Saturday, August 11, 2018

Fiery Midday Sunflower

In this day and age people often feel powerless, lacking of energy and purpose. Our life is occupied with meaningless chatter and noises. However, a sunflower, like nature itself, it is powerful and unapologizing. Its strength shocks us. It is more than mere beauty. There's no fear in being herself.

Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 20 in.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Pears with a Pink Bottle

The world of still life in the afternoon light of the studio. It brings great comfort to this chaotic life. No matter how things go, I will keep in touch with the warmth and kindness of my heart. 

Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 30 in.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Sunflower in the Intense Blue Sky

Sunflower No. 8. The intense blue sky and the brilliance of the sunflower. Trusting the goodness of the world.

Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 20 in. 
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Friday, July 06, 2018

Sunflower No. 7

That summer we lost our beacon,
We drifted on the vast, turbulent sea, we are so lonesome!
We cried every morning.
At night we searched for Sirius, the brightest on the horizon.
We drank to oblivion.
We fell and dreamt of our kingdom. Far, far away...

No home,
No friends,
The lonely travelers kept going.
The damp smell of sea salt and gin. 
The sounds of screaming, shouting, mocking
Midnight howling,
And the wild, wild karmic wind.

In the magic realm of the seen and unseen world,
The eternal sunshine of the spotless mind shines.
With crystal tears,
We vow to keep sailing

Sailing on this endless ocean of joy, sorrow, and the mixtures......

We are only human, you know.

Poem and painting by Yeachin Tsai
Sunflower Series No. 7.
Acrylic on wood.  12 in. in diameter

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Sunflower No. 6

Sunflower with a full life cycle. In this short life of mine, may I learn to be kind.

Be wise,
Be kind,
Seeing clearly. Be decisive.
Open and let go...
Live fully. 

Acrylic on linen. 12 x 12 in. 
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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Sunflower 03

The intense heat of the summer, and, the burning sunflowers!

In the heat of samsaric world, 
There is this cooling warmth deep within our hearts.
The day and night, black and white, darkness and light, 
And everything in between,
Profound sadness and fire fill my being...
All the precious opportunities to experience, to love!

Acrylic on linen. 12 x 12 in. 
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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Sunflower 02

Even in the darkest hour, a sunflower is still a sunflower!

Acrylic on canvas. 11 x 11 in. 
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Crazy, Mad Yogi!

In the time of the Five Dynasty (A.D. 907- A.D. 960, 五代) in China, the artists' imagination had gone wild - they depicted Lohans as symbolic figures of some kind of earthy, eccentric men (and women, too!) - the lohans may still be monks, but they were wild, crazy at times - they tricked people, but all their doing was to awake people.

In the Tibetan Buddhism system, there is a term called “Crazy Wisdom”. According to great master Trungpa Rinpoche, from his book: “Crazy Wisdom”, “The Myth of Freedom”, “Journey Without Goal”, and “The Lion’s Roar”, (by Shambhala Publications), he said: “Crazy wisdom, in Tibetan is yeshe chölwa, wisdom run wild.” Of course, you have to have wisdom first, then have the crazy. In another book “The Teacup & the Skullcup: on Zen and Tantra”, he mentioned that “Zen is wild; and Vajrayana is crazy.”

This painting is done with acrylic and oil on canvas paper, the size is 8 by 10 inches.

From now on,
This old lady has no pretty clothes to wear!
How liberating! I no longer need to be anyone that I'm not.
The cosmic storm has swept all the pretenses. This kind of purification happens rarely!!
Ha ha ha!
I know nothing, this old fart. No need to pretend. How arrogant and ignorant of me! 
Let's dance nakedly -
All I have left now is my genuine, tender heart...

Written on the hottest day of lifetime; the burning, penetrating, sharpness of reality shines; a crazy summer of 2018. This little portrait was done in 2012