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November 2013

Live from Kathmandu: More works on line

Everyone is busy putting the final touches on their Danger Dogs.

Folk art dog portrait
Izzy the Best Friend by Megh Raj

Izzy is on the right path, as Megh Raj has almost finished his portraits.   Just the writing is missing on this one.  

Folk art pug in a harley davidson jacket
Taco the Pug by Megh Raj

Taco looks as chic as ever in his Harley Davidson jacket.  Again, not quite complete.

Folk art Patterdale/Staffie mix
Tiny the Patterdale Staffie by Sagar

Tiny is here as a very early work in progress by Sagar Bitsa.   He is still adding layers to the ones you have seen from him earlier.

Folk art Black Labrador
Cupcake the Black Lab by Sagar

Cupcake is pretty in pink and gold in this early start to her portrait by Sagar.

Folk art Norwich Terrier
Tia the Norwich Terrier as a work in progress by Sagar

Sagar has said that there is much detail work still to be done on Tia the Norwich Terrier.   I should be seeing finals in a couple of days.

Folk Art French Bulldog
Stella the French Bulldog in an early version

Finally today we have Stella a little further along.

Goat on the streets of Kathmandu
A goat enjoys eating posters on the streets of Kathmandu

The goats here are helping to clean up the poster blight that is Kathmandu!   The political posters are to be taken down as a matter of law, but many remain.   Perhaps this might be a solution.  This goat happens to be eating a religious poster that has been promoting Christianity all over town.

Orders are now closed for this trip.  

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: Thanksgiving Danger Dogs

Today is already Thanksgiving here, though due to logistics, the Kathmandu community celebrates it two days later on Saturday.   I would like to give thanks to the latest and greatest Danger Dogs today.

Folk art Boxer
Charlie the Boxer by Indra

Charlie is looking very happy in this final by Indra Lama.

Folk art Rhodesian Ridgeback
Dylan the Rhodesian Ridgeback by Indra Lama

Dylan looks stunning in blue while he awaits his final lettering in Nepalese.

Folk art Bichon Frisee
Hermione & Neville as a work in progress by Megh Raj

Hermione (foreground) is a Bichon Frisee and her pal Neville is a furry mixture.  They look very cute in this work in progress.

Folk art Havanese
Bowie the Havanese as a work in progress by Megh Raj Thapa

I almost like this one as is with the false start by Megh Raj.   He seems to be a messy painter around the periphery of his figures, but a master at detail inside the figure itself.   Better than the other way around.

Lhasa Apsos in Kathmandu
Jasmine and Jigme the Lhasa Apsos at play

This cute pair was enjoying the sunshine on a friend's roof.  Dolma the Lhasa Apso was sniffing around another corner.   Ap (as in Apso) means to bark in Tibetan.   This trio lives up to their name.

Stay tuned. 

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At this time, I can no longer accept orders for this trip.   Please send me photos for spring/summer trip in 2014.

I could make an exception for rush cases, but cannot guarantee 3 portraits.

Orders no longer being accepted for the November 2013 trip.  I will be back in early December 2013 in plenty of time to mail holiday 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.

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: Sagar's studio

Sagar has been busy finishing his portraits.

Folk art Australian Shepherd
Alfie the Australian Shepherd by Sagar Bitsa

 

Alfie is still wet here, and I am not sure if Sagar will add more, but it looks finished to me!

Folk art Chihuahua mix
Dudley as a work in progress by Sagar

 

Dudley is still on the drawing board, so to speak. 

Folk art Beware of Dog art
Tank & Jitters as works in progress

 

Tank and Jitters wait in the wings for their finishing touches.   One thing about Sagar is that he often adds the eyes to his portraits last.  Sometimes that is a bit disconcerting.   But they do get added!

Folk art Retriever
Jack the Golden Retriever by Sagar

 

This is definitely a Happy Jack here.   More details will be added, but this is on its way.

Folk art French Bulldog
Stella the French Bulldog by Sagar

 

Looks like Stella will be the Bulldog in the Bull's Eye in this early outline of the cute Frenchie.

Folk Art Papillion
Mochi the Papillion by Sagar

Mochi looks like he is in an impressionist painting in this work in progress.  

Folk art Chocolate Lab
Roubaix the Chocolate Lab by Sagar

Roubaix looks almost finished to me.   She makes a fine Danger Dog.   A close up with tongue is a classic beware of dog sign here in Nepal.

Kids play on the streets of Kathmandu
Kids play on the streets of Kathmandu

More tomorrow.  

Stay tuned. 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

At this time, I can no longer accept orders for this trip.   Please send me photos for spring/summer trip in 2014.

I could make an exception for rush cases, but cannot guarantee 3 portraits.

Orders no longer being accepted for the November 2013 trip.  I will be back in early December 2013 in plenty of time to mail holiday 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.

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!