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Folk Art from the Himalayas.

Welcome to Nepal's Day of the Dog 2017

Nepal is the only country in the world to celebrate a day dedicated to dogs.

 Kukor Tihar is a day of Dog blessings.   

A Spitz and a Boxer on Nepal's Day of the Dog
A Spitz and a Boxer on Nepal's Day of the Dog

This young (very well-trained) Spitz and his brindle Boxer puppy friend are awaiting their Kukor Puja treats.

A brindle Boxer puppy and her first Day of the Dog
A brindle Boxer puppy and her first Day of the Dog

The 5 and a half month old Boxer is about to enjoy her first Day of the Dog.

The ceremony is complicated and took about 3 minutes.  That Spitz has the patience of a saint and the young Boxer has that unique Boxer wiggle...   They are garlanded with marigolds, red tikas (blessings) are applied to their foreheads and paws.   Coins are placed on their heads and then, they are very well fed with meat and rice.  Flower petals and rice kernels are also part of the process.

Kukor puja ceremony of Nepal's Day of the Dog
The Kukor Puja ceremony begins

The ceremony has just begun and the Boxer pup is already digging in.

A Spitz dog poses in Namaste position while waiting for his Day of the Dog treats in Nepal
The Spitz does his Namaste while awaiting his treats

He must have held that Namaste pose for 4 minutes, before he got antsy.   He also shakes hands...

Nepal's Day of the Dog ceremony
Nepal's Day of the Dog ceremony deserves a selfie.

The Spitz' owner is understandably proud... 

A Nepali St. Bernard on Nepal's Day of the Dog
A big and handsome St. Bernard dog on Nepal's Day of the Dog

 This big St Bernard is very good at his job.   He did not stop barking at me!

A young Spitz dog on Nepal's Day of the Dog
A young Spitz just wants to have her ears rubbed.
 
Nepal's Day of the Dog
This dog was so pretty and friendly...

 

Street dogs enjoy Nepal's Day of the Dog
Two Nepali street dogs near my hotel in Boudha

 Even the street dogs near my hotel got the full Day of the Dog treatment and they are sleeping it off!

A Dachshund on the streets of Boudha on the Day of the Dog
Lucky the Dachshund roaming the streets of Boudha

Also known as Kukor Puja or Kukor Tihar, it is part of a 5 day festival which also has a special day for crows and cows.   Tihar is part of the festival of lights where the locals invite Laxmi into their homes with colorful powders and lights so that they can have wealth in the coming year.

India also celebrates a version of this holiday, but they do not honor dogs as part of their Diwali (Dipawali) festival.

 

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   

I am in Kathmandu right now and taking orders until the November 25, 2017 cut off date.  I will be back in plenty of time to mail your holiday orders.

How to order your custom pet portrait from NepalDog.com

  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 $20 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: October 20, 2017, 4:37 am

Live from Kathmandu: Megh Raj Thapa's finals

Folk art portrait of a white Boxer dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jasmine the Boxer

Jasmine the White Boxer by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Boxer Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Henry the Boxer

Henry the Boxer hand painted on metal by Megh Raj.

Folk art beware of dog art hand painted on metal in nepal
Two Shih Tzu Dogs and their Shepherd friend

Tater Tot, Minnie and Maggie by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog hand painted in Nepal
Rupert by Megh Raj Thapa

Rupert by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Chihuahua Papillion Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Mavis by Megh Raj Thapa

Mavis the Chihuahua and Papillion dog by megh Raj.

Folk art portrait of a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal
Tattoo the German Shepherd by Megh Raj

Tattoo the German Shepherd by megh Raj.

Folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Grizz by Megh Raj Thapa

Grizz the Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Megh Raj.

 

Folk art beware of Cat sign hand painted on metal in Nepal
Khilisi the Tabby Cat by Megh Raj Thapa



Khilisi the Tabby Cat by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Pit bull hand painted on metal in Nepal
Birdy by Megh Raj Thapa

Birdy the American Staffordshire Terrier by Megh Raj Thapa.

Folk art portrait of a Foxhound and a Beagle hand painted on metal in the Thanka style in Nepal
Chester and Cooper by Megh Raj Thapa

Chester the Foxhound and Cooper the Beagle thanka style by Megh Raj.




 

 

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders have closed for this trip.   Next trip is scheduled for October 15, 2017, and I will be back in plenty of time to mail 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 $20 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: April 25, 2017, 3:46 am

Live from Kathmandu: More finals from Dilip and Sanjib Rana

It gets exciting this time of the trip, when i go all over Kathmandu picking up finished artworks.   

Folk art paintings at an artist's studio in Kathmandu
Dilip Niroj's studio near Gausala

Dilip lays out his signs to dry in the sunshine outside his studio.

Folk art portrait of a Muscovy Duck hand painted on metal in Nepal
Puffy the Muscovy duck by Sanjib Rana

 Puffy the Muscovy Duck by Sanjib Rana.   Sanjib does not do lettering, so I give the work to Dilip to paint the lettering.

