Labor Day in Nepal
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Great Danes as Nepali signboard art

I fell in love with this Great Dane.   


He was on the Santa Monica Promenade.  This handsome Dane lunged at a little dog and pulled his owner aside soon after this shot was taken. 

This portrait by Hari Prasad of Kathmandu is from the above photo.   You can see Hari concentrated on the dog's alert face and then realized that he did not know what the Great Dane's master looked like!   So Hari improvised.   Delightfully.   The legs are foreshortened as well.   He had fun with the shadows on the sidewalk.   And those ears!

This Black and White Harlequin Great Dane (by Hari Prasad) was 5-months old when I photographed him in front of the Peet's on 14th and Montana here in Santa Monica.   Nice geometric shadows.

Here he is again in another pose.   I love photographing dogs and their shadows.

Here is another of the series of 5 that I made for myself.   Hari Prasad really nailed this for me.   All of the above portraits are from my personal collection and are not for sale.   I am the world's largest collector of Beware of Dog signs... on metal.   From Nepal.  

Agatha the Great Dane by Nara.   My client did not want Nepali lettering for this one.    Agatha has a black muzzle that contrasts nicely with her fawn coat and the dark blue background.   Available.

Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal.   With over 1500 pieces commissioned in 3 years, the Danger Dogs have made a difference in the lives of many artists.   I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a  tradition Nepal already of 'Beware of Dog' signs and I knew that people would like them.   These are truly fine artists whose livelihood is disappearing at an alarming rate.

On my most recent trips to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was done from a mass-produced image, often printed on plastic flex.  

You can help by ordering a custom portrait of your pet.   Each signboard is approximately one  square foot, synthetic enamel on metal.   Each commissione will be given to at least 3 signboard artists -- giving 3 people work, you a choice of 3 signs and museum shops Nepali folk art.  

No money accepted up front.   If you don't like any of your paintings, you pay nothing.   All artists are paid fair trade wages.

For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.

Micro-finance through art patronage.   

For cats, horses, ferrets, birds, hamsters, etc, please go to for more examples.

If you would like to see a particular breed, please contact me at  





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