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August 2012

Miscellany from Pokhara

You may remember that the artist Shree Laimachhaine 'went out' to South Korea last year to make more money for his family.

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Shree's wife Bimala has turned his studio into a school supply shop.   He has another two years on his contract before returning home to Nepal.   You can read more about Shree and his struggle to survive as a signboard artist here.

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Beauty Parlor signs like this are disappearing at an alarming rate.   They have their own charm, but cannot compete with...

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Ashton Kutcher and his sari-clad beauty printed on plastic advertising this tailor's shop.   Call me crazy but I prefer the charm of the hand painted.   No one will make a man look like Ashton Kutcher and certainly not a Nepali tailor.

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Here is an example of what you might expect when you include your pet in the Nepal Art Dog project.   ShuShu the Yorkie by three different signboard artists.   Baba, Megh Raj and Amar did the honors.  

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

You will be happy you did!

Stay tuned.   More tomorrow.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!

 

I am back in Nepal for the 11th Danger Dog trip and am accepting commissions now.   I'll be back to the states in late September with your orders.

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 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, be framed or unframed.

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.


Pokhara Days

The Lakeside Resort of Pokhara is a delight.

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This is our rooftop view of the Annapurna Range from our Hotel in Pokhara - the Green Tara. 

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Walking along Lake Fewa on the way to breakfast is a treat in itself.

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A friendly wasp wanted to share our jam this morning.

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It is not hard to find interesting signboard art here in Pokhara.

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A typical Nepali 'Beware of Dog' sign.   I am cheating with this one, as it is by Baba and is behind his shop in Kathmandu.

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I did find this lovely signboard on the way home from breakfast this morning.  

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This is the unlucky dog that is behind the sign above.   He is let out in the evenings, but kept in most of the day.   I wish I could help, but this is a common practice in Nepal.

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If you would like to have your dog immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here for another 6 weeks ordering portraits. 

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 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!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.


Window Shopping in Pokhara

The streets of Pokhara are lined with shops selling just about anything a tourist might like.

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I came across this cross-dressing mannequin last evening.   He looks nice in his pashmina sweater and scarf.

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His window companion is a bit more pedestrian, but more colorful just the same.

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This lady in the orange pashmina seems to float and her kata (a white scarf given to bless the wearer - usually blessed by a monk) floats even higher.

More fun mannequins from Nepal can be found here on an earlier post.

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This mannequin has been through his paces, that is for sure.   More mannequins here.

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We came across this Spitz mix (a very popular breed here in Pokhara) along with what looks like a Boston Terrier guarding their compound.   Quite effectively, I might add.  

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Their stencilled 'Beware of Dog' sign left a lot to be desired however.

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Poster the Border Collie by Megh Raj Thapa, even as an early work in progress, is a better choice!

More to come.   Stay tuned.

If you would like to have your dog immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here for another 6 weeks ordering portraits. 

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 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!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid. 


Why I Love Nepal: Pop up fun.

The Monsoon is hot, wet and muggy by definition, but we manage to enjoy ourselves all the same.  Kathmandu is a city of pop up fun.   We never know what to expect.

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After a night of refreshing and much needed rain, we awoke to see the magnificent Himalayan white mountains from our rooftop at the Dragon Guest House in Boudha.

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When I arrived back in Boudha last night after making the rounds of artists, I came across this magnificent sight.   Thousands of colorfully dressed Nepalis throng the Boudhanath Stupa to watch dancing, parades and live music.   Never a dull moment here.

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An early walk through town turned up this handsome Nepali dog zealously guarding his cotton ball rabbit.

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With the city wide road expansions, I am losing some old Danger Dog friends on the Kathmandu gates.   I am glad to see this Collie still there.

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Every Danger Dog has a tongue in Nepal.

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This 'Be Ware of Dog' sign is naively typical of what one might see on a Nepali compound gate.   Love those teeth.

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This colorful portrait of a white Labrador Retriever is by none other than Baba and is right around the corner from his studio.   I'm glad that the Nepali locals are getting into the Danger Dog spirit.

More to come.   Stay tuned.

If you would like to have your dog immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here for another 6 weeks ordering portraits. 

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 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!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.

 

 


Live from Kathmandu: Monsoon season

Our first stop on Saturday morning after the long flight to Kathmandu was the Kathmandu Farmer's Market at the 1905 Restaurant.

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Young and old people from all walks of life gather to sample, buy and sell the delicious locally grown organic vegetables and herbs.

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These gentlemen serve delicious tea freshly brewed to perfection.   Today's was a black tea from Ilam.  Again these teas are Nepali grown and organic.   They have shops all over Kathmandu where you can buy these teas.

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Kathmandu's Saturday Farmer's Market is set in a lovely garden near the central tourist district of Thamel on Kanti Path.   1905 Restaurant is truly a delight - set in an old Rana Palace built in 1905, it is complete with a pond stocked with swans and lilies.  

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Stalls here sell fresh cheeses, meats, honey, homemade pastries and baked goods, even wine from India - the Shiraz/Cabernet blend was tasty.   The market starts at 9am and is over by noon.

There are other Farmer's Markets in Kathmandu as well, notably at the Summit Hotel in Lalitpur twice weekly.

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This pile of cats is at our local tea stall.   You may remember them from last winter's post when they were mere kittens.

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This is a favorite vernacular Danger Dog sign on the streets of Naxal, an old area of Kathmandu.   Like most places in Kathmandu, Naxal is undergoing an street widening and many, many buildings are having their first few meters removed.  

This means that many old facades will disappear.   Nepalis know the value of their lovely old carved wood windows and they will be recycled, but the signboards will be gone forever, replaced with the plastic modern ones.  

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This pair of double boxers is now gone due to the road expansion.   Such a shame.   Wish I could buy them.   Maybe I will knock on their gate and try!  I could trade them for a new sign.   Believe me, they will think I am crazy.  Keep your fingers crossed.

 

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If you would like to have your dog immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here for another 6 weeks ordering portraits. 

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 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!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.