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20 January 2017

Some Poems Don't Rhyme . . . Progress painting Contemporary Horse Painting by Laurie Pace



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Size: 36 x 36   Oil on Canvas.
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“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.   Delicious Ambiguity.” ― Gilda Radner

When I begin a painting, I really have no idea where it is going to go. Something’s have to come out of me unplanned or the process loses the spontaneity that I see on the canvas. There is never a clear shot of a beginning, a middle or an end. I always hold high hopes that there will be. Allowing the painting to own its direction and me not control it, always produces the best paintings.

It was really exciting to get back in the studio and work in this week. I spent two days cleaning up the studio so I felt good going in and actually working. You can see from the picture that I posted above in that small area below, there is a small sketch that if I am working from on the painting.   Because I am working on a square canvas, I chose to do a light grid on the sketch and then some light grid lines on the larger canvas.  I like to remain very loose as I sketch on the larger canvas from the small sketch.   It gives the opportunity for the paining to take on its own personality if it has a nice and loose sketch on the surface. From this point I will begin to decide on the colors throughout the composition and whether I am using a knife or a brush to create this piece. 

It seems no to matter how hard I try to tame my colors; I am simply addicted to brighter hues.  As I begin to paint, I kept thinking the background would stay dark and I chose to go with the Navy hues, some purple and mauve hues toned down by ice blue and some greys.   The important thing was to keep my colors balanced on the surface and maintain the freedom that I saw in the horses.  My next journal post will share my progress as I add the colors to the surface. 

“Can both freshwater and saltwater flow from the same spring?” James 3:12

Laurie


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18 January 2017

A Work Still in Progress Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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 Size: 30 x 30 Sunlight Play  Oil on Canvas.
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“It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Well, I ended up tinkering on this painting this weekend. I thought I had it finished when I posted it last week showing the piece. As you can see, I went back in and added a little bit of accents with black as well as lighting up the snow.

 Now that the new year has started, Terry and I are back working on projects in the house. I can hear his hammer going right now as I am typing this blog.  He has been busy in the kitchen finishing up touch up work with paint and with back soon this week working on the cabinets. We are adding new backsplash, painting the cabinets a soft off-white, and replacing the hardware. He finished one set of upper cabinets about two months ago but with the baby here it was impossible to work further on them. I just checked and the pounding is the ripping out of the old backsplash!

 I believe most people call this a work in progress. That is why I chose the quote from J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings. “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.“ There are many times in life we stay in the safe area of our thinking of what to do or what not to do. There are so many challenges out there that we seem to miss her do not take advantage of.  If you have a boat, what good is it if it’s tied up at the shoreline?  If you have a life, what good is it if you don’t use it and live it it’s fullest?

This past year I have found myself not wanting to go into my studio. If I do not go the the room, I will never start of finish the paintings that are in my heart and my head. As we lost the responsibility of taking care of our grandson, I have found my heart open to return to my studio.  This past week and was no exception.  I cannot wait to share some of the work that I have been working on this week.  

Our lives are a work in progress... make sure you are still actively participating.

“For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,” Luke 14:29


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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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