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September 2011

Funny Dogs in Costume from Nepal

I know, I know... it's early to be getting out the dogs in Halloween costume blog, but today is my birthday and Halloween is my favorite holiday.   And, once again, I'll be in Nepal and I'll miss Halloween another year.

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Veera the Boston Terrier by Sabala  2008  12"x12" Synthetic enamel on metal   Sold

It is rare for a Nepali dog to be wearing a fur coat (at least someone else's), and I'm sure this is the first time that Sabala had seen anything like a dog in a coat, but he captured Veera's little pink underbelly and manages to convey the look in her eye of complete control and masterful self awareness and entitlement.   Veera looks like a little queen here.

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Veera the Boston Terrier by Vinosh 12"x12" Synthetic enamel on metal  2008  Sold

Vinosh (signed by Birju who did the lettering) also had fun with Veera's portrait.   She looks like a queen in an old fashioned portrait by an old master.   The Nepali signboard artists have an interesting use of color.  I would never think of using red and green lettering with  blue writing below and a pink border all on a light butternut background, but you have to agree it works here.

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Veera in person, regal in her fur coat.

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Cabbage and Matilda by Baba, Dilip Niroj and Jit Gurung 2011   All sold

Cabbage and Matilda are bandits in their three portraits by these artists.   I understand completely why Cabbage and Matilda's companion could not choose between these portraits and bought all three.

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Roxy the Cowgirl by Amar Shrestha, Dilip Niroj and Sagar  2010  All sold

Ditto with Roxy the Australian Cattle Dog with her 6-shooter.    How could you not want all three of these if the charming Roxy was your Cowgirl?  

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Laz the Pit Bull by Megh Raj Thapa  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2008   Available

Lazarus is a handsome pit bull that is dressed as a boxer (?) or is he just relaxing in his towel after an extensive spa treatment?   Either way, he is pretty in pink as painted here by Megh Raj.

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As you can see, Laz is a supermodel for Tropiclean.

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Jack Nelson by Santosh Shrestha  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2009  Available

Jack Nelson is also a supermodel.   A Jack Russell from the cover of a catalogue, he so enchanted my client that she ordered a Danger Dog portrait of his smiling face.   As painted by Santosh Shrestha, Jack looks jaunty in his striped tie.  

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Gigi the black standard poodle dresses up as a lady bug to pick up her Danger Dog portrait.   Of course, Gigi is an 'Enlightened Dog' and she is definitely a 'lady'.

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GiGi at the Beach by Hari Timesina 12"x12" Synthetic Enamel on metal 2008 Available

GiGi goes from lady bug to beach bunny in this portrait by Hari Timesina.   This one is a true beauty done by one of my most naive artists.  Black standard poodles wear their costumes well, and GiGi is no exception.

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This little Chihuhua is dressed as a skunk.   The Chihuahua and his lovely handler are at the Ghetto Gloss Gallery for an exhibition of the Danger Dogs.   Willow the Golden Labrador Retreiver by Sagar is on the wall to the right.   Willow is dressed as a hula girl.

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Bobby Gorgeous, dressed as a Blowfish, also attended.   This little dog is so handsome, well-behaved, alert and, yes, gorgeous.

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Actress Jenny Mollen Biggs agrees, as Bobby nestles in her lap.

This pup has his own website, twitter, myspace page, facebook account etc.   Fortunately, he has not let it go to his head.   This little Pomeranian should be in movies!  He is perfectly behaved, has an animated face, he's quiet, interested in everything around him, soft as a furry cloud of fluff.   He loved wearing this costume -- strutting and shaking his little blowfish costume like a Zeigfield Follies boy.    The purple glow is a LED light.  Needless to say, this photo does not do justice to Bobby nor his costume, which was clearly the winner in the evening's costume contest.

I hope you get some good ideas for costumes.   Just remember that not all dogs like them.   In fact, I'd guess that most merely tolerate them!

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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 now being accepted for October/November 2011 trip.   All signs will be ready with plenty of time to mail for the holidays.

 

HOW TO ORDER

1.   Please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 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.

2.   Let me know what you would like it to say.

That's it !

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!

 

 

 

 

 


Mountain Dogs from Nepal

You never really know what to expect when your order a Danger Dog from Nepal.

