Saturday, May 16, 2015


……began with going with Amy to The Huntington Botanical Gardens for the annual  Heritage Society’s luncheon…

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Drinks anyone?

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 Sweet, sweet Cris Lutz chats it up with the crowd…...

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 Need sunglasses?  Who you gonna call?  Amy & Nan!

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 Here's kind Cris again…..

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 Our table was so pretty….we loved the color of the napkins!

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 Each entree was decorated with an edible flower….Soooooo Huntington!

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 We learned a lot about the history of roses……Please don’t test me! I do remember they all originally came from China!

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 I always love seeing Jim Folsom (on the left) the Botanical Director and head of all things wonderful at the Huntington.  He goes a hundred miles a minute! He’s with Tom Carruth, E.L. who told us everything we need to know about roses.  Again, please don’t test me!

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 Some day I’ll get a good photo of Robert Hori the Gardens Cultural Director.  He too never stays still for long!

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 O.K., we hated to eat and run but it was time to check in at mom’s.  The cabinets were looking awfully bright white and I had selected the wrong color for the floor & counter.  A quick call to Rex saved the day…..He has impeccable taste!

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 Then off for dinner with mom and Nikka at Bar Verde.  It’s a good thing we go there or they’d have to shut down.  There never are any peeps there...

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 The next day Sweet Lynne Sims picked me up and off we went to the Getty for the Turner exhibit.  What on earth was going on???  We got the very last parking spot on the lowest possible level…#7!

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 Lots of munchkins there but that could not have been the problem as they were all bussed in.

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 This little girl was the cutest ever.  Little Miss Personality!  She kept saying ‘It’s coming, it’s coming!’ (the tram) and then ‘It’s here…It’s here’!  We sat across from her on the tram ride up and had the most fun.  Adorable without being spoiled.

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 Lunch first…..

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 Dining in the Getty Restaurant…...

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 Mushroom soup…...

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 Can you believe there’s a crab cake under here?  Sure is pretty!

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 Cutie Lynne……See those yummy rolls and butter?  We were so good…..both of us just started our diets…..No more bread and definitely no more butter for a long, long time.  I’d say 10 pounds of time.

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 Awwwwww……………..Soooooo happy!

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 Happy Birthday to me!  Thank you dear Sweet Lynne for the lovely treat and beautiful day!

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 We weren’t too sure about painting  the Wisteria trellis lavendar.

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 Now for the ‘main event’!  'J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free'

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Lynne really pays great attention to everything…..

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 Everyone’s a critic!

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 When there is a special exhibit I always like to pick my favorite painting.  This was most likely it as it fully expresses Turner’s ability to capture light and atmosphere……He was a master of translucent glazes.

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 Norham Castle, Sunrise

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 Another favorite…….I also love the quote from Lord Byron.

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O.K., this is where you loose me…...IMG 8814

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Thanks again Lynne for the birthday treat and beautiful day!IMG 8819

Tired but soooooooo happy!

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 Bye, bye Getty…..

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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.