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Palm Springs Desert Dogs!

If you are in Palm Springs for the month of June, please stop by and see the Danger Dogs in person at the Terry Martin Gallery.   Run by the fabulous Terry Martin, this gallery is also known at the Terrence Rogers Fine Arts Gallery.

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Starting clockwise from top left, Zia the Black Danger Cat is by Shree Shrestha.   Beware of Cock by Sanjib Rana, followed by Chester the Basset Hound by Nara of Asha Arts.   The horse frolicking in the surf is also by Sanjib Rana.

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Above is Sport (a Good Boy) by Ram Krishna of Kathmandu.   Also featured for the month of June is the artwork of Maria Dudley and Jason Kowalski.   The title of their show is "Palm Springs and Other Exotic Places".   The painting above is of the iconic Zuma Beach Food concession by Maria Dudley.  Shree.Weimaraner_0904
Shree Shrestha of Pokhara painted this 'Dangers Dog' of Jasper the Weimaraner on his magic carpet.

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From the same photo of Jasper as above, we have Arjun Karki's fine version of the Weimaraner.   Looks like Arjun put Jasper on the waves for his portrait.

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Duke the Weimaraner by Hari Timsina was painted in November 2009.

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A white Westie by Hari Prasad is at top left, while Chewy the Zen Yorkie is by Nara.   Please go to Terry's website for more information on Maria and Jason's art.

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From left to right: a rescue dog by Yuba Raj Adhikari, Pinky the Enlightened Jack Russell Terrier by Jit Gurung of Munal Arts in Pokhara, Mick Jagger the English Bulldog by Sabala with his big grin.

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Willow the Enlightened Golden Retreiver by Sagar of Surya Studios.   Sagar's signature is in Japanese.   

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Also by Sagar, this portrait of Layla the white shepherd shows his marvelous sense of humor.   If you look closely, you will see what I mean.

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Yoko the French Bulldog with her lovely jewelry and compelling eyes is also by Sagar.

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Arrow is a Zen Black Lab who wears rhinestone necklaces.   This portrait is by Nara of Kathmandu.

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This saintly White Labrador DangerDog is by Ram Krishna.   This was not a commissioned piece, but something Ram painted from the Everest Kennel Club calendar.   I could not help but buy it!

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Out enjoying the open air is Brocco the Bulldog by Megh Raj.  

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Hari Timsina painted this portrait of Grace the Pit Bull in November, 2009.   Hari is the first of my artists to date his pieces.

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Jasper the Dashshund as painted by Manoj.   Manoj is my only Christian artist.  

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This pug was painted by Jit Gurung of Munal Arts.   Jit's art reminds me of R. Crumb's style of art.

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This little Boston Terrier is by Amar Shrestha.

All pieces are approximately 12" by 12" and are synthetic enamel on (sometimes recycled) metal.  They can be hung indoors or out. 

All art featured on today's blog is available through June, 2010,  at the Terry Martin Gallery at 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.   His phone is (760) 332-8732.   Call for hours or to make an appointment.  

I am heading off to Nepal for the 7th Danger Dog trip very soon, so custom orders should be placed soon.   Each commission generates 3 portraits of your pet by 3 struggling Nepali signboard artists.   You get 3 choices, 3 people get work.  Please remember that I take no deposit up front.   You pay only after choosing which portrait of your pet you prefer.  

For additional information, please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com, go to the NepalDog.com website, or see the Nepal Dog Channel on YouTube to buy an existing artwork.


Rock Star Danger Dogs (and Cats).

Last trip particularly, there were many commissions that starred pets named after famous musicians.

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It all started with Mick Jagger.   His is such a stunning pose that I have given his handsome mug to many artists.   This is Mick by Sabala studios.

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Another view of Mick Jagger by Punam of Pokhara.  Punam painted this portrait in 2007 with his left hand in a cast.   I truly believe that Punam should be an animator for Disney.  

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Ziggy Stardust by Sabala.   Ziggy's kaleidoscopic eyes seem to follow you to all corners of the room. 

