This is the first final of the lovely and composed Joie, who I will assume is a Black Labrador. She does look a lot like a Nepali dog in ths portrait by Indra Lama. She reminds me of the love child of Jackie and Batuli, two spectacular Nepali Shikari Kukor friends of mine with her luxuriant coat and calm expression.
Indra has added the Nepali writing to his art and the final three Pumpkins are ready! Above is Pumpkin the Dachshund Terrier mix by Indra Lama, Megh Raj Thapa and Jit Gurung(clockwise from top left). I have left the chalk marks used to evenly letter the artwork deliberately, in case someone wants to see the process. Pumpkin's owner has a very difficult choice ahead!
Choosing from three portraits will be hard for many of these Danger Dog (and Cat!) afficionados, but the whole project is designed to give more work to these struggling artists. Like everywhere in the world, modernity reigns, and in Nepal this means that the old charming hand-painted signs are being replaced by computer-generated images.
I hope you would agree that this would be a shame.
Time is running out to order your very own pet memorialized on metal. I am only accepting orders until June 3, as the bandhas (general strikes) are making it more difficult to travel through town.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order. Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front. You will receive a choice of 3 portraits by Nepali signboard artists. You can see more examples and learn how to order at www.NepalDog.com.