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October 2012

Dogs of the Day: Who could choose?

Folk art Pit bull hand painted on meta.
Mike the Pit Bull hand painted in Nepal


Mike is so handsome in his three portraits that all three went to a good home:  Mike's owner is a lucky dog.

 

Folk art Jindo hand painted on metal
Stella the Karmic Jindo


Stella the Jindo's owner couldn't resist getting all three of these portraits. 

Folk art Border Collie hand painted on metal.
Poster the Border Collie


Another impossible choice was the smiling Poster - a beauty of a border collie if I ever saw one.   A Poster Boy for the working class.

Folk art portrait of a Labrador hand painted on metal
Buster the White Lab


Buster the White Labrador Retriever is a happy boy that loves the water.   His owner loved all three and so do I.

Folk art French Bulldog hand painted on metal
French Bulldog Tito times three!


Who could choose among these three portraits of Tito the French Bulldog?   This dog has personality plus and all three artists got a different take on his attitude.  

Folk art Border Collie hand painted on metal
Nemo the Border Collie hand painted on metal


Nemo the liver and white colored Border Collie also proved impossible for his owner to resist.   All three went to a good home.  

You can imagine how much fun it is to get these great paintings of your pet painted in Nepal - all the while helping these talented signboard artists to hand-paint and thrive in a digital world.

I will miss seeing these dogs' portraits around, they are all beauties.

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now accepted for the Fall 2012 trip.   I leave soon, so order today.

 

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.

Pricing information can be found at www.NepalDog.com.

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!

 


Vintage bathing suits on a bathing beauty!

This is a departure from my usual subjects, but it is a subject near and dear to my heart.

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The lovely Rose Rossi, a budding actor, absolutely glows in this pink bathing suit circa 1953.   I think you will agree that Rose is the perfect model for these vintage bathing suits.  

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Here Rose channels Dorothy Lamour in this sarong style bathing suit from the late 1940's.   This is such a sweet bathing costume.   I even brought it to Kathmndu in 1986 and swam at the Everest Hotel.   It still fits me, by the way.

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Rose looks cool as a cucumber in this bright kelly green knit bathing suit from the 1940's.   I know from experience that this flattering number keeps in the moisture and feels cold even in sweltering heat.   I photographed Rose in dozens of great old bathing costumes over the course of the day.   Believe it or not, these were taken in mid-January.   I was raised in Ohio and really appreciate Santa Monica's pleasant year-round weather.IMG_5066

Rose peruses the collection.  Which beautiful bathing suit will she try on next?   And what hat will go best with the outfit?   I liked this bathing suit so much on Rose that I gave it to her for her birthday present !!!   The plaid suited her to a tee!

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This bathing suit is one of the oddest ever.   No woman wants to have her stomach emphasized.   This suit balloons out in the oddest place.     But the playful pattern makes the blouson belly an afterthought.   Needless to say, everything looks good on Rose.

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Here is an exotic Rose in a 1960's two-piece suit with fishnet mesh joining the two leopard patterned pieces.  

I took over 350 shots of Rose in my garden last January.   Please stay tuned for more. These all still fit me, by the way!

These were all shot by me in my garden with the fabulous Rose Rossi.   Her imdb profile is here.  

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Vintage bathing suits on a bathing beauty!

This is a departure from my usual subjects, but it is a subject near and dear to my heart.

PinkBathingSuit
The lovely Rose Rossi, a budding actor, absolutely glows in this pink bathing suit circa 1953.   I think you will agree that Rose is the perfect model for these vintage bathing suits.  

DorothyLamourBathingSuit
Here Rose channels Dorothy Lamour in this sarong style bathing suit from the late 1940's.   This is such a sweet bathing costume.   I even brought it to Kathmndu in 1986 and swam at the Everest Hotel.   It still fits me, by the way.

GreenKnitBathingSuit
Rose looks cool as a cucumber in this bright kelly green knit bathing suit from the 1940's.   I know from experience that this flattering number keeps in the moisture and feels cold even in sweltering heat.   I photographed Rose in dozens of great old bathing costumes over the course of the day.   Believe it or not, these were taken in mid-January.   I was raised in Ohio and really appreciate Santa Monica's pleasant year-round weather.IMG_5066

Rose peruses the collection.  Which beautiful bathing suit will she try on next?   And what hat will go best with the outfit?   I liked this bathing suit so much on Rose that I gave it to her for her birthday present !!!   The plaid suited her to a tee!

IMG_5087
This bathing suit is one of the oddest ever.   No woman wants to have her stomach emphasized.   This suit balloons out in the oddest place.     But the playful pattern makes the blouson belly an afterthought.   Needless to say, everything looks good on Rose.

LeopardBathingSuit
Here is an exotic Rose in a 1960's two-piece suit with fishnet mesh joining the two leopard patterned pieces.  

I took over 350 shots of Rose in my garden last January.   Please stay tuned for more. 

 

 


Live from Kathmandu: The Kaiser Mahal Library

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Since first arriving in Kathmandu in 1986, a favorite haunt has been the Kaiser Mahal Library.   A stone's throw from the bustle of Thamel, it has been an oasis of peace and quiet for decades.

