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July 2011

Danger Dog of the Day: Labradoodles

If you would like to buy one of the paintings featured on today's Danger Dog Blog, please go to my website at NepalDog.com for prices and availability of these beautiful Labradoodles.

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Aussie the Labradoodle by Sagar 12"x12"  2010   Available

Sagar has painted Aussie with a dramatic black background and a lovely contrasting yellow sidebar.   A true Danger Dog.

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Maisie the Golden Labradoodle by Sagar  12"x12"  2008  Available    

Also by Sagar, but in a decidedly different vein, we have Maisie the Golden Labradoodle.

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Louis and Marley by Jit Gurung 12"x10"  2011 Available

Louis is a Lab Terrier mix and Marley is a Labradoodle!   I love the background that Jit has given these two friends.

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Aussie the Labradoodle by Govinda Kalikote  12"x12"   2008  Available    

Govinda uses cut out reflective lettering for his signs and this one stands out against the watercolor background.   The lettering is bright orange when not hit by my camera flash.

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Lola the Labradoodle by Amar Shrestha   12"x12"  2008 Available

Amar 'pented' this fine Labradoodle in 2008.  

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Maisie the Labradoodle by Shree Laimachhain  12"x12" 2008  Available

Maisie the Golden Labradoodle again, this time by Shree, one of my more naive artists.   He often paints his Danger Dogs on a green Elysian field.

These signboards are all painted using synthetic enamel on metal and are painted by endangered signboard artists in Nepal and are suitable to be hung indoors or out.

Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal.   With over 2000 pieces commissioned in 4 years, the Danger Dogs have made a difference in the lives of many artists.   I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a tradition in Nepal already of 'Beware of Dog' signs and I knew that people would like them.   These are truly fine artists whose livelihood is disappearing at an alarming rate.

On my most recent trips to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was done from a mass-produced image, often printed on plastic flex.  

You can help by ordering a custom portrait of your pet.   Each signboard is approximately one  square foot, synthetic enamel on metal.   Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists -- giving 3 people work, you a choice of 3 signs and museum shops Nepali folk art.  

No money accepted up front.   If you don't like any of your paintings, you pay nothing.   All artists are paid fair trade wages.

For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.

Micro-finance through art patronage.   

For cats, horses, ferrets, birds, hamsters, etc, please go to NepalDog.com for more examples.


If you would like to see a particular breed, please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com.  

 

 

 


New Danger Dogs at the Craft and Folk Art Musuem

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There are some great new dogs at the Craft and Folk Art Museum along with a few new cats.

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Spicy the Spaniel Chow mix by Megh Raj Thapa  12"x12" 2011 Available

Spicy is a handsome Spaniel Chow mix with a beautiful smile that is well captured by Megh Raj Thapa.

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Nanuq the Samoyed by Dilip Niroj  12"x12" 2009 Available

Nanuq is a huge fluffy white Samoyed who Dilip has placed on a rocky precipice in this portrait.

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Simone the Siamese Cat by Indra Lama  12"x12" 2010  SOLD

The eyes on this cat are luminescent and Indra Lama gives them their glow.   This was one of the first portraits I commissioned from Indra and he is now a favorite with his great coloring and detail.

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Barney the Labrador Retreiver by Baba 12"x12"   2011  SOLD

Barney by Baba shows his enlightened grin in this lifelike portrait.

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Zia the Black Cat by Sufraj Khadka 12"x12" 2009   SOLD

Zia is a perennial favorite of mine for giving to artists to see how they design cat signboards.   As you can see, Sufraj does not disappoint.

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Enzo the Italian Greyhound by Shashi  12"x12"  2008   Available

Enzo is a puppy in this portrait and Shashi emphasizes that, as well as Enzo's bright red collar.

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Zach the Collie by Sanjib Rana  15"x12"  2011   Available

Zach is a show collie with tulip ears and a big grin, painted here by Sanjib Rana.

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Sombra the German Shepherd by Baba 12"x12"  2011  Available

Sombra is a female German Shepherd that lives in New Mexico.   Another beautiful painting by Baba of Kathmandu.

