Description Enso One is the winner of the Parent's Day competition at ImageKind! Inside this image of Ensō One is painted a mother bird watching over her nest of babies and eggs. And, protecting it as a pleased and proud parent. As does the Ensō, 'parents symbolize enlightenment and a circle of protection'.The Ensō is one of the most prevalent images of Zen Art, and it has become a symbol of the clean and strong Japanese aesthetic. The ensō is an expression of the mind of the artist who brushes it. As a symbol, the circle expresses the totality of our being. The circle points to the most vital aspect of our essence -- it's ultimate wholeness. The ensō symbolizes enlightenment, power, and the universe itself. It is a direct expression of thusness or this-moment-as-it-is. Ensō is considered to be one of the most profound subjects in zenga (Zen inspired painting). - Loori
Casey Shannon, Carmel, CA. Member Since April 2009 Artist Statement Casey Shannon, BFA, MS Artist and Instructor.
Elegant Brush Paintings: The Sound of One Hand I am a Contemporary Sumi-e painter reaching beyond the limits of traditional ink painting. I try to capture spirit as the brilliance of ink is transferred to the paper with the stroke of a brush as it is pushed across the surface. The object in your picture seems to 'breathe and take on life', and this breath begins to fill the page with spirit just as it does in all of nature which surrounds us. The inner power of the painted form shines through the ink and the white page. The white space surrounding the painted form becomes as important as the object itself. The ink painting represents soul, spirit, and beauty all at the same time in concert.