Live from Kathmandu: First Works in Progress from Dilip

Live from Kathmandu!   Dilip Niroj, a favorite artist of mine, was almost ready, but the signs were still wet!

Folk art portrait of a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal

So I got to see his works in progress on his phone.   And they are looking good.   Mato the German Shepherd (aka Alsatian) dog is almost finished, still awaiting final details and the lettering.   
Folk art portrait of a Wire-haired Terrier mix  hand painted on metal in Nepal

Rhonda, a Wire-Haired Terrier mix looks comfy on a beautiful chair.   I can't wait to see these in person.
Folk art Italian Greyhound Puppy and an Alsatian hand painted on metal in Nepal.

Spyder, a lovely Italian Greyhound puppy beside a portrait of Mato, the German Shepherd.
Folk art portraits of a pair of Jack Russell Terriers hand painted on metal in Nepal

Miro and Putti, a pair of Jack Russell Terriers, are waiting for orange lettering announcing to the world that they are Danger Dogs extrordinaire.
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Oscar, the Shaggy Dog, with his colorful background.   I like the palette in the foreground and wonder how Dilip hurt his finger...
Folk Art Jack Russell Terriers along with a Terrier mix, hand painted on metal by a signboard artist in Kathmandu

More photos from Dilip's phone camera.   Again, can't wait!
Folk art miniature Italian Greyhound hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Kathmandu

Spyder, the Italian Greyhound, is such a pretty girl.   I love the light in her eyes.

Sign board studio in Kathmandu

Dilip's wife is helping other customers against the backdrop of the frames they sell.  The top level of art are hand-painted oils by Dilip.

If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order for holiday gifts.   I am in Nepal right now and ready to give your pet's photo to 3 different artists.

You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...

I am accepting order until Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019

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!

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

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Live from Kathmandu: Works in Progress from Megh Raj

Folk art portrait of a miniature Australian Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal

Shadow, a lovely Australian Shepherd in a work in progress, by Megh Raj Thapa.  He is a Zen Dog and still awaits his Nepali lettering.   It is hard to see, but the Nepali lettering has already been written in chalk.
Folk art Jack Russell Terriers hand painted on metal by a signboard artist from Kathmandu, Nepal

Miro and Putti, Jack Russell Terriers are still awaiting orange lettering.  It will match the orange collar on the pup on the left.

Folk art portrait of a Himalayan Cat hand painted on metal by an artist in Kathmandu, Nepal

Momo the Himalayan Cat is still awaiting the detail in his eyes.  Momo, a handsome ginger color, looks great against Megh Raj's colorful background.   And those paws...

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Alvin, the Yorkie, is almost ready, Megh Raj will put on the finishing touches.   But it looks pretty good to me.

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Gallina, a Brussells Griffon, is a beauty in her work in progress from Megh Raj.

Folk art portrait of a shaggy dog hand painted on metal by a signboard artist in Kathmandu, Nepal

I like Megh Raj's color choice on Oscar, a shaggy and handsome good boy.   Sorry for the glare, but I was in a dark cafe, as, unfortunately, Megh Raj has lost his studio and we just meet at the cafe across the road from his old studio.

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order for holiday gifts.   I am in Nepal right now and ready to give your pet's photo to 3 different artists.

You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...

I am accepting order until Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019

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!

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.


Live from Pokhara, Nepal: Murals

Murals have been popping up all over Pokhara lately!

Mural featuring jack Sparrow in Pokhara, Nepal
The back wall of the Jack Sparrow Restaurant on the Lakefront of Pokhara

 

Pokhara mural featuring hands and a camera

The side view window from Jack Sparrow Restaurant.

Pokhara swimming pool with large mural

A nice addition to an enticing pool.

Mural in a Pokhara restaurant, featuring the Himalayas

Even small restaurants have begun using murals to cheer the place up.

Mural in a Pokhara Coffee shop featuring a cat

This small cafe is livened up with a Coffee Katz.

Mural featuring a large Dahlia flower in Pokhara, Nepal

Side roads get the mural treatment.

Mural of a Nepali village and a Himalayan moutain

A boon for the artists of Pokhara.
Mural of Lake Fewa with a mountain range in the background

Some murals are very simple.

