Live from Kathmandu: Works in Progress from Sagar Bitsa
November 19, 2022
Sagar surprised me this evening! He sent works in progress showing actual progress! Sagar paints his backgrounds first and then the dog or cat. He sent this last week, and I had a hard time figuring out which dog or cat was which. But we all agree that he has a nice view from his rooftop.
Leo, a very handsome Dalmatian pup, is well on his way in this diptych. I think it is close to being finished, but still needs lettering, as do all others in this post.
Another beautiful Dalmatian, Anya's lovely profile is front and off-center.
Over the years, when asked to do a portrait of a human alongside their pets, Sagar is my go to artist. He enjoys the challenge and has not let me down. Here we have Bess and her beloved Ginger Cat Hamilton.
Beignet is a very lucky dog who has the run of a ranch. I can't wait to see this one in its final incarnation.
The adorable Ancho. To me, this reminiscent of Magritte's Bowler Hat paintings. I love the way that Ancho is floating. Perhaps a green apple overhead?
Jacs is a later addition and therefore an earlier work in progress. This Jack Russell has plenty of personality is his photo.
Lusso the Italian Greyhound is so elegant and someone is going to have a hard time deciding on this one.
Opie's portrait is going to be dramatic in his golden circle. Can't wait!
Pretty Pumpkin the Pomeranian is well on her way.
Minnow moves from an interior to an exterior in Sagar's work in progress. I think Minnow would be happy here.
I love seeing the progress in Buni's shaggy coat. Another very hard choice ahead.
Still early, but showing promise.
Sam, a sweet Yorkie pup, glows in his circle of fire.
Sojho, a Nepali dog that charmed his Dog-ma, returns to his roots in the Himalayas. The red spot on his forehead is a tikka, given as a blessing.
Ranger is a beautiful Pit Bull that has recently passed. Obviously she was a beautiful dog that was well loved. And she was also photogenic with that big smile.
Sagar means 'Ocean' in Nepali and he has placed Ranger in front of his namesake. I do not think he has ever seen the ocean as Nepal is landlocked.
If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, you can send me a photo of your pet. I am now in Kathmandu, Nepal, taking orders.
I will return to the US in early December, 2022, in plenty of time to deliver for holiday gifts.
You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...
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!
HOW TO ORDER
1. Send me a photo of your pet to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more at www.NepalDog.com..
2. Let me know the name of your pet, their breed and what you would like it to say.
I will give the photo 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!
Let's keep these artists painting.