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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:  
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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