Nepal's Day of the Dog -2018
Works in Progress from Sagar

New Finals from Dilip

You are in for a treat.    Dilip Niroj is the fastest artist I have hired this trip, but the quality does not suffer.

Folk art beware of dog art hand painted on metal in Nepal
Outside Dilip's studio

This is the lovely sight that I was treated to as I came up to his studio.   I love seeing them in the sun.   Many Nepali passersby admire the view as well.


Folk art portrait of a Miniature Silver Poodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Vanna the Miniature Silver Poodle by Dilip

First up is Vanna, also known as Pookie, Firepup and Gogoosh.   Vanna is a silver mini Poodle, but she fills up the frame in what is probably a larger than life portrait (12" x 15").   She looks pretty impressive in the first of what will be three portraits of this graceful beauty.

Folk art portrait of a miniature wire-haired Dachshund hand painted on metal in Nepal
Cash the Miniature Wire-Haired Dachshund by Dilip

Cash is a miniature Wire-haired Dachshund, with a lot of personality, as evidenced by this portrait.   Cash is King in his household and the Nepali writing reads 'paisa Raja'.   Paisa is the word for money in Nepand Raja is king!

Folk art portrait of a Staffordshire Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Lo-fi the Australian Staffie by Dilip

Next up is Lo-fi, a handsome Staffordshire Terrier from down under.   Dilip did a beautiful job with his wide grin.   That is a strong dog, apparent in the painting.

Folk art beware of dog sign with a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal
Sami the German Shepherd by Dilip

Sami, the German Shepherd, is another handsome boy, with a beautiful coat and a very intense gaze, which Dilip captured.   Dilip is a dog lover and is the proud owner of a German Shepherd, a Rottweiler, a Doberman Pinscher and, the latest addition, a Siberian Husky.

Folk art portrait of a White Labrador Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Swami the Labrador by Dilip

Swami, the White Labrador Retriever, looks happy as a lark in his portrait by Dilip.   Again, notice the nice work capturing his big smile and enthusiastic eyes.   Everyone loves a Lab.

Folk art portrait of a Border Collie hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jitters the border Collie by Dilip

Jitters, the Border Collie, has fabulous fur and a lovely gleam in the eye.  The Nepali writing is Dharma Kukur, or Enlightened Dog!


Folk art portrait of a Springer Spaniel hand painted on metal agianst a backdrop of the Himalayas
Izzy (aka I. F. Stone) the Springer Spaniel by Dilip

Izzy is a young Springer Spanial, here with his big wide eyes and charming smile.   He looks like a modern odalisque on his sea of red against a backdrop of the Himalayas.  The best thing about this project is that the artists constantly surprise me.  Dilip made this sign extra large (12" x 15") and added the mountain background on his own volition.

folk art portrait of a German Short Haired Pointer hand painted on metal in Nepal
Callie, a German Short Haired Pointer, by Dilip

Callie, a much-loved German Short-haired Pointer, is quite beautiful in this dramatic close up portrait.   It was decided not to add lettering to this painting and does not need it.

Folk art portrait of a Golden Doodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Hunter, a Golden Doodle, by Dilip

This is an unusual portrait of Hunter, a Golden Doodle.   Hunter has submitted 3 different photos, and this seemed to me to be Dilip's forte.   He has an unusual folk art style that works well with an unusual shot of a dog.   The Nepali lettering reads Shikari, which translates as hunter.   Appropriate!


In the next few weeks, I will be publishing either finals or works in progress from the Nepali artists.   If you would like to be first to see these paintings, please follow the Nepal Art Dogs page on Facebook.

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If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I am here in November, 2018, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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!


To order, 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 artists 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, be framed or unframed.

While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.

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!

Send your photo to or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

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You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.


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