The Danger Dogs, and Cats, have been popular at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
This little beauty is GG Girl, the English Staffordshire Terrier, by the Nepali sign painter Nara.
Rae the Black Danger Dog above is hand painted on metal by Dilip Niroj, a sign painter in Kathmandu, Nepal. Who says it is hard to paint a black dog?
Ashmont is an incredibly beautiful grey cat, captured here by Dilip Niroj.
This cat, named Ziggy Stardust for obvious reasons, has the most wonderful eyes in his portrait by Baba.
These folk art Peacocks are a fine example of the naive style of Hari Timesina.
Ginger, our Buff Orpington hen, is hand painted on metal by Sufraj Khadka. This one is very colorful and a classic style.
Peachy the Cavoodle (Cavalier King Spaniel and Poodle mix) is hand painted on metal by the Nepali artist Nara.
Moose is charming in this classic profile hand painted on metal by Sufraj Khadka, an artist in Nepal.
Nayru the Basenji is very colorful in this hand painted portrait on metal by Sagar Bitsa, an artist in Nepal.
Spartacus the Grey Poodle by Megh Raj Thapa surely does not mind the odd spelling on his portrait.
Evie the Staffie from Down Under is a beauty in her portrait by Megh Raj Thapa, one of my favorite artists in Kathmandu.
Last but not least, we have this studly French Bulldog by Sagar, done in a traditional Beware of Dog style.
For more of what is currently for sale at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, click here.
That is what is in store! Go to cafam.org for directions, current exhibits and hours.
Also, you can go to the Nepal Dog Channel at YouTube to see other available paintings of dogs on metal. The Nepali signboard industry with its charming hand-painted signboards is fast disappearing in favor of mass-produced computer-generated signage.
The huge earthquakes of April and May, 2015, have made their future even more precarious. I will do my best to keep these artists working, but I can't do it alone.
How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now being accepted for the October 2015 trip.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and insurance is around $20 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!