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Live from Kathmandu: Finals from Sagar

Sagar never disappoints and this trip is no exception.

Three-Hole Punch is an unusual name for this cute Terrier mix.   Sagar has done a fine job catching her in a playful mood.

Buzz is an elegant Retriever in this portrait by Sagar.  My first 'Guard Dog', Buzz looks like he would give a good welcome.

Jasper the Cockapoo is happy reclining on his handsome blanket.   Sagar captured Jasper in repose perfectly.  

This first portrait of the distinguished 'Mr Peretz' is not quite finished.   It still needs the Nepali writing, but I think you will agree that it is a beauty and a nice tribute to a recently departed friend.   Sagar pulled out all stops on this one.

Nayru the Basenji is also awaiting the final Nepali writing, but this is an example of Sagar's penchant for adding women to his backgrounds.    Nayru's portrait is bright and colorful.

Chip is a Pit Bull/Labrador mix, and he absolutely glows in his portrait by Sagar.   Again, when there is an unusual wording to these signs, as in 'Mr. Peretz', 'Seek Joy Dog', or 'Scary Dog' the Nepali lettering is done later in order to make sure they get it right. 

Rio the Shepherd looks proudly off into the distance in her full length portrait by Sagar.   Sagar particularly enjoys exotic outdoor backgrounds and always asks questions about the terrain and locations of outdoor dogs.

Quilty the Calico Cat looks comfy on her blanket.   The other background that Sagar particularly likes is draping.   In this case, he turned the original programming on the television in the background into a vast ocean, another favorite motif.

Gabby is a lovely Doberman Pinscher sitting in the grass in this beautiful painting by Sagar.   It is even prettier in person.  Sagar captured the intensity of her gaze.

Clementine the Treed Walker Coon Hound looks bright and pretty in her portrait by Sagar.   I really enjoy the added touch of her tail's shadow.   Not in the original photo, it adds a graphic note.   Doesn't she have beautiful eyes?

Left to his own devices, Sagar can add his own interpretations.  This is a work in progress that he is doing on spec to sell to Nepalis.   Most often a German Shepherd, this is typical of Sagar's sense of humor.  


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.   Cut off for this trip's orders is May 20, 2013.   I will be back in plenty of time for Father's Day orders.

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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