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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 Pace
A Texas Artist 


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05 April 2018

Moonlighting... the Double Life, Challenges that fragment us! Laurie Justus Pace



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Dawn's Early Light  Sold  Size:30 x 40 Oil on Canvas.
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“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

My double life as web designer and artist seem to be stretched to the limit right now.  I love doing both but my journaling always seems to take too much time.  Are you stretched to the limit? I am. So I know I am not wanding by moonlight... I am usually sleeping.  

This week has had it's challenges with things arising almost every morning. Monday we missed breakfast.  Oh Man.. my stomach was not happy. We always eat a big lunch dinner at two so here it was coming on 11 am and my body was in protest.  Tuesday we gulped down our oatmeal trying to entice the two year old that join us for breakfast to a chair at the table. He turned he nose up at home made carrot cake.  Go figure.  But we got him to school on time.  Later that day we had our youngest granddaughter, age 3, over for a picnic lunch on the back porch.  Then the next day on Wednesday... we got  up to a sick puppy.  It was not pleasant what happened in her kennel that night and it smelled even worse that morning. So she is on rice and chicken for a few days.  I told the vet I had not cooked meat/poultry or fish in my kitchen... we are whole foods plant based... and my stomach protested as I had to prepare her food yesterday. I obsessively cleaned the counters and the sink three times to safely rid it of the chicken.

So who knows what today will bring. I told Terry yesterday I felt fragmented.  Pulled in too many directions.  BUT I know 95% of the time that I stop and recognize that I have to give the day to God and allow him to lead me through it. SO, that is what is happening today! 

Have a fabulous Thursday.

Matthew 21:9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”



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A Texas Artist 


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02 April 2018

Old School ... Best Way Ever. Cleaning on Mondays with Laurie Pace



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Monday Cleaning
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“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  John Lennon

Remember the simple days?  Remember when school was a place you loved to go to learn and see your friends?  Your teacher was kind and knowledgeable  and life seemed simple?

Well, I feel that way about products in our lives.  School has become a marathon and the amount of dangerous cleaning products fill the shelves of our stores.  When I go to Home Depot and look at cleaning supplies there are massive shelves filled with products we should not even have in our homes.  What happened to the Keep it Simple Sweetie days?

The shelves are filled with dangerous chemicals but they will clean your home and might even polish you off at the same time.  What did your grandmother use?  I still use Murphy's oil on many things.  My furniture and sometimes on my floors. I keep Old English on standby for scratches, both a light and dark version. I also discovered Milsek products.  They have been around since 1914. Milsek Website.   They have furniture polish and multi purpose cleaner, Stainless Steel cleaner, Leather cleaner, Antique Restoration with lemon oil and Gun Stock and Barrel cleaner.  What more could you want? 

You can have floors, cabinets and more all clean without bad chemicals.  Another old favorite is Bon Ami on pots and pans. But, I remember my grandmother cleaning with baking soda. We used it as a toothpaste and she used it to scrub pots and pans, the sink and the stove itself.

John 14 :15 “If you love me, keep my commands."



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A Texas Artist 


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31 March 2018

Been on your knees lately? Western Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace




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Rocky Mountain Sunrise  SOLD  Oil on Canvas.
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“the moment you don't feel like praying, get on your knees. And the moment you don't feel like reading your Bible, you'd better get that Book open.” Lori Wick Where the Wild Rose Blooms

Flashback Saturday.  Although I have started a new painting, I am not ready to share it.  This is another painting that was totally a different subject horizontal. In fact it was wolves... big faces. It just did not make me smile so I flipped the canvas vertical and began scrapping and mixing things up.  That is where you get the best paintings.  It went to Mirada Fine Art in Denver and it sold pretty quick. 

Mix things up a bit and see what life brings you. Oh wait... you do not need to do that, God takes care of it all. Just remember he is there with you always.

John 14:6 "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. "


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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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© Graphics One Design 2018

Laurie Justus Pace Contemporary Texas Artist

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