Sailors of long ago looked to the heavens to find their way on this earth. Though the seas would churn and the winds would blow, the heavens remained their constant guide. Burning stars above would chart their course across tumultuous seas, which threatened to claim their lives. Beyond the stars sailors spoke of a greater force, which they believed kept them safe and guided them home- this was the divine.
A ‘sojourner’ is a traveler who does not stay long in any one place. Whether we are literally traveling across an open sea or simply making our way through life, we are all sojourners. So, within the center of the compass rose is a ship sailing across high seas- a reminder that life brings waves to crash against our hull and test the strength of our vessel.
Pen and Ink
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This is an EXCLUSIVE re-release of this limited edition. The original 12" x 12" size of this series sold out a few years ago and we are bringing it back in a smaller size for a very limited run for Spring 2019. Only 77 will ever be sold at this size ever again!
The reformation of traditional verbiage is a prevailing theme in Weidmann’s work. He strives to take calligraphy to a new level within fine art, as shown in this piece which dictates Isaiah 53:4-5 in one continuous trajectory. The line intersects upon itself ten times, ending at its beginning to create a crown of thorns from the written word. A drop of blood indicates the struggle described in the verses: “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.”
$ 350.00 $ 400.00
"When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul."
Weidmann gently weaves a sea of script back into the context from which it first transpired. In the 1800's, Horatio Spafford's, "It Is Well With My Soul," was penned while crossing the ocean scene where the lives of his four daughters were lost in a tragic shipwreck. These words, heavy with feeling and brilliant with praise and peace, are well-worn into the souls of many as one of the world's most beloved hymns. In the midst of terrible loss and heartache, we can declare, "it is well, it is well with my soul!"
The face of Arapaho tribal leader, Anon Soldier Wolf, and the words of his headdress tell the story of every wise man’s musings.
Weidmann has had the unique honor of visiting the Wind River Indian Reservation near Riverton, Wyoming where he was able to connect with the people of the Northern Arapaho tribe. His experience there inspired him to create a piece that pays homage to the Arapaho warrior way of life.
Words by Eleanor Perry-Smith are as feathers in this proud headdress, adorning the warrior’s head as plumes of fruitful thought – He is a worthy steward.
"Is man a place of open plains,
Is he a speck on coat of fur,
Is he a dormant rattlesnake,
Is he a yell or just a whisper?
Is man a stone to cast aside,
Is he a road to tread upon,
Is he a jar where soul abides,
Is he a shadow in the sun?
Is man the sprawling Aspen root,
Is he the floating seed of weeds,
Is he the warm wind of the west,
Is he the frigid of the east?
Is man a battle or a cycle,
Is he a bird without a perch,
Is he doomed to fly in circles,
Is he a worthy steward?"
For more on Eleanor Perry-Smith and her writing, please visit http://www.ep-s.com/
"Salt, sea, and air are we ..."
Words become the very waves on which the vessel sails in this collaboration with poet and writer, Eleanor Perry-Smith. As a nod to history, the poem was written in a sixteenth-century English manor and crosses the Atlantic in its use of Spencerian script, the first American-style penmanship. This script was first inspired by the flow of moving water; it circulates back to its original muse in both form and function as the script becomes the sea. The words themselves are the image and their cadence lulls like water, sending out whispers of a sailor’s tale.
"Salt, sea and air are we
who wander 'cross the globe,
Yet tale be told and night behold
the hour my shadow froze
Voyage set as those before
crate packing merrily,
We pushed from port forevermore
but unbeknownst to me
The tide set high, vessel set sail
sun skipping on the waves,
How can it be this shining sea
is also host to graves?
My thoughts turned bright and chest filled tight
with heaven’s purest wind,
A red sky rose to our delight
a gift from our glowing friend
The crew at ease with such degrees
our latitude assured,
Our gullets soaked in God’s brown ale
went sleeping filled with his word
But ‘ere the cover of the night
cast horrors yet unseen,
Water frothed and shook about
as souls rose from beneath to feed
A cry rang from the crow’s nest
and I, but half awake,
Rose to face with hazy grace
the threat my life to take
Yet we were unprepared as such
for on what our eyes did gaze,
the dripping apparitions
cast from the ocean’s deepest graves
Our fortune set to rising
the dawn began to wake,
but it eclipsed and so we missed
the chance our souls to save
The crescent of the orb
shown behind the cold moon rock,
Not enough glory to command
our banshees to stop
They swept throughout the vessel
the crew they petrified,
Covered in a binding frost
Yet somehow I survived!
