Old Friends at Sunset
This painting is about two very good friends at the sunset of life.
They have been friends for a long time, and though they are closer to the end than to
the beginning of their lives, their friendship is still as strong as ever.
The Chinese characters are the title that I translated into English above, along with the artist's signature.
The deeper meaning was inspired by a conversation that I had with the artist.
Trying to match them up as a set?
Please note: We are now using the exact images of the very painting that you will receive. We found many variations, including color of the handmade paper, and slight size differences. Please watch for these differences if you are trying to purchase these as a matching set. If you can't find a good match, please contact us, and we'll do our best to pick out a special group for you (we may have to get some custom made for you, but we are willing to do that if you are willing to wait).
Want a larger size Chinese philosophy painting?
If you would like larger versions of any of these titles, just let us know, and we will ask the artist to custom paint some for you.
The maximum size the artist is willing to paint is 18" x 18" (45cm x 45xm). This is double the area of the paintings we normally offer, and the price is also double for the larger custom sizes.
About This Collection of Chinese Philosophy Art
This painting is from the San Yang Collection, a great series of paintings that depict various folklore, stories, and philosophies of Chinese culture.
I have translated the stories of these paintings into English with the personal help of the artist.
This work was done in Beijing, China by Zhang Xiuzhen whose pen name is "San Yang".
She is a rather famous artist in northern China and has been painting since 1958.
Her work has been seen in many international exhibitions around the world over the last decade.
This is known as "free-hand style" painting.
This style of painting is done quickly with broad and powerful strokes. But often with a half-dry brush. This is a very specific technique that this artist has mastered, and many try to copy.
Painted with watercolor and special Chinese ink on handmade xuan paper (rice paper) with gold flecks/flakes. The paper itself is handmade in a process that takes more than a year to complete. We then mount the paper (laminate it to more sheets of xuan paper) to thicken it up an keep it flat and wrinkle-free for the framing process.
Note: Framing is not included! However, the artwork is ready-to-frame, unlike raw unmounted xuan paper that some other Chinese art galleries sell.
When your painting arrives, it will look like this after you remove it from the box and unroll it.
You will need to decide how you would like to display your original hand-painted artwork.
Click Here if you would like this artwork to be professionallyframed for you.
I suggest that you take your artwork to be professionally framed.
The result may look something like the image to the left.
If you would like, we can ship your artwork to San Diego where we have a
relationship with a professional picture framer. You can have your artwork
framed with solid wood with a polished cherry finish, and black matting just
like this one.
The price includes high quality acrylic glazing (much better than glass), a dust cover, hanging wire, and even the nail and hook to put it on
The result will be a totally museum-quality, custom made frame.
The cost of the this service is $79.95 plus an additional $9.50 to safely ship the frame to you from San Diego.
CLICK HERE for more info about our new framing service.
Your other option, which will involve extra time and effort on your part is to
find a picture frame that you like from your local art supply store, and mount
your artwork yourself.
Examples of what this art might look like if you frame it yourself using
standard 16x20 picture frames.
Suggestions for framing this Asian philosophy art
Step-by-step instructions for framing this Asian art