Things are getting to be a full house around here as the 10th Danger Dog trip from Nepal winds down.
The magnificent Archie, a Bull Dog who enjoys the surf, frolics in his portraits by Megh Raj, Baba and Sagar (clockwise from top left). Who could choose? I find it interesting that Baba is the only one of the three that has ever seen the ocean here in land-locked Nepal, and his ocean is brown and turgid. Baba hails originally from Tamil Nadu in Southern India and was there for the tsunami in 2004. Having lost family and his home, perhaps he sees the ocean differently. Sagar's name means 'ocean' in Nepali, and he signs his name with the Japanese chop that means 'Ocean' in Japanese.
The final choice is most often which portrait looks most like the dog in question. But artistically, this can be a hard choice.
The deadline is here. Please send in photos for your order for the next trip. I leave in early 2012. However, I have many, many portraits already made of many breeds of pet. Please ask!!!
This may be the perfect gift. Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love, and in the meantime support this dying art form.
Now is the time to order: Each commission I receive will be given to 3 different Nepalese signboard artists, giving 3 struggling artists Fair Trade work and you a choice of 3 colorful paintings on metal!
Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front, only if you like one of the portraits do you pay. The artists are paid fair trade wages whether you buy or not.
1. Send a photo of your pet to me at email@example.com.
2. Let me know what you would like the signboard to say.
3. Tell me which style of Danger Dog art you prefer, by giving me examples of signs you have liked on the website or just say whether you like realistic, naive, cartoonish or fanciful.
4. Follow the Danger Dog Blog and see the works in progress, trips to the studios, the life and arts of Nepal.
5. Decide which painting you prefer of the 3 and send me a check and I will mail you your very own personal Danger Dog (or Cat)!
Pricing, more information and examples of the Nepal Art Dog project can be found at NepalDog.com.
If you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles before the end of December, you can see 60 Nepal Art Dogs at The Loft at Liz's Gallery at 435 S. La Brea LA 90036. Part of an exhibit titled "Fair Trade", a total of 28 artists are represented in the exhibit so you can get an idea of their varying styles.
The Craft and Folk Art Museum also features the Danger Dogs. cafam.org
Also, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, stop by the Gallery of Functional Art and see some Dogs!
New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.
Or you could order your own pet......