Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sumi-e Bamboo

If you would like to order a custom scroll there are three ways to get started: 1. Go to my shopping site at 2. Download my scroll design workbook from my website at to read about the concepts behind kakejiku or wallscroll design. 3. E-mail to me directly at                                                                  This scroll was made from a bamboo sumi-e painting that was made over 10 years ago. It was drawn by Yoshimi Maples. This is done in the Maru hyougu style, but you will notice that the cloth used as the brocade borders the entire work. There is a 1 bun gold border between the Hashira and the Shihon.

The cloth color chosen is a khaki color. This is a very traditional cloth selection for a Japanese scroll. You may be asking yourself, why I have tried to imitate a Japanese style design for the scroll. It is because many American bonsai artists have complained about the following on my works.

A. The Shihon is too new and white

B. My cloth selections would not be appropriate for a formal Keido style Toko no Ma display.

Sometimes one does something to prove a point. That is this case. I have created a scroll to prove that I can make a Kakejiku in the traditional style. Usually I make pieces for my own joy, but in this case I am trying to satisfy other individual’s desires for what they want in a scroll. In a similar situation with the Martial Art's market, I did not get many sales until I started adopting traditional phrases such as the seven virtues of the Bushido, peace or harmony etc. I hope that the people will recognize that I am flexible enough to create a wallscroll that will fit their individual needs.

1 comment:

Ren said...

Wow! Yoshimi does outstanding bamboo.