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01 May 2016

Taking a Big Risk with Texas Artist Laurie Pace - learning to rely on God.



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Lazy Ours Miracle Pantry  Photo for Journal this morning!
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“You have to take risks, he said. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun--and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven't perceived that moment, that it doesn't exist--that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists--a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.”  ― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
Well ... it is LAZY OURS, and this is our Miracle Pantry.  We also have a miracle laundry room and a very much miracle closet, but I did not want to bore you with pictures inside yet.  At our old house, we had the same size pantry EXCEPT the top shelf was higher and allowed stacking and placement of some larger items. So this one was less room.  HOW did I get everything in it even better than before?  Even today I was able to slide a bunch of ordered cleaning products for the kitchen on the top shelf. There is still room for more.    
Our miracle Laundry room was the same way. The old laundry room had more cabinets, tall cabinets with drawers etc and a place to hang clothes.  This one is TINY in comparison.  Only six feet wide by maybe six feet deep.  The other laundry room was almost a full ten feet or more in length and about six feet wide.  Transition found everything fitting, including the drawer stuff.  I am still pondering this because I also put all my linens in a back shelf area behind the laundry room door.
Our miracle bedroom closet... well the old one was over 22 ft wide and deep about 10 feet. Yep, it could have been another bedroom.  It contained all our clothes, coats, two large cedar chests, my wedding dress in a box, sewing machine, some special Christmas decorations and some bits and pieces.  The new closet... well not near this size. Maybe 12 feet in length and only four feet wide.  We got everything in it plus a few more things.  It needs to be organized again but Terry is going to add a second shelf for some of the Christmas specialties. 
GOD has done this.  I shake my head and I literally drop to knees praying in thanks.  "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. " Philippians 4:6  
STUDIO:
Entry blocked by my guitar cases.
And Baby stuff!

Inside is not much better. My treadmill is in the middle of it all. My Drafting board made it in and that is a miracle!
Tool box of paints behind the white canvas.
God has stepped up and every need to this day has been meet. The studio is not unearthed yet, but I know He will take care of it as well. In HIS time, not mine.  So the floors have delayed me getting set up in there but I think my heart had to be in preparation for the job. Now that I realize His hand has touched everything we have faced and brought forth the answers for our needs, I will not question the things we are having to repair.  We already feel at home here. The walls are not painted our colors of grey palette, but I told Terry we had years to do it whenever we wanted to. They were all painted by the prior owner but they are in weird brown tones.

This last week we had a carpenter engineer in that is drawing up plans for our TV hole area in the den.  With our lean to contemporary I cannot wait to see what he comes up with. I am a little afraid it may blow past our budget but I take a deep breath and will not borrow the worry. Our windows are being made and they should be installed in the next four to six weeks.  I will not worry with this either.  We have taken a risk with this house and what was wrong with it, but our faith is growing watching Him work right in front of us providing everything. 
Until Wednesday next week, lift us up in our journey as we begin our week. Maybe soon we can breathe and sit and enjoy. ALL of this is being done while we keep our 6 month old grandson, Noah. He crawls now. That just upped the caution light going off more often keeping up with him. 
Blessings, Laurie


