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Live from Kathmandu: Where I got the idea for the Nepal Art Dogs

Folk art vintage Beware of Dog sign
The inspiration behind Nepal Art Dogs

In the 80's in Nepal, beautiful Beware of Dog signs abounded, all done by hand by the local sign painters.  Above is a great example of a German Shepherd.   There is some chipping of the paint, and some graffiti that may or may not be removable, but it was protected from the elements by an overhang.   I believe that this post contains three signs by the same artist working in 1980's Kathmandu.

Folk art beware of dog sign in Nepal
I was able to trade the vintage sign for a new one

The owners of the vintage sign at the top of the post were happy to trade their German Shepherd (over 20 years old, they said) for this lovely new one by Sagar Bitsa.   Sagar had painted a number of signs on spec last year, so I bought them specifically for trading purposes.

Vintage Beware of Dog sign from Nepal
A lovely vintage Beware of Dog sign from Kathmandu

I believe this one to be the work of the same artist as the one I traded.   The patina on this one is more worn and the young man who lives in this house said that it was there when his grandmother moved in over 15  years ago.   I have been photographing this sign since 2007 when I first started the Nepal Art Dogs.   I offered to trade the sign, but the man said that his grandmother did no trade on Saturdays as per her tradition.   So I will come back later this week to trade this sign for a beautiful new one.

Folk art Beware of Dog signs from Nepal
This vintage Danger Dog has been obscured by the common stencilled one

The different Kennel Clubs throughout Kathmandu have pretty much put an end to the charming individual ones.   This good looking black dog has been almost covered up by the boring one.

Vintage Danger Dog from Nepal
Black Lab Danger Dog in situ

We had a wonderful day yesterday walking across Kathmandu, looking for these vernacular Danger Dogs.   Since the road widening of Kathmandu started 2 years or so ago, many of these signs are disappearing, never to return.

vintage beware of dog sign on the streets of Kathmandu
Danger Dog on the streets of Kathmandu

There must have been a fashion for these hand painted beware of dog signs in Kathmandu and this artist's were popular.   The size is unusually small, and the patina depends on whether they were covered or exposed to the elements.

Folk art Beware of Dog sign
German Shepherd beware of dog sign

German Shepherds are always the most common choice.

I have over 450 photos of different beware of dog signs on Nepali gates taken over the years.  Is there another book in my future?

 

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 Sagar

Folk art Jindo hand painted on metal
Mandy the Jindo by Paras

Sagar's assistant, Paras, who usually does the lettering for Sagar's artwork, hand painted this portrait of the lovely Jindo, Mandy.   He will be painting more for me in the future!

Folk art boxer hand painted on metal
Siggy the Boxer hand painted on license plates

Siggy's owner will get this set of license plates, hand painted by Sagar.

Folk art dog hand painted on metal
Charley as a work in progress by Sagar

Charley is waiting in the wings for his finishing touches by Sagar.

Mastiff dog in Kathmandu
This beautiful Mastiff kindly stood still for his portrait

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: Finals and works in progress

As this trip winds down, there are many new portraits coming in!

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

Guinness is a handsome Setter and his hand painted portrait by Nara is simply awaiting lettering.

Folk art  American Staffordshire Terrier
Molly the American Staffordshire Terrier

Molly the Staffordshire Terrier and her final three are by Dilip Niroj, Shiva Thapa and Jit Gurung (clockwise from top left).   Shiva Thapa is one of three new artists that I hired for the first time this trip.

Folk art White Shepherd
Krishna the Rajah of Sundar Nagar

 Krishna is coming along nicely in his portrait by Sagar Bitsa.

Folk art Blue Heeler hand painted on metal in Nepal
Joey the Blue Heeler's finals from Jit Gurung, Dilip Niroj and Sufraj Khadka (clockwise from top left).
 
Folk art Setter hand painted on metal
Guinnesss the Setter as a work in progress by Sagar

Guiness is also looking good in his work in progress by Sagar.

Folk art Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jake's work in progress from Sagar

Another nice work in progress of Jake.

 

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: Megh Raj's finals

Folk art shaggy dog hand painted on metal
Charley as a 'Gen' Dog by Megh Raj Thapa

Charley's first final is by Megh Raj and has a slight misspelling!   Gen Dog will soon be a Zen Dog.   But I have to say I love Megh Raj Thapa's portrait of this adorable dog.   Look at those eyes!

Folk art dog hand painted on metal
Jake's final by Megh Raj Thapa

None of the lettering on Megh Raj's works was dry, so these were all taken in Megh Raj' studio.

Folk art Jindo hand painted on metal
Mandy the Jindo in her final by Megh Raj

Mandy looks good with the red background given her by Megh Raj.

Folk art Golden Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Cayenne the Golden Retriever by Megh Raj Thapa

Cayenne is looking good, and I enjoy the Chinese style lettering on Cayenne's final portrait.

Folk art Tuxedo Cat hand painted on metal in Kathmandu
Delilah the Cat by Megh Raj Thapa

Delilah is waiting for her lettering in this dramatic portrait by Megh Raj.

Folk art puppy hand painted on metal by a sign painter
Puppy's final by Megh Raj

Lastly we have an adorable and happy pup hand painted on metal in Nepal.

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: Finals!

Folk art French Bulldog in costume
Hammie the French Bulldog

Hammie the French Bulldog dressed up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz is hand painted on metal by Nara, Sagar Bitsa and Jit Gurung (clockwise from top left).

Folk art Doberman Pinscher hand painted on metal in Nepal
Uschi the Doberman Pinscher

Uschi's finals are by Sanjib Rana, Sagar and Dilip Niroj (clockwise from top).  

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

Hester's three finals could not be more different.   Here she is hand painted on metal by Megh Raj Thapa, Sanjib Rana and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from top left).

Folk art Black Labrador with pheasant
Runner the Black Labrador

Runner the Black Lab in his final three by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Dilip (clockwise from top left).

Folk art portrait of three dogs
Sagar's final of Fudge, Moose and Millie

This portrait of these three cute pups is the second I have seen.   Sanjib Rana's is due later this week.  

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!