Nepal Fundraiser Raffle – Winner Announced

Following on from the  aftermath of the powerful earthquake in Nepal, I wanted to find some way that I could help this horrible situation, I couldn’t bear to think about the devastation that this earthquake had left behind and I just wanted to do something, anything!

It was not long ago since I had visited this great country – I got to know and love the people – I wept for their poverty and I rejoiced in their good nature, their sensitivity, their gentile ways and sense of hope. 

I decided that I would create a painting of Nyatapola Temple, one of the few buildings that remained intact, I would raffle it and this would help to fundraise for this worthy cause.

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Nepal Fundraiser Painting Raffle

Painting Raffle for Nepal

Last chance to enter!

Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media

Donate via PayPal address: donnamcgeeart@yahoo.ie and 100% of the proceeds will go to :GOAL logo

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Nepal Emergency Fund

Raffle for Nepal Emergency Fund

Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media
Nyatapola Temple, Bhaktapur, Nepal 10 x 20″ Mixed Media

In light of the recent devastation in Nepal, that has claimed the lives of over 6,000 of its people,  I am asking that you give whatever you can afford. Your name will go into a raffle which will take place on Sunday 10th May and you could own this painting.   I will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Nepal emergency fund.

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Painting the Himalayan Range. Nepal

Painting the Himalayan Range Sarangkot, Nepal

Himalayan Range -Sarangkot 30 x 10" Mixed Media on Nepalese Hand Made Paper
Himalayan Range -Sarangkot 30 x 10″ Mixed Media on Nepalese Hand Made Paper

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Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – The People

The Nepalese are a very friendly race of people with beautiful smiles.

Their traditional greeting is “Namaste” a conventional Hindu expression on meeting someone and usually holding the palms together vertically in front of their chest.

The meaning: 

the divine in me bows to the divine in you.  

The rest of the world could learn something from this.

Tibetan Influence

The spiritual leader, the Dali Lama fled from Tibet to India in 1959 and a guerilla movement fought the Chinese along the Nepalese border up until the 1970’s. The Dali Lama has been barred from visiting Nepal for fear  of offending the Chinese, however, there is a considerable presence of Tibetan refugees living in Nepal.  The Dali Lama and the exiled Tibetan government are based in India.

Street Life in Nepal

The weaving of Tibetan carpets and handicrafts has become a great source of income for both the Tibetan and Nepalese communities.

 

When in Pokhara, we came upon a lovely Nepalese lady with her sister and child crossing a suspension bridge. We exchanged Namaste and with a natural friendliness, got talking to her.  Who would believe that she lived in Ireland, not too far from where I live and worked in  city centre, Dublin.  She was back home in Nepal visiting her family.  What a coincedence!

Nepal is a poor country and the average life span is 65 years.  The average literacy rate is 65%

Nepalese People

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Chitwan Day 2

We continue our journey through Nepal and find our way around Chitwan – Day Two

We walk to the Rapti river and watch the elephants bathe. I certainly had fun watching the elephants use their trunks to spray water on their riders and  being tossed from the elephants back and hurled into the river, splashing in utter delight.

Terra firma for me!

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Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Chitwan and the Rhino encounter

Chitwan and the Rhino Encounter

 

Continuing our travel adventures in Nepal, we took a boat ride along the Rapti River, followed by a jeep safari.

Anthills in the jungle
Anthills in the jungle

Driving along, we spot lots of deer (the Bambi type) so sweet!

Monkeys jumped through the trees and I imagined I could hear David Attenborough whispering tales of this meandering secretive and somewhat threatening jungle. Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Chitwan and the Rhino encounter”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Kathmandu

Art + Travel Adventure to Kathmandu

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal - Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels
Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal – Pilgrims circulate clockwise, spinning prayer wheels

Discovering Kathmandu

Discovering the allure of the Kathmandu valley with its ancient  history is all-embracing.  It is small and compact covering an area of 220 square miles.   There are seven World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO which is a number unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Kathmandu”

Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Bhaktapur

Art + Travel in Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur,  founded in 12th century,  is the ‘city of devotees’ and looks just like a medieval city built of brick and ornate wood carvings.  It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu valley and is considered a cultural gem.

Bhaktapur streets
Bhaktapur streets

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Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Setting out!

Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal
Boudhnath Stupa, Nepal

A trip to Nepal in November 2014 proved to be very special and inspirational. In order to preserve these great memories, I would like to share some of these moments with you.  I also intend using my photos as inspiration to create new paintings and I hope that you will join me on this journey.   Continue reading “Art + Travel Adventure to Nepal – Setting out!”