NEW BAMBOO — Chinese ink on handmade paper. Brush painting 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.com
Dove in flight, zoomorphic Persian calligraphy in Arabic script. Design by calligrapher S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com
Taking a moment to hold out the aspiration for Peace on Earth for All. Happy Holidays.
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
Peace Reflection: outer peace as the reflection of inner peace. Calligraphic reflection on the season by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com
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.
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
Ink wash painting of a magnolia blossom on handmade Chinese paper. Art by S. J. Thomas, 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.com