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Live from Nepal: Pokhara artists!

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After my 8 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, I jumped right into the internet.   Walking home, I came across this very active volleyball game.   The flags and festivities behind the game are in preparation for the Nepali New Year's that is next Saturday night.   Sunday morning is the start of the new year of 2070 in Nepal.  

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I dropped off some photos for Punam Thapa to paint.   He was in the midst of pasting lettering onto a local football team's jerseys.  

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I stopped by to see Shree Lamichhaine's wife and son today.   Shree is in South Korea, like many Nepali workers.   He has another year on his contract before he returns home.   Shree's son is now 16 and is studying Chemistry, among other subjects.   Shree's wife is running a school supply store while her husband is in South Korea working in agriculture rather than his chosen work of signboard art.  

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Jit Gurung of Munal Arts in Pokhara is looking as handsome as ever.

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Shahi is another Pokhara artist that I have hired this trip.

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Shahi was busy at work hand painting on canvas for the local tourist art shops.   I have to love that palette.  

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Here is a portrait of Sombra the German Shepherd by Sagar.   This is a fine example of what you can expect if you order your very own Danger Dog.  

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:   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!

 

 

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