Thursday, February 1, 2018

6:30 – 8:00 pm

one stroke makes a painting: ensō & other zen paintings


Come experience the latest body of work by Minnesota brush artist Bob Schmitt, as he explores the essence of the traditional zen simple circle (the ensō), the reality of being present to the moment with brush and ink, and the mysteries that can be brought to light in a single brush stroke.

Bob will speak briefly about these fruits of his most recent exploration—the one-stroke ensō and the zen calligraphy that flowed out of his brush in the course of this exploration. Bob will share his fascination in the range and depth of expression, emotion and power that can be communicated with such ancient technology as the bamboo brush, ground ink and xuan paper. “You can experience how this touches and informs the realities of your contemporary life.”

This art exhibit will be on display at the Carondelet Center January – March 2018. Learn more.

COST:  Free. Please RSVP.

one-stroke painting

“One single stroke is the basis and the root of a myriad of phenomena…When a painter’s brush is united with the ink, the cosmic
atmosphere (yin-yang) is created. As long as the cosmic atmosphere remains undivided, it is like chaos. In order to bring order to chaos, what else should I use except the single-stroke painting?”

—Shi-Tao, in Hua-yu-lu (Notes on Painting), 1700


Bob Schmitt

Bob Schmitt is a Quaker and a student and teacher of Chinese calligraphy and painting who lives and paints a stone’s throw from Minnehaha Falls. Learn more at

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