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Mardi Gras Dogs

While not strictly celebrating Mardi Gras, these Danger Dogs seem to be in the festive spirit.


Zeke the Pointer/Pit Bull mix by Sanjib Rana  15"x12" Acrylic on metal 2010 Available

Zeke is a great example of a dog in the Mardi Gras spirit.   With his dramatic brown spots, he seems to be enjoying himself immensely.   With his blue eyes, the aforementioned spots and big smile, who could say that this Short Haired Pointer and Pitt Bull mix is not irresistable?

Lola the Pit Bull by Vinosh, 12"x12" Synthetic enamel on metal 2009 Available

Lola is a true beauty in this portrait, and she definitely looks like she is ready to put on Mardi Gras garb and have a good time.   Vinosh has relocated to Saudi Arabia where he can make more money as a casual laborer than as a signboard artist in Nepal.   To me that is a true shame.

Such workers as Vinosh 'going out' (the euphamism for leaving the country to make a more profitable income) makes up a full 26% of Nepal's GNP. 

Jake the Pit Bull by Vinosh, 12"x12" Synthetic enamel on metal, 2008 Available

Does is seem like that only Pit Bulls or Pit Mixes like to party?   This portrait of Jake is one of my favorites.   Jake is stuck in the vortex that may or may not be his frame of mind this Mardi Gras weekend.

Daddy the Catahoula Leopard Dog by Chandra, 12"x12" Synthetic enamel on metal Available

Catahoula Leopard Dogs surely understand the whole Mardi Gras experience, as they are the state dog of Louisianna.   Daddy loves to party like the next dog - as long as it is a people only party.   Daddy hates other dogs, unfortunately.

Basset Hound by Sanjib
Basset Hound/Spaniel mix by Sanjib Rana  15"x12" acrylic on metal 2010 Available

Stella is a beautiful mix of a Springer Spaniel and a Basset Hound.   Covered with confetti-like spots, she is definitely a party dog in this lovely portrait by Sanjib Rana.   This piece is painted using acrylic paint and is not suitable for outside display.

Happy Fat Tuesday to everyone!  

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the Spring 2012 trip. 

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.

Let me know what you would like it to say.

Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

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!

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Let's keep these artists painting.





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