Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sing From The Heart

This is the third painting in a group of works by Dee Teller. The piece is titled "Sing from the Heart" and the second character is definitely read 心 (Kokoro in Japanese). If in a literal translation then the first character could be 歌...but I have not yet confirmed this with the painter.

In designing the works, Dee said to me she wanted to avoid the earth tones common with the Japanese scrolls. This white cloth is definitely more Chinese in feel, but not in the arabesque pattern of the cloth. I chose to do this in  the 3 step style, or Sandan Hyougu 三段表具. The white cloth is unassuming and tends to push the artwork forward to the eye of the viewer. The blue is a cool color used to evoke serenity and joy to fit with the message of the calligraphy. The scrolls is completed with the Shibucha Jikusaki, which is a little bit deeper brown than the rosewood stain and the Takuboku Hanging string which is white with Green accents.
Scroll Dimensions:

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 10 1.19
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 96.5 11.51
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 156 18.61
Pillars 18 2.15
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 6.5 0.78
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 28 3.34
Chi 76.5 9.13
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 132.5 15.81
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 428 51.06

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