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Live from Nepal: Studio visit with Shahi

 

Nepali painter with his art
Shahi with his paintings to be sold in gift shops.

 

 

The artist Shahi has begun this season's Nepal Art Dogs.   I have been hiring Shahi since my first Danger Dog trip in June, 2007.   He has moved studios, and I had a hard time finding him, but am glad to see that he now has a thriving business painting Nepal mountain scenes for the local stores.

 

Nepali sign painter in Pokhara
Shahi looking through the book 'Sign Painters' by Faythe Levine & sam Macon

 

Folk art mural by Shahi in Pokhara
Mural by Shahi

 I came across this mural by Shahi the other day.   

Shahi has painted some fine dogs and cats (and horses, too) over the years.

Nepali sign painter with his folk art
Shahi in 2007 with his first Nepal Art Dog portraits

Shahi immediately impressed me with his portraits of a greyhound, a cat and a horse in 2007.

See more of what Shahi has in store on NepalDog.com:  Shahi on NepalDog.com.

Stay tuned to see what Shahi will come up with this trip!

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.

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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!

 


Live from Nepal: A New Artist in Pokhara

Sagar is a new artist for the Nepal Art Dog project and I am excited to see what he will come up with.

Sign Painter's shop in Pokhara
Sagar's Studio in Pokhara

 Sagar's studio is in an old building just directly across the street from the artist Jit Gurung.

Sign Painter in Pokhara, Nepal
Sagar with the plate he will use for his Nepal Art Dog

 Sagar had a small plate to use as his Danger Dog artwork, and it sounds like his art will be in the traditional style.   You can see that he had already put this piece of metal aside for a Nepali Beware of Dog sign.

Sign painter at work in Nepal
Sagar at work

Sagar was hard at work hand painting a Gurkha Association poster on metal.   I look forward to seeing his Danger Dog tomorrow.

Folk art beware of dog sign from Nepal
First final from Sagar in Pokhara

You can imagine how pleased I was to get Sagar's first final!   This charming pup makes a great start.   Sagar will get more orders from me!

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!

 


Live from Kathmandu: Studio visits.

I have been busy placing orders for the latest Danger Dogs while here in Kathmandu.

Nepali sign painter in his studio
Sagar Bitsa reads about sign painters in the US

I brought along Faythe Levine and Samuel Macon's brillant book 'Sign Painters' about sign painters in the US.   

Nepali artist reads a book on US Sign Painters
Sagar peruses the book 'Sign Painters'

Like all of the artists that I have shown this book to (information on the book here) he flashed through and looked at every photo in the book.

Sign painter supplies in a Kathmandu artist studio

We commented that sign painters all over the world use the same tools.   No 1 Shot enamel paint here though.   I am happy to see that nice new blue sheet in the foreground that will soon be adorned with the 2014 crop of Nepal Art Dogs.

Sign Painter in Nepal looks through book on American sign painters
Dilip looks at 'Sign Painters'

The artists look at the book from front to back.   

Oil painting from Kathmandu
Dilip Niroj and painting

Dilip was proud to show me his latest oil painting.   This large canvas took him 25 days to complete.   Some of Dilip's earlier works have been featured in local Kollywood movies.

Kathmandu artist studio
Dilip and Michelle on an earlier trip

Dilip still has photos of the two of us on his mobile here in Kathmandu.   Those are artist's fingers, that is for certain.

Nepali girl in native costume
Dilip's 11-year-old daughter

Dilip's daughter is getting bigger and more beautiful every year.   

Artist Studio in Nepal
Maharjan runs Nara's studio

I also dropped off many photos for Nara to paint with Mr. Maharjan.   I can't wait to see Nara's new and always spectacular dog art.

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 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 Kathmandu: Meet the artists

Many of my artists have their photos and we are all getting ready for the unrest in Nepal that will precede the coming elections.

Artist studios in Nepal
Sagar Bitsa in his studio

It is always good to see Sagar and his beautiful smile.   Like most of my artists, he has redecorated his shop recently.  He was happy to see me on the day of Laxmi Puja.   It is considered very good luck to have money walk into your storefront on that day!  

