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Craft and Folk Art Museum has new Danger Dogs in stock...

...and a couple of Cute Cats as well.  

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The Museum store at the Craft and Folk Art Museum is renowned for its eclectic variety of beautiful wares from around the world.   The Danger Dogs have been a proud part of this museum since 2007.

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Jack Frost, the Dharma Dog (by Baba), looks happy in his nitch, along with Barney (by Sanjib Rana).   These two Labrador Retrievers are beauties on and off the canvas (or metal).

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New acquisitions include:   

Four Labradors in a BMW Hatchback by Megh Raj Thapa   SOLD

A Zen Yorkie by Megh Raj Thapa

Giggles the Tuxedo Cat by Sagar  SOLD

Fisher the Cool Calico Cat by Indra Lama

Paco Loco by Megh Raj Thapa

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Snoop the Dachshund by Sagar Bista

Roxy the Shitzu by Megh Raj Thapa

Fiona the Rescue Dog by Megh Raj Thapa

Max the long-haired Dachshund by Sagar Bista SOLD

and Nacho the Fighting, Biting Lhasa Apso by Sagar Bista.

You can find out more about any of these portraits by clicking on the links.   By buying from the Museum, you not only support the Nepali signboard artists, but also this great Folk Art Museum.

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Jack Frost by Baba, 12"x12" enamel on metal.  SOLD at Cafam.org.

The Devenagari script reads 'Om mani padme om'.

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Barney at his dog walker's wedding by Sanjib Rana. 15"x12" enamel on metal.  Available at Cafam.org.

Barney looks like he is happy for his walker in this portrait by Sanjib.  Love the corsage.

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Nacho, the Lhasa Apso, by Sagar.   12"x12" enamel on metal.  Available at Cafam.org.

This is a cute dog, well captured with his sly gaze by Sagar Bista.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum is located in Los Angeles just across from LACMA (aka the Los Angeles County Musem of Art).   Location and hours can be found at their website:  www.Cafam.org.

The following pieces have recently sold at the Museum.   It is bittersweet to me, but I am sure that these pieces went to lucky art patrons.

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Esme the soulful Rhodesian Ridgeback (by Baba) went to a good home.   This is the last one of her three portraits.   She is a classic Danger Dog.

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Zia the Black Cat recently passed away.  Her owner was heartbroken.   As you can see, she was a beauty, as well as a pussycat.   It is difficult to photograph a black cat, but the original photo for this one is so good that I have made dozens over the years.   Sufraj Khadka did a fine job on this painting.   A lucky art patron snatched this one up at the Museum.

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Louis the White Lab is one of the prettiest Danger Dogs of all time.   An unusual color palette, a strong photo, Sagar's design sense and humor - all combine to make a spectacular piece.   I will miss it.   But I am glad that it went to a good home.

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Simone the Siamese Cat by Indra is another great sign that sold at the CAFAM Museum store.  

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Yes, this is the same Barney as above in the Barney at the Wedding.     That smile makes him popular!

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Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions.   You can comment below.

Also, you can go to the Nepal Dog Channel at YouTube to see other available paintings of dogs on metal.   The Nepali signboard industry with its charming hand-painted signboards is fast disappearing in favor of mass-produced computer-generated signage.   

How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2013 trip.  

1. 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 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.

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

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:   ampage1@gmail.com 
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!

 

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

 

Let's keep these artists painting.

 

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!


RIP Chloe the Poodle for Peace.

Chloe was a big, fluffy beautiful white standard Poodle that brought joy to her family.

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Chloe the Poodle by Amar Shrestha, 2008, enamel on metal, sold

Chloe was tall and graceful.   Long legged with a big smile.   Like all Poodles, Standard or otherwise, she was smart and lovely.  

Chloe's family was passionate in their hopes that the twin wars in Afphanistan and Iraq would end, and hence the lettering.   Chloe is the only Poodle for Peace that I know.   She looks great in her portrait by Amar with a green and red heart-shaped collar.

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Chloe the White Poodle by Shree Lamachhaine, enamel on metal, sold

Shree puts Chloe on the path to enlightement.  In the original photo, Chloe was walking down a hardwood floor lined with bookcases.   Here she is on the Yellow (ish) brick road with her favorite toy in mouth.

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Chloe the White Standard Poodle by Baba, 2008, enamel on metal sold

Last but not least, we have the pretty poodle laying down, again a Poodle for Peace, this time painted by Baba.  Chloe plays the classic odalisque here.

Usually I give the same photo to all three artists, but the three of Chloe were all so beautiful that I could not choose.

Neither could Chloe's family apparently, as she was a "Dog of the Day", my way of saying that all three portraits were purchased.

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And Chloe looks great up there on that bookshelf.   Part of the family.

