Live from Kathmandu: Holy Cow!
Live from Kathmandu: A Boudha breakfast

Live from Kathmandu: Tihar continues

Today is the final day of Nepal's Festival of Lights also known as Deepawalli, Diwalli or Tihar.

The next to last day of Tihar is Laxmi Puja where everyone lights the way for the Goddess Laxmi to bring prosperity to their homes.  Held on the night of the new moon (black moon is the term that a Nepali would use), it was quite beautiful to see the lights lining the walkways.


Around the Boudhanath stupa there were some lovely examples, even though this is a Hindu holiday.

They just keep getting bigger and bigger.   This mandala outside the Boudha Gate is part of the Buddhist tradition of transitory art.  Done with colorful powders, it has already been blown to the four winds.

Much more modest but quite clever is this footpath leading Laxmi to their home.

More ornate, but still with the footsteps leading Laxmi into their home.

This young and friendly cow is still enjoying the benefits of her recent Day of the Cow ceremony.   Lots of greens and a place to eat by the river.

I have an order for a cow this trip, so stay tuned for some new and interesting Danger Cow art!   I think Holy Cow would be more appropriate in a cow portrait from Nepal.

The late guru Om Sai is well represented here at this motorcycle shop.

This motorcycle dealer is covering all his bases.   Another guru flanks the other side of his showroom.

The Day of the Dog lives on in this scruffy dog's necklace of marigolds.

Zuma the Puggle by Nara, Baba and Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left).

This is the choice that Zuma's mistress had the last Danger Dog trip.   She finally chose Zuma's portrait by Baba, but it was not easy.

This is what you can expect when you honor your dog (or cat) with a Nepal Art Dog portrait.  The time to order is now.   No obligation to buy, but I bet you will not be able to resist!  You will receive your choice of portrait in time for the holidays.


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 am 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 Fall 2012 trip.



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.

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 protected] or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.




Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)