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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This piece and several other of my recent paintings are now available at Prographica / KDR Gallery in Seattle. If you don’t see any of my work displayed, feel free to ask about it.
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
I don’t think I did one of these last year but here’s the latest update on my progression into old age.
My watercolors, I have recently been informed by a concerned reader, are not universally loved. Despite that, I’m going to post these anyway because I like them and enjoy making them.
The first one is a scene in the Palermo Neighborhood of Buenos Aires.
The painting below is of a house in the town of Ushuaia which is at the southernmost tip of Argentina in Patagonia. It is the point from which one would sail to Antarctica. It’s a very beautiful town with the Andes Mountains meeting the Beagle Channel.