The soapbox series is complete! For the watercolor bits, I used ultramarine, quinacridone gold, and alizarin crimson. The red line drawings are made with a Pigma Micron pen. Each drawing is 6x6cm, and there are 24 total.
Today’s enso is the last one.
This is the box the series lives in.
This week’s 10 origami cranes. The total is now 100! I found some fancy paper to celebrate the occasion.
This week’s 10 origami cranes. The crane tally is 90!
Thirteen cranes folded today. The crane tally is 80!
This week’s 10 cranes. The crane tally is 67.
This week’s 10 origami cranes. Crane tally is 57.
This week’s 10 cranes. Crane tally is 47.
Made my first proper Enso today. I enjoyed the meditative aspect of the painting, coordinating the act of painting with the breath. Under my seal, I wrote the wrong date though — I actually made the drawing today, not the 29th!
I stumbled on a paragraph about the Enso (Zen circle) in a book this morning, and it was like coming home. Pretty funny that my blog is called “Making Circles”, and Enso weren’t even on my radar. I’ve used circular forms so much in my work, and have tried to figure out what it is about the circle that I am drawn to. The Enso completely makes sense to me, and in a way reaffirms circle-making for me. I like the idea of letting my hand do the work without my mind getting in the way (similar to folding the 1000 cranes). Although they are traditionally painted, I made this one on our walk today.
Folding 1000 cranes is said to insure a long and peaceful life. So one day a week, as part of my daily project, I will make 10 cranes. At this rate, it will take me 2 years to complete the 1000 cranes. If I stick to it, it’s totally doable! I figure it’s a good exercise in discipline, it’s meditative, and it will give me the chance to profoundly know the act of folding the crane, so that I no longer think about it, but rather my hands simply take over. By the sixth crane I made today, I had memorized the pattern. In addition to origami paper, I’m re-using paper from our recycling bin, which is a nice way to put the paper to use, and also adds a nice texture to the crane’s surface.