Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Aikido Kakejiku

This is an order for a custom Aikido Kakejiku for a dojo on the East Coast. It was made with a rose/wine colored cloth in the Maru Hyougu style. It is paired with a gold on gold ichimonji and a rosewood jikusaki. The hanging string was the kincha (gold).

It is written in gyousho style, by Yoshimi Yamada Maples.

If you would like to order a custom handmade gift such as this contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com.

Dimensions as follows:
    Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 102 12.17
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 13 1.55
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 55 6.56
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 221 26.36
Pillars 17 2.03
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
Chi 70 8.35
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 89 10.62
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 414 49.39

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sanso Collection Okada Hanko

I have been really blessed to work on limited reproductions of several scrolls in the Sanso Collection. I do not have rights to the photos so can not post the finished scrolls. One painting was a long work of a landscaped in the Fukuro Hyougu style. It had suji bordering the entire painting. The end result was a scroll about 8 feet long by 1 foot wide. Okada Hanko (岡田半江)was a Japanee painter that lived from (1782-1846). Here are links to samples of his work.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sanso Collection - Fugai Ekun

I have been blessed to work on mounting several prints into scrolls for the Sanso Collection (山荘コレクション) owned by the late Peter Drucker. As I do not own any rights, I can not post the pictures themselves, but will share my own personal feelings as I get to work on framing these paintings and my connection to what these artists say to me. This is a painting by Fugai Ekun (1568-1654). Based on the link below, these are the characters 風外 I believe his last name translates to based upon the link below. http://zenpaintings.com/artist-fugai.htm This particular painting is titled Bodhidharma Crossing the Yangtze on a Reed. This is based on some of the traditional lore surrounding the figure Daruma, which you can read about here. http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/daruma.shtml This scroll was done in the Yamato Hyougu style. It may have been more suited in a Butsuhyougu style, but the owner was trying to emulate the original styling of the scroll. What I really like is the cloth selections for this scroll. Two dark cloths were used, and typically I like a light to dark, or dark to light combination. However, in this case the black contrasting with the dark brown seems to reinforce the image of the painting.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sanso Collection - Painting by Urakami Gyokudo

I have been blessed to work on mounting several prints into scrolls for the Sanso Collection (山荘コレクション) owned by the late Peter Drucker. As I do not own any rights, I can not post the pictures themselves, but will share my own personal feelings as I get to work on framing these paintings and my connection to what these artists say to me. The first print I worked on, is by Urakami Gyokudo (浦上玉堂). Urakami Gyokudo was a Japanese painter, musician, poet and calligrapher who lived from 1745 to 1820. While alive, he was a famed player of the zither, and posthumously as a painter. The specific painting I have worked on is titled, "Quietly Observing Summer Mountains". It is a very large print almost 21 inches wide by 50 inches tall. In it there is a landscape painting with a man on a bridge. When I first looked at the painting, I assumed it was summer because of the dress of the man, and the prominent willow tree painted, which is often a symbol of summer. There is the usual stream running through the low valley and three peaks. What really caught my eye in this painting was a dabbed ink at the very top of the highest peak. I do not know if it is really anything, but to me is very reminiscent of the shape of the Buddha. Now, I do not know much about the teachings of Buddhism, but from my Judeo-Christian background, I felt that Urakami is not just communicating the man observing his surroundings, but realizes that from his vantage point, he must find a way to enlightenment (in other words, climb to reach the Buddha) and seek a path along the rokudo. I may be reading more into this than there really is, but that has been my impression everytime I get to see the print.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Heart Display

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Toko no Ma Display One

I am having difficulty with attaching the pictures to the blog. So please click the link below to see the display that was set up. This is a scroll with a lynx. The rabbit stone (suiseki or viewing stone) is owned by a good friend of mine. The flow of the display comes from right to left and starts with the scroll.

Toko no Ma display

Monday, October 12, 2015

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Wallscroll

(This scroll is sold and is no longer available.)

In continuing my theme of having scrolls available that would work with North American bonsai, I had this Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep painted by Mariusz Szmerdt. He is very talented, and made this work.

