Early Owls

Sawadee Khrap

Just got back from lunch with Kevin and Chart – found a GREAT new place – Early Owls.  Service was superior, ambiance was exceptional, and the food was perfect.  Located in Suan Chiang Puak behind Rajabhat University area, formally everyone called the jungle – June and Jene have opened a great small home like café. full organic in a 60 year old teak house with a beautiful landscape to enjoy with your meal.IMG_20190312_124652IMG_20190312_124040

Be sure and stop by and say hello and enjoy a wonderful quiet time and meal.

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Nanee’s and The Erotic Garden

Sawadee Khrap

On March 3rd, Simon and I took a quick trip to Mae Rim and visited  2 locations.

At both places we met the owner and artist who developed the attraction.  They are located right next to each other in beautiful Mae Rim valley area.  What a day to relax and meet two wonderful people , each with inspiring stories. – Great places to visit and NOT the usual tourist traps, but unique sites of Unseen Thailand.  Seeing is believing, so I really recommend that you visit them yourself on your next trip here..

Nanee’s:

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Erotic Garden:

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Bristle Brushes

Sawadee Khrap

Started using the “Bristle brushes” in Photoshop for my paintings.  Much better control and effect.  This is a scene I saw on a recent trip a few weeks ago to “The Giant”  treehouse restaurant in Doi Saket, north of Chiang Mai.  A small coffee shop on the way had this display in their parking lot – just had to paint it.  Digital Acrylic Oil painting —  15 inch x 10 inch.Garden-Bike-web

P.S.   Went back with other friends yesterday and had car trouble, my 4 wheel drive unit locked up and I had to be towed back to the repair shop – still without a car so I had time to finished this painting I was working on – funny it was a scene from my last visit there – maybe a omen.

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Getting back to painting

Sawadee Khrap

New computer running, I started back painting.  My first task was to finish a painting of a “Smiling Buddha”.  I think I saw it somewhere near Sukhothai but not sure.  I did use the new plug-in AD-Impasto which gives me the ability to present an impasto simulation effect to the paint – mild but very noticeable at full size  – this painting is at high printing resolution 300 dpi, 10 in x 15 in –Digital Acrylic Oil paint.Buddha-web

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Celestial Dreaming

Sawadee Khrap

My latest painting – Celestial Dreaming – a 20×30 inch.  Acrylic on Pastel Chalk Digital painting.Clestrial-Dreaming-web   I need to do another with a better background – the chalk just doesn’t do it justice……  I wanted the floating effect but need more dreamy appearance.  But at least it’s a start in the right direction.  What are your thoughts.

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My first “couchsurfer”

Sawadee Khrap

Just had my first “Couchsurfer’ stay with me.  He was from Taiwan and spoke excellent English so we had some great conservations.  while he was here we visited the Hmong Hilltribe Village, above Doi Suthep on Doi Pui – below is the picture of him in traditional Hmong clothing.  Excuse the hat, looked more colorful than a normal male black hat – and most will not know the difference, lol.  You can check with earlier posts to see the full images of the village.  

IMG_9091Then we went to see the Buddhist Hell Temple, Wat Si  Don Chai Pa Tung Ngam – Wat Mae Kaet Noi Buddhist Hell in Mae Jo area.  Check out the earlier post on the temples I posted not too long ago for more pictures. 

Great time, I am really glad I joined this group and had the experience of meeting new people (guys of course). I am also a member of the “Queer Couchsurfing” group.   I’ll post more on this subject later.

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Buddhist Hell – Mae Jo

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Simon and I went to explore the Mae Jo local temple – Buddhist Hell –  20180513_153201at  Wat Mae Kaet Noi – also called – Wat Si Don Chia Pa Tung Ngam.

It’s like a Disneyland area – turnstile entrance (10 Baht ea.) , divided in 2 section areas – Heaven and Hell.       Amazing – The first thing that stands out is the deplorable attitude about sex – same as in the Christian and Islamic religions.  Statues  with emphasized penises, vaginas,  disfigured and/or being mutated –  Here are some glaring examples – the rest are in the Slideshow.20180513_15024220180513_15054320180513_150325

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Make sure to visit the display – very eye opening and shows the blend of Buddhism, Hindu, Chinese Gods, and Animism.  Sex always seems to be the point of attack around the world – actually there are only 3 functions in life, Eating, Sleeping and Sex.  And the first two are only done so one can do the last – SEX   Think about it and make sure to visit the Temple.

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