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More Folk Art from the Himalayas at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

The Danger Dogs, and Cats, have been popular at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.   

Folk art Beware of English Staffordshire Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
GG the English Staffordshire Terrier by Nara

This little beauty is GG Girl, the English Staffordshire Terrier, by the Nepali sign painter Nara.

Beware of Black Dog folk art sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rae the Black Dog by Dilip Niroj

Rae the Black Danger Dog above is hand painted on metal by Dilip Niroj, a sign painter in Kathmandu, Nepal.   Who says it is hard to paint a black dog?

Folk art Grey Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ashmont the Grey Cat by Dilip Niroj

Ashmont is an incredibly beautiful grey cat, captured here by Dilip Niroj.

Folk art Beware of Cat sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ziggy Stardust by Baba

This cat, named Ziggy Stardust for obvious reasons, has the most wonderful eyes in his portrait by Baba.

Folk art Peacocks hand painted on metal in Nepal
Folk art Peacocks hand painted by Hari Timesina

These folk art Peacocks are a fine example of the naive style of Hari Timesina.

Folk art Buff Orpington chicken hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ginger the Buff Orpington Hen by Sufraj Khadka

Ginger, our Buff Orpington hen, is hand painted on metal by Sufraj Khadka.   This one is very colorful and a classic style.

Folk art Cavoodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Peachy the Cavoodle by Nara

Peachy the Cavoodle (Cavalier King Spaniel and Poodle mix) is hand painted on metal by the Nepali artist Nara.

Folk art Beware of Rottweiler hand painted on metal in Kathmandu
Moose the Rottweiler by Sufraj

Moose is charming in this classic profile hand painted on metal by Sufraj Khadka, an artist in Nepal.

Folk art Basenji sign hand painted on metal
Nayru the Basenji by Sagar Bitsa

Nayru the Basenji is very colorful in this hand painted portrait on metal by Sagar Bitsa, an artist in Nepal.

Folk art Grey Poodle hand painted on metal by an artist in Nepal
Spartacus the Grey Poodle by Megh Raj Thapa

Spartacus the Grey Poodle by Megh Raj Thapa surely does not mind the odd spelling on his portrait.

Folk art portrait of a Staffordshire Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Evie the Staffordshire Terrier by Megh Raj

Evie the Staffie from Down Under is a beauty in her portrait by Megh Raj Thapa, one of my favorite artists in Kathmandu.

Folk art beware of French Bull Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
French Bull Dog by Sagar Bitsa

Last but not least, we have this studly French Bulldog by Sagar, done in a traditional Beware of Dog style.

For more of what is currently for sale at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, click here.

That is what is in store!   Go to cafam.org for directions, current exhibits and hours.

Also, you can go to the Nepal Dog Channel at YouTube to see other available paintings of dogs on metal.   The Nepali signboard industry with its charming hand-painted signboards is fast disappearing in favor of mass-produced computer-generated signage.   

The huge earthquakes of April and May, 2015, have made their future even more precarious.  I will do my best to keep these artists working, but I can't do it alone.   

How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the October 2015 trip.   

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 and insurance 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!


RIP Chloe the Poodle for Peace.

Chloe was a big, fluffy beautiful white standard Poodle that brought joy to her family.

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Chloe the Poodle by Amar Shrestha, 2008, enamel on metal, sold

Chloe was tall and graceful.   Long legged with a big smile.   Like all Poodles, Standard or otherwise, she was smart and lovely.  

Chloe's family was passionate in their hopes that the twin wars in Afphanistan and Iraq would end, and hence the lettering.   Chloe is the only Poodle for Peace that I know.   She looks great in her portrait by Amar with a green and red heart-shaped collar.

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Chloe the White Poodle by Shree Lamachhaine, enamel on metal, sold

Shree puts Chloe on the path to enlightement.  In the original photo, Chloe was walking down a hardwood floor lined with bookcases.   Here she is on the Yellow (ish) brick road with her favorite toy in mouth.

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Chloe the White Standard Poodle by Baba, 2008, enamel on metal sold

Last but not least, we have the pretty poodle laying down, again a Poodle for Peace, this time painted by Baba.  Chloe plays the classic odalisque here.

Usually I give the same photo to all three artists, but the three of Chloe were all so beautiful that I could not choose.

