Zhouzhuang Cart repair

Sawadee Khrap

And a painting I did 3 years ago, of a guy fixing a cart in Zhouzhuang.  Their version of AAA road side service. My detail was not as good.  Digital oil version  –  I believe I posted it before but this is a larger canvas version. 20 by 25 inch canvas, with the new gesso applied.ZhouzhuangCar-webt

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Zhouzhuang, “Venice of Shanghai”

Sawadee Khrap

In 2003, a year before I retired, I took a trip to China – Hong Kong and Shanghai, visiting a friend there.  One spot that really impressed me was Chinese city, Zhouzhuang, “Venice of Shanghai” an hour by train from Shanghai.  I got some really great images during this trip and it also got me thinking about retiring to Asia.  Zhouzhuang looks like a very old city but I was told by a local that the government just built it that way for tourist.  Nevertheless it did give me some great photos.  So I thought I would try to paint this old home setting on a watery canal. And a full size blow-up, the bicycle seemed to be the most detailed and difficult to get right The stones are easy, their straight brush marks.Zhouzhuang-webZhouzhuang-fullSize 20×30 in.

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Doi Suthep flowers

Sawadee Khrap

Searching my photo collection for images that would make good paintings I came across this one, or actually two, combined to make this image.  I love the large green leaf and think the white flower adds to the whole image. The beauty of painting is that I now have full control.  What do you think?  This is a 20 by 30 inch canvas digital.green-purple-flowers-web

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River Barrow Carlow Bridge, Ireland

Sawadee Khrap

Pat, I hope you like this version of your image of the bridge.  Full size  30 x 20 inch canvas – digital acrylic oil painting. Quite a challenge, the trees on the left and branches on the right sides really became a learning lesson on brushes and blending – showing shadow and  effect in a painterly way – learned a lot of new techniques – thanks for the excellent example to use as a learning image.

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July 27th  Update – Studying the above painting I think it is un-balanced being too heavy on the right side and should have the left and right sides cropped to make it more balanced – I suppose this could also be done by wrapping the canvas around a smaller frame to achieve the same results.   Below is a cropped version of the painting showing this change  – what do you think.CarlowBridge-web2  Of course the border makes this difficult.

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Ogres from Ghirardelli

Sawadee Khrap

Here is my latest attempt producing a Photoshop Digital acrylic type painting.   I took the photo of the ogres at Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in San Francisco 2002.  I thought it looked neat then and always wanted to do something with it.   I am having trouble doing hair, especially the disorganize variety needed here.  But I thought I’d post it anyway while I work on learning to do better hair.  I can always go back and correct it later – it might take some time to learn how.  This painting is 30 in wide by 20 in high.  Needs to be printed on linen stockOugesrGhirardelli-web.

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