Friday, April 5, 2019

Sousho Calligraphy In Kakejiku

This is another sample of a customers sousho or full cursive Japanese calligraphy. It was mounted in a sandan Hyougu style, to help bring a little austerity to the informality of the writing.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Customer Wallscroll

This calligraphy was brushed by an artist in the midwest. They sent this to me for mounting. I mounted this in a Fukuro Hyougu style. The simple mounting seems to match the full cursive style of the writing.

It is finished with a ceramic jikusaki and takuboku hanging string.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sanso #65 Flowering Plum Tree in Moonlight

This is a print of the original that was painted by Tani Buncho, a Japanese literati (bunjin) artist. (谷 文晁, October 15, 1763 – January 6, 1841)

This was the most difficult scroll to make in the group because of the size of the painting. The resulting scroll took up an entire section on a 4'x8' drying board when making. Needless to say I spent a lot of time on my knees for this one.

I love the beautiful layering and depths of the different shades of sumi on this painting. It is very rich and complex. The simple scroll design with a brown cloth containing a very demure karakusa helps to bring out the beauty of this painting.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sanso 13 Misty Mountains by Unkei Eii

 This was a scroll I made of the print of the original by Japanese painter Unkei Eii called Misty Mountains. It is a landscape in the Haboku (破墨) style. This style is characterized by layering contrasts of the black, gray and white of the paper and ink. Ha the first character is the other reading for the verb to break and boku is ink. So it is sometimes translated as a broken ink style. The scroll is completed by utilizing a dark brown Ichimonji with a large karakusa. The Chuumawashi is is a gold karakusa, and the gray Ten/Chi has a semi-wave pattern. It was made in the Yamato Hyougu style of scrolls, and the hanging string is the Cha (Brown) with a ceramic off white jikusaki.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Customer Artwork Mounted in Kakejiku

This is the second scroll of a customer's, late mother's calligraphy. I really like her brushwork. It was the reason these were given merit awards by the calligraphy society with which she participates.

This scroll was also mounted in the Maru Hyougu format. I really love this cloth. Just so you are aware it is a nami 波 (wave) pattern, with a strip of ichimonji. This was finished with a wooden jikusaki and the Kodai San Iro kakehimo.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Customer Calligraphy in Kakejiku

This scroll was made from a customer's late mother's calligraphy. I really like this writing.
This scroll is made in the Maru Hyougu format with a thicker than normal ichimonji.

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