Folk art portrait of Shih Tzu dogs and a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal
Final portrait of Tater Tot, Minnie and Maggie by Sanjib Rana

Tater Tot, Minnie and Maggi by Sanjib Rana.

Folk art portrait of an American Staffordshire Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Birdie's final by Sanjib Rana

 Birdie in the sunlight by Sanjib Rana.   Birdie is an American Staffordshire Terrier,

Folk art portrait of a white Boxer Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jasmine the white Boxer by Dilip

 Jasmine by Dilip Niroj.

Folk art portrait of a Boxer Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Henry the Boxer by Dilip Niroj

Henry by Dilip Niroj.

Folk art portrait of a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal
Tattoo the Shepherd by Dilip Niroj

Tattoo the Shepherd by Dilip.

Folk art portrait of a Boxer Dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Henry by Sanjib Rana

Henry the Boxer by Sanjib Rana awaits his lettering by Dilip.

Folk art portrait of a Boxer dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Jasmine the Boxer by Sanjib Rana

 

Jasmine the White Boxer by Sanjib Rana awaiting lettering.

Folk art portrait of a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal
Tattoo the German Shepherd by Sanjib Rana

Tattoo is looking good in this hand painted sign by Sanjib Rana.   Lettering still to come.

Folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal.
Grizz the Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Sanjib Rana

 Grizz the rough-coated Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Sanjib Rana.   Again, the lettering is still to come.

 As always I am amazed by how differently the artists portray the same photo of the same pets.

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders have closed for this trip.   Next trip is scheduled for October 15, 2017, and I will be back in plenty of time to mail 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 $20 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: April 25, 2017, 1:31 am

Live from Kathmandu: New Finals from Dilip

Some new finals are in from the always fantastic Dilip of Niroj Arts here in Kathmandu!

You are in for a treat.

Folk art portrait of an American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull) hand painted on metal in Nepal
Birdie the American Staffordshire by Dilip

Birdie is a beauty in her hand painted 'Beware of Dog' sign by Dilip.

Folk art beware of dog signs hand painted on metal in Nepal.  Australian Shepherds
Melly and Rudy - Australian Shepherds - by Dilip

Melly and Rudy make a fine pair in their portrait by Dilip.   These Australian Shepherds look like the best of friends.

Folk art beware of dog sign (Chesapeake Bay Retriever) hand painted on metal in Nepal
Grizz the Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Dilip

Grizz is a rough-coated Chesapeake Bay Retriever and he looks charming indeed is his portrait by Dilip.

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog hand painted on metal in Nepal
Rupert by Dilip

Rupert is hand painted on metal by Dilip.   He was not supposed to put any writing on this portrait, but a little bit of Nepali was added.

Folk art portrait of Shih Tzu mix dogs and a German Shepherd hand painted on metal in Nepal
Tater Tot, Minnie and Maggie by Dilip

 Tater Tot, Minnie and Maggie fill the canvas in their hand painted portrait by Dilip.

 

Folk art portrait of a Tabby Cat hand painted on metal in Nepal
Phoenix the Tabby Cat hand painted by Dilip

Last but never least is the lovely Phoenix by Dilip,  This one was requested without lettering.   This Tabby Cat is simply stunning in person.

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders have closed for this trip.   Next trip is scheduled for October 15, 2017, and I will be back in plenty of time to mail 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 $20 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: April 20, 2017, 6:02 am

Live from Kathmandu: Finals from Megh Raj

Megh Raj has been busy this trip. He has moved into a new studio and is happily painting portraits of pets.

Folk art portrait of an American Staffordshire Terrier hand painted on metal in Nepal
Birdie the American Staffordshire Terrier by Megh Raj.

Birdie the American Staffordshire Terrier by Megh Raj.  There is a slight smudge of yellow right above the Nepali script, but otherwise this portrait is finished.

Folk art portrait of a Chesapeake Bay Retriever hand painted on metal in Nepal
Grizz by Megh Raj

Grizz the handsome and charming Chesapeake Bay Retriever by Megh Raj.   The chalk marks used by Megh Raj for lettering is still there, and he needs a little work, but he is almost finished.

Folk art portrait of a rescue dog from Puerto Rico, hand painted on metal in Nepal
Nilly by Megh Raj Thapa

Nilly on the staircase by Megh Raj Thapa.   This pretty pup was rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico.

 

Folk art portrait of a pair of Shih Tzu mix pups with their German Shepherd friend, hand painted on metal in Nepal
Tater Tot, Minnie and Maggie by Megh Raj

Tater Tot and Minnie are Shih Tzu mixes and here they are with their friend, Maggie, in their portrait by Megh Raj.   This one is not yet finished, but well on it's way.

Folk art portraits of Australian Shepherds hand painted on metal in Nepal
Melly and Rudy by Megh Raj

Melly and Rudy the Australian Shepherds hand painted on metal by Megh Raj.   This pair does not look dangerous to me!

Stay tuned.   More to come soon!

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Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders have closed for this trip.   Next trip is scheduled for October 15, 2017, and I will be back in plenty of time to mail 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 $20 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: April 20, 2017, 6:01 am