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Live from Kathmandu: Sagar's works in Progress


Sagar has made some progress on his Danger Dogs.

Folk art portrait of a Springer Spaniel hand painted on metal in Nepal
Emma Goldman, the Springer Spaniel, by Sagar

Emma Goldman, the Springer Spaniel is almost finished, just some work around the eyes is especially needed. Sagar works on many levels in his paintings, so we shall see how the work progresses.   For some reason he does the eyes last.

Folk art portrait of a Kuvasz hand painted on metal in Nepal
El Cid the Kuvasz by Sagar

El Cid the Cuvasz (sorry for the reflections) as a work in progress by Sagar Bitsa.   This is going to be quite beautiful.

folk art portrait of a Rescue Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Wilford the Rescue dog by Sagar

Captain Handsome is Wilford, a rescue dog, that is enjoying his time in the Himalayas.   Sagar is trying out a new system for his English lettering where he makes a stencil and paints the lettering.   He is not confident in his ability to hand paint English letters.

Folk art portrait of a Schnoodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Henry the Schnoodle almost ready in his portrait by Sagar

Henry the Schnoodle is enjoying peeking out from his perch in the Himalayas, in this working progress by Sagar.

folk art portrait of a black Standard Poodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Herschel the black Standard Poodle by Sagar

Herschel the black Standard Poodle is an early work in progress by Sagar.  Still those eyes to come!

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Chance the rescue dog by Sagar

Chance the rescue dog is almost completed in his portrait by Sagar.


Folk art portrait of a Foxhound and a Beagle hand painted on metal in Nepal.
Chester and Cooper by Sagar

Chester and Cooper, a Foxhound and a Beagle respectively, show a bit more progress in this photo.

folk art portrait of a German Short-Haired Pointer hand painted on metal in Nepal
Bleu the German Short-Haired Pointer by Sagar

Bleu, the water-loving German Short-Haired Pointer, is further along in this hand painted portrait of her in her element.   Again, Sagar is using his 'new-system, on the English lettering.


Chesapeake Bay Retrievers play in the snow in a hand painted portrait on metal
Picket and Pancho play in the snow by Sagar

This is earlier along than the others, as it was a later order, but Sagar has done a great early pass at these two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers play in the snow.

As always, please remember that these are early works in progress and will continue to evolve.  

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:  
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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