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21 September 2018

Magic Moment . Getting Engaged . Pop Art . Laurie Justus Pace



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Magic Moment  SOLD  Oil on Canvas.
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“I'm yours forever--forever and ever. Here I stand; I'm as firm as a rock. If you'll only trust me, how little you'll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.”  Henry James

They sent me an engagement photo was so much fun to paint it with pop art flavor! They wanted black and white but I suggested a tiny bit of flavor and it worked!!!  Sheer joy.  One of the best times and the best remembered time.

Do you remember when you were engaged? Terry proposed on a sailboat as we were heading into a sunset.  Cannot get much more romantic than that. Share with me your memories. 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—” Ephesians 2:8 


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20 September 2018

Aunt Mary at Cousin Anne's Wedding . Portrait Pop Art by Texas Artist Laurie Justus Pace



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Aunt Mary at Cousin Anne's Wedding  SOLD  Acrylic on Canvas.
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“I want to be inside your darkest everything”  Frida Kahlo
I decided to share my pop art collection right now. I am painting but only on one painting of a cowboy that I graduated from High School with. It is realism and dang, it takes 100 hours to paint a 16 x 20 where as in abstract painting it would be 5-8 hours.
Frida painted every emotion but thrived with the pain and suffering she endured in her relationships and in life. I ask my son if he thought people could be addicted to being in pain because of needing attention. Hard to explain but can you be a victim and then use that in getting attention? When you always feel beat down and you feel sorry for yourself, and you use your hurt to gain sympathy and you might think it will get you love, but I do not think so.
Relationships are multifaceted. They can be filled with joy and love one minute and then hit by despair and loneliness the next. I once read a book about our mirrors we push up in front of us facing the mirror outward as if we try to hide what is there inside of us and what people see in us. Like wearing a mask. We have all met people that put on a mask and may laugh and go about like life is wonderful and inside they are hurting and falling apart. Or you might have experienced the Chameleon effect that people become who they think you need them to be. People can be self destructive just literally crying out for a kindness and yet they did not know how to open their heart and their hands to accept anything.
We always try to protect our egos. Sometimes it is easy to self bash, and sometimes it is easier to think ‘better than thou’. Friendships, relationships, man and wife, girlfriend to girlfriend, boyfriend to boyfriend and every mix in between…they are all unique.
Relationships ALWAYS take time invested by both people. They take effort to maintain and you will find times of unhappiness with the other person. You have to learn not to react. One of my favorite articles is with Psychology Today. Terry and I have learned not to react if the other is angry. Hard to do, but it is a must. Enjoy the read. It is a good one.
Ezekiel 13:22 “For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!

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19 September 2018

Amina - Portrait Pop Art 2006 by Texas Artist Laurie Pace "Decisions"





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Sold  Acrylic on Canvas.
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“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”  Oscar Wilde . ** This painting was in acrylic and one of a series I did in pop art in about 2005-2007.

I have been traveling to Chicago and back and busy and simply not stopping by to share work or a even a thought. I was prepared to share more about my contemplations and my decision- but another challenge brought me to a full halt in life. Just when you believe you have made a decision you have prayed over for almost a year, something else rears up and knocks you backwards.

Meanwhile, I will try to be more present in sharing my thoughts again. I have blogged at here for over 12 years. Up until 2016, i posted 6-7 days a week without missing a beat. Since 2011- I have had many visitors, so much that I am closing in on one million. I have decided to see this through and be present again here on this blog. These often short term decisions have a long lasting echo effect in our daily existence.

Our decisions in life are constant. Some are simple short decisions and others are seeded deeply and need to be tended before the answer comes to fruition. Often short term decisions can have long lasting effects on our lives. It could be something like eating when stressed, grabbing those chips, soda or plate of cookies and realizing six months later you have gained 45 pounds, which in turn will affect your health and your daily outlook longterm. Or, it could be a decision to go out and party, and on the way home there is an accident and lives are lost.

Then there are always heart decisions. Those are about others we love or even ourselves. Love and responsibility weigh in on these. We learn in life it should not be "all about me" but in turn serving and putting others first in your life.

The job decisions or vacation decisions are always tough. Job decisions could affect you for a short term or a lifetime. Vacation decisions are rare in most lives, with the cost of travel and hotels, it takes a strong income to do it. My dad would always advise making a list of pros and cons.

Sometimes, just like me, many of us prolong a decision. I kept thinking things would change in my situation and the universe would align once again. When you prolong deciding things you often spend too much time overthinking everything. I read somewhere that a small delay in making a decision could improve the quality of your choice.

Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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09 April 2018

Deep Cleaning Seasonal and Daily Monday Cleaning with Laurie Pace



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Monday Morning Cleaning Hints
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“We make such messes in this life, both accidently and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn't really make anything any neater. It just masks what is below. It's only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.” Sarah Dessen

This is the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes, wash our clothes...every Monday morning.

 Deep-cleaning comes with the seasons. 

Our grandmothers did not work outside the home often,  but they kept a calendar for everything. 


