Sawadee Khrap




Thanks for the comment on my painting Gabby, I really appreciate it.  Ya, lets get together and take some shots – maybe I can do a painting for you too.  Call me again and we’ll set a time  – (when it cools down that is – I don’t have A/C in the studio yet).

And for everyone to follow your modeling career, check out Gabby’s Web-Page.

I’m sure we are going to see more and more of Gabby in the future.




My First Painting – “Dreaming”

Sawadee Khrap


Here’s my first painting


Using Painter 11


Please tell me what you think – comments needed


I am just starting my paintings, getting to know Corel Painter 11 and PhotoShop processing.  I think this is the medium I want to work in.  PhotoShop allows me to develop my themes and then I can use Painter to bring them to life.  What a great combination – total control – NOW I just have to learn how to perfect it.

I could really use some inspiration and ideas of subjects to paint.  I hope my studio will help me in this area too.  If you see something interesting,  please send me a copy to study, I would love to see what you find exciting and then use it to learn how to produce different effects or moods.  I really look forward to hearing from you. 




Painting a Portrait

Sawadee Khrap

Image008Mark Gerard  just sent me this terrific article on the actual thought process that  created this portrait.  He sent it to me as a Word document and I converted it to a web-page to post here.

 —— Painting a Portrait ——

I think I’m going to try some painting too – but not with actual paints but digitally.  Adobe Photoshop has brushes and is capable of producing images that appear like copies of paintings – coupled with special printing paper, very realistic paintings are possible. 

Now, with my studio close to completion and several boys already willing to pose, I should have enough material to start painting – errr, (Is painting the proper word to use, or should I say processing?)

CorelPainterBut the “real” painting program is Corel Painter.  This program is “the cat’s meow”. 

Corel says “ultimate digital art studio for anyone ready to expand their definition of creativity. Working with the most advanced digital painting and natural media tools available, you can create the art you’ve always envisioned”.

I had an older version and found it had a very steep learning curve – probably because I have no painting talent.  But now, as I am slower and have the time to learn – not to mention the great material I can “paint” – I think I’ll get the latest version ( 12, I think is out now ) and try learning again.

Come on Boys – the cameras ready, the paints are ready, the lighting is fine and even if we don’t make a masterpiece – we can have a lot of fun – you pose – I shoot ———   WOW   I can’t wait to get started.  Email me if you want to be a model – by appointment only



Seussical – at the Kad Suan Kaew Theater








Friday night  we went to see “Seussical” at the Kad Theater at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center – what a delightful evening.

Check out the SLIDESHOW






And our friend Jim put his photos in his FaceBook – he’s done a much better job of telling the story than I do – I’ll have to take more time and have each of my photos captioned – wow a lot of work – we’ll see




Look At This Gallery – Mark Gerard’s Watercolours








Last night, Thursday 19th, we went to see our friend, Mark’s Grand Opening of his presention of over 30 of his original watercolours at the Look At This Art Gallery, Nimmanhaemin Road, (opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel).  In addition there were also four others artists showing their works in acrylic and oils.  

Nice show, great attendance, especially liked Mark’s paintings – check it out, I’m sure you’ll find one you want for your home.







And they have a great staff too –














David Crisp – memorys

Sawadee Khrap

If you check out my earlier post on David’s Service you will find a comment by Kathy Humphry requesting the names of David’s friends here in Chiang Mai.  She then sent me a beautiful letter of her experiences with David in Scotland.  For all of you who knew David but not in detail, I thought I’d post it here:

Hi Frank

Thank you so much. Many of us here in Scotland have been reading the web and seeing what you have done in Chiang Mai.

