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Day of the Dog at ArtOrg in Minnesota

The Danger Dogs will be joining the celebrations at ArtOrg in Cannon Falls in Minnesota.  Here are the paintings they will be exhibiting.  

Each painting is approximately 12" x 12" and is hand painted on metal by sign painters in Nepal.   There is a link to info about the artists after each of the photos.

Mastiff by Pulkit hand painted on metal in Nepal
Mastiff by Pulkit hand painted on metal in Nepal

This mastiff was hand painted on metal by Pulkit.

Pulkit is a young artist working in the Tripureshwor area.   You can look at his bio by following that link above.

Folk art Border Collie
I F Stone (aka Izzy) a Border Collie

Izzy was a beloved Border Collie with a big smile.  Hand painted by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk Art Brown Dog
Brown Dog by Indra Lama

Indra Lama captures this pretty brown dog's intense gaze.   

Folk art Ginger Cat
Danger Cat by Megh Raj Thapa

A charming and definitely not dangerous looking kitty by Megh Raj Thapa.  

Folk Art Brittany Spaniel
Molly Anne the Brittany Spaniel by Megh Raj Thapa

Megh Raj also lent his deft hand to this hand painted portrait of the lovely Brittany Spaniel, Molly.

Folk Art White Lab
White Lab by Amar Shrestha

Amar Shrestha and his Danger Dog.  This is a very pretty Labrador.

Folk art Dog hand painted on metal
Brown Dog by Santosh Shrestha

 Santosh Shrestha was Pokhara, Nepal's most prolific artist.  This detailed portrait shows why he is so popular.  He now sells and repairs mobile phones.

Rhodesian Ridgeback dog art
Neo the Rhodesian Ridgeback by Megh Raj Thapa

Neo is a true beauty and Megh Raj definitely captured him.

Folk Art German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd by Baba

This handsome German Shepherd is a good example of Baba's work.   Baba was a true character.

Folk Art Pomeranian
Lily the Pomeranian by Megh Raj Thapa

Megh Raj Thapa paints Lily the Pomeranian in her warm jacket.

Folk art Westie Mix hand painted by Amar
West Highland Terrier mix by Amar

Belle, a West Highland Terrier mix hand painted on metal by Amar Shrestha.

Folk Art Shepherd Dog hand painted on metal
Shepherd Dog by Dilip Niroj

Dilip is one of my favorite artists and the only one to still be in the same location as when I first met him in 2007.  He is dyslexic but does not let that stop him.   A family man, he is a true dog lover as well.  A Pug, a Doberman and a German Shepherd.

Folk Art Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier by Shashi with Tibetan lettering

Shashi works in the very busy Chabahil neighborhood of Kathmandu with his father and his sister.

Folk Art Poodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Folk Art Poodle by Indra Lama

Indra Lama again with his deft brushstrokes.

Folk Art Yorkie
Danger Dog Yorkie by Nara

Nara likes those blue backgrounds.

Folk Art Black Dog
Black Dog by Dilip Niroj

Dilip is a dog lover.  He did a great job capturing this Black Dog and his favorite ball.   Dilip is dyslexic so any spelling of Danger is possible with him.

Folk Art Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard by Punam Arts

Punam's dog portraits are very cartoonish.  He should be working for Disney.

Folk Art Big Black Puppy
Olive the Black Lab puppy by Megh Raj Thapa

Black dogs look great against a red background.  Megh Raj gave Olive a soulful look.

Shaggy Dog folk art portrait hand painted on metal in Nepal
Little Dog by Sagar Bitsa

Sagar Bitsa with his portrait of a little white dog with collar and tongue.

Folk Art Beagle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Folk Art Beagle

This is an example of the classic signs that inspired this project.   This is the only one I have by this young artist.

Folk Art Chihuahua hand painted on metal
Folk Art Chihuhua by Jit Gurung

 Jit Gurung is considered the most famous artist in Nepal's 2nd largest city, Pokhara.  Jit is an illustrator and political cartoonist.   He works incredibly fast.  He also sculpts.  His studio is Munal Arts.

