Photo of the Week: Artist at Chiang Mai’s Night Market

by Christy on

Artist working at the Night Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

This photo was taken at the Night Market in Chiang Mai. Of all the markets in the city, this one is probably the most… tourist-oriented (to put it delicately). But since it’s close to our new apartment we frequently wander down in the evenings.

You can find everything from Nutella waffles to fake designer shoes, but our favorite part is watching the artisans at work. Some carve delicate wax flowers or fashion hand-made jewelry, but other artists (like this guy) can recreate any photo you request in paint.

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Melissatwitter: longhaulproject December 1, 2011 at

Wow, that’s better than the standard caricature artist! And Nutella waffles….. yum!
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Christy December 3, 2011 at

I don’t want to knock caricaturists…. but these paints are so much better than caricatures! It’s definitely a personal preference, but I find these stunning. :)

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Christy @ Ordinary Traveler December 1, 2011 at

Great capture! I love how it’s dark all around and the artist and painting are lit up. I wish I could paint like that.
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

Sigh. You and me both, Christy.

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Zablon Mukuba December 1, 2011 at

WHAT that is a serious painting. the artist is really good
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

Definitely – and the cool thing is that there are a lot of artists doing something similar who seem just as talented.

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Melissa December 1, 2011 at

that is a beautiful shot, and an absolutely amazing painting! always so floored by the scope of talent in the world!

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Christy December 2, 2011 at

I was surprised that he was able to work in the relative dark and with so much activity around him. There was a lot going on, and I’d probably find it super hard to focus!

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Stevetwitter: vangrizz December 1, 2011 at

There’s a serious competition going on here between how good the artist is, and how good your picture is. I’ll leave the argument to the critics, but suffice to say they’re both amazing.
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

You flatter me, Steve. Not that I’m complaining or anything… flatter away! ;)

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Shirlene from Idelishtwitter: idelishTravel December 2, 2011 at

That’s very impressive – the work of that artist in the picture! I can imagine getting some photos ‘reinterpreted’ into art pieces!
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

I agree, I think it’s a really unique idea.

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Gladys | WanderingTandem.com December 2, 2011 at

great photo… i’ve been to chiang mai, but i have not seen an artist along the street. my photos were that of the traditional dancers

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Christy December 2, 2011 at

That’s funny, Gladys – we’ve seen a ton of artists, but not really any traditional dancers. We haven’t been to a lot of the other markets yet, though, so maybe that’ll change in the next few days.

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Stephanie - The Travel Chicatwitter: thetravelchica December 2, 2011 at

That is incredible! It even comes through in a photo of his work.

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Laureltwitter: ExpatGermany December 2, 2011 at

WOW, it looks like a photo. I would have never guessed it was a painting. Thai people are some of the most talented artists I’ve ever seen.
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

There are a number of shops that sell these types of paintings, and for the first few days I only saw them in passing and thought it was photography!

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50+ and on the Run December 2, 2011 at

Amazing! Wish I could get my right brain to shut up more often so my drawing would improve. Great photo and great painting! Thanks for sharing.
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

I wish I could draw at all. :)

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InsideJourneystwitter: InsideJourneys December 2, 2011 at

In paint, eh? Wonder how long he takes.
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

Maybe one of these days I’ll ask!

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Sherry December 2, 2011 at

Wow – that is one talented artist! Despite being tourist-oriented, I love all outdoor markets, specifically for the pleasant surprises that I find. A you got a great one here.
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

We’re the same way – they’re just so vibrant! I guess for some people the Night Market would get boring after awhile, but so far we still enjoy just wandering around. And Chiang Mai has TONS of markets, so there’s so much more we haven’t discovered yet.

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Cathy Sweeneytwitter: TravelingWithS December 2, 2011 at

Great shot and what an amazing painting. The Night Market in Chiang Mai sounds like it has something for everyone — would like to try the Nutella waffles.

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Christy December 2, 2011 at

We were swayed by the nutella waffles as well (to be honest, it didn’t take much swaying…), and I assure you they are quite delicious. ;)

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Scott - Quirky Travel Guytwitter: quirkytravelguy December 2, 2011 at

What a great artist. I may actually be going to Thailand for the first time in February… fingers crossed!
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

What?! I’ll cross my fingers and toes! We’re here till the end of February, so it would be super cool if you came to Chiang Mai!

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Nomadic Samuel December 2, 2011 at

You really captured that moment perfectly! :)
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

Thanks, Samuel!

