GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A butcher has entered the annual ArtPrize competition in western Michigan with paintings made from animal blood.

Bob Long of LaGrange, Indiana, uses buckets of blood for his art, partly to ensure that nothing is wasted when he processes meat.

“I went to Hobby Lobby and got a canvas and the next day at work I saved a bucket of blood and I sat down at the picnic table outside the shop and put my hands in the blood and just started putting it on there and it just took off from there,” Long, 49, told WOOD-TV ( ).

Long’s ArtPrize entries are displayed at a leather supply company in Grand Rapids. He said he paints with his fingers, not brushes.

“I think of God a lot when I’m painting … and then I think about space, outer space,” Long said.

ArtPrize starts Wednesday and runs through Oct. 9. It’s an international competition where the public and experts pick their favorites. Art is displayed at nearly 200 locations throughout Grand Rapids and can be viewed for free.

Information from: WOOD-TV,

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