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Live from Kathmandu: More works in progress from Sagar

Sagar Bitsa is hard at work putting the final touches on some great new Danger Dogs.

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Rudy the Labrador by Sagar is on his way to greatness in this work in progress.

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Further along, we have the beautiful white Tulle, enjoying her time in the greenery along with a favorite toy.

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Maggie the Chocolate Lab is ready for some detail.

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Buzz the Labrador Retriever is in the circle in this early work by Sagar.

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This early work in progress of a pair of cats named Cardamom and Bergamot shows Sagar's penchant for painting the background before the subject of his art.

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Tigger is a lovely Enlightened Tabby and this is her early work in progress by Sagar.

Time has run out if you would like to order for this trip.   Next trip is tentatively scheduled for the end of October, 2013, returning the first week in December, 2013.

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:   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.


Live from Kathmandu: Holy Cow!

Dilip has been hard at work on the very first Holy Cow! 

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This very cute cow (Number 93) by Dilip is the first nearly completed painting.   It still needs the Nepali writing.   Without fail, all of the artists were fascinated with this American cow without horns.

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This portrait of Tigger the Tabby Cat awaits its Nepali lettering.   This cat (by Dilip) turned out great!

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This week is Buddha's Birthday, so the Boudha Stupa has been extra crowded and hopping, with booths set up for donating money or food.   One of the stranger sights is this huge pile of popcorn and sugar biscuits that pile up nightly to give to the poor.  Friday night is the big night for Nepali Buddhists (at Swayambunath) and Saturday night is the big birthday celebration for the Tibetan Buddhists (in Boudhanath). 

Time has run out if you would like to order for this trip.   Next trip is tentatively scheduled for the end of October, 2013, returning the first week in December, 2013.

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:   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.


Live from Kathmandu: Final Cats and Dogs!

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Spartapuss with her final 3 choices.   By Jit Gurung, Megh Raj and Sagar (from left to right).   The original photo of this black cat beauty shows her swathed in a red feather boa sitting on a stack of bills, obviously a favorite spot.   Both Jit and Sagar hinted at this stack to a varying degree, while Megh does away with the stack entirely.   All three paid attention to Spartapuss' arresting golden eyes.

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Lily the Grey Cat is striking in her three portraits (by Dilip, Shahi and Sagar left to right).   Dilip is the winner on this one, after I change the spelling!

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The Enlightened Rio is quite appropriately standing next to the water in her three final portraits by Sagar, Megh Raj and Dilip (left to right).   All three artists enjoyed playing with her background.  

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Mr. Peretz and his three portraits are interesting in that the left painting (by Megh Raj) shows Mr. Peretz as a young dog, the middle (Dilip) as a folk art version of himself and the far right (Sagar) shows Mr. Peretz as a mature dog.  

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This close up of Megh Raj's version of this handsome black dog features his expressive eyes.  

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Dilip's detail shows an entirely different more folk art quality.

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Sagar's portrait is a classic featuring Mr. Peretz' lovely brown eyes.   The Mr. P's original photo has a white background, each artist chose a different color background.   These artists do not know each other or collaborate, by the way.

Time has run out if you would like to order for this trip.   Next trip is tentatively scheduled for the end of October, 2013, returning the first week in December, 2013.

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:   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.


Live from Kathmandu: Which would you choose?

This is a favorite time for me, when I get to see all three Danger Dog portraits together in one place...


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Max the Mastiff is well-represented here in all his glory by Punam Thapa, Jit Gurung and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from left).  Painted from a black and white photo with an additional color reference, the artists all interpreted Max's coloring in their own way.   Sagar chose to incorporate the field of California poppies in Max's background.

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CJ is a pretty female Australian Shepherd with the apparent patience of a saint.   She is dressed to the nines in her three portraits by Lal Karki, Jit Gurung and Shahi.   Lal has turned her into an Albert Einstein-like mad scientist dog, while Jit has played up her sensitive side and Shahi has made her dogmatic!   All three of CJ's artists are from Pokhara.

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The final three of Clementine (by Sagar, Megh Raj and Sanjib left to right) are ready.  Clementine's owner agreed with me that it would be a shame to put lettering on Sanjib's portrait. 

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Three Hole Punch seems to have caught the interest of all three artists (Sagar, Dilip and Megh Raj from left to right). They liked his curious gaze and big yawn.

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Jasper the Cockapoo (by Sagar, Dilip and Jit Gurung) looks great in all three of his portraits.  With this Cockapoo,I chose artists that appreciate fluffy fur. I did not expect all of them to enjoy Jasper's blanket so much.   All have placed him similarly on the 1'x1' metal.  They all took care with the white tip of his ears and markings in general.

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Julio and Grover are a couple of handsome West Highland Terriers (by Megh Raj, Jit Gurung and Sagar). As you can see, each artist saw their coloring in a different light.

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Charles the Cocker Spaniel (by Megh Raj, Punam and Sagar).  These three styles could not be more different, but Charles looks great in all of them.

It is very hard to choose which portrait of your pet will be the one.  I have found over the years that most people choose the one that looks most like their pet.

Folk Art fills Kathmandu Kitchen

My new Kathmandu Kitchen is filling up with beautiful dogs, cats, horses and chickens.  

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The sinks, the baseboards, the counters and windowsills are all filled with fun folk art.

Time has run out if you would like to order for this trip.   Next trip is tentatively scheduled for the end of October, returning the first week in December.

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:   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.


Live from Kathmandu: New portraits by Sanjib Rana

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This is Sanjib's portrait of Tulle, a lovely white dog with her toy. This very pretty painting is the first I have seen of this dog,and Sanjib did a great job with it.

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This is the first portrait of Rudy, a handsome and poised Chocolate Labrador.   Sanjib paints using acrylic, instead of the signboard artist's enamel and the brush strokes are evident.

Folk Art Golden Labrador Retriever

Ringo, a pretty Labrador Retriever, is magnificent as he sits by the dock and enjoys the sun with a bouquet of flowers in the background.

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The very first Danger Cow by Sanjib Rana.  This charming cow has no horns, a fact that fascinates my Hindu artists in this land of holy cows.

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This portrait of Maggie the Chocolate Lab by Sanjib is adorable.  He extended Maggie's forepaw through the frame area, giving it even more interest.

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Sanjib is off to Switzerland in a couple of days, and I wish him the best of luck. I've known him for 6 years now and watched him take his mother to dialysis three times a week, until she passed on. 

The tradition here is that one is in mourning for a full year.  No holidays are celebrated and one shaves one's head (male only).  I can always tell when tragedy has struck an artist, as they are shaved.

Time has run out if you would like to order for this trip.   Next trip is tentatively scheduled for the end of October, returning the first week in December.

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:   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.