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