Folk Art Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terrier by Shree

Shree and his always colorful take on a Scottish Danger Dog.  Shree left his family for 10 years to work in S. Korea as a farm laborer.  But his story has a happy ending as his son became a civil engineer, his daughter graduated high school, they bought land and a scooter and he and his wife are still madly in love.  He is back in Pokhara, working on painting again and is just a great man.

Folk Art Scottish Terrier
Dr. Watson, the Scottish Terrier by Nara

 Nara hand paints a Scotty Dog against a blue background.

Folk Art Bulldog hand painted on metal
Patsy the Bulldog by Indra Lama

The lovely Patsy the Bulldog by Indra Lama.   

You can find out more about the great programs at ArtOrg.info.  

Each Danger Dog is available for $100.  You can also go to NepalDog.com and half of the proceeds for the art will go to supporting ArtOrg.info.  Just mention ArtOrg and they will be reimbursed.

You can also commission your own pet by contacting me at [email protected].  See NepalDog.com for information on how to order and when my next trip is scheduled.

 

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 paintings and three artists will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

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 [email protected] or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

ORDERS CLOSED FOR THIS TRIP NOW.   Next trip is in spring 2024.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

 


Live from Kathmandu: Megh Raj Thapa's finals

Folk art portrait of a white Boxer dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jasmine the Boxer

Jasmine the White Boxer by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Boxer Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Henry the Boxer

Henry the Boxer hand painted on metal by Megh Raj.

Folk art beware of dog art hand painted on metal in nepal
Two Shih Tzu Dogs and their Shepherd friend

Tater Tot, Minnie and Maggie by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog hand painted in Nepal
Rupert by Megh Raj Thapa

Rupert by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Chihuahua Papillion Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Mavis by Megh Raj Thapa

Mavis the Chihuahua and Papillion dog by megh Raj.

Folk art portrait of a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal
Tattoo the German Shepherd by Megh Raj

Tattoo the German Shepherd by megh Raj.

Folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Grizz by Megh Raj Thapa

Grizz the Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Megh Raj.

 

Folk art beware of Cat sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Khilisi the Tabby Cat by Megh Raj Thapa



Khilisi the Tabby Cat by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Pit bull hand painted on metal in Nepal
Birdy by Megh Raj Thapa

Birdy the American Staffordshire Terrier by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Foxhound and a Beagle hand painted on metal in the Thanka style in Nepal
Chester and Cooper by Megh Raj Thapa

Chester the Foxhound and Cooper the Beagle thanka style by Megh Raj.




 

 

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders have closed for this trip.   Next trip is scheduled for October 15, 2017, and I will be back in plenty of time to mail your 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:   [email protected]  
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!


Ay Chihuahua!

This latest trip to Nepal, the second of the year 2015, was especially popular with Chihuahuas!

Folk art Chihuahua hand painted on metal in Nepal
Scully the Golden Chihuahua

 Scully is a particularly bright and beautiful Chihuahua with her big eyes and ears and golden fur.  Her three choices are by Sanjib, Sagar and Nara (clockwise from top left).   Sanjib Rana's portrait is the one chosen.

Folk art Beware of Chihuahua hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Nepal
Pappoo the Chihuahua

Pappoo is a very well dressed girl Chihuahua and two of her favorite outfits are here.  By Dilip, Megh Raj and Indra, someone has a hard choice ahead.

 

Folk art portraits of a pair of Chihuahuas hand painted on metal in Nepal
Gandalf and Maggie the Chihuahuas

Maggie and Gandalf are a pair of Chihuahua friends, here painted by Jit Gurung, Nara and Sagar (clockwise from top left).

 

Folk art Chihuahua hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Nepal
Ellis the Chihuahua

Ellis had an extra special trip.  He was painted by Shahi, Megh Raj and Sagar (clockwise from top left).   Ellis' mom chose the bottom portrait by Sagar for him.

Folk art Chihuahuas hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ellis and Toro the Chihuahuas

Ellis' friend Toro is also featured in this set of portraits by Jit Gurung, Megh Raj and Dilip (clockwise from top left).   The two of them looked so great together, that only the one by Jit Gurung is still available.

