Thursday, November 10, 2016


 …spent on the boat that Keith designed and built in Maine. It’s now harbored at Marina Del Rey.  Here’s a shot from CAPTAIN Keith’s drone.  Can you spot me in the orange top?

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Drone at rest…...

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We all received the cleverest list of' Pre-Boarding Instructions'' from  Keith who was absolutely amazing and had all sorts of treats ordered from the California Yacht Club for us.

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The fresh shrimp is somewhere….IMG 7456

Krista was a bit overcome…..

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 Off we go….staying inside the breakwater…..

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 The seals just love to hang out as do the pelicans…..

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 Can you believe I caught this one with a fish in it’s beak….

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Keith designed every detail of the boat and then built it in Maine.  WOW!!!  Thank you Captain Keith….You are truly amazing!

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 Is this going topside?

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 Here’s two of the sweetest….Amy and Clara….

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 Krista, Clara and adorable Penny….

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 Penny & Clara just left but there was time for a shot with First Mate Mary, Amy, Krista and Nikka…Keith called us his dream come true!  Soooo cute!!!

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 I love these two so much…..Beautiful Mary & Dr. Keith…...

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Until next time…..IMG 7510

All the while, amazing Keith was planning a big birthday surprise for beautiful Mary to be held at Georgi Balddi’s right off of PCH.  I thought it best to have the amazing Connor drive me and wait to bring me home.  If you ever need a driver, he’s wonderful as Amy and Maggie will also testify.

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Happy, Happy Birthday Beautiful Mary! đź’–IMG 7839

 The food was beyond description yummy with the servers bringing item after item until we begged for mercy! However, it’s all about the cake!

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May your life be a continual celebration!



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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.