Wednesday, March 5, 2014


How fortunate can I get?…..Imagine having Emmy winning, pre-eminent fashion expert Brenda Cooper find your ‘just right’ colors!  I’m a ‘Dark Autumn’….but more on that later.

And here she is, stunning Brenda in her studio….She represents fabulosity to the max!


And here I am, seen in the mirror, snapping another shot before the journey began.


My explicate instructions were to arrive with absolutely NO makeup on.  Eeeee gads!!!

Brenda then put a medium tone gray garment over my top and pulled back my hair to cover it with the same gray color.  It’s embarrassing but here’s a picture anyway.  See how brave I am?


Next a gray screen was placed behind us and the process of elimination began.


Amazingly, after eliminating many, many choices, Brenda determined my color pallet…….and gave me color chips to take with when I go shopping.  (She promised to go with me.)  Now the funny thing was that before we started, Brenda was afraid black would not be one of my colors (I arrived all in black, trench coat & all.)  As it turned out….I can keep nearly all of my wardrobe including the oodles of black items.  Note to self: Just be sure to brighten with a scarf. What a relief!

And here’s my ‘Dark Autumn’ pallet.


After this awesome experience it’s obvious Brenda’s Emmy is well deserved.


And Fran Drescher (“The Nanny” and “Happily Divorced”) agrees!


This awesome image consultant has been featured in ‘Self’, ‘In Style’, ‘Allure’, ‘People Magazine’, The ‘L.A. Times’, ‘In Touch’ ….and so much more. You’ve probably seen her as a co-host on “E! Fashion Emergency” and ‘Extreme Makeover’ as well as ‘Entertainment Tonight’, ‘Extra’, ‘CNN’ & ‘The View’…..

I love, love, love watching Brenda’s video’s on her website

Brenda will be launching a new book on style. ‘How to look fabulous, feel confident and get things done!!’  Watch for it!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

explicit instructions


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.