Wall Art

Zen Circle

I recently discovered this artwork on artjini.com. It was hidden among the hundreds of other fabulous artworks on the site.  I was intrigued by the unformed circle and word beneath it that read

ZEN

Since the artwork was named the Zen Circle, I googled for Zen Circle and what I found just blew my mind.

Before that here is the artwork for you,

 

Enso Zen Circl Art Print - Framed Print & Canvas Print

Enso Zen Circle

In Zen Buddhism, an ensō is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. (source:Wikipedia)

The word itself simply translates to “circle” in Japanese; however, it embodies one of the defining aspects of Zen Buddhism, no-mind. A state of no-mind is where a person is free from thoughts and emotions while being completely present in the now. It is believed that while in this state of total presence, true creativity can arise. (source: http://bit.ly/1mZ5IiP)

The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). Zen Buddhists believe that only a person who is mentally and spiritually complete can draw a true ensō. Drawing an ensō is a meditative or contemplative exercise and many artists practice drawing an ensō daily as part of their spiritual practice. Traditionally, the Zen artist might meditate in silence for a long time before the brush and paper. When the drawing is executed, it is done quickly and spontaneously, as an inevitable expression of what already existed within the artist.

How to Draw your Own ensō?

  • Get together the tools – paint (usually black), paint brush, paper or canvas
  • Meditate, create the picture of your ensō in your mind. Remember it is your spirit that is working through your body
  • Dip the brush into the color so that you have enough to complete a circle
  •  Draw your ensō
  • One stroke, no touchups. It must be spontaneous

The ensō reveals a the spiritual state of the artist at the moment of the creation.  The circle represents the material world. After the circle is drawn, it creates the concept of inside and outside. The inside and outside disappear as soon as the cicle is erased. The circle also depicts the cycle of  life, death and rebirth.

Some paint an ensō with an opening in the circle while others close the circle. Which is the perfect ensō?

Here is another ensō Zen Circle Painting:

Zen brush stroke circle ring

Zen brush stroke circle ring

An open ensō may express the idea that the ensō is not separate from all that is; rather, it is a part of something greater. The open circle reflects that the ensō is not contained within itself: but opens out to infinity. It might also speak to imperfection as an essential and inherent aspect of our existence. Ensō can be the open circle of emptiness in which the self flows in and out while remaining centered; or it can be closed and express a mandala or cosmogram. Leaving the ensō open is like leaving room for the spirit to flow in and out of the circle of emptiness; allowing it to breathe. Breath and emptiness are essential ingredients for meditation, contemplation and the creation of a spiritual life. (source: http://bit.ly/1mZ5IiP)

A truly inspirational and thought provoking art print for any workplace. I sure, would like to work in an office that had these on the walls.

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How to Choose Wall Decor – Part 4

Wall Coverings are all the rage now. Previously, imported wall paper was the rage. As tastes evolved, customers are now looking to create that highlight wall in their home and office that reflects their taste. Customised Wall Coverings that let the customer choose the design, size and, in fact, each hue on the design are the in thing. Indians seem to love wall paper and that maybe because it is aspirational.

We have created a huge library of designs and we regularly create bespoke designs based on the requirements of the designers and customers.

Here are a few of our favorites:

 

The Bike Wallpaper

A Bike like the one Nicholas Cage rides in the movie Ghostrider.

 

Retro Motif - Black & White Wallpaper

A Motif wallpaper as a backdrop to a natty dining table. The motif is simple yet elegant.

 

Angel in Waiting customised wallpaper

An avant garde artwork depicting an angel waiting on your living room wall will add a intriguing twist to your lifestyle statement.

The Ramp customised wallcovering

The Ramp wallcovering for a the ultra chic look. Best for the abode of a teenage goddess.

 

Some the frequently asked questions about wall paper:

Is it washable?

Yes, Any wall covering with vinyl on the top can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Mild detergent may be used.

