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23 February 2017

I was better after I cried . . . Abstract Figurative Painting in Progress by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 3 x 4 ft  Painting in Progress  Oil on Canvas.
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“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before--more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

You can see by the photo today I am wound tight on painting... slightly more to the realistic than I do anymore.  I know by where I am today that I have to go a different direction soon.  The problem is when I did, I went SO FAR the other direction, I did not take pictures. The process overtook me and in a way left me working not even aware of the need to record the process. 

In life when you are caught up in something that has wrapped your attention totally up in the working and learning, you often lose track of time and people. I did not cry and feel better, but maybe I did on the way.  I had to get this process out of my system and not be afraid to do it. This is the point where I load my large paintbrush with a mix of damar varnish, turpentine and liquin and mix it with some color and wash the entire canvas... yes, even over the figure I just painted. I became aware of everything around me and immediately felt the peace as I painted out two days of work. Let the rain fall. Let the painting grow. 

"Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants." Deuteronomy 32:2


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22 February 2017

Rain grows flowers, not thunder . . . Figurative Abstract Painting in Progress by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 3 x 4 ft Painting in Progress  Oil on Canvas.
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“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

This is the beginning . . .  I had the perfect picture of Lady L in her raincoat and with this new painting, the idea of her being a part of the entire piece. It was begun without thought to destination and only the journey of the moment I was in painting.

God provides the seasons for us to grow. With it comes the sunshine and the rain and the gentle winds. Before he created you, he knew you. He knew what gifts you would have, your strengths, your weaknesses and he created you to be apart of this beautiful world.  You were created to use those gifts in service to others, not in service to yourself. I stay in amazement at what he has brought forth within me, and the new things I discover daily. There seems to be times some gifts fade and others bloom forth.  

Always remember your words, actions and opinions make and shape the lives of those that receive them.  One smile does wonders.  One positive stroke of encouragement can put forth a new creation or invention.  You are the gentle rain in the lives of those you touch... encourages and nurturing.

 "The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none." Deuteronomy 28:12


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19 February 2017

Silence is strength. Sunset Photography by Laurie Pace



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“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

This was the sunset the night before we moved from Lake Cypress Springs to our home in DFW area in March 2013.  We left a life behind that we do miss. . . of living in the country and having God's beauty surrounding us constantly.  We left the lake to be closer to our grandchildren and unfortunately the mold on the trees at the lake were affecting me to the point of massive headaches five days out of seven and total sinus failure.  Sometimes the most beautiful things in life can be dangerous for you. (That is true in relationships as well.)  

This beauty is a constant reminder of the three precious years we lived in Mount Vernon, Texas at Lake Cypress Springs. God continues to bring to us beautiful sunsets where we live, we just need to get out of our house and sit and enjoy them more.  We do not have the trees, the lake and the privacy, but God is present right here too. His beauty is silently surrounding us and nurturing us.

Where is the silent powerful strength in your life?

 "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5


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11 February 2017

Do You Build Walls or Bridges? Landscape Painting Bridge by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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“No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

I have a simple question this morning . . . do you build more walls or bridges in your life?

Most people are not in the middle... they do one or the other.  It is a choice we all make if we form walls or barriers or if we build bridges to cross and meet others.

While it is true, we all need our space and boundaries set in our lives, but do we need to erect a wall to do this?  I know in my life I often need a spiritual wall of protection or for meditation and prayers.  It is my space and for me it is divine. No bricks, mortar, wood or stones. 

The walls I am talking about are the walls be build around ourselves fueled by fear, lack of forgiveness or just wanting to hole away and put up a defense. Those walls that isolate you. The taller you make these walls, the longer it takes to climb back over them.  If you build enough walls in life, it makes it impossible to even get to God and heaven.  

A bridge is built to open a path to the other side. To span and connect two places. It is not easy. The strength and muscles needed to build a bridge to hold up under all 'weight' creates thought, discipline, strong muscles and faith... and is often filled with times of trials to make it safe and secure. Bridges are built with faith and humility, wisdom, fortitude, knowledge, acceptance and community. They are built with others in mind to connect.

