Nomad (near Porter Square in Cambridge) is welcoming some new Danger Dogs this week.
Dalmation by Lal Karki, synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.
This very folk art version of a Dalmation dog is a classic with its line up of teeth and tongue, detailed collar and abstract spots.
I recently ran into Lal Karki in Pokhara in September 2012. He is still painting, but he and his wife have opened a clothing store in the Lakeside area, as his hand painted work is drying up.
I am sorry to see that his studio, with its storied walls, as seen above, is no more. The floors and walls of signboard studios are covered with spatters. I took this photo when I came to pick up. The Spitz is a particular favorite of mine and is also available.
Ruby & Otterpop by Baba, 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.
Ruby & Otterpop are a great pair of small black dogs. As they lounge on their bench and stare out at the world, Baba has captured their direct gazes. The chalk marks used to keep the lettering straight are long gone.
Ruby & Otterpop are also agility dogs who have their own website, along with their teammate, Gustavo. You can find them at blog.teamsmalldog.com.
Peanut by Sagar, 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.
A strong compact black dog with ears that stick up, Peanut loves her ball. It is appropriate that Sagar painted her on a pair of green and yellow balls. This one is graphically beautiful. If you look closely at the background, you can see the shady ladies that Sagar often adds to his background.
Stella the Lhasa Apso by Sagar 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.
Also at Nomad is the charming Stella, a Lhasa Apso that is looking ascance in her portrait. A cute dog, she sports a collar that includes the artist Sagar's signature in Japanese. Again, this sign has strong graphic beauty.
Nomad is located in the heart of Cambridge at 1741 Mass Ave, 02140.
Their phone number is (617) 497-6677. Their website is here.
Stop by and see some great Danger Dog art as well as clothing and folk art from around the world. Tell them Michelle sent you.
They will also be featuring some Folk Art Obamas. More on that later.
To see what else is in stock at Nomad, please click here. I warn you that many have already sold.
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 will be 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 Winter 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 achoice 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.