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New Dogs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art

How do YOU spell Enlightened?

Let me count the ways!

I think G.G. the black standard poodle is the only Nepal Art Dog to have this particular spelling.    Enlightende!

Here Grace Kelly the Buff Orpington (aka Ginger) is Enlighted.   Is that anything like Delighted?  Portrait of Grace by Sabala.

This portrait of Chloe the Jack Russel by Ram Badahur gets double credit for the delightful 'Enlighteneb' and 'Bewaare' to sweeten the deal.     This painting is available at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (   Ask for the gift shop at the museum.   By the way, the script at the bottom of this piece is in Tibetan.   I'll assume it is spelled properly!

Surely Layla the Bernese Mountain Dog is the world's first 'Enlifhtened Dog'?   By Jit Gurung of Munal Arts.

The Nepali script reads: 'Dharma Dog' or 'Dharma Kukor' in the Nepali language.

Popo may not be enlightened (or any of its permutations) but he IS a 'Denger Gog', and he should be proud.   This is by Dilip Niroj.

All of the above are available.

If you would like a portrait of your own pet, now is the time to order.  Contact me at with any questions or comments.

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.   Your satisfaction is guaranteed,

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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