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Live from Kathmandu: Works in Progress by Megh Raj

Megh Raj Thapa is the first artist's work that I have been able to see this trip, and it is just beautiful.

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog hand painted on metal by an artist in Nepal
Megh Raj with Wolford, the rescue dog

 Megh Raj lost his studio last year and is actively seaching for a new site.   In the meantime, we meet at a small cafe across from his old studio.   This portrait of Wolford the rescue dog is particularly appealing with his little paw sticking out from behind his leash.

Folk art portraits of dogs hand painted on metal by a sign board artist in Nepal
Wolford and Autumn and their works in progress

Wolford is joined by Autumn, a charming Sharpei mix dog with nice white markings.  These are works in progress and only half finished.  They are on their way.

Folk art portrait of a Terrier mix dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Chance the Terrier Mix dog as a work in progress by Megh Raj Thapa

Chance, a Terrier Mix, here in an early work in progress by Megh Raj Thapa, is a special dog.   He was commissioned in a silent auction benefitting NFED, the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias.  (For more information about NFED and their programs, visit their website at  

Megh Raj has used the background area as a palatte.   I can't wait to see the final results.

Line drawing of a Cat drawn by an artist in Kathmandu
Brian Wilson the Cat as a line drawing by Megh Raj

These next three are going to be a little hard to see, but Brian Wilson the Cat is going to turn out beautifully.   Megh Raj is particularly good with fur.

Folk art portrait of a dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Another line drawing by Megh Raj

Harry, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is looking handsome in this early line drawing by Megh Raj.   Again, I apologize for it being difficult to see fully, but he is looking good.

Folk art line drawing of a Springer Spaniel hand drawn by a Nepali sign painter
Henry the Schnoodle's line drawing by Megh Raj Thapa

Henry is a much loved Schnoodle.  This early lined drawing bodes well for his future portrait.

Stay tuned.   More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow.


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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