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Geraldene's Lion Story


Geraldene Lombard has a fascination for lions and tigers. Over the years, she’s built several 1500-piece puzzles depicting her favourite animals, and those who know her well, are fully aware of this! She was truly touched when, out of the blue, a really good friend e-mailed her an unusual photograph of an ‘astonished-looking’ lion. Geraldene was captivated by this gorgeous picture.


“I made it my desktop background, and saved it as my cell phone’s background too! Couldn’t get enough of it!” she recalls.

In addition to building puzzles, Geraldene loves drawing and painting, too. She contemplated drawing the ‘astonished lion’ pic but felt it might be really difficult to do justice to. She figured that since she couldn’t paint this lion, she decided to have it printed on glass with an LED backlight to bring out the true colours in the picture. 

She also found another picture of a lion and decided to draw and paint her version of the second lion picture. 

Having received countless compliments of these two lion images in her study, she approached RapidStudio to create a split panel canvas set of the ‘astonished lion’ and she’s immensely happy with the result.


When asked what these two lion images mean to Geraldene, she explained, “The picture I painted is proof that, if you set your mind to something, and find it in yourself to believe that you can accomplish something quite difficult … then you can!  What I drew and painted shows that I can, and it also shows a deeper side to a person’s interests and efforts in something profound.”




“As far as the astonished lion picture goes, it tells me that true friends care about one. They know your passions, your fascinations, and take care to do little things for you. Every time I see the picture hanging in my study, it reminds me of the small gestures one friend can do for another. To me, it’s always the small things that count and that form part of my lifelong memories!” Geraldene says.

We agree with Geraldene! It’s the little things that count!

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