Sunday, April 15, 2012

Enso: zen circles - with Bill Buchman

Last Monday in our Creative Breakout class our instructor Bill Buchman showed us how to do the Enso using Sumi-e brushes and a reed pen. This is a different kind of painting than I have ever done before. I had seen him demonstrate this in his DVD Zen Breakthrough, but it was definitely a challenge to do! Here is Bill's enso . . .

signing his name 

Then it was our turn. Each student came up and Bill helped us out. He prepared a good amount of sumi-e ink or gauche loaded up on the brush for us . . . and he coached us! 

Rebecca's enso -nice splatters!

Barbara is practicing first; we all did. A good idea.

we signed our names with the reed pen
Paul is doing great with his

Each one is different . . . 

I also took a video with Bill's permission of his demo of the enso ~ view it below -

The direct link is here:

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  ~ Henry Drummond


  1. I love this! Thank you so much for posting. I have always thought these circles are iconic, but I knew nothing about them...not even what they're called. It has me wondering how I could apply this concept to other media...

  2. That looks like so much fun. I bet some paint went astray. Good thing I wasn't in that class, I have a habit of sending things flying!!

  3. thank you Lenna for your generous posting and sharing of this series-I am loving the looseness and freedom and abstract elements!! I recently tried something similar which was so fun I'll be doing a bit more-it's such a fresh change!



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