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15 January 2017

Second Thoughts . . . Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Second Thoughts  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking." [War With Honour, 1940]” ― A.A. Milne

I love this painting.  It came with passion and not thought.  I entitled it Second Thought because it grew out of a prior attempts to 'get it right'. So at the time I painted it in 2007, it was Second Thought.  The weave of painting and color is pretty unusual and I can honestly say this weave has not happened again. This is an Akhal-Teke horse. 

I want to share with you this morning that you are never a second thought to God.  He gives us 'second chances' and he will do it over and over again until we 'get it'.  Do not give up, know he is there with you as you breathe and move and live.  He is the power within you. He is the light within you. He is the joy and beauty within you.  He made you in His own image. 

"If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them." Luke 6:29

Laurie


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14 January 2017

Leaving Pieces of Life Behind. . . Contemporary Horse paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace


 Sunlight Play Size: 30 x 30  Oil on Canvas.
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“She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went. It's easier to feel the sunlight without them, she said.” ― Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawings of Brian Andreas

Sometimes I find these quotes and they truly take hold of my heart and soul.  This is one of those. We carry so much of life with us and because of it we remain distracted to the 'sunlight' or things God has sent to us.  When you are over involved, lost trying to help someone battle their storms, taking on too much to carry in life. . .  YOU MISS OUT.  You are so busy doing other things you fail to feel the sunlight and gifts God is sending to you. 

The painting is resting... and I am starting something new while we take a break.  

 "Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD." Isaiah 2:5

Laurie

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13 January 2017

Stop Seeking the Storms in Life . . . Progressive Contemporary Horse Painting by Laurie Pace



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Sunlight Play in Progress 30 x 30  Oil on Canvas.
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“Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

I am at the hold and wait point.  That is wisdom.  Not jumping and pushing when I am not sure of the next step or the colors I want to infuse.  I just could not stay muted.  Raspberry surprised me though and of course to follow it turquoise and a soft gold.   Maybe that is muted for me?

It shall bake and I will take pictures again tomorrow... I will share it and then it will sit and bake some more while I study it. Meanwhile It is entitled "Sunlight Play" and it is 30 x 30 inches and basically with finished edges ready to hang. 

Watch in life to think before jumping ahead. Be wise and not always taking the hardest course through all the storms in life. 

"I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness." Ecclesiastes 2:13

Laurie


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11 January 2017

Sunlight on the Water . . . Progressive Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 30 x 30  Oil on Canvas.
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“I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

The base layer of this painting had soft tones of color in it. I thought perhaps I would do a muted piece but for some reason my soul struggles to put out the color. It is like putting out the light. It is like forcing my nature to do something that does not feel comfortable.  So I am not sure where this will go this week but will take you along with me.  


After the soft layer was applied a week ago, I came into the studio and using caramel brown, sketched the horses into place.   Then I began with brilliant yellow and not a white.  Hard to tell. I felt the light coming from behind and then lighting the pathway for the horses... three of them.

The quote I chose really struck a chord in me this morning.  The world, nature, man... cannot live without sunlight.  Elizabeth wants God in her bloodstream, surging throughout her body lighting up her life in the same manner.  What a beautiful analogy and one that vividly paints a picture in your mind to stay. Your blood streams throughout your body reaching every nook and cranny and God is part of that.  He is not just in your mind, your heart, your thoughts...he is in every cell, and basically in every piece of your being.

"The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day." Proverbs 4:18

Laurie


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08 January 2017

As Lost As a Person Can Be . . . Abstract Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Lost in the Night  5 x 7 Oil on Panel 
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“Before we met, I was as lost as a person could be and yet you saw something in me that somehow gave me direction again.” ― Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe

Lost in the Night is one of the few remaining pieces from my 100 horses of 2015 and really it is quite passionate in color and the flow of the thick oils on the surface of the board.  I have again reduced the price making it so special that you will not want to miss out on this one. Click Here. Slip this 5 x7 into a frame and hang it where you can love it.

Nicholas Sparks is quite a writer when it comes to love and emotion.  My top reference will always be God's Word on the subject and I found it with Psalm 73:2 speaking of losing direction... "But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold."  The full chapter puts it into perspective better. "Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart...But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. "  and it goes on describing how this 'group' of people seems to have it all and they are a wicked group living the life. 

This faithful Israelite is concerned with his own personal struggle and pain. Aspah, the author, is the choir leader in the temple and he is in constant contact with the people of Israel while balanced by the presence of God in the temple.