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27 April 2016

Romance with Red Roses Abstract Flower Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Garden Spring Red  18 x 24 Oil on Canvas.
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“Roses! I swear you men have all your romance from the same worn book. Flowers are a good thing, a sweet thing to give a lady. But it is always roses, always red, and always perfect hothouse blooms when they can come by them.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
This painting along with three others, should be arriving in Watkins Glen, New York for a Flower Gallery Show at Quintus Gallery.  For some odd reason, I fell in love with this piece as I worked on it and it was processed through three different paintings before it arrived here.  The energy of roses in the Texas wind is captured with the azure blue of Texas skies.  All of this headed to NY with energy in rare form! So if you live in the Finger Lake Region of New York, please visit Quintus Gallery and see the show. With the move I will not make it up but I will be there in spirit.
Meanwhile... we are still on hands and knees working on the Bamboo floors Terry is putting in the two front bedrooms at the new house.  It is OUR HOUSE now... loud and clear... LAZY OURS... all ours. My next blog will tell why is is loud and clear ours.  We truly questioned our own sanity buying this house with the problems it had on top of being so small. 1900 sq feet after 3100, but hey, better than the lake house with 1750 but that did NOT include my studio space of 160 sq feet AND Terry's storage building of 9 x 12. Well almost ...but truly is because the grandchildren are all nearby.  
We have to build a portable building here. Terry's lawn stuff and all our equipment is residing on our covered closed in back porch.  The HOA (don't have me explain that acronym because it might be hateful...)  They have continued to turn down our request for building one BELOW the fence line. It is driving me crazy at this time because it takes two hours to fill out all their forms and redo all the plans and make changes trying to meet the standards they want. Yet, we look outside our home and see all sorts of them here and there that definitely do not meet the standards... yep, they were put up without HOA approval. Following rules that many seem to ignore.   
I am beginning to see light for my studio.  I will include a shot next blog about it. I am only blogging twice a week right now because everything is still blocked and boxed. 
This was the last painting at the old house before we moved. I had been outside taking pictures of all my roses. The new owners are allowing me to take cuttings and root some for our new gardens Terry will build in the backyard over the next two to three years. It goes with all my love.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.  1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV
Be Back in a few Days!  Laurie


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24 April 2016

The Cover Up Laurie Pace Life on the Move



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Photography Cover up
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“One thing you can't hide - is when you're crippled inside.” ― John Lennon
So over the past three or four weeks we have been in a constant motion for a move. Our home sold the first day. The plan was to buy the house across the street to stay close to our kids and grandkids.  Things really never looked good on that front... not at all.  We were hit by one situation after another as the inspection revealed some major problems and the owner would not or could not fix them. We had to pray about it and decide if we could take it on realizing we were buying it as is.  Every day something else cropped up and everyday we took to our knees wondering if we should pull from the contract. Was their evil at work here or was God strengthening our resolve and testing us?


This is not a complaint blog but I will use our lesson as a lesson to you. Things are NOT always the same on the inside as the outside might portray.  Under the kitchen counter I noticed this small tear in the shelf liners that had been put down. I had been pretty impressed there was new stuff in all the drawers and cabinets. But on closer inspection as I pulled out the netted fabric in the drawers, they were filthy and marred beyond repair. The owner had chosen to 'cover' it all up and not clean it or fix it. Under the sink I decided I needed to pull up the tacky paper newly stuck down because at this little rip I could see mildew below it. 

The entire shelf was covered and into the wall by the dishwasher. Terry began treating it with bleach.  It took two 10 hour days to clean up all the cabinets and drawers in the house and reline them with shelving covers before I could bring the kitchen over.  We are still treating this area under the sink and will until it is resolved. Many of the drawers are disfigured from the contents that festered in them. Now they are clean.  
When you have heaviness or problems in your heart of spirit, they will continue to grow in the darkness eating up your life.  It is important to tend to your spirit and keep it filled with light and learn to let go of the negative ways that grow in the darkness.   Don't spend time covering up the hurt and the pain. 
This was but one roadblock.  We still have a non working garage door and a leak in the sprinkler system. ...and a list that fills a page. 
BUT you know what... in my next journal you will see the light that we found.  God's light pure and simple.  Until later... blessings, Laurie
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10 NIV 


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20 April 2016

What is beauty? Contemporary Iris painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 10 x 30 Sold   Oil on Canvas.
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“True beauty is a ray That springs from the sacred depths of the soul, and illuminates the body, just as life springs from the kernel of a stone and gives colour and scent to a flower.” ― Rumi
What is true beauty?   I remembered a quote from Kahlil Gibran “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” How right this rings in my heart.  I am blessed with many friends of such great beauty. One of my older friends is my heart sis "Jan".  She is my go to mentor for everything and anything. I respect and love her and look to her as she leads her life as my example of a gracious true beauty.  We have a bond that grew early in our friendship from many common things in our background.  She is a believer and walks the life giving and serving. She lights up not just the room, but the lives of her family and friends.  

