Enso

Today I am reminded how perfect the circle is to create.

A reminder thanks to Wikipedia.

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, andmu (the void). It is characterised by a minimalism born of Japanese aesthetics.

Drawing ensō is a disciplined-creative practice of Japanese ink painting—sumi-e (墨絵“ink painting”?). The tools and mechanics of drawing the ensō are the same as those used in traditional Japanese calligraphy: One uses a brush ( fudé?) to apply ink towashi (a thin Japanese paper).

The circle may be open or closed. In the former case the circle is incomplete, allowing for movement and development as well as the perfection of all things. Zen practitioners relate the idea to wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection. When the circle is closed, it represents perfection, akin to Plato’s perfect form (Plato), the reason why the circle was used for centuries in the construction of cosmological models, see Ptolemy.

Usually a person draws the ensō in one fluid, expressive stroke.[1] When drawn according to the sōsho (草書?) style of Japanese calligraphy, the brushstroke is especially swift. Once the ensō is drawn, one does not change it. It evidences the character of its creator and the context of its creation in a brief, contiguous period of time. Drawing ensō is a spiritual practice that one might perform as often as once per day.[2]

This spiritual practice of drawing ensō or writing Japanese calligraphy for self-realization is called hitsuzendō (筆禅道 “way of the brush”?). Ensō exemplifies the various dimensions of the Japanese wabi-sabi perspective and aesthetic: Fukinsei (asymmetry, irregularity), kanso (simplicity), koko (basic; weathered), shizen (without pretense; natural), yugen (subtly profound grace), datsuzoku(freedom), and seijaku (tranquility).Enso I loved the Lucent Technologies Logo and for many years included it in my work.

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For some time

For some time, I have not entered this space. To me this space if for rest and contemplation and learning. I long for minimalism but surround myself with clutter.

Clutter of thought, feelings, illness, memory.

Today I am learning.

Please learn from Lee Mingwei

Also see wonderful presentation from MOMA on Chinese Ceremonial Robes.

 

Nüwa

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During the annual Jewish havdalah ceremony, performed at the end of shabbat, a “Spice Box” is passed around so that its fragrant scents may be enjoyed and recalled later during the secular work week. Commissioned by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, I have interpreted the spice box as a kite in the form of the mythical Taiwanese goddess NuWa who, according to legend, patched up the sky after GongGong, the god of water, ripped a huge hole in it during a battle with ZhuRong, the god of fire. She made this repair with a gigantic multicolored fabric she had woven from human dreams and emotions. After using up all the fabric, there remains a small hole.  The only thing she could do, in order to save her human children, is to patch up this hole by throwing herself against it. 

Ancient Taiwanese tradition holds that we experience life as having four flavors: suan (sour), tien (sweet), ku (bitter) and la (spicy). The real project here is not the kite itself; it would be the ritual of writing down one’s associations with suan, tien, ku and la,  on to the kite, then sending it aloft so NuWa can use the feelings to go on mending the sky.

Nihonga

Nihonga (日本画 Nihonga?) or literally “Japanese-style paintings” are paintings that have been made in accordance with traditional Japanese artistic conventions, techniques and materials. While based on traditions over a thousand years old, the term was coined in the Meiji period of the Imperial Japan, to distinguish such works from Western-style paintings, or Yōga (洋画Yōga?).

I came across an artist and became fascinated with her work.  Go see:

CHEN YICHING

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Small works- Fall Feelings

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Small oil painting done to celebrate fall

Fall is in the air colors are more vibrant

The size of the artwork forces one to go in and really look. “Smaller beckons: get close, touch, relate – they inspire a reduction of the psychic distance between one thing and another; between people and things”
– from the book and philosophy: “Wabi Sabi”

Small oil painting done to celebrate fall

Inspired by the beauty of fall colors

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Choice

You can’t expect to prevent negative feelings altogether. And you can’t expect to experience positive feelings all the time. The Law of Emotional Choice directs us to acknowledge our feelings but also to refuse to get stuck in the negative ones. (Greg Anderson)

Love is like a Lizard

“Love is like a lizard, it runs around your heart and jumps into your gizzard”

It seems that all my life I have been quoting that poem. My mother said it to me when I was a child. I can remember her putting her finger on my chest and then tracing around my heart and poking into my stomach. It is a vivid loving memory. Love is so big that sometimes it pushes out of your heart and lands squarely in the pit of your stomach. Love can hurt or explode into joy. Love is daring, bold courages and very vulnerable. We hopefully learn love from our family, but if not and we are lucky others on this planet walk come along and wrap their warmth around our heart and teach us to be brave and we feel love.

I am so lucky on this valentines day to have family and friends who love me. I am moved, warmed and cherished. Thank God for Love.

And the greatest gift is LOVE.