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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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16 March 2017

Clouds Come Floating ... Sailboat Painting by Laurie Pace



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 Mid Journey Sunset 24 x 24 Sold   Oil on Canvas.
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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

This was a commissioned painting back in Spring 2013.  I have not painted many sailboats lately and probably will do one soon.  These are the colors chosen by the collector, and they are indeed bright forceful beautiful basic colors, but my palette has been changing. Happens to all of us.  Still not a big champion of yellow, but suddenly I am thinking muted reds, blues, greens and greys.  I believe my next sunset will be drastically different from this one.  

"Color" in your life should change.  If you stay stagnant you are not growing. Change is a huge part of growth. But they are not the same, change and growth.

Change could mean a turnaround in your life or a single event like marriage, job loss, divorce, a new baby. Change can be negative or positive. It can come from within you or by forces outside of you.

Growth takes time. Usually change happens quickly. Growth is an incremental process and it needs motivation from within you to continue the growth.

Facing challenges and changes will promote growth in your life. God does it all the time if you have not noticed.  Those mountains look higher every time one is in front of us. The depth and challenges God puts in front of us are usually hard, unwanted, and seemingly untimely but he is strengthening us for what is ahead in life. 

I love this verse in Exodus.  The Israelites are in battle. If Moses holds his hands up in the air...they are winning, but if he lowers his hands they are losing.  When they figured this out, they had to help Moses keep his hands up until sunset for them to be victorious.

So amidst the change and growth it is evident we need people that care around us.  It is important in life to serve others when you can and know through your faith, God will provide when you are in need. 

"When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up  - one on one side, one on the other - so that his hands remained steady till sunset." Exodus 17:12



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15 March 2017

Are you Lukewarm? Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Golden Boy 24 x 30 Sold  Oil on Canvas.
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“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.  From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Monday words and both are so full of study and heart. "All that is gold does not glitter."  I says it all doesn't it? But then cross referencing in the Bible for something that ties into both my heart and my art I came across the verse below. John had a vision to save the Church at Laodicea in Asia Minor from being 'lukewarm' and possibly in self destruction mode.   Made me think of myself... do I stay in a self destruction mode? Do you? 
As we are in the first few weeks of Lent, there is much to reflect and pray upon. My family has always tried to add things to their lives during Lent.  In a way, to enrich their relationship with the Father and examine their hearts and thoughts for better clean living serving others. When we feel content within ourselves and we are seemingly without need, something is not balanced. God knows 'our works' and if they are 'hot or cold'. He knows our lack of energy and fervor to be a believer and follower.  He simply cannot see His light reflecting in you. 

To live your life and faith 'half hearted' is empty. Praying at meals or bedtime is not exactly a passionate relationship with God. If you are not 'burning with a desire' for more of God, or enriching your secret place and time with him daily, you are basically 'lukewarm' or 'half-hearted'. There is no "Moderation" in faith. You are either all the way in or you are not. 

So this Lent I have personally been working on seeking the Lord earnestly, deepening my prayers, being bolder in my witnessing, more sorrowful for my sins, seeking joy in the Holy Spirit that resides in me, showing more compassion for those that are without, and opening myself to the divine power of God's love and be ready to share that light. 

"The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold not hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:14-22


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A Texas Artist 


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12 March 2017

Cherry Trees in the Spring, Living Water . . . Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Rustic Herd Size: 24 x 36  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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“I will bring you flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.” ― Pablo Neruda

Springs of water are important to us today as much as they were to the people living in Israel 2500 years ago. Both God and the Gospel will compare springs of living water to be life giving refreshing qualities.  I am drawn that direction when I think of Winter thawing out and the season of Spring arriving and all the blooming of the world with the gentle sun and the flowing springs of water from the winter freeze. 

What does water symbolize for you?  My first Biblical thought was of Baptism. The symbolism of living water and being baptised is of beauty to me as an artist and a believer. Then I looked further.

Jeremiah wrote that the Lord Jesus Christ is 'the Fountain of Living Waters.' Zechariah foretold that in chapter 13:1 "In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness."  Taking that a step further to the crucifixion, When "One of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out." Jn. 19:34 We have the combination of blood and water... our living water that is the Blood of Jesus Christ and it washes away our sins. 

Another is written by the prophet Ezekiel describing a river that heals and makes alive. "And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a great multitude of fish because these waters go there; for they will be healed and everything will live wherever the river goes." Ezek 47:9  The fish symbolize people that are saved.  Remember that Jesus said,"Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." Mt 4:19

Even thinking back to Noah and the flood waters.  The water took out all the evil people. God used the mighty waters to save His people and destroy his enemies. He did it again with the Red Sea.  Psalm 77:19 "Your Way was in the sea, your path in the great waters, and your footsteps were not known."

As we head into this spring season, look around you for symbols to remind you of the Living Springs of Water. 


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11 March 2017

Laughing in Flowers . . . Flower painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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First Flowers  Size: 24 x 24  Acrylic and Oil on Canvas.
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“The earth laughs in flowers.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well..surprise. This painting is reduced to $650 and it is 24 x 24. Has hung in my home and I have loved having it brighten my world.  Click on the painting to see it in my available art.

What makes you smile? What makes you laugh?   

I tend to appreciate less stress so that I can relax and be myself.  Time to dust old things off, let in fresh air, change the water in the dog's bowl and open my heart to spring as it arrives. That my friend is less stress.  Then go and play with a grandchild.  I am smiling right now thinking about it!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22


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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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