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Live from Nepal: Cats and a Duck from Jit Gurung!

folk art Muscovy duck hand painted on metal in Nepal
Puffy the Muscovy Duck by Jit Gurung


Puffy is my first Muscovy Duck and what a handsome boy he is!   His keeper tells me that he sounds like something out of a horror movie as he angrily puffs along, but assures me that he is slow and easy to catch if you sneak up behind him!

Folk art portrait of a Tabby Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Enlightened Cat by Jit Gurung


This profile of an Enlightened Cat is hand painted on metal.   Jit's studio is named Munal Arts and that is how he signs his portraits.   

Folk art portrait of a Tabby Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Phoenix the Tabby Cat by Jit Gurung

Phoenix is a pretty kitty in her first portrait by the artist Jit Gurung.   She looks good floating in her cloud of blue.


Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders will soon close for this trip.   The deadline is April 15, 2017!

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!

Peacock Art from Nepal

In honor of that intrepid Peacock that fled the Central Park Zoo, I would like to highlight Peacock signboard art from Nepal.

Peacock by Sufraj Khadka  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2009 Available


Peacock by Baba 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2009 Available


Peacock by Hari Prasad 12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2009 Available

Peacocks by Hari Timesina  12"x12" synthetic enamel on metal  2009 Available

These lovely peacocks are part of the Nepal Art Dog fair trade art project.  

Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal.   With over 2000 pieces commissioned in 4 years, the Danger Dogs have made a difference in the lives of many artists.   I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a tradition in Nepal already of 'Beware of Dog' signs and I knew that people would like them.   These are truly fine artists whose livelihood is disappearing at an alarming rate.

On my most recent trips to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was done from a mass-produced image, often printed on plastic flex.  

You can help by ordering a custom portrait of your pet.   Each signboard is approximately one  square foot, synthetic enamel on metal.   Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists -- giving 3 people work, you a choice of 3 signs and museum shops Nepali folk art.  

No money accepted up front.   If you don't like any of your paintings, you pay nothing.   All artists are paid fair trade wages.

For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.

Micro-finance through art patronage.   

For cats, horses, ferrets, birds, hamsters, etc, please go to for more examples.

If you would like to see a particular breed, please contact me at  




Danger Dog news!

It's good to be back in Danger Dog mode.  

They needed more chickens at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and I was happy to comply!   They are opening a new exhibit this Friday night from 7-9pm at Bergamot Station, so please stop by if you are in the neighborhood.  Above is the rooster Nigel Too by Sanjib Rana and Ginger by Shree Shrestha.


Flowers from the garden...   I am back and cooking up a storm every night in my own kitchen and couldn't be happier.  

Bo Obama by Sabala will be included in the upcoming Artful Living section of the Venice Art Walk on Sunday, May 23.

For all of you out in Palm Springs, there will be a Danger Dog exhibit at the Terrence Rogers Fine Arts Gallery at the end of June and early July.   Stay tuned for more details.  

See the Dogs in Person!

The Santa Monica Museum of Art has a new stock of Nepal Art Dogs.

 Cooper Black Lab Dilip
Cooper, a gorgeous Black Labrador by Dilip Niroj is now available at the Museum.   You can't help but 'be aware' of this gorgeous pooch.

Sport, a terrier mix recently rescued into a great home, as painted by Sabala.   Sport is definitely a Good Boy.

Polly is an Enlightened Dog, by Sabala.   The Nepali lettering translates as 'Dharma Dog'.  

Gus the White Labrador Retreiver as a puppy by Megh Raj.   With his football. 


Gus all grown up and now 'Enlightened', still looking for that soccer ball!   By Sabala.

Sierra the Enlightened Pitt Bull!   By Sabala.

Sophie and Stargel by Amar Shrestha.   I don't know what breed Stargel is, but her stare is compelling.   She looks almost human in this portrait.   Amar also captured the friendship between the two dogs and had fun with their collar/jewelry.

Grover is a Bearded Collie, painted here by Nara.  

It's not all Danger Dogs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, there are also a couple of Cats available.   Here we have Chocolate Chip hiding in the shrubbery as painted by Nara.

Not a hunter but a lover, Lucy the Calico Kitty is aggressively affectionate.  By Sabala.  

A couple of Enlightened Parrots by Sagar.   Note Sagar's signature in Japanese between the two perches.   Sagar means 'Ocean' in Nepalese, and Sagar's Japanese signature reflects that.

And a portrait of my very own chicken, the larger-than-life Grace Kelly (her nickname is Ginger), a Buff Orpington.    The leader of the pecking order, painted by Sabala from a photo by Peter Weibel.  

Arrow the Black Lab sports a rhinestone collar.   An Enlightened Dog as painted by Raaz, a new artist I found in 2009.

Jack the Black Lab with a favorite toy.   Jack has that playful look that Labs get when they get going.   By Megh Raj.

I'm not sure what type of dog Shelby is, but he is beautiful.   By Raaz.

Popo is a 'Denger Gog' by Dilip Niroj.   It's a funny thing, Dilip can often spell Enlightened with no trouble, but he has trouble with dog.   I don't mind.   You should see how I mangle Nepali.

These portraits are painted on recycled metal in Nepal by endangered signboard artists, whose traditional hand-painted artwork is being replaced by computer-generated and/or mass-produced signage.

The price through the museum is $198 each, and you will be supporting a fine museum as well as the struggling Nepali artists.

You can help this Fair Trade art project by buying an existing sign, or ordering a custom commission of your own pet.  Each commission generates 3 paintings, giving 3 different Nepali artists much needed work -- giving you a wide choice of portraits of your pet and museums such as the Santa Monica Museum of Art gift shop folk art.

You pay only after my return from Nepal and you have made your choice.  If you don't like the works, you are not obligated to pay.   No bad Karma here!

Micro-finance through Art Patronage.

If you have any questions or would like to see what I have in your breed, please email me at You can also check out my website at



With all the talk of Deficit Peacocks being the new Deficit Hawks, I thought these peacocks might be appropriate.   This dramatic signboard is by Sufraj Khadka.

an Enlightened Peacock by Sabala.   

Many of my artists already had peacock imagery around their shops.   This design is by Hari Timsina.

Hari Prasad painted this Enlightened Peacock.  

All of the above peacocks are painted on metal and are available at present.

Please contact me at with any comments or questions.   Prices for the above pieces range from $120 to $150.  

These portraits are part of a Fair Trade Art Project, saving endangered artists in Nepal.   For more information, please go to