This trip I had the pleasure of travelling with a girlfriend who ordered portraits of her three children while we were in Nepal.
Jesse, 'Sustainable Son' by Baba 2011 Sold
Baba was chosen as the most likely artist for this assignment, though I believe that Megh Raj Thapa and Sanjib Rana would also be good candidates to realistically portray her children.
This portrait was made from a photo where her hair was pulled back with a green tinge, so we needed to give Baba a few extra photos to use as a color reference for her locks.
Baba liked the color reference photo so much better he painted that as well. My husband thinks she looks like Mary Pickford in this portrait.
In this portrait, Baba had fun with the windows and decor backgrounds of Justin the Zen Son.
Baba very much liked this photo of that rare bird - an 'Enlightened Litigator'.
This portrait of a little girl with her dog Patches illustrates that Sanjib also could be a good choice for someone who wanted a portrait of a family member or friend. This little girl playing in the sprinkler with her dog was taken from a photo I took of a neighbor's child.
This trip is not the first time that I have commissioned portraits. This painting by Jit Gurung was a wedding present to Bob's new wife and is a classic in the Danger Dog oeuvre.
Given 11 stills from the movie "An American Hippie in Israel", Santosh Shrestha was able to paint this poster sized canvas of scenes from the re-released film. Originally released in 1972, this film is back on the circuit and this poster travels with the 35mm print. For more information on this fun film, go to www.GrindhouseReleasing.com. The font has changed on the title, but otherwise Santosh's art is intact.
Know a dentist that would like a personalized sign? This would be a good choice.
This juicy lipped signboard is similar to the one that Sufraj painted on a Dentist's office near his studio in Kathmandu. In person there is a lot more detail to the teeth than in this photo.
As you can see, the art that you can order is limited only by your imagination. These artists can and will paint anything for you. Please write to me at email@example.com for more information.
It is not too early to order for the next trip !!!
Please send in photos for your order for the next trip. I leave in early 2012. However, I have many, many portraits already made of many breeds of pet. Please ask!!!
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.
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.
1. Send a photo of your pet to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Santa Monica Museum of Art to see some art.
New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.
Or you could order your own pet......