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September 2012

Folk Art Obamas arrive at the Santa Monica Museum of Art

The Nepalese signboard artists had a fine time painting President Obama and his 1st Lady, Michelle Obama.

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The new 'Wall of Folk Art Obamas' is up at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.   You may remember that I commissioned portraits of Barack Obama just after the historic 2008 elections, but this is the first time that I have done Michelle Obama's portrait.   I think they have turned out well.  

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art is located at Bergamot Station.  More information and directions can be found on their website at smmoa.org.

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This portrait of Barack Obama is by Megh Raj Thapa.

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Sufraj Khadka painted this portrait of President Obama.

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Michelle Obama by Sufraj Khadka.

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And Michelle as painted by Megh Raj Thapa.  

There are now 4 portraits of Michelle Obama and 8 of Barack Obama presently at the Museum.   Hurry down for the best selection.

All of the above signboards are hand painted using synthetic enamel on metal by Nepali signboard artists.   The artists are paid fair trade wages.   Some portraits are on recycled metal.


Live from Kathmandu: Which would you choose?

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Brady the liver colored German Short-haired Pointer has his final three by Megh Raj Thapa, Nara and Sagar.   Hard choice here.

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Uschi is a tall Doberman Pinscher here with his final portraits by Nara, Megh Raj Thapa and Sagar (clockwise from top left).  

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Lucy the Lucky Dog shines in her three portraits by Nara, Megh Raj Thapa and Sagar. 

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Nelson aka Pumpkin is a cute pup with his portraits by Nara, Sagar and Megh Raj Thapa.

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Nemo is a handsome Border Collie that is not afraid to speak up.  By Megh Raj, Sagar and Baba (clockwise from top left.)

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Boris and Ivan are two cute French Bulldogs.   Their final portraits are by Sagar, Megh Raj Thapa and Sufraj Khadka.   They look much better in person, as you can tell the overcast sky casts a glare on these portraits. 

You may remember a previous French Bulldog named Tito on this trip.   When I gave Boris and Ivan's photo to Sagar, he pointed to Tito's portrait and said 'Same caste?'  This is Nepal, after all.

More in a few days when I settle back in to California.  I promise the photos of the signboards will be clearer.

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here in November, 2012, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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 Winter 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 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: Nepal Art Dogs and Teej

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Yoda the Shepherd dog makes a classic Danger Dog in her portraits by Baba, Jit Gurung and Sagar (clockwise from top left).   She makes a strong statement with her direct gaze and pretty markings.

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Fiona is a Terrier Mix hand painted here by Megh Raj Thapa, Indra Lama and Baba (clockwise from top left).   Fiona is a rescue dog that has landed in good hands.

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Mookie is a cute Maltese and Cairn Terrier mix with a lot of personality evident in his portraits by Santosh Shrestha, Baba and Indra Lama (clockwise from tope left).

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This Danger Zen Yorkie is handsome as can be in his final three paintings by Indra lama, Baba and Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left).

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This is Tuki, a pretty black dog by Sagar, Baba and Sufraj Khadka.   This photo was taken on Tuki's 8th birthday, but I am sure the great photo was more a present for her lucky owner.

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Lastly today, we have Poster the Border Collie in his final triple portraits by Baba, Sagar and Megh Raj (clockwise from top left).  Poster is definitely a pretty dog in these paintings.   He may be a worker but his big smile betrays his joy in his day job.

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Kathmandu has just finished celebrating the 'woman's holiday' of Teej.   Technically a three-day festival, Teej has become a season of delicious food, house parties, singing, dancing and wearing your best clothing (preferably red and green).  The streets were closed off on Kathmandu's main arterial Ring Road from Chabahuil to Old Baneshwor and thousands thronged the streets.

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Many Hindu women and girls after puberty join in fasting in order to secure the health of their present or future husbands.   Here they are in line waiting to pay homage to Shiva at the centuries old Pashupthi Temple - a World Heritage Site in Kathmandu.  They say that over 300,000 ladies visited the shrine, waiting 30 minutes to access the temples.

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Even the Monsoonal rains didn't dampen the spirits of the ladies as they march down the closed road, with occasional stages providing music and dancing.

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It would not be the Danger Dog Blog if I did not include this handsome Boxer fellow.   His name is Tiger, of course.

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Lucky the black Lhasa Apso looks askance at me as I walk the lane next door to my guest house.   He often wakes us up as he lives (and barks) next door.   Still, not before 7am most days!

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No burglars would dare to cross this gate!

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here in November, 2012, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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 Winter 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 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: Which would you choose?

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Dublin and GP are two handsome and inseperable Labradoodles.   They make a great double Danger Dog portrait.  By Megh Raj Thapa, Sufraj Khadka and Baba (clockwise from top left).   Apparently there are many ways to spell Labradoodle in Nepali!

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Annie Hall, the Royal Fattie, is a beagle.   In her portraits by Baba, Hari Timesina and Sufraj Khadka, she is an odalisque.   Two out of three of the artists painted her lovely cushions as a background.

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Together at last, we have the Lady Scarlet and her final three portraits by Baba, Hari Timesina and Sufraj Khadka.  

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This Zen Yorkie cuts a fine figure in this work in progress by Indra.   He was supposed to have these done by August 8, and he is still putting on the final touches!   It is part of the fun hearing why things are not ready.

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Also by Indra Lama is his portrait of Fiona, a pretty rescue dog.   This one is also still awaiting the Nepali lettering and a green border.

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Indra adds the final touches to his portrait of Mookie as a young fan looks on.

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Imagine my delight when I came upon all of these Danger Dogs drying in the sun outside of Sagar's studio.  Imagine my delight if they had all been finished and dry (since some of these were ordered in July!).

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Lucy is a lucky dog and this is here first final portrait (by Sagar).   Still needs the Nepali Devengari script, but you can tell that this one is a beauty.

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here in November to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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 Winter 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 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: Raining Cats and Dogs

The Monsoon got off to a slow start this year, but September is making up for it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tricky and Cash will be another hard choice.   Here we have the finals by Megh Raj Thapa, Dilip Niroj and Baba.

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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.   

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You can see how all this rain supports the mosses and lichens on the walls.

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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.

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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.   

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We came across a Badminton tournament on our travels through the wet streets of Kathmandu.

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This gate is quite a sight with its three tiger medallions.

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As you can see, gates can be pretty elaborate in this part of the world.  

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But this handsome German Shepherd with the bright red tongue deserves his own close up.

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Another handsome Beware of the Dog sign from Nepal.

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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.

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Not a restaurant I will be eating in soon!

 

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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 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.