Live from Kathmandu: Nepal's Day of the Dog 2015
Live from Kathmandu: More works in progress from Sagar

Live from Kathmandu: Sagar Bitsa's line drawings

More work from Sagar Bitsa.   I always enjoy seeing his work progress.

Folk art Pug hand painted on metal in Nepal
Bubba the Pug in her early work in progress

Bubba is on the way to a stellar portrait.  Such a pretty Pug, this one will be great.

 

Folk art Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Bula the Golden Retriever with her ball by Sagar

 Bula will be painted to include her favorite toy - a tennis ball.  

folk art beware of Terrier hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Nepal
Zoe the Terrier as a work in progress by Sagar

Zoe strikes a different pose in her 2nd Nepal Dog portrait.  Zoe is a Fox Terrier/Jack Russell mix and is going to be great with her odalisque post on a pretty carpet.

Folk art Rat Terrier portrait hand painted on metal in Nepal
Mouse the Rat Terrier mix

Mouse is a Rat Terrier that is riding the waves.   This photo was taken on a sail boat and you can see the wind in his face.

 

Young boy with tika on Bhai Tika in Nepal
Bhai Tika

Friday was Bhai Tika, the 5th day of the Tihar festival.   Sisters honor their brothers and wish them long life, paint tikas on their foreheads and give chocolate and presents along with the colorful marigold garlands.   Many Nepalis tell me that this is their favorite holiday of the year.  

Stay tuned for more on Nepal and the artists.  

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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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