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Tenzing Norgay the Sherpa would have appreciated the monumental struggle I had today, not with scaling the Himalayan heights, but with capturing a bit of basketry in my painting. Well, actually maybe not – but it did take some doing and at some point I think I would have preferred to be mountain climbing than painting today.

This is how far I got – not complete, but I am leaving the nicest bit for last – filling in Tenzing and breathing life into that bare patch in the painting where he is going to be living for as long as the painting survives.

And this is how the painting has been progressing over the last few days:

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