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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.

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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:   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 $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!


Live from Kathmandu: More finals from Sagar

 More finished artwork by the artist Sagar Bitsa.   Please keep in mind that these hand painted portraits look even better in person!

Folk art portrait of a Nepali dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Dawa the Nepali dog by Sagar

 

Dawa, a Nepali dog, is hand painted on metal here by the sure hand of Sagar Bitsa.   Dawa has some Husky mixed with a Mastiff.  A very good mix, indeed.

Folk art Beware of German Short Haired Pointer hand painted on metal in Nepal
Bleu the German Short-Haired Pointer by Sagar

Bleu is a German Short-Haired Pointed that loved the water.  She is getting immortalized in many different bodies of water.   Sagar's name means 'Ocean' in Nepali, so he does love to paint the sea.

Folk art beware of Kuvasz hand painted on metal in Nepal
El Cid the Kuvasz by Sagar Bitsa

El Cid, the Kuvasz, is big and beautiful in his final portrait by Sagar.

folk art portrait of a terrier mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Chance the rescue dog by Sagar

Chance, a Terrier mix rescue dog, glows in his portrait by Sagar.   Chance's partner chose not to have lettering, so this is the completed painting.

folk art Beware of Sharpei and Labrador mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Autumn the Sharpei/Lab mix by Sagar

Autumn, a Sharpei and Labrador mix, is living the live of Riley in Sagar's verdant green fields.

Folk art beware of Dachshund sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Elsa the Dachshund by Sagar

Elsa the Dachshund loves to hunt.  Here is her first completed final, hand painted by Sagar.

Folk art portrait of a cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Louie the Cat by Sagar Bitsa

Louie the Cat is a Lover in his first completed portrait (by Sagar Bitsa).  

Stay tuned.   More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow, along with more finals and 3-of-a-kind portraits.  See all 3 finals alongside each other and try to choose between them!

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I am in Nepal right now but no longer accepting orders.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now closed for the October 2016 trip.  I will be back in early December 2016 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.  I will be back in Nepal in early March, 2017, for the next set of 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 $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!


Live from Nepal: Beautiful Pokhara

Pokhara is a lakeside resort town in Central Nepal.   This week the views of the Machhupuchhare (Fishtail Mountain) and the Annapurna Range have been off the charts!

Machhupuchhare as seen from Pokhara Lakeside
Machhupuchhare in the evening glow

The tourist area of Lakeside abuts Lake Fewa, and when the Himalayas are out, they are magnificent from almost any location.

Machhupuchhare (also known as Fishtail Mountain - much easier to promounce and spell) is a sacred mountain and is forbidden to climb.   It's profile is stunning.

Himalayan view from Hotel Green Tara
View from the Hotel Green Tara

After the long 8-hour bus ride from Kathmandu, we arrive at the Hotel Green Tara and enjoy a cool drink on the terrace.   This was the view with which we were rewarded.

The string of lights in the foreground are for the Nepali holiday of Deepawalli, aka Tihar and Laxmi Puja.

Boats along the shore of Lake Fewa
Lakeside at Lake Fewa

The lovely lakeside footpath along Lake Fewa provides a chance to see the colorful boats (you can rent one!) as well as young lovers and families strolling along enjoying the views.   

Nepali boxer dog
A very friendly Boxer at The Castle Resort

A quick hike up the foothill to The Castle Resort (31 story climb according to my friend's Apple phone pedometer) and we have more magnificent views, a very cold beer and a spot by the pool.   There are 3 live Boxers at The Castle Resort and...

Taxadermied Boxer Dog
The taxidermied Boxer Brannigan

One stuffed one!

The stuffed Boxer Brannigan holds sway over The Castle Resort's Brannigan's Pub.   This Boxer was too beloved to bury and he keeps an eye on the goings on.   Notice that Brannigan was not forgotten when it comes to blessings on Nepal's Day of the Dog.

Boxer Dog in Nepal
Brannigan's daughter alive and sniffing

This is Brannigan's daughter.  I have to wonder what she first thought when she saw her stuffed Daddy.   

Folk art portrait of a Persian Cat hand painted on metal by a sign board artist in Nepal
Folk art portrait of a Persian Cat

I am here in Nepal to commission more portraits of pets from around the world.    This is Leon, a Persian Cat hand painted on metal by Megh Raj Thapa, Sagar Bitsa and Sufraj Khadka (clockwise from top left).  This is similar to what you can expect if you send me a photo of your pet.   I will give the same photo to 3 different Nepali artist and then you can choose which you like best.   Or you can buy all 3, as did Leon's human...

Stay tuned.   More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow.

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I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the October 2016 trip.  I will be back in early December 2016 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).

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: Double the Fun - Cat Edition

I am still awaiting a few finals, but there are a few double portraits that I'd like to share.

Folk art portraits of a Persian Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Leon the Persian Cat's first 2 finals

Handsome Leon by Sagar and Megh Raj.   Tough to choose already and still one more to come.   Sagar was requested not to put any lettering on his, but he forgot.

Folk art Beware of Cat sign hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Nepal
Lunatic the Crazy Kitty's first 2 finals

 Luna the Crazy Kitty is a beloved Tabby Cat here hand painted on metal by Megh Raj and Sagar (left to right).

Folk art Tortie Calico hand painted on metal in Nepal
Frankie the Tortie Cat's two finals

Frankie is a lovely Tortie posed as an odalisque in her first two hand painted portraits by Jit Gurung and Nara (left to right)

Folk art Tabby Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Yahoo the Tabby Cat's first 2 finals

Yahoo looks snug on her rug in her two portraits by Nara and Sagar (left to right).

 

Folk art fluffy cat hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Nepal
Google the Danger Cat's first 2 finals


Google the Fluffy Cat is a beauty with hr green eyes and striped fun.   These two finals are by Dilip and Megh Raj (left to right).

As you can probably guess, Yahoo and Google know each other.

 

Folk art Tabby Cat hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Nepal.
Lucia the Principessa and her first 2 finals

 Lucia was a beautiful Tabby who lived to be 20 years old.   She is honored here by her portraits by Sagar and Megh Raj (left to right).

 

folk art black and White Domestic Short hair Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rocco the Black & White Domestic Shorthair Zen Cat

The striking Zen Cat Rocco is hand painted on metal by Dilip and Indra Lama (left to right).

More tomorrow, please stay tuned.

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I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders, but not for long.   2 days left until the cut off date.   The paintings have to dry!

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 2015 trip.  I will be back in early December 2015 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).

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: Anatomy of a Danger Cat

The anatomy of a Danger Cat...  This post follows Kali the Siamese Cat's progress in her portrait by Sagar Bitsa. 

Folk art Siamese Cat hand painted on metal
Kali the Siamese in an early lined drawing by Sagar

Sagar's early line drawing shows promise.

Folk art Siamese Cat hand painted on metal
Kali the Siamese by Sagar - a little farther along

A little farther along, you can see the beauty in this work in progress.   These are all painted on metal, traditionally.   Though there is no tradition of cat paintings, you can see that Sagar enjoyed painting this.

 

Folk art portrait of a Siamese cat hand painted on metal
Kali's final portrait by Sagar

Kali in all of her final glory by Sagar.   This was a great photo of a lovely Siamese and Sagar did her justice.

Folk art Siamese Cat hand painted on metal
Kali's three finals

Above are Kali's three finals by Sagar Bitsa, Dilip Niroj and Jit Gurung (clockwise from top left).   Kali's human bought all three.   They really do work well as a tryptich.

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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!