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May 2011

Dark Clouds over Kathmandu

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Kathmandu is weathering stormy weather of all kinds today.  It is the date the Constituent Assembly is due to have finalized the Constitution, giving Nepal a (much-needed) government.   After extensions of 3 years, they are dithering and bickering and the country is left to flounder.

This trip seems harder, because of this bandh business, with the roads being impassible with little notice.   Every evening one hears rumors that there is another one tomorrow, making plans impossible.   Hopefully. for Nepal's sake they will get their constitution and get on with governing and giving the people water and electricity and roads.   Nepal is a failed state.   That really hurts to write.

 


Which would you choose?

Now comes the hard part...   How do you choose which of the three best represents your pet?

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Matilda and Cabbage are two cute pit bulls as they lounge on my bed.   I can't imagine which of them I would choose.   Please note that their snappy scarves have been duly noted by all three artists, though Cabbage (the redheaded one) has had hers turned blue in two cases.  The artists (from left) are Jit Gurung, Dilip Niroj and Baba.

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George the Briard (a French Sheepdog) still has one more portrait to come.  Here are his portraits by Baba and Indra Lama.  Indra seems to have misunderstood when I told him to add Nepali to his signboard!   Hence he wrote Dharma Kukur (Religious Dog) in western lettering!   Hope George doesn't mind.   It does make it easier to read, but is not as pretty as the Nepali script!   By the way, the Nepali letteriong on Baba's sign translates to "Dog here be aware'.   In Nepal, one puts the verb at the end of the phrase.

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Tito's final three consist of portraits by Megh Raj Thapa, Baba and Indra Lama (clockwise from top left).   He looks ike he is saying Namaste.  By the way, that is a common trick taught to Nepali dogs -  to sit up and pump their front paws up and down.   This is sure to amuse.   And get a treat in return.   Indra's painting of Tito is a direct translation of Danger Dog, again mistakenly in English script!  At least we can learn Nepali from this!

 

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Puck the Golden Conure got the artists thinking of the perfect venue for this pretty parrot!   Each gave Puck a different color background.   Another hard choice!   I would love to find out someday how a parrot from Brazil got the name Queen of Bavaria!   And what if Puck is a boy - wouldn't that make him a King?

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Sombra is a beautiful German Shepherd, here portrayed by Indra, Dilip and Shree (clockwise from top left).   I do know why this breed is alternatively called an Alsatian.   Does this make Sombra the Queen of Alsatia?

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We can't forget the cats!   Demian and Maizie are Beloved Cats.  I hope they love their portraits by Sanjib Rana, Baba and Megh Raj (clockwise from top).   These black beauties could not be more different.  

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Fisher the Cool Cat!  By Jit Gurung, Baba and Indra (clockwise from top left).   Ramro Biralo means 'beautiful cat' in the Nepali language.

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Tony the Cat still has one more portrait to come.   Baba has placed Tony high in the Himalayas and framed him nicely with a dramatic black and orange edging.  Megh Raj's version is a more traditional painting of a ginger cat but very nice as well.

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Barney the white Labrador Retriever had so many nice photos, that I gave 3 different ones to the 3 artists.   The top portrait (by Sanjib) is still awaiting lettering.   Taken at a wedding, Barney gets a nice pet from the bride and give a wide smile in return.   The portrait by Baba (lower right) shows his big smile.   Megh Raj finished the trilogy.   This was painted from a black and white photo of Barney and I provided Megh Raj with another photo to use as a color reference.   This last one is like a photo of Barney on metal and shows his bright smile and sweet disposition.   I've met Barney, I know!

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Lastly today, we have the lovely Zach, a Collie.   By Megh Raj, Baba and Sanjib Rana (clockwise from top left).   I don't believe that any of them have ever seen this unusual (in Nepal) breed.   Zach has what is known as Tulip Ears, which downturn charmingly, and they tried to get it right!

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!

 

 


Babaji, Dilip and new Danger Dogs!

Baba is back to his best form.

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Sorry for the dark and blurry photos, but they are taken in dark rooms!  Here Baba proves his mettle with his portrait of Duke, a white labrador retriever.

You will recall that he calls himself 'the Elephant of Artists -- all others are horses.'   Well, he has proved himself to be right!

