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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Love Foundation–Clinic

Sawadee Khrap

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Just got back from a visit to the “Love Foundation”.  met “Ten” , sexy guy, the founder, and incidentally he is also the founder of Hornet- gay chat, and had my test for HIV, Hep B,A – clean report.   But no immunity to HEP.       They are located between Big C Extra and Index.

PREP-webBut I did learn some great stuff while there – They also have a medicine that can be taken every day to enable one to live with a infected partner – 950 Baht/Mo.  of course you  can also take it without a partner and just play around but it is not recommended.  But it will offer some protection.  And of course they also have the other HIV-AIDS drugs too.  And Hep-B shots which I will be getting later in the month.  Great service, people, friendly and not prying – if you know what I mean, everything can be anonymous if you want.

Their pricing is very reasonable – 20 min for test results and as I said before great and friendly people to deal with.  Get tested don’t take chances.pricesheet-lovefoundation-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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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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Burma Trip–Mong Yawng

Sawadee Khrap

On the second day we left Keng Tung and headed back to Mong Hpayak IMG_3700where the monks could get their lunch.  The tiny market there had all kinds of bugs for sale , but I opted just for some fried rice and cauliflower and then we went on to Mong Yawng where we would spend the next 2 nights.  This would be the most rugged part of out trip – and I mean rugged.  From Hpayak to Mong Yawng is 80 KM of which 1/3 was just single wide crushed rock roads – the rest was under some kind of construction.  Not too far up the road we lost the right IMG_3724mirror on our van  – hit by a passing truck on the narrow road it ripped off the mirror but did not damage the side of the van.   The dust and bumps were amazing – we had to cross over a mountain range where we came to a full stop because they were widening the road by cutting the hillside away –  but we did get through and ultimately got to IMG_3743our newly opened  “Nant Khat Guest House” in Mong Yawng.  Sparse but adequate.   The next morning, 5AM, we all headed to the local area market – still dark, but it was a full moon which was the biggest market day of the month – there must have been over 300 people there – go early get the best deals – all vendors were gone and the market was closed by 7:30.


 IMG_3926Next we headed to a temple high on a hill overlooking the valley, here as with all the temples we visited,  they did the usual blessing and chanting.   Back to town for lunch and then on to a temple which had a original India Bodhi Tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment.  From here we headed to a “forest” temple and a dedication and then back that evening to deliver a full IMG_3779set of “Buddha Bibles” to the local Mong Yawng Temple.   All the roads we were on this day were just dirt and extremely bumpy making travel speed about 5-10 KM/hr.  Quite a day.   The next morning up again at 5AM for market – Here the lady offered IMG_3798to sell me some “Shwe le maw” very strong Shan alcohol.  then breakfast and on the road back.  Got hung-up once in a new rock road area – the roller crusher hadn’t gotten there yet – but we made it through that area and on to the the major construction site where we IMG_4250were stopped coming in.  It was passable but slow and then on to Hpayak for lunch.   Here is where we spotted the deer heads, I had never seen any wild animals in all my travels in Thailand so this was a great surprise – we did pass several Burmese with homemade long barrel rifles  but with my slow camera I couldn’t get a shot.  Next time.    Time to go home now. And I did get my passport back at the border crossing, all stamped and ready to go.


All in all great trip – meat is scarce and expensive so most Burmese meals are rice,fish and vegetables.  I am amazed that although I ate very little each time, how much better I felt when I got back, tired but much more energy – in addition, all the rough roads and bouncing around actually massaged my back and all my back pain was gone. I was also worried about having to use the squat toilets but at all our major stops there were western sit toilets so that worked out ok too.   Great group of people on the trip, although most spoke very limited English and I limited Thai, we did manage to communicate and actually they took special pains to see I was ok.  I am looking forward to the next trip and will bring my high speed camera and opt for a front seat in a van so I can get more specific images.

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