Wednesday, December 2, 2015


My ‘Audition’ was held at Raleigh Studios…..

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…..where I had to sign in and get an identifying wrist band….

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I had hoped to be able to test drive the actual Jaguar ‘SPECTRE’ car but was told...'please….don’t touch the car!’  It’s a million dollars worth of metal!!!

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Here’s the story board.  What!!!  No dialogue???  I need dialogue!

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I declined the offer to be ‘officially made up’. I mean, who knows where those brushes have been. (As a spy I should... shouldn’t I???)

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Ready for my action shots….

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Then it was off to test drive the 2016 Jaguar XF

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My driving companion drives race cars for Mazda and I had to really up my game….. 

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We tooled around Hollywood for quite some time and no surprise….I spotted this dog carrying his toy and swerved ‘off course’ to follow and get a photo.  I know, you’re not surprised.

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It was worth it although I probably gave my driving companion quite a fright but honestly….how cute is this!

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Next we went to an empty lot Jaguar had set up with cones to approximate a racing course with lots of curves…..sooooo fun!!!

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Back to the studios for food as I was in dire need of ‘re-fueling’!

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A little fun with a really old Hollywood movie camera….

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Finally, a photo op that will be put together with  the Jaguar I was supposed to feed in the video.  What?  You haven’t seen the video?  Are you on Facebook?  

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My roar was better…….

20151122182218922 JaguarWishing you always a ‘roaring’ good time!

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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.