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October 2014

Live from Kathmandu: Dilip's very early works in progress

Dilip does his early drawing of the pets, and then he does the background color.

Folk art dog portraits
Dilip's works first layer is started

It is always nice to come off a busy street and see the beginnings of Dilip's art.   He uses a dark blue pen to outline his dogs, not a black one.   Dilip's wife certainly is dressed beautifully in her 'rangi-changi' (colorful in Nepali) kurta.

Folk art Dog hand painted on metal
Brodie in very early stages

Brodie is part Flat Coated Retreiver and part Newfoundland or Great Pyrenees.   He has a great smile.

Folk art dog portrait from Nepal
Sneaky the Lab/Rottweiller mix

 Here is Sneaky the Lab/Rottweiler mix without his car seat!   Most of the native Beware of Dog signs here in Nepal that inspired the project show teeth and tongue.   Sneaky is going to be a classic.

Folk art Cat portrait hand painted on metal in Nepal
Nolo the Ginger Cat in an early phase

Nolo is going to be beautiful against this bright green background.

Folk art Black and White Cat
Chimay the black and white Cat



Dilip's very early portrait of Chimay the Cat will feature the deep red logo of that delicious Belgian Beer Chimay.

Folk Art German Shepherd hand painted on metal
Sweetie the German Shepherd by Dilip

Last but not least is Sweetie the German Shepherd.   Dilip has a German Shepherd, a Pug and a Doberman, so he enjoys painting German Shepherds.

Please remember that these are far from finished.   I love to photograph the works in progress and even have started a series called Anatomy of a Danger Dog.

 I am now in Kathmandu and accepting orders for the Nepal Art Dogs (and Cats) through November 28, 2014.

Be ahead of the pack and order today!

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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 Nepal: Kids of Mustang

There are many beautiful animals in Mustang, but the kids that take over the alleyways of the midaeval village of Jhong (sometimes spelled Dzong) are a special treat.

Goat kids of Mustsang
A pair of kids playing and eating
Young goat kid in Jhong, Mustang
Young goat kid at play.
Goats return home from pasture in Mustang
Goats return home from grazing

In Jhong, in the Mustang district of Nepal, the goats take over the streets.   Even the grandmothers like to watch this daily event.

Jhong, Mustang, Nepal
Sunset over the village of Jhong
Sunrise over Jhong, Mustang, Nepal
Sunrise over Jhong

This was taken in the early morning from our guest house rooftop.    That is Dhauligiri in the background.   Dhaligiri Mountain is 8,167 meters (26,795 ft).  Ranked 7th highest in the world, we were happy to see it for many weeks from many different perspectives while we were on the Annapurna Circuit.

 I am now in Kathmandu and accepting orders for the Nepal Art Dogs (and Cats) through November 28, 2014.

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: Out and about in Kathmandu

I stopped by Megh Raj' studio and found him painting a banner for a Solukumbo group.

Kathmandu sign painting studio
Megh Raj in his studio

I am always glad to see Megh Raj busy.

Himalaya view from Kathmandu rooftop
A Himalayan view from my hotel rooftop

There are cyclones to the south at the moment and that makes for some spectacular views from my Guest House's rooftop.

Nepali girls in costume
Nepali girls prepare to dance in Boudha

It is always something along the Boudha Stupa.  Here young girls prepare to sing and dance in their bright and shiny costumes.

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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.

I will be returning later this year in plenty of time to deliver for holiday orders.   I expect to be in Nepal in late October, 2014, returning in early December.

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: Nepali dogs

Nepali dogs with owners sometimes get to carouse the streets along with the street dogs.

Pug mix dog in Kathmandu
This mixed breed Pug is adorable

PooPa the Pug mix is very friendly and obviously knows how to pose.   He looks like a Puggle but is more likely mixed with something else.   Any ideas?   He is a very nice boy.

Labrador Retreiver in Nepal
Labrador Retreiver at the Farmer's Market

This is a dog intent on getting some crumbs at the Saturday Organic Farmer's Market at the 1905 Restaurant in Kathmandu.

Nepali dogs play in street
Nepali dogs play in the street

 

These two dogs get to nose around the streets soon after the Day of the Dog.   This pretty white dog does not seem to mind the garland.

Folk art Beware of dog sign in Nepal
Vintage Folk art Beware of Dog
I have been watching this vintage Folk art Beware of Dog  for many years now.    It is as lovely as ever.

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

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.

I will be returning later this year in plenty of time to deliver for holiday orders.   I expect to be in Nepal in late October, 2014, returning in early December.

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: Sagar's studio goes to the Dogs

I was happy to see that Sagar, and his assistant, Paras, are ready to paint some new Danger Dogs and have been painting some on their own.

Folk art Beware of Dog signs from Nepal
Folk art German Shepherds by Sagar

These hand painted signs on metal fill the shelves of his studio.

Folk art great dane hand painted on metal in Nepal
Great Dane hand painted by Sagar

I have an order for 2 Great Danes this trip.   This one looks a bit like Judah...

Folk art beware of German Shephers
A dramatic Danger Dog.

 Sagar's portrait of this German Shepherd is a little dark, it looks like something a tattoo artist would paint.   Another side of Sagar.

Folk art German Shepherd with racy ladies in bg
Sagar's German Shepherd

 

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the November 2014 trip.  I will be back in early December 2014 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.

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:   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 and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
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!