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so, whats all the fuss about?

Well its about this

I am a tub of peanut butter

I am a tub of peanut butter

and THESE…..

salmonella salmonella_bacteria

well Dr Matt, nice pictures, but what are they?!!

Ok, the pretty artistic things are not aliens, but are infact Salmonella bacteria. One factory in the US accidentally somehow contaminated the peanut butter with the latter! And it appears now that peanut butter is in many things, NOT just in your grandma’s sandwiches.

One thing its in is in PET FOOD.

If you have a pet, what to do? Well, check this online pet/veterinary forum discussion yesterday on the very same topical issue…what are the peanut butter recall implications on pet food? (If you post a few questions, perhaps someone will answer it if you have any further questions).


My idea of a pig portrait is something like the picture below…


This is a watercolour by PAT WEAVER, of Dade City, Florida.

Its fairly similar to the kind of work Portrait Xpress Artists do as comissions of pets, from a photo.

This is art, and I like it. What comes below- really, this ain’t art.

I heard today about something very strange…. “pet art” by a Belgian Artist in China.

Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye currently (Nov 08) employs workers to tattoo pigs in an “Art Farm” at the outskirts of Beijing, China. Delvoye has staff consisting of local farmers to raise the pigs.. and professionals to tattoo them with cartoons or symbols. The pigs would then be displayed at art exhibitions and their skins sold to collectors after they were slaughtered.


Very wierd, and actually I dont like it- putting a tattoo on a live animal has got to hurt, and even if they are sedated, it seems pretty cruel. From a veterinary perspective, this seems very unnecessary and quite sick. Any comments?

reptiles are amazing, look at their colours, they are just not meant for the boring human world where we are all various dull shades of colour! White/black/brown etc, oh how dull people’s skin colur is!

I mean the vividness of the reptiles colour hues and intensity of colour is just incredible! owch!!


photo by goooflex

photo by goooflex

photo by Nino de Bari

photo by Nino de Bari

photo by Bill Adams

photo by Bill Adams

photo by Farl

photo by Farl


and look at this one… okay it isnt really a snake but it looks like one! art in nature!!

photo by Matthew Fang

photo by Matthew Fang

I really encourage you to have a look at the recent reptile TV series on the BBC, life in cold blood. Click here for some online clips. Click here to see my previous related post on thermal camera photos.

Of course, you can convert any reptile photo into great artwork- even as a painting (?!) using artists such as those at Portrait Xpress.

Have a great day!

hopefully like me, you realize obama actually is the second coming. If you are a cynic however, enjoy the cartoons below!!






Don’t forget, the artists at Portrait Xpress can also turn your portraits into a cartoon!

With global stock markets reeling, people are paying a lot of attention to the ups and (mainly) down’s of the stock market. Today I looked at the two images below, and wondered….

are bloomberg market data tracker screens, the new art for this century? have we lost the creative ability to inspire new artists? is all we care about finance and the markets? what is the future for art?

art gallery 2.0???

art gallery 2.0???

(  traditional art gallery )

okay, a couple of paintings today about crashes…. seeing as global stock crashes are ravaging the world this week.

This is painted (this week!) by

Moise Levi Financial & Trading Coach
Brussels, Belgium

its going down down down

its going down down down

This one isn’t really about the stock market (let me know if you know of any good stock market related art!!!) but it is about a CRASH and it does involve A LOT OF MONEY!!!

Green Car Crash

Green Car Crash

This one is by Warhol.

Warhol said “Art is what you can get away with,” and the late, great artist’s paintings are still getting away with a fortune. Sold last year by Christie’s, his painting Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I), from the  Death and Disaster series, this went for $71.7 million dollars. The painting is based on a photograph that appeared in Newsweek magazine from June 3rd, 1963. The photograph depicted the end of a car chase, when a 24-year-old commercial fisherman in Seattle flipped his car, hit a telephone pole, and was ejected from the car forcefully enough to be impaled on, but not immediately killed by, a climbing spike. The mangled car burns in an otherwise mundane residential setting — there’s even a guy crossing the street like it’s nothing special. Seventy-one million for a green-tinted painting of a random photograph, however… that doesn’t happen every day.

For another idea, a PORTRAIT painting of Bernanke might be pretty cool, Portrait Xpress artists can copy any image/PHOTO you send them by hand into a painting- and can do it in any style, eg change below into pop art, put him in a field with US dollars falling from the sky all around him, whatever you like. So you can have cool original art for your flat SO SO easily!!



