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Danger Dogs of Texas

The Danger Dogs were in South Texas at the new Folk Art Gallery in North Sequin, Texas, called High Lonesome Gallery.   The High Lonesome is now closed.   We will all miss it.   However, all dogs marked as available are still available from me through the NepalDog.com website.

High Lonesome Danger Dogs
The Danger Dogs were up at the High Lonesome.

King Luke the Danger Dog by Dilip
King Luke the Cattle Dog by Dilip Niroj, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

Cattle dogs are popular in Texas, and I sent High Lonesome a nice selection, starting with King Luke the Australian Cattle Dog.   I knew Luke and he was full of personality.   He was certainly motivated by food.   He would eat anything!

This nice portrait of Luke immortalizing him shows his strength and his intent gaze.

Lucy Cattle Dog by Sabala
Lucy the Cattle Dog by Baba, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

Baba did a great job painting the beautiful Lucy.   The Nepali script translated to 'Dharma Dog' in Nepalese.

Lucy Cattle Dog by Sagar_1
Lucy the Cattle Dog by Sagar. Sold at High Lonesome Gallery.

Another version of the lovely Lucy, this time by Sagar.  When I travel to Nepal and commission these artworks, I always give them to at least 3 signboard artists.   These are the two not chosen.  

People usually choose the one that most looks like their dog.   

DevilDog.HariT_98
Bliss in her agility trials by Hari T.  Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

Hari Timesina is one of my most original artists in style and color.  This portrait of Bliss the Australian Shepherd does look like a Devil Dog.   You can read more of the adventures of Bliss (and they are many) by going to Susan Hartzler's Alpha Dog column in the Examiner.

 

Bert.BlueHeeler.MeghRaj
Bert the Blue Heeler by Megh Raj Thapa, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

Bert by Megh Raj Thapa is a handsome dog with a sweet portrait.   I leave the chalk marks on that the artists use to true the lettering, by the way.   You can do what you like when you buy them.

Rooster by  Sanjib
Rooster by Sanjib Rana, Sold at High Lonesome Gallery.

This beautiful Beware of Cock sign is rather large and handsome.   12" by 15" instead of 12" by 12" like all the other signs, it stands out!  And the message always gets a good laugh.

Sanjib Rana paints using acryllic rather than the synthetic enamel used by all other artists in the Nepal Art Dog project.  His artwork is the only one that cannot be safely hung outside.

  LazShepherdDilip

Laz the Shepherd by Dilip Niroj, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

Laz is a good dog and Dilip gave him a big smile.  

Black Lab by Punam
Killian the Black Lab by Punam, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

Another unusual artist is Punam from Pokhara.   I believe that Punam would have a great career designing cartoons for Walt Disney's Pixar or Dreamworks.  He makes them come to life.

WhiteLab.RamK
Nepali Lab by Ram Krishna, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

I did not commission this piece, but rather a Nepali person did.  But when I saw it in Ram Krishna's studio, I really liked it and they sold it to me instead - at a better rate, no doubt :)!   This saintly Danger Dog would not scare anyone.

Sagar Duke White Lab
Duke the White Lab by Sagar, Sold at High Lonesome Gallery.

Sagar has the unusual habit of hiding racy images in the backgrounds of his Danger Dogs.   He also tends to make the dog a bit thuggish.   This dog looks like Humphrey DogArt to me.   World weary.

Thuggish Danger Dogs make sense to keep out burglars.

Fritzi Manoj
Fritzi the Shepherd by Manoj, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

Manoj is my only Christian artist, a young man with a great sense of style, he paints Fritzi as a very happy dog.

Zach.WhiteDog.Jit_2
Zach the mixed Breed by Jit Gurung, Sold at High Lonesome Gallery.

Look closely at Jit's portrait of Zach and you can see great brushwork.   This is a classic example of a Danger Dog and similar to what one might see in Nepal on a compound gate.

Norwich Terrier
Norwich Terrier by Santosh Shrestha, Available at High Lonesome Gallery.

Sorry for the focus on this one, but this Norwich Terrier is a beauty.   Come on over to the High Lonesome Gallery to see for yourself.

By the way, 11 artists are represented in these 13 pieces available at High Lonesome.

Over the years, I have commissioned art from 58 signboard artists in Nepal and I would re-hire 42 of them.   That just speaks to the depth of talent that is in danger of disappearing.   The artists' sons are on the computer, photoshopping work.  While Nepal should welcome the 21st Century, we cannot forget the past.   These artists deserve to hand paint signs.  

The High Lonesome Gallery was South Texas' source for outsider, folk, visionary, vernacular, vintage, regional, traditional, found-object and industrial art and antiques.

Their full address was:

High Lonesome Gallery, 9350 Highway 123, North Seguin, Texas, 78155

The Nepal Art Dogs would love to return to this area, and are actively looking for stores to replace the High Lonesome.   Please contact me to consign art.

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Your pet too can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

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

 

HOW TO ORDER

To order, 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 artists 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, be framed or unframed.

While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.

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 or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

 

 


See the Dogs Live in Boston Part 4

Danger Dogs are quite the hit at Nomad in Cambridge.  They have been a howling success.   Cambridge Canine added their voice to the pack.

Irish Setter by Santosh
Irish Setter by Santosh Shrestha, approx 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

The intent gaze of the Irish Setter is captured by Santosh Shrestha in this black backgrounded signboard with pink and white lettering.   And a pretty blue nose.

Pekingese by Vinosh
Pekingese by Vinosh, approx 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

Malachy the Pekingese, this year's Best In Show winner at the Westminster Dog Show, would be proud of this portrait of an elegant and well-groomed Pekingese with a direct gaze and beautiful coat.  This sign is painted on grey baked on enamel.