  • Twice a year, wash those windows. That is usually late Sept or October to wash off the dust and grime of the hot summer winds, and then again in April or early May to wash off the rains and snows of winter.  That still works today. So many of us do not realize how dirty the windows are, and that is inside and outside.
  •  At the same time you wash those windows, change the furnace filters. Well, that is what Grandma did, but we really need to change our inside house filters quarterly or monthly. When you have seasonal allergies once a month is the best.
  •  Once a year purge that closet. I actually do it twice a year.  When I move the winter to the back of the closet and the summer to the front.  Keep clothes you like and wear but do not keep things you stare at saying, "Maybe next time I can wear this."  I am the WORST about hanging onto thing I will never wear.  

When I lost about 40 pounds I had to purge my closet.  At first I hung on to the comfy jeans that brought me through that seven year heavy season of my life.  I was down three sizes. Finally this last winter, I purged the jeans and rewarded myself with four pair of stretch skinny leg jeans for studio and fun... three comfy boot cut jeans with embroidered flowers taking me back to the sixties and high school...and lastly some regular leg cut wear anywhere jeans, some with holes and ragged and others just neatly pressed. (The all came from Grace in LA.  I have never been able to wear jeans this comfortable and long enough for my 36 inch inseam!) I wear them daily and never have before.

So whatever the list is for you, make it part of your calendar and do it.
  

 Deep-cleaning comes daily in your spiritual life.


Of course I firmly believe in deep cleaning in my life daily with my conversations with God. We all tend to carry a lot of rocks in our pockets we pick up every day.  If we are not careful, they are still in our pockets when we wake up for the day....and after so many days you are overburdened and beat down by the weight.  

John 1 :29 "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"


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08 April 2018

Transforming our Worlds... I did it on a Contemporary Abstract Nude to a Contemporary Abstract Horse Painting.



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Two Together Always Size: 30 x 40  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” JK Rowling

This is the final contemporary horse painting, Two Together Always!

  I pulled up the dark values for a navy couch and I softened the stark white with Brilliant Yellow.  This is a gift for a treasured heart that loved a small 9 x 12 painting that is similar.  I wanted to catch the flavor in the larger piece. 

I feel like I came pretty close and I hope it will be loved and enjoyed where it is going. 

I could not have done it without Juxtapose on the foundation.  I guess we all transform several times in our lifetime.  Circumstances and people and our belief system seem to change with time.  

I have weathered some storms, but come out stronger and I believe this painting has done the same thing. 

Hebrews 9:27-28  "Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,  so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him."

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07 April 2018

Transforming your world . . . I am transforming my painting.



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 Size: 30 x 40  Oil on Canvas. Painting in Progress
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“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.”  JK Rowling

Imagine a World Where . . .

Slowly the figure began to disappear.  What was in mind was a larger version of a painting from four years ago... a small 12 x 12.  When I was approached for a print of the 12 x 12 LARGE... I knew it could not be done, but I also knew I had the color needed on Juxtapose and it was time for a transformation.  

Can you even imagine a world where your feelings and mindset did not control your behaviors? A world where each of us took responsibility for our actions? Where each of us learned to persevere in the face of hardships, danger and challenges in order to make a longtime dream a reality?  How about a world where you learn to NOT be the victim of others criticism and abuse?

What can you control in your life?  You can control your thoughts, the images you visual in your head when you are thinking and the actions you take in life. That translates into the need to be positive and think positive thoughts.  Visualize successful outcomes for your actions and choices, and always act and speak in a positive manner. This is life changing... transforming. 

Since I was a little girl, I found joy in taking on projects or challenges and finding ways to solve them or complete them.  I had a mental list of what was expected of me, and from there I relied on God, prayer and action. There were storms and falls along the way, but the one thing I learned from my parents was perseverance. Secondly, ALWAYS thinking of others and how my actions would or could affect others. Challenges were always opportunities ti grow. 

Then came the desire to teach (planted by God) and using so many of my life experiences to inspire my students to believe in themselves and not worry about what others think...but to focus on the moment and never do harm to others. Facilitating growth in another human being is the greatest feeling ever.  Watching my art students grow, go off the college and become art teachers or even just teachers, was amazing. 

We should always encourage and inspire others to reach beyond what they believe they are capable of.  It is our responsibility to make the world a better place. 

So tomorrow you can see the completion of Juxtapose transforming.  

James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. who does not change like shifting shadows." 


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06 April 2018

Transforming and Creating Contemporary Art ... Juxtapose to Horses with Laurie Justus Pace Contemporary Horses



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 Size: 30 x 40 Oil on Canvas. Transforming Juxtapose
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Transforming and Creating Contemporary Art 

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” C. G. Jung

So this painting is no longer.  It was transformed and you will see the process over the next few days.  

A reason . . . A purpose . . . and A need.  Sometimes you finish a painting and you love it. It is part of you and the creative process on Juxtapose was a tremendous growth for this artist. Then taking time off from the easel over the last three months going in opposite directions has been like trying different shoes on till you come back to the perfect comfortable pair.

Comfort is something we all seek in our lives.  One of the things I remember struggling with in my younger years was finding true comfort in my relationship with God.  Sometimes it is easy to feel like we turn to him more when we are needy, someone is sick or dying, or there is a crisis. To feel like He is your closest friend, your dearest love, the one you can turn to in the every way because He loves you unconditionally and knows your thoughts before you do... is to know God. The relationship between you and God will transform you. 

James 4:8 "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."


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Laurie Justus Pace Contemporary Texas Artist

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