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Live from Kathmandu: Final finals

Folk art shaggy dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Charley's final three

Charley's three finals are by Sanjib Rana, Megh Raj Thapa and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from top left).

Megh Raj first wrote Gen Dog, then Jen Dog, then finally he got to Zen Dog.   I hope he is indeed 'carful'.

Folk art rescue dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jake's final by Sagar

Jake's final by Sagar Bitsa reads Dharma Kukur or 'Religious Dog' in Nepali.

Artist's studio in Kathmandu
Drying the last signboard

Sagar and Paras laugh as they dry the final painting of Suzy's guest house.   Guinness the Setter looks on.

Kathmandu sign painter with his oil painting
Dilip with his oil painting of Machupuchhare Base Camp

Dilip Niroj gave me this oil painting of Machupuchhare Base Camp to take home to the US.  

Artist at work in Kathmandu
Paras uses a chalk plumb line before lettering

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

You can order your own portrait of your own pet, hand painted on metal and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.

It is too late for the current trip, but I will be returning later this year in plenty of time to deliver for holiday orders.  

Be ahead of the pack and order today!

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

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.   Large format photos work best.

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: More Final Choices!

This has been a fabulous Nepal Art Dog trip, as I am sure you will agree.

Folk art Australian Dogs
Fudge, Moose and Millie's final three

These three dogs look like triple fun.   Fudge, Moose and Millie are hand painted on metal by Sanjib Rana, Jit Gurung and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from top left). 

Folk art Labrador Retriever hand painted on metal
Hester the Saintly Labrador

Hester's three finals by Sanjib, Sagar and Megh Raj are a good example of how different artists paint the same photo.

Folk art Border Collies hand painted on metal
Suzy and Sasha's final three

Suzy and Sasha's final three are lovely.   The choices are by Jit Gurung, Sagar Bitsa and Sanjib Rana (clockwise from top left). The artists often leave the most challenging until the last.   In this case, they had to merge two dogs into one portrait.   You can see they did a fine job.

 

Folk art Chow Rottweiler mix
Buddy the Chow Rottweiler mix

Buddy is handsome in his final three by Dilip Niroj, Nara and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from top left).

Folk art Silver Dapple Dachshund hand painted on metal
Phyllo the Silver Dappled Dachshund

Phyllo and her biscuits are hand painted on metal by Sanjib Rana, Nara and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from top left).   She is a classic Danger Dog, but the artists had trouble with the wording 'Beware of Granny'!

Folk art Great Dane on the beach
Otis the Super Great Dane!

It is amazing how well the artists captured Otis' muscularity and joie de vivre in his final three by Sagar, Nara and Sanjib Rana (clockwise from top left).   Sanjib's daughter even got into the act and painted Otis' shadow in the bottom portrait.

Kathmandu sunset
Sunset - Kathmandu skies

The heat wave that has hit Nepal hard these last couple of weeks has lifted and we got some much appreciated rain.   The mountains are still not out, but the sunset makes a nice substitute.

There are some hard choices ahead.

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

You can order your own portrait of your own pet, hand painted on metal and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.

It is too late for the current trip, but I will be returning later this year in plenty of time to deliver for holiday orders.  

Be ahead of the pack and order today!

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

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.   Large format photos work best.

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 Cat-mandu!

Folk art Siamese Cat
Kali the Siamese Cat

Kali is sleek and beautiful in her three portraits by Sagar Bitsa, Dilip Niroj and Jit Gurung (clockwise from top left).

Folk art Tuxedo Cat hand painted on metal
My, My, My Delilah!

Delilah is pretty as a picture in her final three portraits by Megh Raj Thapa, Sagar Bitsa and Sanjib Rana (clockwise from top left).   I find it interesting that while two out of three of the artist made use of her lovely background, Megh Raj went all out with a wild orange backdrop that makes her lush fur stand out even more.

Folk art Ginger Cat hand painted on metal
Ralph the Ginger Cat by Sanjib, Megh Raj and Sagar (clockwise from top left)

Ralph is a fine example of how three different artists find different aspects of a pet.   Ralph looks like an older cat in his portrait by Sanjib Rana, a younger kitten in his portrait by Megh Raj and a more knowing cat in his final by Sagar.

Folk art little dog
This is on the back side of Delilah's portrait by Megh Raj

I was surprised to find this painted over portrait of what looks like a Spitz dog on the other side of Delilah's painting by Megh Raj.   You never know for sure what you might find here.

