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April 2011

Shree goes to Korea

Shree Lamachhaine's family tells me that he has suceeded in 'going out' to Korea.   He has had this on his mind for at least 3 years.

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Shree will be leaving his wife and children for a 3-year contract to South Korea.   His first 6 months' salary will be paid to the Manpower agency that got him the job.   This is in addition to the money already spent on travel back and forth from Kathmandu (200 kilometers away) and Korean language lessons, etc.

Shree is investing in the future.   While almost every Nepali who 'goes out' to another country would prefer to stay at home with their families, the money is a siren song.   Shree's 14-year-old son will become the man of the house, and hopefully the extra money earned in Korea will pay for the children's college education.

Shree's family pose in Shree's shop with Yuki the Shiba Inu, painted by Shree Lamachhaine.

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Shree tells me that he is excited to be going to South Korea, that he intends to learn from the Koreans.   He especially wants to learn their hard-working skills.   Unfortunately, he will be working there in the agricultural sector - meaning field work.   He said that he is taking his paints and will paint scenes in his free time, hoping to sell them and make some spare money.  

I gave Shree three last orders for him to complete while he readies himself for the 3 years away from his family.   I will miss Shree and his art.

He intends to build a small house on some land that he owns near here, a one-bedroom with a sitting room, a kitchen and bathroom.   And, of course, he will use the money to send his two children to a good school.

Learning Korean has helped his English as well.

Here's hoping for the best for Shree!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states 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.

Hello from Dogmandu!

 

 

 

 


Why I Love Nepal: Pokhara

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We woke to the sight of the Annapurna Mountain Range right out our window.   Pokhara has been lovely this time of year, raining gently in the afternoon and clear in the mornings and evenings.

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Again taken from right outside our door, we have Dauligiri on the left, Machupuchhre (aka Fishtail Mountain) in the center, and more of the Annapurna's on the right.  What a wake up call!

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Here is a sneaky self portrait.   If I was to get a massage here, I would likely choose this shop just for their Art Brut signboard.

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Pema and his Spitz await customers at Pema's Tibetan Kitchen.   Spitz's are very common here in Pokhara.   There are three just in the field outside our window.

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There is currently an Eastern European group that is practicing yoga on the rooftop of the Green Tara.   They are very fit and the instructions are in English.  I wish I liked yoga, or I would join them.  

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I was able to drop off some photos with Jit Gurung of Munal Arts.

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Jit and his wife enjoy a romantic moment in the foothills of Nepal.   This is an almost life-sized photo printed on vinyl flex.   By the way, I noticed that Jit is left-handed.

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Jit designed this quite arresting anti-smoking sign.   Often when I come in, Jit will be sketching.

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The first finals are in.   Lola the Coton de Tulear, Scamper the Norwich Terrier and Dwight the Dog, all by Sufraj Khadka.  (left to right).

 

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states 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.

Hello from Dogmandu!

 

 

 

 


Why I Love Nepal: Native Danger Dog signs from Pokhara!

While most people go to Pokhara for its lovely lakeside and mountain views, the laidback atmosphere and the nightlife, Pokhara has always inspired me with its large number of vernacular Danger Dog signboards.   The people of this town seem to love their dogs.   Most of them are well-groomed and friendly.

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This handsome dog named Rambo guards the old stone fence of a traditional Nepali house.   You can see the difference between the old houses and the new ones that are springing up all over town.   There is a lot of new construction all over Nepal.

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This boy has named his new puppy Sweetie.   That is a lucky puppy.

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This is Shree's 14-year-old son, who is holding the store while his father is in Kathmandu (200 km away) and his mom is up in the village.  But it is good to see that Shree has a good stock of Beware of Dog signs, inspired by former Danger Dog customers.   Yuki the Shibu Ino is at top left, followed by Layla the Black Lab and Ernie the Schnoodle at bottom.  These dogs are obviously an inspiration to Shree!

Shree is in Kathmandu again trying to 'go out' to Korea, leaving his family for a 3-year contract while earning better money than he ever could in Nepal.   He has had to learn Korean, and is undergoing extensive testing in order to qualify.   Shree has tried in the past and did not make the cut.   I am of mixed feelings about this, as I hate to see a man have to leave his young family, but I wish him well in any case.

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I'm not sure who inspired this, but it looks like a Lhasa Apso to me!

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We found many nice new Beware of Dog signs here in a long walk after an amazing afternoon deluge.

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This sign is unusual in that it says:   Be Aware of Dog "Thank You", the Thank You being in quotes at the bottom.

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This one has a nice figure, though the artist needed to take more time in prep!

