The Monsoon got off to a slow start this year, but September is making up for it.
Scarlet the German Shepherd in all her glory by Hari Timesina and Baba. Scarlet's companion asked for an interesting combination of artists - Hari T, Baba and Sufraj. These three could not be more different. I pick up Sufraj's finals today, can't wait to see it.
Tito the French Bulldog (by Megh Raj Thapa) is big and dramatic in his final portrait in the series. Megh Raj chose a minimalist theme but let the dramatic reds and golds make Tito stand out.
Holy cow! I went to pick up at Dilip's and his folk art Obamas were still drying! Along with the lovely Shego the Black Rabbit.
Mickie the cat and his three finals are in. By Baba, Dilip Niroj and Hari Timesina, this will be a hard choice. This is a beautiful cat, hope he does not mind being called 'Micie' by Hari T.
Tricky and Cash will be another hard choice. Here we have the finals by Megh Raj Thapa, Dilip Niroj and Baba.
Even in the rain, we have some time to get out and see the spectacular signs on gates that inspired the Nepal Art Dogs project in the first place.
You can see how all this rain supports the mosses and lichens on the walls.
We stopped by to see an old friend - Bo the Jungle Cat. He was found in the mountains many years ago, his mother had died and he was not yet weaned. He was brought to Kathmandu where he has a long tether to keep him from decimating the local fauna.
Of course, Bo has his very own Danger Cat sign - painted by Vinosh, a talented artist that went to Saudi Arabia to make more money.
We came across a Badminton tournament on our travels through the wet streets of Kathmandu.
This gate is quite a sight with its three tiger medallions.
As you can see, gates can be pretty elaborate in this part of the world.
But this handsome German Shepherd with the bright red tongue deserves his own close up.
Another handsome Beware of the Dog sign from Nepal.
We also came across this group of ladies celebrating the Nepali festival of Teej. It is considered a women's festival where the ladies get dressed up (usually in red and green) and fast in honor of their present or future husbands. Lots of singing ensues.
Not a restaurant I will be eating in soon!
If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here inNepal, now is the perfect time to order. I will be here for another 3 weeks ordering portraits.
Deadline for new submissions is September 19th, 2012 - fast approaching. So do not delay.
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 Autumn 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 achoice 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 email@example.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
Let's keep these artists painting.
American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.
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