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Here's another handy thing I've done guys. I switched from traditional watercolor painting, to the Japanese style, where I'm now mostly using using ink, with only little splashes of color. I'm not using cotton, pressed paper anymore, instead I'm using the thinner, more delicate rice paper. But, you don't have to frame your paintings in brass and glass. I simply bought a large piece of foam board, cut it to size, using a sharp exacto knife, used double-sided tape, and hung it on the wall with a little plastic tab mount. You simply remove the tape, revealing the sticky side, on the mounting tab, stick it to the top center of the foam board, and hang it on a nail. It's really easy to produce a lot of paintings, in this Japanese style, and it would cost you a fortune to take each one to a framer. This way, it's cheaper, and you can do this easily with the foam board, including mounting lots of smaller paintings. I usually don't do large paintings. I did the larger one because I wanted to cover a big empty space over a bed. Normally I do a whole bunch of smaller ones, like the ones that I've posted below.
Always try to keep your paintings away from direct sunlight, as most of mine are. But I'm not very sentimental about my paintings, because I produce so many of them, so I don't really give much thought to the conditions of the rooms they're hanging in. In fact, I'm always giving my paintings away, and if someone says, "Hey, I like that painting," I give it to them. So, paintings don't usually last very long in my place, anyway. I'm leaving for Maryland, in a couple of days, and I'm taking a bunch of them for someone to hang in their condo, in Chesapeake Harbor Marina. Pretty cool.