Sunday, June 14, 2015


…..was a very special event last Sunday in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Founders Room. It was to celebrate the opening that night of Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda the Musical’. 'The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.’ Surely a life lesson to be had here.  

Tomiko and I will see the show on July 5th. In the meantime…it’s tea time!  Amy and I check in...

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Amy this is so much fun with you….IMG 0365

…and how grand that you and Natalie Bergeson have so much in common! More fun!!!

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We were entranced hearing Tim Minchin tell us how he came to write the music & lyrics for Matilda.  (Note my Kir Royale).

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After our great tea time we stopped at mom’s to check out the finished product.

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The kitchen looks wonderful!

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Thank you Reza for all your help.  I couldn’t have done it without you!IMG 0448

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Next stop…dinner at Bar Verde with Nikka, Emma and….wait for it……Vicki and her new ‘friend’ Otto who we’ve taken into the family.IMG 0407Aren’t they just the cutest!!!

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Mom and Otto.IMG 0412

I think this Peach Cobbler desert is reason enough to go to Bar Verde.IMG 0411

Wishing you a week of total cuteness!

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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.