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Here is Puck the Golden Conyer with Tony the Ginger Cat closely watching.   Typhoon the tulip-eared Collie is to the right.   Puck is almost finished but still needs the Nepali script.

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Abbey is a Graceful Newfoundland with a golden glow.

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George the Briard is Enlightened in the hands of Baba.

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Again a blurry photo of the adorable duo Cabbage and Matilda by Baba.  The portrait of Matilda (on the right) looks like a photo in person.   I really think he captured this well-dressed pit bull couple.

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Dilip's wife holds another portrait of Matilda and Cabbage.   Someone is going to have a very tough choice ahead!

 

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Topper (in bed) by Baba.

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Topper take 2 by Dilip Niroj.   Topper is yawning in his momogrammed sheets.   Dilip has added his own monogram!

It wasn't so long ago that I had to remind the artists every time to add their signature.  I'm glad Dilip is getting into that habit.  However, he persists in the charming habit of spelling Danger Dogs as Denger Dogs!   Once I even got a Denger Gog!

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Here is Sombra, a German Shepherd, also by Baba.  

More tomorrow, as I am off to visit Baba and pick up!   All of these paintings were wet when I arrived for pick up yesterday.  

Your pet can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

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

You will be happy you did!

 

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders accepted through June 1, 2011.

 

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: The Boudha Stupa at sunset

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Sunset on Boudha Stupa is always a treat, but this evening God's rays on the Stupa were extra special.   Prayer flags fluttered in the gentle wind as the birds flew past and the Tibetan drums rolled.

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At this time of day there is a sea of people circumnavigating the stupa (almost always clockwise).  

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Young and old alike join in on the parade.   It is a time for prayer, but also for seeing what's new.   "The BBC" is Tibetan slang for local gossip and much of that goes on.

Traditionally, one circumnavigates the Kora three times.

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Another beautiful view of the stupa.   That is Kopan Monastery far on the hill in the background.

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Here Megh Raj Thapa puts the final touches on his portrait of Charley the Elkhound.

You too can have your pet immortalized on metal by 3 Nepali signboard artists!

Now is the time to get ahead of the pack!  Order your custom Nepal Art Dog (or Cat) soon for mid-June delivery in time for Father's Day.  

These personalized portraits are the perfect gift.   Surprise someone you love with a painting of someone they love.    

Remember, you pay nothing up front.   Send me a photo of your pet and I will give it to 3 struggling Nepali signboard artists.   You pay only after you choose your pet's portrait.

I pay all the artists fair trade wages whether you choose their art or not.  

All paintings are approximately 1 square foot, synthetic enamel on often recycled metal.   You can choose what you would like it to say and which style of art you like.

Contact Michelle Page at ampage1@gmail.com for more information or go to NepalDog.com to learn more.

 

 


Works in Progress from Baba

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Fisher the Cool Cat is drying outside Baba's shop.   Baba is obviously back in the saddle with this one.   I love the bubble background that he gave her portrait

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Imagine my surprise (and Baba's) when I surprised him at his easel while painting Topper.   I had no idea that he watched Indian soaps while painting!

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Topper in progress!   This is an unusual photo of Topper ensconced in bed yawning showing his fangs!

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Baba's work is all stacked up, and along the walls.   Here is his work in progress of Matilda and Cabbage, two beautiful pit bulls.

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Puck is back in the spotlight in this portrait by Baba.   This will be a good one!

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This portrait of Abbey, a Newfoundland, is in its very early stages.

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Tony the Cat in the early stage.

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Here is Tony by Megh Raj Thapa, considerably farther along.   Tony is a beautiful ginger cat.

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This is the first image of Tito that I have seen, and I thnk he was captured nicely by Megh Raj. 

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Sorry for the quality of this photo, but here is a (blurry) version of Tito by Baba.   Looks like a tough choice ahead. 

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Lola the Coton de Tulear in her third portrait (this time by Megh Raj) sits in the corner next to Typhoon the award-winning Collie.

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And, as always, Onup, Megh Raj's handsome son, is there to greet me.   Onup is often hard at work doing graphic design for those that no longer want the marvelous hand-painted art from his father.

Your pet can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

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

You will be happy you did!

 

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders accepted through June 1, 2011.

 

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!