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Live from Kathmandu: Finals from Dilip

 

Folk art custom pet art hand painted on metal drying on the streets of Kathmandu

It is forever a pleasure to pick up art from Dilip's studio.   His stair is covered with charming, bright and colorful art.  He dries them, and passersby stop to admire and comment on them.

Folk art portrait of an Italian Greyhound hand painted on metal in Kathmandu, Nepal

Spyder the Italian Greyhound pup has the best whiskers in her portrait by Dilip.  One side they are white, the other side black.  This is a fun portrait.
Folk art portrait of an Australian Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal

This portrait of Shadow, an Australian Shepherd, is almost done.  Dilip had painted Shadow's lovely blue eye brown, and then I pointed out that Shadow's left eye is blue.  Then he painted it bright blue!   So this is almost finished, but he will paint Shadow's eye correctly as the lovely light sky blue that it is.

Folk art portrait of a Cattle Dog and Collie mixed breed of dog, hand painted on metal in Nepal

Huxley is an adorable Cattle Dog Collie mix, here is his first completed portrait.   Huxley's Dog-ma has requested that he be painted in a circle, a traditional form of sign painting.

Folk art portrait of a dog in a chair hand painted in Nepal by a sign painter

Rhonda looks comfortable in her chair.    A tall wiry Terrier mix, Dilip has captured her soulful gaze.
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Miffy the Rottweiller and Labrador mix has lived all over the world from Cairo to Delhi to Ohio.   She looks great here immortalized by Dilip.
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You may have noticed Conan the Belgian Malinois on the news lately.  He was named after Conan O'Brien for his shaggy hair.   He is part of the special forces.  His 3 portraits will be donated to auctions for charities that help veterans.
Folk art portrait of 2 Jack Russell Terriers hand painted on metal in Kathmandu, Nepal
Miro and Putti are a pair of Jack Russell Terriers, and this is their first final.  Dilip was supposed to paint the lettering orange, so I will be taking it back to him to adjust the yellow lettering.

Folk art portrait of a shaggy rescue dog hand painted on metal in Kathmandu, Nepal

Oscar the Shaggy Dog got relocated to the woods by Dilip.   He looks very contented.

Folk art German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal

Mato the German Shepherd is looking good.   I had Dilip adjust his pupils giving him an eye light, which worked very well.   
Folk art painting of a Yorkie hand painted on metal in Nepal
Alvin the Yorkshire Terrier has been given a dramatic backing to show off his big smile.

You are on Camera signboard hand painted on metal in Kathmandu

Dilip was commissioned to paint some signs warning that you are on camera for a friend's home, and Dilip added some lettering to a portrait of a Nepali dog on Kukur Tihar (aka Nepal's Day of the Dog).
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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 for holiday gifts.   I am in Nepal right now and ready to give your pet's photo to 3 different artists.

You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...

I am accepting order until Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019

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

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.

 

 


Live from Kathmandu: First Works in Progress from Dilip

Live from Kathmandu!   Dilip Niroj, a favorite artist of mine, was almost ready, but the signs were still wet!

Folk art portrait of a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal

So I got to see his works in progress on his phone.   And they are looking good.   Mato the German Shepherd (aka Alsatian) dog is almost finished, still awaiting final details and the lettering.   
Folk art portrait of a Wire-haired Terrier mix  hand painted on metal in Nepal

Rhonda, a Wire-Haired Terrier mix looks comfy on a beautiful chair.   I can't wait to see these in person.
Folk art Italian Greyhound Puppy and an Alsatian hand painted on metal in Nepal.

Spyder, a lovely Italian Greyhound puppy beside a portrait of Mato, the German Shepherd.
Folk art portraits of a pair of Jack Russell Terriers hand painted on metal in Nepal

Miro and Putti, a pair of Jack Russell Terriers, are waiting for orange lettering announcing to the world that they are Danger Dogs extrordinaire.
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Oscar, the Shaggy Dog, with his colorful background.   I like the palette in the foreground and wonder how Dilip hurt his finger...
Folk Art Jack Russell Terriers along with a Terrier mix, hand painted on metal by a signboard artist in Kathmandu

More photos from Dilip's phone camera.   Again, can't wait!
Folk art miniature Italian Greyhound hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Kathmandu

Spyder, the Italian Greyhound, is such a pretty girl.   I love the light in her eyes.

Sign board studio in Kathmandu

Dilip's wife is helping other customers against the backdrop of the frames they sell.  The top level of art are hand-painted oils by Dilip.

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 for holiday gifts.   I am in Nepal right now and ready to give your pet's photo to 3 different artists.

You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...

I am accepting order until Thanksgiving, November 28, 2019

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

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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/user/NepalDog

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.


Live from Nepal: Signboards of Darbang

The artist Bishnu has populated the district capital of Myagdi, Darbang, with his lovely hand painted signs.

Folk art beauty shop sign in Nepal
Beauty/Barber shop sign by Bishnu

This talented artist left for Saudi Arabia in 2007, soon after I hired Bishnu to hand paint a couple of Danger Dogs.   He got work there painting signs and now has opened an electronics store in busy Darbang.   He also augments his earnings by painting signs for the local shops.   

 

Folk art barber shop sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
A barber shop sign hand painted on metal by Bishnu

This is the other side of the first barber shop sign

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Folk art signboard of a shoe store hand painted on metal in Nepal
Shoe sign by Bishnu side 1

This is what Nepal's sign boards looked like in the 80s and the 90s, before the start of flex (plastic pre-printed signage)...

