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28 August 2016

A Garden in my Heart... Tulip Flower Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Sold 30 x 40 Oil Painting Tulips Afternoon Garden Oil on Canvas.
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“Within my heart a garden grows, wild with violets and fragrant rose. bright daffodils line the narrow path, my footsteps silent as i pass. sweet tulips nod their heads in rest; i kneel in prayer to seek Gods best. for round my garden a fence stands firm to guard my heart so i can learn who should enter, and who should wait on the other side of my locked gate. i clasp the key around my neck and wonder if the time is yet. if i unlocked the gate today, would you come in? or run away?” ― Robin Jones Gunn
One of my thoughts two summers ago was if my heart was a contained garden within a white picket fence in my backyard... how much weeding was necessary to keep my garden fresh and blooming and clear of brambles and weeds tangling into the healthy growth?  I think we all have unhealthy things in our lives and often we cling to them instead of plucking them out and discarding them. We seem to want to be entangled and just try to stay strong and bloom while the negative things are choking us out. 
This painting was a gift for a friend here in Texas.  She is a young lawyer with her life ahead of her. It is to hang in her bedroom and I wanted it to be a full garden, no weeds, and beautiful tulips blooming.  She allowed me free reign to paint what I wanted with her stipulation being tulips and coral colors.   My heart is in this piece... and it was an honor to share with you the progress this week.  
Promise me you will look at your heart garden and see what weeds need to be pulled.
Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.  Psalm 131:3
Laurie 


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27 August 2016

The Colors of Ember in the Fire Tulip Painting in Progress with Laurie Pace



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 Painting in Progress 30 x 40  Oil on Canvas.
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“But I have always thought that these tulips must have had names. They were red, and orange and red, and red and orange and yellow, like the ember in a nursery fire of a winter's evening. I remember them.” ― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
My lighting in the studio is bad. Terry has fixed it since this was taken.  But I think you can see where this painting is headed.  It is full of joy and bursting with colors... the colors of embers in a fire.  This is the feeling of color and celebration I want. Not the fire but the depth of those brilliant colors in a field of blooming tulips. 
For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. Psalm 71:5
Laurie


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26 August 2016

Not Striving to Impress... Tulip Painting in Progress Laurie Pace



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Painting in Progress 30 x 40   Oil on Canvas.
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“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way. Look at little children in kindergarten. They’re all different without trying to be. As long as they’re unselfconsciously being themselves, they can’t help but shine. It’s only later, when children are taught to compete, to strive to be better than others, that their natural light becomes distorted.” ― Marianne Williamson
Well, I wiped off the tulips that were open face on and chose to lean to the thought of a garden of tulips and not just three singled out blooms.  The light is terrible on the photo, but I am content with this direction and feel more confident that I did with the first composition.
Lessons in life... stay open for change. Change is usually not better or worse, it is change and how you adapt to it shows better or worse.  Something was not balanced for me on the first layout and this one gives me direction and purpose. Look for that as things begin to shift and change around you.
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you." Psalm 39:7
Laurie


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23 August 2016

A Drop of Honey, Fresh Rain and Tulips Flower Paintings by Laurie Pace



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2016

Painting in Progress  Oil on Canvas. 40 x 30
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“Hope.   It's like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It's a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it's the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.” ― Tahereh Mafi, Unravel M
I know with the hot summer days of August that last week was sheer relief giving me hope of cooler September nights at least. Days will still be hot, but if it cools off at night, there is hope of fall ahead.  I do not like to rush the seasons as they are rushing by quickly right now as I am getting older.  Summer will never be my favorite season.  So I am thankful for these cooler days in the eighties and accept the fact the nineties will return, but the hint of summer ending is here. 
In this painting... I began with three large open tulips. It is 30 x 40 inches in size and I am working with a transparent oil laying it out.  I know as I type this what has happened with it but will share it over three days with you because this is not what was painted.  We have to start somewhere with projects and paintings, plans and goals.  We also have to stay flexible and leave open a space for change and hope to find what is truly there.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20
Laurie


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21 August 2016

Life Full of Adventure... Come Sail with Me. Laurie Pace Sailboat Paintings.



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Sold  Oil on Canvas.
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“When you set sail for Ithaca, wish for the road to be long, full of adventures, full of knowledge.”
― Constantine P. Cavafy
August sailing...sometimes fun with a strong southern wind.  Usually very warm so you want to sail at sunrise or sunset. I like sunrise. Terry gets the boat ready just before the sun breaks the horizon and we take off on the catamaran as the wind picks up with the sunrise.  Those are special mornings.  
I pray whatever place you must "Sail" this day that there are good winds and lots of adventure. 
There the LORD will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them. Isaiah 33:21
Laurie


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19 August 2016

Your Mountain is Waiting Contemporary Western Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Rocky Mountain Pony  Size: 30 x 30    Oil on Canvas. Sold
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“You're off to Great Places!   Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!”  ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

This painting was done back in 2007.  I actually love all the colors and the strength of the presence of the horse.  It is in a private collection.  When I come across these older pieces I am often inspired to try something similar.  Have to see where that goes today! A new challenge, a new mountain to climb... are you on your way?

I hope you are climbing a new mountain to take on a new view in life or accept a new challenge. On the way up will be many things presenting themselves for you to work to overcome and some will even make you want to turn back and slide back down to the valley.  I have been there many times in life, wanting to go back to the safe security of not stepping out or climbing. If we each can persevere, there is a wonderful place  at the top of the mountain.  You can see clearly there. On the way up, God will provide plateaus for rest, just don't stay stagnant thinking you can avoid life on that plateau. Move on and rely on God to make this climb with you. Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain. Exodus 34: 2Laurie 

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17 August 2016

The River Moving in You... horse paintings by Laurie Pace



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River Crossing  Oil on Canvas. Sold 
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“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi
It has been an unusual August.  We have had our two weeks of 100-109 degree temps and suddenly this weekend a cold front blew through and this entire week will be in the eighties.  This morning we actually woke to cloudy skies and drizzle for the first time in months. It has not officially rained here in almost two months.  

SO I chose this painting to share...which speaks to me of red hot skies and trying to cool in the water that is almost like hot bath water.  Trying hard to escape the heat in Texas... we tend to fort up in our homes, with closed blinds and drapes to fight the heat that seems to permeate everywhere.
What do you do with overwhelming things?  It is truly hard not to sink into despair and feel hopeless. With this heat I just have to remember the summer of 2012 and the summer of 1980. Both were filled with more than 85 days of 100-120 degree weather.  Goes back to the old adage of look on the sunny side of life literally. 
This saying came from a song written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn with music by J Howard Entwisle. The song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter Family... and recently for younger readers featured in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou.  It was written as a Christian hymn inspired by Ada's nephew who was disabled and always wanted his wheelchair pushed down the "Sunny side of the street". 
KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE
V1  There's a dark and a troubled side of life;
There's a bright and a sunny side, too;
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.
[chorus]
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.
V2  Tho' the storm in its fury break today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear,
Storm and cloud will in time pass away,
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with a song of hope each day,
Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair;
Let us trust in our Savior always,
Who keepeth everyone in His care.
So make this week full of the sunny side of life. When those bad dark times seem to rush in, choose to cross the street and walk on the 'sunny side'. 
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
Laurie


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