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Architecture of Pokhara: New versus Old

Pokhara, set around beautiful Lake Fewa, changes drastically every time we visit.

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A new building buts up against an older one here.   Looks like the back yard has been taken over by a graceless monstrocity as well.  

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Some older Nepali gentlemen relax on the porch of their small traditional home as it is dwarfed by new construction all around.

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Some new architecture is worse than others.

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This one has an over-wrought (iron) charm.   Many new buildings can be compared to wedding cakes.

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The geese and ducks enjoy the water under the bridge near this traditional home in Pokhara.

 

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Water Buffalos loll under the bridge


The water buffaloes enjoy the cool water too. 

 

I have written posts in previous years about Pokhara and its architecture.   Click here and see the changes for yourself.

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This is an example of the Danger Dogs fair trade art project.   Your pet can become a Danger Dog or Cat.   Find out more below.

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.


Live from Kathmandu: Baba and Megh Raj

Baba and Megh Raj have also been busy.

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You will just have to trust me on this one, but these three paintings of Roxy the Cattle Dog, Yoda the Shepherd and Tito the Zen French Bulldog by Baba are a delight.   Baba's studio is very low light, a flash ruins the photos and it was raining cats and dogs outside Baba's door. 

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Buster the Lab who loves the water is cheerful as he runs on the beach.

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The rain did not stop Baba who is hard at work painting Charlie's portrait, and adding a dramatice yellow and orange background.

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Babe then started in on painting the background for Domino the Hero Dog.   Domino is truly a hero as he awoke a sleeping child during a fire and got her to safety.

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Dublin and GP are a pair of inseparable Labradoodles.   I literally have never seen them apart.   And their good friend Charlie shares floor space in Megh Raj's Studio.   Arwen Evenstar the tuxdo cat peeks out on the side.  Megh Raj still has to add the Nepali Devengari script.

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 Nepal: More works in progress

Megh Raj is in fine form this trip, as always.

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Tricky and Cash are joined by the Tuxedo Cat Arwen Evenstar and the Labradoodle pair of Dublin and GP.   It is always a delight to visit Megh Raj Thapa and see his delightful art.  

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Shego the Black Rabbit is held by Megh Raj.   Again, sorry for the focus.   Such a pretty bunny.

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We traveled across Nepal from Kathmandu to Pokhara yesterday.   A luxury (?) bus costs less than $5 US for a 7 hour ride along the Privthi Highway through spectacular river valleys.   This is the view from our first 20 minute rest stop.

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Tables set on the riverside are cool and shady.

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Here is the second rest stop's garden with big purple water lilies and covered pavillions to eat and play cards.

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This cute dog enjoys sniffing around Lake Fewa in Pokhara.   Pokhara is a resort town with Nepal's 2nd largest lake surrounded by the Annapurna Mountains.   It is hot here but worth every drop of perspiration!

There is a new organization here in Pokhara formed to help the street dogs.   "No Rabies, No Babies" is their slogan.   Clever. 

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Dramatic monsoon clouds dwarf this lone fisherman on Lake Fewa.

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I met this handsome dog when he was a puppy last year.   He is still happy and healthy.  

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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. 


Live from Kathmandu: More works in progress

Things are heating up here in the monsoon in Nepal, and more works in progress (and some finals) are now available.

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Here is Mickie the cat by Dilip Niroj.   This one still needs the Nepali writing.   Mickie is a beauty.

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Here is the Rogue's Gallery that greeted me on the street outside Dilip's studio.   There is Mickie the cat, Ruby the German Shepherd, Roxy the Cattle Dog done up as a Cheerleader, President Obama, Toffee the Beautiful Mongrel and Domino is a Hero Dog. 

Usually I am careful not to put Barack in with the dogs, but this is a documentary photo and this is what I saw when I arrived at Dilip's doorstep.

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art has commissioned another set of Folk Art Obamas, and this is the first one I have seen.   I think Dilip did a great job of capturing our 44th President.

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Moving on to Sufraj Khadka's studio, we have an early portrait of Tuki by Suf.   This one looks promising.   I am especially fond of the white picket fence and the attention paid to Tuki's collar.   Tuki's big smile is nice, too.

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Another (very) early drawing of Aesop the Jack Russell by Suf.   The lines are there, though.   That is an early version of Annie Hall peeking out on the top right.

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: New Works in Progress

It is monsoon season here in Kathmandu and I am excited to share the latest works in progress of the Danger Dogs. 

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Megh Raj Thapa has almost finished this portrait of a white Labrador Retriever who is frolicking in the ocean.   All of the artists were thrilled to see this one, as Nepal is a land-locked country and they are fascinated with the oceans of the world.

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Next, also by Megh Raj, we have a lovely Border Collie with a big smile.

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And last but not least, Megh Raj is painting this handsome liver and white colored Border Collie.   This is a strong photo and I cannot wait to see the three finals on this one.

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Here is an early work in progress of the same dog, this time by Baba.

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Yoda, the German Shepherd mix, as an early work in progress by the always interesting artist Baba.

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Here we have Tito, the French Bulldog next to Roxy the cheer-leading Cattle Dog, both early works in progress by Baba.   I came by on a Saturday, usually the day off for a Nepali business and Baba's back room was filled with men having a business meeting.

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Here is that beautiful white Lab in the ocean, this time by Baba.

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Above is Baba outside his studio.   Baba has expanded his studio to include a separate 'fine arts' wing where he will be teaching art to students and painting the Danger Dogs.   His old office will be the commercial part of his business where he paints license plates and banners.

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The streets of Kathmandu are being widened all over town.   This means that people are losing 5 to 10 feet of their homes, gardens and storefronts without compensation.   This makes it a tense time and you can see from the photo above that this is a great disruption.   Baba is scheduled to lose 6 feet from his studio, but he is making do.   

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On a happier note, the festival of Gai Jatra was celebrated last  Friday.   This holiday honors the family and friends that have died in the past year by carrying their photos on a palenquin through town accompanied by much fanfare.  These little girls are adorable dressed up as the Goddess Radha.

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We watched the processions from our perches and these ladies and their dog watched from theirs.

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This is the interior courtyard of the home where we watched the Gai Jatra festivities in Bhaktapur - a city renowned throughout Nepal as the City of Artists.   As you can see from this old, old house, the woodcarvers were fantastic.

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A well patinaed Danger Dog that I found on my morning walk.

 

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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!