Monday, October 21, 2019


What a joy to be part of the celebrating in Temecula for Erin and Justin's wedding.  Clara and I drove down for the weekend and were delighted to play the night before at the great wedding rehearsal.  Hi dear Kathy, mother of the bride!

Is this the cutest couple ever or what! (Clara brought this yummy beautiful cake from Sweet Lady Jane in L.A.!)

A fun selfie with adorable Kaley, Erin's lovely sister! I can't believe she's all grown up!

Next day it was off to Callaway Winery for the ceremony.

Good thing we had these Kleenex!

Mother of the bride with son Mathew!

And now our beautiful bride with proud Pappa David!

Happiness for parents David and Kathy!


The sweets table at the sweetest wedding!

After a wonderful evening of fun and frivolity, Clara and I drove back on Sunday.
But wait....there's more!
Keeping the party going the following Saturday at 888 Seafood Restaurant in Alhambra.
Our delightful couple, Justin and Erin, sister Kaley and beautiful mom Kathy!

Kaley is sooooo precious!

Kathy had asked me if I had ever been to a 'Chinese Banquet'. Oh my gosh, it's unforgettable.....The food doesn't stop coming and each dish is more spectacular than the last!

I loved it but it's diet time for sure!

Wishing you overflowing joy!

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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.