Chip the Spaniel with his colorful background by Sanjib Rana of Kathmandu. Danger Dog indeed!!!
A final Chip as painted by Nabin. The 3 portraits of the Spaniel Chip are all still available at $150 each.
The interesting part of this Fair Trade Art project is that you get to see the wide diversity of talent in the various signboard artists throughout Nepal. Most of the time, I give 3 artists the same photo of the pet. When working with a new artist, they will often ask about how much of the pet to include in the portrait, or what color background to use. I always reply: "You are the artist, you decide."
The art of signboards is disappearing in Nepal, being replaced by mass-produced signage.
Nepal Art Dogs commissions portraits of pets. Each commission generates 3 paintings on recycled metal by 3 different artists, giving 3 artists paid work and the patron who commissions the work will get a minimum of 3 portraits from which to choose. I do not accept any money up front. If you do not like any of the 3, you pay nothing. The artists get paid in any case.
Micro-finance through art patronage.
Please help support the Nepali artists. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to answer any questions. These artists' work is disappearing at an alarming rate. When was the last time you saw a hand-painted sign where you live? Don't let that happen in Nepal.
You can also go to my website at NepalDog.com for more examples of the Danger Dog Art Project.