My wall is peeling, is a wallpaper a good idea to cover it up?

NO.

How long will the wallpaper last?

Once it is properly installed, wallpaper will last many many years. The biggest problem in India is 1) the edges start curling due to the very wet rainy season and very dry summer 2) seepage thru the wall.

 

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Choosing the medium for art

How to Choose Wall Decor – Part 3

Many times the medium adds to the beauty of the image. Choose the medium that adds to the image. A few quick pointers to get warmed up:

  • Oil paintings look good on canvas.

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  • Water colors look good on paper. Textured Paper or handmade paper is suitable for water color artworks.

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  • If you are covering an entire wall, customized wall coverings are best.

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  • Woven tapestries are a very traditional medium but a modern image just adds a zing that is like none other.

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Remember, paper is framed with glass while canvas is stretched onto wooden bars. No glass is required for stretched canvas prints. Depending on the printing technology used, the results on canvas can be vibrant and long lasting. Artjini prints are guaranteed against fading.

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Choosing an Image for wall decor

How to Choose Wall Decor – Part 2

Wall decor adds to the living space in three different ways and in a fourth way which is the combination of the first three. The first three are:

  • Image
  • Medium
  • Finishing Options

Image is what one sees. Images fall into various categories:

Abstract: Abstract as an art form is one in which the element is identical to the visual representation. For example, a tree might be just two well positioned lines. Here are a few examples of abstract art. (A layman’s guide to identifying abstract art – Simple, when you cannot put a name to what you see.)

Here is an example of Abstract Landscape. The features of a typical landscape – mountains, fields, meadows etc are ‘abstracted’.  http://www.artjini.com/prints/abstract-landscape/255072.

abstract landscape

Here are more abstract artworks – http://www.artjini.com/search?search=abstract. Abstract artworks can also be computer generated or otherwise composed on a computer. This lets artists express their creativity in unique ways. Here are some more examples in this collection on our website – http://www.artjini.com/search?collections=true&collection=digital-art

Landscape: This is more straight forward. The artwork represents a landscape – mountains, fields, valleys etc. Here is a link to a selection of landscapes on our site – http://www.artjini.com/search?search=landscape&product_line=prints . Landscapes can be photographs or computer generated too. Photographs of scenic beauty are great choice to make your living space look fantastic.

Landscape

Cuyahoga National Recreation Area

Florals: These are an all time favorite. These are pictures of flowers arranged in myriad ways. At this link you can find links to Floral images on our site – http://www.artjini.com/search?search=floral

Floral Artwork

Architectural: These are a favorite among the more knowledgeable. Not only does the beauty of buildings add to the image, the history of the building also adds to the joy one would get out of the artwork.

A view of the Eiffel Tower

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Wall Decor adds life to your home

How to choose Wall Decor – Part 1

Wall Decor is the way one could do up the walls in a living space so that it reflects the personality, aspirations and ideas of the people who live in that space. Be it home of office, wall decor helps liven up the space and is an extremely important tool to personalize a space.

Wall decor needs to coordinate with the other pieces of the space, in terms of style and color palette of the furnishings and furniture (yes, furnishings refer to the upholstery and the drapes while furniture refers to the things that we while sitting, eating or writing) used.

From the wall decor product’s angle, one would need to match the medium and the image to the rest of the space.

Let me leave you with these two pictures. Both of them use a tapestry in the same villa but with different effects. In the living room with traditionally finished ornate furniture the Tree of Life tapestry goes just fine. In the entertainment room cum bar the same tapestry product (considered very traditional by many) offers a contemporary look with an abstract theme of the Iris flower.

Both the Tree of Life and Iris flower are considered symbols of prosperity in different cultures – middle eastern (and also Indian, as Kalvpvriksh) and Japanese.

Long View of the Living Room:

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Close Up of the Tree of Life Tapestry:

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Tapestry in the Bar/Entertainment Room (Long View):

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Close up of the Iris – Nine Patch Tapestry:

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