Saturday, March 11, 2017


And you know who you are!
Lunch with my cuties, Sandie and Lisa Girl.IMG 0662
Laurie Pie and Kita have a major discussion about who gets dinner…...IMG 0853
Chinese from Gourmet 88 is the very best!IMG 0855
Sandie Girl was brave enough to tackle my Chicken/cheese Enchilada…..IMG 0882
It kinda oozes out all over but the taste is pretty good…...
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 Back to Bar Verde after a very long absence…It’s always a joy to be with Beautiful Mary…..
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 Their tacos are unusual and quite tasty…...
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 Favorite place, favorite person….At Julienne’s with dear Maggie. There quiche with a spinach crust is beyond belief!
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 Maggie spotted this table of total cell phone users….too funny or too sad.  You decide.
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Finally, an artery clogging lunch with cousin Carol at Art’s in Studio City. That’s a chocolate egg cream you see next to my hand.  I am sooooo bad!
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Seriously, what was I thinking?  This was so high it was jaw breaking! Verdict?  Langer’s next time.
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The Loquats are ready to harvest.  Two trees from one amazing Italian seed.IMG 0857May all your days be joyfully fruitful!

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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.