Artwork Panel: 32.3cm x 32.3cm ≈ 12¾" x 12¾"
Silk/Brocade Border: 41.7cm x 41.7cm ≈ 16½" x 16½"
Japanese Kanji / Chinese / Korean Hanja Calligraphy Painting
This Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji means energy, and in some cases refers to steam (in ancient times, they believed the steam coming from a pot of cooking rice was the life energy of the rice being released).
In the martial arts world, this is the energy that must be focused to break boards and do miraculous feats of strength and force. Many Buddhists believe that this essence is obtained through meditation and concentration.
In case you are wondering, this is the "ki" in Aikido, the "ki" as in Reiki (the healing art), the "qi" as in "Qi Qong", and the "chi" as in "Tai Chi".
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".