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Live from Kathmandu: It's Saturday

Saturday is the one day a week that the Nepali's take off.   Sunday is a work day. 

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These photos were taken in Jawelekhel, not far from the Central Zoo.   The little girls were in their Saturday best.

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This little girl is going to be a heart breaker!

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Little girls all over the world like pink!

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And this proves it!

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Pretty in Pink.  

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I have been busy as well trying to pick up some signs from my artists.   Here Baba is busy painting the schoolbus.   I really like the humor in his baby with a paint brush that he uses to advertise his shop.

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Good news for Ram Krishna.   He is getting married in two weeks.   He assures me that he will get right to work after the blessed day.   We shall see.   He is 25 years old, and his marriage was arranged by his parents, as is usual in Nepal.   The system seems to work in many cases and I wish him a long and happy marriage.

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Sufraj was off doing other work when I dropped by.   I could photograph this work in progress of Scamper, the Norwich Terrier, through the window of his shop.   It is nearly half finished and is looking good.  I'll be by to see more of Sufraj' progress later today.

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: Art and textiles

Last night was the opening of an exhibit featuring the collection of Barbara Adams, a woman who first traveled to Nepal 50 years ago  -- and stayed.

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This is a detail of a textile from China.   The man's expressive face is no larger than a quarter(or a 2 Rupee coin), but the degree of emotion that the artist was able to convey with the tightly woven threads is amazing.  

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Set on a larger panel, the faces were embroidered separately and added later to the piece.

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The faces of the ladies did not fare so well.

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Barbara Adams, 80, the striking white-haired lady above in a kelly green dress with a white purse, first came to Nepal in 1961 to report on the visit of Queen Elizabeth II.   She got there late to see the Queen, but met and fell in love with the younger brother of then-king Mahendra, Prince Bhashundara.   She collected textiles from every country she visited in Asia since and a small part of her collection is offered here at the Siddartha Gallery at Babar Mahal Revisted in Kathmandu. 

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The exhibit featured hats, as well as other decorative, devotional and practical items.  

The thing that most impressed me was the news that Barbara is starting a program to keep young Nepalis from 'going out' - a euphemism for leaving the country to work and sending home remittance money.   All of the textiles featured are for sale and the proceeds will be donated to her new project that will pay young Nepalis room, board and a small stipend to 'go out' instead into the hills to help their fellow Nepalis.   At the end of the year, a substantial payment of $150,000 NRupees will be given all at once to give the worker a large downpayment to finance their dream.  You can read Barbara's recent editorial in the Kathmandu Post about the project here.  

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Sangeeta Thapa, director of the Siddhartha Gallery, opens the exhibit with a short speech explaining the exhibit and introducing us to the artists.   Ilsa Brittain's fine paintings entitled "Female Substantive" dominated the ground floor of the gallery with her figurative/abstract oils.   You will have to forgive me, I was having so much fun at this opening, talking with friends that I forgot to take some photos of her work.   You will have to visit the Siddhartha Gallery website to enjoy samples of her art.

 

Back to the Danger Dogs and their inspiration:  

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JK has a nice home and a nice Beware of Dog sign.

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This is definitely the 'Dog of the Day'.   they seem to have had a bit of trouble with the lettering.   Beware of Food?   Did they misspell dog as god?  

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Here is a more in focus shot of Pumpkin, by Megh Raj. 

Gotta go!  Today is Saturday and I have parties and events to attend.

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 Kathmandu: Works in progress!

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Here is the impish Ernie as a work in progress.   Onup (Megh Raj's son) and Megh Raj hold up the work in progress.

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I apologize for the blurry photo, but this is a work in progress of Pumpkin, a very cute dachshund/terrier mix.   The writing for this cutie will say 'Be Aware of Pumpkin!'   Also by Megh Raj Thapa.

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These two beloved cats (sorry, the studio was dark - hence the blur) are Demian and Mazy.    Megh Raj will fix the drips, of course.    But these look great in person.   Megh Raj always does at least 3 passes on each portrait for details.

