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May 2012

Beware of Vizsla Dogs from Nepal

I am still slowly building my new website, trying to include all the many, many breeds of dog that have participated in the Danger Dog fair trade art project. 

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Enzo the Vizsla puppy by Sufraj Khadka 2008 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal.

Enzo is the only Vizsla commissioned so far in the Danger Dog art project.   But he is a handsome pup.

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Enzo the Vizsla puppy by Ram Krishna 2008 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal.

Also available is this adorable version of Enzo in the grass.   His original photo was taken on a car seat.

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Enzo the Vizsla by Punam 2008 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal.

In those early days, I made 4 of each custom portrait instead of 3.   So Enzo's lucky owner got one and these are the three others.  

Vizsla with his portrait from Nepal
The portrait by ShaShi of Om Sai Art in Kathmandu was the one that Enzo's companion chose of the 4.  

Vizsla's are a hunting breed from Hungary.   Renowned for their pointing and retrieving, their distinctive reddish short-hair coat is beautiful.   They need a lot of exercise and the breed has been around since the Middle Ages.

You can purchase these paintings at the NepalDog.com website.   More information here.

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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.

 Micro-finance through art patronage.


RIP Jackie the Shikari Kukur

I just got the sad news yesterday that Jackie, a big, handsome, red Shikari Kukur passed to that big dog house in the sky.

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Jackie was a Nepali Shikari Khukur. ('Shikari' means hunter, 'Khukur' means dog.)  If you compare Shikaris to the more common Tibetan Mastiffs, Shikharis have more pointed wolf-like noses, thin waists and big thighs for running in the mountains. (Jackie's tail was monumental.)   These thick tails keep Nepali dogs warm during the cold winter season.   Mastiffs have blunt noses and wide waists and sort of flat tails.   Mastiffs are not nearly as fast as Shikari Khukurs.

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As you can see, Jackie shared a lovely traditional Nepalese home and garden with his paramour Batuli.   Jackie was born on the property and never left it.

Batuli will sorely miss him, as will I.  

You can find more photos of Jackie, Batuli and their garden here on an earlier Danger Dog Blog post:

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This is a portrait of the fair Jackie painted by Hari Prasad, hand painted on metal using synthetic enamel.  I think Hari P captured Jackie's look well.   This portrait is sold.

Jackie was immortalized and your pet can be too. 

You can order a portrait of your own pet, be it a Pekingese or a Poodle, a Calico or a Siamese through me at ampage1 @ gmail.com.

It is not too early to order for the next trip !!!

Please send in photos for your order for the next trip.   I leave soon for the first trip of 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.

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.

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......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Funeral rites of Mustang

While walking towards the Upper Mustang town of Tiri, just opposite Keg Beni on the Kali Gandaki River,

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we came across this pile of clothing, shoes, and mementoes.

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Notice the kite shaped string sculpture which reminds me of the dream catchers of the Native Americans.   The wooden sticks are in Tibetan script.  

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The figures above are probably made of sticks and clay and are hand colored.

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This would also have been a young person judging by the clothes' style.  

This is a tradition followed by some, though not all, Hindu families in Nepal.   When a person dies all of their personal effects are placed by the side of the road.

I hope that he rests in peace.  

Mustang is a fascinating place -- both Upper and Lower Mustang.   The village of Tiri is just north of Keg Beni, on the other side of the Kali Gandaki River and is technically part of Upper Mustang.   Since the last few years, though, you can go there without the expensive entrance fee to Upper Mustang.

Tiri, Mustang, Nepal

The majestic backdrop for Tiri -- far on the other side of the river.   I highly recommend you visit this wonderful part of the world.

If you'd like to learn more, a few years back I wrote an article about the area for ECS Magazine.

 You can also ask me for travel advice to the area.


Happy Cinco de Mayo from the Danger Dogs

Louis is an Enlightened Dog found on the streets of Tiajuana, Mexico.

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Louis the Mexican Street Mutt by Sufraj, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available

Handsome 'Louis, Louis' caught the heart of a woman who fell under the spell of this homeless 'pariah dog' and rescued him from the mean streets of Tiajuana. 

I'll just bet that Louis is enjoying this Mexican holiday this evening in San Diego.  

I did a tribute to the late beloved Loki, chihuahua to the star Mickey Rourke here.

Mickey Rourke sure did love his Loki.   This is the only portrait left of the lovely Louis.  

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Russell the Chihuahua by Sagar, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available

Russell is a sweet Chihuahua, but you would never know it from his snarl.   Of the three portraits of this energetic pup, all featured his blurry tail.   Russell's bark is worse than his bite.   All three portraits of Russell made his teeth look fake. 

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Russell the Chihuahua by Dilip Niroj, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available

This one by Dilip is a great example of exaggerated teeth.   Up close, they really look fake.

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Ruby & Otterpop by Dilip, 12"x12"  synthetic enamel on metal, available

Dilip captures Ruby and Otterpop's intensity even as they sit on a pink chair.  'Danger Gog' indeed.Ruby Otterpop by Sabala

Ruby & Otterpop by Baba, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available.

Baba caught the intellegence of this pair of little black dogs.   They even have their own blog dedicated to this cute pair and their cousin, Gustavo, another Chihuahua extraordinaire.

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Gustavo the Chihuahua by Baba, 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available

When you think that these are the portraits not chosen by their owners, you can only imagine the quality of the chosen pieces.  In reality, the sole criterion for choosing one of three is which looks most like the dog in the painting.  

You can purchase these paintings at the NepalDog.com website.   More Chihuahua Folk Art here.

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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.