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Ziggy by Hari Timsina.   Very nice whiskers.   This is the first time that an artist has dated a painting for me.

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Gracie Slick by Sufraj Khadka.   The aqua background with the shades of coral calligraphy and edging give this piece a charm.  Her polkadotted collar with the heart locket is prominently featured.

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What would the world be like without Elvis the smiling dog?  Elvis by Amar Shrestha.

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Frank Zappa by Sufraj.   This portrait of Frank seems to come off the signboard.

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He shakes my nerves and he rattles my brain...   Jerry Lee Lewis by Sabala.   This incarnation of Jerry Lee is in Soho at the OK Harris Cigar Store on W. Broadway near Broome.   Go in and buy him!

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Here is Jerry Lee Lewis by Hari Timsina.   The artists enjoy the teeth and gum on this Danger Dog. 

The Danger Dogs featured above are available with the exception of Elvis.   Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com to find out more. 

I am due to leave again for Nepal in a few weeks and will be accepting new orders until mid-July.  

Please send me your photo of your pet, tell me what you'd like it to say, which artists you prefer and I will give that photo to 3 struggling Nepali signboard artists who will paint your pet on (often) recycled metal about one foot square, using synthetic enamel paint.  

Satisfaction is guaranteed, as you pay nothing up front and only pay after you choose a portrait of your pet that you like.   I will be back from this trip about mid-August.

Questions, comments, requests?   Please contact me below or at ampage1@gmail.com.   Additional available dogs are here.

You can always find out more at NepalDog.com.


Danger Dogs of the Venice Art Walk

This year you will get the chance to bid on Danger Dog Diptychs at the 31st Venice Art Walk.

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Punam of Pokhara painted this romantic version of Cheeto and Scooter -- 2 tabbies from Riverside.

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Another version of the same lovely cats by Jit Gurung of Munal Arts.   These two will be offered at the Venice Art walk as a diptych.  

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NT Arts of Beni painted this sweet puppy.   Part one of a diptych.

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Here is the same puppy, by Sagar, with a decidedly different spin.   Part 2 of the diptych.

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Gabby on a hike by Sanjib Rana, part one of the diptych and...

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Gabby by Sabala part 2.   Gabby seems happily exhausted after her hike in the Malibu hills.

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Punam from the resort town of Pokhara painted this Pirate Dog.   Desi is a Havanese puppy.

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Desi the Havanese puppy by Sagar.   Part 2 of that diptych.

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Another cat diptych begins with Cruiser by Ram Krishna.  

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Cruiser part 2 by Karma.  

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Above is a single poodle.   I could not resist this Spiritual Dog by Sufraj Khadka.   Louis was recently featured in a post by an Indian humorist.   Nepal recently passed a non-discrimination law in favor of gays, lesbians, transgenders.   Even same sex marriage is allowed.   This is unusual in this part of the world and shows how progressive Nepal can be.

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And who could resist this painting of Bo Obama by Sabala.   I was lucky enough to watch the first layer being painted on a rooftop in Maharajgunj on a hot fall day.   You can watch the process on my YouTube Channel here.

Please bid on these folk art pieces from Nepal.   You will be helping the Venice Family Clinic as well as the Nepali artists!   Join us this Sunday May 23 at the Westminster School and bid!


Danger Dog news!

It's good to be back in Danger Dog mode.  

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They needed more chickens at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and I was happy to comply!   They are opening a new exhibit this Friday night from 7-9pm at Bergamot Station, so please stop by if you are in the neighborhood.  Above is the rooster Nigel Too by Sanjib Rana and Ginger by Shree Shrestha.

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Flowers from the garden...   I am back and cooking up a storm every night in my own kitchen and couldn't be happier.  

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Bo Obama by Sabala will be included in the upcoming Artful Living section of the Venice Art Walk on Sunday, May 23.

For all of you out in Palm Springs, there will be a Danger Dog exhibit at the Terrence Rogers Fine Arts Gallery at the end of June and early July.   Stay tuned for more details.  


