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Live from Kathmandu: Art at the Carter Center

Live from Kathmandu: Works in Progress

Megh Raj Thapa is obviously in fine fettle this trip.  While still technically a 'work-n-progress' this charming double portrait of Sam and Wilbur (a pair of White Labrador Retreivers) includes a bright blue curtain suggesting a vaudeville act.   It still needs lettering, but it a fine example of Danger Dog art.

Giggles the black tuxedo cat has a golden glow.   I'm happy to see that Megh Raj is signing his work without being asked.   I think he likes this group of photos.

Karma the Shitzu was painted from a sepia-toned photo along with a color reference for her pretty reddish beard.   It is going to be hard to improve on this one.

Coco the pretty rabbit also looks pretty as painted by Megh Raj Thapa. Now all we need for these four portraits is the English and Devengari script to complete them.

A much earlier work in progress is Dino, the Italian Greyhound, as limned by Sufraj Khadka.  

And this lovely French Bulldog is on its way to being painted by Sufraj in his colorful style.

You can imagine how happy I was to see so many portraits started at Baba's studio.   Here you have portraits of a friend's 3 children and miscellaneous Danger Dogs to be.

Baba paints his portraits with 3 layers of synthetic enamel paint, waiting for the paint to dry before adding further details.   Again we have Karma the Shitzu and Sam and Wilbur as works-in progress.  

Bebe Blue (a Peruvian mix) and Daisy (the Fox Terrier) have center stage here along with Halo the Alsatian (Green bg).

Dino the Italian Greyhound is on his way with a dramatic profile shot.

Again we have a work-in-progress of this cute French Bulldog.  This will be a beauty when finished.

The handsome Laz makes his debut here with Baba's deft hand.  


Again, Giggles hits center stage in this early work.   I can't wait to see the finished pieces by Baba.   He has his work cut out for him against the charming works by Megh Raj.   But Baba is not finished yet.

Above we have K-Lev, a Canaan Dog.   One of the oldest breeds of dogs, the Canaan was cast to the desert in Biblical times, and is an excellent herder and watchdog.   From one of the most strikingly beautiful photos ever, I have high hopes that Baba will capture this dog's intent gaze.


If you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles before the end of December, you can see 60 Nepal Art Dogs at The Loft at Liz's Gallery at 435 S. La Brea LA  90036.   Part of an exhibit titled "Fair Trade", a total of 28 artists are represented in the exhibit so you can get an idea of their varying styles.


Time is running short!!!

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:

You will be happy you did!


Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for November 2011 trip.   All signs will be ready with plenty of time to mail for the holidays.



1.   Please send me a medium to high resolution 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 or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!






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