Live from Kathmandu: Which would you choose?
Live from Kathmandu: Which would you choose?

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.

 

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