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25 May 2015

Texas Sunflowers... be on the lookout for a good crop after all this rain. Flower Paintings by Laurie Pace




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 Size: 24 x 30  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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The rain has continued to fall all over Texas. The lakes were down up to 24 ft, some even lower, and now all but I believe two in our area are full. OVER full. They have even opened some of the flood gates to release water from a nearby lake creating more flooding in our county. 

We have all steadily prayed for the end of our drought. I do believe our prayers are answered and with extra rain still coming down.  

I use to paint sunflowers all the time and this was a small one but the image seems really big to me. Most were painted from 2005-2007. I would entitled them with the highway number we were on when I took the photos.  This one was Hwy 114 running from Grapevine out to where we lived at the time in Justin, Texas. 

May this sunflower bless your week with God's beauty. Take time to enjoy every breath, every flower, every smile... and make sure you share it forward. 

Blessings, Laurie

"For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope if from him." Psalm 62:5 


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24 May 2015

Slow but steady He nudges me along... Horse Painting by Laurie Pace


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 Brighter Than the Noon Sun  Size: 30 x 40  Oil on Canvas.
Available through Rare Gallery Jackson Hole
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Yes, this is the same painting.

No, I did not scrap the canvas clean. Terry offered to take it outside and wash it down but I chose to keep what was there and go forward. It is no different than God does with us I guess. We often get ourselves into situations that need saving all the time. This was no different. He doesn't always 'scrap' us to nothing and rebuild us either. We grow from our experiences and they are part of who we are. 

Terry wanted to take progress shots but I told him it was too personal. He did take one at the very beginning before I sent him out of the room.  




You cannot welcome God's grace into your life if your heart and hands are not open to receive. Every move made with a brush or a knife, I have to believe in my spirit and heart that I am moving a painting to a greater good. I simply was not done... because He was not done with me. Usually when this happens something greater comes from the experience. It was a tough call on Jumpin In to redistribute the paint and create something new.  I am thankful God does not give up on me.  His grace is a slow but steady warm river nudging me along my journey to my highest good.   

Blessings. 

Laurie

"From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." John 1:16-17

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23 May 2015

I am one with Change so I better hold on! Horse Painting by Laurie Pace




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 Jumpin In   Size: 30 x 40  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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Finished.  Painting was drying. Slide show took me almost two days to finish it... sent the painting image out to two galleries needing work... WHAM....

Being an artist often leaves you vulnerable to comments. When you paint from the inner heart and spirit of your soul it leaves its energy and mark on the painting.  This one was a dear journey for me. I have struggled with wanting to even paint lately. We call it 'hitting the wall in the studio' with your head, not your paint brush. No different than in your life... is my life. Fear creeps in and fear can do major damage.  Feeling vulnerable with each painting is not unusual, but rejection cuts to the heart.  Neither gallery wanted the piece.  

I leave you today with the slide show to watch. I wanted to share my process and progress with the piece. Tomorrow you will see the final piece and with it came a peace to my heart. I will not question God, I will trust and continue to work knowing somethings are out of my control.

Tomorrow you will see the remake of this painting and why it is so important to me to take what is given and do the best that I can. I am one with the unfolding understanding of Spirit. I am the result of the change and growth in my consciousness. I will allow God to expand my thoughts and transform my beliefs and my artwork. Each painting unfolds like a beautiful flower. 





Blessings, See you tomorrow!

Laurie

"just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it." Colossians 1:6 

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22 May 2015

Nothing Like Holding Your Nose and Jumping In... Horse Painting by Laurie Pace IN the Studio




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30 x 40 in Progress
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Nothing like holding your nose and jumping into a cold swimming pool in Texas.  I really believe that phrase extends into each of our lives.  Does not have to be water.  We jump into things in life without a second thought, or even a first smell.  Even when things seem exactly right and we go for it, sometimes it just doesn't work.  Or it might be working but you convince yourself it is not working.



That is exactly what happened with this painting. 

I had a phenomenal time painting this gem. It was a pleasured journey.  Have to read the blog tomorrow to find out exactly what happen. It still has me second guessing right now.  Trusting in our hearts and instincts can be good if we are listening to God's wisdom.  How to discern that is often tough. As I painted I felt like "It is all God"... I felt spirit everywhere.  Read tomorrow the second leg of the saga of Jumpin In.

Blessings, Laurie

"When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13



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21 May 2015

Her Children Rise and Call "whats for dinner?" ... Watching Over the House? Pear Painting by Laurie Pace




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Tuscan Gold by Laurie Pace © 2005 Sold
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Reading in scripture each day, Terry and I always come across favorite verses that are familiar.  The one at the bottom of the blog is one of them.  
This painting is called Tuscan Pears.  It was a "go to" color palette for me during my pear painting season and this one was a painting dear to my heart.   During this pear painting season in life, I did a commission for a couple in Colorado. It was back then, in 2005, one of the largest canvas I had painted, well over six feet in length. Terry had to build a huge crate for it to be shipped.  We left on vacation while it was being freighted to Colorado and I refused to rest until I knew it had arrived safely, waiting for their call. 

