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 sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kakejiku for Bonsai Artist

This painting on silk was sent to me by a bonsai artist in the midwest. It is a beautiful painting with pines and cranes. It is a very traditional Japanese motif. The brown pattern in the pure silk reminds me of a strong breeze. I hope to have a picture of it displayed with the bonsai.

If you would like a custom scroll made for your bonsai display please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Danzan Ryu Jiu Jitsu Wallscroll

This kakejiku was made for a Danzan Ryu Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Danzan Ryu is a form of Jiu Jitsu developed by Henry S. Okazaki.

The customer wanted it in the three step style with the light blue cloth and goldenrod ten and chi. It was written in the Gyoushou style by Ryugyoku. (Yoshimi Yamada Maples). I made the scroll, and this has turned out to be one of the nicest scrolls I have made.

If you would like a quote for having a custom wallscroll made for you please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Monday, July 16, 2018

Landscape Waterfall on Silk

I remounted this silk painting that is painted on silk. It has a waterfall and landscape scene. It is a very beautiful painting.
I used dark browns and golds to be a contrast to the summer scene that is depicted in the painting. This scroll is about 6 feet long.

It is no longer available for sale. If you would like a quote for a custom scroll made please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Makimono Scrolls


Makimono scrolls completed with the help of my teacher in Japan. I learned some new techniques and skills while in Japan. It makes me realize, the more I learn the less I know.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Never Forget Your Beginning

In Japanese there is a proverb read 初心を忘れるべからず, (shoshin wo wasureru bekarazu) which reminds one to never forget the spirit and gumption they had when embarking on learning a new skill, career etc. This is for a Martial Artist who is giving to a student that achieved the dan ranking. We wrote slightly differently to have all characters, but the meaning is essentially the same.

This was a reminder to me that in my Hyousou arts, I should rekindle that inner spark.

If you would like a custom scroll for a gift, please email to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Illuminating Moonbeam

This is the second scroll of the Iwasaki print Illuminating Moonbeam. The calligraphy in the scroll is the heart sutra. The symbolism is very beautiful. I feel that the soft purples soften this scroll greatly. If you would like a quote for custom scroll, or would like a painting or photograph mounted into a wallscroll, contact to Jonathan Maples at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com