Painting: 44cm x 68.4cm ≈ 17¼" x 27"
Silk Scroll: 53.2cm x 125.5cm ≈ 21" x 49½"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 62.2cm ≈ 24½"Information about caring for your new Wall Scroll
Close up view of the dragon artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
This is a elaborate style painting using special black Chinese ink and watercolor on xuan paper (rice paper).
This rice paper was then taken to our mounting shop in Beijing where a hand-made silk wall scroll was created for this painting.
This wall scroll then flew with me from China to the USA and is now located at our San Diego, California gallery, ready to be shipped to you.
This is actually the style of Li Ying-Lai, but he was not available (busy with art exhibitions of his work) and he is getting to be really expensive. His wife is the artist of this piece, and followed his style for this dragon. She also gave us a better price (this is $50 less than I could offer the same work by her husband).
The artist places her "chop" (signature stamp) on one of the wonderful pieces of artwork that she created meticulously by hand.
Visiting an old friend and artist in Chengdu, I notice a woman is politely waiting for me. Soon enough, I finish my business, and leave my friend to work on some art that I would pick up several days later. The polite woman greets me as I walk out. She quietly asks if I would just take a look at her artwork.
I walk over to her little booth and take a look. The work is good, and I am surprised that she doesn't have a studio-gallery like a lot of artists. She says that she likes to sell in the market, and put paintings in the hands of "the common man". It is then that I realize we have a similar philosophy.
I look through her whole collection, and pick out several pieces that I like. Her husband shows up, and I find out that he too is an artist.
I end up staying a few extra days with these two artists as they create a couple of custom paintings for me. The quality of their work is wonderful and I'm so glad I didn't miss the chance to meet them.
Liu Da-Lu with her husband and daughter.
As usual, I am the "non-Chinese-looking guy" in the picture.
The artist's name is Liu Da-Lu. She lives with her husband and young daughter near Chengdu, in the Sichuan province of China. As if fitting the stereotype, her husband loves to paint dragons and warriors, but she paints beautiful women, flowers, landscapes, and animals.
They both live the simple life of artists. Both of them have the attitude that the art itself is more important than money. The honor of knowing that their work will now be on the walls of homes throughout the world is the thing they feel strongest about.
I take down many notes about the artist, and her paintings as I sit in her little shop in the arts & antiques market just outside Chengdu.
This item was listed or modified
Jul 30th, 2011
Gary's random little things about China:
You can search long and hard, in every drugstore and sundries market in China, and you will not find underarm deodorant for sale anywhere.
After traveling all over China, I know this to be true everywhere in China except Hong Kong.
If you ask a Chinese person why there is no deodorant for sale, they will tell you plainly, "Chinese people do not smell bad".
My reply is, "Have you never been on a crowded bus in the summer?"