Tuesday, September 30, 2014
“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 http://www.yeachin.net
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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.
Purchase the artwork at the Saatchi Art: http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Modern-Zen-Tao/688716/2160445/view
Monday, September 15, 2014
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. 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 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.
Please go to Saatchi Art for purchasing.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
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
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.
For Purchase: http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Primordial-Complexity/688716/2145465/view
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
"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 - http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Family-Dynamics/688716/2141562/view
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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
Saturday, August 23, 2014
In yourself, there is the luminous light. It will not disappear in the dark time. It accompanies you and comforts you. It leads your through the saddest moments of life. Look inward, listen carefully - there is this beating heart with joy. The strength that carries you up. Not from outside.
Mixed media on rice paper, mounted on canvas. 18 by 14 in. Signed with the artist's seal of a red fish.
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Sunday, July 06, 2014
Chinese calligraphy: "Death". Original work. Unframed.
I don't know anything thing about death. It is very difficult to even think about this subject. I keep my teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche words in my mind: "Death is my friend, the truest of friend, a true friend that never abandons me... yet death allows life." Chinese Zen/ Pure Land Master Yin-Quang reminded his pupils to put the word "Death" on their forehead when they practice, to remember how precious life is, and how much we should not waste life.
Many great masters have talked about death, yet is is still terrifying and untouchable for most of us. However, it is something that everyone will face one day. All beings come to life will die, that is the simple, genuine truth.
Quotes by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the Swiss-born psychiatrist and author who gained international fame for her landmark work on death and dying, regarding "Death":
"Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow."
"Dying is an integral part of life, as natural and predictable as being born. But whereas birth is cause for celebration, death has become a dreaded and unspeakable issue to be avoided by every means possible in our modern society. Perhaps it is that in spite of all our technological advances. We may be able to delay it, but we cannot escape it."
Facing death like a true warrior, and, celebrating life in every moment. This calligraphy: "Death" - Sumi ink on textured red color, golden flakes water-marked Chinese rice paper. 12" by 11". Signed with the seal of the artist: "happiness, wealth, and longevity".
Saturday, July 05, 2014
To quote Trungpa Rinpoche's words: "the Genuine Heart of Sadness" -- that open, raw and tender part of our heart that is touched by our experience. Ani Pema Chodron said that remaining in touch with this tender, vulnerable feeling is what keeps us from becoming thick-skinned and closed-down to our experience. Staying awake and present with whatever arises creates the space for enlightened qualities of mind to manifest, such as compassion and loving-kindness. (See Gampo Abbey Blog.)
This work, sumi ink on acid-free card board, the size is 10 by 15 inches.