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Live from Kathmandu: Works in progress -- Sagar

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Imagine how happy I was when I stopped by Sagar's studio and saw these line drawings of the works in progress of Julio and Grover, an adorable pair of Westies.   These West Highland Terriers are going to be special.

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Next we have Rio by Sagar, a Lab Shepherd mix.   

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Mr. Peretz fills the frame in this early work in progress by Sagar.

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Max is a magnificent 200-pound Mastiff in this line drawing by Sagar.   He looks very handsome already in this early portrait.

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Three-Hold Punch the Terrier is coming into her own in this drawing, again by Sagar.

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Nayru is a happy Basenji, in her first work in progress.   

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Gabby is a classically beautiful Doberman Pinscher in her second work in progress.

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Blackie is a cool black cat on a spectacular tiger striped rug that will really make her portrait sing.

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Here is the motley crew of the early results.

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Sagar was also doing some work on a painting on canvas of a Nepali wildcat.

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This friendly not-so-Danger Dog (by Nara, Dilip and Sagar, clockwise from top left) is what you can expect if you order your own pet as part of the Nepal Art Dog project.   

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!

 

 


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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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:   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!

 


Live from Kathmandu! Bandhs and shop signs

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I came across this old Beware of the Dog sign that features a handsome black labrador.   You can see the stencilled sign that has replaced all of the old charming ones!

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This fancy beware of the dog sign is almost like one from Burma!  The owner of this sign confided that there is no dog at the house.

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There was a nationwide 'chakra bandh' yesterday, meaning that no wheeled traffic was allowed throughout the country and that most stores and businesses were closed.   I came across this lovely hand-painted sign as I walked the streets of Kathmandu.  

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This mural of an Enfield Motorcycle was also on my route.

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Is this supposed to be Madonna?   I like this beauty shop sign very much.

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Early in the day, the streets around Boudha were deserted.   It is definitely an inconvenience for the locals, but makes walking much less dusty for us.  

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Lucky the Dog does not seem to mind the bandh.

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Oscar the Pug is hand painted on metal by Sagar, Megh Raj and Dilip (clockwise from top left).   The owner chose Megh Raj's portrait with the elongated front legs.   This is what you can expect when you commission your own pet as a Danger Dog from Nepal.   3 artists get work and you get 3 choices!

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!

 


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

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Finding new beware of dog signs here in Kathmandu is getting harder and harder, so ths is a great new find.   This is a classic style featuring a German Shepherd with a large tongue.

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Here is an out of the way Danger Dog, but one I have seen before.   Still it is an old friend.   With the road expansion currently taking place throughout Kathmandu, many, many of the Beware of the Dog signs are disappearing.

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Or they might just simply fade away like this Beware of Beagle sign.

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I am always thrilled to see that Lassie is still there.   This one I have been watching for over 7 years and it was not new even then.   I like this patina, though this might be a good time to arrest it for its own good.

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A different type of Beware of Dog sign.   Elegant!

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It is Saturday morning and the Kathmandu Organic Farmer's Market is in full swing.  

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The market seems to be more successful than ever.   Literally hundreds of people turned up to buy everything from fresh vegetables and fruits to Indian wine (quite good), cheeses, sausages, clothing, honey, breads, coffee, tea, etc.  

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Set in the beautiful grounds of the 1905 Restaurant, all tables were full, and the views from the veranda were spectacular.   The Market is held every Saturday morning starting around 9 and is over when the vendors run out of product (about 11:30 or noon).   Dogs, cats and children love this venue.   1905 was built for the royal Rana family in 1905 and is perenially in danger of being torn down for a larger building.   It is located on Kanti Path, not far from the Garden of Dreams and the Kaiser Library.

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We took a nice long walk this Saturday morning, as the low traffic cuts down drastically on the dust on the Kathmandu streets.  I've always liked this oversized signboard for a dog trainer.

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Bebe the Jack Russell is a Danger Dog from the last trip.    Her portraits, pearls and all, are by Sufraj Khadka, Dilip and Megh Raj (clockwise from top left).   All three have sold.

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!

 

 


Live from Kathmandu: Miscellany

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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:   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!