Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dee Teller Calligraphy #15 - Meditation

This was the 15th kakejiku made in preparation for Dee Tellers exhibition at Asia Speaks. This scroll is also done in the Fukuro Hyougu style. I think the gold medallions in the paper are highlighted by the silver cloth. This calligraphy is strong, so I used the informal style to put the calligraphy in the forefront. The scroll is completed with and Enshu Shitan Jikusaki, which is rosewood with a lip at the end.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 120 14.31
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 195 23.26
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 335 39.96
Pillars 23 2.74
Chi 70 8.35
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 241 28.75
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 525 62.63

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Customer Response Made My Day!

The scrolls arrived a couple of days ago, and they are just beautiful! Thank you so much for the wonderful work and the amazing presentation it was a joy working with you, and we both enjoy the scrolls very much. Looking forward to hanging them up and working with you again in the future! Best regards!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dee Teller #14 - Landscape Sumie

This landscape painting is the 14th in the series for the Asia Speaks exhibition by artist Dee Teller. Dee requested to have a very simple scroll design to show off the color and technique of the painting. It was done in the 袋表具 Fukuro Hyougu style and has a 1.5 mm border of black 筋 suji around the edge of the painting. The soft gray/teal color of the cloth seems to bring out the greens  in the trees and grasses and light blue colors of the water. The black suji really gives a lighter/darker/lighter/Darker pattern for the viewer.

The scroll is completed with a black lacquer wood jikusaki 黒塗り軸木. I really think this one matched the painting beautifully, and became one of the most beautiful paintings for the exhibition.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun (Inches)

天 Ten 119 (14.20)

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 73 (8.71)

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 124 (14.79)

柱 Pillars 18.5 (2.21)

地 Chi 80 (9.54)

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 111 (13.24)

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 324 (38.65)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dee Teller Calligraphy #13-Play

 This is the 13th work in a series by Dee Teller for her exhibition called Asia Speaks. This one I ended up liking very much, not just because of the simplicity of the design and how it blended with with the Calligraphy of Play (遊び)Asobi but also because of the quality of the end result.

The calligraphy is in a full cursive style. It is bordered with a Gold on Tan Ichimonji that has a very large Karakusa. I cut the ichimonji a little wider in order to show off the arabesque pattern. It is hard to see, but the cloth actually has some offsetting horizontal striping in it, and seems to complement the light brush stroke of the calligraphy. The scroll is completed with a Rosewood jikusaki, that has a pattern cut in and bone inserted. This is a very beautiful and elegant touch for the artwork itself.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun (Inches)

天 Ten 117 (13.96)

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 18 (2.15)

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 170 (20.28)

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 99 (11.81)

柱 Pillars 20 (2.39)

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 10 (1.19)

地 Chi 75 (8.95)

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 210 (25.05)

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 319 (38.05)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dee Teller Shodou #12 - Nothingness Dragon

 I had such a difficulty with this scroll. In the original mounting, the black dots at the top experienced some significant nijimi (smudging/smearing). In the bottom right area, I had problems with the scroll paper tearing when I applied the Souurauchi.

What this tells me is that I am so imperfect, and must work every day to improve and become better.

When designing this scroll, I wanted a cloth that would provide the feeling of air rushing about as the dragon flew through the air. I think this was accomplished by the pattern in the grey cloth. I used an Enshu Kokutan (Paper Lantern shaped Ebony) jikusaki for this scroll. I think it went well with the entire scroll.

As you can see from the dimensions, this is a very large piece to mount and is very difficult. I just wished it had turned out more perfect.

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 128 15.27
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 224 26.72
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 382 45.57
Pillars 18 2.15
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 10 1.19
Chi 70 8.35
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 260 31.02
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 602 71.81

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dee Teller Sumie - #11 True Dream Peace Moon

 This was the 11th scroll done in a series for the Dee Teller, who has a one artist exhibition for Asia Speaks. I originally designed this as a Fukuro Hyougu style scroll, but had some difficulty with the Suji. I wanted a cooler color to go with the orange Moon, so I originally used a plain Navy cloth with silver Suji. The silver Suji did not adhere like they normally do, and as a result, I took it off and redid it with this patterned blue cloth. I wanted to keep it cool, but I was concerned that the leaf pattern would be disturbing to the image, but it seemed to make sense after putting next to the bare branches.

The jikusaki was a very simple ebony wood. It is simple and provides a good contrast to the end piece.

Dimensions as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 88 10.50
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 113 13.48
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 178 21.23
Pillars 20 2.39
Chi 65 7.75
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 153 18.25
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 331 39.49

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wedding Present Scroll

This scroll was made as a wedding present. They will be able to insert the picture they wish into the scroll to hang. This is called Shashin/Hagake/Shikishi Kake style. It is done on occasion,  as an alternative to hang photos and pictures, and allows flexibility for the picture to be changed in or out. The colors were done to try and match the couples color scheme for the wedding. The off-white/eggshell seems to match pretty well, but I could not find a brighter blue to match the color, but did the best I could.

