Yaks seem to take it all in: to me they feel very different to cattle,
such eloquent gazes, I would not have been surprised to hear one speak
the newer buildings look quite unreal,
especially compared to the monolithic old ones
I liked the tableaux in some stores
checkpoints quite often,
& sometimes it wasn't, really
This hotel had a few surprises
I liked this landing..
where am I again?
one wall has windows against a brick wall..
oops, changed our minds..
& out the real windows, a view of the fort,
which an English force under Colonel Younghusband
tried to capture, for whatever misguided purpose, without success.
Some Tibetan monasteries are small, others as big as a town;
visiting as a tourist I've no clear idea of how it all works now
for either monks or lay people. While in Tibet I often wished
I could talk again with my old friends who were monks
& refugees in India. In the '70's.
They were thangka painters.
The vessels in the kitchen of this monastery were
In case you are wondering, this is a thangka,
(my guess is of Tara).
Traditionally they are painted on sized cloth, with
a brocade surround, & can be rolled for travels.
The monks gave me one for my 30th birthday,
way back then.
Hesitate to post paintings that are not completed,
but .. here they are anyway.
The canvases are 121cm wide.
Mountains are leaning against my walls.
so far, what happens is
I get them to a certain stage,
then something pops out that I didn't
intentionally place there, so I add to that,
& then perhaps take it back a little.
I don't want to make puzzles, yet we all seek patterns
in the apparent visual field
this one started as a daylight scene, then became a
moonlight night.. & I didn't change the snow,
could see where the moon would be to get these highlights,
& the viewer makes up the rest
while this latest one could go several different directions.
They all need to sit around for longer until its clear.
Its really pleasing to have no schedule to meet,
no client, gallery etc..
Am using some of my photos selected for another project,
a cross section from various Asian countries,
above: reliefs at Angkor Wat.
a young girl aligning pots in Bhaktapur
part of the astonishing horizon in Pokhara
& a small vivid area of the ghats in Varanasi. Stayed several months,
years ago, in the days when I really felt the pull of strong nomadic genes:
still love to visit new places, though now I also
enjoy returning to my place here.
One of the reasons I enjoy travelling in Asia is the
underlying Buddhist culture of much of it.
It adds a dimension to all spheres of life, & has been crucial
in the arts for millennia.
Actually most religions had a tradition of beautifying
the architecture & objects connected with their worship,
Some join a monastery for life, for others it's an opportunity
to be educated
these (probably well-known monks) were small
& un-nervingly realistic
A beautifully painted monastery on the outskirts of Kathmandu,
in the Tibetan tradition.