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September 2010

Boxer Portraits from Nepal

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Tonks the Brindle Boxer by Ramesh of Pushnipati Art in Kathmandu.   Be Aware of Tonks!

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Tonks again, this time as painted by Sufraj Khadka.   These Beware of Dog Boxer signs have a character of their own.   They actually DO work in the practical sense, as these signs keep unwanted trespassers off of our property!  

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This black and white Danger Dog sign of Bubba the Boxer was painted by Surya.

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Though Birju Chaudhury signed this portrait of a boxer, it was really painted by Babu, an Indian artist that Birju subcontracted to do the painting.

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A naive portrait of the same boxer, by Manoj who works in the resort town of Pokhara.  

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You don't see many Boxers with clipped ears anymore, but this portrait of a young Boxer is by Prem, whose studio is also in Pokhara.

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This is a portrait of a Nepali Boxer from the Everest Kennel Club calendar by Mohan.   I'm not sure what is up with the red tail!

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This portrait of my good friend Siggy, a San Diego Boxer is by Dilip Niroj of Kathmandu.   The portrait was for a restaurant's dog watering hole hence the 'Dog Bar'.   The Nepali writing says 'Beware of Dog' however.  If you are near Venice, California, please stop by Flake and see the Dog Bar in person.

All of the above are still available.   If you know a Boxer lover who needs a Beware of Boxer sign, you have found the perfect gift.  Write me at ampage1@gmail.com.

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As you can see, someone in Nepal has 2 boxers adorning their gate.

How to order:

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 commission 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 NepalDog.com for more examples.

Or write me personally with any questions or comments at ampage1@gmail.com.


Hot Dogs!

Seeing as it is 103 degrees up in our attic bedroom and  78 here on the ground floor, I thought a post about my favorite Hot Danger Dogs might be appropriate.    Los Angeles broke a heat record today.   111 degrees downtown!

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Bailey the dachshund by Sagar.   The needle like tail pointing up to Bailey's right is dramatic.   Nice detail around Bailey's collar as well. Bailey looks older and more cynical in this portrait by Sagar.   Like Humphrey Bogart played by a Dachshund.

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Again, Bailey the Dachshund, this time by Sufraj Khadka, proudly sporting his red collar.   A younger,  softer version of Bailey.  And that tail is missing.

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Jasper the Dachshund is on a mission, here painted by Manoj Art.   

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Kitty is a young Dachshund, here painted by Hari Prasad.   With her collar flying, she looks a bit like a Danger Dachshund caught in the headlights.

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Again Kitty the Dachshund.   This time she is chewing her favorite toy.   By Hari Timsina of Kathmandu.

Darby long-haired dachshund by Jit
Darby is the loving Dachshund partner of Moira who writes the fabulous blog:   Dog Art Today.   Here Darby, a long-haired Dachshund, is painted by Jit Gurung of Munal Arts.

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Here is Darby by the painter Sabala.   Quite different interpretations from the same photo.

All of the above Dachshund portraits are currently available by writing me at ampage1@gmail.com.

Since it is 67 degrees down the basement, I'm going to find a project down there to beat this record-breaking temperature here in Los Angeles!   Up here it is as hot as Dogmandu!

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 commission 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 NepalDog.com for more examples.

Or write me personally with any questions or comments at ampage1@gmail.com.


Lassie - a Danger D.O.G.?

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Here is a beautiful Collie by Hari Prasad.   A while back I posted a story about Salene Weatherwax, aka Lassie's Sister, and a rescue dog named Elwood that she trained.   That got me thinking about Collies.

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Saachin painted this Collie on my first Danger Dog trip back in 2007.   He has sinced moved to the US, but I have no idea where to find him.   This lovely Beware of Dog sign is typically Nepali.

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Again by Hari Prasad, this version of the Collie is kinder and gentler, with delicate brush strokes.

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Here is the live Deeohgee (D.O.G.) from which the two portraits by Hari Prasad were painted. 

The dogs that hang at Bergamot Station are a lively and lovely lot.   I miss seeing the very well behaved D.O.G.

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 commission 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 NepalDog.com for more examples.


Chuckie the Giant Bergamot Schnauzer

Chucky is the Giant Schnauzer of Bergamot Station.

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There is nothing suggesting a Giant Schnauzer about Chucky in this portrait by Mahesh.   But I take full responsibility here.   My photo truncated him totally.  One of the (few) disadvantages of being 6'1" tall.  Barefoot, which I never am in public, by the way.

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Here is Chuckie by Shiva from the same photo.   The lettering in red is Danger Dog in Tibetan.   This is a rare piece as Shiva's studio (a corrogated roofed shack on New Road in Pokhara) has been replaced by a new building and he has moved (like a typical itinerant Nepali nomadic signbord artist) to who knows where!   Was that redundant?   Anyway, this artist could be a limited edition.

Not many Schnauzer owners have stepped up to the Danger Dog plate.  

Remember, this is a no risk proposition here.   I accept no money up front.   Send me a photo of your pet, tell me what you want it to say, you can give me an idea of what you like from my website and I do the rest.  You will get 3 choices by 3 different endangered Nepali signboard artists.

You get 3 choices, 3 artists get (well-paid) work.   Micro-finance through art patronage.

You will be helping to save an art form.   Where you live, it has already disappeared.   Signboard art is a thing of the past in North America, India, Europe, and this hand-painted art form is also in danger of extinction across Africa.  

These custom portraits of your pet are about 1 foot square, synthetic enamel on metal, can be hung indoors or out.  Often they are painted on recycled metal.

They are perfect gifts.   Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love for the holidays.

I will be back from my 8th Danger Dog trip to Nepal in early December, 2010.   Order soon!  

Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com to answer any questions.   I have a lot of breeds available, so ask.  You can also go the NepalDog.com website to see many more examples of the Danger Dog Fair Trade Art project.  Social entrepreneurship at its best!

 

 Note:  Chucky (Chuckie) could not tell me how he spelled his name.   So I compromised.


The Danger Dogs at TedX

Santa Monica has a new TedX and The Danger Dogs supported this new franchise.  TED stands for Technology Entertainment and Design -- Ideas worth spreading.   TED started in 1984 and features speeches by giants in all fields who have something to say and do so freely.

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TedX Santa Monica started small, with about 100 people attending.   We watched a satellite feed of Melinda Gates discussing the 10th Anniversary of her Millenial Development Goals and their progress, as well as thought-provoking yet hilarious speeches from Hans Rosling and Thailand's Mr. Condom Mechai Viravaidya.  

After a short break we watched Eritrean native Zebiba Shekhia tell of her journey from the 'refugee camps of the forgotten' in Eastern Sudan to the comforts of the US.    After returning back to those camps and asking what she could do to help, everyone gave her the same answer - 'a high school for girls'.   In these refugee camps, there is no school at all, much less one for girls.   But with tenacity and charm, she raised the funds, got the permission and built the girls' high school.    If you would like to help her cause, please go to the Healing Bridges Foundation.  

All in all a good start for TedxSantaMonica.  Thanks to Koz Khosravani and his crew for putting on a great freshman effort at the Sheraton Delfina here in Santa Monica.

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Above is an example of some great Danger Dogs (and a Danger Cat) by Ram Krishna.

More tomorrow.