The scroll is made in the Fukuro Hyougu style, with a navy Suji, of 1 bun (about 3mm) surrounding the artwork. It is finished with a Hida Lacquered Jikusaki and a Kon (navy) hanging string.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Coyote Howling at Moon for GSBF

(This scroll is sold and is no longer available.)

This is another scroll made by me and painted by Mariusz Szmerdt specifically for my upcoming workshop at GSBF. It has a very American taste to it, and will play a good role in designing a display. It wasr made in the Nidan Hyougu style with very narrow Hashira (Pillars on the sides of the painting) and will work well with a variety of trees. It has a light gold hanging string, and black lacquer wood jikusaki. The top khaki cloth is a benberugu, and the middle cloth is a pure silk.

Dimensions of the scroll as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 92 10.97
上中廻し Ue Chumawashi 30 3.58
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 106 12.64
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 195 23.26
Pillars 5 0.60
下中廻し Shita Chumawashi 20 2.39
Chi 48 5.73
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 116 13.84
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 385 45.93
If you would like a custom handmade wallscroll done for you please contact sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Friday, October 9, 2015

2nd Dojo Wallscroll Pair

This is a pair of the other wallscroll. It reads Jinsei Gyoudo Wo Erabu, which was reverse translated from the phrase, Choose Your Own Path.

Dimensions are the same as the previous post. If you would like a custom scroll made for you please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Monday, October 5, 2015

Bear with Salmon

(This scroll is sold and is no longer available.)

I made this scroll specifically for an upcoming bonsai convention in which I will be teaching a class on display. It is the subject of telling a story of a season. What season does this indicate to you?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Dojo Wallscroll

This was a scroll for a martial arts dojo on the East Coast. It had some difficulties in that the black cloth that was used, did not turn out alright. So I redid it with a different black cloth and the same result occurred. I was so frustrated that I ended up doing it on a gray cloth that I know would work.

The scroll reads Musha Shugyou Satori (Enlightenment through Martial Arts Training)

It is written in Sousho, semi cursive style by Yoshimi Ryugyoku Yamada. It has a Gold on Red karakusa Ichimonji, Kon (navy) Hanging string, and Shitan (rosewood) Jikusaki.

Dimensions of the scroll as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 95 11.33
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 11 1.31
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 110 13.12
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 449 53.56
Pillars 17 2.03
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 0.84
Chi 45 5.37
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 144 17.18
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 607 72.41

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bonsai Shikishi Kake

This is a return customer scroll. It is a shikishi Kake for a bonsai artist. It is finished with a gray cloth and a brown lacquer jikusaki with the navy (kon) color hanging string. If you would like a custom scroll made for you please email to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Another Chinese Calligraphy Wallscroll

This is another brushwork by calligrapher Richard Man. It is for a retirement gift. Reads Ichidai Kami and the last character is Chinese and reads medicine (I believe.)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Old Scroll Redo

This painting is sold and is no longer available. Please contact to Jonathan Maples via email sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

This scroll was refurbished and remounted from an old scroll. The painting has a very faint understated home with mountains in the background and a stream. It is very beautiful and hope it works well with the bonsai of the gentleman who purchased this. He has built his own Toko no Ma, and I hope to see it hanging in there soon.

I decided to do it in a fukuro Hyougu style with a dark gray and Kon (navy) color suji. This provides a very nice touch with a neutral scene. Although I think the painting would go best with a fall scene, I felt that the neutral Winchester gray color would allow flexibility in displaying it in a variety of seasons.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wallscroll Birthday Gift

This is a scroll commissioned for a customer back East. The scroll reads Kin Iro Eikoku...Golden Britain may be the easiest translation. It was made with a khaki cotton, the gold Ichimonji, a Rosewood Jikusaki and the Kodai Saniro Hanging string. It is written in the Gyousho (Semi-Cursive) Style by Yoshimi Maples.

