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

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