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September 03, 2006



It's really hard for us to commit to art.  In fact, you'd think we're picking a tattoo that we'll have to keep forever by the amount of consideration we give to it.  In the end, we can't decide and our walls will go bare for years because we can't find the perfect thing to hang on them.   

But we want to change (but we're still not getting a tattoo)!  So, when we bought the new house, we decided that we'd force ourselves to make inexpensive/temporary art choices just so we can enjoy having something to look at while we wait for the perfect thing to come along.   Yesterday, we took our first bold step in that direction.

While the girls napped in the stroller during our visit to Shamian Island, we took advantage of the air-conditioning in the art shop next to the White Swan hotel.  We looked at everything at least three times and finally picked a large painting of the mountains in Guilin, Guangxi province (Maddy was born in Guangxi province).  The top picture is the artist holding the painting we selected.  The bottom picture is my horrible hack job in PaintShop Pro as I tried to square it up and mat and frame it.

It was 800 yuan (about $100).  We bought art!  We're so proud of ourselves!


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