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December 2016 Art Annals
the art of encouragement
Encouraging Entries 
from the blog
The Art of the Mundane “Mundane” - ordinary, pertaining to the things of earth. The mundane is where most of us live - the ordinary, everyday stuff of life. As I sit writing this, I also have my preschool teacher hat on....
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No Fun Allowed. Yes, guilty as charged, I do take myself too seriously! How about you? My recent experience at Lisa Whitener's pallet knife workshop got me really thinking about having fun.
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Pure Moments and Visual Speaking. This week, we're pleased to have a guest blogger with us. Robin McLaurin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Daemen College, a Master’s degree in Art Education from Texas Women’s University, and an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Art.
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© August 2012, Laura Gabel, "Winter with My Lover". Charcoal, 10 x 12. Private collection.

How do I love thee? Let Me Count the What? Count the stitches! Are you confused yet? I'm writing about a total, absolute surprise that my husband and I received from a lovely friend. 

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Holiday Shopping

We are offering a special coupon only to our subscribers. If you purchase any of Laura's original artwork, you can receive 5% off your next purchase of original art. And if you've been wanting to have Laura paint a commissioned work specially for you, now is the time because you can apply that 5% discount to a commission of your choosing. Simply enter the code BOGO5 at checkout. For commissions, please contact Laura.

Additionally, you many have noticed some ads we're running on Facebook featuring Laura's artwork for sale at Red Bubble. We hope you click through that link and browse a bit and select some unique art gifts for the special folks in your life. 
Featured Painting
© Laura Gabel, “Red Panda 2”. Pastel on UArt, 16 x 13. Private Collection.

© Laura Gabel, “Red Panda 2”. Pastel on UArt, 16 x 13. Private Collection.

Who is this inquisitive little guy? The Red Panda (sometimes referred to as the “lesser panda”) is a shy and solitary creature. Here in delicate pastel strokes, Laura has captured the fierce beauty of this endangered creature. There is nothing “lesser” about the delightful expression on his face. An exquisite tribute to a seldom seen wild animal, captured through art in his natural bamboo habitat.

You can also download this landscape as your computer wallpaper: 800x600      1024x768
1280x1024    1600x1200
after you've selected the appropriate size, simply right click and select it as your wallpaper.

From Our Artists
We're so excited to report that Laura's artwork has continued to delight so many people. She's sold some additional paintings (one is a Christmas gift so shhh.....), and has garnered some new commission work. Additionally her work has been featured heavily on Fine Art America and Red Bubble. Thank you so much for reading and sharing our blog posts and Laura's art. Every person you share her art with is another person who can be encouraged by her talent. We're so grateful to have you on our team!
—Laura and Michelle
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