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Live from Kathmandu: Beware of Dog signs & Organic Farmer's Market

Live from Kathmandu: Miscellany

Another lovely sunset in Kathmandu.   Taken from a friend's rooftop, I tried to capture the wind gusts that buffeted the tree along with the prayer flags.   The clouds were magnificent.   You could feel the atmospheric pressure that accompanied the upcoming short storm.

This ice cream salesman has a lovely truck.   It is getting warmer here in the afternoon,though mornings are still chilly.

Looking for a room for a friend arriving tomorrow, we came across this lovely rooftop view of the Stupa.  

There is a lovely family of Roosters, Hens and Pullets near our hotel, and we can watch them in the fields in the morning.

This is a handsome Rooster from Nepal rooting through the trash.   These chickens are plumper than the ones I am used to here.

Other wild fauna in the neighborhood include this young dachshund named 'Doggie'. 

I dropped off some orders with the artist Sagar yesterday and found that he has some work in progress spec portraits of dogs.  

Sagar looks good and is happy to begin painting some Danger Dogs in earnest.

The top upper left portrait of Max the Dachshund is by Sagar, the others are by Nara and Megh Raj Thapa. Max's owner chose the one by Nara with the blue background, but it was a hard choice.

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:   [email protected] 
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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