Sign Painter studio in Kathmandu
Mr. Maharjan outside his studio

The last time I saw Mr. Maharjan was high in the Himalayas, near Muktinath.   He was going there with his family for the first time on a pilgrimage.   Now he is back in Kathmandu working with the artist Nara.

Sign painters in Kathmandu
Artist Megh Raj Thapa and his son, Anup

Megh Raj Thapa and his son, Anup, were also happy to get some hand painted work.   Anup does Photoshop and is a great admirer of his father's detailed art.   Megh Raj's portraits do look like photos.  As you can see, Megh Raj has a great sense of humor.

Sign Painters' studios of Nepal
Dilip Niroj outside his studio

Dilip was happy to see me though he never smiles for photos.   Just after the holidays of Dassain and Tihar, everyone is ready to get back to work.

Tibetan lady feeds street dogs in Boudha
Tibetan lady feeding street dogs

I have seen this Tibetan lady feeding the street dogs of Boudha around the Stupa and now in the back alleys.   Bravo.  

Aubertfrenchbulldog triple

Above is Aubert the French Bulldog by Baba, Sagar and Sufraj (clockwise from top left).   This is what you can expect when you order your very own Danger Dog or Cat or Chicken or Horse!   Aubert by Sagar is the only one still available at this time.

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I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.

Since there is expected political unrest in Nepal in November, please get your orders in early...

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the November 2013 trip.  I will be back in early December 2013 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.

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 $18 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).

If you have already ordered the price will remain the same, forever.   ie, if you are one of the lucky ones who ordered in 2007, your price will never change.  

 

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 Kathmandu: Final Danger Dogs!!!

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Laz is obviously a good AND handsome dog.   Here are 2 of his finals by Baba and Dilip Niroj.   Still one more choice to come.  

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Here we have the Tibetan Terriers Hugo and Minnie by Hari Timesina and Sufraj Khadka.  I was very surprised to see how Sufraj handled the double dog portrait, almost like a film strip.   I like it.   It is especially diminutive compared to Hari's larger than life take on these cute dogs.   One more to come!

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Sam and Pearl, a happy pair of Pitt Bulls, make their debut on the Danger Dog Blog in their portrait by Dilip Niroj.   Again, I find it interesting how the artists will take two photos of very different sizes and figure out how to make it work through perspective.   'Denger Dogs' indeed.

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Daisy Blue and Bebe make a fine couple in this final portrait by Baba.   Daisy Blue is a Peruvian mix breed dog and Bebe is a Fox Terrier.

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The next choice of Daisy Blue and Bebe is by Dilip Niroj.   I think this one is going to be a hard choice.   Again one more to come.

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Dilip's take on the intent K-Lev Canaan Dog.  

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Baba's portrait of K-Lev.   By the way, Baba has a new assistant who seems to have gone wild with the Baba Art stamp (lower left corner).   They will disappear, I promise.

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Aubert the French Bulldog by Baba.

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Aubert the French Bulldog and Enzo the Italian Greyhound by Sufraj Khadka.

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When I picked up at Sufraj Khadka's this is the lovely hodgepodge I was greeted with.  Minnie and Hugo covort with the odd couple of Rocco the Cat enscounced in pink feathers and Coco the Bunny on her pink couch while Aubert looks on.  

Tune in tomorrow for the latest!

If you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles before the end of December, you can see 60 Nepal Art Dogs at The Loft at Liz's Gallery at 435 S. La Brea LA  90036.   Part of an exhibit titled "Fair Trade", a total of 28 artists are represented in the exhibit so you can get an idea of their varying styles.

Also, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, stop by the Gallery of Functional Art and see some Dogs!  

New Stone Age on West Third in Los Angeles also has a good selection.  

Or you could order your own pet......

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Time is running short!!!

Your pet can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

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

You will be happy you did!

 

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for November 2011 trip.   All signs will be ready with plenty of time to mail for the holidays.

 

HOW TO ORDER

1.   Please send me a medium to high resolution 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, be framed or unframed.

2.   Let me know what you would like it to say.

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!

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!