Tuesday, September 30, 2014


…..just look at this exquisite arrangement by Amy www.menuahflowers.com. How did I comes to be so blessed!

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….and how you may ask did I come to be the possessor of such beauty?  Dear Amy brought these two exquisite arrangements to me that had been part of her floral display at the Castaway in Burbank earlier in the day.

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It’s probably best to begin at the beginning and so I shall.  Amy was one of the vendors for an event at The Castaway high up in the Burbank foothills with a sweeping view of L.A.  

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The theme was weddings and there was a fashion show of bridal gowns in which two of Amy’s bouquets were featured.

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…..and vendors with cakes….

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….and other such ‘stuff’ a bride to be would need.

Here’s Amy alongside a banner taken from her beautiful daughters wedding.  Absolutely stunning! Amy is holding another bridal bouquet.

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Here’s the two beauties, Amy with daughter Marianna, both as sweet as they are beautiful.

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This is a section of Amy’s display so you can get some idea of what it looked like….

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A closer look at the ‘Candy Station’.

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Amy with Alex her PR guru.

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And that dear friends is the story of the floral largesse.  May your week be filled with beauty!

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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.