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
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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.

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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