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February 2011

Why I Love Nepal - Kathmandu School Murals

Kathmandu's schoolyard walls are often painted with murals depicting science, chemistry and Mickey Mouse.   Or simply happy platitudes and scenes of children frolicing or playing sports.   This series was inspired by Environment Day 2010.

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The following murals are all from one street in Kathmandu, not far from Baneshwor.   All painted by students from the various schools.   Pennwood School's mural is above.

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The detail in Buddha's Belly show the deep respect for nature with birds and elephants hemmed in by spewing smokestacks and a befouled stream.    Are those people in pews (unlikely) or grains of wheat on the lower right?

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You are only going to see a portion, as there are about 50 separate murals on the street with a fabulous mix of environmental themes.  

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This one taught me a new word.   Afforestation.   I'm guessing that this series is meant to be educational and it worked!   Thanks, Desh Tilak High School.  

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The Ideal Model School has a variation on the same theme.   International relations are highlighted with the flags of Canada, Switzerland, Nepal and Uruguay!   The choice of Uruguay intrigues me, to say the least.   Themes of dark and light, the dove of peace and angels are all included.

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Styles and ability vary greatly down the street.   This Dali-esque portrait of a fragile egg catches the waning sunlight.  

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A budding cartoonist and satirist.    The Earth is Geography - Do Not Make it History.   Brilliant!

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I like the idea here that the earth and all its continents are joined by a big umbilical cord.   The broken glass bottles that crown the wall are a nice touch, as are the dusty plants that struggle to cover the mural.    Please notice how beautifully the women dress in Nepal.  

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Most of Asia and South Asia and their animals are here in this mural.   The penquins and pandas, octopus and sharks are not native.   What is the panda doing in Australia?   The scale of this painting reminds me of the famous New Yorker covers by Saul Steinberg looking west to the left coast.   Except the perspective is not clear.   Maybe the orb is part of a crystal ball and it is a psychic gypsy woman's hands that hover as she reads the future.   You think they meant to spell their signature Banksy instead of BNKS A?

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Two Nepali school children quickly pass by this menagerie of animals who are looking off into the black skies and deforested mountains.  

That's it for today.   Stay tuned for more folk art from Nepali artists.  

I am leaving shortly for the 9th Danger Dog trip to Nepal.   If you would like to order, please send in a photo of your pet and I will give it to 3 struggling artists, paying all 3 fair trade wages, giving you a choice of 3 custom paintings and 3 people work.   I do not accept money unless you like one of the three and all artists are paid in any case.

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Your metal sign will be painted with synthetic enamel and you can have it say anything you'd like.   Above are the 3 portraits of Jack Frost by Hari Prasad, Amar Shrestha and Sabala. 

Catch the NepalDog Channel on YouTube to see more like Jack Frost.    You might like the Nepali Folk Music too.

More about the Nepal Art Dog Project:

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 ampage1@gmail.com with any requests or questions. 

Micro-finance through art patronage.  

Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love - and support art from the Himalayas -- Dogmandu.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.

 

 

 


Hot Oscar Dogs and the Acatemy Awards!

Well, I don't have any famous Danger Dogs yet, but I do have dogs named Oscar!   Oscar the Danger Dog is even tall, gold and handsome.

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Oscar by Govinda is a lovely Dog and deserving of many accolades.  Govinda cuts out his lettering with reflective tape, so the letters are white, until they have light flashed upon them.    This watery background is typical of Govinda's work.

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Oscar -- as painted by (Penter) Amar Shrestha of Pashupati Art -- has a wicked grin and his favorite toy at his feet.

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Here's the real Oscar on his (partly) red carpet.

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And the winner was...    Oscar by Sabala!    The top two in this blog are still available.

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Here is a lovely bulldog named Oscar that entertained everyone he met at a Much Love Woof and Wine event.   A Danger Dog was available at their silent auction, helping dogs get a loving home. 

By the way, Much Love Animal Rescue is having their Acatemy Awards at the Hotel Palomar in West Hollywood tomorrow, Saturday February 26, starting at 11am.   Details here.   There will be 200 cats available for rescue - all wearing their fabulous fur coats, a red carpet, celebrity cat lovers, prizes and more.   Should be fun.   There are similar events being held in New Jersey and New York, so check it out and adopt your own furry lead actor.