Though it is heartbreaking to lose such a beautiful dog, Chloe died at home with the people who loved her.   They have told me that it is a comfort to have their portraits of Chloe.    I am going to miss her, too.

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Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions.   You can comment below.

Also, you can go to the Nepal Dog Channel at YouTube to see other available paintings of dogs on metal.   The Nepali signboard industry with its charming hand-painted signboards is fast disappearing in favor of mass-produced computer-generated signage.   

You can make a difference by ordering a portrait of your pet.   Each commission gives work to three different signboard artists, and your satisfaction is guaranteed.   You pay nothing until you choose which of the three portraits you prefer.  

All paintings are on metal, approximately one foot square and can be customized to say anything you'd like!   The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

I'll be back in Nepal late spring 2013, returning in May/June with your own Danger Dogs!

Go to NepalDog.com for more information.

Microfinance through art patronage.   American Dogs = Nepali jobs!

 

 


Happy Inauguration Day to the Obama family

It was a beautiful day this morning when we had our country's 57th Inauguration.   For those of us who cannot be in Washington for the festivities, perhaps a quick peak at these hand painted fair trade portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama will be in order.

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Barack Obama by Jit Gurung  Available at the Santa Monica Museum of Art

Notice President Obama is wearing his flag pin in his portrait.   All portraits in this post are approximately 12"x12" hand painted on metal by a signboard artist in Nepal.

Many of these paintings are also available via the NepalDog.com website Folk Art Obama Page.   The price is $300 plus shipping.

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Barack Obama by Megh Raj Thapa.  Available at smmoa.org (SM Museum of Art)

These handsome folk art portraits are the second series of Folk Art Obamas.   The first was in 2008 after President Obama's historic first election.   Of the 28 commissioned at that time, I only had 3 left.  Naturally, I commissioned more in 2012 before the election.

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Sufraj Khadka high above the streets of Kathmandu with his twin portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama.

Sufraj is very proud of his portraits of the first couple and displays a photo of three of his 'Enlightened President' portraits on the front door of his studio.

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More of the Folk Art Obamas on display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

These 2012 versions show a more mature Barack.

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As compared to the Enlightened Barack from 2008.   Also by Sufraj Khadka.

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Of course, it would not be the Danger Dog Blog without including Bo, the Porugese Water Dog that has stolen our hearts.    The chalk lines used to line up the lettering has since been erased. 

This portrait of Bo Obama by Baba is available at NepalDog.com for $200 plus shipping.

You can also see the Folk Art Obamas at Nomad in Cambridge near Porter Square on Mass Ave.

If you would like to see the whole collection of Folk Art Obamas currently available, please visit my website at NepalDog.com.

If anyone would like to commission a portrait of Sasha or Malia, just let me know.

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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 March/April 2013 trip. 

 

HOW TO ORDER

1.   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 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.

The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

 

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!

 


Dogs in a Porsche and in a BMW! Nice rides...

Many many dogs enjoy riding in cars, and the Nepal Art Dogs enjoy documenting that tradition.

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Dalmations in a Porsche by Megh Raj Thapa  2012  On Hold, please ask.

Borris, Katia and Tasha are ready to go for a drive through Malibu in their black Porsche convertible.   Looks like they even have their own backpack.

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4 Labs in a BMW by Sanjib Rana 2009 Available

Looks like these happy Labrador Retrievers have a nice ride as well, as they stick their heads out the hatchback of a BMW.

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4 Labradors in a BMW by Megh Raj Thapa 2009  Available

Same hatchback, same four Labrador Retriever pups, though Megh Raj forgot to add the BMW logo.    He certainly caught the excitement of the four dogs - on their way to the dog park, no doubt.

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Alfa Romeo by Amar Shrestha   Available

Or you can skip the dogs altogether and just paint your car!   This pretty red Alfa Romeo convertible is very well done with the lovely transparent windshield by Amar Shrestha.   This was an experiment to see what the artists could do and Amar passed with flying colors.

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Tom & Otis the Great Dane by Sanjib Rana 2009.   Sold

Tom liked his triple portraits of Otis the Great Dane and himself in the car so much that he bought all three.   Otis is a big dog, but there is only one of him in that car, leaving room for Tom!   Imagine if there had been 3 or 4 of Otis!

 

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You, too, can immortalize your pets in or out of their cars.   I will be in Nepal again in March 2013 to place new orders with the Nepali signboard artists.  

The time to order is now.

HOW TO ORDER

To order, please send me a photo of your pet at ampage1@gmail.com.  

Let me know what you would like it to say and the name and breed of your pet.

Tell me what you prefer as to style:   colorful, realistic, cartoonish, etc and if you have a favorite Danger Dog artist.  

I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 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.

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!