I have been busy placing orders for the latest Danger Dogs while here in Kathmandu.
I brought along Faythe Levine and Samuel Macon's brillant book 'Sign Painters' about sign painters in the US.
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.
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.
The artists look at the book from front to back.
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.
Dilip still has photos of the two of us on his mobile here in Kathmandu. Those are artist's fingers, that is for certain.
Dilip's daughter is getting bigger and more beautiful every year.
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: 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!