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

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

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

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