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A Blessing for a Home

A Hand-Painted Blessing for a Home

English translation: May harmony always reign over your household.

Hand-written Asian calligraphy with Asian landscape watercolor

Watercolors, watercolor pencils, and black ink on white Strathmore Imperial 140-pound cold-press watercolor paper

June 2007

Dimensions: paper, 4 inches (10.2 cm) high by 6 inches (15.2 cm) wide; landscape image, 4 inches (10.2 cm) high by about 4-1/4 inches (about 10.8 cm) wide; calligraphy image, 3-1/4 inches (8.2 cm) high by about 7/8 inches (about 2.2 cm) wide

The natural beauty of Asian symbols -- sometimes called either Kanji or Asian or Oriental Calligraphy -- lends your good wishes a gentle and graceful elegance. This blessing is available (1) elegantly framed, and (2) as notecards, printed on the finest papers, and (3) as an electronic image perfectly suited to send in an email or to use as a computer's wallpaper or screensaver.






A Blessing for a Sailboat

A Hand-Painted Blessing for a Sailboat

English translation: May you be safe at sea.

Hand-written Asian calligraphy with seascape watercolor

Watercolors and black ink on white Strathmore Imperial 140-pound cold-press watercolor paper

June 2007

Dimensions: paper, 4 inches (10.2 cm) high by 6 inches (15.2 cm) wide; seascape image, 4 inches (10.2 cm) high by about 4-1/2 inches (about 11.5 cm) wide; calligraphy image, about 3 inches (about 7.4 cm) high by about 1 inch (about 2.5 cm) wide

The natural beauty of Asian symbols -- sometimes called either Kanji or Asian or Oriental Calligraphy -- lends your good wishes a gentle and graceful elegance. This blessing is available (1) elegantly framed, and (2) as notecards, printed on the finest papers, and (3) as an electronic image perfectly suited to send in an email or to use as a computer's wallpaper or screensaver.






Hand-written Asian Kanji calligraphy for Gratitude

Gratitude or Heartfelt Thanks

The smaller symbols along the left border, from the top, represent Compassion, Hope, and Gentle Kindness

Hand-written Asian Kanji calligraphy

Black and red inks on white Strathmore 60-pound paper

May 2009

Dimensions: paper, 8-1/2 inches (21.6 cm) high by 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide; image, about 6-1/2 inches (about 16.3 cm) high by about 3-3/4 inches (about 9.5 cm) wide

The natural beauty of Asian symbols -- sometimes called either Kanji or Asian or Oriental Calligraphy -- lends your good wishes a gentle and graceful elegance. This blessing is available (1) elegantly framed, and (2) as notecards, printed on the finest papers, and (3) as an electronic image perfectly suited to send in an email or to use as a computer's wallpaper or screensaver.





Hand-written Asian Kanji calligraphy for Compassion

Compassion

This ancient symbol seems to represent many meanings all at once: Compassion, Benevolence, Charity, and Human Kindness. The vertical strokes in the left half of the symbol represent a human being, and the two horizontal strokes in the right half represent the numeral two. The idea is that whenever two people meet, they will naturally be compassionate toward each other, because they are people. What a wonderful idea.... The smaller symbols along the left border, from the top, represent Hope and Gentle Kindness

Hand-written Asian Kanji calligraphy

Black and red inks on white Strathmore Imperial 140-pound cold-press watercolor paper

June 2009

Dimensions: paper, 6 inches (15.2 cm) high by 4 inches (10.2 cm) wide; image, about 3-1/4 inches (about 8.5 cm) high by about 3 inches (about 7.5 cm) wide

The natural beauty of Asian symbols -- sometimes called either Kanji or Asian or Oriental Calligraphy -- lends your good wishes a gentle and graceful elegance. This blessing is available (1) elegantly framed, and (2) as notecards, printed on the finest papers, and (3) as an electronic image perfectly suited to send in an email or to use as a computer's wallpaper or screensaver.






Hand-written Asian Kanji calligraphy for Love

Love

The smaller symbols along the left border, from the top, represent Cherish (built from the symbol for Precious and the symbol for the verb "to treasure") and Passion (built from the symbol for Hot -- the four dots represent "fire" -- and another, different kanji symbol for Love)

Hand-written Asian Kanji calligraphy

Black and red inks on white Canson 70-pound (115-gsm) acid-free paper

February 2010

Dimensions: paper, 9 inches (22.9 cm) high by about 7 inches (about 17.7 cm) wide; image of kanji symbol for love, about 3-3/4 inches (about 9.5 cm) high by about 3 inches (about 7.6 cm) wide; all images visible, about 6 inches (about 15.2 cm) high by about 4-1/2 inches (about 11.4 cm) wide

The natural beauty of Asian symbols -- sometimes called either Kanji or Asian or Oriental Calligraphy -- lends your good wishes a gentle and graceful elegance. This blessing is available (1) elegantly framed, and (2) as notecards, printed on the finest papers, and (3) as an electronic image perfectly suited to send in an email or to use as a computer's wallpaper or screensaver.





Thank-you card.  A True Friend who knows the waters is better than a thousand sea-charts

A True Friend Who Knows the Waters Is Better than a Thousand Sea-Charts

A True Friend Who Knows the Waters Is Better than a Thousand Sea-Charts, a pastel painting, boat and shore details

Pastel

Seascape

Soft pastels on white Canson 70-pound (115-gsm) acid-free paper

April 2010

Dimensions of original seascape pastel painting: paper and image 9 inches (about 22.9 cm) high by 11-1/4 inches (about 28.6 cm) wide

Three sailors clad in orange foul-weather gear navigate their small rowboat through wildly violent heavy seas, fighting huge roller-coaster waves, as the sailor in the bow of the boat points to the warm welcoming lights of a distant shore.

The spirit behind this pastel painting was as a heartfelt thank-you to a couple of sailor friends who had done me a generous favor ... a series of favors, actually ... helping me with a difficult, complicated problem that I had thought would be overwhelming. In my mind, I paired the seascape with a Kanji symbol for Gratitude, as you see here.

Modern life is so full of problems, and we seem to depend, more and more, on the crucial help of someone kind and knowledgeable. And wouldn't it be nice to be able to thank them, in a truly lovely and memorable way, for helping you navigate your way through the rough seas? So, I'm making this pastel available (1) elegantly framed, and (2) as notecards, printed on the finest papers, and (3) as an electronic image perfectly suited to send in an email or to use as a computer's wallpaper or screensaver. The natural beauty of Asian symbols -- sometimes called Kanji or Asian or Oriental Calligraphy -- lends your good wishes a gentle and graceful elegance.

The picture could just as easily be encouraging a sense of hope in the viewer; we can almost feel the joy of the sailors as they realize they will soon be safe on land ... and home. Or the picture could encourage perseverance, a quality of "don't give up now, when you're so close!" Whatever you would like to say, I will be happy to create that message for you.







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