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 (円相 , “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…