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Esme the Rhodesian Ridgeback by Baba 12"x12"  2010   SOLD

Rhodesian Ridgebacks make great Enlightened Dogs and Esme is no exception.   Also by Baba of Kathmandu.

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Louie the White Lab by Sagar   12"x12"   2008   SOLD

Louie by Sagar is just wonderful in person.   The artist Sagar signs his work with a Japanese chop (here on Louie's dog tag) meaning Ocean - a direct translation of Sagar is Ocean in the Nepali language or Devangari script.

Please stop by the museum to see these fair trade art paintings. Go to Cafam.org for directions and hours.

They are all painted using synthetic enamel on metal and are painted by endangered signboard artists in Nepal.

Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal.   With over 2000 pieces commissioned in 4 years, the Danger Dogs have made a difference in the lives of many artists.   I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a tradition in Nepal already of 'Beware of Dog' signs and I knew that people would like them.   These are truly fine artists whose livelihood is disappearing at an alarming rate.

On my most recent trips to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was done from a mass-produced image, often printed on plastic flex.  

You can help by ordering a custom portrait of your pet.   Each signboard is approximately one  square foot, synthetic enamel on metal.   Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists -- giving 3 people work, you a choice of 3 signs and museum shops Nepali folk art.  

No money accepted up front.   If you don't like any of your paintings, you pay nothing.   All artists are paid fair trade wages.

For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.

Micro-finance through art patronage.   

For cats, horses, ferrets, birds, hamsters, etc, please go to NepalDog.com for more examples.


If you would like to see a particular breed, please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com.  

 

 

 


White Labrador Retreivers from Nepal

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Louis the White Labrador Retreiver by Sagar    (enamel on metal 12"x12") 2008 Available

Louis is a handsome Labrador Retreiver, painted here by Sagar of Surya Studios.   His name tag has becomes Sagar's signature, Japanese writing that means 'ocean' - as does Sagar in Nepali.

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Barney the White Lab by Sanjib Rana (enamel on metal 12"x15") 2011 Available

Barney at the Wedding is a dramatic rendition of an Enlightened Dog.   Barney is one of those dogs that everyone loves, with his wagging tail and bright smile.    I think that Sanjib captured him well.

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Puppy Gus with a soccer ball by Megh Raj Thapa  (enamel on metal 12"x12") 2009 Available

Gus the Puppy and his favorite toy captures the sweet nature of this dog.  

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Gus the White Lab by Baba (enamel on metal 12"x12") 2009 Available

Gus is all grown up in this portrait by Baba.   The Nepali script reads:  "Dharma Kukor" or "Religious Dog".

If you would like a portrait of your own pet, now is the time to order.  Contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

 

More available Labrador Retreivers on Nepal Dog's YouTube Channel.  

Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal.   With over 2000 pieces commissioned in 4 years, the Danger Dogs have made a difference in the lives of many artists.   I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a tradition in Nepal already of 'Beware of Dog' signs and I knew that people would like them.   These are truly fine artists whose livelihood is disappearing at an alarming rate.

On my most recent trips to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was done from a mass-produced image, often printed on plastic flex.  

You can help by ordering a custom portrait of your pet.   Each signboard is approximately one  square foot, synthetic enamel on metal.   Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists -- giving 3 people work, you a choice of 3 signs and museum shops Nepali folk art.  

No money accepted up front.   If you don't like any of your paintings, you pay nothing.   All artists are paid fair trade wages.

For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.

Micro-finance through art patronage.   

For cats, horses, ferrets, birds, hamsters, etc, please go to NepalDog.com for more examples.


If you would like to see a particular breed, please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com.  

 

 


Happy Bastille Day from French Danger Dogs

There are many French dogs that have been painted in Nepal by the signboard artists.

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G.G. the Black Standard Poodle by Baba 2008 Available

G.G. is a very beautiful example of a Black Standard Poodle and Baba has done her justice with her dramatic green background and golden glow.

