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Folk Art from the Himalayas.

Live from Kathmandu: Finals from Sagar

Sagar Bitsa's studio is always fun to see.

Folk art beware of dog signs hand painted on metal in Nepal
Sagar Bitsa's studio in Kathmandu

I love coming across his artfully displayed Danger Dogs!

Folk art portrait of a Black Pug hand painted on metal in Nepal
Shuff the Black Pug by Sagar Bitsa

Shuff the Black Pug was painted against the backdrop of the mountain Ama Dablam, a favorite of Sagar's.

Folk art Beware of black Standard Poodle sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rasta the Black Standard Poodle by Sagar Bitsa

Rasta the Black Standard Poodle with his signature scarf...

Folk art Beware of Boxer sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Homer the Boxer mix by Sagar Bitsa

Handsome Homer the Boxer mix is happy in clover.

Folk art portrait of a Borzoi hand painted on metal in Nepal
Lola the Borzoi by Sagar Bitsa

Lola the Borzoi enjoys her ice cream in her portrait by Sagar Bitsa.

Folk art portrait of a Cockapoo and a Labradoodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Mikey the Cockapoo and Ruby the Labbradoodle by Sagar bitsa

Mikey the Cockapoo and Ruby the Labradoodle make a good pair.

Folk art portrait of a Black Dog and an Aussie hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ralphie the Black Dog and Utah the Aussie by Sagar Bitsa

Ralphie and Utah are lucky dogs hand painted by Sagar.

folk art portrait of a Jack Russell Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Winnie the Jack Russell mix by Sagar Bitsa

Winnie the Jack Russell mix and her final portrait by Sagar.   Another hard choice!

Folk art portrait of a Greyhound hand painted on metal in Nepal
Dolce the Greyhound by Sagar Bitsa

Sagar added some legs and a bikini bottom to his portrait of Dolce.   He sometimes does this randomly.   If you would like to see more of his 'Racy Ladies' I have covered the subject in a former Danger Dog Blog.  Sagar has a wicked sense of humor.

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Want to immortalize your pet?   It is too late for this trip.   

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 you your 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:   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 is around $22 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!

Author: michelle page
Posted: June 12, 2016, 4:35 am

Live from Kathmandu: Schechen Monastery gets a new mural

I came across a group of young artists working on a mural for the Schechen Monastery here in Boudha.

Mural in progress at the Schechen Monastery
Mural in progress at the Schechen Monastery
A female muralist at work on the Schechen Monastery in Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
A female artist works on Schechen's mural

It is nice to see a female artist at work on the mural.   There is an art school at Schechen which teaches thanka painting.

Monks painting Schechen Monastery mural
Monks at work painting Schechen's new mural

 A little farther along.   

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These guys work fast.

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Further along...   This was during their lunch break, otherwise they would have picked up that plastic bottle, I am sure.

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'Keep me clean' is something that is sorely needed to be taught.

Earth Day events on the Boudha Stupa
Schechen monks at the Stupa

As part of the Earth Day celebrations around Boudha, the young monks from the Schechen Monastery gave out information on how to have a greener, cleaner Boudha.

Young monks clean up an area of trash on Earth Day in Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal

The monks were cleaning up an area of trash near the Seto Monastery in Boudha as part of the Earth Day clean up.   As always, there is a dog there to do his part.

 

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Want to immortalize your pet?   It is not too late!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

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 is around $22 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!

 

Author: michelle page
Posted: June 9, 2016, 3:07 pm

Live from Kathmandu: Around Boudha

Boudha is where I hang my hat while in Kathmandu...

Butter lamp sellers in Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Butter lamp sellers in Boudha

From our new favorite tea stall, we can watch the butter lamp sellers.   That huge building in the background is a new boutique hotel going up, the future of Boudha...   Soon this little tea stall will be replaced by some similar big building.   Boudha is spreading vertically.  That said, the hotel has lots of nice details, including Tibetan painted trim, huge picture windows and statuary.

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This is the view from our thonba parlor in Boudha.   Thonba is a Tibetan fermented millet beer.   It is mildly alcoholic and one drinks it from a wooden vessel using a bamboo straw.   It is gluten free and delicious.   Deepak's chowmein and buff momos are also tasty.

Boudhanath Stupa
Boudha Stupa

People circumnavigate the World Heritage site that is Boudhanath Stupa.

World Heritage site Boudhanath
Lost key cabinet at Boudha Stupa

Near the upper right hand corner of this photo, there is a lost keys cabinet.   It is always full...

Butter lamps at dusk at Boudhanath Stupa

Butter lamps are often placed around the Stupa, but not every night.   Just the auspicious ones!

 

Himalayan Black, White and Pink salts for sale
Himalayan Black,White and Pink Salt

Himalayan rock salt comes in black, white and pink.   Tibetans were famous for their salt and was one of their major trade items for centuries.

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Dogs sleep while everyone else circumnavigates the Stupa in Boudhanath.

Folk art beware of dog sign in Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Beware of Dog sign in Boudha

This sign, hand painted on metal is typical of the Danger Dog signs that inspired my fair trade art project.   These signs are becoming rarer every time I visit Nepal (twice a year).

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Want to immortalize your pet?   .,

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

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 is around $22 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!

Author: michelle page
Posted: June 7, 2016, 3:07 pm

Live from Kathmandu: Works in Progress by Dilip

Dilip was not quite finished with his latest order but is well on his way...

folk art portrait of a Border Collie hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rooney the Border Terrier by Dilip

Rooney the Border Terrier got his lettering mixed up, but the image is very nice.   Dilip is correcting the lettering as we speak!

Folk art portrait of a Shitzu hand drawn in Kathmandu
Shaolin the Shitzu line drawing by Dilip

This one is very early in the process, and I asked Dilip to lose the leash.   This one will be pretty.

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Want to immortalize your pet?   It is not too late!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

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 is around $22 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!

Author: michelle page
Posted: June 6, 2016, 6:58 am

Live from Kathmandu: Finals from Megh Raj

Megh Raj Thapa has been busy painting up a storm.   His latest finals are lovely.

 

Folk art beware of Border Collie  sign hand painted by a sign painter in Nepal
Rooney the Border Terrier in his first final by Megh Raj

Rooney's first final by Megh Raj shows this cute dog in all of his glory.   Border was misspelled, but that is part of a Danger Dog portrait..

Folk art portrait of a Shitzu hand painted on metal in Nepal
Shaolin the Shitzu by Magh Raj

Shaolin, a Shitzu, is 'enternally loved' in her first final by Megh Raj Thapa.   I guess this can be filed under funny misspellings.   

Folk art beware of dogs sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Ralphie and Utah by Megh Raj Thapa

Utah and Ralphie in their hand painted final by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Boxer mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Homer the Boxer mix by Megh Raj

Homer the enlightened Boxer mix and his final portrait by Megh Raj.

Folk art beware of Jack Russell sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Winnie the Jack Russell mix by Megh Raj

Winnie the Jack Russell mix warns you to Be Careful!

Folk art portrait of a Black Standard Poodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rasta the Black Standard Poodle by Megh Raj

Rasta, the charming Black Standard Poodle in his third and last final by Megh Raj Thapa.   This is a new version of Enlightened!

There are going to be some hard choices ahead!

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Want to immortalize your pet?   It is not too late!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the March 2016 trip.  I will be back in June 2016.   Orders close for this trip on June 9th, 2016, but sooner is always better as we need time for the paint to dry!

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 is around $22 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!

Author: michelle page
Posted: June 6, 2016, 6:55 am