The soul it did not see me
and in a manner I don’t claim to know,
Protruding light concealed my bones
and curse was cast upon my shadow
At last the light awakened
gulls called out to the day,
alone I sat upon the deck
all hands were swept away
Though the sun it blistered
on my back it bluntly shined,
As I stared upon the planks
I was lacking in an outline
Feeling as half a man
revenge grabbed hold my heart,
I would wait for those savage souls
and take back my shadow in the dark
As night sank in, once again
those spooks rose up to feed,
and surprised they were, as with my torch
I sought what belonged to me
Alas I found it nowhere
but the spooks I recognized,
They were my own crew from before
yet in their damned disguise
I was born a fighter
a sailor second best,
So sailing about forevermore, I roam
till my outline sinks back into my chest."
For more on Eleanor Perry-Smith and her writing, please visit http://www.ep-s.com/
Weidmann illustrates how one art form gives life to another as the quill, dripping with ink, flourishes the page. Flowing lines circle back to their source, integrating themselves as the feathers of the plume to demonstrate the cyclical relationship that exists throughout the multifaceted proficiency of Weidmann’s work. He reaches a new level of artistic expression through the execution of his own custom-made pens to create each work of art; the beauty of a finished piece is found in its completion and evermore so in its creation.
$ 300.00 $ 350.00
Following the decorated style of his last hymn of 'It Is Well With My Soul,' Weidmann's latest gallery release brings beautiful imagery to the celebrated Gospel hymn, 'His Eye is On the Sparrow' --Written 113 years ago, the lyrics still grip the hearts of people today.
Originally written by Civilla D. Martin in the early spring of 1905, the lyrics were the outcome of an experience Martin and her husband shared with a crippled couple whom they had formed a deep friendship with. Upon asking where their bright hopefulness came from, despite their limiting physical conditions, they shared their secret in a single line of beauty and simplicity: "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me." These words of boundless faith spurred the imagination of Civilla Martin and continue to have a lasting impact on the souls of many to this day.
The calligraphic script of lyrics encircles the Sparrow, perched on a blooming branch to signify the time in which Civilla Martin would have first penned these lyrics in early spring of 1905. As the viewer reads through this hymn, line-by-line, they circumvent this fragile bird, being reminded of His faithful watch over us. Around the nest of lyrics, a floral wreath hails on either side, containing spring-blooming flowers. Among them are daisies, crocus, peonies, tulips, and daffodils: each one chosen for its symbolism of cheerfulness, brightness, compassion, perfect love, rebirth, faith and everlasting life.
The banner in the title represents not only the method in which this hymn was first written, on pen and paper, but signifies a banner of Truth and Protection over the Sparrow -- Does God not wave the same banner over our lives through the scriptures? A banner of promise and faithfulness.
The theme of the song is inspired by the words of David in the Psalms and Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible:
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." Psalm 32:8, NIV
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26, NIV
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29–31, NIV
Limited Edition 300
Measures 17 inches wide by 23 inches tall.
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Both the masculine and feminine are found in this piece as the bold, black-inked letters of love flirt with the flourishes they find themselves tangled in. All that is bold and beautiful, strong and delicate, enduring and elegant is manifested in this single word.
One of the world’s most classic and readily recognized prayers is shown here in the elegant form of Engrosser’s script. Nostalgia accompanies the sweep of each delicate letter. Embellished curves inspire thoughts of the rhythmic ebb and flow embedded in the words. As timeless as the prayer itself, this script showcases calligraphy’s power to take words that are beautiful to the ear, and make them soothing on the eye.
Expert execution of illustration, flourishing and calligraphy meld beautifully with modern concepts in these hand-selected favorites from Weidmann’s portfolio. Each piece was carefully crafted utilizing vintage techniques to express familiar themes. At the tip of Jake’s pen, these ideas are testament to a classic’s staying power and relevance in our own age.
Script and Skull is a compilation of well-known phrases dealing with the theme of mortality. The text inscribed on this piece are:
"Shuffle off this mortal coil"
"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..."
"From the dust of the earth..."
"...And to the dust you shall return."
"May flights of angels lead thee to thy rest."
"A time to live…A time to die.."
"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may..."
"To be or not to be..."
"I’ll be knocking on Heaven’s door."
"The end of the End."
"The art of dying."
"O, Death where is thy victory? O, death where is thy sting?"