I met David about 31 years ago. I thought he was a school boy (smoking in the corner) until he stepped forward to conduct “The Magic Fir Tree” which he had just composed.
I was bowled over and have been a supporter ever since. He then went on to found the Hadley Court Singers and I was an early, though not founder member of that.
The next step was the Lasswade Community Orchestra and I was a founder member of that. I am the only original member left sadly. This orchestra moved from Lasswade and became the Open Orchestra which is thriving and will be holding a celebration concert for David on 21st June in the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh. This is a lovely old Church on the Royal Mile which is the Church the Queen uses when in residence in Edinburgh. David held his 50th birthday celebration concert there playing a whole concert of his own compositions. We will also be playing only David’s work.  It will be a short concert although we could play for many hours as there is quite a lot of David’s music around. I will need to contact someone in the Spirit House Choir as the Hadley Court Singers wish to perform Adam Lay Ybounden which he dedicated to the memory of the husband of one of the orchestra who died in September. We have the music but none of David’s extra markings – speed, dynamics etc and need help if you don’t mind.

David became very stressed in his last year or two at Lasswade. Teachers are treated very badly in my opinion and when the “system” manages to stress out such a natural and talented teacher as David then I can’t imagine how the rest cope at all and how our kids get any inspiration from school at all. He couldn’t wait to retire and join you all in Thailand. When he finally left I thought we would never hear from him again and indeed he did go completely quiet for about a year BUT in September I got a happy e-mail from him.He was really enjoying life again and was really enjoying his new choir. At Christmas he sent a long e-mail for all of us and again was very happy. I am so glad that he found his peace again before he died though really it would have been better for him to have had loads more time to enjoy it.

As soon as he we heard of his death I discovered that whatever conversations I was having, something always reminded me of David. eg my neighbour was celebrating his 40th birthday that week and I remembered David and a few Hadley Court Singers singing outside my bed-room window on a brilliant summer’s day on my 40th before we all had to go to work. I remember all 4 homes that he had in the Lothian area since I knew him and helped him move. He looked after me when my son needed to stay over night in the Sick Children’s Hospital which was almost next door to where David lived at the time. He gave me Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin to read that night and I have always loved those books ever since. (I lived in San Francisco in the early 70’s).

Your loss is greater than ours. We had really already lost David when he left to go to Thailand but all of you had hoped to have a future with him. I can’t tell you how dreadfully sorry I am.”

Thanks Kathy – I know many will appreciate to learn of David’s amazing past.


Ladyboys, Ladyboys

Sawadee Khrap

3251726909_8cc9b8cb98_mDo you like Ladyboys – well my friend Brian just gave me permission to post a link to his Flickr “prnbrn’s photostream” site .

Lots of great photos  – and he will be adding more in the future.

Brian and his partner Pong will be returning to Chiang Mai soon after they sell their restaurant down south.

Great photographer and look forward to their return and what photos he has done so far.

Enjoy !!!!



FERC Benefit – Making a DVD of the event

Sawadee Khrap




Tonight Nu and I will attend and photograph/video the event.  Our friends Mark and Arrd, lead singers, asked if we could make a DVD of the show for them. 

Should be a lot of fun and we get free food etc. – of course and it’s for a great cause too.

I’ll make sure to post some shots of the event and maybe add a video of the entertainment too.




Well  – Nu’s Uncle and Aunt are almost here for lunch – we are making spaghetti, or I should say they are making spaghetti with beef – Elio, Nu’s Uncle will be doing the cooking – actual Italian style – can’t wait.





History of Panio Music – Jonas Dept

Sawadee Khrap

IMG_2074Collage-EditFriday night we went to see “A History of Piano Music” by Jonas Dept and Laurent Chiarelly at the AUA Auditorium in Chiang Mai.

Laurent narrated the history and Jonas performed selections from 1732 to 1937.

Here is the program:

and    *** SLIDESHOW ***



What a great evening of music – afterwards we went with Jonas & Laurent and their extended family to “The Writers Club and Wine Bar” up the street for late conservations and drinks.

Jonas and Laurent are planning on many more future presentations at different locations around Chiang Mai and we will definitely go and gather more pictures for the blog.  Great entertainment – make sure to catch these shows when you visit Chiang Mai.  I’ll try to post their calendar of up-comming events.



The Gin Game

Sawadee Khrap

Saturday night, 28th, we had the pleasure of going to “The Gate Theater Group’s” presentation of “The Gin Game” at the Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center – Kad Studio Theater.  We were invited by the Matchett’s to video tape the show and make a DVD for them.

