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20 December 2014

Horse 88 The Rising Star in the Heavens Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace

Rising Star in the Heavens  ©Laurie Pace 2014
The Rising Star in the Heavens


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 Size: 8 x 8  Oil on Canvas Panel.
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Intense layering of colors with contrast and energy created the composition in The Rising Star in the Heavens.  The horse's face is bathed in white as he raises his head level with the canvas edge. The colors of the horse reflect the royal color of purple. Horse 88... only 12 more to go!

Saturday... time is flying past this week and Christmas is less than a week away. Terry and I are blessed to live so close to family again.  Plans are in place to share time with as many family members as we can gather together where ever we can gather.  

Often holidays stretching from the sugary Halloween through the overeating of Thanksgiving and the pre holiday festivities of parties leaves us tired and spiritual barren.  When you live your life from moment to moment or party to party, you lose the spiritual beauty of the season. What better time is there for a spiritual re-birth than Christmas?  Time to slow down...breath.
Laurie
"But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God." Luke 1:30
#thespiritualofchristmas #horsepaintings  


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19 December 2014

Horse 87 Filly on the Run, Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace

Horse 87 Filly on the Run

  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 8 x 8  Oil on Canvas Panel.
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The excitement has to be building somewhere in your life. If you are not celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or other things, you have to at least have some holiday spirit rubbing off.  The malls are incredibly packed so we are staying away from those stores... making basic stops at Whole Foods when they open at seven each morning.  Less coughers and sick people out sharing their merries. Most of you get a holiday for sure.   My husband was a mechanic with American Airlines... he worked ALL holidays.  All these years we had Christmas Eve together and we had a late Christmas Day dinner.   With him retired almost every day is a holiday... we are home together and we celebrate the joy of the coming day every morning.  

The cooler weather is crisp and sunny again, although rain is in the forecast today. Makes you want to take a walk or enjoy being outside.  That is what inspired this Filly on the Run painting. Going to the Fletchers Ranch and shooting images of the horses at dawn with the sun rising in the east... the light fog off the ground and the horses stirring out of the barn. Once the sun is up full you can capture wonderful shots of them playing together in the pasture. Can't say I ever saw the cows playing, but the horses do!  What do you enjoy doing when it is sunny crisp and cold?

If you have not picked up a Bible lately, you might want to do it now. Turn to Luke. He really captures the Christmas Story.  In the first verses : 
"Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,  just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.  With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,  so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught."   Luke 1:1-4    
We know that Luke was a learned man and a physician.  We do not know who Theophilus is that he seems to be writing to. I found a few explanations here.   I will share some verses of the Christmas story from today forward.  Prepare your heart. 

#horsepaintings  #christmasjoy #contemporaryhorsepaintings


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18 December 2014

Horse 86 Sunrise, Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



Sunrise

  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 9 x 12  Oil on Canvas Panel.
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Horse 86... I have 14 more to go and today is the 18th... there are not 14 days left this year. I will paint them all this year but some will post the first week of January.  I am also busy painting some large paintings for a new gallery in La Jolla, California. More as the website becomes live. Meanwhile enjoy SUNRISE, Horse 86.  

Can you imagine the glorious sunrise the morning after Jesus was born? From the descriptions in the Gospels, the night he was born there was glory all around from the stars to the manager.  Having given birth three times myself, I cannot even imagine Mary doing this alone with Joseph and feeling up to all that happened around her over the next weeks.  I wanted alone time to bond with each of my babies, but I guess she knew this was a special child. Adding that in on top of her first time to give birth and she had a lot going on in that dirty stable. 

So the inspiration for this painting was the morning after... the glorious sunrise that greeted the couple and the newborn babe.   Keep the joy alive in your heart and home as we head into the weekend ahead.
#morningafter  #sunrisemorning  #horsepaintings  #lauriepacehorses

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17 December 2014

Christmas Countdown... and I am loving it! Laurie Pace




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Jonathan's Ornament
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I am LOVING the days of preparation and celebration this Christmas. I appreciate every single one to the fullest, from the moment I wake to when I lay my head to sleep.  I am stopping to smell the pine tree, the cinnamon sticks and bask in the joy of this incredible season. 

Make sure you stock up on your Elderberry and take a spoonful every day.

Last year at this time I was sick.  I had contracted bronchitis from an older sharing gentleman at Whole Foods who stopped by our table while we were having lunch with Lady L and complimented her manners. Then he walked away and as he did he began the deepest most congested cough I have heard in years.  Terry grabbed Lady L and left me to grab the food as we tried to miss the explosive coughing that continued. I even debated calling 911 for the gentleman. 

It took about two days and I began that dry tickle cough and in two more days it was bad.  It would be the middle of February before I began feeling well enough to even venture outside our house. Never had fever but I was sick.  The flu raged outside the walls of our home in our community...but I stayed home with my nasty case of Bronchitis.  A good friend was home sick newly pregnant and chasing an active seven year old. She had basically the same thing.  We spent our days texting and occasionally talking via phone when we were not coughing. I prayed her through and she prayed me through. She did deliver a healthy little boy and she is enjoying this year over last... but we are both remembering over two months of fighting this viral disease. 

I guess I am sharing this to ask you NOT to go out if you are ill. Do not take your children out if they are sick.  Do not think when you are sick and feeling better that you should go out and share the joy of what you had because you do not know if you are still contagious.   

Some of you that follow my blog know we lost a grandson in Feb 2007 after he contracted something from a 'sharing' person that should have not been out in public. Grant was 11 years old. We just celebrated the joy of those 11 years remembering him on his birthday last week.  He would have been 18 this month had he not fallen sick.   The virus he contracted was deadly.

