To wash or not to wash?

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THIS is SCOTT WADE. Check out what he does with the dirty cars by carefully and artfully removing portions of the dirt. According to his web site, he lives real close to a dirt road in San Marcos , Texas

Pic of the Day

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Pic of the Day

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Pic of the Day

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Rice Paddy Art

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As an aficionado of the unusual, I was recently gob smacked by an e-mail about “Rice Paddy Art” This type of artwork is produced by strategically arranging and growing different colours of rice plants. As summer progresses, crops of rice paddy art are beginning to emerge across Japan, the finest examples in the village of Inakadate, which has earned a reputation for its agricultural artistry.

The photo to the left is a close-up shot of some of the different varieties of rice that are used.

Rice Paddy Art began attaining popularity as recently as 2006, when in an attempt to re-invigorate the town, hundreds of villagers banded together and started the rice festival. Their efforts certainly paid off, for in 2006 they had more than 200 000 visitors alone!!

The next few images are time lapsed shots showing how the rice gets planted, through to its maturation. It may not look like much initially, but the end result is something truly amazing. As you can see, this is a team effort and one mammoth undertaking. Like all great masterpieces, time and patience are the hallmarks of success. The photo on the right shows the initial planting phase.

The next three photos below show the actual development of the image. If you don’t find this impressive then there is seriously something wrong with you!

The image on the left is another close up of the acual plants. I can assure you these clever Japs are not using any dyes or paints. What is being taken into account is “the bigger picture” (no pun intended) Personally I can’t even grow a bloody cactus, let alone something on such a grand scale as this. But now you know how it works, let me show you some of their other designs.


The images can even be seen on Google Earth, but the resolution is a bit poor and they don’t look as impressive as they deserve.

Kinda makes crop circles seem a bit mundane don’t you think?

Anyway… thats what I wanted to share. Hope you enjoyed it!

Anne Stokes

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I love the way this dragon has grown fat on the the tit-bits the troll brings for him. Anne Stokes work is subject to copyright.

Anne Stokes Fantasy Art

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Absolutely incredible!Anne Stokes artwork is subject to copyright. Her work is scattered through-out my blog as per her kind permission. There is more to this image than first meets the eye. Look carefully at the fairies wings. There is a hidden, subtle image of a translucent skull. The top wings contain the eyes, the lower wings the jaw. Cool huh? Bet you never saw that at first glance. The whole picture, with the magic and the pool and the skeleton and the fairy… I dig it! Mind you, I dig ALL of her stuff. I can’t think of a single piece that doesn’t appeal to me immensly.

Boris Vallejo

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In an earlier post I explained how the faceless dictators of a certain social networking site disabled my profile. I initially thought it was for breach of copyright laws as I had posted fantasy artwork by Anne Stokes. I wrote to Anne who granted me permission to include her works on my blog. I was stoked! No pun intended.

For the next few days I set about learning the ins and outs of setting up a blog. My brain sizzled as I forced myself to absorb geek speak, html jargon and numerous terms that I do not wish to torture you with. All the while, in the back of my head, was a little voice whispering…”Vallejo, Boris Vallejo!”

At first I thought I was going mad. Boris Vallejo grant me permission to use his copyright? What a ludicrous idea. I would have to get past his wife first. But, emboldened by my success with Anne Stokes, I thought “What the hell. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right?”

You may be wondering just who is this Boris Vallejo? What am I raving about? Well for the not so informed, let me enlighten you. Boris (as he signs his work) is only like “The GOD” among erotica and fantasy artists. On his official website, you cannot right click to “save picture as” and if you try, the message “you are not authorized to right click” will pop up. So, my chances were slim but I gave it a bash. I flattered.

I e-mailed the MASTER and hit the send button. By this stage, I am not sure whether it was my success with Anne Stokes or the magnum bottle of sauvignon that drove me to contemplate such madness. Imagine my absolute shock when four hours later I got “you have a message from Boris Vallejo” I just stared at the monitor. Flabbergasted.

At first I was too scared to even open it, convinced my request had been denied. I imagined the reply along the lines of “Any attempt to make use of Boris artworks will lead to immediate prosecution and death by firing squad.” Until my curiosity got the better of me. I must admit, I had to read it a few times before it sank in. For your pleasure, I have copied the reply directly from my g-mail. Check this!

Hello Patrick:

Thank you for your kind words about our art.
As long as the images would be just for display and of low resolution (72dpi),
we have no problem at all. Thank you for asking
Boris and Julie. As for the image to the right, how much more phallic could he get!

Ok! So who is Julie then? She is his wife. Also incredibly talented, but more of her in a later post. Boris was born in Peru, and emigrated to the USA in 1964. He got his first paid job as an illustrator when he was just 16. He quickly built a huge fan base with his paintings of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, Doc Savage and others. Since starting out, Vallejo has made use of digital media, but his preference is for oil paintings. Over the years his works have graced the covers of hundreds of books, typically science fiction and fantasy, although his more recent works lean more towards erotica. Vallejo lives in Pennsylvania and has two children from his previous marriage.

Ok so thats your introduction. I will continue to post as the blog evolves!