Flowers for Soon Chung Park, 74; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong Ae Yue, 63; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54
Peace: 9″ x 6″ Watercolor on Cold Press
Power: 8.5″ x 8″ Watercolor on Cold Press
Love: 9″ x 6.5″ Watercolor on Cold Press
Rest in peace and
the power we are taking back
the immense afterglow of love
you ignited in all of us
and these flowers—
they are for you,
with bittersweet tears and gentle light;
that will not be forgotten
(I’ll make sure of it).
Dharana: 11″ x 4″ Watercolor on Cold Press
Focus on a single object. It could be anything. God or a mushroom. Whatever else is happening, whatever is swirling through your head… concentrate like its the most important thing in the entire universe. Grow acutely aware of every tiny detail of the object, as if consumed in a metaphysical dance with it. And when the chaos tries to steal you away—smile at it. Then, refocus.
Sunburst: 24″ x 24″ Acrylic on Canvas Print
The plants that
inside my mother’s house are
all year long
She hasn’t read a single book on
used a special fertilizer but I think
they trust her.
Although they haven’t been around her whole life
I have a feeling they Know
all the meals she cooked for us
all the messes she cleaned up after us
all the dreams she made real for us and
all the nuturance she channeled to us
when we had fallen to the ground and could not get up
on our own—
I have a good feeling they Know
that she risked her life escaping war for us
that she worked day and night to build a better life for us
that she breathed patiently throughout our reckless years for us and
that she loved us to the moon no matter what.
I’m fairly certain they’ve always Known
that their life was sown
more than enough
they needed to g r o w.
Love Grows: 11″ x 14″ Watercolor and Ink on Cold Press
Maitri (loving-kindness) is not an uncontrollable force of nature, subject to the volatile highs and lows of the human mind. It is not something you just get persuaded into accidentally by the damned physical laws of attraction, for better or for worse. Maitri is an infinite energy, limitless and timeless. It can be grown like a tree, so tall and so strong, yet delicately sensitive and responsive to its environment; adaptive within a multitude of climates. Rooted in the fertile grounds of anahata (heart cakra), the practice of cultivation and care rests in your hands.
Rajas: 18″ x 32″ Ink, Acrylic, and Wires on Wood Panels
For sale at the Merchandise Lofts in Toronto, ON [$180]
Dancing my F’ing Heart Out: 16″ x 20 Acrylic on Canvas
Live painting created during a house concert featuring Blankets at The Fireside
Compassion, Gratitude, and Love Cards: 4″ x 6″ Acrylic on Cold Press Watercolor Paper
For sale at Queen Street Commons Cafe in Kitchener, ON [$8]
Kaede: 12″ diameter acrylic on birch cross-section
Green grass covered in red leaves
Permanence is only perceived
This m o m e n t is ours, my dear
and it’s all we need.
Flourishing: 12″ diameter acrylic on birch cross-section