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August 2009

Goats of Nepal!

Nepal has many goats.    But I may have the only 'Be Ware of Goat' signboards!   Goat.Amar_29

This Billy goat is 'pented by Amar' and is still available.

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This rather square goat is by Hari Timsina.

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Hari Prasad painted this goat.

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Karma weighs in with this Danger Goat.

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This lovely goat is also by Hari Prasad.   It is the only one in this post that is sold at the current time. 

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A young goat enjoys eating marijuana plants on the side of the road near Marpha in the Mustang District of Nepal.  

Butcher signs featuring goats are common, but you can own your very own signboard.   Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com for more information on these goats. 

I've written a story on Kegbeni and environs, featured in the September issue of ECS Magazine.   Check it out:

http://www.ecs.com.np/place.htm#

More tomorrow. Stay tuned.


Danger Dogs at the Beach!

During these Dog Days of Summer - record highs here in the Southwest, and many fires burning out of control - I will feature Dogs at the Beach.

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Here's the lovely G.G., a black standard poodle on her day at the beach.   Hari Timsina had fun with this one.   If you'd like this one, let me know as she is still up in San Luis Obispo waiting for her ride back to Santa Monica.   But anything can be arranged.

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Again we have G.G. with her Hawaiian Lei waiting for Govinda to add her lettering.

G.G. is not the only Danger Dog on the beach.  

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St. Ebba, a Doberman Pinscher, also enjoys the beach.   Clockwise from top left:   Dilip, Hari Prasad and Sabala.   Only Dilip's painting of her romp on the beach is still available.

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Willow is a Labrador Retriever who lives in Malibu and loves the water.   Shiva paints her in her lei.   The red lettering is Tibetan script.   The painting is by Shiva Thapa of Pokhara.

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Willow again.   This time by Sagar. 

All of these Dogs enjoying their Dog Days of Summer are still available.   Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com if you'd like to know more about these paintings or any aspect of the Danger Dog project.

Basically, this is a Fair Trade Art Project that supports endangered Nepali signboard artists and various charities.    Micro-finance though art patronage. 


Big Dogs! Great Danes as Danger Dogs.

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Sanjib Rana painted this Great Dane Danger Dog from photos that I took of a 5 month old Great Dane outside of Peet's on Montana in Santa Monica.   I have never seen the dog again, but I keep looking.   This painting is sold.

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By Hari P.   This is the same dog, different pose.   These are from my personal collection.   I knew that Hari Prasad would get that the shadows and sidewalks were integral to the piece.

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It was a beautiful and sweet-natured dog. 

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By Hari Prasad.

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This last one got the proportions all wrong on the legs and also added a bit of blur when Hari P. got to the human.  

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This magnificent Great Dane was with his dad on the Santa Monica Promenade when another dog walked by.   He was ready to pounce and play.  

Please support Nepali signboard artists if you can.   Their work is endangered and well worth saving.

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions.


Why I love Nepal: Signboards!!!

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Now if this isn't a lovely signboard, I don't know what is.   The map showing the 5 districts of Nepal, the fancy equipment, and let us not forget the he-man!   Nice Speedo.   I am pleased to note that a lady is working out in the gym.   This signboard was found in Pokhara.

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As you can see, signboards are a big part of the Nepali streetscape.  It is also nice to notice that the women dress nicely.   With the camera stores, dress boutiques, cybercafe, ATM's - you can see that Kathmandu is modern.   Now if they only had a steady supply of electricity.   When I return to Nepal in mid-October '09 for the 6th Danger Dog trip, the government of Nepal expects to have only 6 hours per day of electricity (in the Capital!) as was the case throughout last winter.  

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Does anyone else think it might be a good idea to have themselves painted on a Tailor signboard?   This isn't a rhetorical question. I know I have some regular readers out there, and I'd love to hear from you about this idea.   Either as a comment or write me at ampage1@gmail.com.   Remember, the Beauty Shop signboard was not a good idea.   They even made Kate Moss look like Tatum O'Neill with a snaggle tooth.  Would a Tailor Shop signboard work?

