When I’m in bed thinking about painting, I appear in my thoughts painting furiously, using anything and everything to make marks on the canvas. I even saw myself painting with a couch recently. The paintings are huge, profound and heartbreaking.
I don’t usually do commissions but a friend asked if I’d memorialize a dog of hers who recently died and I started some small gouache studies. I’m finding that, since I didn’t know the dog, it’s difficult to know if I’m capturing something of this particular pup or if it’s just a generic Yorkie.
A quick self portrait done before falling ill with a bad cold. Despite the cold, I had a lovely birthday, celebrated with dear friends and my daughters, who conspired to surprise me by both coming home.
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.