Pen and Ink
$ 150.00 $ 200.00
The most complex flourishing piece to have been completed in Weidmann's career graces itself in plumes of a peacock (with the original standing at twenty-four inches by thirty inches). Weidmann's long study of the peacock and his patterned plumes finalize themselves in intricate line work and whimsical flourishes in colossal proportions as the peacock gracefully balances on one foot.
Limited Edition of 100
Weidmann exquisitely scribes these famous lines with the same beauty and conviction with which they were first composed by British Nobel laureate, Rudyard Kipling, in 1895. A poem with an inspiring and timeless quality continues to be penned and shared by the few who are able to be called men by their worthy character.
Limited Edition: 500
Medium: Pen and Ink
$ 100.00This sleight of hand is drawn of filigree veins that generates flourishes, displaying the enchantment of the Penman who has honed the Magic of Writing. From what point does the illusion begin?
Weidmann's latest word study centers around an idea that has long worn itself in the hearts of wise men and women.
"Legacy" holds firm in bold gothic lettering from which carefully executed flourishes abound. As the Master thoughtfully lays each stroke of the pen, each stroke of our lives will weave a tale throughout our own legacy.
You are writing your legacy every day. What will yours be?
Limited Edition of 100
Weidmann's latest gallery release features the familiar, highly-detailed style you have come to know in his collectible works. Demonstrated in this piece is a compass rose designed with the writer in mind: calligraphy and fountain pens alike comprise the points of this compass and the charge adorning the perimeter of the design directs the lost writer in a most poetical way...
"When you are lost amind dreams and thoughts,
When feelings fail you and hope departs,
Take the course that is tried and true;
Follow the pen --
Write where it leads you."
Words composed by Jake Weidmann.
Interesting fact: the poetical phrase comprises of 32 words; a traditional compass rose has 32 points. Consider each word of this phrase a point on the Writer's Compass, directing them through the fog of their writer's block!
Pen and Ink (executed using a hand-dip calligraphy pen) 2019.
Reproduced with archival inks on fine art paper. Professionally color-matched to the original.
Limited and Unlimited series available for collection:
10" x 10" unlimited series | Signed by artist.
20" x 20" limited edition series of 200 | Signed and numbered by artist and comes with a Certificate of Edition.
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In Weidmann style, this flourishing owl is executed in a dynamic position that creates a pinwheel effect with the wings, head, and tail. The face and feet of the owl are drawn in a woodcut style to bring more richness to the classical flourishing.
LIMITED EDITION. Signed and numbered by artist. Comes with a Certificate of Edition.
AVAILABLE ONLY FOR 72 HOURS STARTING 6/8/18
COLLECT THIS ARTWORK UNTIL SUNDAY 6/10/18 at 11 am MST
9" x 13"
Choosing his weapon wisely, Weidmann illustrates this statement through the wielding of his own pen. Battles are fought and wars won, but it is chiefly due to ink that they are even remembered. Each of us makes decisions on a regular basis to communicate who we are and what we believe. The way in which we express this is often more important than what we are actually trying to convey. For Weidmann, joining the ranks of history’s penmen is an honor and constant reminder that the power of life and death is in our words.
$ 89.00 $ 119.00
The words of storyteller, Ray Hughes, are adorned in Weidmann's signature intricacies, coming together in one of the greatest artistic collaborations and affinities of our time. Both masters of their craft, Hughes and Weidmann, found common ground as they share a language of ancient times. They live today as if they lived for hundreds of years. Harkening to the simplicity of a different age, both men lead lives of powerful generational impact.
This piece captures Hughe's mission and ministry in his poetic nature, and reads,
"I am a Well Digger's Son. When I was a boy, I once looked into an old well and saw the sky. I have been looking for Heaven in old wells ever since."
For anyone with a love for words, this one is sure to be a must-have from the Jake Weidmann collection.
Find more about the storytelling and musical talent of Ray Hughes at http://www.rayhughes.org/
$ 150.00New life comes to an old cliché as Weidmann playfully utilizes calligraphic off-hand flourishing to create an eagle from 31 individual birds. No doubt there is power in numbers as delicate fledglings conglomerate into a single bird of prey.
The first of Weidmann's upcoming series, "Dancing on Paper," puts on a whimsical display of calligraphic flourishing woven into the elegance of this young dancer. "Calligraphy," Weidmann would say, "is ballet on paper!" Giving this concept life, he has paired the grand art of vintage off-hand flourishing with the grace of ballet to bring new life to both art forms.