Stay tuned for more about Folk Art from the Himalayas.   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 ampage1@gmail.com with any requests or questions. 

Micro-finance through art patronage.  

Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love - and support art from the Himalayas -- Dogmandu.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.

 

 


Folk Art Obamas for President's Day

In November, 2008, I was in Nepal when Barack Obama was elected.   I decided to give President Obama to 10 of my more representative artists.  

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There were 28 made in a limited edition and the Santa Monica Museum of Art asked for an exclusive.

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There are only 4 left on metal, including this Enlightened President painted by Sufraj Khadka.   Sufraj tended to 'lighten' our fearless leader, and I had to ask him to darken his skin.  Maybe he meant to write 'Light President'!

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You can contact the museum at www.smmoa.org if you would like to buy one of the few remaining Folk Art Obamas.

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This portrait by Sagar is a preview of an older Obama.   Sagar also made our president look a bit like himself!  This one is still available at the museum.

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Dilip enjoyed his work.   This one is sold.

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Of course, I did not forget the dog!   This portrait of Bo Obama, the Obama family's faithful Portugese Water Dog, is by Sabala.  

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This portrait of Sabala and his son, Sonu, was the first that I saw of the series.   That was when I knew we were onto something!

See more of the Folk Art Obama series here!

Happy President's Day to you all.

 

Stay tuned for more about Folk Art from the Himalayas.   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 ampage1@gmail.com with any requests or questions. 

Micro-finance through art patronage.  

Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love - and support art from the Himalayas -- Dogmandu.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.

 

 


Stranger Danger Dogs from Nepal

Some of the Nepali signboard artists are VERY naive in their portraits.   Here are some of the 'stranger Danger Dogs' I have encountered.  

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Ramesh of Om Art offers his strange version of Bruce Weber's lovely Black Lab drenched in bling.   But in Ramesh' hand, the bling looks like slobber.   Nevertheless, I like it!  

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Another strange one by Ramesh is this wall-eyed portrait of Daddy, a handsome Catahula Leopard dog.  

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NK Art in the town of Beni contributes this Stranger Danger Dog.   This perfectly normal French Bulldog becomes a Pig Dog.   Strangely enough, the other 6 portraits painted by NK were perfectly normal.

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From Nabin, we have what I would call a 'Cat/Dog'.   This one was one that Nabin painted for me on spec, and I could not help but buy it.   Nabin tends to stylize his exclamation points and here it looks more like a question mark.   For obvious reasons.

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Saachin brings us his version of an Italian mastiff with the eyes an 'x' like in the old cartoons for a clobbered or dead dog.   Stranger Danger Dog indeed.

All paintings featured today are available at this time.

Stay tuned for more about Folk Art from the Himalayas.   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 ampage1@gmail.com with any requests or questions. 

Micro-finance through art patronage.  

Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love - and support art from the Himalayas -- Dogmandu.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.

 

 


Super Bull Dogs from Nepal

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, I hope your favorite team won, or at least didn't disappoint but these dogs are all winners.

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Brocco is an English Bull Dog here painted by Megh Raj Thapa of Kathmandu.

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Brocco in person surrounded by his portraits.   He chose the Danger Dog to his immediate left (our right) by Sabala.   The other two are available at this time.

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Laverne is painted in the grass by Birju's studio.   Laverne's bulldog underbite is by Sagar.

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Also by Sagar, this portrait of a bull dog certainly would keep me off the property!

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This portrait of Mick Jagger the English Bulldog is by Sabala of Surya Studios in Kathmandu.   My New York readers can see him in person by stopping by the OK Harris Cigar Store in Soho.

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Cash is a French Bull Dog, here hiding in the grass, as painted by Nepal Arts in Kathmandu.

 

All paintings featured today are available at this time.  Check out the NepalDog.com website's BullDog page for current availability and pricing.

Stay tuned for more about Folk Art from the Himalayas.   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 ampage1@gmail.com with any requests or questions. 

Micro-finance through art patronage.  

Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love - and support art from the Himalayas -- Dogmandu.

 Visit the NepalDog.com website.