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November 2016

Live from Kathmandu: First Finals from Sagar

Sagar Bitsa has finalized many of his portraits.   I can't wait to hear what you think of his latest works.    Please keep in mind that these paintings all look better in person!

Folk art Beware of French Bulldog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Oliver the French Bulldog by Sagar Bitsa

Oliver!   This French Bulldog has personality in his first completed portrait by Sagar Bitsa.   Oliver was a late but great order and makes a great addition to the Danger Dog project.

Folk art beware of French Bulldog puppy hand painted on metal in Nepal.
Moose the French Bulldog by Sagar Bitsa

 Moose, a French Bulldog puppy, charms in his final portrait by Sagar Bitsa.   

 

Folk art Beware of King Cavalier Spaniel hand painted on metal in Nepal
Harry the King Cavalier Spaniel by Sagar

Harry is the first Danger Perfect Dog, and he looks pretty perfect in this final by Sagar.   This pretty King Cavalier Spaniel looks pretty happy, too.

Folk art portrait of a Scottish Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Harris the Scottish Retriever by Sagar

Harris is a Scottish Retriever, here hand painted on metal by Sagar.

Folk art beware of Black Standard Poodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Herschel the Black Standard Poodle by Sagar

Haughty Herschel is a Black Standard Poodle who must have an extra large persona.  He looks pretty in his hand painted final by Sagar.   

Folk art Beware of Tuxedo Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Dutch the Tuxedo Cat by Sagar

Danger Dutch is a handsome long-haired black and white Cat that looks like he is living in an abstract world in his final portrait by Sagar.   It is not only dogs that deserve to be immortalized on metal by a sign painter from Nepal!

 

Folk art Beware of American Staffordshire Terrier sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ripley the American Staffordshire Terrier by Sagar

Ripley, an American Staffordshire Terrier, is so lovely in Sagar's portrait.   Ripley is my kind of dog.

 

Stay tuned.   More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow, along with more finals and works in progress...

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I am in Nepal right now but no longer accepting orders.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now closed for the October 2016 trip.  I will be back in early December 2016 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.  I will be back in Nepal in early March, 2017, for the next set of 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:   ampage1@gmail.com  
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!


Live from Kathmandu: Even more finals from Sagar!

Sagar always finishes all of his work at the same time, as he does not do hand lettering himself and hires another sign painter to finish the work.  So we have a wealth of Sagar riches today...

Folk art portrait of 2 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers play in the snow.   Hand painted on metal in Nepal
Pancho and Picket the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers by Sagar

Pancho and Picket, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, roughhouse in the snow in this portrait by Sagar.  They sure look like they are having fun to me!

Folk art beware of Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Picket the Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Sagar

Here Picket the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is still having fun chewing his ball.   

Folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever in a tunnel, hand painted on metal in Nepal
Grizz the Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Sagar

Grizz, another young and lovely Chessie, is in his agility vortex.

Folk art beware of Springer Spaniel hand painted on metal in Nepal
Joe Slovo the Springer Spaniel by Sagar

Joe Slovo, a Black and White Springer Spaniel, just can't make a bad Danger Dog sign.  Someone is going to have an impossible choice.

folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Pancho the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Pancho, the playing dog in the first photo of this post is up close and personal in this portrait in the round by Sagar.   A circle motif is a common theme in a traditional Danger Dog sign.

Folk art portrait of a Springer Spaniel mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Copper the Springer Mix (??) by Sagar

Copper is so pretty with her red freckles in her painting by Sagar.

Stay tuned.   More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow, along with more finals and 3-of-a-kind portraits.  See all 2 finals alongside each other and try to choose between them!

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I am in Nepal right now but no longer accepting orders.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now closed for the October 2016 trip.  I will be back in early December 2016 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.  I will be back in Nepal in early March, 2017, for the next set of 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:   ampage1@gmail.com  
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 $20 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!


Live from Kathmandu: More finals from Dilip

Dilip's latest works are truly something to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving morning in Kathmandu.

folk art portrait of 2 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers hand painted on metal in Nepal
Picket and Pancho by Dilip

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.

Folk art portrait of a Beware of Viszla sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jasper the Viszla by Dilip Niroj

Jasper the Viszla is happily chewing his ball in this first final by Dilip.

folk art Beware of Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Picket the Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Dilip Niroj

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.

Folk art beware of Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Grizz the Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Dilip

Grizz is a young Chesapeake Bay Retriever who is learning agility.   What a beautiful dog! 

Folk art beware of cat sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Brian Wilson the Cat by Dilip Niroj

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!

 

Folk art Beware of French Bulldog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Oliver the French Bulldog by Dilip Niroj

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:   ampage1@gmail.com  
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!


Live from Kathmandu: Finals from Dilip Niroj

Happy Thanksgiving from Kathmandu!   I hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful dinner filled with family and friends.

Dilip has painted some very fine finals.

Folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Pancho the Chesapeake Bay Retreiver by Dilip

First in line is Pancho, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, in all of his glory.   Photographed sitting in a car, Dilip's fanciful background of stripes give a nice touch.

Folk art beware of American Staffordshire Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ripley the American Staffordshire Terrier by Dilip

Ripley is simply stunning is his first completed final by Dilip.   This American Staffordshie Terrier is a wonderful example of a sha dow dog.

Folk art portrait of a French Bull Dog puppy.  Beware of Dog!
Moose the French Bulldog puppy by Dilip

Moose, a French Bulldog puppy, is adorable in his final portrait by Dilip.   

 

Folk art portrait of a Shepherd mix rescue dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Tiffy the Shepherd mix rescue dog by Dilip

 

Tiffy is a beauty, a rescue dog that found a great life, here immortalized looking great against her graphic backdrop hand painted on metal by Dilip.

 

Folk art portrait of a Scottish Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Harris of Scotland, a Retriever, by Dilip

Harris of Scotland is a Danger Dog that has returned to his roots.   Not over the top, but across the top, I guess that Dilip misunderstood my request to add Harris of Scotland across the top!

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:   ampage1@gmail.com  
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!


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:   ampage1@gmail.com  
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!