If you would like a custom scroll made for yourself or a loved one please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Dimensions of the scrolls as follows:
    Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 90 10.74
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 76 9.07
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 105 12.53
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7.5 0.89
Chi 49.5 5.90
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 116 13.84
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 264 31.49

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dragon Sumi Painting by Mariusz Szmerdt

This is a dragon painted by Mariusz Szmerdt. I love this painting. His work is very beautiful and detailed. In mounting this I wanted to think about cloths that would be both symbolically significant and make the artwork standout. There is one phrase that I used from Chinese/Japanese folklore that is related to the dragon. Can you find the symbols in the cloths?

If you would like to have a custom painting mounted for you please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jikishinkan Aikido Scroll

This was a scroll commissioned by an Aikido group in New York. One of their members did the calligraphy, and it is beautifully brushed. It reads Jikishinkan, which they translate as Direct Mind. They wanted this light blue cloth. They also selected brown glazed ceramic fuuchin to go along with the scroll. It came out beautifully.

The scroll is finished with an ebony jikusaki and the Kodai San Iro hanging string.

If you would like a custom scroll made for you contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Scroll Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 85 10.14
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 44 5.25
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 14 1.67
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 113 13.48
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 397 47.36
Pillars 13 1.55
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 139 16.58
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 607 72.41

Monday, August 3, 2015

Dragon Sumie

This is a scroll done for artist Susan Morningstar. Her sumi dragon is very informal but beautiful in the details of the ink painting. I originally did this in a minchou hyougu style scroll, but the customer did not like it and I redid in the Maru Hyougu style.

If you would like a sumie painting on rice paper or silk mounted into a scroll please contact me at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Dimensions of the scroll as follows:

    Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 101 12.05
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 10 1.19
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 111 13.24
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 162 19.33
Pillars 38 4.53
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 0.84
Chi 60 7.16
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 187 22.31
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 340 40.56

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Willow Scroll


A scroll written in cursive by Yoshimi Ryugyoku Yamada and the scroll completed by Jonathan Maples.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Another Iaido Scroll

This was another scroll for a martial art studio back East. It reads Iaido in Semi Cursive Script. It was brushed by Yoshimi "Ryugyoku" Maples. I chose the blue cloth for this to go with the gold on blue ichimonji. It is finished with an ivory plastic jikusaki and a navy hanging string.

This is somber, but it is relaxing on the eye.

Measurements will be given later.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Kaki Color


This was a first iteration of the persimmon that was finished in monochrome. The customer said they wanted both. So this one is in a more formal Yamato Hyougu style with the fuutai. It was created specifically for a suiseki (viewing stone) in this individuals collection. He wanted the scroll large with lots of white space. I hope it does not overpower the stone.

It is completed with a shike light brown cloth for the ten and chi. The Chuumawashi is a green/gold with a karakusa. The Ichimonji is a gold on brown. I completed it with a Kincha hanging string and a green ceramic jikusaki.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Rocky Mountain Cliff Sumie

Distant Cliff Scroll. Many of you may recognize this image from the winner at the 4th USNBE. This was the third iteration painted, that I did not put into a scroll at that time. I did it in a dark green ichimonji, light green/yellow chuumawashi (intermediate cloth) and a khaki ten/chi. It is finished with the uguisu (dark green) hanging string and ivory plastic jikusaki. It is very representative of spring. It is roughly 4 feet long by 1.5 feet wide. Painting is by Mariusz Szmerdt of Poland.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jujitsu Scroll

This is the Jujitsu scroll, made in a batch for the same customer in central US. It has a gold on white karakusa, with a gold/khaki cloth that has a pattern. It is finished with a gold hanging string and a plastic jikusaki.

If you would like a custom scroll made for yourself, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com or go directly to my shopping site at www.shop.customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Saturday, June 13, 2015

God's Will Japanese Calligraphy

This is another small scroll ordered in a bunch to the central US. Originally the one doing the ordering wanted it to be God's Way...which could have been interpreted as the Shintou religion.

We settled upon the phrase Kami no Mikokoro which would be God's Will or God's Way.

