THE WISDOM OF INACTIVITY 2016: acrylic on canvas 36”x 36”

Quotes that help me paint

To study the Way (the truth) is to study the self;

To study the self is to forget the self. 

To forget the self is to be awakened by the ten thousand things.

Eihei Dogen

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

Wow! You recognized me! 

A Shooting Star, Ko Un

To go into the dark with a light is to know the light.

To know the dark, go dark, go without sight.

And find that the dark too blooms and sings and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.

Wendell Berry

If this greatest cold does not penetrate into our bones, how will the fragrance of the plum blossoms pervade the whole universe?

Eihei Dogen

…There is a crack

A crack in everything 

That’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen

From beginning to end, the changing appearances and ten thousand differences have one pattern… 

Everything is unhindered, clouds gracefully floating up to the peaks, the moonlight glitteringly flowing down mountain streams.

Hongzhi