Friday, September 19, 2014


……was a performance by the California Artists Radio Theatre at the Garland Little Theatre, The Beverly Garland.  George Bernard Shaw’s HEARTBREAK HOUSE was presented and the host was Leonard Maltin here with Jo Anne Worley.


Jane Windsor played Ellie Dunn. Here’s Jane….


John Harlin was the announcer and here he is with the credits.

Our delightful Diane played Lady Ariadne Utterwood. And here’s Diane (Dennis) Mercer with Norman Lloyd as Captain Shotover.

111 She was wonderful and you can hear a bit in this little segment.

What great fun.  Yours truly stretching during intermission.


….with Edwina, Diane’s dear friend… sweet!


Charlotte Rae and Ed Asner were great fun!

130      And it was a kick to watch Tony Palermo, the sound effects fellow.


Bravo everyone!

136 Announcer (Tea)

A sublime experience happened on the 10th when I went to the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena.  It’s part of a private residence and Kath Abela and Rick Wilson are privileged to hold their ‘Tanka Poets on Site’ gatherings there.  Kath Abela greeted me for this graceful and enchanting evening where I found myself transported back to Japan. 

045 Here are some views of the garden.


051 053 050 Bento boxes and Sake for all….

063 069 The evening was a gathering of Tanka Poets to watch the beautiful Harvest Moon and read of mystical moments in the thrall of the moon. And now let the readings begin…..

This is Wafic Khalil, Editor in Chief of  We first met when I demonstrated for the Shumei Arts Council at the Pasadena Historical Society….celebrating Paadena’s 100th year! Brush painters will remember our exhibit held at Shumei Hall Gallery in Pasadena. We can hear Rick Wilson’s ethereal shakuhachi accompanying Wafic.


Rick Wilson, using a  shakuhachi….which is a Japanese end-blown flute used for meditation.059

Kath Abela holds a lantern for Mariko Kitakubo as she reads her Tanka poem ‘Moon Viewing Tanka from Manyoushu’.066 The lovely Mariko, from Japan,  is the Wilson’s guest while in California. Here’s a brief video of her gentle  reading of one of her Moon Viewing Tankas…..Accompanied by Rick on his shakuhachi.  So beautiful and inspiring.

Thank you for this memorable experience Kath Abela and now here is my poem to you.

A tender shoot,

reaching out…

gathering love

sending roots deep.

Always to blossom.

Doesn’t life always go from the sublime to….

Where else, to a spread from Nate N’Al’s. When cousin Ronald is in town, his idea of a perfect day is deli take out and you’re looking at $250.00 (correct) of yummy.


Mom was in total agreement with the choices…


Oh boy! I’m salivating.  They have the most amazing pickled tomatoes and the herring is absolutely the best!


These cookies had to way at least a pound each and I simply could not believe it as I watched Ronald devour the whole thing.


You know the routine….next Ron hits the sofa for a long nap! Kita has a problem with that.


A big problem!


Big Bird what’s the answer to all this?


Clowns you say?  I thought so….



Kita thought this was more like it……See how she’s dancing with Lynne?  That’s her modus operandi.


I was shocked when Jack, the air conditioning fellow seemed to have Kita hypnotized as she just kept four on the floor looking up adoringly.  I suspect he’s really the dog whisperer.  (The air was out in the studio so no class Saturday.)


Ice cream break…..


So I guess you think all I do is eat….Perhaps I shouldn’t show you this then.





Here’s our Sandie Girl with awesome Melissa and the one and only Jakey.


I am just totally and completely in love with this child….two going on 10.


Yes, it was dinner with the Reilly’s at New Moon Restaurant in Montrose….voted #1 best Chinese restaurant in L.A.  One of three, owned by Collin, dear Pam Tom’s brother.  Of course you remember Pam from the Tyrus Wong movie she’s producing/directing ….’Brushstrokes in Hollywood’.  What an awesome family!!!


Enough food for the week????….Probably not as I’m turning into a hibernating bear!

Time for Sunday brunch so it was off to Trattoria Neapolis in Pasadena where I had such a fantastic brunch with the Reilly’s recently.


It’s worth the trip just to order their bread board.  Mom loved the sticky bun so much she wanted three to go. (Three was all they had left!)


165 I got the lobster hash again and we all just generally pigged out so when the waitress came by, even she was shocked when I asked “What’s for dessert?”


I was sorely tempted to get the Panna Cotta but as I just recently polished off the last that Kaley made for me, I opted for two orders of the Gelato & Cookie Plate.  All made in house and all sooooo good!


This madness has got to stop!!!

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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.