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March 2011

The Danger Dogs travel to Ventura

Last Saturday, the Danger Dogs joined the Nancy R. Brandt Auxiliary of the Ventura Assistance League for a silent auction.   

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It was very well attended, the Silent Auction was huge, with many, many cool items on offer.   Above is Maddy the white labrador by Nara who went to a good home, along with Chewy the Yorkshire Terrier.

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The art of Sandy Shum, an American photographer who has lived in Asia for the past 20 years, was displayed, and I noticed a few red dots even before the doors were opened.  Sandy's photos are taken with out of date Polaroid film that she then manipulates for spectacular images.   This show included works from many countries.   Her art has a dreamy impressionistic quality.   I first saw her work displayed in Kathmandu and have been a fan ever since. 

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The theme of the lunch was 'Come Travel With Us to Bhutan...  The Last Himalayan Kingdom', and we had the charming Karma Singye Dorji give a presentation on his home country.   He certainly made it sound wonderful, and Bhutan has definitely moved up on my bucket list.

Karma plans tours to Bhutan through his company and would be a great guide.   His contact is: karma@skykingdomadventures.com

He and Sandy have written a book and was busy signing copies both before and after the event.

The Assistance League in Ventura helps the young and underprivileged with schools and programs ranging from Operation School Bell and B.U.F.F.Y. Bear.   Check out the Assistance League website for more information. 

By the way, the event was held at the Historic Pierpont Inn and the lunch was delicious.

The Danger Dogs were happy to assist the Assistance League.  

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I am going back for the 9th Danger Dog trip to Nepal and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

 


Charitable Danger Dogs!

I was lucky to be at the birth of a new opera company in Los Angeles -- The Industry LA.

 

You can find a sample of the hyper opera Crescent City here:  http://www.theindustryla.org/crescentcity.html

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The Danger Dogs were in good company here as the other silent auction items included tickets to RedCat, the Ojai Music Festival and the LA Opera.   One lucky couple even won a home-cooked dinner with the director and composers!

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The first opera to be performed by The Industry, tentatively scheduled for April 2012, is Crescent City.   Wednesday night's audience of 300 was treated to three excerpts by contralto Gwendolyn Brown and tenor John Duykers, who were magnificent as they performed Composer Anne LeBaron's and librettist Douglas Kearney's hyperopera.  

The talented costume designer Swinda Reichelt is how I found out about this exciting new company.   Her flowing costumes are sure to add to the production.

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Thanks to Royal T for their generous donation of the site.  

You can contribute online at www.theindustryla.org.


Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Danger Dogs

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This is Ike -- a Boston Terrier who must have a little bit 'o the Irish in him, like most Bostonians.   This was not a commissioned piece but Sagar the artist must have liked Ike, as he painted this on spec hoping I would buy it!  Good for him.   I did, and left it with no lettering save Sagar's signature in Japanese in the lower left corner.  Available.

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This Irish setter was painted by Amar Shrestha from a black and white photo.   One of Amar's all time best paintings, this beauty is sold.

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This Irish Wolfhound by JK of JK Art includes JK's 'Nobile' number.   Available.   This painting is 18 inches square, extra large like the Wolfhounds themselves.

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Red, a big white Irish Wolfhound, by Sagar.    This is available at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.  Reach the museum at smmoa.org.  

You can come and see the Danger Dogs live tonight at the Venice Art Crawl.   I will be featuring many dogs and cats with green backgrounds.   It starts at 6pm tonight March 17, and you can find out more information at this link:   http://www.meetup.com/Venice-Art-Crawl/events/16627255/#initialized

I am going back for the 9th Danger Dog trip to Nepal and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

 


St Bernard's Day!

The Saint Bernard is a big beautiful dog, and there are a few Danger Dog versions out there.   Every Danger Dog has his day.

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This handsome Saint Bernard has a typical Danger Dog tongue against a background lightly shaded with pink stripes.  This one is available.

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Also by Prem is this dramatic tri-colored St. Bernard, with the charming English mis-spelling.   This portrait has sold.

 

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This is the same dog as above, this time by Manoj.  Available.

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There is a Saint Bernard on the table here, waiting to dry in the studio of Punam.   I believe that Punam should be designing characters for Disney.  The St Bernard is available.

I am going back for the 9th Danger Dog trip and accepting commissions now.   I'll be back in early June, just in time for Father's Day presents.  

To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.


Why I Love Nepal -- Himalayan Wildflowers in Mustang

One of the very best things about Nepal is its variety of flora to enjoy.   Everything from Abelia to Zingiberaceae are represented in this vast and beautiful country.

June is the monsoon time in much of Nepal, but the Mustang district is behind the rain shadow formed by the mighty Annapurna range, leaving one free to explore the rich flora of the region which often appears desolate until one looks closely.

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This fragrant field of lilac salvias thrives under blue skies and the whitecaps of nearby Dhaligiri (27,000' or 8200m).  This shot is taken near the Mustang village of Dhakerjong (12,000') in June, 2010.   The terraced fields are planted in barley.

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Silene moorcroftiana has made its home in the crevases by the side of the road.  This photo was taken along the high road to Lupra from Keg Beni. 

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This arisaema flavum suddenly appeared once we had climbed to 13,000'.   A tiny flower no more than 6 inches in height.

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Stellera chamaejasme is common off the beaten tracks along the Tibetan borderlands.   A fragrant perennial, it is always a welcome sight.  

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These pretty pink androsace globifera are common off road near Keg Beni.   Some members of this family have leaves very like primulas.

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Deep blue delphiniums mix with white Heracleum Lallii and purple campanula latifolia in cultivated meadows near Chhokor village.  

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Onopordum acanthium (aka Scotch Thistle) is tasty to this orange and black beetle.    This photo was taken in the meadows not far from the holy temple of Muktinath.

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An unidentified furry yellow plant above the caves near Jharkot is also covered with the same orange and black beetles.

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Impatiens sulcata found around the edges of the cultivated meadows of Jharkot in Mustang.

These photos were all taken in late June and early July.   Altitude ranged from 12,000 to 15,000 feet (3600 to 4500m).