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November 2011

Live from Catmandu: Cat portraiture

This post is dedicated to all the lovely cats that joined the Danger Dogs on this trip.

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Alexander and Red are a couple of very cute kittens who bring their companion Double Happiness.   By Baba, Sanjib Rana and Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left), this is going to be a challenge to choose. 

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Giggles the Black and White Tuxedo Cat is portrayed by Baba, Megh Raj Thapa and Sagar (clockwise from top left).  Which would you choose?

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The inscrutable Ivan was painted by Sanjib Rana, Baba and Hari Timesina (clockwise from top left).

Purrfect.

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And who could resist the flamboyant Rocco with his pink feather boa.   Who said redheads can't wear pink?   By Baba, Megh Raj Thapa and Sufraj Khadka (clockwise from top left).

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On another note, I often cut through the lovely grounds of the Shechen Monastery on my way home from the Stupa.   Last night, the monks were practicing their debate skills.   It is a scripted debate that they must learn verbatim.   There are two participants - one stands and gesticulates, and the other sits on the ground and does his part.   The clamour of all those monks debating was quite striking.

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It was a special day yesterday in Bouda, with the Stupa lit up and even more foot traffic than usual.

More tomorrow.   I hope to be seeing some more final Danger Dogs then.

The deadline is fast approaching for the cut off of this last  Danger Dog trip.   Your order must be in by November 22, 2011.

This may be the perfect gift.   Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love, and in the meantime support this dying art form.

Now is the time to order:    Each commission I receive will be given to 3 different Nepalese signboard artists, giving 3 struggling artists Fair Trade work and you a choice of 3 colorful paintings on metal!  

Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front, only if you like one of the portraits do you pay.   The artists are paid fair trade wages whether you buy or not.

How to Order: 

1. Send a photo of your pet to me at ampage1@gmail.com.

2.  Let me know what you would like the signboard to say.

3. Tell me which style of Danger Dog art you prefer, by giving me examples of signs you have liked on the website or just say whether you like realistic, naive, cartoonish or fanciful. 

4. Follow the Danger Dog Blog and see the works in progress, trips to the studios, the life and arts of Nepal.

5.  Decide which painting you prefer of the 3 and send me a check and I will mail you your very own personal Danger Dog (or Cat)!  

Pricing, more information and examples of the Nepal Art Dog project can be found at NepalDog.com.

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.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum also features the Danger Dogs.  cafam.org

Also, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, stop by the Gallery of Functional Art and see some Dogs!  

New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.  

Or you could order your own pet......


Live from Kathmandu: Sagar and Baba's art

It was a good day to see new Danger Dogs and works in progress.

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Archie, the Little Man Bulldog, by Baba, dries in the sun.

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Sagar, whose name means Ocean in the Nepalese language, was the perfect choice to paint Archie.  This signboard awaits its final lettering, but it really portrays the handsome Archie as he plays in the water.

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Magic and Marley by Sagar are soulful Danger Dogs waiting for the final lettering.

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Peanut is a handsome dog in this work in progress painting by Sagar.   If you look closely, Sagar adds some interesting figures to the mix. 

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The first work in progress of Bella that I've seen is a nice one.   By Sagar. 

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Harry by Sagar is handsome in the grass.   Lettering to come.

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A final version of the lovely Bella by Baba.   I love the heart necklace on this dog.

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Peanut by Baba with his ball.   This one is elegant in person.

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Minnie and Hugo, a pair of Tibetan Terriers, in their final by Baba.  

More tomorrow.   I hope to be seeing some more final Danger Dogs then.

The deadline is fast approaching for the cut off of this last  Danger Dog trip.   Your order must be in by November 22, 2011.

This may be the perfect gift.   Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love, and in the meantime support this dying art form.

Now is the time to order:    Each commission I receive will be given to 3 different Nepalese signboard artists, giving 3 struggling artists Fair Trade work and you a choice of 3 colorful paintings on metal!  

Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front, only if you like one of the portraits do you pay.   The artists are paid fair trade wages whether you buy or not.

How to Order: 

1. Send a photo of your pet to me at ampage1@gmail.com.

2.  Let me know what you would like the signboard to say.

3. Tell me which style of Danger Dog art you prefer, by giving me examples of signs you have liked on the website or just say whether you like realistic, naive, cartoonish or fanciful. 

