Megh Raj Thapa may be a master painter but his son Anup is continuing the signboard tradition with his computer skills and photoshop.
I don't like the new signs personally, but they do need to eat.
While at Megh Raj's studio, another artist from previous trips, Raaz Rai (on the right) stopped by. He has graduated from art school and is teaching fine arts. He is going to South Korea next month to make a better living. I only hope that with his degree, he will get better work than as a fieldhand.
You can see an example of Raaz' work here. His dog portraits are well done, with an attention to detail and a sweetness about them.
That's the fate of one of my favorite artists, Shree Lamachhaine. If talented signboard artists like these can't make a go....
Went to a party celebrating Thanksgiving here in Kathmandu on Saturday. This lovely gate to the compound was painted by the artists Sanjib Rana. Sanjib is famous around this town for the lovely birds and naturalistic paintings that are his speciality.
I met Sanjib through the gate's owner.
This adorable dog is part Lhasa Apso and part Shitzu. What a good looking dog! She certainly was enjoying the Thanksgiving festivities.
Aesop's owner chose the portrait by Sagar for her Danger Dog. Aesop was a very hard choice. All three captured his good looks.
This is what you can expect when you honor your dog (or cat or bunny) with a Nepal Art Dog portrait. The time to order is now. No obligation to buy, but I bet you will not be able to resist! You will receive your choice of portrait in time for the holidays. Orders accepted through the end of November.
Only 5 more days to order!
If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order. I am here in November, 2012, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now accepted for the Fall 2012 trip.
HOW TO ORDER
To order, please send me a photo of your pet. I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three artists will get work. Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint. These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.
While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.
Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case. Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!
Send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
Let's keep these artists painting.
American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.
Hello from Dogmandu!
You will be happy you did!
Micro-finance through art patronage. Trade not Aid.