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26 March 2017

Great Expectations = Hope . . . Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Summer Winds Size: 40 x 40  Sold Oil on Canvas.
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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

We are deep into Lent and my heart and mind are more in love with my Father than I was the week before. He not only gives his love, his grace, his light, his comfort, his presence... but he gives us HOPE.

Psalm 119:116 "Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed."  


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25 March 2017

Trust is the Glue of Life . . . Joy in the Journey Contemporary Abstract Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Joy in the Journey    Size: 30 x 40  Mixed Media on Canvas.
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“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” ― Stephen R. Covey

Is there turmoil in your life? Do you feel like the years are tumbling by and you are wasting away as you grow older? Do you live with feelings of guilt and condemnation? Is there a void of peace in your life?  Are you enjoying your life?

Most folks I know, including myself, have this weird 'trust' in their inner feelings or gut feelings. Hummm... not sure that is good. 

John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

John is talking about God. Can you trust and believe in God that he loves you? Only he has the power to help you. Where do you put your trust right now? In man, friends, Facebook, the bank, ... who is there for you no matter what? 

It is God. 

God yearns for us to have a relationship with him. We must learn to trust him and put our hopes and our life in his hands.  When you trust man, you get hurt. It is not how much you can do and stand alone, but how much you can give up control and let God lead the way. 

My confirmation verse (and my youngest son's confirmation verse) is Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (NKJV) You can skip going through trusting others. If you don not give up on man, you will continue to be disappointed. 
Lent is counting down quickly.  Concentrate on the trust in God... His own son gave up his life for you and for me and for our sins. Your life will be simple and peaceful when you can pray to him that you are ready to give up control of your life. Tell Him you are ready to put that trust in Him and not in man.  Know when you are lost, he will find you. When you are at odds and cannot figure something out, start praying... he will provide the answer. Follow His lead, serve others and trust Him to bring His blessings into your life. 

Psalm 25:1  "In you, LORD my God, I put my trust."


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24 March 2017

Abundance. . . a New Awakening Abstract Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 30 x 40  Mixed Media on Canvas.
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“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”  ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

I love joyful moments. While I wish I had them 24 - 7, I realize I could not appreciate the joyful moments without knowing what the sad moments of despair. You cannot appreciate love without knowing hate.  What I cannot figure out though, is why we tend to get so lost in the negative that it often eats away at us. That is when we should be concentrating on the good, the joyful times, the times filled with love and goodness. We are given those moments to keep in our hearts to keep us steady when we walk through that Valley. God is that love and goodness, and that joy. 

"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned."  

This is from Psalm 34. It has become part of my heartbeat in life.  When you have a crushed spirit... only the Lord can knit you all back together. Our hope is in HIM and not in man. It is through his positive Love, Joy, Light and Grace that we can find our way. 

Do No Harm.    

Do Good in All You Do.    

Live Your Life in Love with the Lord, Praising and Serving Him at All Times 

I will always remember the abundance He has provided in my life. I walk each valley with Him holding my hand. It certainly helps to have a loving husband and supportive adult children. I give thanks to the Lord for all he provides.  I extend forgiveness in my heart, as I know I have during my life hurt others with words and actions.  

Genesis 41:31 "The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe."

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23 March 2017

I was in the middle before I knew I had begun . . . Abstract Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 30 x 40  Mixed Media on Canvas.
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“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

The workshop was a few weeks ago.  It was definitely an eye opener. Carol led the class by demonstrating how she starts a painting...and then turned us loose. My friend Sheryl and I sort of sat there... we picked up our 'rollers' and rolled on with the morning.  There was frustration and timidity along with a taste of fear.  It became emotion, balance, and color that dictated the journey of the painting.  This was an amazing journey.  I worked on two canvas the first day. This is one but I am not sure which one!  The first one finished I realized this morning needs something else... so after I blog I will be painting. 

The foundation seems never ending. In this process you continue to pile on the colors and layers and as things begin to weave together your find the strength of the build and direction of the painting.  

Some of the journey in our lives is painful. Some is fun and full of laughter and love...and in the end, the most important thing is making the journey to the end and not giving up. 

Psalm 97:2 "Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne."



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19 March 2017

Ripples . . . Blue Waves . . . Great Horses . . .Abstract Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Blue Mist Size: 24 x 30 Framed  Oil on Canvas.
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 “The waves broke and spread their waters swiftly over the shore. One after another they massed themselves and fell; the spray tossed itself back with the energy of their fall. The waves were steeped deep-blue save for a pattern of diamond-pointed light on their backs which rippled as the backs of great horses ripple with muscles as they move. The waves fell; withdrew and fell again, like the thud of a great beast stamping.” ― Virginia Woolf, The Waves

This is a painting from my heart. I did it a few years ago and it has the colors of my heart...the cool blues, violets and greens with tiny sprinkles of reds and orange and caramel brown. It is at the Kasum Contemporary Gallery in Oklahoma City.  If you see this blog and want the painting, contact Tony.  Coming through this journal from me to him, he will honor a  VERY special price. I think it is framed with a black shadow box frame.

I will share a prayer for this Second Week of Lent Sunday. Source Online Ministries

"Loving God, 
there is so much darkness in my life 
and I hide from you. 
Take my hand 
and lead me out of the shadows of my fear. 
Help me to change my heart. 
Bring me to your truth 
and help me to respond to your generous love. 
Let me recognize the fullness of your love 
which will fill my life. 
Free me from the darkness in my heart." 

"During the night I had a vision, and there before me was a man mounted on a red horse. He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses." Zechariah 1:8


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18 March 2017

Swift Horses racing through the Heavens.... Abstract Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Racing the Morning 28 x 42 Sold  Oil on Canvas.
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“FALLING STARS: Do you remember still the falling stars that like swift horses through the heavens raced and suddenly leaped across the hurdles of our wishes -- do you recall? And we did make so many! For there were countless numbers of stars: each time we looked above we were astounded by the swiftness of their daring play, while in our hearts we felt safe and secure watching these brilliant bodies disintegrate, knowing somehow we had survived their fall.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

This is an older painting from 2013 that sold pretty quickly after I painted it. I feel in it the same bright colors of that sailboat painting. These are colors I want to HURRY away from them.  

Many times in my life's experiences I know I have tried to hurry through things just to get them done. I do not mean sacrifice quality in any way...but in my mind my focus is on something ahead and I end up missing the beauty of that precious moment I am trying so desperately to get through.  The older I get, the more I realize there is a season and a reason for everything we journey through.  I have found myself slowing down to actually LIVE through the time I am in today.  I will not worry or think about tomorrow as it will arrive on its own. 

"to those who say, “Let God hurry; let him hasten his work so we may see it. The plan of the Holy One of Israel— let it approach, let it come into view, so we may know it.” Isaiah 5:19 


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17 March 2017

If you have brains in your head . . . Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Changing Direction 30 x 40  Oil on Canvas.
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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Are you walking in the right direction? Are you confused or lost?

Do you wake up on Monday and dread the week ahead? Are you sitting there on Sunday feeling empty?  Time to find your map and your direction. How do you do that? 

Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write down what your dream life would look like. It sounds easy... and it is easy. It is immensely powerful.  Then start praying.  Anything is possible with God. What you desire in your heart is important to your direction.

"The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven." Deuteronomy 28:7



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