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2017 December

NATARAJA — नटराज — Closing out the year with my calligraphic interpretation of Nataraja, the “Lord of the Dance”, the cosmic Shiva dance of creation and destruction and keeping the time beat of the universe. Sanskrit calligraphy in Devanagari script on rice paper mounted on wood panel, by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

NATARAJA — नटराज — Closing out the year with my calligraphic interpretation of Nataraja, the “Lord of the Dance”, the cosmic Shiva dance of creation and destruction and keeping the time beat of the universe. Sanskrit calligraphy in Devanagari script on rice paper mounted on wood panel, by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

Dove in flight, zoomorphic Persian calligraphy in Arabic script. Design by calligrapher S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

Dove in flight, zoomorphic Persian calligraphy in Arabic script. Design by calligrapher S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

Taking a moment to hold out the aspiration for Peace on Earth for All. Happy Holidays.

Taking a moment to hold out the aspiration for Peace on Earth for All. Happy Holidays.Read More

The characters translate directly as Heaven Earth Humanity Harmony — 天地人和 — In Mandarin Chinese this reads as: Tiān dì rén hé. A timely wish that humans find a way to live in harmony with this living earth, with the divine will, and with one another. Calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

The characters translate directly as Heaven Earth Humanity Harmony — 天地人和 — In Mandarin Chinese this reads as: Tiān dì rén hé. A timely wish that humans find a way to live in harmony with this living earth, with the divine will, and with one another. Calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

Peace Reflection: outer peace as the reflection of inner peace. Calligraphic reflection on the season by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

Peace Reflection: outer peace as the reflection of inner peace. Calligraphic reflection on the season by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

As a reminder of the historic diversity of the Middle East, the popular name for the WINTER SOLSTICE celebrated by Iranians, Shab Yalda — شب یلدا — derives from the Aramaic word for birth (related to the word Yule), as the early Nestorian Christians adopted the ancient Iranian Zoroastrian practice of sitting up late into the night, feasting on foods symbolic of the sun such as pomegranate and watermelon in order to fend off the darkness on the longest night of the year.

As a reminder of the historic diversity of the Middle East, the popular name for the WINTER SOLSTICE celebrated by Iranians, Shab Yalda — شب یلدا — derives from the Aramaic word for birth (related to the word Yule), as the early Nestorian Christians adopted the ancient Iranian Zoroastrian practice of sitting up late into the night, feasting on foods symbolic of the sun such as pomegranate and watermelon in order to fend off the darkness on the longest night of the year.Read More

Tattoo design in Devanagari script: समाधान — samaadhaana. Although there are many meanings of this word in both Sanskrit and Hindi, in this case samaadhaana references the state of profound absorption or contemplation. Sanskrit calligraphy by S. J. Thomas, www.palmstone.com

Tattoo design in Devanagari script: समाधान — samaadhaana. Although there are many meanings of this word in both Sanskrit and Hindi, in this case samaadhaana references the state of profound absorption or contemplation. Sanskrit calligraphy by S. J. Thomas, www.palmstone.comRead More

Ink wash painting of a magnolia blossom on handmade Chinese paper. Art by S. J. Thomas, www.palmstone.com

Ink wash painting of a magnolia blossom on handmade Chinese paper. Art by S. J. Thomas, www.palmstone.comRead More

Detail of hand-painted border for a marriage certificate. Every certificate I do is an individual hand made artistic creation. Created with care with the finest materials; shipped worldwide. www.palmstone.com

Detail of hand-painted border for a marriage certificate. Every certificate I do is an individual hand made artistic creation. Created with care with the finest materials; shipped worldwide. www.palmstone.comRead More

Natural Florida Marriage Certificate: one of a kind watercolor illustrated wedding certificate features scenes from Florida including owls, swallowtail kite, woodpecker, live oaks and other birds, flowers and even a child peeking out at the viewer! Each certificate I make is a unique creation using the finest materials available to ensure a long lasting family heirloom. www.palmstone.com

Natural Florida Marriage Certificate: one of a kind watercolor illustrated wedding certificate features scenes from Florida including owls, swallowtail kite, woodpecker, live oaks and other birds, flowers and even a child peeking out at the viewer! Each certificate I make is a unique creation using the finest materials available to ensure a long lasting family heirloom. www.palmstone.comRead More