Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sumi-e of 布袋 Hotei Buddha Scroll

布袋 Hotei is commonly referred to as the fat Buddha. He is depicted as a jovial, smiling personage. This sumi-e was painted by Ren Adams and is a very simple, but elegant piece. This scroll has a light easygoing feel, which complements the ideals and personality of Hotei.
In designing this scroll, I went through a vast amount of cloths to match. I knew I wanted to use this blue kinran cloth because the patterns of the gold thread reminded me of a lively fireworks show in Japan. At first glance, the cloth may seem to be a little dark, but I purposely chose this pattern because it matches almost perfectly the stone statues seen throughout Japan. This marble texture seemed to perfectly complement the idea that this could be turned into a statue.
This scroll is about 2.5 Feet in length and 1 Foot wide. There was one flaw near the Jikubou, where the cloth did not adhere to the Souurauchi, but the wrinkle is camoflauged by its position of attachment to the Jikubou. This scroll is available for purchase. If you are interested in pricing, please contact Jonathan Maples at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com.

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