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March 2012

In Memoriam: Baldwin the Puli

The sad thing about dogs is that they do not live as long as we would like.   The only bright side is that we will have the opportunity to love many dogs over the course of our lifetime. 

Baldwin was a happy and handsome Puli dog, who loved nothing more than to be with Susan, Dan and Bliss.    He had a lot of friends.

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Baldwin the Puli by Punam, 2008, synthetic enamel on metal, sold

Punam's portrait of Baldwin is charming in person.   Punam should be designing cartoons for Disney.  Wouldn't this be great animated?  

Baldwin looks like an Enlightened Puli, indeed.

Puli by Vinosh

Baldwin the Puli by Vinosh, 2008, synthetic enamel on metal, sold

A Puli is a herding breed, and Baldwin was no exception.   Small and energetic, Baldwin loved to run and practice agility trials.

This beware of dog sign is one of the last painted by the artist Vinosh before he left for Saudi Arabia.   Vinosh can make more money as a casual laborer in the Gulf than he can hand painting signboards in Nepal.   The calligraphy on this piece is by Birju Chaudhury.

Puli by Amar
Baldwin the Puli by Amar Shrestha, 2008, synthetic enamel on metal, sold

Amar hand painted this portrait of Baldwin with few but well chosen strokes of the brush.   This one brings out Baldwin's sweetness.   The red writing is Amar's signature.

Puli by Baba
Baldwin the Puli by Baba, 2008, synthetic enamel on metal, sold

Baba's portrait of Baldwin is much more sophisticated.   Baba spent a lot of time on the eyes and especially the nose.  

This one brings out Baldwin's patience with being dressed up and his intent gaze even in repose.

Puli by Shree
Baldwin the Puli by Shree Laimachhain, 2008, synthetic enamel on metal, sold

Shree was able to catch Baldwin's sheer joy of running through the fields.     Shree often misspells Dangers Dog, but it makes me smile.

Pulis were bred in Hungary as a sheep herder, and the black color made it easy to spot the dog among the herd of sheep.

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Baldwin the Puli by Hari Prasad, 2008, synthetic enamel on metal, sold

Of course, Pulis are known by their distinctly corded hair, but Baldwin was groomed.  Hari Prasad spent time on Baldwin's collar and dog jewelry.

  Puli by Ram K

Baldwin the Puli by Ram Krishna, 2008, synthetic enamel on metal, sold

Again, Ram Krishna puts Baldwin out in the fields, but gives him a more world weary expression.   Or perhaps Baldwin is just tired after chasing all those sheep.

Puli by Ram Krishna
Baldwin the Puli by Sagar, 2008, synthetic enamel on metal, sold

This is signed by Ram but believe that this is the work of Sagar.   The circle motif is a particular favorite of Sagar.

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Here is the handsome boy in person.

Baldwin will be sorely missed by many.

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 !   Click here for pricing.

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

Go to www.NepalDog.com for more information and current pricing.

Let's keep these artists painting.

 

 


The Danger Dogs give back.

The Nepal Art Dog fair trade art project is happy to donate to good causes such as the Nancy R. Brandt Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Ventura County.  

Camarillo Charity Auction

Last Saturday, St. Paddy's Day, we took the long trip up to Camarillo to the lovely Spanish Hills Country Club.   

Sombra, the beautiful German Shepherd, painted by Indra Lama was won (after a heated battle) in the silent auction and went to a good home.

By the way, kathane kukur translates to Danger Dog in the Nepali language.   I had asked the artist, Indra Lama, to please have the writing in English and Nepalese.   I was surprised not to see it in the Devengari script of Nepal, but not unpleased with the results.

This particular auxiliary concentrates on enriching the lives of children and assisting victims of abuse. 

The lunch was well attended and we were treated to a guided tour through Vietnam by a young Vietnamese woman and her American mother-in-law.

Soon after we arrived, the rain stopped and the grounds of the Country Club glistened in the sunlight.

Dilip German Shepherd Sombra
Sombra the German Shepherd by Dilip, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, Available

In case you are sorry to have missed Sombra's portrait by Indra, there is a nice folk art version hand painted by Dilip Niroj from the same photo of this Alsatian beauty.   Find more Shepherds on the NepalDog.com website.

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 !   Click here for pricing.

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

Go to www.NepalDog.com for more information and current pricing.

Let's keep these artists painting.

 

 


60 Years of Corgis for Queen Elizabeth II

After 60 years as Queen of the British Empire, Queen Elizabeth has seen plenty of changes.   But she has remained loyal to Corgis after all these years.

Corgi by Manoj
Welsh Corgi by Manoj 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal 2007 Available

These charming and loyal dogs have been a royal favorite of the Queen.   One of my favorite scenes from the movie "The Queen" was the one where Elizabeth (played by Helen Mirren) walked the grounds of her castle with her Corgis.  

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Jethro the Corgi by Ramesh 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2009 Available

Corgi means 'little dog' in Welsh, and is said to have been bred in Wales since the 12th Century.    Elizabeth got her first Corgi in the 1930's from her father King George VI and named her Susan. 

Susan is the matriarch of all other Corgis since owned by Queen Elizabeth II.

Corgi:Beagle Mix by Sagar


Marley the Corgi Beagle Mix by Sagar, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2010 Available

Queen Elizabeth liked to breed her Corgis with Dachshunds and called the result 'Dorgis'.   I wonder what she would think of this mixed breed Beagle Corgi mix named Marley.   Marley likes to fish and would be quite at home at Balmoral, I believe, though Marley's companion might have something to say about that.

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Marley the Beagle Corgi Mix by Megh Raj, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2010 Available

From the same photo as the above portrait, Megh Raj gives Marley a pastel glow.

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Reign the blue eyed Corgi by Baba 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2010  Available

Reign is an appropriate name for this lovely blue eyed Corgi.   With her intent gaze she does indeed reign over her royal household.  

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Reign the Blue Eyed Corgi by Sagar, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, 2010 Available

Reign the Corgi is painted this time by Sagar, who has included some rather racy images in the background swirls.   Sagar has a naughty sense of humor.   It is a double portrait in a sense, as you can see Reign on her mistress' lap to the left of the main image.

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!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com

Go to www.NepalDog.com for more information and current pricing.

Let's keep these artists painting.

 


Labrador Retrievers from Nepal

Whether it is a Golden Labrador Retriever or a Black Lab, this breed is a favorite across the board.

Cooper Black Lab Dilip

Cooper the Black Lab by Dilip Niroj  12"x12" Synthetic enamel on metal 2009 Available

Cooper (RIP) was a handsome and well-loved black Labrador who lived the good life in Northern San Diego County.  His painting by Dilip captures the glossy coat and classic features of this beautiful dog.

I've just updated my website featuring these lovely 'Be ware of Dog' signs and separated the White Labs from the Golden Labs from the Chocolate Labs...  The link is here.   Enjoy.

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!

Send your photo to ampage1@gmail.com

Go to www.NepalDog.com for more information and current pricing.

Let's keep these artists painting.