Orders are expected to be ready to ship by February 23rd, 2018.
$ 187.00 $ 225.00
Having grown up in Denver, in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, I did not have to search far for inspiration for this piece -- it was already stored up in me.
I wanted convey in the composition the rugged beauty of Colorado. The Bison seemed the perfect icon as the city of Denver owns two bison herds. The large, sloping back of the bison I thought worked well to articulate the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains while the skyline of Denver filled in the negative space between it’s front and hind legs. The mighty buffalo’s neck is enwreathed with the “D” and ornamented with columbines, Colorado’s state flower.
The Indian arrow, which crosses through the middle of DENVER speaks to the many tribes that used to travel the Colorado front range, following the bison herds. Finally, the whip of the tail becomes the ligature of the “R” as the final compositional blend of the buffalo, our city, and the name she bears.
I hope this piece serves as an inspiration and a source of Colorado pride to the Denverites here in the Mile High city!
Original executed using a dip pen and hand-ground ink on fine art paper.
Limited Edition of 150.
The latest release from the Jake Weidmann studio displays a never-before-seen lettering design that displays the artist's skill to master any style. The phrase "Wild At Heart" blooms in fiery flame from the burning heart around the dancing flourished horse. Can you see it?
This Limited Edition series is very limited. Collect from the 25 that will ever be available in the Jake Weidmann Gallery.
White Ink on Black Fine Art Paper. All archival materials used in the reproduction of this artwork.
Measures 12" x 18"
Executed in one continuous line, Weidmann's latest gallery release features the portrait of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. as the very first in his series, The Power of One.
The last single line portrait Weidmann created was a decade ago in 2009, depicting the face of Christ as he looks to the Heavens in The Suffering Servant in a Single Stroke. Since its debut in Weidmann's collection of work, this has been one of his most wildly successful and far-reaching artworks in his career.
Using only one of his handmade calligraphy pens and an inkwell, Weidmann draws these portraits in a continuous line. The flexible pen point of the nib creates a natural pressure system which gives the line varying densities. Beginning at the very center of the nose, the line gets thick and thin to create shadow and highlight of the face, encircling itself again and again, then evens out to a perfect circle.
Weidmann chose this technique to relay the power that one person can have; that the peaceful actions and powerful words of one can create a ripple effect through time, echoing Truth for future generations. The lineage of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is not forgotten as we celebrate a day in his honor each January. His peaceful action in the civil rights movement revolutionized his culture. We recount his dedication to correcting the injustices of his time and we look to him, a leader in history, as his work is just as relevant today.
The Power of One Series will feature the men and women that have changed the course of history for the betterment of our world. Stay tuned as Weidmann adds to this series one portrait --one line-- at a time.
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It wasn't out-of-the-norm for Master Penman of the Golden Age to flourish every imaginable animal in nature, from lions to peacocks, to deer and even fish. Weidmann follows in this Golden Age tradition by bringing new life to a flourished Rainbow Trout -- inspired by the abundant Colorado wildlife surrounding his foothills studio.
This is an original work of art, meaning one will only ever be available. Signed by artist. February 2019.
Measure 12" x 18"
Gold ink on archival black paper.
Sold Out - $ 850.00
This triple-plumed peacock flourishing design is the latest original from the Weidmann studio. Leading a life and career dedicated to the art of flourishing, Weidmann is bringing this art form back to life, one art piece at a time.
Measures 12" X 18"
White Ink on Black Paper
Sold Out - $ 500.00
From the desk of modern Master, Jake Weidmann puts pen and ink to paper in a style that nods to the past, but with his own recognizable flourishing flare.
Executed in walnut ink and highlighted with trims of white ink, this original dynamically depicts two birds caught in one another's full attention. This piece captures the whimsy, beauty and pure delight of the pointed pen.
8.5 " x 11"
Sold Out - $ 1,500.00
This one-of-a-kind, unique phrase finds its flourishes in Weidmann's perfected hand. "What you love you will protect." Profound truth marks the page in swooping curls that echo across the white spaces.
20" x 21"
Black ink on fine art paper.
Signed by artist.
The latest release from the Jake Weidmann studio displays a never-before-seen lettering design that displays the artist's skill to master any style. From the fierce and free flourishes of the dancing horse, the phrase "Wild At Heart" blooms in fiery flame from the image of a burning heart. Can you see it?
White Ink on Black Fine Art Paper. All archival materials used in the production of this ORIGINAL artwork.
Measures 12" x 18"