To learn more about the Nepal Art Dog Fair Trade Art Project, go to NepalDog.com.
Wouldn't you like to see what these struggling Nepali artists would do with a photo of your pet?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)gmail.com if you have any questions about the Nepal Art Dogs. You can also visit my website at NepalDog.com to see more and learn about this fair trade art project from Nepal.
Stay tuned. More artwork from Nepal's signboard artists tomorrow!