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04 March 2015

Going in Search . Snipe Hunt in the backyard . Too much Dead Grass . Blue Morning Glories by Laurie Pace


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Blue Morning Glories Abstract  Size: 18 x 36  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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Do you have dogs? We only have one, and gee whiz, going in search in the backyard to snipe is about as twisted as the painting above. The dead grass is dry, brittle and breaking off into pieces. Somewhere buried and woven through the grass are the 'gifts' of love Paddy has left us. I have the best eyes, so I am the hunter. Terry handles the equipment that scoops it all up. Takes us about thirty minutes each week and we have tried to make it more fun. During the summer months it is not as bad as these cold winter months. 

Often in life we take off in search of something we feel we are missing. 

Most of the time we have no idea what we are looking for. The search often becomes difficult.  The hardest lesson to learn in life is that we actually have exactly what we are suppose to have with what God provides, including our gifts. We really do not have to go in search; what we need is already ours. Do you have a gift lying around you have not used? Search your heart first and talk to God about it. 

Blessings, Laurie

Ecclesiastes 7:29 This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”


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02 March 2015

WATCH OUT...It's a stampede! . Move the computer . Colorado here I come . Buffalo painting by Laurie Pace




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 Rocky Mountain Buffaloes Size: 30 x 40  Oil on Canvas.
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Fun. Fun. Fun.  Happy smiles is what reflects to me off this painting. I wish I could paint like this all the time... wait a minute, I CAN! I can paint like this anytime I want to. I am not limited. 

From the Illusions books:  “if you argue for your limitations they are yours” ― Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah 

And WHY do we limit ourselves so much?  Why do we buy into things from our subconscious that simply are not true. Why do we feel so inadequate?  

From the Illusions book“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it however.”  ― Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Well, that opens a large amount of thinking in my brain.  Way too many situations in my life that have 'knocked me down' and I have had to climb back to stand again. I do believe that is why in some areas of my life I do limit myself.  

There are 'those' people in my life that I still seem to allow to have a voice in my head that simply should not be there. I read that if you stand with your feet apart and your hands on your hips and you take  a deep breath, you will send surging power and energy through both your spirit and your body. It works.

Do not accept any limitations. You are putting them on yourself. You might say others do it...but we allow them to do it. So yes, I CAN and WILL paint more colorful and freely like I did the buffaloes!  I am hoping you as my collectors and readers will voice your opinion and let me know your thoughts.

Blessings, Laurie
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27


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01 March 2015

Where the buffalo Roam there will be no bananas. The Microwave is Beeping. Coffee is ready. What do you mean we are out of bananas? Wildlife Buffalo Painting by Laurie Pace




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In progress. Buffalo Painting.  Oil on Canvas. 30 x 40 Oil
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Jumping right in to paint was so much fun. I sketched from another painting that was a three on the run group of buffalo using the same mountain edge and then began to toss the colors in attempting to capture the movement of the day.  The colors were BURSTING with intensity. This is a piece for a March Show at Mirada featuring four artists and the west.  This one runs high with energy for sure.

I will post the final next journal. I sway back and forth on whether I like the blues, reds and yellows or the tucked in accents of green and orange.

I just finished a fascinating book. It is called Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach.   

A New York contact, possible future client, suggested I read the book. Have you ever met someone that you had an immediate connection to, even over the phone?  He was just that. He is about the age of my younger brother, well traveled and very sensitive to others. We visited quite a long time after messaging back and forth. We even mentioned we felt like something pulled us together just for that conversation.  As we ended the conversation he suggested this book to me.  I must confess the book was quite different than I imagined. It is a 'light book' that is truly quite heavy if you absorb it correctly.  Just like everything else in life, the book truly offers what you discover in it.  I am allowing it to seep in and I will read it again and this time take notes. Yep, you are right. I got the KINDLE edition for my ipad and that is really rare as I like to hold and write in my books.  I noticed there seems to be a way to do that in the online process of reading, but most likely it will be pencil and paper. 

 Have you read it? I would love to hear comments or feedback about how you felt reading the book and what your favorite quote was. .Good Reads has some of the best quotes from the book :   One of my favorites:   “There is no such thing as a problem with out a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.” ” ― Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

So even if you do not read the book, take a moment and read some of the quotes.  

Wishing you Sunshine and blessings,  Laurie

"He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. " Luke 17:6 


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28 February 2015

The Goodnight Loving Trail . Texas History in the making . Heading West to the Rockies . Rocky Mountain Longhorn paintings . Laurie Pace




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 Rocky Mountain Longhorn 32 x 48 inches Oil on Canvas.
Mirada Fine Art . Denver, Colorado
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I will bet you did not know I was/am a Texas History Teacher.  With totally modestly I must say I am one of the best. My students loved Texas History and not one of them failed the course when I taught it. Texas history is deep and exciting. Texas has evolved over and over again and so have the residents of Texas.  Now I am not a born Texan, but I am married to one and all our kids are Texas born.  Oh yes, it makes a difference. Don't tell, I am from Missouri. 

We are still trying to figure out how our son in law, Stacey's hubby, is an Oklahoma fan. He was born and raised in Texas. He proudly flies his OU Flag and has his 6 year old cheering for OU. Meanwhile, I balance the edge delicately painting my longhorns for my UT fans. 

This is my almost finished painting heading to Denver for the Wild West Show at MIrada. This is one of my moon faced longhorns. I made sure he had his UT orange throughout the composition woven into the deep blues and rugged browns of the Rockies. Hoping this Texas Longhorn will be well received.  For us in Dallas, taking the Goodnight Loving Trail to Denver is way southwest for us. We will head up through Amarillo and through the northern tip of New Mexico and herd this baby up to Indian Hills, Colorado, just west of Denver. 

