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Which would you choose?

Sagar's Studio and Final Danger Dogs

You can see that the finals of the Black Cat Pachiko are going to be a hard choice.   The yellow background portrait is by Megh Raj Thapa, the cat at the seashore is by Sagar, and the kitty on the sidewalk is by Sufraj Khadka.   All very different, but the best test is which looks the most like Pachiko.   That is usually the final arbiter in these things!

By the way, I like the final Beaware of Dog spelling by Megh Raj.   Megh Raj and his son Anup use a dictionary to translate the English to Nepali, but not the other way around!

George the handsome Briard is represented here by Megh Raj Thapa, Indra Lama and Baba (clockwise from top left).   One of the best things about the Danger Dog Art Project is that rarely does one see how different artists portray the same photo.  Styles from art brut to amazingly detailed portraits are all represented with this Fair Trade art project. I'd have a hard time choosing with George the Briard, too!

Abbey the Graceful Newfoundland  by Baba, Sagar and Megh Raj.   Who could choose?   By the way, this portrait was won in a silent auction benefiting a new opera company in Los Angeles: Crescent City.   I wrote about it earlier here:   Industry LA   You can also go to   The Danger Dogs believe in giving back.

Imagine my surprise when I came to visit Sagar's studio and found these portraits of Joie the Black Lab and Pachiko the Black Cat.   Sagar has a mischievous streak and it certainly came out in Joie's portrait!   Pachiko has found her spot by the sea.  By the way, that dog photo peeking out from behind Joie is of Flick, a Danger Dog ordered by the same person who ordered Pachiko.   Apparently Sagar likes Flick enough to put him on his bulletin board.  

Sagar teaches art for his main bread and butter income.   Here he is working on a traditional style portrait of a Newari couple. 

And one not so traditional.   He is also working on this photographic portrait of an obviously romantic young Nepali couple.  

Sagar's studio is filled with the sounds of a bleating goat and those ducks and chickens next door.

Alas, you will have to wait until next trip to order your very own Danger Dog portrait.   I leave in mid-October 2011 and will be back in plenty of time for holiday gifts.


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 or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.


American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.   Micro-finance through art patronage!


Goodbye from Dogmandu!





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