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Live from Kathmandu: Sagar's new works in progress

Despite the earthquake, or perhaps because of it, the artist, Sagar Bitsa, is hard at work painting new Danger Dog from Nepal signs - and a few Danger Cats, too.

Folk art portrait of a German Short Haired Pointer hand painted on metal in Nepal
Indie the Pointer as a work in progress by Sagar

Sagar's portrait of Indie, a lovely German Short-Haired Pointer in her prime,is hand painted on metal by Sagar.  This one is going to be pretty.

folk art portrait of a Norwegian Forest Cat hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Nepal
Mr. Gracie the Norwegian Forest Cat in the desert

The handsome Mr Gracie, a Norwegian Forest Cat, lounges in a surreal landscape in Sagar's early work in progress.  I guess Sagar did not realize that Mr.Gracie was a forest cat!

Folk art Golden Retreiver hand painted on metal in Nepal
The Enlightened Sunny the Retriever by Sagar

Sunny the Golden Retriever has found his place in the sun in this early work in progress by Sagar.

Folk art Chihuahua hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ayla's work in progress by Sagar

Ayla the Chihuahua looks cozy in her early work in progress.   Sagar paints in many layers.   Sometimes it is disconcerting to me to see the dogs without eyelights.   Sagar does those last.

Remember these are early works.   They often change drastically along the way.   Here is a sample of my series:   Anatomy of a Danger Dog, showing the artists' processes. 

Folk art Cocker Spaniel, English Setter mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Angel surrounded by a blue moon by Sagar

Angel the Cocker Spaniel and English Setter mix has settled into her celestial home in this very early work in progress by Sagar.   I can't wait to see this one completed.


Folk art Standard Poodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Kearney the Standard Poodle by Sagar

Kearney the Happy Poodle looks even happier in her verdant fields.

Folk art cat on easel in Kathmandu
Zaire and Luna await their final touches

Luna has been given a moon in her portrait by Sagar. 


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 to 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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