Live from Kathmandu: Sagar's new works in progress
Live from Kathmandu: Which would you choose?

Live from Kathmandu! Finals are in!

Even during the worst of times, these Nepali artists have come through with flying prayer flags...

Folk art Beware of Cat sign hand painted on metal by artists in Kathmandu
Luna the Cat by 3 artists in Kathmandu

Luna's final three by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left).   Sagar did not know Luna's name, but he put a Blue Moon beside her.  This beautiful cat is going to be a tough choice.

Folk art Tuxedo Cats hand painted on metal in Kathmandu
Jimmy and Philly as Danger Cats

Jimmy and Philly are such good looking Tuxedo Cats, here looking dapper in their hand painted portraits by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Dilip Niroj(clockwise from top left).   I think the artist had fun with this pair...

 

Folk art Norwegian Forest Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Mr Gracie immortalized by 3 artists

 

Mr Gracie and his portraits by Sagar, Nara and Megh Raj (clockwise from top left).   

Folk art portrait of a Black Dog hand painted on metal in Kathmandu
Zaire is Zen!
Zaire is Zen in these 3 paintings by Sanjib Rana, Nara and Sagar Bitsa (clockwise from top left).
 
Folk art Labradoodle and French Bulldog hand painted on metal in Kathmandu
Louie and Stella as Danger Dogs
Louie and Stella are cute in their Double Dog portraits by Dilip Niroj, Megh Raj and Nara (clockwise from top left).   I like it when they all get different background colors.
Folk art Golden Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Sunny the Enlightened Retriever
Sunny times three in portraits by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left).   
Folk art German Short Haired Pointer hand painted on metal in Kathmandu
Indie the German Short Haired Pointer
Indie is well represented here by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Nara (clockwise from top left).   This is going to be a hard choice.

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The 7.9 earthquake has much of Nepal down but not out.   It will take a long time to recover from the devastating loss of life and homes.   Many of their most treasured, beautiful and religious buildings have also been destroyed.

Stay tuned to see how you can help.   Please be careful who you donate to, as you want the money to go to aid, not into someone's pocket.   I am researching carefully to see how best to help.

Thank you again to all who have reached out to find a way to help.  

I am leaving Kathmandu early to raise funds for Nepal's people.   In 2 short weeks -- though it felt like a lifetime -- the 6 artists that were able will have painted 48 portraits.  I believe that it helped them return to normality.

 If you would like to order a portrait of your own pet, I plan to return to Nepal in September to continue hiring these artists.   I know they need the money now more than ever.   Please go toNepalDog.com to see how to order.   I will update that site when I return to the US.

I pay fair trade wages and every artist got a raise this trip - without them asking.  

Let's keep these artists working.

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