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.
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 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.