Here’s a quote from Liv Siddall of ‘It’s Nice That’:
“Can we just take a minute to close our eyes and give thanks for the internet? Once that’s done, have a look around this collection of naively brilliant Beware of The Dog signs from Nepal. These little nuggets of creativity warn trespassers not just of dogs, but of horses, cats, enlightened chickens and even spiders. The woman behind this awe-inspiring collection is Michelle Page, whose interest in the signs goes beyond their charming aesthetic.”
That was in the early am. 4 hours later, a Spanish site named Yorokubu wrote a review of the site. Then AnimalNewYork chimed in. Click on them if you’d like to see which portraits they chose…
It went on and on through Tumblr and Pinterest and many other sites. Thanks to them all!
Here Sanjib does a great job with Miffy, an enlightened Rottweiler and Labrador mixture. There is a glare on the photo that is not on the painting, but Miffy's portrait is truly beautiful.
Miffy is also lovely in her portrait by Sagar Bitsa. Sagar misspelled her name, but I am sure Miffy would understand.
Shadow the Australian Shepherd looks luminous and happy in his final portrait by Sanjib Rana.
Rhonda the tall Terrier mix by Megh Raj Thapa. Megh Raj added a red blanket. It is always interesting to see how different artists interpret the same photo.
Here we have Rhonda the tall Terrier as seen by Sanjib. He has stayed true to the color palette and this one is truly stunning, though I am also fond of Megh Raj's version. It usually comes down to which portrait looks most like the pet in question.
Gallina the Brussels Griffon in her final portrait by Dilip Niroj.
Alvin the Yorkshire Terrier by Sanjib Rana. Sanjib had fun with that rug.
Momo the Himalayan Cat by Sanjib Rana. Momo is looking very demure in his oval frame.
If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken, bunny, bearded dragon, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, it is too late this year. But I will be back in Nepal ordering signs again in early spring, being back in time for Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts.
You choose the style, the color, what you would like the sign to say...
You can also check out NepalDog.com, as I have over 72 breeds of dog (and counting) and many cats.
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!
HOW TO ORDER
To order, 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 artists 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.
While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.
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!