Painting with lipstick, an old man's passion
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Mai paints gold fish with his finger. (Guangzhou Daily)

Anyone watching Mr. Mai prepare to paint would think the 83-year-old man had gone crazy. After unfolding a piece of paper, he presses his finger against a tube of women's lipstick. He starts to draw and after a few minutes gold fish emerge on the paper.

Mai Guohua owns a small shop selling bird cages and ivory accessories. He has been painting with lipstick for many years and claims to have started when a child asked him to teach him to draw. The child didn't own any paint and so they used the lipstick as a substitute.

Today, Mr. Mai is popular in his community and his neighbors frequently ask him to paint pictures for them. Peach blossoms, bamboo, chicken, mountains...all his landscapes and animals are so vivid that the children can not reside visiting his shop after school.


Mai's works (Guangzhou Daily)

Editor: Miranda
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