Never try to fool a child

Sawadee Khrap

An atheist was seated next to a little girl on an airplane and he turned to her and said,
“Do you want to talk? Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”   The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said the atheist. “How about why there is no God, or no Heaven or Hell, or no life after death?” as he smiled smugly. “Okay,” she said. “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps. Why do you suppose that is?”

The atheist, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss God, Heaven and Hell, or life after death, when you don’t know shit?”
And then she went back to reading her book.

Thanks Paul – “Paul’s Sunday Funnies”

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Lets Swim

Sawadee Khrap

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

Sawadee Khrap

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

Sawadee Khrap

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

Sawadee Khrap

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

Sawadee Khrap

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

Sawadee Khrap

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

Sawadee Khrap

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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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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