More examples of artists and their work from the Danger Dog Project.
Saachin painted this portrait of a Nepali dog that befriended us one day as we set off to hike to Lupra, a Bon-po village not far from Keg Beni in Mustang. This dog, who we named Kukor (the Nepali word for dog), followed us for 4 hours, chewing on goatskins he found alongside the road and fording rivers and streams much more gracefully than we could. We had to take off our shoes to ford and he simply waited for the perfect spot to jump across. Kukor was a magnificent dog. When I got back to California, I came across a photo of him online where he had befriended and travelled with a group for 6 days in the Annapurna Base Camp. Apparently Kukor had walked over 60 kilometers in 3 days to get to where this group had met him. Here is his portrait by Saachin.
Khanchan has also run into difficulties recently as he has lost his studio space and relocated to a smaller space. Real Estate is the same everywhere, and Lakeside real estate in Pokhara is at a premium. Khanchan is working on a typical signboard.
All artworks featured on today's blog are currently available.
This is the second month in a row that the Danger Dogs have been invited to join the Venice Art Crawl. Held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, this 6-month old Crawl is successfully working out its growing pains. I was lucky to be outside the Hama Sushi on Windward on the traffic circle where the Dogs drew attention both from restaurant goers and Art Crawl patrons (many with dogs).
Thanks to Elaine Koenig for this nice shot of me outside Hama Sushi.
More artists soon. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can always catch the NepalDog Channel on YouTube. You might like the Nepali Folk Music too.
Danger Dogs from Nepal is a Fair Trade art project which promotes the dying art of signboards in Nepal.
Danger Dogs are handpainted signs painted on (often recycled) metal in Nepal. Each piece is approximately one foot square (though some artists insist on different sizes) using synthetic enamel. They can be hung indoors or out.
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, three people get work, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!
I am now accepting custom orders for the next Danger Dog trip to Nepal sometime in spring 2011. You tell me what you would like it to say!
Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. All artists get paid in any case. You pay only if you like one (or more) of the portraits of your pet.
Please contact me if you need a special present, as after making over 1700 of these art pieces I have just about every breed imaginable. Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests or questions.
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Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love - and support art from the Himalayas -- Dogmandu.
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