Saturday, October 14, 2017

Scroll with Watercolor Flowers

This is a painting by an artist in Hawaii. It is a beautiful composition of flowers. This is a true Yokojiku, because the width is wider than it is long vertically. This is for sale for $5,000.00. It will come complete with a custom kiribako. Please contact to

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Custom Wall Scroll

 This custom dojo wallscroll is in the Maru Hyougu style. It reads 
心身鍛解放First two characters are shinmi which means mind and body.Third character is Kitaeru which is the verb to forge, train or disciplineLast two characters are Kaihou which means to emancipate or set free.
I also upgraded the jikusaki to a rosewood machined shape. I think it is fancy but not too fancy to overpower the simpler scroll design. It utilizes a bright gold Ichimonji to really make a smooth transition between the gray cloth and the artwork.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lao Tze Quote in Scroll

This is a return customer. He wanted a phrase from "The Way" by Lao Tze, and wanted the entire chapter written, but this was too much for my wife. We chose a small snippet of one translation of the first line.

I created the scroll in the Sandan Hyougu style.

It has a pure silk Navy, with a gold on cream ichmonji and a gray ten/chi. The jikusaki were Machined Rosewood. I am still contemplating whether to put on Fuutai...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Laughter Kakejiku

This was sent to me by an artist from Minnesota. She titled it Laughter....about 7 feet in length.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dragon Sumie Kakejiku

This is a dragon sumi painting from a friend of an artist that lives in Minnesota. Color inks take an extra step to prepare to make a scroll. They tend to bleed very easily when water is even applied to the back of the painting. So you are required to either apply nijimi tome spray, or a liquid dousa eki. The dousa eki is a liquid that is even be better to be applied to the paper or silk before it is painted.
This particular scroll is done in the fukuro hyougu style. I applied a 1.5 bun measured suji in gold around the painting to provide a relief to the cloth and painting. This painting is so powerful, I wanted to utilize a simple mounting style.
Yes, my studio is a little messy.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fall Down Seven Times Get Up Eight

This scroll is another sample of the fall down seven times get up eight. A great Japanese proverb to never give up. Never quit your dreams and keep plugging along even when things go badly. This has a slate cloth with a cloud motif and a beautiful light blue ceramic jikusaki. This is for sale at $75.00 which includes shipping to the United States. For inquiries contact to

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wedding Gift Wallscroll

I made this scroll as a wedding gift for a customer. It has Love and Joy, written in Kaisho style by Yoshimi Ryugyoku Yamada. It is a maru hyougu style scroll, finished with rosewood (enshu) style machined jikusaki and a Ouka (cherry blossom) color hanging string.

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