Today, I went far afield for the first time, crossing a wide swath of Kathmandu in minibuses.
First stop: Sufraj's studio. Sufraj was out but his wife and daughter were manning the store. Here his daughter gives me a shy smile. Sufraj is an artist who chose this profession because he wanted to, rather than having had the profession passed down as the family business. His wife was watching a YouTube excerpt from a Hindi movie.
Next, around the corner to Ram Krishna's. He was in the street and had a big smile when he saw me. Notice the rather dramatic large portrait of Ram K in his sunglasses above right. This is the first time I've showed up at his studio and not interrupted a game of chess.
My favorite moment of the whole day came when Dilip (above with his wife) said that he 'enjoyed painting the Dogs'. When I first found him, he wanted to sell me the stenciled version that I dislike so much. Then he insisted on only painting Doberman Pinschers and German Shepherds. While I still give him what I like to call 'Dog's Dogs' rather than more frou frou types, his masculine style of art is one of my favorites. I once gave him a cat to paint, and when I came back, all the dogs were done and he was slowly starting the cat. The cat turned out so well that it was chosen by the owner.
I also got to order from my old friend Hari Timsina today.
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