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Signboard Studio Art in Pokhara

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Shree Laimacchaine is a favorite artist of mine here in Pokhara.  

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Shree's wife and son hold up examples of Shree's work.   The Enlightened Chicken is of Sirius Black, a favorite hen of an art patron.

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Nitpicking seems to be a common theme.

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Jit Gurung is working on a large mural on cloth.

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Here is Jit's contribution to nit-picker art.

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Down the road at Poon's art, he has a large collection on his walls, including a self-portrait.


Dogs of Pokhara

Since I have been stranded here due to the monsoon for a few extra days, I have time to walk the streets of Pokhara and interact with some not-so-Danger-Dogs.

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This dog has a bounce to his walk and is a big dog in every respect but his short legs.   He came right up and got the petting that he deserved.   I think the Nepali dogs like tourists very much.

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This is a male dog named 'Maggie'.   He is gentle and friendly and has a lovely notched ear.   His owners were foreigners here who have since moved on to Indonesia.   The owners of the Lama Restaurant took him under their wing and he now live the life of riley and is well fed and loved.

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This little puppy is Maggie's friend and they play together on a large construction sandpile.

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I ran into this little boy with this adorable puppy.   Dogs here jump up on you if you are not careful.   And this is the rainy (muddy paws) season.

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I haven't seen many 'Beware of Dog' here in Pokhara.   This one is on its last legs.

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This woman rests parkside with her happy dog.

I may be off trekking, but you can still order your Danger Dog signboard.   Of course, your pet may be Enlightened, Happy, Smiling or even a cat!   I will be back on the grid soon and ready to give your photo of your pet to 3 endangered Nepali signboard artists.   You pay nothing if you are not satisfied with the results.  

All signboards are approximately one square foot and are painted with synthetic enamel and are good indoors or out.  

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com for more information and to order.   Also, you can go to NepalDog.com to see more about the project.


Signboards of Nepal

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A dental signboard in the Chabahil market area.  

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We noticed this signboard on our way home from a friend's.   By Suf, one of my artists.   He spends more time on the Danger Dog signboards!

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Here is an example of before and after.   The old hand-painted signs versus the new pre-printed ones.   I guess I understand the appeal of the young Indian beauty, but somehow I prefer the old ways.


Farmer's Market in Kathmandu

The 1905 Restaurant in Kathmandu is host to a Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9am to noon.

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These gentlemen are selling delicious local goat's cheese in two styles -- aged and fresh.   They were creamy and flavorful.

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This is a laid back market with lots of booths selling everything from homemade pastries and cookies to Seabuckthorn juice concentrate.    (Seabuckthorn is a nutritious fruit that grows in the Mustang district of Nepal.   It is loaded with vitamin C and tastes delicious.   I bring home the concentrate and make seabuckthorn sorbet.)

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This farmer's market is set in the beautiful gardens of the 1905 Restaurant.   Built in 1905 as a Rana Palace, there are lots of areas to sit and enjoy the fruits of the market and see old friends.

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This booth features Feta cheese made in Pokhara from cow's milk.   It was great.   I hope to get the product into a few shops in Boudha so I can have my feta fix while here.   A new company, western run, they have been in business only 3 or 4 weeks.   Best of luck to them.   They are already supplying many local restaurants here in Kathmandu.

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This is low season here in Kathmandu, so the lovely ponds filled with swans are drained for cleaning at the moment.  


Pokhara Danger Dogs!

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Shree Laimecchaine is a Pokhara artist who painted a few Danger Dogs on spec.   The black labrador is from a photo of Leila from a previous trip.   I gave him the commission for the Enlightened Chicken and Shree's wife says that there were many laughs from the locals about it.

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Above Shree's wife and son show some favorite Disney characters.  

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Shree's walls are covered with original art.   Shree became an artist because he wanted to, not because his father was an artist.   He showed me his extensive art portfolio the day we met.

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Mountain scenes are another popular theme.

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Here is a close up of the spec Danger Dog that Shree painted for me.   He knows me too well.   There is no way that I will pass up this colorful and naive danger dog!

There is still time for you to order your custom Danger Dog!   Your dog could star on a Nepali signboard.  These are painted on metal and can be hung inside or out. 
Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com for more information.

Or dig deeper at NepalDog.com.   Be ahead of the pack!