Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Gift Wallscroll 2

This was a gift that went to the South of the US as a gift for a family Christmas. This was for a military man that will be deployed to Japan. He wanted name translations for his family. How thankful I am for the men and women who serve so diligently, so I can enjoy the freedom and liberty of my life.

I did all the four translations originally, and for the first time, Yoshimi accepted one of my translations...(either I am lucky or getting better at understanding Japanese)
The first is Aaron. The first character is the same as in the Japanese Self Defense Force (Jieitai) and Ron in the character for to argue. Someone who argues for the defense of the country.
Jennifer is the flower that resembles Purity
Tyler is great good
Savannah is the blooming flower

The scroll is written by Ryugyoku, Yoshimi Yamada Maples in the Gyousho or semi cursive style on paper. The scroll is done in a Sandan Hyougu (Three Step) style. It is completed with a rosewood Jikusaki and the Kodai San iro Hanging string.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 116 13.84
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 45 5.37
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 54 6.44
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 163 19.44
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 6.5 0.78
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 30 3.58
Chi 70 8.35
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 94 11.21
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 430.5 51.35

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Gift Wallscroll 1



This was a gift that went to our neighbor to the North. It was for a lady who wanted to do something special for her significant other. She went all out on ordering a special cloth, Fuuchin and kiribako for storing the kakejiku. Her spouse practices Martial Arts, which make this kakejiku a great gift.

The next thing she did was give me one line of the epitaph written for Lord Byron's dog Boatswain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epitaph_to_a_Dog . The line read:

The first to welcome, foremost to defend

Yoshimi kept the line of poetry in traditional calligraphy and translated the phrase only using Kanji characters and no syllabic Hiragana or Katakana. It is written in Kaisho style, very formal, and is framed in an informal maru hyougu stle. The scroll's Fuuchin are very beautiful and both the Kakehimo and Fusa (Tassel) for the Fuuchin is in Kincha (Gold Brown). The scroll is completed with a Kokutan Hone Tsuke Designed Jikusaki.

The size of the scroll is as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 123 14.67
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 13 1.55
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 105 12.53
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 448 53.44
Pillars 22 2.62
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8.5 1.01
Chi 90 10.74
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 149 17.77
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 682.5 81.42

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sumie Painting Remount

This is a followup of the finished painting remount. Please see the link here. This are the final pictures. I really like the blending of the colors and patterns of all three cloths in this scroll. The customer spent a lot of time in consultation.

Size of the scroll is below:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 117 13.96
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 40 4.77
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 15 1.79
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 109 13.00
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 442 52.73
Pillars 22 2.62
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 6 0.72
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 30 3.58
Chi 75 8.95
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 153 18.25
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 710 84.70


If you also have an old painting you would like remounted please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bonsai Tansaku Scroll 2

 
This was a separate order from the Golden State Bonsai Federation show. It is a georgeous cloth, with a simple pattern. The poem in this one is referenced in a previous post for Autumn season. Seifuu Banri no Aki. http://wallscroll.blogspot.com/2011/09/sakuya-issei-no-kari.html Hopefully, we will see this kakejiku also paired and displayed with a bonsai someday.

The scroll is written in Gyousou. A mix of cursive and semi cursive, by Yoshimi Yamada Maples. The scroll is completed with a Shitan (Rosewood) jikusaki and the Kodai Saniro Hanging String.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 126 15.03
タンサクの幅さ Tansaku Width 20 2.39
タンサクの長さ Tansaku Length 120 14.31
Pillars 17.5 2.09
Chi 72 8.59
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 55 6.56
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 318 37.93

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bonsai Tansaku Kake Wallscroll

 
 This beautiful scroll was commissioned by a bonsai artist at the Golden State Bonsai Federation convention in Sacramento. This is for a winter season poem, which is not written yet. I think the gray cloth is a perfect way to express the chill air felt on a snowy day. Hopefully, we will have a chance to see the scroll paired with a beautiful bonsai at an upcoming exhibition.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 110 13.12
タンサクの幅さ Tansaku Width 25 2.98
タンサクの長さ Tansaku Length 120 14.31
Pillars 17 2.03
Chi 60 7.16
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 59 7.04
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 290 34.59