4. Follow the Danger Dog Blog and see the works in progress, trips to the studios, the life and arts of Nepal.

5.  Decide which painting you prefer of the 3 and send me a check and I will mail you your very own personal Danger Dog (or Cat)!  

Pricing, more information and examples of the Nepal Art Dog project can be found at NepalDog.com.

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.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum also features the Danger Dogs.  cafam.org

Also, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, stop by the Gallery of Functional Art and see some Dogs!  

New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.  

Or you could order your own pet......


Live from Kathmandu: More Art

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Back at the Carter Center in Kathmandu, these four finals from Sanjib Rana greeted me.   First from the left is a spider - a new addition to the Danger Dog pantheon of animals, then Bebe the Fox Terrier, Sam and Wilbur the cute pair of White Labradors and finally, Daisy Blue, the Peruvian mix dog.

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Archie the Bulldog, as a very early work in progress, by Megh Raj Thapa, looks happy playing in the ocean.

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Also by Megh Raj is Harry and another spider as works in progress.   I was surprised by how happy the artists were to paint these spiders.   Something different from the usual.

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A final spider lovingly detailed by Sanjib Rana was a special surprise.  

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Bebe and Daisy Blue in all their glory.   A tough choice ahead, indeed.   By Dilip Niroj, Baba and Sanjib Rana (clockwise from top left).   The portraits by Sanjib are still awaiting their final lettering as Sanjib does not letter his artwork.

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Sam and Wilbur by Sanjib Rana just need their lettering to complete the work.

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Coco is a charming dog that lives at the Carter Center.   Her rather larger partner, Oscar the German Shepherd, is completely under her paw.

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Tyson is a dog that lives up on Mahenkel Road.   She is a happy dog, and the shop owner gives her a fresh pack of biscuits each morning while I have a cup of tea.    IMG_4259
This cute kitten is one of four at the very same shop.   Just after this photo was taken he jumped down and played with a radish, rolling it all over the ground and pouncing.

More tomorrow.   I hope to be seeing some more final Danger Dogs then.

The deadline is fast approaching for the cut off of this last  Danger Dog trip.   Your order must be in by November 22, 2011.

This may be the perfect gift.   Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love, and in the meantime support this dying art form.

Now is the time to order:    Each commission I receive will be given to 3 different Nepalese signboard artists, giving 3 struggling artists Fair Trade work and you a choice of 3 colorful paintings on metal!  

Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front, only if you like one of the portraits do you pay.   The artists are paid fair trade wages whether you buy or not.

How to Order: 

1. Send a photo of your pet to me at ampage1@gmail.com.

2.  Let me know what you would like the signboard to say.

3. Tell me which style of Danger Dog art you prefer, by giving me examples of signs you have liked on the website or just say whether you like realistic, naive, cartoonish or fanciful. 

4. Follow the Danger Dog Blog and see the works in progress, trips to the studios, the life and arts of Nepal.

5.  Decide which painting you prefer of the 3 and send me a check and I will mail you your very own personal Danger Dog (or Cat)!  

Pricing, more information and examples of the Nepal Art Dog project can be found at NepalDog.com.

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.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum also features the Danger Dogs.  cafam.org

Also, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, stop by the Gallery of Functional Art and see some Dogs!  

New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.  

Or you could order your own pet......

 

 

 

 


Live from Kathmandu: Daily Life

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A flock of Japanese Bantams enjoy their garden in Kathmandu.

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I had to laugh when I saw this sign with Baba's photo on it warning drivers to slow down.

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Boys play football around the Boudha Stupa at night, even amidst the construction materials.

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Then Thuk is a Tibetan speciality, made with homemade noodles, vegetables (here cauliflower, carrots, onions, bok choy, cabbage and garlic) in a spicy broth.   This was at Bir Restaurant, one of the oldest restaurants in Boudha.

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This Tibetan-speaking woman and her daughters came, and they were so beautiful, I had to ask to photograph them.   They spoke no Nepali or English, but the little Tibetan I know came in handy.

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For my money, Bir is the most beautiful restaurant in Boudha.   The walls and columns are painted Tibetan style and the 25 years or so of patina have only added to their beauty.   Located not far from Boudha's main gate on the main road, I try to eat here often.