Dimensions as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 93 11.09
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 32 3.82
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 71 8.47
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 92 10.97
Pillars 31.5 3.76
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 23 2.74
Chi 63 7.52
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 134 15.99
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 303 36.15

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fierce Grace & Dream Chaser

 These scrolls were made as companion pieces. They are beautiful, done is a Sandan Hyougu (三段表具)style with some good contrasting elements for a very soothing feel. They are both written in a semi-cursive style, but the second was translated by Yoshimi. The first character is fierceness 猛(もう)or mou can be greatly energetic, fierce or ferocious and 優美(ゆうび)or yuubi can be read as grace or refinement. Fierce Grace.
The Ichimonji is a white on gold, and the purple Chuumawashi cloth has a simple pattern. The Bone colored cloth is a strong contrast with the purple and the Deep Brown stained wood jikusaki. The kakejiku is finished with the Takuboku hanging string.

Dimensions as Follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun (Inches)

天 Ten 132 (15.75)

上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 49 (5.85)

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 7 (0.84)

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 41 (4.89)

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 128 (15.27)

柱 Pillars 10 (1.19)

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 4 (0.48)

下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 38 (4.53)

地 Chi 63 (7.52)

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 61 (7.28)

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 414 (49.39)


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dee Teller Painting #10 - Ancient Spring Growing

Of all the scrolls I did for Dee Teller...this is the one I liked the least. The cloth although I thought would be a good match for the painting, just seemed to clash...You win some you lose some....

The jikusaki is a beautiful two toned glazed ceramic.

Dimensions as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 112 13.36
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 15 1.79
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 107 12.76
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 149 17.77
Pillars 28.5 3.40
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 12 1.43
Chi 80 9.54
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 164 19.56
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 368 43.90

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cloudy Moon Scroll

 This is similar to a scroll posted back in April. Both of these kakejiku are already sold. It is the same cloudy moon by Polish Artist Mariusz Szmerdt, but the moon is more obscure and the painting is a little darker. The difference with this scroll is it is done in a three step style called Sandan Hyogu (三段表具)

I used a ginran 銀襴 instead of a kinran 金襴 for the ichimonji bordering the     artwork. This means that this cloth is made with silver filament thread instead of the gold filament thread. It is very beautiful. I used a silver for the chuumawashi of this cloth as well, but the difference is that it has a smaller Karakusa (arabesque) pattern in the cloth. For the Ten/Chi I used a gray/slate colored cloth that has a hint of blue.

The Ichimonji for this scroll has a black lacquer with gold/silver fleck in it. It really adds some extra character to the scroll.

Dimensions as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 93 11.09
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 40 4.77
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 13 1.55
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 115 13.72
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 285 34.00
Pillars 23 2.74
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 30 3.58
Chi 62 7.40
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 161 19.21
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 518 61.79

Friday, June 8, 2012

Dee Teller #9 Sing (Spirit Woman)

This is the ninth painting of Dee Teller's exhibition titled Asia Speaks. http://www.paradisecenterforthearts.org/gallery/exhibitions/

It is titled Sing (Spirit Woman). I felt this needed a more neutral cloth, so I selected a flower pattern with a light brown. I used a gold on gold Ichimonji to keep the focus on the painting. The Jikusaki are bamboo. This is a large scroll.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun (Inches)

天 Ten 115 (13.72)

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 15 (1.79)

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 220 (26.24)

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 424 (50.58)

柱 Pillars 17 (2.03)

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 (0.95)

地 Chi 75 (8.95)

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 254 (30.30)

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 637 (75.99)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dee Teller #8 - Woven Moon

This is the eighth kakejiku or wallscroll in a series for an exhibition by artist Dee Teller. You can purchase her art at the website provided.  It is titled woven moon.

As I was contemplating this scroll, I wanted something that would push the purple background to the forefront, but still display the painting of the moon and the tree. The silver chuumawashi with the large Karakusa (arabesque) pattern seemed to do that while the gold Ten and Chi really seems to soften the painting to the viewers eye. It is a similar style I used on this piece of a cloudy moon. http://wallscroll.blogspot.com/2012/04/bonsai-scroll-order.html

  This scroll is completed with a black jikusaki that has a gold ring around the outer edge, and a Usu Kincha Hanging String. I am really happy with the way this scroll turned out.

Dimensions as Follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 118 14.08
上中廻し Ue Chumawashi 40 4.77
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 134 15.99
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 116 13.84
Pillars 14 1.67
下中廻し Shita Chumawashi 19 2.27
Chi 75 8.95
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 162 19.33
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 368 43.90