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Indiana man uses animal blood for his paintings at ArtPrize

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A butcher has entered the annual ArtPrize competition in western Michigan with paintings made from animal blood.

Bob Long of LaGrange, Indiana, tells WOOD-TV that he uses buckets of blood for his art. He says it's a way to ensure that nothing is wasted when he processes meat.

Long's ArtPrize entries are displayed at a leather supply company in Grand Rapids. The 49-year-old says he paints with his fingers, not brushes, and thinks about God and outer space when he works.

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.

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