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February 2010

Nepal Art Dogs in the Snow!

Over here on the left coast, we can only but commiserate with the blizzard conditions on the Eastern Seaboard.   Maybe these will cheer you up....

Emma, the Catahoula Leopard Dog, frolics in the snow.   This painting is by Sabala.   Catahoulas are the 'State Dog of Louisiana' and known as hunters.    It is not unusual for a Catahoula to have at least one blue eye.  

Madeline, an extremely happy (and smart) poodle plays in the snow.   As painted by Nara of Asha Arts, Madeline enjoys getting her paws frosted.

Williwa, a Canadian Samoyed, in her icy northern climes, happy to run the Dog Bar at Flake Restaurant here in Venice, California.   Williwa is named after Mount Williwa, in the Alaskan Chugach Range, near Ankorage, Alaska. 

Schatzi lives in Malibu and is normally to be found rollicking in the sands of Broad Beach.   Here the Labrador Retriever enjoys her time in the show.   By Pulkit of Nepal Arts in Kathmandu.

The hand-painted signboard art of Nepal is quickly disappearing, being replaced by modern mass-production images.   You can support this endangered art form by ordering a Nepal Art Dog of your own, or by buying an already existing signboard.  

These Danger Dogs featured today are still available, ranging in price from $150 to $200 each.   Please contact me at with any questions or comments.   Also check out my website at to see what else is available.

This Fair Trade art project is for pet lovers who collect art and want to make a difference in these struggling artists' lives.   Each commission generates work for at least 3 different Nepali artists giving 3 people work, and you 3 portraits of your pet.

Taking the Reins with Nepal Horse Art


One of my favorite artists, Sanjib Rana, likes horses as much as I do!   When I first met him, he already had an extensive collection of photos of horses in order to paint them for his ex-patriot clients in Kathmandu.

I gave him free rein to paint 8 horses on one of my Fair Trade art forays into Nepal, and he did not disappoint.

Here Sanjib extends the bottom of the painting by placing this horse behind a brick wall.

Here Sanjib gives this lovely horse a golden glow.

These works are a bit larger than the standard signboard offered on this blog.   Sanjib's portraits of horses are 12" by 15" and painted on metal with synthetic enamel.

Nepal has no ocean, but this horse enjoys running through the surf.

Another horse given an idyllic setting by Sanjib.

White horse in a paddock by Sanjib Rana.

From an earlier series, Sanjib wrapped this in newspaper before it was totally dry, but I rather like the effect of the newsprint and think it added to the piece.

This white horse is from the same early series, painted in 2007, and has a dramatic red border.

The artist Sanjib Rana with his work in the garden of the Dragon Guest House in Boudha, my home away from home while in the Kathmandu Valley.

I couldn't resist putting this at the end of this blog!  

These paintings on recycled metal and can be hung indoors or out.   Each of these paintings are currently available for $160 each.   Or you can send me a photo of your own horse and I will give that photo to 3 different artists, giving 3 artists work and you a wider choice.   The extras will be sold in museum shops, retail stores, art galleries or here on line.  

Please contact me at for more information, to place an order or with any comments or questions.    My website is at, and there are more horses and other pets there.

See the Dogs in Person!

I have a new venue for those of you lucky enough to be enjoying this mild February weather in beautiful Southern California.  

 Eco-Logical Art

The Eco-logicalART Gallery is a non-profit dedicated to being creative and environmentally responsible at the same time.   By recycling vinyl billboards he saves tons of the material from being tossed into landfills each month, and at the same time, he gives both materials and venues to exhibit them to various artists.

 Vintage signboard
It was interesting to me to see which of my Nepal Art Dogs Peter Schulberg, the gallery's founder, would like.   This signboard I first found in 2007 hanging on the wall of Shree Lamichhane's shop near Mahendrapul in Pokhara.   It is rare to be able to find examples of a signboard artist's work and even rarer to find these 'Beware of Dog' signboards hanging in a shop.   I immediately bought it and was especially pleased to see that this was an example of Shree's particular style.   He paints his dogs on Elysian fields.   Notice the toenails.

Another vintage signboard, I found this at a shop and immediately snapped it up for my collection.   An example of an older, used sign, this painting with its subtle butternut background and pink and green tones on the dog's face is a stunner.

The always mysterious Zia by Sabala is also available at the gallery.

A Bishon Frisee as odalisque by Sagar.  

One of the attractions to these pieces is that they are painted on recycled metal, and in some cases are two-sided.   Each piece is approximately one foot square and is suitable for framing or for hanging outdoors or in.  

These Nepali artists are an endangered breed.   Their hand-painted work is disappearing at an alarming rate and being replaced by pre-printed art.

For more information on this wonderful gallery and the good works that they promote, please go to their website at   

Eco-Logical Art LA is located at 4829 W. Pico, LA, CA 90019, just 2 blocks east of La Brea.   Come by and see his amazing recycled art.

As always,  please contact me at with any questions or comments.  Go to for more examples of Nepali signboard art and to commission your very own pet on metal from Nepal.



With all the talk of Deficit Peacocks being the new Deficit Hawks, I thought these peacocks might be appropriate.   This dramatic signboard is by Sufraj Khadka.

an Enlightened Peacock by Sabala.   

Many of my artists already had peacock imagery around their shops.   This design is by Hari Timsina.

Hari Prasad painted this Enlightened Peacock.  

All of the above peacocks are painted on metal and are available at present.

Please contact me at with any comments or questions.   Prices for the above pieces range from $120 to $150.  

These portraits are part of a Fair Trade Art Project, saving endangered artists in Nepal.   For more information, please go to