Thursday, October 11, 2018


...are exhibiting their extraordinary work at the Crain Art Gallery in the Crowell Public Library in San Marino through November 2nd. I'm beyond description proud of all my students in the class, both those who are exhibiting and newer ones who feel they need more time before they show their work.

Installation day for the exhibit was great fun thanks to the generous help from Lynda Lyons, the library's person in charge of the Crain Art Gallery.  We couldn't have done it without her kind help!

Lots of discussion....

And thinking.....

Ralph's engineering knowledge is showing.....
Sweet Mireya with her 'LUCKY RAINBOW DRAGON' and 'PINK LOTUS BLISS' Brush paintings.

Cindi with her exquisite painting, 'ALEPPO ROSE'.

After all that hard work, Diane, Maggie, Ralph and Kathy joined Nikka and me for sustenance at Julienne's!

Well the big day finally arrived....


All the exhibitors went over the top with bringing marvelous refreshments!

I want you to meet Sharlyn French who will always hold a very special place in my heart.  Sharlyn bought my very first painting sold at Pasadena Showcase House in 1984.  'GREENBEAN', a delightful Rabbit!

Greeting cards by the artists were also on sale and a huge hit!

Pam and Iris were two of the demonstrators....

...along with Lulu!  Bravo to all of them as they were magnificent!

Pam has also become a master at scroll painting!

Mina Taylor demonstrates Calligraphy to sweet Patricia Chow.

Kudos Stephanie, shown here with the proud collector who bought her painting 'ORCHID SOLO'.

Awesome Maggie with Kavita and Kitty, her two delightful and most brilliant daughters.

Applause for Diane Riska Taylor whose charming cricket, 'SUMMER NIGHT' sold!

Sandie, Janet and Cindy will be exhibiting in the studio class exhibit in January and were pleased to see how well this was going.

Thank you my dear and most glamorous Carol Soucek King for supporting the event!

This delightful cat by Elizabeth Asunsolo,  is just what Brush painting is all about! 

Lovebirds Herm and Lulu.....soooo adorable!  Special congratulations to Lulu who sold her painting, 'PAIR OF PEARS'.

Bravo one and all.  I can't begin to express how proud I am of each and every one of you!

Remember, the exhibit runs through November 2nd.  There are many more paintings not seen in this blog and I know you'll be so inspired seeing the work and perhaps obtaining a magnificent Brush painting of your own!

Crowell Public Library
Crain Art Gallery
1890 Huntington Drive
San Marino, CA 91108

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 9 AM
Friday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM


Saturday, September 8, 2018


Beautiful Lissi and Doug, her Prince, were married and we all celebrated at ll Cielo Restaurant in Beverly Hills.  A perfect venue! The bride and groom were surrounded by a forrest of flowers created with love for them by Amy at Le Jardin Prive!

How's this for party glamour.  My beautiful and most talented star....Lisa Bowman.
We arrived a bit early to see Amy's brilliant floral display created for the bride.
Bravo Le Jardin Prive!
When it got dark the crystals in the vases glowed and it was absolutely magical!

I absolutely adore Lissi's sisters!
Well, Amy & I were a few months late but finally celebrated beautiful Lisa's birthday at Le Grande Orange in Pasadena.  And yes, there was a 'cake' but I just shot a video of it so no photo!
What an unmitigated joy to celebrate beautiful Marine's birthday at Prosecco Trattoria in Toluca Lake with precious Amy.  Here's the birthday girl with her oh so sweet sister, Eliza.

You can see how joyful it was for me!
Awesome Amy (yes, another one) is the owner and hostess with the mostest at Prosecco. It's like 'Cheers'. everyone knows your name and you feel like you're at home!
On to a little surprise birthday party for Nikka at Bistro Garden with Amy and Maria.

But wait, there's more!
The Brush painting class in the studio celebrated Nikka's birthday!
Awesome Kc baked her a delicious blueberry pie!!!  Sooooo good!!!
More cute!
Let's have more  birthday cake for Nikka....This one at lovely Maggie's...
What a fun evening with Maggie and Diane...
Even more cheers for Nikka...treated by dear Kc and Sweet Lynne at Bar Verde...

There's another birthday girl.  Lovely Maggie! We celebrated at The Athenaeum...

                                          I wish you lot's of cake and happy days!


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.