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Lila or Leela — लीला — This Sanskrit word has the meaning of play, amusement or sport. It can refer to the concept that the cosmos is the outcome of the creative play of the divine; and to the idea that our own creativity is an extension of that divine activity. How often do we try to give ourselves permission to be creative by saying, “I’m just playing.” Indeed! That is the highest activity. Here the Sanskrit word, lila, written in the Devanagari script is turned 90 degrees clockwise to form the shape of a bird in flight: creativity takes wing! Calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

Lila or Leela — लीला — This Sanskrit word has the meaning of play, amusement or sport. It can refer to the concept that the cosmos is the outcome of the creative play of the divine; and to the idea that our own creativity is an extension of that divine activity. How often do we try to give ourselves permission to be creative by saying, “I’m just playing.” Indeed! That is the highest activity. Here the Sanskrit word, lila, written in the Devanagari script is turned 90 degrees clockwise to form the shape of a bird in flight: creativity takes wing! Calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

Always, at all times, in every season — सर्वकाल — Sarvakaala — Sanskrit in Devanagari calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

Always, at all times, in every season — सर्वकाल — Sarvakaala — Sanskrit in Devanagari calligraphy by S. J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead 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

TATTOO DESIGN: “Badai” in Devanagari Script, Hindi, Sanskrit Tattoo Design in free form calligraphy style with spiral. Designed by Stewart J. Thomas. www.palmstone.com

TATTOO DESIGN: “Badai” in Devanagari Script, Hindi, Sanskrit Tattoo Design in free form calligraphy style with spiral. Designed by Stewart J. Thomas. www.palmstone.comRead More

In the studio again, tools of the trade. This is an actual shot of the area to the left of my workspace, which is a large tempered glass light table. I keep my inks to the left, except those I’m currently using. Most of my brushes are in a roll up brush holder tucked under the glass. To the right are my pens and nibs and other assorted items. In this photo are various types of dip calligraphy pens, both broad nib and pointed pen styles; quill pens; sign painting brushes; Chinese brush painting and calligraphy brushes; the traditional reed qalam ney and some cut from bamboo; bone folder, scissors, agate burnisher, bookbinding knife, and no doubt a few more tools.

In the studio again, tools of the trade. This is an actual shot of the area to the left of my workspace, which is a large tempered glass light table. I keep my inks to the left, except those I’m currently using. Most of my brushes are in a roll up brush holder tucked under the glass. To the right are my pens and nibs and other assorted items. In this photo are various types of dip calligraphy pens, both broad nib and pointed pen styles; quill pens; sign painting brushes; Chinese brush painting and calligraphy brushes; the traditional reed qalam ney and some cut from bamboo; bone folder, scissors, agate burnisher, bookbinding knife, and no doubt a few more tools.Read More

In the calligrapher’s studio (mine): pen nibs, gold wash, ink, gouache.

In the calligrapher’s studio (mine): pen nibs, gold wash, ink, gouache.Read More

Alisha — अलिशा — in Devanagari script. Get your name in Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati and other South Asian languages. www.palmstone.com

Alisha — अलिशा — in Devanagari script. Get your name in Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati and other South Asian languages. www.palmstone.comRead More

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

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