May your week be blessed with the joys of the holiday you celebrate. Know I am thanking God every single day for the blessing of his Son, my family, our health, our nation and our troops.
Laurie

"stayhomeifyouaresick   #donotspreadthegerms  #jesusisthereasonfortheseason


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16 December 2014

Grazing Days... Horse Painting by Laurie Pace T'is the Season to be Grazing.



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 9 x 12  Oil on Canvas Panel.
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Grazing Days is available here on this website. Click Here to see details. You can see details on the painting. The light is a bit off but the layering is evident.

The one thing I have to remind you of... grazing days ahead. Tis the season to be grazing...or is that gaining?  The most troubling part of this holiday is the ease of gaining 5 extra pounds because you are grazing on so much rich food. Colors are stimulating you. Food choices are stimulating you.  The frenzy of the holiday is stimulating you.  And if none of that is happening, you might be home in bed like I was last year. I am trying so hard to avoid crowds and places I should not be. I spent over two months with bronchitis last year that began Dec 14th... and lasted well into February. Watch where you graze and who prepared what.

We are literally surrounded by food, so keep some fruit handy or small carrots and celery. Smart grazing ahead.

Laurie
#grazingdays #tistheseasontobegrazing #lauriepace #horsepaintings #100horsepaintings2014


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15 December 2014

A Race to the End... Abstract Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 8 x 10  Oil on Canvas Panel.
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Every year we begin our year making new year's resolutions.  Here I am Dec 15th and I am struggling to meet my last one, which was 100 small paintings in 2014. I have done this back in 2012 when I did 100 in one hundred consecutive days. I learned not to promise that again, but I did want to continue to offer small paintings for collectors to afford.  

I have been invited to a new gallery, The La Jolla Gallery, opening in La Jolla CA and I am presently working on a body of work to ship. They are doing their hard opening January 16th and they have asked for four large pieces which means my mind is there and not thinking about the last 15 small pieces in the last 15 days of this year.  It is a race to the end.  I am in preparation.

Some of you are probably racing to the end on Holiday shopping.  I started mine last Feb so I have been done awhile...altho I did just pick up one more thing at Target.com. Sometimes you see those special things for someone in your life that you just have to buy...esp when it is under $10 and will bring a smile.
A painting I did several years ago...
A painting I did several years ago...
We have been lighting our advent candles each day and reading in the gospels. The first candle was the candle of hope...the promise from God. Our Hope comes from God. “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  Romans 15:12-13 

 The Second week of advent is preparation. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD! “As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ (Luke 3:4-6)

The third candle we are lighting now is Mary's Candle, or the pink candle. The angels sang a message of JOY! “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:7-15)

Blessings to you in this third week of advent. Prepare now and rest in the knowledge that you are ready in your heart and your home.

Laurie
#adventchristmas #thirdweekadvent  #horsepaintings #lauriepace

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14 December 2014

Changing Tides...HO HO HO and NO NO NO... Contemporary Horse Painting by Laurie Pace


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Changing Tides

  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 9 x 6  Oil on Canvas Panel.
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Changing Tides is one of my newest small pieces on the website.  I am not sure I will make my full 100 small paintings promised this year... hence the HO HO HO...No No No.   
I truly believe the downturn came when I lost my HO HO HO Shirt I bought at Target last month.  You can buy this painting here on my website. Click here.
An Artist without their HO HO HO  is like a fish out of water...right?    
After a week of searching and trying to figure out where it was lost in the house, Terry encouraged me to see if Target still had one online...and guess what...THEY DID!   I now had a chance to snag another one and regain my Ho Ho's. I had taken my closet apart twice, looked in the newly moved studio thinking I might have pulled it off when we were lugging everything upstairs, and we both double checked towels and sheets to make sure it was not statically connected.  I love to paint in my fun t's and esp at loved this new Ho Ho Ho shirt.

Well Changing Tides is what is happening around here now. A new Ho HO HO shirt is coming!  It has been a rough week between moving the studio upstairs, which is STILL not totally unpacked, painting the utility room ORANGE, painting the nursery for Cutie Patootie across the street a pretty blue, building shelves for me in the new studio, connecting the TV, stereo system etc upstairs for music and news, buying a new door for the garage into the utility... that was definitely due to a non HO HO HO incident, and buying unfinished oak cabinets for the utility room to hold my art sprays and larger products and shipping tools. 

Lets "ho ho ho" over the loss of the Utility Room door.  It began when we took our old dryer and three year old washer to a neighbor that needed updates. Hers were over 20 years old..these were three and  nine years old. 

 Terry moved my car into our daughter's driveway across the street.  He locked it and we used the truck to move the washer/dryer. We got done about 9:30 and arrived back home. I went inside through the door in question... let the dog out and suddenly I heard the car alarm going off on my car. I took off dashing back outside the door in question pulling it shut like I have done thousands of times before...NOT locking it as I was on the run... saw Terry stuck in my car with the alarms shrieking and the lights blinking and I turned to go back into the house to get my key.  THAT DOOR... it was locked. It has never been locked ever. It was locked. Not sure how I got in it or how it locked as I raced out of it, but it was not budging. By this time Terry was sprinting towards me up our driveway. I looked at him miserably... "It is locked".  In a split second he did the ninja move and the door flew open and of course was shattered in the process.  

So a new heavier door is being installed with a nice deadbolt on it. Bad news, the car had to have it electronic ignition replaced (covered by warranty) but we discovered this morning it is still not working.  Cannot even begin to describe the hopeless feeling you get when you cannot start your car, open the door or the trunk.  

HO HO HO.  Can't wait till my shirt arrives!

Laurie

#hohohochristmaslaughs  #horsepaintings  #abstracthorsepaintings


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