And how does this tie in to the Bible verse? The pears in the painting seem simple and noble at the same time. For me that is strength. The pears line up in on a simple 'plane', each painted in jewel tone colors. They are orderly and predictable providing reliability to the composition. The room they are hung in will reflect this strength and stability. 

With my upbringing, good or bad, I am a conservative person. I do believe that women are strong and their homes are often a reflection of that strength. Every home has a 'sense' about it, a feeling of calm or peace or even irritation. What a woman brings to that home is hopefully the best part of her. That is the gift given to her by God, to provide for her family inside the home and this reflects into the 'fabric' of the home. The woman sets the temperament of the household.  If she is calm and steady, and filled with the peace of God, so is her home. If she is overworked, under stress and struggling to cope, chances are the house reflects her stress.

Seems like women today are under more pressure than they ever have been. Each of us knows what has to be done and accomplished in our lives to pay bills, keep our homes up, take care of our husband and kids... the list goes one.  But not everyone of us knows how to cope with everything on our list.  

I do not believe my children have ever called me "Blessed"... but they did rise and call out "What's for breakfast?" or  "Did you buy me more chips?" or even "When's dinner?"

As far as my husband... yes we are an equal opportunity relationship totally in love with each other and 99 percent of the time respectful of each other's needs and feelings.  Every relationship must be worked on constantly to keep it on course. Do not forget your relationship with God. That by far is the most important one in your life.  If you are connected to him, you have no worries. He carries it all for you.  I am so thankful for all God has provided in our lives. Each day is a blessing for me. 

May you be Blessed, Laurie


A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
Proverbs 31:10, 27-28 NIV



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20 May 2015

Multigenerational...can you spell it? Laurie Pace


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MultiGenerational Households
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I have read so many articles the past four years on Multigenerational living that I am beginning to question society in the United States. Seems like we are the only nation in the world that does not do it any more.  After the world wars, families began to split apart and live separately...but only in the good ol' USA.

As a teacher in Texas, I watched the slow disruption of families as divorce rates increased and the 'me' attitude took over. Who was home helping the kids with homework or preparing the dinner?  Several of my students from my fourth grade class at White Rock Elementary in Dallas... lived with relatives, not their parents. Many students bounced between households and additional divorces began to creep into the classroom that year.   

Terry and I have always thought slightly ahead that we would eventually move in with our daughter and her family.  We are pretty well suited to live together and we respect and love each other very much.  I have memories of my grandmother living with us six months out of the year when I was growing up and I held her in very high esteem. The woman could create and sew anything and was a fabulous cook. My mom was a chip off the ol' block and I knew I had a lot to learn from the two of them. 

Not sure how Lady L and Lady M will think of me. Right now I am Lady L's home school teacher so I have to often separate my 'teacher' from my 'Oma' duties. Now we have Lady M, just turning four months old.  She has stolen my heart as well. We also have another little one due with our youngest son in October.  

We are not quite a multigenerational household, but we live across the street making it really close. We feel like a combined family.   

More painting ahead this week. I am working on pieces for Kasum Contemporary in Oklahoma City and for Rare Gallery in Jackson Hole.  

Blessings to you. Laurie


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18 May 2015

Que Sera Sera... Unlimited Good Flowing Through the House... Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace




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Skyward Gaze 18 x 27 Oil on Canvas ©Laurie Pace 2007
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With the new Lady M in the family, we are all falling in love... head over heels in love. She is now getting close to four months old, has found her hands and absolutely loves music.   

How does music affect your life?  Share with me on facebook: 

We had Connie and Rick Justus visiting last week. They have been missionaries in Japan for 30 years and just moved back to the states.  On a tour of the US to visit relatives, they squeezed in a stop with us here in north Texas. They had lunch with my mom and two brothers and then drove to our house for dinner and spending the night before heading to Oklahoma City.  The house was literally filled with peace from the moment they arrived. Do you know that saying about entertaining angels unaware?  Well, it was beautiful.  Dinner in Southlake and deep conversation sharing our lives until after midnight.  We broke our fast with old fashioned oatmeal and deep conversations. 

Along the way Rick mentioned music being special...that sound was woven through the bible and God was not a silent God as He created music filling our world from our voices to the voices of the waterfalls, the birds, the wind etc. You can find verses throughout the bible with singing and music. Did you know Solomon wrote over a thousand songs... 1 King 4:31-32 "[Solomon] was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite --wiser than Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.  He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five." 

I decided that this was worth investigating and reading more.  I paint to music.  I play music. I love to sing to the Lord.  We found Lady M is entertained into relaxation by Lady L playing the piano, or as it was today, her Bampa and I holding her and with Lady L, the three of us singing to her with the top choice for a smile Que Sera Sera.  Tranced, relaxed... we forged on with Jesus Loves Me, and several other children's hymns.  She will talk early and probably be our singer. 

Blessings, Laurie

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2


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