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April 2017

Live from Nepal: Danger Dogs by Jit Gurung!

 

Folk art portrait of a Foxhound and a Beagle painted Thanka style on metal in Nepal
Chester and Cooper Thanka style!

 

 

Chester the Foxhound and Cooper the Beagle are the first Thanka Dogs from Nepal.   These dogs' clever owner came up with the idea to paint them Thanka style.   Jit's version is a beauty and there will be two more versions to come.   

Folk art portrait of a rescue Shitzu mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rudy by Jit Gurung

Rudy the rescued male Shitzu mix is a lucky dog in his first portrait by Jit Gurung.  

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog from Puerto Rico.   hand painted on metal in Nepal
Nilly by Jit Gurung

 

Nilly is another lucky rescue dog.   She was rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico and looks like she has found the good life.

Folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Grizz by Jit Gurung

 

Grizz is a rough-coated Chesapeake Bay Retriever.   

Folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Grizz by Khardar Gurung

 

Here is another portrait of Grizz the Chessie, taken from another photo and painted by Khardar Gurung up in Jomsom, Mustang, Nepal.    The lettering is Tibetan and translates as "Kyi ji yap a dou!" or "Brilliant dog is here."

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders will soon close for this trip.   The deadline is April 15, 2017!

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 Nepal: Cats and a Duck from Jit Gurung!

folk art Muscovy duck hand painted on metal in Nepal
Puffy the Muscovy Duck by Jit Gurung

 

Puffy is my first Muscovy Duck and what a handsome boy he is!   His keeper tells me that he sounds like something out of a horror movie as he angrily puffs along, but assures me that he is slow and easy to catch if you sneak up behind him!

Folk art portrait of a Tabby Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Enlightened Cat by Jit Gurung

 

This profile of an Enlightened Cat is hand painted on metal.   Jit's studio is named Munal Arts and that is how he signs his portraits.   

Folk art portrait of a Tabby Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Phoenix the Tabby Cat by Jit Gurung

Phoenix is a pretty kitty in her first portrait by the artist Jit Gurung.   She looks good floating in her cloud of blue.

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders will soon close for this trip.   The deadline is April 15, 2017!

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 Nepal: Dogs of Mustang: Tiri

Tiri was off-limits to tourists without a special pass until about 5 years ago.   Technically in Upper Mustang, and subject to a pricey permit of $50 US per day per person, not including anything else, it was overlooked.   There is a wonderful chef at the Norling Guest House in town named Lokpa and it is well worth a visit.

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This dog, who we have named Double Dorji for his remarkable similarity to another dog on the Annapurna Circuit who IS named Dorje, is often found sleeping near the center of town.   When he does wake up, however, he is as sweet a dog as you could imagine.

Mountaintop view looking from Tiri to Keg Beni and Nilgiri
View from the mani wall looking towards Keg Beni

We hiked high above the village to get a good look at the surrounding mountains...

Tibetan prayer flags fly high in the Annapurna Range.
Prayer flags atop a high ridge.

...and for a glimpse into forbidden Upper Mustang.  Festooned with prayer flags, the Annapurna Range was magnificent.

Nepali dog on a stone fence in Upper Mustang
Double Dorji on a Nepali fence outside Tiri

Later we again met up with Double Dorji and he accompanied us part of our way back home from Tiri to Keg Beni, approximately a half hour walk across the Kali Gandaki riverbed.

Winter bridge from Keg Beni to Tiri across the Kali Gandaki
Winter bridge from Keg Beni to Tiri across the Kali Gandaki

We crossed the river scrambling over rocks and this convenient winter bridge.


Live from Nepal: Dogs of Mustang

The dogs of Mustang in Nepal have a great life.   They are free to roam where they want and sleep in some outrageous places.

Nepali dog in Marpha,Mustang District, Nepal
Thondrup, a Nepali Dog in Marpha

This is Thondrup, a big dog from Marpha.    These photos do not really show the massive size of Thondrup's paws and body.

A Thakali Losar procession in Marpha, Mustang District, Nepal
Thakali Losar parade led by Thondrup.

He is omnipresent and leads the Thakali Losar parade,   Losar (aka Tibetan New Year) is celebrated a couple of weeks later here in Marpha than in Kathmandu.   

Nepali dog watches archery during Thakali Losar celebration
Thondrup and his prime seat at the archery tournament

Part of the Losar celebrations include an archery tournament, and, of course, Thondrup is front and center.

Nepali dog stretches in the sun.
Thondrup gets his moment in the sun.

Thondrup gets a well deserved rest in a sunny spot.   More dogs from Mustang coming soon.   Internet is very spotty here, but I hope to introduce you to many great dogs.   They have a great life here.

 

Just as I finished writing this, I walked out of my Guest House and there was Thondrop.   Wagging his tail and accepting neck scratches and belly rubs.