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Live from Kathmandu: Megh Raj' works in progress

Megh Raj Thapa is almost finished with his latest Danger Dog portraits here in Kathmandu.

Folk art portrait of a boxer mix dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Homer by Megh Raj Thapa

Homer, a Boxer mix looks beautiful in his almost finished portrait by Megh Raj Thapa.   He is just awaiting his background color and lettering.   Megh Raj' style is realistic, almost like a photo.

Folk art portrait of a black standard Poodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rasta by Megh Raj Thapa

Rasta is almost complete!   This handsome Black Standard Poodle sports a jaunty yellow scarf and his pink tongue is classic.   

Folk art portrait of dogs hand painted on metal in Nepal by a signboard artist
Ralphie and Utah by Megh Raj Thapa

Ralphie and Utah in their portrait by Megh Raj.   Ralphie is a mixed breed black dog and Utah is an Australian Shepherd.

folk art portrait of a Jack Russell mix dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Winnie, a Jack Russell mix by Megh Raj Thapa

Winnie is winning in Megh Raj's portrait.   I like the gleam in her eye...

Megh Raj has had a string of bad luck lately, as he has lost his studio in the Chabahil area of Kathmandu.   He had not yet found a replacement studio and is now working out of Govinda Kalikote's studio not far from his home.   While Megh Raj is upbeat and does not complain about this, I know that it is weighing heavily on him.   A lot of his work as a sign painter is from walk in traffic, so without a storefront, work is more difficult to find.

It is really very nice of Govinda to share his space with Megh Raj.   


Want to immortalize your pet?   It is not too late!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

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 $22 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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