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It's nice to know when you are at 'The End of your Search.' 

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This is a classical Nepali beauty.

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A sultry dusty beauty.  She lives in Prano (old) Baneshwor.  Right across the street from the Siddhartha Resort Restaurant. 

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Another classic beauty.  The calligraphy and the phone number in the red arrow is nicely done.   What woman wouldn't like to wear that sari?

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This is the same sleeping dog featured in the third photo of this blog.   This is the other side of the signboard in that third photo. 

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Another happy dog sleeps in the mid-day shade, near a beautiful Beauty parlor signboard.   This photo is an excellent illustration of just why I love Nepal.  

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The other side of the very same signboard.  Nepali men dress neatly and nicely.   I especially am fond of his nice Dhaka topi (hat).

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Another sleeping dog near Swayambunath, also known as the Monkey Temple.  

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I'm sure if one looked hard enough, there's a sleeping dog in this photo.   This is the sort of lovely signboard that is being replaced with generic ads for the noodles or beer the restaurant serves.    I m especially taken with the word  'mus tang' split.  

This post is truly about Why I Love Nepal.   It is such an interesting place.   The people are polite most often (except in some tourist areas), the food is good and freshly prepared, the dogs are friendly.

But their signboard art is dwindling every time I go.   They sometimes even recycle these old beauties into Danger Dog signboards.  

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The backs of these 4 signboards form the last letters of the word Kala (the word for art in Nepali).  It must have been a pretty signboard when it was together.   What I find odd is that they don't fit perfectly.   It's almost as if they trimmed the signs before painting them.   The little added sparkles remind me of signs here in America on the grocery stores of the 50's and 60's.   I remember liking them as a child when my mother would shop at the IGA, Kroger's and Liberal (!) Market in Dayton, Ohio.   

Those days are gone in the US, and they are going in Nepal.   Remember the Danger Dog motto:

"Micro-finance through Art Patronage"

That's it for tonight, see you tomorrow for another Danger Dog Blog. 


The Year of the Jack Russell!

There's a lot of cute Jack Russells out there, and it seems this year, a lot of them became Danger Dogs.

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Here's the lovely Lulu by Jit Gurung of Pokhara.   A very Zen portrait.  This Dog has a Mona Lisa smile.

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Lulu's friend Pinky, also by Jit Gurung.   Jit has often been compared to R. Crumb in style.

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Mollie the Jack Russell looks good here in red.   This is by Chandra Chaudhury.  I always leave the chalk marks on these paintings, but as a buyer, you can just wipe them off.

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Jack Nelson by Shahi.   Shahi captured this dapper dog, especially around the eyes.

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Santosh Shrestha's little daughter really did not want to let this Jack Russell go.   She cried and cried as I took them away.   Luckily, I brought them right back so that her daddy could sign them.  

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Chloe the Jack Russell is my only Enlighteneb Dog.   Bewaare of her!   The script below is in Tibetan.  She is available for sale at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, if you'd like to see her in person.   Or you can always contact me at ampage1@gmail.com.

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Lucy by Sabala.   This is a soulful painting with fabulous eyes.

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Mollie, again, this time by Amar.   The Nepali script reads 'Dharma Kukor' by the way.   (Religious Dog in Nepali.)

I have lots more of these lovely Jack Russell Terriers in my Danger Dog Collection.   All of the ones featured here today are available.   Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com for more information.

'Micro-finance through art patronage' is my motto.   I have so many extra Danger Dog signboards because I want these artists to keep hand-painting signboards.  I hope to attract some attention to a dying art.    

They are indeed folk art.   If you'd like to have your pet participate in the Danger Dog Project, please send me a photo, and I will get that photo to at least 3 different Nepali artists.   As you can see the styles vary greatly, but that's part of the fun.  You never know what you will get!   But, since you pay nothing unless satisfied, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

All signboards are painted on metal with synthetic enamel.   They are all charming.   I have worked with over 56 artists and there are 1250 Danger Dog signboards now in existence.   Many of those are Danger Cats!

More tomorrow.   Stay tuned.