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August 2010

More Works in Progress

Above is Rex by Sufraj Khadka.   Sufraj is an adamant non-smoker, and the full wording of the background sign is 'Donkey Smokes' -- Donkey as in Ass!

Here is the lovely Daddy, a Catahoula Leopard Dog, as a work in progress by Megh Raj.

Again we have Daddy, by Sagar, a little farther along in the process.

Amar Shrestha begins his outline of Rex's portrait in pencil.

Here is (a bad photo of) Amar's final.   All is good and it looks great in person but it should say 'Enlightened One!'   Easy to fix.

Bruiser and Ozzie awaiting eyes and other final touches at Megh Raj's studio.

Zach seems to glow in this portrait set in the mountains.   Not all of this glow is due to my wonky camera.

Here is Zach farther along!   Again, the chalk test is incorrect -- should be Danger Dog!

Posey and Scooter as works in progress by Megh Raj.

Here is Bruiser by Sufraj as a work in progress.   Sufraj always has very colorful backgrounds with fanciful borders so it will be interesting to compare this with the final.

More tomorrow!



Which would you choose?

Here is Dexter by Megh Raj, Dilip Niroj and Jit Gurung.

The finals of Bat Boy the Mastiff are in!   By Dilip Niroj, Santosh Shrestha and Sabala (clockwise from top left).

Layla by Sanjib Rana, Jit Gurung and Sabala (clockwise from top left).

More tomorrow.

To learn more about the Nepal Art Dog Fair Trade Art Project, go to

Wouldn't you like to see what these struggling Nepali artists would do with a photo of your pet?


Pick up at Sabala's

Above is Stella, the black and white Basset Hound, with Johnnie Walker Red (aka ChowBoy) as painted by Sabala.

Next is Sabala's version of the 4 labrador retreivers in the hatchback of a BMW.   This is a little larger than the normal one square foot and features the car less then the other two artists renditions.

Bat Boy the Mastiff certainly has an Enlightened look in this portrait by Sabala.   Look at those jowls!

Here we have a cornocopia of dogs by Sabala.

And Sabala's final version of Hanuman.   That is Shiva and Ram inside his chest.

I did take a new order today, but we are cutting it close!

Sorry for the poor quality of today's photos.  My camera is not taking good daylight photos.   Trying to fix it here is difficult as Kodak does not sell cameras in Nepal and parts are hard to come by.   Also, 4 different repair shops gave 4 different suppositions as to the problem.  And you would not believe the prices for a new one here!   The duty must be enormous.

More tomorrow.

Which would you choose?

This lovely trio of portraits of Molly will be a difficult choice for her owner.   Clockwise from upper left are paintings by Amar Shrestha, Shree Laimecchaine and Sanjib Rana.   The same photo was provided to these three different artists with greatly differing results.   Which would  you choose?

Max, a Lhasa Apso mix, returns to his roots here in the Tibetan neighborhood of Boudha.   Clockwise from upper left, art by Amar Shrestha, Santosh Shrestha (no relation) and Sagar.  Another hard choice, these paintings are painted with synthetic enamel on metal and can be hung indoors or out.

Here are a couple of Nepal Art Dogs waiting for their lettering to dry.  As painted by Megh Raj.

New orders have officially closed for this trip, but I will return in November, 2010, for another round of Nepal Dog Art.   Of course, cats or other pets are welcome, too.   You will receive your pets' portraits well in time for holiday gift giving.   These signboards make the perfect gift for pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference in these struggling artists lives.

Micro-finance through art patronage!    Fair Trade Art.

More tomorrow.   Stay tuned.

Nepal Art Dogs from Sanjib Rana

Sanjib Rana is a hard-working artist.   He told me this trip that he enjoys painting at midnight!   Well, he did not waste the midnight oil in this latest series.

I was a little concerned that a 4-figure portrait would not work, that one or the other of the dogs would not be right.   Well, this one blew me out of the water.   Look at the loving detail given not only to the dogs, but to the BMW.

Next we have Layla by Sanjib.   The glow of the light on her fur, the twinkle in her eye....

The lovely Molly looks dapper with her scarf.    Dignified, too.

Chow Boy is in the pink on his checkerboard floor.   Turns out that Chow Boy is only a nickname.   His real name is Johnnie Walker Red.

Stella the Basset Hound (and companion to Johnnie Walker Red above) is also in the pink as painted by Sanjib.

I am proud to say that I have found steady work for Sanjib with a prominent hotel owner here in Kathmandu.  Nice hotels need artwork on the walls and Sanjib is providing that.   His speciality is birds and there are many bird watchers here in Nepal.

Please write to me at ampage1(at) if you have any questions about the Nepal Art Dogs.    You can also visit my website at to see more and learn about this fair trade art project from Nepal.

Stay tuned.   More artwork from Nepal's signboard artists tomorrow!