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Gabby on a Hike by Sanjib Rana 15"x12"  Synthetic enamel on metal    2009   Available

When I got the original photo of Gabby, it was titled 'Gabby on a Hike'.   I might have called it 'Gabby AFTER a Hike'.   She is so relaxed and happy.   But the purpose of this blog post is to show how different artists project a mountain background on these portraits.   It is Nepal, after all, home to 8 of the top 10 highest mountains in the world.

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Ernie the Schnoodle by Shree Laimachhaine   12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2010 Available

Shree has been putting his dogs in Elysian Fields since before he met me in 2007.   Ernie the Schnoodle looks happy as he frolics in the mountains.

Brocco English Bulldog by Megh Raj
Brocco the Bulldog by Megh Raj Thapa  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2009 available

Brocco rules the Himalayan hillside with his large pink tongue hanging - a traditional Danger Dog if there ever was one.

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Miles the Black Chow by Megh Raj Thapa 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2009 Available

Also by Megh Raj, Miles guards his Malibu compound.   Miles was actually on the mountainside in the photo provided, and I believe that his background was the inspiration for Brocco's background.

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Pacheko the Black Cat by Sagar 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2011 Stolen!

Dogs aren't the only animal that ranges in the mountains of Nepal.   Pacheko perches on the side of a steep drop while the birds fly by.   This portrait was stolen from the post office in Canada, of all places. 

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Ruby the Enlightened Lab by Sabala 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2008 Sold

This painting makes Ruby seem a part of the mountain, almost as if she was on a Nepalese Mount Rushmore.   The script is in Tibetan and Sabala really makes you feel the wind in Ruby's hair.

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Max and Ernie by Shree Laimachhaine 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2010 Available

I'm not sure what it was that Ernie was eating on that mountaintop, but his grin is infectious.

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Ernie the Border Collie mix by Shree Laimachhaine 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2011 Available

Another Ernie, also by Shree, but this Ernie is a Border Collie/Dachshund mix.   Shree does justice to this handsome dog.   Notice the delicate back paw that makes up part of the N in "Dangers Dog".

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Roxy the Cowgirl by Amar Shrestha  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2010 Sold

Roxy with her 6-shooter and pink cowboy seems a natural mix with a mountainous background, blue skies and green meadows. 

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Nanuq the Samoyed by Ram Krishna 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2009 Available

Nanuq climbs the rocky hillside in this portrait by Ram Krishna.  Nanuq has an extra large body and a sweet smile.

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Zeke the Pit Bull mix by Megh Raj Thapa  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2010 Available

Zeke seems content along the hiking path in this portrait by Megh Raj.   Blue eyed and covered with spots, Zeke is a beauty.

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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 now being accepted for October/November 2011 trip.   All signs will be ready with plenty of time to mail for the holidays.

 

HOW TO ORDER

1.   Please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 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.

2.   Let me know what you would like it to say.

That's it !

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!


Gallery of Functional Art welcomes the Danger Dogs

The Danger Dogs from Nepal are at a new venue at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica - The Gallery of Functional Art.  

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Charley the Elkhound by Dilip Niroj  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2011 Available

Charley the Elkhound is massaged by his loving owner in this portrait by Dilip Niroj.   His big smile is evident along with the twinkle in his eye.   He may be a 'Zen Dog' in English, but in Nepali script, it reads 'Be Aware of the Dog'.

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

Barney at the Wedding is a big portrait of Barney on his dog walker's special day.   With his flowered collar he is truly Enlightened.   The Nepali script here reads:   'Dharma Dog'.

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Tony the Ginger Tiger Cat by Sagar   12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2011 Available

Cats are also included.   Tony by Sagar looks on from his perch on a blue cloud.   Sagar signs his pieces with his signature in Japanese script.  The Nepali script is 'Dharma Cat'.

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Fisher the Cool Cat by Jit Gurung 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2011 available

Fisher is indeed a Cool Cat in his portrait by Jit Gurung from the city of Pokhara in Nepal.  A handsome calico cat, he looks content in his field of green.   The Nepali script is a direct translation, hence 'Cool Cat'.

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Louie and Marley by Jit Gurung 8"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2011 Available

Louie and Marley are also painted by Jit Gurung, as was Fisher the Cool Cat.   Louie is a lab/terrier mix and Marley is a labradoodle (lab/poodle).  They are a cool couple in this piece.