"So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last." Matthew 20:16


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09 February 2017

Happiness Is . . . Figurative Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace




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“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz

Happiness is yours. It says so by our Founding Fathers.  In America we have "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".   Do you have it?

Happiness is yours ONLY if you chose it to be yours.  It seems elusive at best, but it truly is there you just have to look at things differently.  

We cannot control circumstances around us.  We cannot control outcomes. I know in our Bible study it spoke about control and circumstances. God has this... He really does. We tend to get into mindsets that things can only be one way and when we do, we are clearly cutting God out of the situation and our life. 

The first step in finding it is realizing you cannot control circumstances and you should not take responsibility for circumstances that are out of your control. You can only control YOURSELF... not anyone else. You control how you act and react to things in your life. Choose HAPPINESS. 

A sorority sister and a sister for life, Melanie once told me the importance as you live your life is not living it just for you but for a legacy. We cannot be self-absorbed and be that ME generation that is growing up right now. Live for the betterment of others. Surround yourself with good friends and develop deep relationships with them. Keep your finances in order.  Do no harm. Look for the best in every situation and person.

"To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26


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08 February 2017

Twilight Fell . . . Flower Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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“Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This was a painting probably from 2007 maybe or even 2006.  I love the freedom and  the relaxed brushwork in the painting.  It was time for a throwback this week. 

The color purple has always been a favorite in my home... in various shades of violet to the deepest of eggplant.  Purple embodies the balance between the stimulation of warm red and cool blue.  This can cause unrest or uneasiness for some people because it is not easily defined as cool or hot. In history the mystic of the color has royal qualities and is often loved by creative people and by young girls. 

Here are some tidbits this morning:  Read more at Sensational Color.


  • In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husband's death.
  • The purple in the US Military Purple Heart represents courage. 
  • A man with the rank of Roman Emperor was referred to as "THE PURPLE" ... a name that came from the color of the robe he wore.  
  • In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.
  • Purple was the royal color of the Caesars. Julius and Augustus Caesar, both decreed that only the emperor could wear purple. When Nero became Emperor, the wearing of purple was punishable by death! Laster years the works who made the Imperial Purple worked for the Emperor. Then magistrates were allowed to wear togas decorated with purple ribbons. 
  • In pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian form of egg dying, purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience and trust.
  • Purple denotes virtue and faith in Egypt.
  • In tudor Britain, violet was the color of mourning, as well as the color of religious fervor.
  • Purple is representative of 'pride' in Christianity.
  • In Christianity, purple is associated with Advent and Lent.
  • Catholic Priests wear purple vestments before performing Reconciliation.
  • Purple was the color of the first dye made by man. It was called Mauveine and was made out of coal tar.  1856
  • Purple represents Jupiter
  • Leonardo Da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of a stained glass. 


My Tidbit this morning: In Exodus you find the word purple in 26 different verses.  

"The sash was made of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn—the work of an embroiderer—as the LORD commanded Moses."  Exodus 39:29


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05 February 2017

Are you Awake or Dreaming? Contemporary Horse Painting by Laurie Pace



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The Clearing  Size: 36 x 48  Oil on Canvas.
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“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

This is one of those quotes you need over your bathroom mirror when you get up each morning. It is too easy to look outside of ourselves and busy ourselves with 'things' and avoid facing reality. Living to grasp life at its fullest is rare these days. Too much time distracted by computers, phones and ipads. No longer do we consider face to face conversations valuable, or handwriting a letter. Even in our schools they are NOT teaching handwriting. It has become a lost art. 

I have begun to wonder about civility. With the stormy year past of 2016, I have watched family relationships and friendships fall to the wayside without thought to the loss. Words fly on FB like harsh lashing debates and echoes of ME ME ME.  No civility, no humanity, no consideration and no love.  Everyone ones to be heard as their hate echos through empty halls where no one listens anymore.  We choose what we let in our lives and our hearts. 

There is another quote I will slide in here that i love.

“Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.”― Karen Armstrong

Seems to really apply to the reason of this painting. The Calm after the Storm.  When you examine your heart you face reality. You have choices on your actions and words as you go forward. Do you carry the storm with you?

 "Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy." Proverbs 12:20. 



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A Texas Artist 


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