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Final Danger Dogs from Kathmandu

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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.

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Here is Joie as a work in progress by Megh Raj Thapa.  

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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!

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Lola, a very cute Coton de Tulear, is painted by Megh Raj, Indra and Sufraj Khadka (clockwise from top left).   Which would you choose?

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Thought everyone might enjoy ths cute puppy that I saw around the Boudha stupa this morning.

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Here is the aforementioned Nepali Shikari Kukur who might have sired the lovely Joie at the top of this post.   Jackie lounges with Danger Dogs Topper (by Dilip Niroj) and Lola (by Megh Raj Thapa).

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Jackie's paramour Batuli is a beauty with her sleek black coat and curling black furry tail.   Shikari Kukor means 'hunting dog' in Nepali.   There are no squirrels or cats in these dogs' garden!

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 ampage1@gmail.com 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.

 

 

 


More finals and works in progress by the Danger Dog artists

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Sufraj Khadka painted this lovely tribute to Duke the Danger Dog.   Duke the white labrador does not look dangerous to me!

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Charley the Elkhound by Sanjib Rana is still waiting for the lettering - which will read Zen Dog.

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Typhoon, a lovely show collie from the 1970's, is portrayed here by Megh Raj Thapa, Baba and Sanjib Rana (clockwise from top left).   Sanjib's painting is still awaiting lettering.   The artists had a particularly difficult time with this one due to the vintage photo being in black and white.

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Here we have a work in progress of George the Briard and Joie, a lovely Black Labrador Retriever, by Megh Raj Thapa.

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Scamper, a Cairn Terrier, by Megh Raj as a work in progress.   Scamper is 4 months old in this photo.

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Again by MeghRaj, we have Joie the Black Lab and Abbey the Newfoundland as works in progress.

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When I came to pick up Sanjib Rana's art, he was in the midst of painting these canvases for a private client to whom I introduced Sanjib.   Sanjib is painting copies of classic art works.  

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I photographed a couple of favorites, but do not recognize any of the works.  If anyone recognizes any of these paintings, I'd love to know.

Sanjib will do 50 paintings in this series and he really enjoys learning about the different styles of art.   He gets to work outside at the Carter Center, set in an old Rana Palace in central Kathmandu.   The grounds are lovely and it is a pleasant place to paint.

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 ampage1@gmail.com 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.

 

 

 


The Dogs of Mustang

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This little Lhasa Apso is named Tashi and lives in the town of Eklaibhatti in Mustang.   With his hair pulled back to counter the raging Kali Gandaki winds, he can see across the plains.

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This dog can often be seen playing in the Kali Gandaki River.  

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This little shaggy dog rests outside his home.

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Tiger relaxes under his master's shaligram display in Old Jomsom.   Tiger is an almost all black dog with a little white on his belly, hence his moniker Tiger.   I had met Tiger on an earlier trip and he immediately came up and wanted his ears scratched!

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This handsome red dog from Jomsom reminds me of Jackie, a friend's dog.   I believe that this dog is a Nepali Shikari Khukur.   They are known for their pointed wolf-like noses, thin elegant waists and powerful thighs.    He was guardedly friendly.   Like most dogs, this one does not like cameras, fearing that dreaded flash.

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Also in Jomsom, this young dog rests in the shade.

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You can have a portrait of your pet painted in Nepal by 3 signboard artists.  Megh Raj Thapa puts the finishing touches on Charley, an Elkhound.   Three artists get work and you get a choice of three paintings of your pet.  

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, 2011, as the bandhas (general strikes) are making it more difficult to travel through town.

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com 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.

 

But hurry!

I will be returning to Nepal in October, 2011, to continue the project.  You are welcome to become a part of the Danger Dog Project.   Micro-finanace through art patronage!


My Kathmandu Kitchen!

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My hotel room (and balcony) at the Dragon Guest House here in Boudha is getting full of cats and birds as well as the traditional Danger Dogs.   Here we have Puck the Golden Conyer being carefully watched by Fisher the Cat.   Portraits of Puck are by Sufraj Khadka, Shree Lamichhaine, and Baba.   Fisher's portraits are by Indra Lama, Jit Gurung and Baba (from left to right).

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The floors and shelves are filled to the brim with my new artworks.

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Zach the Collie guards my luggage and the case is covered by a wedding portrait along with the guard dog Dwight.

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Every night I shift the artworks and enjoy a new wall of Danger Dogs.  

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This photo of Krishna Ojna's wall in his studio is my inspiration.   These portraits of Collette, the black standard poodle, Cash the French Bulldog, Elliot the Gordon Setter and Bijoux the Retreiver are from a previous trip.

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This big puppy greets us with a wag of his tail daily.   He is a big lug and walks with loose joints as he waggles down the road.

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 1, as the bandhas (general strikes) are making it more difficult to travel through town.

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com 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.

 

But hurry!

 


More final Danger Dogs!

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Charley the Elkhound and her final three.   Clockwise from top left, the artists are Megh Raj, Dilip and Baba.  

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Spicy the Cocker Spaniel Chow mix in a monolithic mood by Indra.   The photo has a prominent tongue but I asked for the portrait from Indra without!

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Yuki the Shiba Ina (by Shree) decorates the kitchen in my hotel room!  

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The Boudha Stupa as seen from my friend's veranda.   They just got a new green skirt on the stupa that is fluttering in the wind, showing the red underskirt!

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 1, as the bandhas (general strikes) are making it more difficult to travel through town.

Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com 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.

 

But hurry!