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.

If you would like a custom scroll made for your bonsai contact to Jonathan Maples at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

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 sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com


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.

If you would like to have a custom scroll made, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

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 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