Sunday, December 29, 2019

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

...started out with a reception for the Harvard Associates at the Waldorf Astoria...



Here's the hotel's tree that inspired me to start decorating!

First Jhonny had to get out the Nutcracker...

Next the downstairs 'grownup' tree! Kita insisted on helping...

Here it is all done up with a guard rail to keep puppy away...

Changing the dining table from Thanksgiving to Christmas is so much fun...

Putting out treats for all the delivery people is a must!



And of course...the reindeer on the roof!

Kita wasn't too thrilled with her holiday decoration...

Sandie Girl was the first one to see the tree in the studio...

Laurie Pie came over for dinner ...

and saw the tree in the studio...Loved the Kitty!

Now for Lovely Mary ...

The giraffe was a new addition that everyone loves...Especially Po Chu!

Simply Irresistible!

Lovely Maggie had a delightful Christmas Tea at The Athenaeum.

Next year I think I'll have one as it's so much fun & the decorations are beyond festive!







It was delightful seeing Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake' at the Ahmanson with high schoolers invited to the performance by The Center Theatre Group.



The Ahmanson's Christmas tree!

Sweet Maryam stopped by before Izabela and Wayne's dinner party to see all the decorations...Especially the 'Kiddies Tree' in the studio. Love the Christmas boots!

Maryam and Alexis....



Oh my gosh it was so much fun...Thank you Izabela and Wayne!

Precious Amy, Nikka and I went to Sandie Girl's for a Christmas Tea....

...and the Christmas stockings she does for everyone stopped us cold!

Great fun seeing the table decoration planning for her Christmas dinner for 18!!!

Later I got to see the finished tables...

As always, Valerie's Christmas soireé was over the top fabulous!

I even got to chat with Santa....

And the most elegant spread!

I was just delighted Jim Folsom, Director of the Huntington's Botanical Gardens stopped by the class at the Huntington...

And two adorable firemen...

Dear Joycie treated Carol and me to a Christmas lunch at the Polo Lounge...

Seeing the Beverly Hills Hotel's Christmas tree every year is a must!

Thank you dear Claire and Patrick...oh of course, adorable Charley...

Dinner at The Valley Hunt Club was magical!



Now for the studio class Christmas party...But first we had to get some work done...

Soooo much food...

Of course it wouldn't be a party without Holiday Crackers/Poppers!

Yea!

Lovely Maggie had a sensational Christmas gathering with all of her amazing friends...



Maggie does all the baking...

Even a marvelous Pavlova...

Michael from MA comes to the studio each year with Chloe, his darling daughter  to paint their Christmas cards and then Nikka scans and prints....Just like that! ūüėā
And yes, that's little Puppy Popper!

Christmas Day was glorious thanks to dear Carol Soucek King who invited Nikka and me to the Jonathan Club for dinner with three other lovely guests.








The carolers were wonderful!





Heartfelt thanks dearest Carol...It was memorable!
Well, this has certainly gotten way too long and you're probably nodding off but I have to show you just a few of my favorite ornaments on the tree in the studio.
When I did a workshop in Pleasantville, a student made this exquisite ornament for me.

I guess it's no secret I watch Sumo wrestling on NHK...

This one from my bucket list seeing the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

Who doesn't love Pooh...

...and Betty Boop..

Years ago when I did Pasadena Showcase House, one of the vendors gave me this adorable lamb.

That's a good way to close, with a precious lamb.
In 2020, may you receive all you could wish for with great joy and many satisfactions.




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Introduction

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.