Another "true Beauty friend" is a very new friend, Kathy Cousart, a fellow painter.  We have known of each other for years through the internet, but never really talked or met till recently. But my heart recognized her heart immediately. We found a great joy between us with our common belief in God and our gift of art given by our Father.  We both are givers in life and our personalities are to serve others. We take life by heart.  Kathy's light shines brightly... she is beautiful inside and out. 

There are many more, but my point being was to share one of my oldest friends and one of my newest friends and how their beauty runs to the core of their being. God's light shines through them and on to the people they encounter in life. Look around you... there are lights beaming from so many people you know.  God's light.  God's love.  

"This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all." 1 John 1:5

Laurie


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17 April 2016

The Large Gathering... There is a time. Contemporary Abstract Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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The Large Gathering   Sold  Oil on Canvas.
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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV)” 

I did a series of maybe four of these almost ten years ago.  Where has the time gone?  During those ten years time took me through all of those things in the Bible verse above. Right now this week there are changes in life as we move from 3200 sq feet down to about 1900 sq feet.  A time to regroup. A time to give up lifetimes of 'junk' and clear the way for new things to happen in our lives. Call it a time to let go. A time to open up our hearts to God.  Really with the Time to keep and a time to throw away.    

I do not think there is anything I can do to separate Terry from a huge load of boxes and stuff he continues to carry around through each move... attic to attic... dust to dust.   Me... went through my music and did away with some, but some of the sheet music I have played as favorites since 1967.  But gone are 95% of my books. Gone is my sewing table and all my guilting things, but a few.  All my teaching things are gone as well within the past two years.  Culling down. A time to throw away.  Soon to be gone will be more of my art stuff.  Time for life and a time for family. A time for life and not for computers or TVs. There is now time for everything under the sun.  

Prepare for the Gathering... There is at time for it too! 

Laurie


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13 April 2016

Cherry Trees and Love... Abstract Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 24 x 30 SOLD  Oil on Canvas.
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“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” ― Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

If it's gotta be love, it's gotta be God.  God is love and love is God. God's love involves sacrifice, gifts, and unconditional acceptance and love. There is no way one human can love another like God loves us.  God's love is deeper than intense affection or physical attraction. It is something as humans we cannot fully grasp. God's love transcends the human definition of love to a point that is hard for us to comprehend. It is not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn't love us because we're lovable or because we do things that make Him feel good; He loves us purely because He is pure unconditional love. He created us to have a loving relationship with Him, and He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore that relationship.

"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."  1 John 4:8

Laurie

Happy Birthday to my 'little' brother!  Today is indeed a day of love.  I remember the day he was born...and all the wonderful times in between until now.  



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10 April 2016

Be Like Water Making its Way Through Cracks... Equine Art, Contemporary Abstract Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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 Watering Hole, Meeting Friends, Crested Butte
Size: 32 x 48  Oil on Canvas.
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“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. 
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ― Bruce Lee
This is one of those... it was NOT like water running through the cracks.  I was too assertive at the canvas and the spirit of the painting did not thrive.  Scrapped it ...and it is large large... 32 x 48.  Used four large tubes of Holbein Duo Oils. Plus at least eight other tubes on the background alone.  Then I had painted a large horse in the midst of it...striking and strong. That was until I snapped a photo and took it into Photoshop and it just did not look like the same horse on the easel before me.  So the knife went to work.. pulling all the colors from the strong horse into waves and movements across the canvas. The paint became like water making its way through the strong horse and overcoming it slowly by passing over it and through it. The painting became formless...shapeless and running off the canvas.  
From this 'mess' of freedom came another watering hole painting. This one is in Crested Butte. Five ponies... stopping for refreshment.  The water still running through them as the paint retains its freedom on the canvas.
God runs through each of us in the same way... constantly throughout the day and night. He seeps through our cracks to our heart. He finds the way around our struggles and washes them away. He gently ebbs through the maze of pain we pile within.  Take a breath and hold it. Then release it with a WOOSH noise.  Feel the tension leaving? That is God flowing through you.
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.  1 Corinthians 2:12
Laurie

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