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Enso - Clinging To Nothing-Detail Calligraphy


Enso - Clinging To Nothing Painting

Nadja Van Ghelue

Painting, Ink on Paper

Size: 47 W x 27.5 H x 0.1 D in

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I brushed this Enso circle in black sumi. Next to it stands a verse from the Diamond Sutra : 應 無 所 住 而 生 其 心 Ō mu sho jū ni shō go shu, meaning "Give birth to a thought that is not attached to anything." A freer translation would be: "Let your mind be unattached, clinging to nothing." The original Enso circle is not stretched yet. I don't know if you are familiar with rice paper, but when you brush on it, it absorbs the ink and it wrinkles. Therefore the artwork needs to be mounted, which means it is stretched and flattened to take the wrinkles away. For more information about mounting this Enso calligraphy please visit my website, at, where I recommend you a mounter in California, US. Please be aware that I cannot take any responsibility for the mounting. Original size of the Enso calligraphy in cm: 70 x 120 cm. The artwork will be shipped rolled in a tube.

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Painting:Ink on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:47 W x 27.5 H x 0.1 D in

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My artwork comprises Zen calligraphy, watercolor and ink paintings, and abstract calligraphies. My mediums are ink, watercolors and natural pigments on rice paper, mainly Xuan paper. I wield the Chinese and Japanese brush, preferably the flexible sheep's hair brush. Many of my Zen calligraphies express the Emptiness teaching from the Heart Sutra, which has been the original inspiration for my Japanese calligraphy artwork. Other calligraphies focus on the teachings of the Diamond Sutra, Platform Sutra, or depict Zen koan, Zen poetry or single kanji. In my watercolors and ink paintings I strive for a pictorial synthesis of the subject, in the spirit of Japanese ink painting, using bold washes and vivid brush strokes.

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