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Live from Kathmandu: Final Zen Cats

These Zen Cats are finally in.  Which would you choose?


Google and her final 3 portraits come alive by Megh Raj, Dilip and Sanjib (clockwise from top left).


Yahoo, Google's counterpart, exudes a dangerous glow in her three portraits by Nara, Dilip and Sanjib (clockwise from top left).


Beatrice the English Shorthair Kitty really shines in her three final paintings.  Such a colorful Cat hand painted on metal by Sanjib, Jit Gurung and Sufraj (clockwise from top left).


Lucia, the Principessa Kitty, lived to be 20 years old.   Now she is immortalized by Sanjib, Sagar and Megh Raj (clockwise from top left).


Rocco the Black and White Zen Cat is big and bold and fills the frame in his final three portraits by Sanjib, Dilip and Indra (clockwise from top left).


Cooper is the Enlightened One in his final three portraits by Sanjib, Punam and Sagar (clockwise from top left).


Frankie the Tortie Kitty lazes in her final three by Nara, Jit Gurung and Sanjib (clockwise from top left).


Luna the Crazy Kitty and her final three by Sanjib, Sagar and Megh Raj (clockwise from top left).



Georgia the Cockatiel may not like being bunched with the Kitties, but here she is in all her glory.   Her portraits, hand painted on metal, are by Sanjib, Punam and Suf (clockwise from top left).

There are some hard choices here, and you can expect better photos as soon as I return to California.  As much as possible, these are shot in natural light.  

It is always different here, and the cruel fuel embargo that has gone on for over 100 days, coming on the heels of the devastating double earthquakes in April and May, had made life very difficult for all Nepalis.   100 days without a sure source of cooking gas, petrol, diesel, medicines, cooking oil, etc etc has taken a toll on everyone.   Load shedding (a planned power outage) is going up to 54 hours per week, leaving people with no electric alternative to no cooking gas.   Firewood is being looted from the forests.   Not a sustainable thing to be said in all of this.

I still love Nepal with all of my heart and the people are stoic in the face of the sometimes violent protests.   I wish them the best.

And I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart that you have helped to give struggling sign painters some legitimate, well paid work in these troubling times.  I am the only one that these artists are still hand painting for.

Jai Nepal! (long live Nepal!)


A Nepali sign painter hard at work in the Phulbari section of Kathmandu.



I am in Nepal right now but no longer accepting orders.   You can order in spring, 2016, and immortalize your pet. 

Want something by the holidays?   Go to   There are over 72 breeds of dogs and counting...  And lovely Cats, birds and other animals, too.

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:  
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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