Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CLARA'S BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME

 I was so happy when Clara told me she had found the perfect home not only for herself but also for her parents when they visit from China.  It was exciting to go to Santa Monica and be in her beautiful new nest.

Is this the face of joy or what!!! We had great fun sampling different kinds of tea and a lovely  cake with whipped cream and fresh fruit Clara got just for me from ‘Sweet Lady Jane Bakery’ on Montana in Santa Monica.

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The colors Clara used in her home are so exquisite I’m going to have to go back and photograph them.  They just send you to a place of serenity.

Time to eat…..Clara treated me to 'Sushi King' which is worth the drive to Santa Monica.

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Seems Nikka and I have found the perfect spot to ‘chill out’ with Tina Marie!  The Beverly Hills Hotel.

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 Amazing things always seem to happen and none more so than when Tina received this complimentary champagne from a ‘secret admirer’.  No joke!

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 Back to planet earth and lunch with Molly before she and Victor are off again to their condo in Mexico.  Meeting at Bar Verde (the patio area) is a good half way point.

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 I forgot the wonderful salad we had but did take a photo of this.  Molly’s idea…..not mine!

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 Next stop 'Din Tai Fung’ to get some take out pork dumplings and their amazing garlic green beans.

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 O.K., let’s talk Easter.  Seems like the butcher’s at Whole Foods had no idea what I was talking about when I said I wanted a ‘Spring Lamb’.  I finally connected and got a leg of lamb from Australia, had it boned and lightly tied.  I’m going to spare you the details but will say it was more grizzle than anything.  Major disappointment as is the remodeled store.  More like a Ralph’s now. Also, they no longer sell pate by the block but have awful pre-packaged stuff.

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 Back to lovelier thoughts.  Sweet Diana always goes to Farmer’s Market to get me a posy before class.  This Lavendar was exquisite.

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 Sandie Girl wanted to paint Sunflowers and everyone enjoyed it.

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 On to Easter Sunday.  We had the most beautiful table EVER thanks to dear Amy at Le Jardin PrivĂ©.  New name, same exquisite flowers!

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Waiting for guests Tina Marie, Mary and Keith.  Can you believe I didn’t take photo’s of everyone or the food……I’m shocked!

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 Thank you for the wonderful Easter Basket Tina Marie.  Special thanks for the Rubber Ducky to add to my collection!

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 Mary you were so sweet to bring this and good thing you brought the chicken as Whole Foods let me down with that lamb.

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 Kita got a great shank bone for Easter and has not let it out of her sight carting it about and staring at it.

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 I love the special perks….LA Opera’s Founder’s Luncheon for the Bella Voce Society followed by a performance by students of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.

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 I had an extra ticket and asked Carol if she’d like to go but her attorney beat me to it. She’s sharing a laugh with Sally Beaudet.

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 This was amazing to me.  A photo of yours truly out of the hundreds of people who attend Carol’s ‘Salon through the past 22 years in the current issue of ‘ARROYO’ a Pasadena monthly magazine.  I’ve been honored to speak at the Salon twice….Once on the amazing book ‘SUMA the ELEPHANT’.

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 I don’t know….Kita never pays this kind of attention to me.  Just saying…...

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 Wonderful Tom……Wonderful Calligraphy class……Hi Violet!

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 Calligraphy here & then I had an appointment.  In between we had a phone call. “Are you a card store?” ' No says I but we do have cards'.  Short story, she had been at a wedding & needed a card for the reception at 6:00.  I told her to come over and we’d do a custom card for her.  Of course she could have been an ax murderer (as could we) or a home invasion scheme.  I was told that she thought O.K., if I don’t get ‘bad vibes’ I’ll go in.  We had the grandest time, Nikka did a lovely card that we gifted her with. Heres Bridget, our new friend!

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On Sunday I had gotten home from that amazing day I just blogged about….

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…..changed my clothes and to my great delight….Martin stopped by  to say hello with girlfriend Nicole and Lab Jasper in tow.  Just here for 3 days from Boston and hours away from catching a plane back.

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 Martin started working for me packing cards when he was 15.  I was his very first employer and he says the best!  I’m so proud of him and the amazing work he’s doing on the job in Boston.

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Just time enough for Nicole to visit the studio….IMG 1275

 I’ll close with new neighbor Tulip, a sweet rescue senior Pit Bull.  I already love her dearly and delight when she wags her tail to greet me.  Tulip is the recipient of many treats which concerns Kita greatly.

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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.