If you can make the show, let me know and I will have Steve send you an invite.  Head over to my CONTACT ME page above. 

Abundance to you!

Laurie

"If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me." Psalm 139:9-10


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27 February 2015

Rocky Mountain Longhorn . Losing Battle . The Eyes of Texas are Upon You . The colors of the earth . Laurie Pace . Longhorn Paintings




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       Sketch for Longhorn Painting. Sold
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It was a losing battle for me. 99% of my longhorn painting are commissions for UT fans here in Texas. I do not budge on those. One went to Dutch Art and was sold to someone I knew wanting one.  I have never EVER EVER sent them out of the state or had them in any other gallery. Only that one, in a Dallas Gallery.

Steve Sonnen at Mirada Fine Art has a plan. He has a show. It is the best of the west in Colorado. He has my horses. He has my wolves. He does not have a longhorn. I have avoided the subject.  Well with the show involving four artists, and I am honored to be one of them, he wants a longhorn.  I started with the two longhorns that became wolves. He did not want just a longhorn painting...NO SIREEE... He wanted one of my moon faced longhorns with the twenty million layers of paint on it. He wanted earth colors. So here I am back at the sketchbook and ready to roll. The show is only a month away.  And the fun begins. 


This one has to have attitude. It is really hard to take the longhorn OUT of Texas.  But in my research I did find the Rocky Mountain Longhorn Ranch that has Texas Longhorns. So no wonder the title of this longhorn is Rocky Mountain Longhorn.  That is a given. I will be shipping the horses that were in the El Paso Museum show, "Rocky Mountain Sunrise" to Steve for this show as well.  It is a Rocky's theme.  

Time to plan a trip to the Rockies!

Laurie

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me." John 14:1



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25 February 2015

What is growing in the garden? . Pansy on Parade . Preparing your garden . Laurie Pace




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 Pansy Photo
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What is that single plant growing in the cold in our garden? Pansy on Parade . Preparing your Garden .  Laurie Pace

During all the cold weather, the freezes, the ice, the plummeting night time temps in the teens... something was growing in the garden. We had cleaned all the plants out when the first freeze hit in late October. I even cut all the marigolds and brought them in to enjoy. But something grew taller and taller with large leaves on it. 

Finally I went out to inspect the garden to see what was there. I thought maybe some lettuce was coming up. But to my surprise it was broccoli. I had tried to grow everything last year and we had a rabbit that ate 2/3rds of our garden. He polished off the strawberries, the beans, the squash, the okra and I thought all the broccoli.  He left the peppers, and some beans alone... and the tomatoes.  The rest kept him warm, happy and well feed until Summer hit with heat. He left his little house under our shed then. 

So this was a single surviving plant that grew up out of nowhere. It is time to prepare our garden for spring planting. This month I need to start some seeds for a few things. Planning ahead we might secure the area from the bunny and begin tilling the soil for our new crops. 

Lent is here... and underway. Many people 'give up' things for Lent. In my home and heart, we add things to our lives for Lent.  We begin new practices and establish new habits of serving and being present with God. A time for preparation... tilling your soil and be prepared to bring Him into your heart and your life.

Laurie

"And taking the five loaves and two fish, he looked up to heaven and blessed and broke them, and gave them tot he disciples to set before the crowd"   Luke 9:16



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23 February 2015

Why are you bleeding? . Thorns in the roses . Becky's Rose . Yellow Rose of Texas . Laurie Pace . Flower Paintings




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 Size: 8 x 8  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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Hints of spring are peaking out between the days of cold. Meanwhile the roses have done well on the southeast side of the house and I cannot wait to start cutting blooms for my vases. I have small buds beginning already. 

With this being Lent, there is a double time spent on time in prayer. For me it is not just the giving up of things special to me, but the giving to others of things special to me.  

Lady L was reading in her school story book about a parrot that had two coats to wear to a party. He could not decide between his green coat and his yellow one. He wore them both. On the way to the party Parrot encountered another bird friend that could not go to the party because his coat had holes everywhere. He was sad. Parrot had to think about it, but he did give his green coat to his friend for keeps. The verse was Luke 3:11 "“If you have two coats, give one away,” he said. “Do the same with your food.”   The teacher question was on sharing. I asked her if there was something she had to share with someone else that she really did not want to give up and share. She sat there in quiet looking everywhere but at me.  Her eyes teared up. I took her hand and asked her, "Is it hard to give up the attention from your parents right now with a new baby sister?"  Then the tears fell. She asked me if God was mad at her because she was so sad to have to share them. I hugged her and told her no, but he was so happy that she knew it was something she had to share even if it was a struggle. 

Roses are such a beautiful flower to share from the garden, from photos or from paintings. Roses are surrounded by thorns. It does not take but a split second and a gentle touch to have a thorn pierce your finger or arm when you are in your roses.  This is so reflective of life.  One of my favorite quotes is from Khalil Gibran "March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path." 

This yellow rose if for the wife of a facebook friend. I have never personally met them but the past two years have been a difficult journey in their life as everything changed. I promised eight months ago to paint this rose and am totally upset with myself that it took this long to paint it. Life got in the way with Terry's surgeries and playing nurse and taking care of the household by myself. In between times, maintaining Visual Language Magazine and my own art. I am praying it can be a focus point for her that she can gaze upon it and think of beautiful thoughts.

Wishing you a day of Yellow Roses.

Laurie

Yellow Rose: Friendship, Joy, Get Well. Throughout history, yellow has been closely associated with the sun, making these roses excellent for cheering people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. The color represents feelings of joy and delight.  Readers Digest.


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