16×20 | flashe water media
In Zen Buddhism, the painting of an ensō (a "circle" form) is a spiritual practice. It is drawn in a single uninhibited, uncalculating, brushstroke to express a moment of mind free of distraction or predisposition. It means nothing, although various symbolic attributions have been associated with it...notions such as enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, perfection, incompleteness, simplicity, the void. etc. Regardless, once painted it is as it is, done and left without alteration -- evidence of the creator and the context of its creation in one brief, contiguous moment.
Here, one bird gets it, balanced in one-legged 'gassho' with head tipped forward. The others are simply indifferent onlookers, mystified or going about business as usual -- another kind of evidence: the enso is nothing special.