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James Cook December 2, 2011 at

Its amazing to think of the skills that some people have with art. I was living with my cousin in Florence who is a really good artist and the stuff he can do is just mindblowing!
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Christy December 2, 2011 at

As a non-artist, I definitely feel the same way – I’m constantly amazed at the stuff people are able to create. Well, amazed and jealous. :)

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Andrea December 3, 2011 at

Gorgeous photo – I love that painting too!
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Christy December 5, 2011 at

Thanks, Andrea!

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Annie - FootTracker December 3, 2011 at

I love night markets in Asia because usually you get to see interesting crafts and art works (and a great place to shop for souvenirs to give to family and friends for the holidays ^_*) ! Hows the food at that night market?
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Christy December 5, 2011 at

The food at the Night Bazaar isn’t particularly awesome, but it’s not bad. We just discovered that the food at Sunday Market is amazing, though. Kali and I got dinner there last night and tried so many different options – fried banana, pad thai omelet, a noodle dish, chicken balls, chicken pastries, mini pancakes, tea, and a fruit smoothie – all for 150 baht, which is about $5! There are a ton of great markets around Chiang Mai, it’s just that the Night Bazaar is the closest to our apartment and the only one that’s open every night. :)

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cheryl December 3, 2011 at

This is just lovely! I want to hand him a photograph right now. :)
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Christy December 5, 2011 at

I’ve actually been thinking about it! Normally I wouldn’t pay for stuff like this, but the artists are really good and it would be a cool thing to hang in our house one day. I’d have to ship it home, though, and that doesn’t seem fun. :P

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marktwitter: markschulz December 7, 2011 at

Now Christy, I know you called yourself a non-artist, but I’m going to have to call bs on you. =) You may not be a painter, but you have a great eye and this photo is another great example. Great shot!

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Christy December 8, 2011 at

Oh, stop. You’re gonna make me blush and that would just be embarrassing. :)

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Caz Makepeace December 8, 2011 at

Great picture!!!
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Christy December 8, 2011 at

Thanks, Caz!

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Raymond @ Man On The Lamtwitter: m December 9, 2011 at

I missed this dude (and you guys) when I was in Chiang Mai a few weeks ago. Love that night market though…
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Christy December 10, 2011 at

Aww, bummer! There are so many travelers coming in and out of Chiang Mai it’s hard to keep track of everyone and have schedules align.

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Artitwitter: artisdiary December 10, 2011 at

So beautifully clicked. Loved the light and dark composition of the pic. Super!
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Christy December 13, 2011 at

Thanks, Arti!

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Nisha December 14, 2011 at

Beautiful photo. I love how darkness & light play in this photo. It’s so inspirational and just amazing. Both the artists (In front of & behind the camera) are brilliant.

Night markets have their own charm, don’t they? :-)

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Christy December 21, 2011 at

Hi Nisha, thanks for the kind comment!! :) We’ve never actually experienced night markets before Chiang Mai, but we’re completely smitten now; the ones here are just so relaxed and laid-back. After a day of working inside, there’s nothing better than heading out at night to wander through the stalls and pick up some delicious street food. :)

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Andrew Graeme Gould December 15, 2011 at

This shot has a beautiful depth and quality to it!
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Christy December 21, 2011 at

Thanks, Andrew!

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Sabrinatwitter: countryskipper December 18, 2011 at

Wow! I can’t believe that is a painting! It’s beautiful! Sometimes touristy places are so much fun :)
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Christy December 21, 2011 at

Sabrina – we saw him again a few nights ago and the new painting he was working on was even more gorgeous. *Sigh.* I really wish I could paint like that.

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Camtwitter: travelcanucks December 18, 2011 at

Our living room has two beautifully paintings that we had custom made in Chiang Mai! (maybe it was from that artist!)
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Christy December 21, 2011 at

Really? For obvious reasons we never buy large things while traveling, but I’d love to have a house someday covered in artwork that was gathered during our travels. :)

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RON | FLIPTRAVELS.COM December 26, 2011 at

wow this is getting more and more exciting.
we will be in chiang mai on the 18th of january. first trip of the year!
thanks for giving us the idea on where to go on our first night!

Happy Holidays to you both!
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Christy December 29, 2011 at

That’s awesome, Ron! How long will you be here for? If you have some free time let us know, as we’d love to get together for drinks or something. :)

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