Category: Birds & Flowers Wall Scrolls & Paintings
For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Painting: 66.2cm x 65.5cm ≈ 26" x 25¾"
Silk Border: 76.2cm x 75.5cm ≈ 30" x 29¾"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
Qin Xia works diligently on all of her paintings to bring out even the finest detail.
The title in Chinese is "Song He Ying Nian".
To Directly translate these words:
Song = Pine Tree
He = Cranes
Ying = Welcome / Greeting
Nian = (new) Year
The appearance of the cranes in this painting is a very traditional way to see cranes in Chinese artwork. If you look at a lot of ancient Asian art in museums, you will see cranes like this that appear as if these three dimensional creatures that were pressed into two dimensions.
Please note that this painting was done on handmade xuan paper. Some bits of fiber or tiny husks may be present in the paper. These artifacts are natural, and proof of the handmade quality of the paper.
Qin Xia works diligently on
all of her paintings to bring
out even the finest detail.
I got to visit the artist's studio in Jinan city in 2004, 2005, and 2007. I am so impressed by her style and detail in all of the paintings in her collection. I bought as much of her work as I could possibly afford, and I am sure that I will be back for more in a few months.
I also discovered that because she more than a little famous in China, there are a lot of forgeries on the market. I was given a lesson on how to spot forged paintings that are signed with her name. Of course, the best way to avoid that is to get your work directly from the artist and her family, which is why I made the trip to Jinan in the first place.
Her finished work
is always beautiful.
The artist, Qin Xia lives in Jinan which is the capital city of Shandong Province in northern China.
The red stamp and the Chinese characters close to the stamp say "Qin Xia" (the artist's signature). The other Chinese characters express the title and year painted (2008) in an ancient method that uses certain Chinese characters instead of numbers to represent the current year.
This is an "elaborate style painting" which has a lot of detail and uses a delicate technique with a very fine brush.
Each stroke is meticulously applied. This technique takes a long time for the artist to complete.
This is painted on special xuan paper (known by most as "rice paper") with Chinese black ink and watercolors. Later, I took this painting to Beijing where our master-scroll-maker handbuilt a wonderful silk scroll for this artwork.
This item was listed or modified
Jul 30th, 2011
Gary's random little things about China:
So after traveling to China, you have just finished your first meal in a real Chinese restaurant.
But the bill comes, and the waiter forgot to bring everyone their fortune cookies!
Well, actually not...
You see, fortune cookies did not come from China (at least not directly).
One legend has it in the late 1800s or early 1900s, a Chinese man running a noodle making shop in San Francisco accidentally mixed a bunch of sugar in his dough, and didn't want to waste it. So he made cookies and stuck papers with people's fortunes on them as a novelty.
In the end, it's really the Chinese visitors to America that are confused when the waiter brings them a blob of sugary noodle dough with a piece of paper stuck in it.