Whenever I visited home, I would raid some art supply stores near the renown Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, and carry some loots home. Last year, I purchased some lovely colored graphite and charcoal sticks and I tried out with some still life and portrait drawings when I was still in China:
As usual, I also brought some of my completed works home as gifts, if they are small enough to fit into my luggage. Last year, I brought two colored ink drawings home and my family immediately had them framed.
Apropos framing, I believe that appropriate frames should accent, decorate and complement, instead of stealing attentions from the works and had the potential to enhance the appeals of artworks tremendously. I would say that the framing shop in Shenyang did excellent jobs with these drawings:
I have been exploring several media suitable for drawings and paintings on paper and my latest territory is gouache, a kind of opaque water color and if not diluted much, could have results like oil painting; with enough water, can imitate water color. Below are very first two gouache paintings I made, Yellow Rose and Sunflower.
And here are those gouache paintings in the frames I chose for their presentations:
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