Janine Ibbotson

Zen Enso Circle Art and Practice Blog

Blog about the art and practice of drawing the Zen Enso Circle.

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Smooth Shores

©Janine Ibbotson, "Dream of Promises Fulfilled," color on rice paper with Well Frog seal, 2019.

©Janine Ibbotson, "Dream of Promises Fulfilled," color on rice paper with Well Frog seal, 2019.

Sometimes I have the sense of going back to square One, or further back, to square Zero (or should I say round zero)😊? It is like a sense of starting over from a neutral place, a place of newness like a clean beach after the ocean waves have smoothed away all footprints and sandcastles. There is a sense of natural purity and a good feeling from positive ions. The bubbles of foam on the shores often glow with a multicolored luminescence reflecting the sun’s light on the horizon. Although it has been a while since I was on a beach, this enso reminds me of contemplative walks on the coastline with a feeling of peace and openness.