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Tito by Megh Raj Thapa  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2011 Available

This little charmer, Tito looks eager to get a treat in this sweet portrait by Megh Raj.  His writing in the Nepali devangari script reads: 'Kathane Kukur' or Danger Dog!

Ram Krishna Nelson Jack Russell
Nelson the Jack Russell Terrier by Ram Krishna 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2011 Available

Nelson was a dearly loved Jack Russell who lived a charmed life.  His direct stare here is quite compelling and the primary colored palatte is definitely striking.  'Dharma Dog' is his translation.

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Duke the Weimaraner by Hari Timesina 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2009 Available

Hari Timesina is a marvelously naive painter that manages to convey Duke's intensity.   This one has to be seen in person.   Hari is one of the few artists I work with that dates his portraits.

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Duke the Labrador by Sagar 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2011 Available

Sagar is an artist that sometimes paints his dogs with a thuggish bent.   Duke looks like Humphrey Bogart as a dog in this one - Humphrey Dog-Art.   Sagar also puts some scantily dressed ladies in his backgrounds.   Duke has all the weight of the world on his shoulders in this one.  Sagar forgot to put Nepali script on this one.

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Spicy by Sanjib Rana  12"x15" synthetic enamel on metal  2011 Available

Last but not least is Spicy -- billed by her owner as 'the happiest dog in the world'.   Here she is an enlightened dog, as painted by Sanjib Rana.

If you would like to purchase one of these folk art signboards from Nepal, please contact The Gallery of Functional Art at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.   Their website is:  http://galleryoffunctionalart.net/flash/enter/enter.html .

The Gallery of Functional Art is full of wonderful limited edition artwork and one-of-a-kind gifts.   I think the Danger Dogs will fit in well - they certainly are functional.  It has been the place that I bring in friends from out of town who want a fabulous piece of jewelry or an interesting gift for friends. Stop by and shop !

Their hours are 11-6 Tuesday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.

The shop is attached to the Lois Lambert Gallery where they are opening a new exhibit by Agelio Batle this Saturday, September 10, 2011, from 6-9pm.

These paintings can be hung indoors or out.

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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 November 26, 2011.

 

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 3 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


See the Danger Dogs Live on La Brea !

The Danger Dogs are now installed at The Loft at Liz's Gallery, where they will be up through December 2012. 

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49 pieces by 28 different artists from Nepal show the diversity of the Nepal Art Dog project.  

Come by for the opening reception on Saturday, September 17, from 7 to 9 pm.   The Loft at Liz's is located at 435 S. La Brea, just 1 and a half blocks north of Wilshire.

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Rescue Dog by Saachin   12"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal  2008     Available

Some of my favorite pieces from the early years of the Danger Dog Art project will be included.

"The Loft at Liz's exhibit is entitled "Fair Trade" and is dedicated to featuring works that speak to this increasingly relevant and transformative topic.   The featured artists will be creating original works in statement of fair trade practices and other will actually incoporate the use of fair trade products as their creative medium."

That last bit would be me!

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Lulu the pitbull by Vinosh  13"x13"  synthetic enamel on metal  2008  Available

This portrait of Lulu is painted by Vinosh, an artist that has since moved to Saudi Arabia to make his living.   I can only hope that he continues to paint as he has an original and charming style.  

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Queenie the Black Cat by Shantos  12"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal 2008 Available

This one I commissioned on spec, since Queenie was such a beautiful cat and her owner bought all three portraits of her pet.  I'm glad I did, as Shantos is another artist that has disappeared.  

 

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White Horse by Sanjib Rana 15"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal  2007 Available

Sanjib Rana did a series of horses from his own photos.   He has a feel for animals and nature that come out in his art.

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Enlightened Parrot by Sagar 12"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal   2008 Available

Bird lovers will not be left out in this exhibit as I also include peacocks and these parrots painted by Sagar.   I've also included a Danger Goat !

There will also be a Fair Trade Marketplace at The Loft at Liz's in conjunction with the Miracle Mile Art Walk.  

This market will be open to the public between:

Tuesday, 10/20 from 5-9pm

Wednesday 10/21 from 10am-6pm

Thursday 10/22 from 10am-10pm

Come on by and do your part.   There will be great gifts for the holidays that will mean more through being Fair Trade.

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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 November 26, 2011.

 

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 3 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!