Dyptych Danger Dogs for the 2010 Venice Art Walk

I guess I am a lucky dog as the prestigious Venice Art Walk has asked the Danger Dogs back for a second year.    Last year was their 30th Anniversary and 30 Danger Dogs from 30 different struggling Nepali signboard artists were put up for silent auction -- 14 were scooped up.   Quite a coup for this Fair Trade art project!

The Venice Art Walk is a major fundraiser for the Venice Free Clinic which has been helping people with free, quality health care since 1970.

Now I'd like some help choosing which of these diptychs are the best to show the diverse work of these endangered Nepali signboard artists.

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These are both of the Havanese puppy Desi.   By Punam and Sagar left to right.

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This is Jasper the Weimaraner.   Jasper lived next door for a while in the early '90's.   He was a handsome Weimaraner.   Here Shree Shrestha places Jasper on a magic carpet ride.    Shree paints in Pokhara and lives with his wife and 2 kids.   Each year he moves to a smaller space.   Shree tried to emigrate to South Korea for a 3-year contract -- going so far as to learn the Korean language, travel back and forth from Kathmandu several times, and be willing to leave his beautiful and beloved family in order to give them a better life.  But the deal fell through - leaving him all the worse off for trying.  I'm happy to have him stay with his family and keep painting for this Nepal Art Dog project.  

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Here Jasper floats on a sea (or a blanket) of blue, as painted by Arjun Karki - also from Pokhara.   A pastel masterpiece.   Arjun used to paint for Thapa Arts but has since moved on.   These artists are itinerant.

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Here is little Gigi -- innocent as a puppy could be.

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Sagar caught another side of Gigi!   Sagar paints his dogs to be thugs, but who knew?   A malevolent Gigi?   This was from my second Danger Dog trip in November 2007 and Surya was still trying to tell me that all the fabulous work coming out of his studio was done by him.   I told him I was amazed at his range of styles!   But this is the cynical hand of Sagar for certain.    I'm sure his sense of humor ran off with him on this one.  

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NK Art of Beni gave Gigi a frightened 'deer in the headlights' expression.   One rule of thumb is that owners will always buy the portrait that looks most like their dog.    When asked by the Nepali artists how I'd like the portrait framed or what background to use, I tell them that they are the artists and that they can choose.  The owner chose a portrait that looked like her dog.   Another reason to have 3 painted!

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Cooper is a Zen Black Lab that lives the good life in Northern San Diego County.   As painted by Hari Prasad, Cooper enjoys his favorite toy frog while looking rather maniacally at you.  

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Here's a blurry Cooper by Shahi.   I must have been jet lagged when I took this photo!   I'll replace it soon, I promise.   Anyway, Shahi - who goes only by his last name - was in his long time studio when I ordered this painting and when I came to pick up, he had moved to MUCH smaller and inconvenient digs in the Lakeside district of Pokhara.   He is a talented artist and I hope he is thriving in his new studio.  A bicycle repair shop had moved into his space.   They had previously been next door.

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Shahi in his old studio in happier times.

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Danger Dog Gabby by Sabala.   Next, her doppelganger...

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Sanjib Rana put the mountains of Malibu behind Gabby.   This painting is 15 inches high by 12 inches.   Sanjib Rana is my only 'fine' artist.   Sanjib had never painted on metal before I commissioned his first Danger Dog.   He is a muralist for various discerning households in the Kathmandu area.  

More tomorrow!   Please let me know either by comments or on Facebook or Twitter what you think.   Any favorite pairs of Danger Dogs?   You can also check out my website or go to the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel to see more about this Fair Trade art project.  

The time to order your very own Danger Dog is right now.    I will be leaving for Nepal in early June, coming back in early August with the commissioned portraits.   Each order will get a choice of three different paintings by 3 different Nepali artists.   You tell me what you'd like it to say, what style or artists you prefer, then send me a jpeg of your pet.   You pay nothing until you choose which Nepal Art Dog you would like.  

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com for more information, or go to NepalDog.com for more info.