Saturday, December 1, 2007


Namepainting or formally known as Chinese Leather Brush Painting originated as a folk art in China about 2,000 years ago. The art as we know it today evolved from Chinese calligraphy. It was thought that having one's name painted was good luck for that person. It was popular to give these paintings as gifts at special events such as weddings and birthdays. In ancient times the brushes were made from a piece of leather sandwiched between two flat sticks; hence the name. Contemporary brushes are made of more durable materials, but the results are the same. Beautiful letters made up of pictures and painted in vibrant colors. Each character carries a meaning with it which can be incorporated into the name painting to match the personality of the receiver. These are just a few of the characters and their meanings. There are many more.

Anglefish: fearless, agile
Bird: love, liberty
Butterfly: delicateness, beauty
Dolphin: intelligence, playfulness (purely an American invention!)
Flowers: sensitive, beauty
Frog: agile, flexible
Phoenix: rebirth, life
Boat: freedom, ambitiousness
Panda: peace
Bamboo: strength

All names are painted and signed by me, the artist. These are just a few samples of what names can look like when finished. The paper size is 9 inches by 30 inches. There is matting and framing available, please email for details.

Pricing for the paintings is as follows:
$3 per letter for a name.  $5 per letter for names that are initials.  One third of the total is required as a deposit before paintings are started. Checks must clear the bank before work begins. Cash is always accepted! Sorry, no credit cards at this time.

Call or email today for your own namepainting!


MIguel Herranz said...

WOW, these are beatiful, and so personal. What is it? Brush tip markers?

Angie Nelson said...

I followed your link from the hs loop...these are really beautiful. I look forward to the continuation of your blog!

Possum Patty said...

Beautiful and fascinating, where did you learn how to do these? I like how the plants and animals stand for different meanings. (I want to be an ethnobiologist when I grow up.)

Judybec said...

very fun -- I love these!