AAA repair–Zhouzhuang, China

Sawadee Khrap

One thing I miss is the AAA (American Automobile Association) services that I used to get in the US.  One call and a repair man or tow truck would be at your service, anywhere in the US.  They would come out and fix your flat tire right on the side of the road – Sooooo I was really surprised when I saw this repair man, fixing a tire, on spot, when I visited Zhouzhuang.P3240120-Edit-2-Zhouzhuang China  Far cry from AAA, but convenient.

And the houses were so colorful and quaint – great photo series, so I created this 20×16 inch painting.  Zhouzhuang appears to be a old, old city built on a series of canals like Venice, but later I found out that it was constructed about 25 years ago as a tourist attraction.  However, they did a great job and I really though that it was at least 100 years old.  Life on the canals offered some wonderful images and I will post more paintings from my travel excursions in the future.

I thought I had posted a slideshow on my trip to China in 2003, Hong Kong, Lanta, Island, Shanghai and Zhouzhuang – not so – so I guess I will have to create one and post it  – some great images and the above painting is a composite drawn from them.

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Day at the Ocean

Sawadee Khrap

Here’s one painting I’ve been working on for the last week – “Day at the Ocean”.Day at the Ocean - CC  WOW painting-Edit

Looks like fun, cool and playful.  Could be anywhere but I like to think it’s Pattaya Jomtien beach when they get it cleaned up – Would be great to just relax at the beach and watch the boys carrying on like this.  But alas, Jomtien is not a private beach and nudity is not allowed.

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Boy with his dog

Sawadee Khrap

Boy with his Dog - CC2014orig-3My latest painting – unique title  “Boy with His Dog”  – was made using a combination of Photoshop CC and then the version 2014 for the final effects.  Best of two worlds that way.  Like all my paintings it simulates a 16×20 Digital Acrylic on canvas with Gesso overcoat.  Hope you enjoy – maybe I will offer these printed on canvas ready for mounting – what do you think?

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Beach at Khlong Chilat, Krabi–before tsunami

Sawadee Khrap

Here’s a place I fell in love with when I visited Krabi on my first trip to Thailand December, 2004.  This was what it looked like three weeks before the tsunami – I haven’t been back but wonder if it still looks the same — IMG_3907-Edit-Edit-2  it was so peaceful – we had lunch here before going on to Koh Lanta further South.

This painting was made using the new Photoshop 2014 for the final painting phase and the old CC version for the initial preparation.  A little more work but really worth the effort – the new program does give more control of brush strokes and does so without slowing down so better control of modifying layers is possible for enhancing the Gesso and Canvas textures.  This is also a 16×20 canvas and contains much more detail than my other paintings – I am getting better. 

This and my prior paintings were made using a acrylic style painting effect  – next I am going to experiment with using new oil paint impasto  technique which will show more visual 3D brush strokes.

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Having so much fun painting

Sawadee Khrap

I am having so much fun painting with Photoshop and the Art pen, particularly using Jack Davis’s painting techniques ,that I am slowly going through all my older favorite images and creating paintings.  This is a 16×20 inch digital painting capturing rice field workers, in the fields surrounding Nakhon Sawan, that I passed while driving from Chiang Mai to Bangkok on Route 1 when I moved to Pattaya. _MG_6341-Edit-2 It was a beautiful sunny day and they just stood out.

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Buddha – Wat Phrathatsutonmongkonkiree

Sawadee Khrap

IMG_7834-Edit-EditHere is my painting of the enormous statue of Buddha (female looking) at Wat  Phrathatsutonmongkonkiree Just outside of Phrae near Den Chai, before you come into Chiang Mai.   Above is the link to my article posted  2/7/2008.  I have a slideshow posted there and this photo was one of my favorites so I thought I would make this 16×20 inch  painting of it. 

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Rural Thailand painting–Lampang

Sawadee Khrap

I told you I am in love with my new Art pen   –   With all the time on my hands lately I’ve completed several boy images, a portrait for my Landlord, Goody’s, and this one – my favorite scene from a photo taken in Lampang.   All are done at 16×20 in , only the Landlord one has been painted on canvas and frame mounted.  That cost him 2,100 Baht – IMG_0909 -WOW-painting-origvery reasonable – I’ll show a photo of it later.   This ones typical of rural living in Thailand and the beauty in the land, although I prefer being in the city – really nothing to do in the country but relax – and paint I suppose – HA HA  I would miss the shopping centers.   Houses are all raised for natural air-conditioning, and most of the land, if not forested, is set for farming.  These are rice fields with banana groves.  In the far middle right is a typical temple – you can see these dotted all over the landscape.

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Goody’s–when it rains it pours

Sawadee Khrap

Painting Goody finalI just went to show the owners, Chris and his lady, at my favorite local restaurant in bldg B  the 16×20 in. painting I made for them and have my regular lunch.   Gift too late !!!

Bad news all around – they have just been informed by the View Talay Management that he will have to remove his gas burners and replace them with electric,  it’s against the Insurance code.   Chris has been preparing my lunch, and dinner for that matter, ever since I developed my condition – special cooking, salt and sugar free, olive oil, no MSG – stir fried fresh daily vegetables and rice with grilled fish for dinner at a price extremely affordable.  Sounds like he will have to move as he does not want to cook with electric – different flavor and not as good.  He has a week or so but it sounds like unchangeable – I can only hope they find a place close by -  within walking distance would be nice.  Sorry you didn’t have a chance to taste his food – only comparable restaurant around is Cabbages and Condoms and that’s too far for walking.

I wish them all the best luck and I am really going to miss them.  I’ll post their new location as soon as I know.

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Love the new pen

Sawadee Khrap

_MG_8544 edit paint finalWOW – the new pen is a must for anyone doing painting in Photoshop.  No wonder I didn’t want to do painting – the regular pen just won’t cut it.   And couple this Art pen with Jack Davis’s techniques and what a pleasure.   Now I will go through older shots and turn them into paintings.  Oh by the way, I expect a new model and a repeat within the next couple of weeks – hope it works out will.

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Bronze Boy

Sawadee Khrap

David, a friend of mine in Chiang Mai, had this great sculpture of a young boy casted in bronze by a French artist. (didn’t get his name, but the statue was almost 3 foot long, and heavy) in his back yard.  2 years ago it was stolen and I think I have the only photos of it left.  This is a combination (painting) of several photos montaged for a more dramatic image.  Hope you like it David.

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