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The best part of my fair trade art project is seeing this lovely site - fresh Danger Dogs.   In this case, this is Dilip's studio. 

More tomorrow.   I hope to be seeing some more final Danger Dogs then.

The deadline is fast approaching for the cut off of this last  Danger Dog trip.   Your order must be in by November 22, 2011.

This may be the perfect gift.   Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love, and in the meantime support this dying art form.

Now is the time to order:    Each commission I receive will be given to 3 different Nepalese signboard artists, giving 3 struggling artists Fair Trade work and you a choice of 3 colorful paintings on metal!  

Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front, only if you like one of the portraits do you pay.   The artists are paid fair trade wages whether you buy or not.

How to Order: 

1. Send a photo of your pet to me at ampage1@gmail.com.

2.  Let me know what you would like the signboard to say.

3. Tell me which style of Danger Dog art you prefer, by giving me examples of signs you have liked on the website or just say whether you like realistic, naive, cartoonish or fanciful. 

4. Follow the Danger Dog Blog and see the works in progress, trips to the studios, the life and arts of Nepal.

5.  Decide which painting you prefer of the 3 and send me a check and I will mail you your very own personal Danger Dog (or Cat)!  

Pricing, more information and examples of the Nepal Art Dog project can be found at NepalDog.com.

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.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum also features the Danger Dogs.  cafam.org

Also, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, stop by the Gallery of Functional Art and see some Dogs!  

New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.  

Or you could order your own pet......


Live from Kathmandu:

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My Kathmandu Kitchen at the Dragon Guest House in Boudha is starting to fill up with great portraits of Danger Dogs, Cats and Bunnies.   This is my view from the bed in the next room.   Sweet.

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Even the terraces are not safe from the artworks.

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It is puppy season at the Seto (White) Monastery.  

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There are more than one mother at the gompa.   Tiger was a pup herself just last year and we used to call and they would come running from the rooftop.   There were four young dogs at that time, and one had a tail like a helicopter.   I wish there was more emphasis on spaying females here.

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There are even puppies on the Boudhanath Stupa.   This mom and her 6 pups drew quite a crowd.

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I was walking through town and saw this lovely old Rana Palace on the brink of destruction.  The house next door is faring better.   Though in an earthquake zone, Kathmandu has not seen a big one since 1933.   But the recent 6.9 quake in Sikkim, 169 miles due west of Kathmandu, was a warning sign that trouble could be ahead.   The brick construction common in the Kathmandu Valley is not the best in a tremor, but the thick walls could help.  Until recently, buildings were kept at a low 3 or 4 story height, which could also help.

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On a lighter note, the other day I had some delicious fruit from the Monsteria Deliciosa tree in a friend's garden.   Foo the Chinese Pug joined me.   This fruit known locally as the honey fruit for its honeycomb like appearance lives up to both its names.

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The Monsteria is an abundant plant as you can see.

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And beautiful.

More tomorrow.   I hope to be seeing some more final Danger Dogs then.

The deadline is fast approaching for the cut off of this last  Danger Dog trip.   Your order must be in by November 22, 2011.

This may be the perfect gift.   Give someone you love a portrait of someone they love, and in the meantime support this dying art form.

Now is the time to order:    Each commission I receive will be given to 3 different Nepalese signboard artists, giving 3 struggling artists Fair Trade work and you a choice of 3 colorful paintings on metal!  

Your satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front, only if you like one of the portraits do you pay.   The artists are paid fair trade wages whether you buy or not.

How to Order: 

1. Send a photo of your pet to me at ampage1@gmail.com.

2.  Let me know what you would like the signboard to say.

3. Tell me which style of Danger Dog art you prefer, by giving me examples of signs you have liked on the website or just say whether you like realistic, naive, cartoonish or fanciful. 

4. Follow the Danger Dog Blog and see the works in progress, trips to the studios, the life and arts of Nepal.

5.  Decide which painting you prefer of the 3 and send me a check and I will mail you your very own personal Danger Dog (or Cat)!  

Pricing, more information and examples of the Nepal Art Dog project can be found at NepalDog.com.

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.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum also features the Danger Dogs.  cafam.org

Also, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, stop by the Gallery of Functional Art and see some Dogs!  

New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.  

Or you could order your own pet......