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I did this Shanti butterfly design for a client this week. शान्ति Shanti (Peace) in Sanskrit. The calligraphic style lends itself well to the added curves of the butterfly wing at the left. More of my work at www.palmstone.com.

I did this Shanti butterfly design for a client this week. शान्ति Shanti (Peace) in Sanskrit. The calligraphic style lends itself well to the added curves of the butterfly wing at the left. More of my work at www.palmstone.com.Read More

Meh مهر in stylized Persian (Farsi) calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas for today’s holiday, the ancient Iranian festival of مهرگان Mehregan in honor of Mehr—also known as Mitra or Mithra—is the ancient Indo-Iranian divinity of covenant and oath, all-seeing protector of truth, guardian of cattle and of the waters, but above all Mehr is the sun, mediator between God and humans, bearer of light. The word mehr has come to mean: love, affection, kindness, friendship, mercy, sympathy, knowledge and prosperity.

Meh مهر in stylized Persian (Farsi) calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas for today’s holiday, the ancient Iranian festival of مهرگان Mehregan in honor of Mehr—also known as Mitra or Mithra—is the ancient Indo-Iranian divinity of covenant and oath, all-seeing protector of truth, guardian of cattle and of the waters, but above all Mehr is the sun, mediator between God and humans, bearer of light. The word mehr has come to mean: love, affection, kindness, friendship, mercy, sympathy, knowledge and prosperity.Read More

Om shanti: Where there is pain Let there be grace Where there is suffering Bring serenity For those afraid Help them be brave Where there is misery Bring expectancy And surely we can change Surely we can change Something (David Crowder Band)

Om shanti:
Where there is pain
Let there be grace
Where there is suffering
Bring serenity
For those afraid
Help them be brave
Where there is misery
Bring expectancy
And surely we can change
Surely we can change
Something
(David Crowder Band)Read More

Peace • Shalom • Salaam • سلام • שָׁלוֹם‎ • peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, wellness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. May it be so. Hebrew and Arabic calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas

Peace • Shalom • Salaam • سلام • שָׁלוֹם‎ • peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, wellness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. May it be so. Hebrew and Arabic calligraphy by Stewart J. ThomasRead More

I am very pleased to have a piece in Calligraphies in Conversation 2017 on exhibit now in San Francisco. The full exhibit can be viewed at www.calligraphies.org

I am very pleased to have a piece in Calligraphies in Conversation 2017 on exhibit now in San Francisco. The full exhibit can be viewed at www.calligraphies.orgRead More

Handmade paper with bird image and calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas.

Handmade paper with bird image and calligraphy by Stewart J. Thomas.Read More

In Arabic script a dot denotes the numeral zero, a convention derived from the earlier use of the dot in the Devanagari script of South Asia. The Bakhshali manuscript, written in an early form of Devanagari script, has been newly dated to the 3rd or 4th century CE. Now in the Boolean Library at Oxford University, the manuscript was originally discovered near modern Peshawar, Pakistan, and is the oldest existing document using the dot to denote zero. This is not the oldest known use of zero. The ancient Babylonians had their own symbol in the cuneiform writing system.

In Arabic script a dot denotes the numeral zero, a convention derived from the earlier use of the dot in the Devanagari script of South Asia. The Bakhshali manuscript, written in an early form of Devanagari script, has been newly dated to the 3rd or 4th century CE. Now in the Boolean Library at Oxford University, the manuscript was originally discovered near modern Peshawar, Pakistan, and is the oldest existing document using the dot to denote zero. This is not the oldest known use of zero. The ancient Babylonians had their own symbol in the cuneiform writing system.Read More

There comes that moment when you’ve done the prudent planning, and yet still, enter that place Rumi says “from now on I’ll be mad.” Mad not as in angry, but as in irrational. We have water, candles, flashlights, food. Took down the precarious tree, put up sandbags . . . in Florida, awaiting Hurricane Irma.

There comes that moment when you’ve done the prudent planning, and yet still, enter that place Rumi says “from now on I’ll be mad.” Mad not as in angry, but as in irrational. We have water, candles, flashlights, food. Took down the precarious tree, put up sandbags . . . in Florida, awaiting Hurricane Irma.Read More

A suitably sodden, too wet, version of 雨 , the character for rain (yu).

A suitably sodden, too wet, version of 雨 , the character for rain (yu).Read More