Folk art Chihuahua and Dogue de Bordeaux hand painted on metal in Kathmandu
Ellis and Daisy the Dogue de Bordeaux

Toro isn't Ellis' only friend.  He and Daisy make a striking pair in their portraits by Dilip, Shahi and Jit Gurung (clockwise from top left).  The juxtaposition of the very large Daisy, a Dogue de Bordeaux, and the small but feisty Ellis make a charming tableaux.

It was a great trip for Chihuahuas.   Here is wishing you and yours a very happy new 2016 from the Danger Dogs. 

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I am no longer in Nepal and this trip has been closed to new orders.   You can order in spring, 2016, and immortalize your pet. 

Want something by the holidays?   Go to NepalDog.com.   There are over 72 breeds of dogs and counting...  And lovely Cats, birds and other animals, too.

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.

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:   [email protected]  
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!


Anatomy of a Danger Dog: Matilda the Chihuahua

It is always fun to see a Danger Dog go from line drawing to a completed portrait.

Folk art Beware of Chihuahua sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Matilda in an early line drawing by Sagar

Matilda is well on her way.

Folk art Beware of Chihuahua sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Matilda the Chihuahua

Some coloring and detail is added by Sagar.

Folk art beware of Chihuahua sign hand painted on metal
Background color is added

Getting closer to finishing...

 

Folk art Beware of Chihuahua sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Details added again to Matilda's portrait

At this stage we are just waiting for the lettering to be added.

Folk art Beware of Chihuahua hand painted on metal in Nepal
Chalk indicates where the lettering will go

Sagar instructed Paras as to where to place the lettering.

Folk art Beware of Chihuahua sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Matilda's final portrait by Sagar Bitsa

Sagar and Paras changed the placement of the lettering when they finished the lettering.

The Nepali script reads 'Katernak Kukur' literally Danger Dog.   

Folk art Beware of Chihuahua sign hand painted on metal by sign painters in Nepal
The final 3 choices of Matilda

Matilda's final three by Sanjib Rana, Sagar Bitsa and Megh Raj Thapa (clockwise from top left).   

Which would you choose?   I don't yet know which Matilda's caretaker will choose, but I know it is a hard choice.

You can see more of this series called Anatomy of a Danger Dog by clicking on the link.

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Orders are now closed for a 2014 Danger Dog order.   However, I have over 72 different breeds on my website, NepalDog.com, so see if I have a portrait that looks like your pet!  

I am officially taking orders for the 2015 trip.

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:   [email protected]  
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!


RIP Inga the Chihuahua

I first met Inga the Chihuahua at the opening exhibition of the Danger Dogs at Copro Nason Gallery in 2008.   Note the cute Danger Dog below, which sold at the exhibit.

Nepal Dog exhibition at Copro Nason
Yuba Raj Adhikari's naive Danger Dog

She was in her human's arms, guarding him from any miscreants that might want to talk to him.  Snarling and growling at all times.

 

Inga the Chihuahua at Copro Nason Gallery
Inga the Chihuahua

This is the photo I used to commission a few of her portraits, taken that very evening.   She was a little Dog with a big personality, weighing 4.4 pounds before breakfast and 4.6 after.   Though she did like to sip from her human's beer glass...

 

 

Chihuahua by Jit Gurung
Inga the Chihuahua by Jit Gurung (available)

Jit's portrait of Inga more accurately portrayed her fierce personality than her delicate good looks.   

 

 

Chihuahua by Hari Prasad
Inga the Chihuahua by Hari P (available)

Inga was attacked by a Miniature Pinscher years back and never really recovered her moxie and started being cranky even with her loving human.   Her vet prescribed Prozac for 6 weeks and then moved Inga onto Xanax.   She was still not herself.   No more beer for Inga!

 

She finally passed away at the ripe age of 15 years.   She was a good dog, very protective of her human friend.

It is always sad to lose a friend.    Inga will be missed.

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I will be heading to Nepal next week!

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:   [email protected]  
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!