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10 December 2016

Silent Night . . . Wolf Paintings, Contemporary Wildlife Paintings by Laurie Pace



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 Size: 32 x 48  Oil on Canvas.
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“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. ” 
― George Carlin

 Just a quick journal this day.  The wolves above are newly hanging at Mirada Fine Art in Denver.  Stop by and visit Steve and the staff and find some wonderful art for gifts or for your own home.

Saturdays are busy... still in preparation for celebrating the first arrival of Jesus Christ to the earth. Every morning we light our candles in our wreath and spend time in God's word seeking his strength and guidance during this time. 

The still silence of night often brings the opportunity to draw close to God and feel Him with you. Of course this is impossible here in the city, but Terry and I often reflect back to the days on the lake in the woods where the night was black and the stars seem so close you could reach out and touch them.  I never felt alone out there because God provided so much around us that kept us in amazement to his grandeur. 

 "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.  The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious."  Isaiah 11:6-10



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09 December 2016

Wonky Nose . . . Crooked Mouth . . Sunbeams of Good Thoughts Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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 Size: 20 x 20  Oil on Canvas.
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“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ― Roald Dahl

I painted Sunbeam about six weeks ago.  She is a beauty in person with thick layers of paint creating a surface of energy. This painting is available and if you are interested, CONTACT ME here and I will give you 50% off and free shipping here in the US.  It should arrive in plenty of time for Christmas. It is ready to hang with finished sides. 

 The eyes usually are the first glimpse for me into the personality.  Not sure if it is from being an artist so long and knowing how important the eyes are in doing a portrait.  The second hint of inner peace and joy with someone is how a person reacts as they meet you... with a smile and warmth or with tired acknowledgement.  I do not think I really ever notice the features that are molding the face, only the 'feelings' that shine from the heart. 

"He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;  but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist." Isaiah 11:1-10

Laurie


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07 December 2016

Trust . . . Believe . . . Follow . . . but don't be lazy. Laurie Pace Contemporary Horse Paintings



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2016

 Size: 12 x 12  Oil on Canvas. SOLD
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“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.” ― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

The 30% off sale went well this past week. The painting above, Indian Summer, was one that just left for it's new home.  If you see a painting on my website that you really really want, you need to use that CONTACT ME form on the website and tell me. I will make it happen for you. I can even get it shipped to you well before the holidays.  I might be willing to drop a little more off as well if you ask...

I laughed when I found the quote above. My Dad felt it totally important that you set your goals and you work toward them. You do trust in yourself along the way and if you set that goal you will follow to succeed in obtaining it.  Just speaking from my heart, my trust is in God and if He is in me, then yes, I trust in myself to stay the course.  We all have dreams and God even says repeatedly in His word that He wants us to have the things we desire in our hearts.  I do not believe those are 'things' to be bought, but 'things' desired on a different plane in your thinking. Hard work is something taught by example. There were no slackers in my family growing up and I am so happy to say, no slackers in my children or their spouses. Something I had hoped would reach them obviously did. Trust, Believe and Work Hard. 

Preparation plays a huge part in being successful. Anticipating the pitfalls and the hurdles ahead and meeting them straight on with the Lord at your side will provide the success in taking on the world to meet your goal.  
"Prepare the way for the Lord"

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

Laurie 


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05 December 2016

Your Fellow Human Beings . . . Mr Roger's Neighborhood



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The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci
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“At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.” ― Fred Rogers (Mr. Roger's Neighborhood)

