Last night I watched my first Westminster Dog Show and was happy to see some of my favorite breeds and their Standard of Excellence personified by some pretty lovely dogs.
Bowie is another great example of a white Standard poodle hand painted on metal by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Nara (clockwise from top left).
I am not sure why a Poodle would be considered non-sporting, as they were bred to be water retrievers, but GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore made a wonderful winner in her class.
More folk art Poodles are available at NepalDog.com.
In the Non-Sporting class, there were a couple of Tibetan Breeds. The Tibetan Spaniel took second place and the Tibetan Terrier and the Lhasa Apso were also included.
Kali is the name of the Goddess of Destruction, and Kali's owner told me that she was named that for a reason! She looks great here with her red background as hand painted on metal by Santosh Shrestha, a signboard artist working in Pokhara, Nepal.
There was also a handsome Bulldog in this class. He was very happy and strutted his stuff as he walked past the admiring crowds.
This portrait of Patsy the Bulldog was hand painted by Sagar in 2013. Sagar had fun painting the myriad wrinkles that are a standard for this breed.
The Boston Terrier is also a non-sporting dog. They must never have seen these little guys with a Frisbee!
This portrait of Ike the Boston Terrier is hand painted by Amar Shrestha.
Dolma was a 4-month-old Lhasa Apso puppy when I took her photo. She is the ward of a monk living near the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.
As hand painted by Amar, she is an adorable example of a Lhasa Apso puppy.
A wonderful Shiba Inu was also featured last night. I had never heard of this delightful breed of dog, until I got an order for the fabulous Yuki.
This hand painted portrait is by Sufraj Khadka, one of my best calligraphers.
The original coach dog, Dalmatians are known for their association with fire trucks. The Dalmatian that came in 4th last night was a beauty with an alert gaze.
I think if the judges looked at this dog's teeth, he would be disqualified, but it works in a folk art painting.
A white French Bulldog also shined in the ring last night, strutting her stuff.
It reminded me of Aubert, a French Bulldog that lives the life of Riley in a Northern California vinyard. This version, hand painted on metal by Sagar, is a classic Danger Dog motif with the large circle surrounding the dog.
All of these portraits are currently available on the NepalDog.com website.
Or you can order your own portrait of your own dog and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now being accepted for the Spring 2014 trip. I will be back in June 2014.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 $22 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!