Creating artwork based on Street View

Bill Guffey is an artist in Kentucky that loves to paint. He discovered a Chinese restaurant in New York City via Google Street View that he wanted to paint, did it, and then he was hooked.

Guffey was concerned that Google may have a legal problem with his work, but to his delight the folks at Google were happy with what he was doing. In fact, a Google attorney bought 50 paintings — one from each state. Bill’s work is quite impressive, as you can see here:


As a result of this, Bill has created a blog titled The Virtual Paintout, where he collects and shares submissions from other artists. To date, the site has received over 3900 submissions. You can read more about Bill’s work in this article at

Great work, Bill!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Thanks for the mention regarding my project. It will be five years old next month. And by the way, I’d love to take credit for the artwork in this article, but it was actually painted by a participant, Anne Arsenault. Thanks again!

  2. forthebreath says:

    It’s a beautiful work! Thanks for good information 🙂

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