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Lucy the White Standard Poodle by Hari Timisina  2008   Available

This portrait of Lucy I commissioned for myself.   While working on the film 'What Women Want' (in my former career as an Assistant Film Editor), Lucy was a constant delight in the cutting room.   A big white graceful dog, Lucy was well behaved and beautiful.   Her patience in allowing herself to be dressed up was amazing to me.    With the long hours needed to complete a film, she made the job easier.

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Colette the black Standard Poodle by Krishna Ojna 2007 Available

This delightful portrait of Colette is on extremely heavy stock.   The artist, Krishna Ojna , is a co-founder and general secretary of the Nepal Commercial Art Association and also a professor of economics in Kathmandu.   When I was interviewed by a young 20-something Nepali reporter from the Kathmandu Post in November 2007 (prior to the first ever exhibit of Nepali signboard art in Kathmandu) she asked me why a professor would still paint beware of dog signs.   For money, of course!   Money is hard to find in Kathmandu.

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George the Briard by Indra Lama 2011 Available

Briards are large French Sheepdogs,  Wikipedia calls them a 'heart wrapped in fur'.   Indra Lama had fun with George's wonderful black coat.   Indra, a fairly new artist for the Danger Dogs, did not understand that English and Nepali meant Nepali script (Devanagari script), hence you have now learned that 'dharma kukur' means Enlightened Dog.

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Cash the French Bulldog by Aasha Arts 2007  Available

Aasha is definitely one of the more folk art examples.   The masculine Cash by Aasha reads 'Dog here Be Aware' in the devanagari script below this charming Danger Dog.

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Papillion by Vinosh 2007 Available

This portrait of a Papillion was painted by Vinosh, an artist who has since moved to Saudi Arabia in order to make a better living.   I doubt he was hired as a sgnboard artist, and that is a shame. 

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Annie and Pitzel by Amar Shrestha 2008 Available

Pitzel the Pomeranian dominates this portrait in the foreground, with Annie the Papillion in the background.   I believe that the red Nepali writing below is Amar's quite dramatic signature.

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Chester the Basset Hound by Asha 2008 Available

Who knew that the Basset Hound originated in France.   This lovely portrait of Chester is dogmatique!

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Nelson the Jacques Russell Terrier by Dilip Niroj  2011 Available

Nelson was a French Dog through and through.   Recently deceased, Nelson lived the good life in the center of Paris.  'Enlightenen Dog' indeed!

Hope all of my French friends are enjoying their day off!     Enjoy the Feu d'artifice!

You too can immortalize your pet on metal while helping to save a dying art.

These paintings are part of the Nepal Art Dog fair trade art project.   These talented signboard artists are losing work to digital graphic designers and rarely hand-paint signs now.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order your own pet as a Nepal Art Dog, 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.

ORDERS OPEN FOR NEXT TRIP (OCTOBER, 2011).   I'll be back in early December with your order.

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

 

Goodbye from Dogmandu!

 

 

 

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Mannequins from Nepal

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This sad, sad mannequin is from a small shop in Boudhanath, Nepal.   While I have seen many unusual headdresses around the Boudha Stupa, I have never seen one like this.

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A 'menly' hipster mannequin.

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These two chef mannequins watch over a busy downtown Pokhara street.

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She's all tied up with her Korean language lessons !   Memory cards and darts?    It is a memorable image and I would think of them first to learn Korean in Pokhara.

For more images of Mannequins from Nepal, go to a previous post here.

 

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Sasha the German Shepherd by Sufraj Khadka, Hari Timesina and Amar Shrestha 2010 (clockwise from top left) Top two are available, the bottom one by Amar is sold.

These paintings are part of the Nepal Art Dog fair trade art project.   These talented signboard artists are losing work to digital graphic designers and rarely hand-paint signs now.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order your own pet as a Nepal Art Dog, 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.

ORDERS ARE OPEN FOR NEXT TRIP: (OCTOBER, 2011).   I'll be back in early December with your order.

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

 

Goodbye from Dogmandu!