"Leonardo da Vinci painted the fresco (wall painting), "The Last Supper," in Santa Maria delle Grazie  church in Milan in three years (1495-1498). A very interesting story is associated with this painting. At the time that Leonardo da Vinci painted "The Last Supper," he had an enemy who was a fellow-painter. Da Vinci had had a bitter argument with this man and despised him. When Da Vinci painted the face of Judas Iscariot at the table with Jesus, he used the face of his enemy so that it would be present for ages as the man who betrayed Jesus. While painting this picture, he took delight in knowing that others would actually notice the face of his enemy on Judas. As he worked on the faces of the other disciples, he often tried to paint the face of Jesus but couldn't make any progress. Da Vinci felt frustrated and confused. In time, he realized what was wrong. His hatred for the other painter was holding him back from finishing the face of Jesus. Only after making peace with his fellow-painter and repainting the face of Judas was he able to paint the face of Jesus and complete his masterpiece. Be reconciled with your fellow human beings, says today's Gospel."  SOURCE



I would have loved to have included the entire script from this page. It was via the Vatican for December 4, the second Sunday in Advent.  If you have time, read it.  It ties into the total preparation we doing this week... preparing for the celebration of Christmas, the Lord's first coming. 

"Prepare the Way of the Lord"

Romans 15:7-9

 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.  For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews[a] on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed  and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
    I will sing the praises of your name.”


Laurie
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A Texas Artist 


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04 December 2016

Preparation for the Future... Second Sunday in Advent Laurie Pace



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“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” ― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

We are only four days into December and I feel like I am behind and I have not even started.  For many trying to feel fulfilled turns into personal need or even greed...the constant need to feel satisfied.   For some unexplainable reason, we begin to think 'enough simply becomes not enough'.   Living in the United States there seems to be excess pushed with every ad on television and across social media.  We are bombarded by things that lure us into the belief that we need them.

This is a time before Christmas to be in quiet preparation, not hurried chaos. I love some of the things shared on FB where people are giving to others in need or charities in place of buying gifts for family or even for themselves.  For some reason this year, I have not felt the need to run out and shop like a crazy grandmother/mother/daughter trying to figure out what everyone wants or needs. It seems like every year I am trying to go a bit further and get a bit more.  But not this year. This year I told Terry specifically what would be a treasured small gift for my stocking and he bought it last month.  He told me two weeks ago what he wanted for his stocking and I bought it for him. So we both know, but the fun was knowing it is a treasured gift.  There will be no other gifts between us, but this small treasured 'want'.  The grandkids are getting toys, which personally I think are overrated, but we took a list and daughter Stacey helped and we bought a limited amount per grand.  As far as the 'kids'... adult children that is, we gave up the gift fiasco years ago and if anything we do the white elephant exchange.  

The pressure is off. No more six to eight rolls of Christmas Paper... massive amounts of scotch tape, ribbon and gift tags. It is so simple now.  Why did we not do this a long time ago?  

So while searching for verses to tag to this second Sunday in Advent, I did come across a phenomenal ART story tidbit to tie into this week of Preparation. Stop by tomorrow and I will share the story and the source link.  It all ties into preparation and the things that stand in the way. This second week in Advent is your time to get right with the world, your family, friends and even strangers.  Get right with God in preparation for what is ahead.

Isaiah 7:10-17   New International Version (NIV)

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”   But Ahaz said, “I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.” Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,  for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.  The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”

Laurie


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28 November 2016

30% Off through Tonight. Small Business Saturday Sale runs through Cyber Monday.



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“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” ― Maya Angelou 

ONLY THROUGH TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT


This is the first time I have ever done a sitewide sale and never have I done 30% off.  This includes paintings at my galleries as well and many are here on my site.  It started with Small Business Saturday which follows Black Friday... so I made it go through Cyber Monday!

Find the one you want... and be prepared to get it!

Available Paintings



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A Texas Artist 


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24 November 2016

"I am grateful for what I am and have." Thanksgiving Blessings from Laurie and Terry Pace


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“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite - only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. I am ready to try this for the next ten thousand years, and exhaust it. How sweet to think of! my extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” ― Henry David Thoreau


From Terry and me...with lots of love and blessings.  We are spending the day with our children and grandchildren, feeling ever so blessed and rich with love and family. Live for this day and the beauty God offers you with this time. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING



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