Finals from Megh Raj
Finals from Sagar and Sanjib Rana!

Works in Progress from Dilip Niroj

Dilip was late in finishing these paintings - unusual for him.   When I came to see him, days later than I had expected, his head was shaved.   In Nepal, when a close family member dies, the custom is for the men in the family to shave their heads.   It turns out that Dilip's 95-year-old grandmother had passed away.   He spent 23 days in his village, in the district of Morang.   He is hard at work finishing these paintings and the new ones I have given him.
Folk art portrait of a Black Lab hand painted on metal in Nepal
Whitney the Black Lab by Dilip Niroj

 Whitney is in fine form in her portrait's early stages.  her charming smile and glowing fur are evident.

Folk art portrait of a Russian Blue Cat   hand painted on metal in Nepal
Frank the Russian Blue Cat by Dilip Niroj
Frank the Russian Blue Cat will have a colorful background, from early indications.
Folk art portrait of a Pit Bull Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Stanley the Pit Bull Terrier by Dilip Niroj
Stanley the Pit Bull is looking good in this early incarnation of his third portrait.
Folk art portrait of a Brindle mixed breed dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Mog the Brindle Dog by Dilip Niroj

 A very early start to Mog the Brindle Dog's portrait!   I can't wait to see how this turns out.

Folk art portrait of a ginger Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Very early version of Peaches, the Ginger Cat by Dilip Niroj

 It is fun to imagine how this one will end up.   Peaches the Ornery Cat!

Folk art portrait of a pair of Pit Bull Terriers hand painted on metal in Nepal
Clyde and Henry the Pit Bulls by Dilip Niroj

 A little further along are Clyde and Henry.  They other 2 versions of these Danger Dogs have Henry to the right of Clyde.   This is a nice change of pace and, like the other artists, Dilip has been having fun with Clyde's plaid bow tie.

Folk art portrait of a Tuxedo Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
BatWoman the Tuxedo Cat by Dilip Niroj

 Batwoman is also in very early stages, but it looks like she will be beautiful.


Time has run out to order for this trip.    You will need to wait for the next trip, coming in fall, 2018. 

How to order your custom pet portrait from

  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 $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!


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