The Beauty of (Billy’s) Dots

I myself am an amateur Chinese calligrapher and I love sharing different representations and philosophies of art with my patients, especially if they are involved in other art forms.

Billy Tice has a deep understanding of Asian philosophy and it is always a treat when we exchange viewpoints on art or life in general. When he saw an empty space previously occupied by a now broken clock, he generously volunteered to create an artwork to fill that void. And the outcome is astoundingly beautiful.

Painting coming into being at Billy's studio

Painting coming into being at Billy’s studio

He named the piece “Deep Water Rising” and it is based on the transformational process between two hexagrams – “Bi” and “Cui”, from an ancient Chinese book, I Ching (the book of change).

“Bi” represents forming connections and developing friendly relations with others. It is not just a superficial alliance but a melding of parts into a new whole.

“Cui” means gathering and flourishing, guided by righteous principles. I particularly like a description that Billy shared with me – “Like water running to the sea, like an astronomical convergence of planets revolving around the Sun, you should let the gravity of this center draw you near. Others are also drawn to this center, and among them you will find shared bonds and kindred spirits. This tribal convergence will give you a clarity of purpose. You will no longer be alone.” Such a marvelous paragraph!


Billy and I and the beautiful piece connecting the two of us

Billy actually has a whole series of paintings that he called “BillyDots” (which can be found on facebook) and below is an excerpt of how he describes them.

This series is based on a binary figure/ground relationship of a dot floating inside a color field, or as a round window frame looking out/in onto/into a color field….I paint with itsy-bitsy pigment particles floating colloidally inside of an aqueous borne acrylic resin structure….I have observed my paintings to have healing qualities….For me, art is all about the magic of moment in which spirit, mind, paint, brush, and picture plane meet, the sheer physicality of that meeting, and of the ethereal and the physical becoming one.

Billy’s “Deep Water Rising” with my calligraphy “Excerpt from the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings”.

So next time you visit our clinic, stop for a moment and take a deep look at Billy’s painting and let the healing energy flow into your being.

Favorite Austin’s Hidden Gem – Johnson’s Backyard Garden

In this world full of chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones in our food supplies, keeping your food and drink as pure and clean as possible becomes a very important part of maintaining health. In Austin, we are fortunate to have numerous farmers markets and grocery stores striving to provide organic food with less carbon footprint. And one of the hidden gems that offer quality vegetables is Johnson’s Backyard Garden (JBG).

I first heard of JBG back in 2008 from a patient who is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member. At that time, I was looking for a good source of organic fruits and vegetables with reasonable price (In my opinion, Whole Foods does provide great organic food items but the price tags are just way too high.) So I was ecstatic to learn about this CSA farm and jumped right into subscribing as a CSA member myself.

JBG had a very humble start and just as the name suggests, it started out as a small organic garden in Brent Johnson’s backyard in 2004. Now in 2014, it has expanded to over 70 acres and has reached out to many major cities in Texas. Not only does JBG strive to provide great produce to the Texans, but it also founded a nonprofit organization, Farmshare Austin, to provide education and training to aspiring farmers and advocate sustainable farming.

JBG offers many different options to its customers. You can choose to have your produce delivered to your house (with a small delivery charge) or to pick up at most farmers markets. I recommend picking up at the farmers markets because you can exchange the produce in your box with other produce they offer at the booth and it’s also great to purchase from other local farmers and businesses to support the local community. You can choose either weekly delivery/pick-up or every other week. Starting just recently, you can also choose among individual, small, medium and large boxes based on your family size and consumption. JBG is very considerate to accommodate a wide variety of needs.

If you care about the food that you put in your mouth and want to support a more sustainable way of farming, give JBG a try and I’m pretty sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

TxHarmony Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Austin Texas

Disease conditions occur when the external environment affects our body when its energy is insufficient to adjust itself to the change. Traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of fortifying the body energy so that our physical, emotional and spiritual health is robust enough to go with the flow of time, season, life and other tangible and intangible transitions.

The means traditional Chinese medicine has been using throughout the past thousands of years to ensure the health of all forms of sentient beings include lifestyle, diet, exercise, herbal medicine, body work and acupuncture. We would love to discuss all the above aspects with you to eradicate the cause(s) for the health conditions so that you are not only dealing with symptoms like a cat chasing its tail.

We at TxHarmony Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine are dedicated to providing quality healthcare in a casual, relaxing and tranquil environment and yet in a thorough and caring manner. You can find a partial list of conditions we have successfully treated. If you’re not certain if your health concern can be addressed in our clinic, please feel free to call or email us to set up a free 30-minute consultation.