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THE MONTH OF LOVE

February didn't start off too lovingly for Somi the Goldendoodle as it was time to be spayed and then wear the 'collar of shame' for ten days! Debra had a most delightful luncheon for me and Awesome Terri. Don't you think we should send this photo to Colgate? It was...

A HEAVENLY CLOSE FOR JANUARY

Los Angeles Master Chorale's performance in Walt Disney Concert Hall of 'Spem In Alium' was thrilling and inspiring. Watching Jenny Wong, the Associate Artistic Director, conduct the Chorale was mesmerizing! You can hear her on Facebook speaking of the commissioned...

THE GIFT OF ANOTHER YEAR

And what better way to greet the New Year than a visit by Kathy Wong, a treasured friend and dear student! Time to meet Somi! Every year, Kathy chooses two of her fine artworks to convert into calendars. DM me if you'd like to order. Selfie time! Kathy feeds my rubber...

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

I'm so delighted...this was the very best New Year's Eve ever! Of course, it started with a lot of planning. Off to Whole Foods to get cheese, pate, and the fixings for a big pot of chili and a smaller vegan chili. Veronica then had to make the labels for the cheeses...

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

I love Christmas! This YSL Advent Calendar started it off and it was so much fun to open the little boxes each day for a special gift! The Awesome Sarkisyans, my wonderful neighbors, brought this touching gift after losing Kita. Emilia and David loved her so. Jhonny...

‘Tis the Season…

The day after Thanksgiving begins the Christmas decorating, making lists, checking them twice, trying not to be naughty! Jhonny is a huge help... Meanwhile, dear Carol and Xavier stopped by with a delivery from Kita the Akita at the Rainbow Bridge. And we delivered a...

THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER AND OTHER FUN STUFF

After a teary goodbye to our precious Kita the Akita, we had to do the Huntington's Holiday Market the very next day! Actually, that was a good thing as it got our minds to a busy place! The Market is such a joy because I get to hug so many dear friends! Awesome...

SOCIALIZING and MAGICAL EVENTS

Hillcrest Country Club was the site for a delightful meet and greet with wine and nibbles! What a wonderful way to begin November! Peggy, you are adorable! You too, Ruth Ann! A private dinner at Abernethy's, on the Jerry Moss Plaza of the Music Center was quite...

Music, Remembrance and Fab❤️u❤️lousness!

What a treat to be at the Huntington Botanical Gardens for Camerata Pacifica's Baroque night! Meet Emi Ferguson, the new Music Director of Baroque Music and master of the Baroque Flute! Awesome Katie Hyun, Baroque Violinist. So adorable and what a gift! I told Makael...

IMAGINATION, FIVE VIEWS at Ai PLUS GALLERY

I was a vendor at Pasadena Showcase House many years ago when I first presented my Brush painting and began to teach this fascinating art form. During the three years I participated, it was a joy to do a poster for the event, and then in the mid-90s I was asked also...
SHOWS, CELEBRATING AND PURE JOY

SHOWS, CELEBRATING AND PURE JOY

How wonderful to begin October with brunch at the Dorothy Chandler and hearing Director Snehal Desai and Producing Director Doug Baker give us insight into the 2023-24 Season's exciting shows coming to the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum & Kirk Douglas Theatre! I...

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MORE CAKE, BALLOONS AND CONTINUED CELEBRATING!

MORE CAKE, BALLOONS AND CONTINUED CELEBRATING!

The Music Center Foundation celebrated 50 spectacular years of doing good, providing excellent service to LA's cultural community, and supporting The Music Center and its four Resident Companies! The gourmet Sunday brunch was held at Hillcrest Country Club. Thank you,...

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ART, MUSIC AND SO MUCH MORE!

ART, MUSIC AND SO MUCH MORE!

Demonstrating Brush painting for art groups is one of my very favorite things, and the South Bay Watercolor Society is one of the best! A world of thanks, dear Jody Wiggins, for inviting me and for being so very gracious. It was so much fun painting and telling...

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WHERE WAS I?

WHERE WAS I?

Well, we got through the deluge, but not without some major interior rain! After a big Oh well, it was time for a delightful lunch at San Laurel with two spectacular women, Debra & Terri... Photo, please... Debra is a hat person, for sure! Soooo cute...I wish I...

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TIME TO CELEBRATE VERONICA!

TIME TO CELEBRATE VERONICA!

And we were off to Santa Barbara for the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel for a big birthday bash! Checking in with Kita the Akita was no easy task. Amazing Carol Soucek King had delightful birthday balloons waiting for Veronica and a beautiful birthday note! The Miramar...

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AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?

AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?

Well, it was time to go gift shopping, and Santa Maria Novella is the perfect spot to find treasures from a company that is more than 800 years old. I know, fabulous....right! I couldn't resist this limited edition doggie bowl for Kita the Akita! Fill er up! Lovely...

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AUGUST BEGAN WITH AN OVERLOAD OF PINK…

AUGUST BEGAN WITH AN OVERLOAD OF PINK…

That's right...it's Barbie Time, and you'll either love it or hate it...the jury is still out! Either way one must get with the program! I may not be pink enough but I did my best! Super-size me please and yes, I got the free refill! Margot Robbie is the perfect...

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NOW WHERE WAS I?

NOW WHERE WAS I?

Oh yes, we went to pick up Awesome Tania and see her new, amazing digs. Here are some of her botanicals, just outside her door. Downsizing from her beautiful Hancock Park estate was no small thing, especially for such a collector as Tania. I do know the Getty is...

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REMEMBERING PRECIOUS KC CAMP

REMEMBERING PRECIOUS KC CAMP

It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since we lost our Precious, Lustrous Kc Camp. She was such a joy...a beautiful light in the Brush painting class, and everyone adored her. Today, we had a gathering in the studio for those who knew her best...missing...

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THE NAN RAE GALLERY AT WOODBURY UNIVERSITY

THE NAN RAE GALLERY AT WOODBURY UNIVERSITY

It was a great joy today to see Woodbury University's annual Graphic Design Exhibit, and I fondly remember my mom was able to be at the dedication of the gallery during Founders Week on the 6th of January, 2011. My stylish mom sitting next to my architect, Monique...

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to my personal blog where I’ll be sharing adventures and how I determine each day to live joyfully as an Artist, Teacher, and Author. My latest book “What If… We Have the Power to Change Our Lives” an inspirational book that hopefully will empower you to live your best life! You can find me and my work at nanraestudio.com My hope is that this blog will inspire you to find joy everywhere and in everything and that is what I wish for you!

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