First painting towards Donor’s Raffle Finished

Varanasi, India

Day 11:

The first painting is finished! This is one that I drew while I was in Kathmandu at the Garden of Dreams in Thamil. I am not for sure if the building is still standing or not. I spent a lot of time in this garden throughout all my trips to Nepal and consider it to be a shelter from the craziness that Kathmandu can sometimes be. Although it is not perfect, I feel it is a good starting point for what is to come.

At the end of the year, all paintings will go into a raffle for the donors of this blog and donors to the Nepal rural village relief fund through Anjali. For every $50 donated, one raffle ticket will be earned for the chance to win a full book of paintings. The first book is made 100% from hand-made Nepali paper. Each donor can only win one prize so many people can win. For those who donate less than $50, raffle tickets will also be given for every $10 donated for a boxed set of prints. Perhaps there may be many books and boxed sets to give away!

Have a nice day! List of daily expenses and donations for May 2st, 2015:

Total spent on food: $2.23 Total spent on room: $1.59 Random (Internet and Fort ticket): $3.98 Travel: $1.99 Total: $9.80 + 86.31 divided by 11 days = $8.74 per day.

Donations given to random strangers = 30 Indian rupees or $.48 Donations given to sadhus or holy men = 20 INR or $ .32 Total = $.80 + $436.08 divided by 11 days = $39.72 each day

Expense account = $538.65 — $9.78 = 528.87 (Avg. $8.74 per day will last 61 more days) Donations account = $689.05 — .80 = 688.25 (Avg $39.72 per day will last 17 more days)

Nepal Earthquake Charities: $350 (+$150 Facebook matching) = $500 Nepal Rural Village Relief direct to (Anjali): $500 ($400 more pledged) = $900

Total given towards Nepal = $1300

Blessed.

Garden of Dreams. Kathmandu, Nepal. Drawn 4/18/15. Painted 5/3/15

Bhakti Yoga chanting sesh Sadhana yoga January 8, 2013 — Part 3 — http://chirb.it/LMgMMn

Edit: Today I was offered 5,000 rupees for this painting! Almost $100, which is quite a lot in India. I told him that even if he offered 50,000 rupees I could not sell it as it is for the donors of this blog. ☺ I have a new one of my friend the Maha Naga Baba Rajendra Giri coming out tomorrow or the next day.

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Originally published at thisamericansadhu.com on May 3, 2015.

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