|Enso Rising With Sidebar And Scroll, 12X16", mxed media on panel, 4/22/11|
Ingredients: red part of a chocolate bar wrapper, black lace, nylon window screen, white wedding frufru (four layers), Rich Art 'poster' paint, Crayola Washable, acrylic craft paint, un-tinted tint base No. 3, Elmer's glueall, spackling powder, sanded grout, tile mortar, sheer toilet paper (the cheap kind from hell).
Again, you cannot see the really cool thing going on here--some of the areas of glaze are so thick (visually) that you see all the way down to the bottom layers, past the splatter, and the cement, and color strokes, the embedded piece of window screen--and so forth. Maybe if I showed a detail you could get some sense of it.
|Enso Rising With Sidebar And Scroll, detail.|
The enso is serious business. It's part of Japanese calligraphy, and is thought to reflect the complete state of the maker's character. If so I'm probably sunk for a start. It carries a lot of mystic Zen vibe, and often is accompanied by that crazy Japanese script and red stamps that are just cool and no one knows why. I mean people get this stuff tatooed on their necks. I mean, huh? I don't know what that's all about. Anyway, I like ensos, serious or not. They're like mandalas. Very mysterious. In a former life I was a sign painter, made ensos in my sleep.
Never done with enso.