Monday, July 15, 2013

Pheasant Scroll for Autumn Wallscroll

This scroll is sold! This is another kakejiku prepared for the American Bonsai Convention in New York this upcoming September. It is available for sale. If you have an idea or need details about ordering a custom handmade scroll, go to or email to

This was painted by Natsuko Horinouchi, a Japanese sumi artist who lives in Germany. I love the wind in this painting...only small problem is slightly against the flow of the wind....but could easily see a windswept bonsai to display this this scroll.

The pheasant is a bird that represents the Autumn season, and now would be a good time to display in anticipation of the fall. The cloth selections somewhat go against some principles of designing the cloths of a scroll for a Hyousoushi, but align with bonsai artists ideas for display. I used browns, golds, tans and a taupe to represent the dried out grasses where a pheasant may be hiding during the Fall season. The scroll is completed with old wooden jikusaki which are not lacquered, and a Kincha (Gold Brown) hanging string, which mirrors the color of the Ichimonji (Arabesque)

Further Details Below:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches Other Information
Ten 115 13.72 ベンベルグ 無地
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 50 5.96 中廻し ベンベルグ
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 9 1.07 一文字 金襴
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 85 10.14 軸先 軸木 昔塗なし  
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 295 35.19 掛け紐      
Pillars 5.5 0.66 風帯幅      
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 5 0.60 風帯すき間      
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 30 3.58 桐箱幅さ      
Chi 75 8.95        
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 96 11.45        
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 570 68.00        

Friday, July 5, 2013

Scroll 3: Made in Japan

Under the guidance of my Sensei. When I went to select the cloths for this scroll, the first thing my Sensei said about this combination was a specific Japanese term. E-mail me to in order to find out what term he used. This kakejiku or wallscroll was made for the American Bonsai Society 2013 convention, but is for sale. For pricing please contact at the above e-mail.

The scroll is for a fall/winter scene with a woodpecker. It is in the Yamato Hyougu  style, with a Kinran surrounding the painting, a Shoken (pure silk) chuumawashi, and a Shike silk for the Ten/Chi. It is finished with a Brown/Red flecked Kakehimo and a wood lacquered jikusaki.
Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 117 13.96
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 42 5.01
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 85 10.14
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 294 35.07
Pillars 18 2.15
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 23 2.74
Chi 50 5.96
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 121 14.43
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 534 63.70

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Byoubu Completed in Japan

This Byoubu is sold, but if you would like a custom byoubu made please contact to me at
This is a picture of the Byoubu that I made while studying with Sensei in Japan. I feel more confident with my skills as I keep working everyday to better my abilities. I will work on another larger one.

The statue is one of the seven gods of Luck....縁がいいか縁がわるい?