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March 2014

Live from Kathmandu: Street Dog Feeding Time in Boudha

There are many street dogs that hang out near the World Heritage Site of Boudha in Kathmandu.

Street dogs fed around Boudha
Tibetan ladies feed the street dogs of Boudha

In earlier posts, I photographed a tiny Tibetan woman that regularly fed the street dogs around the Stupa.   Alas, she passed away last year, but two new Tibetan ladies have taken up the mantle and feed them daily.   

Morning around the Boudhanath Stupa
Morning around the Boudhanath Stupa

Morning is the best time to see the fascinating life around the Stupa.   People from all walks of life enjoy a walk around Boudha's Stupa.   Usually they circumnavigate the huge structure 3 times.   A great way to start the day.

Kathmandu dog
A favorite dog in Kathmandu

This is Tippy, aka Kali (black in the Nepali language), a local dog that lives near my guest house in Boudha.   He always has a tail wag for me.

Folk art beware of dog sign in Kathmandu
Typical Beware of Dog sign in Nepal

This sign has been around for a while and is beginning to get a nice patina.   Love that Danger Dog tongue!

Folk art beware of dog art in English and Tibetan script
Bodhi, from a recent Danger Dog trip

The handsome Bodhi, hand painted on metal by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left) is a fine example of what you can expect when you order your own pet as a Nepal Art Dog (or Cat!).   Bodhi's sign are both in English and Tibetan script.

It is time to immortalize your own pet!

You can order your own portrait of your own dog and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.

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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:   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 $22 per sign (to the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.   For overseas orders, I find the least expensive method of shipping.
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: Local street dogs

Kathmandu street dog
Cute Kathmandu pup near Dilip's studio
Spitz with Tikka on the streets of Kathmandu
This Spitz looks good with her large red tikka.

This lucky dog, a Spitz, sports a bright red tikka on her forehead.   She is a lucky dog since she belongs to a fishmonger's stall.

Shivapuri Kennel Club
Typical dogs featured on a Nepali Kennel Club store

Most kennel clubs in the Kathmandu area focus on Boxers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Spitz, Lhasa Apsos, Pugs, Golden Retrievers and Dalmatians.   The only unusual one on this sign is the Cocker Spaniel - though I have seen a few in Kathmandu.

Community Dog Welfare Kopan
Community Dog Welfare Kopan

Kate Clendon runs the Community Dog Welfare Kopan so well that she is widening her efforts every year.   She still needs support, though.  You can find out how to help here:   http://www.communitydogwelfarekopan.org/

First she gently captures the dogs, checks for mange and deworms them, spays or neuters them and rereleases them in their home turf when they are deemed healthy.

Beware of Dog sign on the streets of Kathmandu
Another inspiration for the Nepal Art Dog project

I found a new (old) Nepali Danger Dog sign yesterday.   These are too few and far between.

hand painted collie dog in Nepal
An old favorite

I have been passing this beautiful folk art portrait of a Nepali Collie for at least 7 years.   There is definitely a strong patina, but that just adds to the charm...

Immortalize your pet!

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:   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 $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!

 


Live from Kathmandu: Studio visits.

I have been busy placing orders for the latest Danger Dogs while here in Kathmandu.

Nepali sign painter in his studio
Sagar Bitsa reads about sign painters in the US

I brought along Faythe Levine and Samuel Macon's brillant book 'Sign Painters' about sign painters in the US.   

Nepali artist reads a book on US Sign Painters
Sagar peruses the book 'Sign Painters'

Like all of the artists that I have shown this book to (information on the book here) he flashed through and looked at every photo in the book.

Sign painter supplies in a Kathmandu artist studio

We commented that sign painters all over the world use the same tools.   No 1 Shot enamel paint here though.   I am happy to see that nice new blue sheet in the foreground that will soon be adorned with the 2014 crop of Nepal Art Dogs.

Sign Painter in Nepal looks through book on American sign painters
Dilip looks at 'Sign Painters'

The artists look at the book from front to back.   

Oil painting from Kathmandu
Dilip Niroj and painting

Dilip was proud to show me his latest oil painting.   This large canvas took him 25 days to complete.   Some of Dilip's earlier works have been featured in local Kollywood movies.

Kathmandu artist studio
Dilip and Michelle on an earlier trip

Dilip still has photos of the two of us on his mobile here in Kathmandu.   Those are artist's fingers, that is for certain.

Nepali girl in native costume
Dilip's 11-year-old daughter

Dilip's daughter is getting bigger and more beautiful every year.   

Artist Studio in Nepal
Maharjan runs Nara's studio

I also dropped off many photos for Nara to paint with Mr. Maharjan.   I can't wait to see Nara's new and always spectacular dog art.

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:   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 $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!

 


Live from Kathmandu: First days

A Michelle Page

The weather is fine here in Boudha, Kathmandu.   I paid a visit to a friend's garden.   

Kathmandu puppy with huge bone
A lucky Kathmandu puppy with his huge bone

This huge bone appeared in the alley outside my guest house.  Crows, puppies and street dogs all had their way with it.   By the end of the day, it was almost gone.

Internet is very slow today, but stay tuned for faster days.