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The Week of the Panda and Michael Griffin

Welcome back, everyone! The past two weeks have been crazy! Rainy, sunny, up, down…Just the type of weather that keeps you on your toes!

To catch you up to speed, last week I finished that super romantic, super SECRET project that will make you grin from ear to ear when you hear about it. However, the recipient doesn’t know yet, so I’ll have to wait a few months to show you. (Sooooo HARD!).

Also newsworthy, I just received a fresh stack of beautiful original-size prints from Picture This Gallery. They do such a great job over there! The prints look just like the originals and they’re printed on fine art museum rag paper with premium ink which will last FOREVER. I’ve posted them to my Etsy store  and lowered the price on the prints to $150 apiece to make them more accessible. Check them out!

Summertime 24″ x 15″ – $150

A Windy Day 15″ x 20″ – $150

Fall Break 15″ x 20″ – $150

Backyard Battlegrounds 15″ x 20″ – $150

This week was also about pandas. Hold on, I can explain why. Late last week, a video came out of a baby panda reunited with his mom and it really got the too-cute-to-stand tears rolling. Watch it here. Not surprisingly, that made me want to paint a panda. And well, why stop at one panda? Why not throw several together in one painting like Norman Rockwell did in his paintings “Day in the Life of a Little Boy” and “Day in the Life of a Little Girl”? Here’s the result.

Panda-(web)This week was also about inspiration. This week I had the opportunity to see Michael Griffin’s work in person and I was so blown away I had to share.

Michael Griffin

“Port Royal Harbor” and “Wind in the Palms” Check out his website to see more.

This is a man who really walks the walk and talks the talk. He’s truly committed himself to his craft and it shows. Every time I look at his work, this gripping calmness comes over me. They’re delicate. They’re beautiful. They’re humbling. I seriously want to live in his paintings. It’s hard to see the full extent of his color subtleties in a mere digital image, but when you find them, you’ll be affected. If you get a chance to see his work in person you should do so.

Visit his website here. Your quality of life meter will thank you.

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