Have a good weekend!!

Scientists at Imperial College, London, recently found that pugs in the UK are so inbred that although there are 10,000 of them, it is the equivalent of just 50 distinct individuals. Now I had to laugh when I heard this story, although sadly its actually very bad for the dogs.

Steve Jones, professor of genetics at University College London, said: “People are carrying out breeding which would be first of all entirely illegal in humans and secondly is absolutely insane from the point of view of the health of the animals.

“In some breeds they are paying a terrible price in genetic disease.”

To be honest, pugs are quite cute, as you can see from the photos below.

look into my eyes and tell me you love me!

look into my eyes and tell me you love me!

UK RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans was interviewed recently and he said-

He said: “The welfare and quality of life of many pedigree dogs is seriously compromised by established breeding practices for appearance, driven primarily by the rules and requirements of competitive dog showing and pedigree dog registration.”

As a trained veterinarian, yes I have to agree with him- overbreeding of pedigree dogs has serious health risks and so I prefer a mongrel any day, much healthier…….. but hey its up to you.

There should be more regulation of the pet trade however, I think this is becoming obvious worldwide.

Ok- for the fun side, here are some PUG GIFTS!!!!! for all the pug lovers out there.

First we have PUG mouse pads! click here to view

Then we have pug paintings from photos, go here to see a site which does pet pop art and other pet portrait paintings.

Ok, you can buy pug umbrellas, see here

My favourite has to be what we do below, PUG POP ART– this is 100% hand painted from a photo of your pug.

pug pop art

pug pop art

News- The finalists of the 2008 Sovereign Asian Art Prize will be auctioned at a charity dinner on Wednesday the 29th October at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Hong Kong.

!!newly updated!! Click here to see my other posts on some of the 2008 entrants, artist Suroso IsorTerra Bajraghosa, Robert Langenegger.

Now, Here are some works by previous winner, UTTAPORN NIMMALAIKAEW.

Its not cheap at HK$25,000 for a table of ten or HK$2,500 for single tickets, but will be an incredible evening for those who can go!

If you are cant’t afford this, or don’t have the time to attend the 29th October but still wish to place a bid on one of the 30 artworks, its still possible to place a bid on the 30 artworks.

You are able to view all the 30 artworks who are finalists for the Sovereign Asian Art prize, here.

To see the exhibition in person, you can preview them at the Landmark on 21st- 26th October, but you can only see them if you could be interested in placing a bid! For a personal preview of the paintings please contact the organisers on +852 2542 1177.

Okay, so I cant afford to buy anything! But I still enjoyed looking at the upcoming art!!

Regarding the previous winner- Nimmalaikaew’s works start from a canvas backdrop that is set inside a deep casement, and that is then lightly veiled by multiple layers of thread and netting. The artist paints (as well as prints with an Ink Jet) not only on the canvas but also on the thread and netting in order to create shimmering portraits and figurative scenes. He actually creates a depth of field that goes beyond three-dimensional space.  At a thematic level, his present work expresses a deep reverence and love for family.

Nimmalaikaew spoke of his work in an interview with Jonathan Thomson of Asian Art News shortly after being presented with the Sovereign Asia Art Prize at a Hong Kong ceremony:

It took me quite a long time to develop my concept. The layers help represent the complexity of life and relationships and all of the stages of life. The actual technique started with a mosquito net and things seen through the netting. I intentionally draw the threads through the netting and leave them drooping to suggest a life flowing, of aging, and physical degeneration. It is part of my concept that people have to look through my work, not just at it. People have to see my work and experience it…. It is impossible to replicate my work in a photograph.from “Inevitable Cycles,” (July/Aug 2006) 16 Asian Art News [Interview of Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew by Jonathan Thomson]

Hi, if you are in London get down to Frieze Art Fair – it takes place every October in Regent’s Park, London. The fair includes specially commissioned artists’ projects, a prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule.

Frieze Art Fair features more than 150 galleries from around the world, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to see and buy art by the world’s leading artists.

Tickets + 44 (0) 870 890 0514

One Day – Sat / Sun: £25
Concessions: £15

Neil Gall The Mirror 2007 Collage 22x18cm

Neil Gall The Mirror 2007 Collage 22x18cm