Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Everyday Is a Good Day!"

Zen Master Yun Men Wen Yan (雲門文偃, 864-949 AD) said: “Everyday is a good day! (日日是好日)” Why is this so? Every little thing, every person we encounter in daily life is a invaluable encounter. Every moment is unique; every breath, every step on earth is precious. Thus, the love for life is not about clinging, but about appreciation. Everyday Is a Good Day!
This calligraphy is a shopping list. It says: “copy paper; ball point pen one box; cartridge; x-acto knife; and, don’t forget the iPhone charger; spray mount; eraser.”
Sumi ink on textured Chinese rice paper. The piece itself is 14″ by 19″, flat mounted on 15″ by 22″ acid-free white cotton paper. Signed by the artist. Ready to be put into a frame.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Elegant Koi

Inspired by the mysterious koi fish pattern. Top layer is silver gold metallic light wash. Acrylic and permanent ink on rice paper. Mounted on acid-free paper. 12" x 19".
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Primordial Chi

“Chi” means “energy.” “Primordial Chi” is the essence of our heath, a sense of fundamental healthiness. By connecting to our own strength, we can gradually heal within.
Chinese calligraphy, “Primordial Chi” in semi-cursive style. Sumi ink on rice paper. The size is 12.5 by 17 inche. Signed with the artist’s seal “happiness, wealth, and longevity.” The calligraphy itself is professionally double-mounted on another piece of acid-free paper, the surface is totally flattened. Ready to frame.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Mountain of Gold

Chinese calligraphy: “Gold Mountain (wealth)" in semi-cursive style. Wealth is not necessary from outside, more importantly, the wealth within lasts forever.
Gold color ink on vermilion ground acid-free cotton paper. The piece itself is 15″ x 9″. Signed by a seal of the artist: “the heart of buddha.” Ready to be put into a frame.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Dancing with Brush Marks"

“Dancing with Brush Marks” A lecture and demonstration – I will be giving a presentation on ink painting and calligraphy at Bennington College, East Academic Center 1, Vermont, 10/9 at 7 pm, open to public. Feel free to join me!
Dancing with Brush Marks
with Yeachin Tsai

An evening of Sumi ink and brush strokes – an introduction to Traditional Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting by Yeachin Tsai. Mrs. Tsai will demonstrate the principles of these ancient disciplines and discuss how the practice can bring us vividly into the present moment. The evening will include a demonstration and contemporary artwork presentation.

Yeachin was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to New York City in 1993. She received MFA degree at CUNY,  Brooklyn College. Yeachin has practiced calligraphy and brush painting for over 40 years, having learned from traditional Chinese Masters. Since moving to NYC, her work evolved into an unique style of “New Ink”, a colorful expression that retains its roots in Chinese painting and embraces the explorative impulse of Western abstraction. She currently lives and works in the Capital District as an artist. Visit Yeachin’s website at

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Heart Sutra

From Heart Sutra: “Thus Shariputra, all dharma are emptiness. There are no characteristics. There is no birth and no cessation. There is no impurity and no purity. There is no decrease and no increase.”
Sumi ink on textured Chinese rice paper. The piece itself is 15″ by 19″, flat mounted on 18″ by 22″ acid-free white cotton paper. Signed by the artist: “emptiness is inseparable from forms.” Ready to be put into a frame.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Total Freedom

Chinese calligraphy: 自在 (Zi Zai) – meaning “at ease, total freedom.” Permanent acrylic ink (aqua blue, yellow, and gold) on textured Chinese rice paper. The size is 12.5″ by 27.5″. Signed with the seal of the artist.
Zi is “I, myself;” Zai is “being.” When we are comfortable with ourselves, being ourselves, we have total freedom.
The sun is shining, and, we feel good, basically good and free. How marvelous!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Yeachin's New Calligraphy and Painting Website

Welcome to the Auspicious Ink! A new website of beautiful, affordable artworks for your home and office. Please go to: Auspicious Ink 

(Slide photo thanks to Jim De Seve)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Modern Zen/Tao

Modern symbols of Zen and Tao. The infinite possibilities come from these. Original work. Unframed. 27 by 17 in. Acrylic on rice paper, mounted on acid-free cotton paper. Signed with the seals of the artist.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

What is a Bodhisattva?

A bodhisattva, or "being of enlightenment," is essentially a "buddha to be" - someone who has achieved an advanced state of enlightenment (paramitas, or perfection) and therefore is qualified to enter nirvana and be a Buddha. However, they make the choice to remain a bodhisattva in order to help other humans attain the same goal.

Guan-Yin, avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion who listens all the suffering of the world, thus liberate them, he or she is totally free himself.

Sumi ink on red/ gold ground rice paper. Mounted on another acid-free cotton paper. The size is 7.5 by 18 in.

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May All Beings be Happy!

May all beings be happy. It is a simple wish, but seemingly very hard to achieve at this day and time.

We all suffer from our habitual patterns of thinking. We cannot see the light. The light will come through when we change: change our thought pattern, our mental attitude.

Everything is experienced in our minds.

May all beings know where to look for true happiness. Chinese calligraphy: "Joy, Delight" in semi-cursive style. Permanent sumi ink written on red ground golden flakes rice paper, mounted on professional archival cotton paper. This card size is 5 x 7 inches. It can be a greeting card or for art display.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rising Up from the Bottom of the Sea

Rising up from the dark bottom of the mind sea. All is changing, all will be passing. Let's play with the opaque and transparent qualities of life with no fear.

Acrylic and permanent sumi ink on rice paper, mounted on acid-free cotton paper. The Size is 18 by 13 in.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dream Like Existence

The dream like quality of human existence—Past memory when brought to mind is as vivid as we re-live it now. Nothing ever truly vanished. Thus forgiveness is the only redemption.

The sound of the blowing wind and rain; last night's dreams; falling leaves. A moment of tasting nowness—There is no why; it just is.

That sudden gap of life offers new possibility of opening up. Embracing the wind... brave ones...

Abstract landscape: acrylic on paper, mounted on paper. 5x7 in.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Primordial Complexity

Painting today: "Primordial Complexity"- Everything is ever changing with interaction and complexity. Mixed media on rice paper, mounted on paper. The size is 14 by 19 in. Signed with the seal of the artist.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Family Dynamics

"Family Dynamics" - The patterns of interactions between family members. Each family has its unique dynamic. Every family member has different energy. All person act according to their habitual pattern and role playing. It could be quite sad and unresolvable sometimes. Family is the source of joy and pain - we learn great deal from it.

Mixed media on rice paper mounted on canvas. Ready to hang. Size: 25 H x 25 W x 1.5 in. See Saatchi Art

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In the Beginning There is Love

In the Beginning there is Love.

Love is total acceptance of the present reality. Even though it is harsh and difficult.

Love is when the parents let their kids go; and when they come back, gladly welcome them.

The real love is unconditional. No string attached.

Love is all possible.

Love is hope.

Love is heartbreak. But no complains.

Love is many things - but the most important thing is: Love is this warm heart, which we all possess.

Painting: "In the Beginning". Mixed media on rice paper mounted on acid-free archival paper. The size is 15.5 by 15.5 in. For purchase, please go to Saatchi Art