 

Folk art shoe store signage in Nepal
Shoe sign side 2

  It was much more fun to walk the streets of Nepal when the signs were as interesting as these...

Folk art camera shop signboard hand painted on metal in Nepal
Camera shop sign board in Darband, by Bishnu

He is literally the only sign painter in town, and it is great that they have him back...

Folk art painting of Lali Gurans hand painted on metal in Nepal
Folk art painting of Lali Gurans

The variety of signs is limitless.   The Lali Gurans is the national flower of Nepal.   We know them as Rhododendrons.  

Folk art guest house sign in Darbang
Rainbow Thakali Restaurant signboard

We stay in an old friend's guest house while staying here, but this is typical of the signage for a guest house in Darbang.
 

 

Folk art restaurant signboard in Nepal
Beer, Coke, Momos and Noodles

This sign highlights some of the delights available at this local mo mo stand.

Folk art butcher shop sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Butcher shop sign featuring eggs and chickens

I wrote about Bishnu earlier on the Danger Dog Blog.   Here is more info on Bishnu and the town of Darbang.

The artist Bishnu in Darbang
Bishnu in 2007 about to leave for Saudi Arabia

Here is Bishnu in 2007, when I first met him.   He is holding his portrait of Yoko the French Bulldog (which was one of the portraits chosen - so not available).

Electronics store in Darbang, Myagdi, Nepal
Bishnu in 2016 in his electronics store

Bishnu is hard at work in the corner of his electronics shop hand painting.   He really enjoys painting, but makes good money at his shop.   This way he gets to do both.  It is very hard to make a good living in Nepal.

I have left Darbang so it is too late to hire Bishnu for a sign on this trip, but there are plen ty of great sign painters here in Nepal that would like nothing better than to paint your pet on metal.   Orders close on June 9, 2016, for this trip.

 

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Want to immortalize your pet?   .,

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

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 $22 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!


Danger Dog Blog: Good News

I first met Bishnu KC in 2007, in Darbang, on the very 2nd Nepal Art Dog trip (I have now finished #16!).

Folk art sign painter from Nepal
Yoko the French Bulldog as a work in progress

Above is Bishnu KC in June, 2007.   He was on his way to Saudi Arabia the very next day, but as the town sign painter, he was happy to paint a few last minute signs.

Folk art Beware of Dog signs in Nepal
Bishnu's two signs in my hotel room window

Bishnu did a nice job with Gemma, the Pit Bull and Yoko, the French Bulldog.

Yoko's owner chose Bishnu's portrait.   Gemma is available.  To see Gemma's portrait up close, go to the Pit Bull page on NepalDog.com.

Gemma's sign is signed "Bishnu KC, Darbang, Myagdi, Dhalighiri".

Folk art tailor sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Folk art Tailor sign hand painted by Bishnu

In 2014 I returned to Darbang, district capital of Myagdi, high in the Himalayas and saw this wonderful traditional sign hand painted on metal.   I asked about the artist and was pleased when they brought me to Bishnu.

Folk artist makes good
Bishnu KC in May, 2014

It turns out that Bishnu KC was a great success in his years in Saudi Arabia.   His nest egg went to this electronics store he now runs!   He was hired as a sign painter in Saudi Arabia and so kept up his skills.   Bishnu showed me tubes of oil paints that he uses to paint on canvas in his spare time.

Bishnu's store has everything from huge speakers to mobile phones.   He seems very happy and happy to be back in Nepal.   He says he was treated well in Saudi Arabia.

 Last December, the Nepal Art Dogs were part of an exhibit that featured works of the artists that I had hired that 'went out' to another country.   I am pleased to see that it worked out well for Bishnu KC.

Folk art exhibit in San Diego
Gulf Labor exhibit at Southwestern College in San Diego

This exhibit consists of artists I have hired that have 'gone out' to other countries to work rather than to stay in Nepal with their families.   They can make more money as day laborers, farm workers, department store stockers or, in Bishnu's case, as a painter.

I am happy that it worked out for Binosh KC.

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Want to immortalize your pet and help sign painters in Nepal?

You can order your own portrait of your own pet, hand painted on metal and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.

I will be returning later this year in plenty of time to deliver for holiday orders.   I expect to be in Nepal in late October, 2014, returning in early December.

Be ahead of the pack and order today!

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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.   Large format photos work best.

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 $22 per sign (to the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.   For overseas orders, I find the least expensive method of shipping.
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: a studio visit with Jit Gurung

 

Artists' Studios in Nepal
Jit Gurung and his assistant peruse the 'Sign Painter' book

 

I first hired Jit in June, 2007, on my first Nepal Art Dog trip.   He is a fine illustrator and asked last trip for me to bring some quality magic markers, so I brought some calligraphic Sharpies and other art pens.   He immediately tried them with a big smile.

Folk art dachshund hand painted in Nepal
Jasper the Dachshund by Jit Gurung

Jasper is one of my favorite portraits of a Danger Dog of all time.   Jit never fails to surprise me.

You can see more of Jit's work and what is currently available at:   Jit Gurung's available art

Want to immortalize your pet and help sign painters in Nepal?

You can order your own portrait of your own dog and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the Spring 2014 trip.  I will be back in June 2014.

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 $22 per sign (to the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.   For overseas orders, I find the least expensive method of shipping.
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!