Strolling along the streets of Kathmandu is always fun, not least because of the extraordinary variety and conditions of the mannequins.
Mannequins come in all shapes and sizes. This hair has got to be a referendum on Trump.
Cold weather is coming to Kathmandu and everyone is bundled up in the morning and evening. They days are still warm here in early November.
The store are still lined with fresh marigolds left over from last week's Laxmi Puja, part of the Deepawali, Tihar or Diwali celelbrations.
Young Nepali men (or Nepali men in general) are very well dressed and take great care with their appearance.
Even the youngsters get into the act.
The Nepalis have a sense of humor about their mannequins, that is for certain.
This group of young fashionista mannequins are a motley crew.
These are typical of what you might find.
This handsome mannequin obviously has lost his mind!
I dread to see what is next...
These two young men enjoy walking their very friendly Pug.
Stay tuned. More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!