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We met this lady and her child while trekking on the road back from Chiso Pani (means 'cold water' in Nepali) high in the Himalayas.   This young mother is obviously proud of her baby.100_0234
The artist Shree's lovely wife and daughter.  
This lady ran our beer bar in Darbang.   Her next youngest child is 14!   A later in life surprise.  
Hari Timsina with his beautiful wife and son.  When asked how things are going he replied, 'I am satisfied.'    I'm very glad to hear it.   
This lovely dog who lives on the Stupa in Boudha, had 6 puppies.   They all went to good homes.   The Tibetans like black and white dogs.   One daughter still lives with the mom.   We play with her often.   Stupa dogs have a good life, getting treats from the tourists and locals alike.   


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Danger Dogs from Mustang District

Jomsom is a bustling commercial town with an airport and is the gateway to the exclusive Upper Mustang Kingdom of Nepal.  

In Jomsom, there is one signboard artist.    Khardar Gurung works in the windy town of Jomsom -- 9000’ (2800 meters) in altitude.   He is the only artist working in the district at this time, and his fanciful signs fill the streets of the town and through much of the lower Annapurna Circuit.  



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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Why I love Nepal - Darbang

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...   100_0253
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.   100_0255
And you walk among these lovely mountains to get anywhere.   100_0259
Here's a happy dog in Darbang.   100_0260
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.  100_0267
A Nepali rooster.  
Bishnu with his Danger Dog portrait.   Bishnu soon left to paint in Saudi Arabia.  100_0269
Here's a local cafe in Darbang, complete with a beauty parlor and political graffiti (the Sun Party at left).    100_0270
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.  100_0271
This signboard is for our local favorite beer hall.   Also painted by Bishnu.   100_0273
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?   100_0279
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.   100_0281
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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