Dilip's latest works are truly something to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving morning in Kathmandu.
Picket and Pancho are a pair of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers that look like they are having fun in the snow in their first final, hand painted on metal by Dilip Niroj.
Jasper the Viszla is happily chewing his ball in this first final by Dilip.
Here we have Picket, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, with HIS favorite toy. There must be a trend here! Hand painted by Dilip, Picket looks contented and busy.
Grizz is a young Chesapeake Bay Retriever who is learning agility. What a beautiful dog!
It was back to the drawing board, in a manner of speaking, when Brian Wilson had his name added to Dilip's brilliant rendition of this furry kitty. It turned out well!
A late arrival is Oliver, a charming French Bulldog, hand painted on metal by Dilip.
More great Danger Dogs (and Cats) soon to be on the way.
Beware of Dog signs hand painted on metal were common in Kathmandu and throughout Nepal only a few years ago. Hand painted metal signs of all types abounded whether they were beauty shop signs, auto detailing, food stalls or butcher shops. They have all but disappeared and have been replaced by digital photos on a plastic that they call flex here. The Danger Dog fair trade art project is the only one that they are still hand painting for.
Thank you to all of those who have ordered their pets immortalized over the years...
Stay tuned. More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow, along with more finals and works in progress...
I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now being accepted for the October 2016 trip. I will be back in early December 2016 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: 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 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!