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Kakejiku Remount Part 2

In the previous post, we showed pictures of the painting with the Ichimonji and Hashira intact. The second photo was of the painting after the Sou & Hadaurauchi were removed. (These are additional layers of backing paper). This photo is of the painting with a new Hadaurauchi applied. It helps remove the wrinkles, and repairs the tear, and helps to minimize the yogore or stains on the left hand side of the painting. I got the cloth in from Japan last week, but want to give this one a little time on the drying board.
If you have an old scroll you would like remounted or remade, please contact to  Jonathan Maples at 801-785-0919 or sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Friday, November 9, 2012

Old Kakejiku or wallscroll Remount Work

Besides orders for new scrolls I am working on an order for a remount. This painting is on paper, and there was no Ten and Chi. Also there were small sections with yogore and one slight tear. Last night I spent a good while carefully removing the Sou and Hada Urauchi. The Hada urauchi is the first paper used to back the painting and cloth. The Sou urauchi is the layer of paper used to seal all the assembled pieces together. I will keep everyone apprised of some of the steps to the finish.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Seki Kazari

This was my first go at displaying the Yosemite waterfall scroll with a plant. It takes a lot of effort to get it...I will next put down a Blue Shitajiki to have a better background for the Jiita. I wanted to use some cattails, because they were still intact when I left for the Golden State Bonsai Federation convention in Sacramento. However, when I came back there were none available for use.

I should also shorten down the daisy to be less high than the rush weed.

Also it is obvious that I am not the best cameraman.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dee Teller Print - Thundering White Horses

This print was from Artist Dee Teller. She is a very talented sumi painter. The horses are so lifelike and the colors so soft. I chose colors that would help to bring out the print while still being framed in the white to provide relief to the eyes. Even though the border of the print has white, I did not list this as a daihari in the table measurement below.
The scroll is made with a ginran for the ichimonji, and the jikusaki is a ceramic light blue with white fleck. The hanging string is takuboku.
Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 115 13.72
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 16 1.91
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 148 17.66
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 149 17.77
Pillars 12 1.43
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 10 1.19
Chi 65 7.75
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 172 20.52
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 355 42.35

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Dojo Alcove with Yoshimi's Writing

Yoshimi wrote this shikishi Ichigo Ichie for this dojo. I especially like the armor. Her writing is beautiful. The scroll is not mine. I have seen many of these modified Sandan Hyougu scrolls. I think two tone scrolls are more traditional with the chuumawashi having a small karakusa (arabesque) with a solid cloth color for the Ten & Chi.

Friday, October 26, 2012

New York Dragon

Another Dragon sumi work made into a scroll for a New York artist.
Dimensions:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 105 12.53
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 8 0.95
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 71 8.47
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 97 11.57
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 4 0.48
Chi 60 7.16
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 111 13.24
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 274 32.69

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Yosemite Waterfall Sumie

This was painted by Polish artist Mariusz Szmerdt. It is his vision of a photograph of a waterfall in Yosemite National Park. I am taking this to the Golden State Bonsai Federation this week, and intended to sell that there, but think it will be difficult because of the large tree in the painting creating redundancy in display.

The scroll is made with a Benberugu cloth, a shitan jikusaki and an Usukincha hanging string. The reason I ultimately selected this cloth was to help subtely accentuate the vertical lines of the cliff and falls. Dimensions are posted as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 123 14.67
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 126 15.03
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 279 33.28
Pillars 2.5 0.30
Chi 70 8.35
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 131 15.63
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 472 56.31
If you would like to have a scroll custom made for you please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Monday, October 22, 2012

Return Customer Ox Sumie

This Ox Painting is the Sumi work of a New York artist. This is the second set of paintings she sent to me. I am glad to be able to do the work. I like the simple brush strokes, but they are still complex because there seems to be some wet on wet and the tones in some brush strokes are darker to lighter.

She chose the same Navy silk with the gold on gold small karakusa for the ichimonji. The scroll is completed with the Usukincha kakehimo and ivory plastic jikusaki.

Dimensions are below:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 105 12.53
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 8 0.95
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 73 8.71
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 95 11.33
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 4 0.48
Chi 60 7.16
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 113 13.48
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 272 32.45
If you would like a custom scroll made for yourself, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com