|Himalayan Blues - oil on wood - 40x20" - $900|
In her memoirs which she wrote a few years before she died, I was captivated by one of the stories she told of when her dance group's tour took them from Darjeeling, into Nepal.
One night a guide for the group offered to arrange for them to see Mt Everest at dawn. Diana was eager, but was the only dancer from the group who went along with some other tourists. Arising at 3am to begin the journey, she was taken from her hotel by small bus, then by donkey up the mountain trails in the dark of the early morning. She couldn't see anything in the pitch black but was looking forward to the majestic experience of viewing the largest mountain in the world crest at dawn above the Himalaya's.
They arrived at the designated viewing spot just as dawn was breaking. She described it as one of the most memorable moments of her life, but alas, not only for the majesty of the moment. As dawn broke, light filled the space around her, and she became suddenly aware of the treacherous mountain path they had traveled on for this privilege. The trip down was death defying frightening, on a rocky 5 ft wide path with a sheer drop off the mountain on one side edge!
You can see why this story made an impression on me.
When I began this painting, it started as a non representational exploration process working into a gessoed wood surface with watercolors and oils. Later it morphed into a field of Himalayan blue poppies somewhere during the process and I decided to just go with it.