I used the light blue cloth to symbolize looking up towards the heavens and a strong gold and silver color for the ichimonji.

If you would like a custom scroll made for yourself or someone you know, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com or go directly to my site at www.shop.customjapanesecalligraphy.com.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Judo Dojo Scroll 2

This was on the same order to a martial arts studio in the central US. It reads Judo. I used a gold with a blue karakusa (arabesque) as the primary cloth and a Ginran for the Ichimonji. It was completed with a Kon (Navy) hanging string. All of these were finished with the ivory plastic jikusaki. This is written in Gyousho (semi cursive) japanese calligraphy by Yoshimi Yamada Maples (Ryugyoku).

To custom order your own kakejiku go towww.shop.customjapanesecalligraphy.com or email tosales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Dimensions will be provided later, but these are all small scrolls:

Monday, June 8, 2015

Aikidou Doujo Wallscroll

This was on the same order to a martial arts studio in the central US. It reads Aikidou. I used a purple ichimonji, with a wine color silk. It is finished with a purple and gold hanging string to match the Ichimonji. All of these were finished with the ivory plastic jikusaki.

To custom order your own kakejiku go to www.shop.customjapanesecalligraphy.com or email to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

Dimensions will be provided later, but these are all small scrolls:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Iaidou Wallscroll number 2

This is the second Iaido dojo kakejiku ordered for a package. If you would like a scroll made, contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com or order directly from the site at www.shop.customjapanesecalligraphy.com

This one is made with a shiha cloth that has a small karakusa. The smaller karakusa makes it easier to match patterns and designs when assembling. It has a gold tint, and is very beautiful. The writing is Iaido in Gyousho by Yoshimi Yamada Maples, (Ryugyoku) It is completed with an usukin (light gold) hanging string. The Ichimonji is a kinran cloth with a large karakusa pattern.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 96 11.45
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 11 1.31
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 38 4.53
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 108 12.88
Pillars 7 0.84
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 0.84
Chi 57 6.80
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 52 6.20
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 279 33.28

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Small Iaido Wallscroll or Kakejiku

A dojo back east ordered 8 Small scrolls on a special promotion. This is the first in the series. It is an Iaidou scroll written in the Gyousho (Semi-cursive) style. If you would like to order a custom handmade wallscroll, contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com or go directly to my shopping site at www.shop.customjapanesecalligraphy.com

It has a small gold Karakusa on a Green cloth. The Ichimonji bordering the work is a large karakusa or green and gold on brown. The hanging string is a Ugui or green color. It is completed with ivory, plastic jikusaki.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 96 11.45
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 11 1.31
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 38 4.53
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 108 12.88
Pillars 7 0.84
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 0.84
Chi 57 6.80
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 52 6.20
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 279 33.28

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Amaya (Rainy Night)

This is a scroll to Australia. It was ordered online directly through my website at www.shop.customjapanesecalligraphy.com If you would like to order a scroll direct please use the website or my email at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com

The scroll is written in the semi-cursive style called Gyousho. It is bordered by a gold on gold ichimonji in the Maru Hyougu style. It is completed with a black, plastic jikusaki and a Takuboku (white with blue fleck) hanging string.

Scroll Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 103 12.29
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 77 9.19
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 108 12.88
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 6 0.72
Chi 52 6.20
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 117 13.96
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 281 33.52
 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cloudy Moon Sumie Yamato Hyougu

This was an additional cloudy Moon scroll that has been sold to a bonsai artist. It is painted by Mariusz Szmerdt. I made this in a more traditional Yamato Hyougu style, to go with an informal styled tree such as a bunjin style pine or conifer.

The cloths on the top and bottom are a benberugu silk, in the shike style. The chuumawashi is a Shoken (pure silk) and the ichimonji and fuutai are made of a Shinkinran.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 88.5 10.56
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 35.5 4.23
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 11 1.31
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 112 13.36
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 203 24.22
Pillars 18 2.15
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 0.84
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 21 2.51
Chi 55 6.56
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 148 17.66
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 410 48.91