Some dogs just deserve a halo!
This Nepalese White Labrador was given a halo by Ram Krishna Chaudhury. The image is taken from the Everest Kennel Club calendar and Ram Krishna had told me that it was for a foreign client when I first saw it.
I had come in to check on Ram's progress and found that he had not started on my 7 Danger Dog commissions, but was working on this one - ostensibly for a local foreigner. I told him it was great that he was getting work, but that he needed to start on mine too! I don't know what happened with that other buyer, but when Ram Krishna offered to let me buy it, I did not hesitate for a second. I really like the finished product, and love that halo! It is available at this time.
Bella is a black Labrador from the 2nd Danger Dog trip in 2007. I gave ShaShi from Om Sai Art a black and white photo of Bella, and this was the result. It turned out that Bella had died and her owner loved the fact that she turned up with a halo. Needless to say, this one was snapped up by Bella's owner.
This little Nepali puppy was celebrating her first Day of the Dog in Pokhara. ShaShi of Om Sai Art gave her a silver aura and golden banners to boot! Available. This one is on extra heavy metal and includes ShaShi's full name: ShaShi Bhushan Mukhiya.
The Danger Dog Project is an ongoing effort to promote Nepali signboard art and to keep art as a viable profession in this digital age.
Each of the above signboards are hand painted on metal by signboard artists in Nepal. The artists use synthetic metal and the signs can be used indoors or out. I have commissioned 1400 signs to date and will return to Nepal twice in 2010 to order more. These commissions are making a difference to these artists, giving them interesting and lucrative work at Fair Trade prices. Each commission generates work for at least 3 artists in Nepal.
I collect no money up front for the commissions, the client pays only if they like one of the portraits of their pet. The artists get paid regardless. The pieces not chosen end up being sold in museum shops, retail stores and exhibitions. Price for a commission of one pet is $250 for the choice of three paintings.
It is Micro-finance through art patronage.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to order. You can also go to my website at NepalDog.com to see more about the Danger Dog Fair Trade Art project.