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Downtown Paro Bhutan

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Downtown Paro Bhutan 9″ x 12″ gouache

Paro is the city where I started and ended my trip to Bhutan. I believe it’s the only city with an international airport. It’s a dramatic arrival as you fly through the Himalayas. My Everest was prominent both arriving and departing. ¬†Because of my inept travel planning, It took me 4 days to travel from Paro to my home in Portland.

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Bhutan

In November of last year, I spent a couple of weeks traveling in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

I didn’t get as much time to paint, as I’d like because to travel in Bhutan, you pretty much have to be with a guide and so I had to stick to the schedule of the tour I was on. There were a couple of times I stayed behind and did some sketching, though.

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Bhutanese Stupa 6″ x 6″ gouache

This was at a nunnery that we hiked to. It was at about 10,000 ft elevation and I found it challenging to keep my breath hiking up there.

 

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Halfway to Tiger’s Nest Monastery watercolor in sketchbook

This was one that I left the group to do. It was a beautiful day and many other hikers stopped to visit while I painted. I think meeting locals and fellow travelers is my favorite thing about trips like this.

Art, gouache, Landscape, Painting, Sketching, watercolor

Reverting back to my old blog

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Bhutanese Temple ¬† ¬† 7″ x 5″ gouache

I’ve given up on my ‘new’ website and moved to another platform that was simpler to manage. Please check it out at http://billsharppaintings.com. There is also a link at the top of the blog page.

I recently spent a couple of weeks traveling around the Himalayan Mountain country of Bhutan and have been remembering some of the sights with gouache sketches. I’m sharing a couple here partly to see if the subscriptions still work. I hope everyone who asked to follow me will be notified.

Temple Doorways 6" x 6" gouache
Temple Doorways
6″ x 6″ gouache
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Plein Air on Sauvie Island

I’ve not been very good about keeping this site updated but I’ve been busy painting. Here are a few small plein air paintings I made over the weekend on Sauvie Island

Oregon Oak PA
Oregon Oak PA – 12″ x 12″ oil

 

Retanour Road Plein Air 1
Retanaar Road Plein Air 1 – 8″ x 10″ oil

 

Retanour Road PA 2
Retanaarr Road PA 2 – 8″ x 12″ oil