Mae Hong Song Trip–Simon

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Avoiding Songkran here in Chiang Mai,  Simon and I headed for 2  Days 1_MaeSheThaPathanaChitChaloenPhraKiatin Pai and 2 days in Mae Hong Song.  We tried to visit “Unseen” Thailand this trip and so when arriving in Pai – 2_NextBridgePaivisited a female monk meditation area- Mae She Tha Pathana Chit Chaleon Phra Kait.  Then we went to the Memorial Bridge on the entrance to Pai with it’s unique statues.    We were very4_PoiSangLong-Pai lucky 3_PoiSangLongPai-WatSriDonChaito visit Wat Sri Don Chai in time to view their Shan – Poi Sang long Festival – great and  colorful. And while in Pai stayed at the Phaewdao Resort – very very nice. Excitement did happen as a neighbor 2 doors down from Simon’s 5_PraewdaoResort-PaiDSC04440room was robbed and the police were there investigating in the morning.  One great site, South of Pai, was this (not on the map) hot water geyser, on the side of the road.    L6_NgamtaHotel-MaeHongSongeaving Pai and on to Mae Hong Song and booked into the Ngamta Hotel, next to the lake.  From this base we explored the surrounding countryside looking for “Unseen” sites. Gravel collection site from the river by Shan people, a river-floating restaurant, burning along the side of the road, and went to visit a 106 year old Monk – but he seem to be at the Poi Sang long 7_GravelCfromRiver-8_Riverside Resturanat9_RoadSideFiresfestival in the area, so we missed him.  We did visit several more Temples 10_Wat106yoMonk11_Watonhill12_DhammagiriChildrenFoundationand a special Children’s home for Shan refugees called Dhammagiri Foundation.  Great, relaxing trip – little traffic, lots of water throwing but only in designated areas and along the roads by little children – So I have made this Slideshow of the best images – Enjoy. 


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It’s 32% C today in Chiang Mai –that’s 87 F probably reach 95 by mid afternoon – NOVEMBER – supposedly our cool season.  At least it is not “Humid” like Pattaya was, I couldn’t take that again.

Just walked up to Maya Shopping Center for lunch and sweat all  the way.  What in HELL is going on – “Hell” is an appropriate word to use. Along the way I took these images of the common usage of bamboo for scaffolding.20171118_11075620171118_125826  I think I read somewhere that bamboo is better than steel because of its flexibility and light weigh but just as strong – but I am sure I will never be climbing up there. Anyway just a quick post.

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Papa’s Garden–Doi SaKet

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Wow, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I visited venues in the area 20171011_13483320171011_135820and posted about them – lost in my painting.  Today I went with a couple of friends to Papa’s Garden in Doi SaKet for lunch. Great food and surroundings.  A little way off the beaten path but well worth it. They grow, hydroponically, their own salads and served fresh.20171011_13505620171011_13511220171011_13514920171011_13541720171011_13571220171011_135441 Walked around the facilities and this would be a great place to stay for a family. Something for the kids and relaxing for the parents.

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Lets Swim

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My car is in the shop and I am relativity stranded in my condo, thinking about the last time I was at Sai Kaew beach in Sattahip.  Went there with a friend and he wanted to race me to the water – this image comes to mind.   So here is a 20 by 30 inch acrylic oil painting, or at least what I remembered it was like.  I know I’ll miss going there.lets-swim-web 

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Defender of White Temple

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Never miss seeing the “Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple” when you visit the Chiang Rai area.  Located 15 KM before you arrive at Chiang Rai City itself.  Impressive, privately designed and re-built by Khun Kositpipat.  WhiteTempleStatue-web  The temple is magnificent, glowing white – quite a sight to see – and this is one of the creatures guarding the “gate of heaven” at the entrance.   Not sure if this is Death or Rahu.    Something new every time you visit the project.  It is constantly being expanded by new works , stated to be fully completed in 2070.   A 20 by 30 inch canvas acrylic oil type painting.

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Beached boat–Sattahip

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You can find many such images as you tour the beaches of Sattahip, Thailand – South of Pattaya along the coast.   many beaches and tranquil places to stop.  I just loved this old boat beached there.beached-boat-web  This is my normal painting size of 20 by 30 inch canvas. And when you are down there be sure and stop at Sai Kaew Beach on the military reserve.  You can see photos I’ve taken there in many past blog posts.

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Spanish Watercolor Scene

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Here is a 20 by 30 in Digital Watercolor painting using Photoshop.  SpanishWatercolor-webSimulating a watercolor version of a pencil drawn scene.  The border is for mounting purposes and would be on the sides of the mounting.  I am going to try some variations on this theme to break the oil paintings I have been doing.  What do you think?

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Colored version of Battle painting

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Thanks Yraen for your comments on the Battle Painting.  Here is a colorized version of the painting, thank God for Photoshop so I could easily add some color to see what it would look like   – It does add some to the overall image but tends to lessen the statue effect.  What do you think ? – comments welcome.ThaiBattle-colored-web

Which one do you like best?  Does it help the painting ?

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Great Battle Of Yuthahathi

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If you ever go to Bangkok, be sure and visit “The Ancient City ” in Mueang Boran.  One of the monuments there is a statue of the battle when  King Naresuan liberated Siam from Burmese rule – The Great battle with Phra Maha Uparaja, the Burmese Prince and son of King Nantabureng at Nong Sarai, Suphan Buri Province and declared Siam  independence in May 1584 A.D.   This is my vision for the final blow in a 20 by 30 inch digital painting – What do you think? – Did I do it justice? ThaiBattle-web Does it bring you there?

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LeLaWadee or Frangipani

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A beautiful colorful flowering shrub native to Thailand and the surrounding area with a delicate smell.  They come pure white to full pink red/yellow.  Considered the spa flower, you can find them adorning almost all massage and spa facilities.  I found this multi-colored specie just around the corner from my condo. leela-wadee-web  20 by 30 in canvas.

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