We all face personal struggles like this. As Aspah faced his struggles, he cried out to the Lord, he grew in his faith and became a more godly man afterwards.   He confesses in this Psalm his anger and confusion. He speaks of his envy of the easy life of others. He believes that God is suppose to be good to us that are pure in heart, while it looked to him God was good to those that were evil.

Aspah's honesty moved my heart when I read through this over and over this morning. Once you get into later verses 15-18 you are reminded that the prosperity of the wicked is only momentary and they too are on slippery ground. They seem to have a preset prosperity but there is no future for them. God will judge them. 

Our ultimate good is God. "My Flesh and my heart may fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Verse 26   "But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all They works." verse 28

I believe I 'get' this more the older I am. Life shifts and changes and with the years of experience, trials, struggles, some bits of prosperity... I am learning more each day that God is my ultimate good. He will not allow us to slip or be lost. 


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07 January 2017

The Ideal Life ... Contemporary Horse Paintings, Appaloosa Painting by Laurie Pace



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 Size: 12 x 12  Oil on panel.
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“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain

This is a painting that is available on my website.  It is an Appy painted on board with soft subtle colors. Reminds me of a young appaloosa, much like the soft wolf of yesterday. I have reduced the price 50% so it is the perfect time for you to consider this one for your collection.

I think of moving things out each year and wanting to start fresh. I am hoping to start painting again at least four days of the week to get back in the groove. We are no longer keeping the grandson that we helped with daily for the past 14 months. God has opened our lives back up to do some of the household things we have not accomplished because of the baby's schedule and I can paint again.  It has been a love/hate affair in my studio.  At times I was ready to dismantle it and walk away...but then I would get a commission I could throw my heart into and God would remind me again of my gift and what my direction should be.  Acceptance. Giving Thanks.

“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. Genesis 33:10

Laurie 


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06 January 2017

Fierce and Free as the Wolf in Me . . . Wolf Wildlife Paintings by Laurie Pace



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 Size: 12 x 12  Oil on Birch.
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“Love wasn't forged by circumstance or changed by sorrow. It simply was. Fierce and free as the wolf within me.” ― Andrea Cremer, Bloodrose

Yes, I know... this is not the normal fierce wolf... but rather that soft baby wolf look with the soft first year fur and the unsuspecting eyes. I truly enjoyed the experience painting this with brush on the beautiful birch surface.  As you know from the progress shots I was not happy with the bright colors but yet still wanting some of the highlights bleeding through and I think I was successful for what my mind's eye and heart wanted to express. It is available here. 

My blogs dropped off this week because I have had one very very sick husband. He did not have a cold, cough, fever or anything like that, but he did have salmonella, or possibly Diverticulitis.  He laid in bed thinking he was dying or wanting to die for three and half days despite my continual plea to go to the ER. by the night of the third day I gave him no choice but in the morning we were either seeing our GP or we would be in the ER. Thankfully I was able to snag the ONLY remaining appt at 9:30 in the morning. It only took a few pushes on his abdomen for Dr Lee to say... OH YES... and we left with a Cipro script and hope for feeling better.  It took about two days on the antibiotic before  he felt like he might want to eat and live again.  

I am so thankful for the support of family and friends praying to go through this with him. At the writing of this blog this morning... he is feeling so much better.  He sort of looks like the sweet puppy wolf above! 

Hoping your new year is off to a good start. I will have no problem writing 2017.. it already feels natural. 2015 and 2016 were not my favorite years. God often challenges us with things to toughen us and although I do not believe all the problems are resolved, I have found my word for this year is "ACCEPTANCE".  I had originally chosen the word TRUST, but over the past three weeks, He has whispered in my heart repeatedly, Acceptance.

Learning to accept what we have right now and being content is so important. Accepting His will over our own will is primary. Dreams take us off on "If ONLY " and then we forget to be thankful for 'WHAT IS".  This does not limit us in any way as the Lord wants us to be happy, joyful and delight in our lives.  So does the problem exist in our constant need to want more than we need?  Our society seems to have made that part of our daily life, instant gratification. Amazon is amazing with that, aren't they?   

I do not believe 'acceptance' means you roll over and do nothing.  "acceptance" is perhaps learning to embrace what has been given to you and growing with it.  God never wants us to stop growing, giving, living, loving and learning.

"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst." 1 Timothy 1:15

Laurie


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