Hand Painted
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 This artwork is
100% hand-painted.

Typical Gallery Price: $200.00



Yellow Mountain Landscape Painting

Yellow Mountain Landscape Painting
See how "Yellow Mountain Landscape Painting" would look after being professionally framed

For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.

A frame is not included with this artwork!

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 68.6cm x 68.7cm  ≈  27" x 27"

Silk/Brocade Border: 78.6cm x 78.7cm  ≈  31" x 31"

Information about how this Asian painting is mounted

Yellow Mountain Pine Trees and Clouds

Yellow Mountain or "Huang Shan" is one of the oldest tourist attractions in all of China. For the past 3000 years, Yellow Mountain has been the destination of poets, pilgrims, and emperors. All seeking the scenic view for inspiration.

Look closely, and you will see stone stairs that lead to a tiny house in the mountains.

According to the artist, this type of painting represents the "yin and yang" philosophy of ancient China because the black and white parts of this painting are in balance with each other.

The Chinese characters written on this painting include the title, as translated above, the year painted (2004) and the artist's signature.

This type of painting must be done quickly as the rice paper absorbs the ink very fast.
One wrong move by the artist, and all is lost.
Artists who practice this type of work in China must have many years of experience.

Painted by linan (Li Nan).

This is painted on special xuan paper (rice paper) with a traditional silk brocade matting/border. Painted entirely with special Chinese black ink. In fact, there is no actual "paint" used to create this "painting". The gray tones are accomplished by mixing a little alcohol or water with the black ink.

Because no actual paint is used, the white parts are created by simply not touching the brush to that area. But this fact also means that any mistakes can not be covered up, so the artist's hand must be perfect.

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Aug 8th, 2008

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The end of an art-buying adventure...

A Typical art-buying trip lasts for 6 weeks, and covers at least 4000 miles across China. Most of these miles are covered by train. It's not a bad way to go considering that you can go half-way across China for less than $100. On the downside, you can expect to spend about 30 hours straight on that cross-country train.

When I started buying art to sell on the internet, I tried to carry it all back with me. But these days, I buy too much art to do that anymore. Last year I started to ship art back to Beijing as I traveled from city to city, and village to village. Occasionally, I use "train freight", but usually, I stick with "China Post" (The Chinese Postal Service).

Sometimes I worry if the precious artwork will get to Beijing safely, but so far, I have not lost a single package, and the Chinese postal system, while complicated, and full of red-tape, is very reliable.

End of an Asian-art-buying adventure

When I get back to Beijing, I am always exhausted, but happy that the art I bought for my customers has safely arrived as well.

Because the art I buy is just on raw xuan paper (rice paper), it can be rolled up or folded and packed in boxes without damaging it. Once the artwork arrives in Beijing, my business partner, Sandy, and I sort though the art and send a selection of it to be mounted.

In the mounted process, the artwork is flattened out and laminated to several more sheets of rice paper to make it thicker, yet pliable.

If the artwork is going to be a portrait, a nice silk border is added around the edges of the painting.

If we tell the mounter to build a scroll, the process is similar, but with a lot more silk with the addition of a wooden frame and ribbon at the top so that you can hang your scroll, and a scroll roller at the bottom.

The mounted portraits and scrolls take up a lot of space. If I mounted everything that I brought back from a trip at one time, it would probably fill half of a room. So we meter out the artwork to the mounter's studio little by little as we need it, and as we have room on our shelves.

Once we get a new batch of art, Sandy or I go to work taking tons of pictures in our little photo studio. It takes a full day to take 50 new art pictures, adjust them to the right size for our website, and upload the images to our server.

After that, I spend hours, usually with my wife, Cat, to work on translating the titles of the paintings, writing the artists' stories, and maybe writing up an adventure about how I located the various artists.

Meanwhile Sandy works several days a week packing and shipping all of the newly paid orders.

After I am finally happy with the story, the image of the art, and the quality of the art itself, it makes its way onto our website.

A typical piece of art often involves several hours, or even days of work by the artist, several days of hunting for the artist, spending time developing a relationship with the artist (be eating and drinking with them for a few days), up to a 2000 mile journey back to Beijing, and all the work that I mentioned above

It is a labor of love. I once did some math, and realized that for the time I spend, I am making the same as minimum wage in America. But in China, that puts me in "Upper Middle Class".

That, and I am one of the few people that can say that I truly love my job!


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Typical Gallery Price: $200.00