Folk art painting of a house hand painted on metal
Suzy's guest house hand painted by Sagar

You can also order portraits of your home through the Nepal Art Dogs.   My friend recently put her guest house up on AirBnB and wanted to convey a sense of the romanticism of her place.   I think Sagar did a great job.

There are some hard choices ahead.

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

You can order your own portrait of your own pet, hand painted on metal and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.

It is too late for the current trip, but I will be returning later this year in plenty of time to deliver for holiday orders.  

Be ahead of the pack and order today!

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

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.   Large format photos work best.

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: Still wet behind the ears

 

Folk art Dogs hand painted on metal
Suzy and Sasha in their final by Sagar

 

 

Sagar has been hard at work finishing his art, and most of these portraits are still wet behind the ears, so to speak.

Suzy and Sasha are an adorable pair who were photographed separately.    Sagar gave them a cheerful background full of mountains and clean air.

Folk art Shaggy dog Beware of Dog sign
Charley has a 'carful' in his final by Sagar!

Sometimes Sagar puts racy ladies as a backdrop to certain dogs.   Charley is cute here in any case, though a bit out of focus.

Folk art Siamese Cat hand painted on metal
Kali the Siamese Cat's final by Sagar

Kali is looking fine in her third final (by Sagar).   

Folk art Tuxedo Cat hand painted on metal
Delilah the Tuxedo cat's final by Sagar
Delilah the Tuxedo cat's final by Sagar Bitsa.
Folk art Silver Dapple Dachshund
Phyllo the Silver Dachshund by Sagar

Phyllo's portrait by Sagar is again misspelled as Beware of Grandy.   This is being fixed, but these artists don't speak a lot of English and therefore do better with standard phrases.   I don't get how two different studios, way across from town, both missed the spelling of Granny to 'Grandy'.

Folk art brown dog
Buddy's final by Sagar Bitsa

 Buddy the Rottweiler Chow mix is very dapper in his final by Sagar.

Folk art Setter hand painted on metal
Guinness the Setter by Sagar

Another pretty portrait of a stunning Setter named Guinness.

Folk art Great Dane on beach
Otis the Super Dog by Sagar still needs Nepali lettering

Otis and his epic jump is almost finished.   Translating Super Dog into Nepali is surprisingly difficult.

Folk art White Shepherd hand painted on metal
The Rajah of Sunder NAGAR

This is Krishna, meant to be the Rajah of Sunder Nagar.   But that is easily fixed.   Krishna's carpet is lovely.

Folk art Jindo hand painted on metal
Mandy the Jindo's final by Paras

Paras' first Danger Dog is a doozy.   I like the thought and care he put into the placement of the lettering and his signature.

There are some hard choices ahead.

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

You can order your own portrait of your own pet, hand painted on metal and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.

It is too late for the current trip, but I will be returning later this year in plenty of time to deliver for holiday orders.  

Be ahead of the pack and order today!

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

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.   Large format photos work best.

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: More from Sanjib Rana

Folk art Australian Dogs hand painted on metal
Fudge, Moose & Mollie by Sanjib Rana

Sanjib Rana's portrait of Fudge, Moose and Mollie is still awaiting the lettering, but he captures a nice sense of mischief in this triple painting.

Folk art Border Collies
Suzy and Sasha by Sanjib Rana

Suzy and Sasha make a good pair.

Folk art silver dapple dachshund
Phyllo awaits her final lettering

Phyllo is a Silver Dapple Dachshund and this is her colorful final by Sanjib Rana.   

Folk art Setter hand painted on metal
Guinness the Setter by Sanjib Rana

Guinness is a handsome Setter saved from euthanization due to his grateful partner.   Apparently not everyone understands the breed.   Thankfully Guinness was spared.   Sanjib did a masterful portrait from a great photo.

Folk art Great Dane jumping on the beach
Otis the Super Dog jumps on the beach

Otis the Great Dane by Sanjib Rana needs his Super Dog status made clear, but otherwise this is finished.   Sanjib let his daughter do Otis' shadow.   And, of course, everyone asks just how big IS this dog?

Folk art Shaggy dog hand painted on metal
Charley by Sanjib Rana

Charley dressed as 'Red Beard' in Sanjib's final.   

Want to see more from Sanjib Rana and which of his work from previous trips is still available?

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

You can order your own portrait of your own pet, hand painted on metal and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.

It is too late for the current trip, but I will be returning later this year in plenty of time to deliver for holiday orders.  

Be ahead of the pack and order today!

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

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.   Large format photos work best.

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!