Advertising for a travel agent hand painted in Pokhara  Nepal

These were done by Santosh Shrestha, when people still hired sign painters to advertise their business.  Alas, Santosh is now repairing and selling mobile phones.  
painting of a Tibetan on a horse in Pokhara

I have tried to hire Santosh, but he no longer has the paints or brushes.

Hand painted advertisement of an old telephone and a parachuter

More of Santosh's artwork from the 'olden days' circa 2006.

Here is an example of a Danger Cat portrait.  Your pet could be featured here!

Hand painted portraits of a Norwegian Forest Cat by Nepalese sign painters

Mr. Grace is a Norwegian Forest Cat and he is hand painted on metal by Megh Raj Thapa, Nara and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from top left).

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order for holiday gifts.   I am in Nepal right now and ready to give your pet's photo to 3 different artists.

You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...

I am accepting order until Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019

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!

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.


Nepal's Day of the Dog 2019

Live from Kathmandu!

2 dogs enjoying Nepal's Day of the Dog Kukur Tihar

Nepal has a delightful tradition of honoring dogs during the celebration of Kukur Tihar.   The second day of Tihar is devoted to giving dogs their due by treating them with delicious foods and adorning them with marigold garlands and a bright red tika blesses their forehead.

These 2 lucky dogs are at a Kathmandu Municipal Street Dog Help Center, where they are recovering from a recent spay/neuter and miscellaneous other treatment from de-worming to rabies shots.  They have just finished their Kukur Tihar ceremony and are happy to pose with one of the caretakers at the facility.

Kukur Tihar Nepal's Day of the Dog

This cute dog was offered a pizza crust (too much cheese for me) and like many Nepali dogs, he turned up his nose!   Most dogs here do not like cheese!  But he refused politely and licked my hand instead.

Nepali dog with marigold malls around his neck on Nepal's Day of the Dog, Kukur Tihar

Someone really loves this dog!   Many, many marigold garlands festoon this lucky dog's neck.   Here garlands are known as 'malla'.

Nepali girls with their dogs on the Day of the Dog, Kukur Tihar

These young girls and their dogs seem to be relaxed and happy to celebrate Kukur Tihar.

Nepal's Day of the Dog, Kukur Tihar

This dog seems to have had a smudge in addition to his red tika.   The tikas are meant to be blessings, much like when you see a red bindi (dot) on a Hindu's forehead.   He look good near that pink wall.

Nepali dog in window, Nepal's Day of the Dog, Kukur Tihar

This guy did not like my cowboy hat!

Nepal's Day of the Dog Kukur Puja

The tika and marigold garlands suit this handsome dog.

 

Sleeping dog on Nepal's Day of the Dog Kukur Tihar

This guy is tuckered out and enjoying his sleep in the sun.   Even street dogs get the Kukur Tihar treatment.   (Kukur is Nepali for dog.)

Day of the Dog in Nepal

This dog really did not like my hat!

 

 

If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, you can send me a photo of your pet.   I am now in Kathmandu, Nepal, taking orders.

I will return in early December in plenty of time to deliver for holiday gifts.

You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...

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!

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.


Live from Kathmandu: Dilip, Khardar and Jit's Finals

There are more finals to come, this post is a mix of three different artists and their work.

Folk art portrait of a French Bulldog hand painted on metal
Freyja the French Bulldog by Dilip

 

Freyja, a French Bulldog, in her first portrait, by Dilip Niroj.

Folk art portrait of a Sheep hand painted on metal in Nepal
Guard Sheep Willa by Dilip Niroj

 

Willa is the first ever sheep to be included in the Danger Dog art project.   Here is her first portrait, hand painted on metal by Dilip.

Folk art portrait of a sheep hand painted on metal in Nepal
Will the Sheep by Jit Gurung

Willa the Guard Sheep by the Pokhara artist Jit Gurung.

Folk art portrait of a Canaan Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Dalev the Canaan Dog by Khardar Gurung

Khardar Gurung painted this portrait of the Canaan Dog, Dalev.   The lettering is in Tibetan.

Folk art portrait of a Sheep hand painted on metal in Nepal
Willa by Khardar Gurung

Another portrait of Willa the Guard Sheep, this time by Khardar Gurung.

Folk art portrait of a Canaan Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Dalev the Canaan Dog by jit Gurung

 

Jit Gurung, of Pokhara, hand painted this portrait of Dalev, a Canaan Dog.

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, you can send me a photo of your pet.   I will return to Nepal in fall, 2019.

You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...

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!

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.