Neither could Chloe's family apparently, as she was a "Dog of the Day", my way of saying that all three portraits were purchased.

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And Chloe looks great up there on that bookshelf.   Part of the family.

Though it is heartbreaking to lose such a beautiful dog, Chloe died at home with the people who loved her.   They have told me that it is a comfort to have their portraits of Chloe.    I am going to miss her, too.

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Please contact me at ampage1@gmail.com with any questions.   You can comment below.

Also, you can go to the Nepal Dog Channel at YouTube to see other available paintings of dogs on metal.   The Nepali signboard industry with its charming hand-painted signboards is fast disappearing in favor of mass-produced computer-generated signage.   

You can make a difference by ordering a portrait of your pet.   Each commission gives work to three different signboard artists, and your satisfaction is guaranteed.   You pay nothing until you choose which of the three portraits you prefer.  

All paintings are on metal, approximately one foot square and can be customized to say anything you'd like!   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).

I'll be back in Nepal late spring 2013, returning in May/June with your own Danger Dogs!

Go to NepalDog.com for more information.

Microfinance through art patronage.   American Dogs = Nepali jobs!

 

 


Happy Bastille Day from French Danger Dogs

There are many French dogs that have been painted in Nepal by the signboard artists.

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G.G. the Black Standard Poodle by Baba 2008 Available

G.G. is a very beautiful example of a Black Standard Poodle and Baba has done her justice with her dramatic green background and golden glow.

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Lucy the White Standard Poodle by Hari Timisina  2008   Available

This portrait of Lucy I commissioned for myself.   While working on the film 'What Women Want' (in my former career as an Assistant Film Editor), Lucy was a constant delight in the cutting room.   A big white graceful dog, Lucy was well behaved and beautiful.   Her patience in allowing herself to be dressed up was amazing to me.    With the long hours needed to complete a film, she made the job easier.

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Colette the black Standard Poodle by Krishna Ojna 2007 Available

This delightful portrait of Colette is on extremely heavy stock.   The artist, Krishna Ojna , is a co-founder and general secretary of the Nepal Commercial Art Association and also a professor of economics in Kathmandu.   When I was interviewed by a young 20-something Nepali reporter from the Kathmandu Post in November 2007 (prior to the first ever exhibit of Nepali signboard art in Kathmandu) she asked me why a professor would still paint beware of dog signs.   For money, of course!   Money is hard to find in Kathmandu.

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George the Briard by Indra Lama 2011 Available

Briards are large French Sheepdogs,  Wikipedia calls them a 'heart wrapped in fur'.   Indra Lama had fun with George's wonderful black coat.   Indra, a fairly new artist for the Danger Dogs, did not understand that English and Nepali meant Nepali script (Devanagari script), hence you have now learned that 'dharma kukur' means Enlightened Dog.

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Cash the French Bulldog by Aasha Arts 2007  Available

Aasha is definitely one of the more folk art examples.   The masculine Cash by Aasha reads 'Dog here Be Aware' in the devanagari script below this charming Danger Dog.

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Papillion by Vinosh 2007 Available

This portrait of a Papillion was painted by Vinosh, an artist who has since moved to Saudi Arabia in order to make a better living.   I doubt he was hired as a sgnboard artist, and that is a shame. 

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Annie and Pitzel by Amar Shrestha 2008 Available

Pitzel the Pomeranian dominates this portrait in the foreground, with Annie the Papillion in the background.   I believe that the red Nepali writing below is Amar's quite dramatic signature.

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Chester the Basset Hound by Asha 2008 Available

Who knew that the Basset Hound originated in France.   This lovely portrait of Chester is dogmatique!

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Nelson the Jacques Russell Terrier by Dilip Niroj  2011 Available

Nelson was a French Dog through and through.   Recently deceased, Nelson lived the good life in the center of Paris.  'Enlightenen Dog' indeed!

Hope all of my French friends are enjoying their day off!     Enjoy the Feu d'artifice!

You too can immortalize your pet on metal while helping to save a dying art.

These paintings are part of the Nepal Art Dog fair trade art project.   These talented signboard artists are losing work to digital graphic designers and rarely hand-paint signs now.  

