Bill Guffey, Google Street View Artist

If you look at his paintings, Bill Guffey may seem like the well-traveled artist. There are paintings of the landscape of Saint Martin la Plaine in France, houses in Anchorage, Alaska, and other far away places - but Bill have never set foot in any of them. Instead, he simply fired up his trusty Google Street View to find vistas to paint!

Ki Mae Heussner of ABC News Technology & Science has the story of how Google offered views of the world to a Kentucky artist:

To reach the closest Wal-Mart, Guffey said he needs at least 30 minutes in the car. But with 30 seconds on his computer, he can fly around the world with Google Street View and paint any place his cursor lands.

Not only does the mapping tool give Guffey and other users a street-level window to many places in the world, it lets them navigate 360-degree horizontal and 290-degree vertical unbroken panoramas.

"I live in a very rural area," the 45-year-old said of the Burkesville, Ky. home he shares with his wife and two daughters. "Here, I can go out and I can paint cows all day, barns all day … With Street View, I can find things I normally wouldn't see here."

Link to ABC News article | Bill's Gallery of Google Street View Paintings | Bill's Blog

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@iondot - the artist got permission from Google. I don't know if you need permission from the building owner to paint a vista that is clearly accessible from a public space.
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Weird how some locations can be so far away and yet look so familiar. The picture in the post is from Barcelona but it looks SO much like the bookstore in Walla-Walla, WA.
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