Live from Nepal: Pokhara flora and fauna
Live from Kathmandu: Finals from Sagar

New finals from Punam Arts in Pokhara!

Charles is a lovely Cocker Spaniel.   In his first final by Punam Thapa, Charles looks sweet.   In fact, Punam said that he reminded him of Punam's first dog Gogol.   

Also by Punam is this pastel portrait of Quilty the Calico Cat.   Zen Kitty, indeed.

Here are the first two portraits of the lovely and large Max the Mastiff.  On the left is by Punam and the right is by Jit Gurung.  This commission was painted from a black and white photo with an additional shot of Max in a field of California poppies for a color reference.  I guess color is relative.  Max's owner had also asked to downplay Max's privates and Punam either forgot or used artistic license.   One more of Max to come!

I first met Punam in 2007, when he had just broken his left arm falling off a scaffolding while painting. Now he is 27-years-old and has a 6 year old daughter.  Here he puts his signature on his portrait of Quilty the Calico.

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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