Do You ENSO?

Do You Enso?…………………………………….#enso #art #spirituality #abstractart

Abstract Art by Sharon Cummings


For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to creating circles.  When I was very young I would also count them.  I no longer do that, but I still paint, draw and create spirals and circles daily.  I have always felt that it cleared my mind.  Recently, someone exposed me to the concept of “enso” making.  

In Zen Buddhism, an ensō ( , “circle”?) is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). It is characterised by a minimalism born ofJapanese aesthetics.

Drawing ensō is a disciplined practice of Japanese ink painting—sumi-e(墨絵 “ink painting”?). The tools and mechanics of drawing…

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