Calligraphy, just like any other form of at, reflects the artists state of mind: what is written on a sheet of paper, cloth, or piece of wood shows the personality of the works creator. It is said, “Your writing reflects your personality.” This is why the Japanese name for calligraphy is sho do, which most directly translates as “way of writing” – in the same way that flower arranging is known as ka do ( way with flowers) and the tea ceremony is sa do (way with tea). What makws calligraphy very special is that it is an art of the moment; you can create a stroke only once and, in wanting to capture the moment, calligraphy requires special concentration. Strokes are works of art in themselves, you can never correct a mistake once it has been made. Although calligraphers through the ages have sought inspiration from the ancients, calligraphy never involves merely copying the works of old masters. For everyone who practices calligraphy, each stroke and each character us a reflection of his or her own spirit.

from The Simple Art of Japanese Calligraphy, Yoko Takenumi + Kakko  Tsuruka

…I see that I have not included more traditional looking forms of calligraphy among the following, but this was the selection that spoke to me tonight…….


“One” in kanji.   http://dialog.paulettepascarella.com



Takako Biber

…… i cant resist these big brushes………..



….big brush calligraphy, continues to intrigue and delight me….so here comes more of it…..

The Big Brush practice works with the principles of Heaven, Earth, and Man. Participants come up to calligraphy stations on the floor to execute a series of large brushstrokes, exploring the outer relationship of these principles as they manifest on the page as well as the inner feelings that arise. Finally the heart, or secret sense, is revealed.

A simple ritual unfolds – bowing, dipping, stroking, bowing, folding up the paper, laying down a new sheet. If “Calligraphy is a picture of the mind” as the Zen saying goes, each stroke becomes an expression of the moment, mind joining with space, grounded by ink and paper.

We go through our lives making our marks in so many ways. Here, with brush and ink, how we manifest in the world can be seen directly. We appreciate our minds – and our lives – when we make a true stroke of the moment.


check out the website – http://www.barbarabash.com

While browsing, I came across a site that well repaid my visit…. I loved the tagline…

When the Mind Soars, the Brush Dances





…………………big brush enso……..

……and whatabout big brush enso ?……….if you have more images of big brush or huge brush enso painting, I would love to see them…………..

unusually, white on black…… found @    http://itp.nyu.edu/~mm4839/Blog/?m=201001

…..and… not a painted enso but a captivating wooden enso table……..   found @ http://beta.3rings.reallysimple.to/2009/05/05/at-bklyn-designs-09-aim-for-enlightenment-with-eric-manigians-enso/



I would love to try this……………



Seo writes:  The Enso is one of the most prevalent images of Zen art, and it has become a kind of symbol of the clean and  strong  Japanese aesthetic.  It has been subject to a rich variety of interpretations-seen as everything from a rice cake to a symbol of infinity.  But regardless of how it is understood, the enso is above all the expression of the mind  of the artist who brushes it.  It is said that the state of the Zen practitioner can be clearly read in his or her execution of the circle


from Enso: ZEN Circles of Enlightenment (Paperback) by Audrey Yoshiko Seo

The follwing are a selection of ensos that chose me as I browsed through google images this morning……


…….The beauty of each enso lies in the distinctive characteristics that the calligrapher brings out to shine through. An enso is not just the line and circle itself, but the inside space as well, reinforcing the dual quality of emptiness/fullness of life………

from   http://mattmacabre.tumblr.com/post/15728584179/the-symbol-of-the-crcle-is-refered-to-as-enso-in



…..This enso is by Torei Enji (1721-1792), who excelled at the Zen circle. Torei began this one by pressing his brush down hard at the lower left and swiftly continuing around the circle while lifting the brush.

The calligraphy says “In heaven and on the earth, I alone am worthy of honor,” lines attributed at birth to the historical Buddha…...

from http://7junipers.com/log/torei-enji-enso/

…and  gallery of ensos that repays a look………..


from http://zen-brush.com/zen_circles_gallery