“The Gate Theater Group is a not-for-profit volunteer network established for the purpose of bringing the performing arts to Chiang Mai.  Among their goals are the  development and recruitment of local talent, the encouragement of young people’s interest in theater arts, and above all the delivery of an enjoyable theatrical experience to our audiences”

Here is the program sheet:


We missed the previous presentation “The Dodo Bird” because we were out of town, glad we made this one – very, very well done.  Superb sets, acting and of course the play itself.  What a neat little theater and I didn’t even know it was there.  Not sure what a Dodo Bird is?

We took about 1.5 hours of tape and produced a DVD for them – We also took many photos – or I should say Nu took a bunch – I did the video this time.   Tried out several new procedures in making the cover and DVD itself and really pleased with the outcome, here’s what the DVD looked like:


And here are some of the images:

    *** SLIDESHOW ***


I’ll post future shows which I hope we can make  – Great for Nu as he has never seen live performances or any stage play for the matter.




Bronze Boy – shall we cast him in resin?

Sawadee Khrap

Bronze Boy     [Andre 1999]


I just got some pictures of David’s,  a friend of ours, Bronze Boy statue by Andre 1999.   It really caught my eye as it was setting in his garden.  The statue was presented to him as a gift by the artist and he had it shipped from the UK to Chiang Mai several years ago.  The cost of shipping it was very expensive because the statue is a bronze casting and really heavy.


I talked to David about allowing  a mold to be made and casting resin copies of the work and putting them on our web site for sale.  The statue is about 3 foot. long and by casting it in resin it should be fairly light, at least enough to keep the shipping charges in line.  

Thought I’d post images of it here and see if people are interested in getting one.  Don’t know the cost yet but for a mantle or center piece in the garden it is unique and exclusive.  Once I find a artist or caster to make the above copy, they could also create modifyed poses. Think of the possibilities.

What do you think? – worth checking into.?


Nattapoun’s Soap flower carvings

Sawadee Khrap

Hi – just want to make another plug for Nattapoun’s Soap flower carvings. What a great seat placement decoration for your next party, wedding, business or special event. We have several in our apartment and they really invite the comments from our guests. They love them.

We are also looking for a sales rep to handle large sales in the local areas – great rep discount – so you can build a thriving business – Local flower, wedding, Hallmark centers, craft, and hobby shops are a great outlet – you set up the purchase and use the web to complete – Set up an account and all sales to it will give you a commission. eMail us for particulars.

Well it’s Sunday night here – Tasanai is not back yet from Nan – so I’ll have some pictures to post probably tomorrow.


Recruting – Tao garden Retreat

Sawadee Khrap

Just got back yesterday from the “Tao Garden Wellness Retreat” in Doi Saket.  Nei, the Tao expert in “Karsai Nei Tsang” massage (genital area), gave me a marvelous relaxing and therapeutic massage.  We took some great pictures of the retreat but Tasanai has them in his camera and he’s still in Nan – when he gets back I will process them and post again.

As far as the recruiting is going  – Tasanai is searching for models for our new web page celebrating the beauty of the Asian Male Body.  We are setting up the site to show and sell artistic, erotic photos of Thai men (boys as they call them here) prints, posters and image CD’s.  Look for our new site called  gThaiStudio .  As soon as we collect about 7 – 8 models and have a gallery of images we will update the site and go on line.

I’m still looking to get the Postcards function set up for our gallery – but so far no such luck – seems like there is always something that will not work – damn – it’s frustrating.  The only way to find software that will really fit your needs is to write it yourself – but now that’s out of the question – so I just keep testing and sooner or later will find the right one.


Special photo reproduced.

Sawasdee Khrap

Has everyone looked at “Chart’s” Reproductions – featured in the Store. What a great way to have your favourite picture of a loved one to hang in your home. Imagine that special photo on a 2.5 ft by 2 ft canvas. or larger by special order. Oil, pencil, sepia, pastels.

Fgallery2-4What’s really nice is that you can have a larger reproduction of any photos you have – even the most erotic ones are possible. No problem, now you can have your “special” private image enlarged and reproduced and sent back to you. What a great way to get that certain picture for the bedroom, den or playroom.

Check it out.