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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Boat in Sattahip

Sawadee Khrap

Here is a watercolor painting I did last year of a scene in Sattahip.  I am working of several digital oil paintings and intend to do some more watercolor paintings soon.  Painting has taken up most of my time and going back through my old photo libraries has revealed some great images that I can use.PattayaBoat -paint-PS_DAP_Watercolor  I also intend to make a book of all my paintings.

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