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Everything Now Says Nothing. ENSO.

Primary finger painting enso.
First experiments. Primary ensos. Dipping my finger in red, yellow and blue and using the breath to create simple circles. Some little lovelies in this collection.

Everything now says nothing.

Enso.
Enso it goes on.
EN -in….SO-out.
Beginning and ending.

Birthing and Dying.
Each moment unique and different from the last.

Catching a few of them.

In brush and ink.
Let go of perfection,

Let go of comparison.

Let the breath draw out the lines.

And the brushes make their mark

Illustrating only the whole.

 

It all happened very quickly.
A combination of being around mindful people on a recent teaching course, some long unanswered questions, re-zen, being answered, (in a very zen way, through dreams and sychronicities), a deep need to simplify everything, followed, immediately, by a deep fear of letting go of my illustrative bent. But hey, my housemartins had flown away and my compassionate brave vision stands complete and this idea kept nagging at me, resuIlting in concentrating, focused on INTENTION and the breath alone, simply playing with this ancient intriguing enso form and delighting in every breath.

It is becoming a daily practise for me.

Exploring using fresh plants ‘pickings’ as brushes and enjoying all the shapes and ideas they suggest. I have also been intrigued by the plants own ‘signature’ made by pressing the ‘brush’ into the paper on completion of the enso. Experimenting with making digital mandalas out of those images…leading to some inkblot test style images that always suggest new stories for my work!

 

bramble signature mandala
I can see great fat cheshire cats lying on their backs….what else!?

I am loving it.

Description of Enso from Wiki.

White rose signature.
peace rose signature in gold ink
Peace Meditation Enso 24 09 7 (4)
peace rose eso, in one breath, with gold ink.

The Peace Rose Enso was painted at the end of a one hour, silent, zazen, meditation as part of the Global Peace Meditation for Intenational Peace Day 2017. In a very immersed, flowing, place as I created this series of ensos. Painted in gold ink, it is sad that they do not photograph or scan very well. Tilt the screen back and forward for more detail!!

peace-rose-gold-ink-mandala GIF
Flickering in the candle light. Emitting golden peace.
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Cailleach. Painting on cow skull. 2017.

 

I found a near-bare cow skull in a bog near here around 3 years ago. Since then it has bleached out nicely in the garden. A shout out from the Edinburgh Beltane crew inspired this take on the Cailleach, to perhaps become part of a poster advertising their Samhuinn Fire Festival.

'Callileach' painted cow skull. 2017

 

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‘Kleshas’. Now finished???

 

Or alternatively titled ‘Why won’t my thoughts stay still like Buddha’s?’!
I was not completely happy with this so have spent a bit longer on it. It has got darker, but that is part of its meaning to me.

Kleshas. Finished?
Mixed media (home produced charcoal, earth, bronze pigment and linseed oil) 300mm x 400mm on fine cartridge paper.
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Kleshas. 2017.

Inspired by a recent battle with depression due to the inscesant summer rain, here, on the West Coast of Scotland. I struggle with SAD at this time of year when the light levels return to winter levels and only the slugs and snails are happy.

Kleshas (Sanskrit: क्लेश, translit. kleśa; Pali: किलेस kilesa; Standard Tibetan: ཉོན་མོངས། nyon mongs), in Buddhism, are mental states that cloud the mind and manifest in unwholesome actions. Kleshas include states of mind such as anxiety, fear, anger, jealousy, desire, depression, etc.

Kleshas
Kleshas (Sanskrit: क्लेश, translit. kleśa; Pali: किलेस kilesa; Standard Tibetan: ཉོན་མོངས། nyon mongs), in Buddhism, are mental states that cloud the mind and manifest in unwholesome actions. Kleshas include states of mind such as anxiety, fear, anger, jealousy, desire, depression, etc.

Mixed media. Charcoal, earth, bronze pigment, linseed oil. A tiny amount of white acrylic. Fine cartridge paper. 300mm x 400mm.