Artwork Panel: 32.3cm x 32.3cm ≈ 12¾" x 12¾"
Silk/Brocade Border: 41.5cm x 41.5cm ≈ 16¼" x 16¼"
Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Painting
This Chinese character is "xi" and Japanese Kanji, pronounced "ki" or "yorokobi". In both languages, this conveys the idea of being joyful, or being so happy that it you are almost overflowing with joy and perhaps laughter too.
In Chinese, "xi" is pronounced like "she" but with your tongue sitting in the bottom of your mouth and your teeth slightly open (there is no sound in English exactly like this).
In Japanese, this is most often pronounced as, "ki" but can also be, "yorokobi" (usually a female given name when pronounced this way).
Hopefully, it will inspire you to bring happiness into your home when you frame this and put it on your wall.
The calligraphy was done using black Chinese ink on xuan paper (known incorrectly in the west as "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to our Wall Scroll Workshop where it was laminated to more sheets of xuan paper, and built into a beautiful portrait with silk brocade border.
This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing. He's an older gentleman who has been involved with the art community of China, all of his life. Now in retirement, he creates calligraphy for us for sort of "hobby income".