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