Jomsom is a bustling commercial town with an airport and is the gateway to the exclusive Upper Mustang Kingdom of Nepal.
This signboard will be featured in the Venice Art Walk Silent Auction.
Khardar is quite graceful in his rendering of the Tibetan script, including a lovely drop shadow. No question that he is my best Tibetan calligrapher.
These works were done for my first trip, when I had few commissions -- only a grand idea to promote Danger Dog signboard art. And as there were no roads or transport, so to speak, I did not carry any photos of dogs with me. So each of Khardar’s dogs are a work of his imagination.
Gurung is a common surname of the Annapurna region.
Jomsom has an airport and is the commercial drop off point for many goods on their way to the Mustang District of Nepal. In fact, it's the King of Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang's capitol) who is the last man standing in the King Department since King Gyendra was dethroned in April, 2008. But we digress.
The first Danger Dog signboard ever to be sold was by Khardar. The owner of the popular Lotus Gallery in the Thamel area bought it as a gift. Turns out he liked it so much he has kept it for himself.
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We will be returning to Nepal this June for the 5th trip in the Danger Dogs cycle. Like any business, we are slower than usual this year, but we will be making some great new Danger Dogs (and Cats). I am really excited to be going back. Here's some things we have missed...
This beautiful house and farm is outside Darbang in the Myagdi district of Nepal. While Darbang is the district capital, there is no electricity and no cars or even motorbikes. They rely instead on small solar panels for light.
And you walk among these lovely mountains to get anywhere.
Here's a happy dog in Darbang.
Those are white pumpkins (or Farsi in Nepali language) lined up on this farm house. Since there is no transportation other then foot traffic, the houses are still built in the traditional style. Notice the stone bench on the left -- built just right for resting your load, and in the shade.
A Nepali rooster.
Bishnu with his Danger Dog portrait. Bishnu soon left to paint in Saudi Arabia.
Here's a local cafe in Darbang, complete with a beauty parlor and political graffiti (the Sun Party at left).
Here's the close up of the full service menu. Hair cut and Make up for ladies only -- No fairy's here! This sign is by Bishnu.
This signboard is for our local favorite beer hall. Also painted by Bishnu.
Above is the wife and son of the beer hall owner. We spent many a happy hour here eating delicious snacks and drinking cool beer and the potent local Raxi -- aka Nepali moonshine.
Bishnu's Danger Dogs drying in our hotel room. This hotel room had two windows overlooking the bridge crossing the river gorge. At night fireflies would fly in one window and out the other. Who needs electricity?
Through the other window of our hotel room, we had a view of young girls playing and studying. Most of the young men and boys would travel to bigger towns to work or study, or to Saudi Arabia. There's not much to keep them here. Many older men would stop off at our hotel's cafe during breakfast for a liter of Raxi.
Here's an example of a typical Myagdi house with lush overgrowth and a ladder cut from a single log to the storage room.
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