Poster the Border Collie looks handsome and happy in his portraits by Baba and Megh Raj Thapa. I had a hard time finding a dry spot to photograph the new artworks today after the torrential downpour yesterday and last night.
Kathmandu posted its heaviest day of rain (126 mm) yesterday since records were began in 1968.
Around the Boudhanath Stupa, it looks more like San Marco Plaza in Venice, complete with benches as gondolas. Even in the sunlight after the storm, rain continued to fall, but not a rainbow in sight. The flooding dissipated in less than an hour, though.
Blue, a rescued dog, is Free and Happy (or is it Happy and Free) in these portraits by Megh Raj and Baba. Rest in peace, Blue. The third one of this series is coming from Sanjib Rana, due next Saturday. Can't wait to see his take on this pretty dog.
Tricky and Cash are two happy puppies in their signboard art by Baba and Megh Raj. I like the attention that is paid to the scarf and jewelry in these portraits. Nepalis often give their dogs collars, and it is especially nice when you see the dogs with a tika - a red mark placed on the dog's forehead to convey respect and blessings.
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 for another 3 weeks ordering portraits.
Deadline for new submissions is September 15th - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.
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