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Enso is a Japanese word meaning circle, strength, creativity, elegance, and enlightenment. In Zen Buddhist painting the enso symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to let the body/spirit create. The brushed ink of the circle is done  in one movement without modification. It shows the character of an artist and the expressive movement of her spirit at that moment in time.

In Buddhism the random, uncontrollable movements of a monkey symbolize the unsettled human mind – wavering in purpose, indecisive, prone to procrastination and outside temptations, capricious and ruled by uncontrollable passions. Thus, the expression “monkey mind.”

 Enso Monkey describes the artist and her work in which elegant, spiritual inklings battle baser attractions, such as chocolate and red wine. At the height of inspiration, she is effective in speech and action; her work is clear and precise. Still, she is easily distracted and restless. She procrastinates, sometimes for years. Her photographs are, at times, pure and untouched. At others, they are worked (and reworked) to the brink of destruction and disillusionment.

(Source: Wikipedia)


27 responses

  1. Great to meet you. Happy 2012 to you!

    January 11, 2012 at 5:48 am

  2. enjoying your combinations, particularly birds. are you using photoshop?
    also, do you have a buddhist practice?
    i really like your work! thanks for sharing.

    December 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    • Thank you Sara. Yes to photoshop. Art and writing are my buddhist practice. How about you?

      December 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

  3. penbow

    Hello!, I’m a frequent visitor to your fine blog and i just nominated you for the Kreativ bloggers award at my blog. Theres a link from my blog to yours on my homepage now.

    Best regards


    December 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

    • Wow Fink, I’m honored! A million thanks. Looks like I have some work to do now. What fun!

      December 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm

  4. Happy to have discovered your blog. Beautiful photos, and love the sensibility.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

  5. You have so much talent, such exquisite vision and perfect sensitivity. You must truly be a beautiful, enlightened soul. Please make more.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  6. You have a beautiful style and a passion for life that translates through the lens. Great work, Sandra.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm

  7. Hi Sandra, thanks for swinging by the Naturephile and liking my post about Corvids. I possess no artisitic sinews so I derive my enlightenment from the natural world around me. But I appreciate the art of others and I love your images. I’ll be back! Finn

    October 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

  8. Chris Bartley

    This is captivating and emotive work! It’s as if you perspire the pheromone of creativity. Awesome job..keep it up!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  9. i like you

    September 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  10. ken bello

    This is my first visit here and I’m very impressed with the photos and writing. I’ll be back!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

  11. It’s possible that I might’ve found a sister-soul. I see you.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:16 pm

  12. You’re beautiful, Sandra! Your blog is a wonderful spiritual space…

    July 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  13. awesome it’s nice to meet you….you have quite a lot of roles. :)..I am the same. Photographers rock…

    June 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  14. Great photos ….best wishes…..chuq

    June 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm

  15. Really enjoyed your photos Sandra! You clearly have talent.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:31 am

  16. ccyager

    Your photos are quite impressive. I especially like the abstracts and animals. Do you sell your photos to any of the syndicates?

    I have a novel that’s been on a far back burner that I plan to title “Monkey Mind”…..(smile)

    June 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

  17. Your blog is great!. The text that accompanies each of your pictures is so engaging and well-crafted that it’s a treat in its own right.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

  18. Love your photos, Sandra.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

  19. Sandra: Thank for checking out Watch. Read. Repeat. today and commenting on on the Urban Planning of the Future article. I’m most fortunate that your post lead me to your blog and these amazing photos. I would be honored if you would let me promote some of your work on my blog in the “Images” section, which I update every day or two. Let me know if you’d be amenable to this. Best, Matt

    September 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm

  20. Wonderful photographs and witty comments. I look forward to more!

    September 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

  21. Your pictures are amazing and your captions just perfect 🙂 Will be going through them slowly. Am so glad I stumbled upon your blog!

    September 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    • Thanks Book Junkie! I’m glad you stopped by, and I look forward to exchanging ideas, photos, poems, dreams……

      September 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

  22. I find your personal description quite interesting, to say the least. I had a laugh! Your photographs are in a class of their own. awesome.

    September 12, 2010 at 1:22 am

  23. thanks for sharing your view of the world. see you on down the road. big hug, deborah

    September 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

  24. Sandra, I love your photos and your artful sensibilities. You’re tickling the soul with your work, and it gives me a smile. I’ll stop by from time to time to rummage through the enlightened monkey den.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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