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Live from Kathmandu: Gardens of Boudha.

Live from Kathmandu: Back in Boudha

My beloved Boudha was damaged worse than anyone thought in the recent earthquake in April 2015.

Boudha Stupa after the earthquake
Boudha Stupa is undergoing a restoration

The fabulous eyes and upper part of the Boudha Stupa has been removed and you can see the "Tree of Life" that was placed in the middle just 2 days before I arrived.  Rumors have it that it will take years to restore.

Buses are packed in Kathmandu due to the ongoing fuel embargo
The buses are extra crowded due to the fuel crisis

I arrived a few days ago from post quake Nepal only to find that they have worse problems than the quake.   Since late September, there has been no petrol, cooking gas or medical supplies delivered from India.   This means that the aid agencies have not been able to deliver supplies to the people in the mountains and winter is coming.   

Nepali signboard artist studio
Sufraj Khadka outside his studio

Even with the transport woes, I managed to visit 4 artists and drop off photos.  This is Sufraj Khadka, with whom I have been working for 7 years.    I look forward to seeing his fanciful artworks.

Chipmunk at the Farmer's Market in Kathmandu
Kathmandu has a new Farmer's Market

The 1905 Saturday Kathmandu Farmer's Market has been moved to a new venue in Naxal.  Shoba has done a nice job and this was the first time at this location. Even the chipmunk seemed to like it.   It is also called 1905, as this new Market is in an old building as well.   The lovely old Rana Palace that was the former 1905 will be razed for a modern building.   Such a shame.

Beware of Tibetan Terrier sign
Tibetan Terrier Beware of Dog Sign

This Beware of Dog sign is on plastic and taken from a photo, but I cannot help but like it.   What a scary sign!

Naive Art Brut Beware of Dog sign in Nepal
Typical Danger Dog sign of the past

This Danger Dog sign is typical of what used to be everywhere.  They are being printed on plastic now.  Often I am the only one the sign painters are hand painting for now.

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I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.

Since there is expected political unrest in Nepal in November, please get your orders in early...

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the November 2015 trip.  I will be back in early December 2015 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 $18 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!

 

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