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Alive from Kathmandu: Works in progress by Megh Raj

Megh Raj Thapa has been busy, but thankfully he is painting many Danger Dogs and Cats for us, even during these chaotic post-earthquake days in Kathmandu...

Folk art portrait of a Tuxedo Cat from Nepa
Megh Raj with Mr. Gracie the Norwegian Forest Cat

Here is Megh Raj with Mr. Gracie's work in progress.   Hand painted on metal, this portrait is very early on, but I can see the promise.

Folk art cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Luna the Cat as a work in progress

Luna is a blue eyed beauty and she is going to make a stunning Danger Cat.

Folk art Golden Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Sunny the Golden Retriever with Megh Raj
Sunny the Golden Retriever with Megh Raj.   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 portrait of Cocker Spaniel & English Setter hand painted on metal in Nepal
Megh Raj and an early work in progress of Angel
This is a very early work by Megh Raj of Angel, a lovely Cocker Spaniel and English Setter mix.
Folk art portrait of a Labradoodle and a French Bulldog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Meg Raj holds his work in progress of Louie and Stella

 Megh Raj with Louie and Stella.  

Folk art portrait of white shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal
Work in progress of Juno with Megh Raj

Juno, again as an early work in progress, by Megh Raj.  

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.

Alive from Kathmandu: Beauty from Chaos.

Hello from Kathmandu.   Things are still shaky here after the recent 7.8 earthquake, but the artists of Kathmandu  are  still painting.   Now I know  why they call them Danger Dogs.

Kathmandu quake victim's house
Maharjan's post-quake home

Nara's studio manager has lost his home and is now living in a tent along  with his family.

Folk art beware of Cat sign in Kathmandu
Mr. Gracie as an early work in progress.

Above is a very early work in progress  by Sagar Bitsa of  Mr. Gracie the Cat.   Sagar paints in  many layers and this  is far from finished, but I can see that  it will be a  good one.   Even the paint store where  he buys paint  only recently reopened for business.

Folk art Poodle hand painted in Nepal
Kearney the Poodle by Dilip Niroj

Dilip Niroj was painting  this portrait of  Kearney the Poodle when the earthquake hit.   He had closed the metal  door to his shop, as it  was Saturday  and he did not want distractions.   Then he pulled up the metal shade and ran to hug the light pole.    I can attest that this quake was a shocker.   And long.  

I have 6 artists  hard at work painting 42 signs at the moment.   The aftershocks  seem to be getting better, then a stronger one  puts everyone on  edge again.

Kathmandu turned into a  tent city for a week, and slowly people are feeling  normal.   ATMs are open, grocery stores are open, prices are normalizing again.

I will return to the  US early.   If you have sent me a photo, you should expect your 3 portraits.  The Nepal Art Dogs will be raising money for  the Nepal earthquake victims.   

Stay tuned!