My official morning started with a meeting with my artist Sanjib Rana in the Dragon Guest House gardens.
I was glad to find Sanjib, as his mobile kept saying 'not accepting incoming calls'. Sanjib paints his signboards on a larger format than my other artists, approximately 12" x 15" instead of the standard 1 square foot. He will be working on his painting while taking his mother to the hospital 3 times a week for dialysis. His daughter is 12 and studying hard. He mentioned that he had never left Nepal, and I asked where he got his fluent English, since I have always assumed that he learned in India, since he is so proficient. He replied that he picked up most of it from foreign friends. I gave him a poster of Australian parrots to add to his collection of pictures of birds and horses - his specialtes.
Next, after a long ride (packed like a sardine) on local microbus into Kathmandu proper (Jyatha, to be precise), I ordered the last of my signs with Nara, formerly known as Asha. Mr. NB Maharjan (above) took my order.
Right around the corner, on my way into Thamel - the tourist district - I came across this Hindu procession, consisting of 4 palanquins each held by 4 men. Passersby would bow and touch the colorful shrine as they passed much like a Catholic might give the sign of the cross while passing something holy.
Many famous artists such as Tenzing Norbu Lama - featured in the Oscar-nominated film 'Himalaya' (aka 'Caravan') are represented by the Lotus Gallery. I was happy to have met Tenzing at my last stop at Lotus in August.
You can find out more about the Lotus Gallery and it's artists at LotusGalleryNepal.com
Kathmandu is full of marvelous old wood carving, but somehow this window caught my eye. I don't believe I've even seen the Nepali flag carved in just this way. Nepal has the world's only 5 sided flag.
Dark days are coming to Kathmandu. Load-shedding - the local euphemism for planned power outages - is coming in 4 or 5 days. 17-hours-per-day with no electricity. Supposed to last for only a week, but we shall see.
If you have any orders for the Danger Dogs, better hurry, as the light on the Valley is fading fast. Hard to paint in the dark.
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