Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man(followed by a footstep by sherpa Tenzing Norgay) to step on the summit of Mt. Everest died yesterday. He was one of the last of the world's old style adventurers who conquered one of earth's last frontiers. There was no Goretex, cell phones, ladders, or any of the comforts that today's Everest tourists use to assist in their trek up to the top of the world.
I've been watching the "Everest, Beyond the Limit" show on the Discovery Channel lately and the most amazing part of it is thinking about how the first few people to trek up there could have done it. In the back of my head, I've always wanted to take a stab at Everest. That's nothing more than a purely Walter Mitty kind of thing. As a kid I'd go hiking with my older brother and my father fairly often and he'd tell us about Hillary and Everest. Later on, there was some discussion about actually going and climbing Everest with my father, but really nothing more than that. I regret that we didn't take it further. It's the kind of thing that would be great to look back on. But actually doing it?
This was done about 5 years ago. I think it was a killed project. It's one of the last pure paintings I did before going electric.
I'm struck by the transitional aspect of your statement, "It's one of the last pure paintings I did before going electric". I understand, and know where it comes from, just that I've been hearing it a lot recently. Great work as usual for you. On a minor note I've a fear of heights so it always amazes me the doing of a mountain climb. I grew up on the prairies.
Cathleen ToelkeJanuary 11, 2008
Beautiful painting, Dale. It makes a very fine memorial portrait. I love the icy blue tones.
Joe CiardielloJanuary 11, 2008
Really nice portrait Dale.
Mark FisherJanuary 11, 2008
You do wrinkles and creases justice.
sterlingJanuary 12, 2008
This portrait is beautifully done. I've been thinking about your biking posts as of late. I'm training for a triathlon, and it's killing me. I admire the discipline of you and Mr. Obrien. I hope you are well. I'd love to see some of the older painted pieces, if you have the time to post!
Zina SaundersJanuary 13, 2008
Really nice. It's interesting to see your pre-digital work.
Dale StephanosJanuary 13, 2008
Doug, thanks for stopping by! I do think it as acoustic/electric. It's still all the same thing, just now I have clothes that don't have (as much) paint on them.
Cathleen, Joe, Mark, Zina, thanks for the support.
Richard, that's pretty astute, not that I'm surprised. Mort and Lucy, as I call Freud are two of my favorites.
Sterling nice to hear from you. A triathalon? What distance? I'm in!
Frances JetterJanuary 14, 2008
This is a wonderful portrait. The blue tone works so well.
Dale StephanosJanuary 15, 2008
Frances, thank you! I loved your piece in the Artists Against the War show.
Nick WrightJanuary 22, 2008
Why didn't I see the "Post a Comment" before?
I'm not sure..
Great piece- you've captured his quirky shaped face to a t.
Doug HochFebruary 14, 2008
I like this one, I like all your black n white stuff
Hey DaleFebruary 20, 2008
Great work and great site, you are truly talented. I too watched Beyond the Limit, the sherpa's are really amazing, the fixed rope setup and the 'guiding' of the clients, unbelievable. I love to read about Everest, a book you should read if you have not is Snow in the Kingdom:My Storm Years on Everest by Ed Webster. He writes about his experiences on Everest in small low budget expeditions with no sherpa's and very limited support teams and in some cases not following the traditional routes, he go's into greate detail about the logistics it takes just to make it to base camp, an unbelievable feat in itself without a support crew, it really is a great book. How is cuzn kyle, I saw smitty at my wedding last year, hope all is well with you and your family.