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This is Lola, a Coton de Tulear, as Megh Raj's work in progress.   This one should be good.   Lola was photographed in a friend's car, and Megh Raj is certainly changing that!

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Here is a very early piece.   But in focus at least!  

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On another note, here is a beauty shop sign that has seen better days.    She reminds me of a friend's ex-wife.

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This handsome fellow was around a corner and hidden from view.   This is a classic Danger Dog sign from Nepal with it's tongue and teeth.

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This is a heart-breaking sight that is all too familiar in Kathmandu.   This charming old Rana Palace has been left to moulder and is now half destroyed.  

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Here is the detail of the old wallpaper and fine woodworking on the ceiling of the ex-grand palace.  

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On a more cheerful note, spring is here in Kathmandu, and this lovely lily is all over town.   This flower is not fragrant, but that is its only flaw.   I have no idea what flower this is, I will look it up when I get back to the states, but if anyone knows, I'd appreciate knowing sooner.

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If you would like your dog immortalized on metal by a struggling Nepali signboard artist, now is the time.  

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!

 

 

 

 

 


Days and Nights in Kathmandu!

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I found this handsome Beware of Dog sign in front of a dramatic gate while walking.  It was a day of dramatic signs.

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Lots of bells and whistles here!  I'm glad they supplemented the boring Kathmandu Kennel Club sign with this bright beauty.

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When I saw this gate from afar, I just knew there would be some sort of beware of the dog sign!

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This hand-painted beauty shop sign would make me stop and shop! 

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Here are a couple of Nepali metal fabricators unloading from the truck.   They fabricate oven vents, mail boxes, anything you need out of metal.   Anyone want their pet painted on a little mailbox/piggy bank?   I put this one in here to show how attractive Nepali men are.

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This is our old friend Bison, who, along with his sister, Tyson, rule our top road.   It is always good to see old friends when I return to Boudha.  

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We celebrated the Cricket World Cup finals by watching in one of our favorite Tandoori restaurants here in Boudha.   India won for the first time in 28 years, besting the favorite Sri Lanka.   There were lots of cheers that evening.  

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The Tridevi Fast Food Restaurant includes such delicious treats as Paneer Tika, Paneer Butter Masala, Saag Paneer and a mix of garlic naan and tandoori roti (clockwise from lower left).   All mouth-wateringly good and all priced at about 80NR each ($1.15 USD).

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Kathmandu would not be Kathmandu without dancing to Desmond  (in center, in blue) and his ever-changing group of musicians.   Monday nights at the Upstairs Jazz are always a treat.   Load-shedding (mandatory electricity cuts of 16 hours daily) make electric guitars and amps a problem here.   But musicians play on.   And I dance along to the music.

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Spring has sprung here in Boudha, and the prayer flags are flying.  

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Again, here's a shot of the fabulous Boudhanath Stupa, looking as beautiful as always, glowing in the sun.   I tried to capture the playful wind tickling the Stupa's eyebrows, but alas, my camera is not fast enough.   I may spring for a better camera next time!

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If you would like your dog immortalized on metal by a struggling Nepali signboard artist, now is the time.  

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 Kathmandu´╝Ü Sabala found!

My artists change studios on occasion, and my most popular artist, Baba (aka Sabala) was lost for a while!

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Baba poses with a Danger Dog signboard that some lucky Nepali will hang on their gate.   But Baba's Danger Dog influence is evident in many ways.

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Here he painted Bodie's portrait for a veteranarian's clinic right across from his new studio.  

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Here is the other side of that same sign.   Here Baba used Gabby on a hike for his model.   Good for Bodie and Gabby for inspiring more Danger Dog signboard art in Kathmandu.

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Here is the full sign showing what animals the vet will treat.

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While walking through town, we spotted this pampered pup watching the kids play.  

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Lots of Beware of Dog signs on gates abound, if you know where to look!   This lovely example is located not far from the former Royal Palace - now the National Museum.

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!