Tuesday, October 20, 2015

OH JOY....ANOTHER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.....

…..this one at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills for birthday girl beautiful Tina Marie!

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I know, you’re not supposed to pick up the plates but I’m so very proud of Lissi Kaplan who paints all of the serviceware for teatime at the Peninsula.

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Starting off…..

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You know you want it…..

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Well maybe just a touch to toast!

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I had to have some caviar….

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Time to sing…..

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Make a wish!

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I don’t know.  Does this dress make me look fat???

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Checking in as we left….

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Vicki came back from her week away with Romeo.  They got bored in San Francisco and headed to Las Vegas.  I’m shocked!  Kita was overjoyed to have her back.IMG 5371

Some of you may remember Awesome Melanie Campbell.  She was a neo-natal nurse at Cedars and has left for Austin, Texas.  If she has a single sighting of Willie Nelson I’m dropping in on her!

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Melanie brought these terrific books and I’ve already given most of them away.  Miss Judith LOVED the ‘Anatomy for the Artist’!

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My time with Lisa Bowman is always so precious and I suspect we could talk forever.  Meeting at Wokano worked out great (for me!!!)

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Now these two are something else.  When I posted this photo on Facebook it got about a jillion likes and comments.  Krista is the other half of Brett & Krista, the couple I roped into walking Kita.  And my dear friend Lisa…well…Say, what is it with that name???IMG 5388

Anyone see the video I posted of this?  It was mayhem as puppy adores Krista and was probably asking her to take her to Brett!

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The next day was spent with Jose, my State Farm insurance agent.  We went over everything with a fine tooth comb & I managed to save quite a bit.  It’s a good idea to review policies every now and again but of course you already knew that.

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Awwww a baby!  This is Molly and Victor’s new ‘renter’.  She’s a reader at the Huntington in some obscure field and along with her hubby, a brainiack!

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Another awwwww…..Molly and Victor.  Molly is currently editing a book for the California Art Club to be published by Rizzoli and Victor is an engineer with a resume as long as my arm having worked on zillion dollar projects in the Middle East and elsewhere. (No exaggeration.)

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They live in Silverlake and as Molly has written several books on cooking it’s always a treat to sit on the ‘veranda’ and watch the birds frolic in the lake.

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See…………..

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Somehow I talked Amy into signing up for a Dior makeup class at Nordstrom's.  We logged in and then went upstairs to a curtained off area.

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This setup was at every table and there were 4-5 ladies at each.

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Here’s the ‘instructor’ who was at our table.  Amy was a good sport and let him have his way with her clean face.  I on the other hand was an observer claiming that I was the ‘official’ photographer.

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They fed us first and had champagne which I imagine was to get everyone relaxed and in the ‘buying’ mood. I was almost hymotized into buying $500. worth of product but something snapped me out of it just in time!!!

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Adorable Nikka showed me her new apartment.  How wonderful, her first real grownup home!  She’s having more fun decorating and getting ‘stuff’ and I suspect it will be totally PINK.  Real girlie, girlie!

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The brand new fridge…..(New stove too). Notice the booties?  New floors, take off your shoes!

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The well stocked cleaning cabinet. Eeeee gads, is Nikka turning into a domestic Goddess? 

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After seeing Nikka’s apartment I knew we had to celebrate and where better than at COMMONWEALTH my new favorite place!  They serve small plates and quite possibly the best meal you have ever had.

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Ahi Tuna Sashimi with Sweet Onion Marmalade, Avocado & Micro Greens is always a must have….

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This was Nueske Bacon & Burrata with an Onion Compote, Grapefruit & Crispy Leeks on Grilled Bread.  It’s all about the bacon…isn’t it?

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The steak specialty of the evening that melted in your mouth.

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Truffle Mushroom Risotto with Mascapone & Truffle Butter. The most delicious I have ever had.  They must have marinated the assorted mushrooms as they were the yummiest!

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Of course I’m going to smile if you put Foie Gras in front of me!

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Apparently they don’t flambĂ© the dishes in front of you anymore.  Is that so ’70’s?

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Soooooo happy!

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Saturday Tomiko & I saw ‘The Martian’ and loved it!  Be sure you see it in 3D!

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We ate at Trattoria Amici right across from Pacific Theatre but they must have a new chef or owners as it’s just not as good as it used to be.  Tomiko had to send this salad back.

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Every young girl at Americana was carrying a dolll from 'American Girl'!

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They even have a ‘Hair Salon’ where you can also get your dolls ears pierced.IMG 5555

Wishing you a week of cuteness overload!

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Introduction

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.