HOW TO ORDER

To order your own pet as a Nepal Art Dog, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 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, 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 ampage1@gmail.com or find out more at www.NepalDog.com.

Let's keep these artists painting.

ORDERS OPEN FOR NEXT TRIP (OCTOBER, 2011).   I'll be back in early December with your order.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.   Micro-finance through art patronage!

 

Goodbye from Dogmandu!

 

 

 

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Danger: Enlightened Poodles from Nepal

I met a couple of handsome poodles the other day, inspiring me to update my available poodle page.

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Alpha and Rudy were hard to miss.   They are just about to take off after a little dog and took the very heavy umbrella with them.

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G.G. the black standard poodle by Sabala has a wonderful soft yellow into green glowing background.    With her almost correct Nepali script she is 'Enligtened'. 

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Govinda Kalikote has painted G.G. from the same photo.   Govinda put in her pretty pink lei.

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Above the lovely Madeline frolicks in the show like the Happy Poodle she is.   This portrait is by Nara.

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This portrait by Shree Llamchhaine of Pokara has Sophie the white standard poodle in a sea of green and blue.   Her beautiful collar is rendered in some detail and as always, Shree underlines his signature with a paint brush.


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Here is a portrait of Collette, a very lucky black standard poodle.   She is black but gets a reddish tone in her hair during certain seasons.    Sabala has accentuated this coloring and added a green/blue tint to her back as well.  

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That's G.G. again in the lower left image -- just under the two dachshunds and to the right of the diabolical chihuahua.   This is from Hari Timsina's studio in Kathmandu.   G.G. gets to hang with birds and cats and even a Bat Dog!

These are but a few examples of poodles.   Please contact me at ampage1(at)gmail.com if you would like to see more.   You can request any breed and I'll see if I have one.    All the ones on this post are available at this time.   Or browse NepalDog.com.

You can also commission a custom portrait of YOUR pet from one of these endangered signboard artists from Nepal.  Each sign is approximately 1 square foot, synthetic enamel on (often recycled) metal and can be hung indoors or out.  

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   You send a photo of your pet and I will give it to 3 different Nepali artists, giving you 3 choices and generating work for 3 artists.  

These make the perfect gift and I will be returning to Nepal soon, coming back the first week of December with your 3 choices.   You can choose what you would like the sign to say, what style of art you prefer - be it realist or naive or anything in between.  

Of course these artists will paint horses, cats, ferrets, roosters, lizards - anything you like.

Micro-finance through Art Patronage.


Danger Dogs of the Venice Art Walk

This year you will get the chance to bid on Danger Dog Diptychs at the 31st Venice Art Walk.

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Punam of Pokhara painted this romantic version of Cheeto and Scooter -- 2 tabbies from Riverside.

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Another version of the same lovely cats by Jit Gurung of Munal Arts.   These two will be offered at the Venice Art walk as a diptych.  

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NT Arts of Beni painted this sweet puppy.   Part one of a diptych.

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Here is the same puppy, by Sagar, with a decidedly different spin.   Part 2 of the diptych.

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Gabby on a hike by Sanjib Rana, part one of the diptych and...

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Gabby by Sabala part 2.   Gabby seems happily exhausted after her hike in the Malibu hills.

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Punam from the resort town of Pokhara painted this Pirate Dog.   Desi is a Havanese puppy.

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Desi the Havanese puppy by Sagar.   Part 2 of that diptych.

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Another cat diptych begins with Cruiser by Ram Krishna.  

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Cruiser part 2 by Karma.  

  Louis Poodle by Sufraj_1

Above is a single poodle.   I could not resist this Spiritual Dog by Sufraj Khadka.   Louis was recently featured in a post by an Indian humorist.   Nepal recently passed a non-discrimination law in favor of gays, lesbians, transgenders.   Even same sex marriage is allowed.   This is unusual in this part of the world and shows how progressive Nepal can be.

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And who could resist this painting of Bo Obama by Sabala.   I was lucky enough to watch the first layer being painted on a rooftop in Maharajgunj on a hot fall day.   You can watch the process on my YouTube Channel here.

Please bid on these folk art pieces from Nepal.   You will be helping the Venice Family Clinic as well as the Nepali artists!   Join us this Sunday May 23 at the Westminster School and bid!