Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Migrating Geese and Moon Scroll for Bonsai Artist

 This was painted by Mariusz Szmerdt for a fall display that will be upcoming this year. I really took a long time on this scroll, which made many aspects of it for the long run much better hanging. From order to finish this took over a half year, and I am very glad for the patience of this bonsai artist.

There is a lot of white space in the painting, and the geese are small silhouettes. This type of painting makes it easy for the tree to become the focal point of the display and the scroll to just complement the features.

I chose this darker tan to help blend in with fall grasses that are very dry and dormant for the winter. The ichimonji is a small karakusa (arabesque) that is a gold on gold cream color. The kakehimo is the cloud pattern, which is gold with white fleck. The jikusaki is made with rosewood.

The dimensions of the scroll are as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 97 11.57
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 13 1.55
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 50 5.96
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 139 16.58
Pillars 18 2.15
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
Chi 50 5.96
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 86 10.26
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 307 36.62

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Remounting an Old Painting

Remember the painting I bought at auction of the Sagi 鷺 which is a heron or egret in Japan. This is the work I did today. First I cut away all the borders. I could have removed by applying water, but this was sufficient.

Next I removed all the old backing paper called Urauchi from the painting.

Lastly, I applied a new first layer of paper called Hada Urauchi to the painting.

I hope you like how it is progressing.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Osensei Morihei Ueshiba Sumi Kakejiku

 This is painted by Mariusz Szmerdt of Poland. He has such talent to do either abstract or very detailed painting. I wanted to do justice to the quality of the painting, so in this case I chose a black gold flower Karakusa (arabesque) that is a  Pure silk for the Chumawashi (intermediate cloth). I chose a gold on gold with a small flower karakusa for the border to contrast with the black cloth, and for the Ten/Chi, I used a benberugu, shike cloth that is khaki/tan. It is completed with a Ceramic jikusaki that has a dark brown that creates a color symmetry with the black cloth. It is finished with a Gold (Kincha) hanging string.

Dimensions as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 100 11.93
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 51 6.08
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 13 1.55
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 100 11.93
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 210 25.05
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 24 2.86
Chi 55 6.56
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 140 16.70
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 448 53.44