Live from Kathmandu! Bandhs and shop signs
Live from Kathmandu: Works in progress -- Sagar

Live from Kathmandu: First Works in Progress

When Dilip said that he would be ready with all work complete on Monday, I was understandably surprised.   Well, I was right, but he did make a great start.

Chip as a work in progress, by Dilip Niroj.   Chip is a handsome brown and white pit bull/labrador mix.  Can't wait to see the final.

Next up is Gabby, a lovely Doberman Pinscher.  Dilip has a Doberman (along with a pug and a German Shepherd), so he is a natural choice of artist for Gabby.

Buzz is a dignified Golden Labrador and makes a great work in progress.   Great lines.

This line drawing of Mr.Peretz is a little hard to see, but it is a fine likeness of a Black Labrador in progress.

Rio is a big and pretty Shepherd/Lab mixed breed dog, and Dilip is on the road to capturing her.

Last but not least, we have the Terrier named 3-Hole Punch - there must be a story there somewhere!   A cute terrier mix, she will be a classic Danger Dog with her prominent teeth.

Here is Dilip outside his shop. You can see his watercolors of Nepali mountain scenes over his shoulder.

Those of you who knew and loved Batuli and her recently departed caretaker will be happy to learn that she has landed happily on her feet in a loving home with children and other dogs.   She seems very happy indeed.   Batuli (her name means cute girl in Nepali) is a Shikuri kukur or Nepali hunting dog, though she seems content to hunt for Kopsy - a Tibetan fried sweet bread that makes her smile. Here she is in a previous blog in her former digs.

This is Roy, a dog rescued from a hoarder who also landed in a good space.   Roy's owner could not choose between the fine portraits of Nara, Sagar and Dilip Niroj (clockwise from top left) so she got all three!

How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   I am in Nepal right now giving photos to the artists.

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: 
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!



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