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Danger Dogs of Devon part 2

The Danger Dogs will be part of an exhibit at the Red Propeller Gallery in Devon, England!

Included will be 20 Danger Dogs hand picked by the Red Propeller proprietors, with works by 10  different Nepali artists.  Please see part 1 to see what else will be available.  There will be 20 pieces in the exhibit, along with work from other artists' portraits of dogs.

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

Homer the Boxer by Megh Raj Thapa is a stunning example of Megh Raj's true to life style.  He often paints his dogs very close in size to the photo he is given, but integrates graphics and colors to highlight the dog.   His work is often photographic.

Folk art beware of dog sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Bruiser by Sagar Bitsa

Bruiser is a Canadian dog that likes to roll in stinky stuff.   You can bathe him, but he will not be happy until he gets fragrant once more.   However, Bruiser's portrait by Sagar Bitsa is beautiful with the red circle motif and yellow background.  Sagar used to teach art to Japanese students in Kathmandu and they taught him Japanese lettering in return.  The name Sagar means 'ocean' in Nepali and his signature (on the left of Bruiser, just below his mouth) is Japanese for ocean, as well.

folk art portrait of Whippet Pit Bull mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Itchy Sticky the Pit Bull Whippet mix by Sagar Bitsa

Itchy Sticky is also by Sagar, a fine portrait of this handsome pirate dog all dressed up and looking mysterious.

Folk art Cockapoo hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jasper the Cockapoo by Sagar Bitsa

Sagar painted a more romantic portrait of Jasper the Cockapoo using a full palate of bright colors.

Folk art beware of Borzoi sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Lola the Borzoi by Sagar Bitsa

Lola the Borzoi enjoying her ice cream is hand painted on metal by Sagar Bitsa.   The Nepali script reads 'Katurnak Kukur' or Danger Dog in English.

Folk art beware of Chocolate Lab hand painted on metal in Nepal
Maggie the Chocolate Labrador by Sagar

Maggie is glowing in her Danger Dog portrait by Sagar Bitsa.  The bright colors bring out her lustrous fur.

Folk art portrait of a Corgi mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Marley the Corgi mix by Sagar

Marley is a sweet dog given the full sweet treatment by Sagar.   Again, Sagar signs his painting with a Japanese symbol that means Ocean - the translation of Sagar's name in Nepali.

Folk art beware of Border Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rooney the Border Terrier by Indra Lama

Rooney the Border Collie looks good against his brown background.   He looks ready to patrol his perimeter.

Folk art beware of Black Pug hand painted on metal in Nepal
Shuff the Black Pug by Nara

Shuff is a shiny Black Pug in a stunning ruff.   This very pretty Pug looks great in his portrait by the artist Nara.   Nara always paints against a bright blue background and he had fun with both the ruff and the shadow.   It is always fun to have your pet painted, as you never know what the artists will highlight.  And you get 3 choices of portraits!

Folk art portrait of a Terrier mix hand painted on metal in Nepal
Sport the Terrier mix by Baba

Sport is a Terrier mix and here he is hand painted by the artist Baba.   Baba really captured his fluffy fur and Terrier personality.

 

This is the second blog of two parts featuring the Danger Dogs that will be part of the Red Propeller Gallery's exhibit in Devon, England.  Dates to be announced so stay tuned!

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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 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: August 22, 2016, 8:07 pm

Danger Dogs of Devon part 1

The Danger Dogs will be part of an exhibit at the Red Propeller Gallery in Devon, England!

Included will be 20 Danger Dogs hand picked by the Red Propeller proprietors, with works by 10 different Nepali artists.

Folk art portrait of an Apricot Poodle hand painted on metal by a sign painter in Nepal
Maddy the Apricot Poodle by Jit Gurung

Maddy the Apricot Poodle will get her wish and have a nice long road trip to Devon.   Maddy's human requested that Maddy's portrait be done in the style of Gaugin and the artists were happy to oblige.  At this point, they rarely get any orders to hand paint - everyone wants digital in Nepal - and they love a challenge.   I believe that the Nepali writing translates to Ramro Kukur or Good Dog in English.

Folk art portrait of an Italian Greyhound hand painted on metal in Nepal
Star the Italian Greyhound by Shashi

Star is young and handsome in his portrait by the artist Shashi.   There is a lot of nice detail in the collar and the halo that surrounds Star makes a dramatic painting.   The Nepali Devenagari script reads Kukur dehi sabadan or 'Dog here be careful' in English.

Folk art Boxer beware of dog sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Siggy the Boxer by Nara

Siggy the Boxer by Nara is a classic beware of dog sign and very much in the style that first inspired my Danger Dogs from Nepal fair trade art project.   Nara tends to paint what I call 'Dog's Dogs' - very masculine and beautiful against a solid dark blue background.

folk art beware of dog sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Chihuahua and Dogue de Bordeaux by Dilip Niroj

Daisy and Ellis make a good pair in their portraits by Dilip Niroj.  Their contrast in size against a dramatic sunset colored background make this one fun.   I really admire Dilip's very naive style of portraiture.

Folk art beware of Jack Russell sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Coco Diablo Chanel by Sagar Bitsa

Coco the Queen Bean is a fabulous Jack Russell Terrier all decked out with her scarlet headdress and star studded collar atop a charmingly painted leopard skin carpet!   Sagar Bitsa is a master at shading and obviously took his time making Coco Chanel look at home in her pretty digs.

Folk art beware of long haired Dachshund hand painted on metal in Nepal
Danger Dog Darby by Baba

Darby the long-haired Dachshund is a riot of color hand painted on metal by the artist Baba.   Darby's direct gaze holds your attention along with Baba's unusual choice of background colors.  This is on recycled metal.

Folk art portrait of Dalmatians in a Porche Convertible hand painted on metal in Nepal
Dalmatians in a Porsche convertible by Megh Raj Thapa

These 3 beloved Dalmatians love a road trip - much like Maddy the Apricot Poodle.   Borris, Katia and Tasha fill up the Porsche in their portraits by Megh Raj Thapa.   The Nepali lettering translates as 'Katerna Kukurharu' or Danger Dogs!

Folk art Beware of Labradoodle hand painted on metal in Nepal
Lars the Labradoodle by Indra Lama

Lars the Labradoodle was hand painted on metal by Indra Lama.   Lars looks very quizzical in his portrait and Indra emphasized his coloring with a contrasting blue background.

Folk art Beware of Shitzu sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Roxy the Shitzu by Hari Timesina

Roxy the Shitzu is pretty in pink in her very naive style portrait by Hari Timesina.   Hari always signed and dated his work.   His style is fresh and unique.   Hari lost his studio soon after painting this portrait and went abroad to Saudi Arabia where he is painting houses and making money to send home to his wife and young son, Utsab.   I miss him and hope to reconnect with Hari again after his 3 year contract is over.

Folk art Beware of Jack Russell Terrier sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jack Nelson the Jack Russell Terrier by Santosh Shrestha

Jack Russell Terriers are always cute, but Jack Nelson is spectacular with his striped tie, his pink underbelly and purple shading - all against a dramatic yellow background with red lettering.   Santosh has a great signature and uses it to great effect to compose a charming portrait of Jack.

This is the first blog of two parts featuring the Danger Dogs that will be part of the Red Propeller Gallery's exhibit in Devon, England.  Dates to be announced so stay tuned!

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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 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: August 21, 2016, 7:39 pm

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