNN  Sundays.


Now here’s a cutie if there ever was one. Heaven-Leigh, (yes, that’s her real, wonderful name) the Sales Team Leader /Intimate Apparel at Bloomie’s in Glendale.  I so hope she follows her dream to be an actress!!!


Where was I? Oh yes, at Whole Foods just as a wheel of delicious Asiago was being cut.  My mission….to order our turkey for the big day.


We always wait ‘till after Thanksgiving to get the trees up but it’s such a job I told Nikka to get started while Kim can help her.


So many boxes…...I suspect it will take another weekend.


Later Kim is trying to get Kita to use her new bed.  It’s the 5th one as she destroyed the other 4.  Somehow she just doesn’t get the concept and I wonder why I ever bother.


We wish you and all those you hold dear the most beautiful Thanksgiving ever… filled with love and laughter!


Sunday, November 17, 2013


…………and Sandie came over last Sunday to work on hers.  I wish I could show it to you….it’s just the best ever but I want it to be a surprise for all the recipients!


Sandie brought the most delicious lunch from Julienne’s!


Thank you Sandie Girl!!!


There’s a new Bloomingdale’s at the Glendale Galleria and while small (no restaurant or house wares) it’s wonderfully done. You can either enter through the mall or at the Brand Ave. entrance where there’s valet parking….free this month if you have a Bloomie’s card or make a purchase. I love these flying figures!


Here’s a fashionista……


Here’s the fashionista’s dog!


A few photos of the store……



I loved this one with the duck!!!083

At the mall entrance……..






The surprise treat was the Pirch store located ground level at the right of the Brand entrance for Bloomies.  They will make a delicious cappuccino or whatever for you as you stroll around viewing all the goodies.

102   I loved it and want to re-do the bathrooms and kitchen now. (Well maybe not the studio one.)


Isn’t this a great shot?….So lucky to catch that gal walking by….


Always good to remember…..



Just a great start for the week!

I don’t remember how I found Nathan but  I will tell you I am so grateful for him.  He’s the very best electrician, solving unsolvable problems for me. And, for the bonus round, he’s a great guy!


Nathan Papaloanu, owner Mission Electric.

P: 626.789.9799

C: 626.664.6615


Wanted you to see the way Vicki cuts a pineapple. Perfection!


She’s also working on Kita’s hand shake….


I’m so proud of Lisa P.H., definitely an artist to watch.  Friday evening was the reception for her show….


Engrossed collector’s listening to Lisa discussing her work…


Gosh I love these two….Lisa and my neighbor, the effervescent, ebullient Alexis to the right…


Class Saturday was all about Christmas cards and new student Tina Marie (in the center) who had never painted before, did beautifully and loved it! She is adorable plus 10!!!


Alice, in the front to the left is another new student and such a joy. I’ve posted the Nan Rae art in her collection in a previous blog.


Thank you Diane for the beautiful Anemones….one of my favorites!!!

062 To digress, this African Violet amazes me….It goes forever without water and the stem has been loose and fragile forever but the plant always manages to bloom. What a great metaphor to end on!



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.