Friday, December 7, 2018

Sanso Print Buson Plum Tree

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This is the painting of a plum branch by Buson. This information about the artist Yosa Buson, is quoted from the Encyclopedia Britannica. "Buson, also called Yosa Buson, original surname Taniguchi, (born 1716, Kema, Settsu Province, Japan-Died Jan. 17, 1784, Kyoto Japan), Japanese painter of distinction but even more renowned as one of the great haiku poets.

It is very beautiful, and I love the ambiance of the painting. The scroll was made in a simpler, Minchou Hyougu style. There is a thin, blue accent running the lengths of both sides of the scroll, which are not so evident in this picture. The light brown, cloth works with the brushes of the painting. The scroll is finished with an ivory (resin made to look like real ivory) jikusaki and the Kodai San Iro hanging string.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Tenka Muso Wallscroll

This is a yoji jukugo 四字熟語 which is a four character idiom in Japanese that has significant meaning. Ten 天 is Heaven, Ka 下 is Below, Mu 無 is None, and Sou 双 is a pair. In short it can mean Peerless Under Heaven. In other words, no one on this earth can match you. If someone has a special gift or indomitable spirit in a certain aspect of their life this is a very appropriate phrase to use. The customer who ordered this is giving it to a special person, who overcame great obstacles to accomplish something good in their life.

The scroll utilizes a red cloth with a small 唐草 (arabesque) with a large flower arabesque Ichimonji. The jikusaki are an antique ebony with an antique 3 color hanging string. The scroll style is done in the Maru Hyougu format and the size is as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Millimeters Size in Inches
Ten 92 278.76 10.97

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 36.36 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 57 172.71 6.80
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 217 657.51 25.89
Pillars 20 60.6 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8.5 25.755 1.01

Chi 45 136.35 5.37
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 97 293.91 11.57
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 362.5 1098.375 43.24

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Sanso Print Taiga Orchid and Rocks

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This is print of the original painting made into a scroll. It is a very simple yet beautiful painting of Orchid and Rocks. It was painted by Ike Taiga. You can read about him on Wikipedia

The beauty of this scroll is the simple two step style. It seems to really go well with the simplicity of the painting.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Alternate Scroll for Bonsai Artist

This is a different display using a similar painting of Canyon deChelley. The customer chose these cloths based upon a previous scroll done for a bonsai artist. The bonsai are entirely different from the display at USNBE.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wallscroll Made for Bonsai Artist

This scroll was made for a bonsai artist that submitted their tree to the 2018 US National Bonsai Exhibition. (2018 USNBE) The USNBE is put on by Bill Valvanis, one of the premier bonsai artist's in the US.

The bonsai artist that owns this tree sent me two Sumi she had done of some scenes inspired by Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. This area is located on Navajo lands. As a result I wanted to use cloths and symbolism for this area in the mounting.

The red chuumawashi (intermediate) cloth has a phoenix motif, but felt it would also translate into the Navajo legend of the thunderbird. The red color is also muted to match the sandstone in the area as well. It is hard to see, but the jikusaki are ceramic with deep earth brown and streaks of red to match the intermediate cloth. The light golds of the ichimonji and Ten/Chi were also used to accentuate the colors you would see in this geographical location.

I appreciate it when bonsai artists allow me to work with them on their displays. If you would like to have a scroll custom made for a display please contact to

Monday, October 1, 2018

Shijin Japanese style Wallscroll

This particular customer wanted the phrase 四神 Shijin written in the Kaisho style. Shijin in classical Chinese are four animals that guard the four compass points. In Japanese it is typically associated with the Buddhist Shitennou.

This customer requested a light green cloth. So I used a solid with a rich brown Kinran for the ichimonji to symbolize Earth and greenery.

The scroll is completed with a green (鶯)hanging string and plastic ivory jikusaki.

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Dimensions of the scroll as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Millimeters Size in Inches
Ten 120 363.6 14.31
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 0 0 0.00
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 36.36 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 75 227.25 8.95
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 106 321.18 12.64
Pillars 20 60.6 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 24.24 0.95
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 0 0 0.00
Chi 65 196.95 7.75
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 115 348.45 13.72
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 299 905.97 35.67

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Waterfall on Silk

This scroll was purchased in an auction and was remounted by myself
. I used the concepts of 寒色・暖色 (Kanshoku/Danshoku), which means cool colors/warm colors respectively. The waterfall is a summer theme motif in Japanese art. In mounting, a common technique is to use colors of the opposite season. So if it is hot in summer, you want to use cool colors to affect the viewer positively with the opposite feeling of the color.

What I love with this painting is the small birds flying across the waterfall. It really brings this painting to life.

Sometimes I have had difficulty with uki after applying the urauchi while working with silk paintings. However this one turned out close to perfect.

This scroll is for sale for $250.00 and will include a Paper box. For inquiries of purchase please contact to