Monday, February 29, 2016


The theatre is a fun way to start the week and ‘An Act of God’ was hilariously wonderful! Sean Hayes delivered a tour de force of a performance!

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 Kendall’s Brasserie at the Music Center can always be counted on for a delicious meal.  Besides they have the best bread!

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 ….and the squash soup was wonderful!

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 Carnivore that I am I love having the Steak Tartare.

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 Every year there is a ‘Lunch With the Scientists’ luncheon at UCLA to inform the guests of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center work.  I’m thrilled that Miss Judith invited me.  Here we are just about ready to leave…..Lizzie Girl with Eileen in the middle and new friend, Julie who has the most interesting story being born in Japan.  Her mother is Japanese and her father from Hungary.  Loved her story!

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Smile Miss Judith and Eileen!

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 Miss Judith is on the ‘Executive Advisory Board’ and it goes without saying that she’s my template for doing good!

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 A memorable day topped with the best chocolate in the world.  Big thanks Miss Judith!

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 From the sublime to…..Peterson Automotive Museum for a special Music Center ‘Founders’ event…….

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 I immediately put dibs on this 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom1.  A derelict, it was rescued and restored in the early 50’s.

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Amy went with this newer number…...

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 We had drinks and then wandered to the third floor waiting for dinner to be served.  Docent Tom, told us this little Honda motorcycle put Honda on the map.  They sold 88 million of them in the ’60’s.  Imagine!

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Finally and can you believe we were at table 11?IMG 0537

 The young musicians are from the ‘Spotlight Academy’, an educational program for high school students sponsored by the Music Center.  One of the many things the ‘Founders’ support.

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 This salad was sooooooo good!

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 Carnivore time…..

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 Bring on the chocolate.  (There was also the most incredible chocolate candy at each table.)

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Time for fun and frolicking.  Amy, Nikka & I went to an ‘I Love Coco’ event on Friday at Bar Marmont on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

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I talked Nikka into getting a temporary tattoo for fun…..

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You’ll see about the nails in just a bit…...IMG 0630

But first a libation at the bar…...IMG 0567

Photo op.  I never realized how heavy a real guitar is…...

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Picking out nail polish colors…...IMG 0575

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Time to photograph the results…...

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That looked like so much fun I asked if I could do it even though I didn’t have a manicure……I mean, after all, I do love Coco!

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Oh look….a photo booth.  Do you think we three can squeeze in?  Lets try!

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Mission accomplished.  Next…Nikka gets some tips on lipstick…...

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Time to saunter over to Chateau Marmont to investigate things.  The elevator creeped us out but we were brave. (It’s been years since I was there and nothing has changed.)  Actually, nothing has changed  since 1929!IMG 0622Care to sing a little tune for us Amy?

IMG 0614O.K., enough of old Hollywood…..We wound up at Bar Bouchon across from the Montage Hotel where they have the best tomato soup…..

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I saw a bowl of popcorn on another table so……..

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Time for my favorite……Goose pate.  Foie Gras!!!!  I think I just like to hear Amy say ‘Goose’!

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Brush painting class in the Studio on Saturday was wonderful.  Lots of inspiring conversation by all and happiness finding the mystery of the Plum.

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Mary Beth came by and took Kita for a delightful walk in the hills.  Miraculously she was fine with the little appetizer dog to the right.

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Wishing you a fun week!

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Monday, February 22, 2016


Checking in with Amy for a LA Opera event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. What joy!

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But first….there was a luncheon.

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We got to see the final dress rehearsal for The Magic Flute!

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It was inspiring to see the students from across Los Angeles who were selected to see this performance.  A wonderful reason to support LA Opera!

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I’m really enjoying the current Landscape Series in the studio and this month we focused on ‘The Pine’ and 'Painting Groups of Trees'.

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While Kita focuses in on Mary Beth!

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….and mom gets ready for Valentine’s Day!IMG 0170

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I thought Valentine’s Day would be the perfect time to introduce Kita to Tulip, our new neighbor and visiting Honey…...IMG 0211

Maybe not as alpha Kita wanted to get a nip out of poor Tulip!

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Oh well, we’re still feeling the love so Nikka and I met Tina Marie at the Beverly Hills Hotel to do some celebrating….IMG 0259

Awesome Gregory Zuniga, Manager of Guest Relations, did the impossible and got us a perfect table at the over crowded poolside...IMG 0265

Poolside at the Cabana Cafe in the Beverly Hills Hotel.IMG 0225

It’s the one day in the year I can wear these along with these pants with one ‘pink’ leg….

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We actually closed the place down finding it hard to believe we were there for six hours!

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Gift shopping at Pirch with a time out for chatting with Melody and Jean….IMG 0198

We’ve certainly missed Lynne Tucker since she moved to Palm Springs so it was extra special helping her celebrate her birthday at Mexicali Cantina!

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Fourteen students for the class at the Huntington and I covered a lot of ground with various methods of depicting ‘Plum’ and painting some Insects.

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Meeting Lizzie Girl at Bloomies was a welcome break!
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We have to cordon Kita off or she’s be all over Amy…..

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Time to torture cutie Diana Ming Jeong with the ‘Bone Stroke’.IMG 0371

In depth studio class on the Plum.

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Followed by a quiet, relaxing evening at Bar Verde with Sandie Girl and then a little recreational shopping at Nordstrom.IMG 0414

Wishing you sweetness everyday!

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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.