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Established in 1969, after the 1964 death of Field Marshal Kaiser Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana -- son of the late Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana.   Kaiser Shumsher must have been a renaissance man.   By all accounts, he loved to read and learn and was fascinated by a great variety of subjects.

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Students and tourists alike use the upper hallways for studies and to have a quiet haven to read.

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The view from the desks onto the courtyards with the birds chirping is quite a treat.

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The hallway's cabinets are filled with non-fiction (organized by the Dewey Decimal System), and topped with vintage photos of life as a Rana in the 20th Century.   Photos of hunts (with the attendant stuffed trophies), private dinners and banquets, fanciful costumes line the walls - all the glamour that went with the Royal family.  Kaiser Shumsher had a voracious mind if the books are any indication.

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The upper floors are staffed by the Ministry of Education.   There are over 50,000 books, documents and photos in the Kaiser Library.  

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Though the Library's collection stopped with the death of Kaiser Shumsher in 1964, they still offer daily newspapers and periodicals.

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I can remember reading a first edition of James Hilton's 'Lost Horizons' with the dust cover extant on a cool day in 1986 while waiting for my husband to return from Tibet.  I sat in a window nook and read it cover to cover over three days.   I've looked - it has since gone missing.   Oh, well....

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Florescent lighting is not the best to highlight the wonderful craftsmanship that went into this fabulous home turned library, but it illuminates the detail on every surface.

Kaiser Shumsher first traveled to England in 1908 as a young man and was impressed by the variety and organization of books, thus beginning his lifelong dedication.   I heartily recommend that you visit the library as well as the adjacent 'Garden of Dreams'.   Kaiser Shumsher was also a talented gardener and he would be pleased to see the recent renovation of his landscape project.   But the 'Garden of Dreams' is for another post.

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Brady is a handsome liver-colored Pointer and a good example of why I travel to Nepal.   Signboard art is disappearing at a rapid rate and my fair trade art business supports these artists.   I give the same photo to three Nepalese signboard artists and it is fun to see what they come up with.

Brady's portraits are by Nara, Megh Raj and Sagar (clockwise from top left).   Brady's owner has chosen the great portrait by Sagar. 

 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!

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It wouldn't be a  Danger Dog Blog without a portrait of a Nepali Beware of Dog sign !

If you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles before the end of December 2011, you can see 60 Nepal Art Dogs at The Loft at Liz's Gallery at 435 S. La Brea LA  90036.   Part of an exhibit titled "Fair Trade", a total of 28 artists are represented in the exhibit so you can get an idea of their varying styles.

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Your pet can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   http://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

 

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for October/November 2011 trip.   All signs will be ready with plenty of time to mail for the holidays.

 

HOW TO ORDER

1.   Please send me a medium to high resolution photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 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.

2.   Let me know what you would like it to say.

That's it !

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!

 

 

 


New Nepal Signboard Art at Nomad in Cambridge

Nomad (near Porter Square in Cambridge) is welcoming some new Danger Dogs this week.

12 Dalmation by Lal Karki
Dalmation by Lal Karki, synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

This very folk art version of a Dalmation dog is a classic with its line up of teeth and tongue, detailed collar and abstract spots.  

I recently ran into Lal Karki in Pokhara in September 2012.   He is still painting, but he and his wife have opened a clothing store in the Lakeside area, as his hand painted work is drying up.

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I am sorry to see that his studio, with its storied walls, as seen above, is no more.   The floors and walls of signboard studios are covered with spatters.   I took this photo when I came to pick up.   The Spitz is a particular favorite of mine and is also available.

Ruby Otterpop by Sabala_1
Ruby & Otterpop by Baba, 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

Ruby & Otterpop are a great pair of small black dogs.   As they lounge on their bench and stare out at the world,  Baba has captured their direct gazes.    The chalk marks used to keep the lettering straight are long gone.

Ruby & Otterpop are also agility dogs who have their own website, along with their teammate, Gustavo.   You can find them at blog.teamsmalldog.com.

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Peanut by Sagar, 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

A strong compact black dog with ears that stick up, Peanut loves her ball.   It is appropriate that Sagar painted her on a pair of green and yellow balls.   This one is graphically beautiful.   If you look closely at the background, you can see the shady ladies that Sagar often adds to his background.

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Stella the Lhasa Apso by Sagar 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

Also at Nomad is the charming Stella, a Lhasa Apso that is looking ascance in her portrait.   A cute dog, she sports a collar that includes the artist Sagar's signature in Japanese.   Again, this sign has strong graphic beauty.

Nomad is located in the heart of Cambridge at 1741 Mass Ave, 02140.

Their phone number is (617) 497-6677.  Their website is here.

Stop by and see some great Danger Dog art as well as clothing and folk art from around the world.   Tell them Michelle sent you.

They will also be featuring some Folk Art Obamas.   More on that later.

To see what else is in stock at Nomad, please click here.   I warn you that many have already sold.

 

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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.