What are Wabi_Sabi and Enso?

I have been fascinated with the Wabi-Sabi belief and way of life.  It is an ancient japanese art of imperfection with creative thought, peace, and acceptance. It is an understanding and way of life in Japan. There are no discussions about it unless one is asked.   Wiki has a great description of what it means.  I think I have always felt this way and my art shows it in so many ways.  Even my photographs I have take years ago when I was a teen, you can see that I have this thing about old ugly stuff that is really super cool!

When doing the hunt for some wabi sabi images, I also found there is a symbol and I just love the simplicity of it.  So I created it my way which you see below.

Here is a blurp from Daly Cup Of Yoga

“According to Audrey Yoshiko Seo, author of Ensō: Zen Circles of Enlightenment, “Zen circles, ensō, are symbols of teaching, reality, enlightenment, and a myriad of things in between. Seemingly perfect in their continuity, balance, and sense of completeness, and yet often irregular in execution, ensō are at once the most fundamentally simple and the most complex shape. They seem to leave little room for variation, and yet in the hands of Zen masters, the varieties of personal expression are endless. Ensō evoke power, dynamism, charm, humor, drama, and stillness.”

created by Christina Miles (c) 2020 wingsnscales.com

ENSO – It’s a little funny because I actually just finished a beautiful painting and what little did I know that I make ENSO rings all over it!  I was wondering what I was going to name it…LOL

Here is an excerpt from Wiki that explains more about Enso

“The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (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 (fude) to apply ink to washi (a thin Japanese paper).

Usually, a person draws the ensō in one fluid, expressive stroke. 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, continuous period of time. Drawing ensō is a spiritual practice that one might perform as often as once per day.[1]”

see my Enso painting!! I had no idea!

Back to Wabi Sabi, here is one of my newest classes which only took me about 6 months to put together… Yes, sometimes it seem like life is not in your favor..LOL  But it is finally up and running.  Take a peek at the class and see what you think!

i’m-perfection perfection

Chrissy

“happiness today, life is full, peace in your heart forever”

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