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Live from Nepal: a studio visit with Jit Gurung


Artists' Studios in Nepal
Jit Gurung and his assistant peruse the 'Sign Painter' book


I first hired Jit in June, 2007, on my first Nepal Art Dog trip.   He is a fine illustrator and asked last trip for me to bring some quality magic markers, so I brought some calligraphic Sharpies and other art pens.   He immediately tried them with a big smile.

Folk art dachshund hand painted in Nepal
Jasper the Dachshund by Jit Gurung

Jasper is one of my favorite portraits of a Danger Dog of all time.   Jit never fails to surprise me.

You can see more of Jit's work and what is currently available at:   Jit Gurung's available art

Want to immortalize your pet and help sign painters in Nepal?

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:  
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!


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