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I believe that this smart looking Beware of Dog sign is painted by Jit Gurung, one of my artists here in Pokhara.  His style is distinct and often reminds me of R. Crumb, though not in this example.  Nice eyebrow!

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As you can see, most Nepali Beware of Dog signs feature German Shepherds, which is why I get so excited when I find that Shree is disseminating Shiba Inu and Schnoodle portraits!   The teeth and tongue are typical of many native Danger Dog signs.

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Here is another fine example.   Being an extra large sign (15 inches across), with that dramatic image, this one really catches the eye.

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states 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.

Hello from Dogmandu!

 


Live from Nepal: Works in Progress!

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Baba (aka Sabala) was a little late starting, but he finishes with a bang!   Here we have his soulful portraits of Barney the Labrador and the happy Spicy.   These photos are so dark because Kathmandu only has electricity for 8 hours maximum per day.   This was not one of those times!  

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Typhoon, an award-winning Collie, as painted by Baba from a black and white photo.  

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These are true 'works in progress' of Demian and Mazy the cats, and Louie and Marley the dogs.   I had no idea that Baba worked with the lettering already in place.   I've seen him paint in person once -- he works with at least 3 layers of paint, slowly filling in the details. 

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Above is Baba with his neighbor and Spicy the dog.   This little girl was so friendly  -- and stylish!

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Like a matador, she played with her scarf, wrapping and unwrapping it.   By the way, that is Sombra, a German Shepherd as a work in progress at the right.

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She flashes her cape and watches for the effect.  

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Finally, she ties the scarf daintily around her head.  

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Sufraj Khadka puts the finishing touches on Scamper, a Norwich Terrier as Lola the Coton de Tulear looks on.   Again he is working in the dark, an all too common occurance here.

Now is not too late to order!  

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states 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.

 

Hello from Dogmandu!

 

 


Live from Kathmandu: Brick by Brick

Flash Mob:   Apparently there has been a trend in Europe -- the Flash Mob,  which uses social media such as FaceBook and Twitter to notify large groups where and when to meet.   There it has been around so long as to be banned in many places.     That trend has arrived in Kathmandu.   Many of the Nepalis who attended this art installation were notified by Flash Mob and it works!   There was a huge turnout.

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We went to see a one-day installation called 'Brick by Brick', chronicling through art, music, theater and performance the environmental degradation and social devastation caused by the brick factories that dot the Kathmandu Valley.

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The marvelously and lovingly produced exhibit 'Brick by Brick' dazzled on many levels.   And because of the Flash Mob phenomena Jawalakhel was mobbed with Nepalis enjoying the art, music, snacks, and theatrical performances on a cloudy Saturday afternoon.

Many, many art and music lovers came out to see Achinto's fabulous photography and were stirred by his message.   If you can, expand Achinto's artist statement above to get an idea of the project in his own words.

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A handsome, soft-spoken man, Achinto Bhadra (above) has an easy manner that obviously won over his subjects.   At first, every one of the workers at the kiln refused to allow their photos to be taken.    With his huge 8' by 20' gorgeous canvas backdrop that had to be assembled each morning and dismantled each evening, he perservered.   Day after day, the kiln workers refused.

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Finally, slowly, one-at-a-time, the kiln laborers agreed.   Putting on their finery, spending precious water to groom their hair, they allowed Acinto to capture their portraits in front of his luminescent scrim.   

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That scrim is the perfect backdrop to Achinto's bold compositions.   The affection and trust between subject and artist is evident.  When Achinto showed the digital prints to the kiln workers, there was a universal sigh of "Beautiful".

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Achinto also featured a series of black and white photos that accentuate the dreariness of the kilns.  Their dusty bleakness offer a stark counter-point to the vibrant color portraits of the workers themselves.   For a full slideshow of all the portraits featured in 'Brick by Brick' link here:   http://www.brickclean.net/test/gallery/index.html

Acinto's work dealing with the plight of sex workers and modern-day slavery has been shown at Harvard University recently.

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You can read a bit about the extent of the problem here.  The official website and information on how to help or contribute are at www.brickclean.net.

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Many, many volunteers of all ages helped with the show.   These girls in their green volunteer tees are typical of the wide support that this project has received.   Long live flash mob!

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The local Nepali music attracted a crowd. 

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Later that evening, Karl Knapp, the French-American artist that has been such a boon to the Kathmandu performance arts, was featured.   Wish I had been able to see it.   Karl never disappoints.   And I wish you had been there too.   Another reason to visit my beloved Nepal:   fine art!

Please think of supporting the signboard artists of Nepal as well.

I am back in Nepal for the 9th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states 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.

 

Hello from Dogmandu!