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

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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

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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

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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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still nostalgia–Thaton near Chiang Rai

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This is a 17X25 inch digital painting of my favorite place just North of Fang on the way to Chiang Rai = Thaton.  This is the Kok River, and it used to be the boundary of Thailand/Burma but now is considered Thailand, However many of the people on the western or left side still speak Burmese.

Too bad this small posted image doesn’t show the painting details like the full sized print – here it tends to look like a photo but the printed version is very hand-painted life like.  This is a full size portion of the printed version.

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It was produced using several filters and embossing in CS6 Photoshop – I cannot post the full size here but if someone is interested, I will see what I can do for them to get a copy

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Diversity

Sawadee Khrap

Here are a couple of diverse techniques. IMG_6478-Edit-Edit

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I love the photo of the little boy from the refugee camp, great shot of determination, climbing obstacles.  More of a outline and cartoon effect but I think it adds a degree of importance to the shot.  And the second is a painting effect utilizing greater brush stroke definition than the ones I did before. 

Sunday I went to my first meeting of the Pattaya City Expats Club and plan to go back next week – Sunday’s meeting had a nature photographer (ian Frame) showing his work – great presentation of macro work in the insect world.  The club is also trying to re-spark their Photo Group and for it I volunteered to present some information on using Lightroom and Photoshop.  We’ll see what happens and post later.  

In addition there is also a Pattaya Expats Club  meeting at the same time each Sunday – not sure who broke from who, I’ll get that info and let you know.  I’ll try to attend this group in a couple of weeks.

A lot is going on, getting my schedule filled again – relaxing on the beach is nice but the chairs are starting to make my back ache , so I also need to get back to my stretching exercises. – always something,

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