By Vinosh, an artist that has since moved to Saudi Arabia to work as a manual laborer.

Pug on Plastic by Sagar
Pug by Sagar, approx 12"x12" synthetic enamel on plastic, SOLD at Nomad.

This painting of a Pug was not a commission from me, but an attempt for the artists to make some money while I was not in Nepal.   Of course, I could not resist this beautiful portrait of a Pug against a green background, even though it was painted on plastic.  

Many of my artists have requested to paint on plastic, but it is not traditional, so I have said no.   This one is wider than it is tall as well.

You might notice that this one is sold.   Better get on over to Nomad to see them all.

Sheepdog_by_Dilip
Sheepdog by Dilip Niroj, approx 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

This is a pretty Sheepdog, done in a folk art style by Dilip Niroj.   The nice shadowing shows off the brushwork on this Sheepdog's hair.

Shepherd Bat Dog by Hari T
Shepherd by Hari Timesina, approx 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

Bat dog by Hari Timesina is a fun portrait of a Shepherd with big ears!   Hari has a style all of his own, and this is one of his best.   Every artist who painted Bat Dog thought I meant to say Bad Dog.   There are no 'bad' Danger Dogs!

Sheepdog.Fugg.HariP
Fudgy Joe the Sheepdog by Hari Prasad,approx 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

Fudgy Joe the Enlightened Sheepdog looks out at the world from a blue and golden background as painted by Hari Prasad.

Yorkie by Amar
Chewy the Yorkie by Amar, approx 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

Chewy by Amar Shrestha is a fresh and pretty portrait of a Yorkshire Terrier.  Amar brings out the innocence of a dog and this painting is no exception.

As you can see, every Danger Dog tells a story.

This is the last post for the Danger Dog treasures that you can find at Nomad in Cambridge.   Some signs never even made it to this blog before they were snapped up by the discerning Danger Dog lovers from Cambridge.

They seem to be selling like hot dogs, so if you are in the area stop by soon.  Their address is at 1741 Mass Ave in Cambridge, not far from Porter Square.   Be there or be square.

To see the Dogs in person, here is their website:   www.NomadCambridge.com   Tell them Michelle sent you!

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Your pet too can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

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

 

HOW TO ORDER

To order, 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 artists 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, be framed or unframed.

While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.

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 or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

 


See the Dogs Live in Boston! Part 3

The Danger Dogs are a hit already in Cambridge at Nomad, a Folk Art store for urban explorers near Porter Square. 

Schnauzer.Birju
Scottish Terrier by Vinosh, approximately 12"x12" Acrylic on metal, SOLD at Nomad.

This charming black Scottie Dog was hand painted in Nepal by Vinosh on my second Danger Dog trip.   Vinosh was in fine form and painted many dogs for me. 

Vinosh has since moved to Saudi Arabia where this talented artist can make more money doing manual labor than he can as a signboard artist in Nepal.   This brought home to me why the Nepal Art Dog project is so important.   A full 26% of Nepal's GNP is from remittance - which the Nepalese refer to as 'going out'.  Perhaps with more Fair Trade orders, these artists could stay with their families.

Vinosh' talent and sense of design is a terrible thing to waste.  More on that problem here on a previous post.

Cooper Black Lab Dilip
Cooper the Black Lab by Dilip Niroj, approximately 12"x12" Acrylic on metal, available at Nomad.

This soulful portrait of Cooper is by Dilip Niroj.   The eyes really glow and Dilip's rendering of this Black Labrador Retriever's black fur is truly masterful.

Dilip is the proud owner of 3 dogs - a Doberman Pinscher, a German Shepherd and a Pug.   What a combo!   His love of dogs comes out in this painting.

Amar.pink poodle
Colette the Poodle by Amar Shrestha, approximately 12"x12" Acrylic on metal, available at Nomad.

Colette the Black Standard Poodle is pretty in pink in this dramatic, almost cubist portrait by Amar Shrestha.   The large eye is a nice counterpoint to the red collar.

Corky.ChocLab.MeghRaj
Corky the Chocolate Lab by Megh Raj Thapa, approximately 12"x12" Acrylic on metal, available at Nomad.

Corky is obviously a smart dog to have had this lettering.   This portrait of a Chocolate Labrador Retreiver is by Megh Raj Thapa, one of my softer artists.   A gentle man, he lovingly paints his Danger Dogs with a deft hand and a great eye for detail.

Corgi_by_Sagar
Reign the Corgi by Sagar, approximately 12"x12" Acrylic on metal, SOLD at Nomad.

This Corgi's owner is very attractive, as you can see, and Sagar chose to include her in this one-of-a-kind portrait.   He may have gone a bit overboard with the myriad frolicking girls in the background.   Nevertheless, this blue-eyed Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the commanding centerpiece to this fun painting.

Sagar teaches Japanese students to paint in Nepal and they in turn taught him enough Kanji for him to use as his signature.

Mohan.sheepdog
Sheepdog by Mohan Neupane, approximately 12"x12" Acrylic on metal, SOLD at Nomad.

Mohan Neupane's beware of dog signs are always painted with a dark blue background, pink lettering and the dog always has a dark dropshadow.   This sheepdog is a great example of Mohan's art.

As you can see, every Danger Dog tells a story.

More of the Danger Dog treasures that you can find at Nomad in Cambridge will be featured in a later blog.   Stay tuned.

They seem to be selling like hot dogs, so if you are in the area stop by soon.  Their address is at 1741 Mass Ave in Cambridge, not far from Porter Square.   Be there or be square.

To see the Dogs in person, here is their website:   www.NomadCambridge.com   Tell them Michelle sent you!

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Your pet too can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

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

 

HOW TO ORDER

To order, 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 artists 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, be framed or unframed.

While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.

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 or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!