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30 January 2015

Roses in a Blue Bowl . Where's the Dog? Who Threw up on the Carpet? . Laurie Pace . Flower Paintings




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Roses in Blue Bowl . Sold 
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The Cat's out of the bag... The mouse is through the door.  Where's the dog?  Who threw up on the carpet? Who left the door open?   PLEASE let the squirrels out!

Every day around us things happen.  When life is chaotic things really seem to rub you the wrong way and somehow you think you will feel better if it can be blamed on someone else but not you. Take Responsibility? Who me?

Red Roses in a Bowl reminded me of the special gift vase my mom buys every newlywed couple. It is a vase that she says the husband must fill with flowers to say I am sorry.  That is how it began at least.  Does that mean he is always in the wrong?  Humm, have to think about that. Most men would NOT appreciate flowers in a vase from their wife saying 'I am sorry."  Terry would rather have a Starbuck's coffee or a fresh baked cherry pie. 

The symbolism of the gift or peace offering is for the forgiveness we seek from others.  We all mess up.  Taking responsibility for the mess up is always hard.  Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. 

 When we let go of the resentment, anger or judgement we have of other people, we open our heart and lives to a sense of relief and freedom.  Wouldn't that feel wonderful?  To dump so much 'stuff' that it does not even flitter through your mind?  Time to let the squirrels loose from your head. 

Depending on God to help you accept what is and to have clarity and power to move forward, is not always easy but it can be done. Empathy and compassion for others allows you to keep your heart and mind clear of judgemental thoughts.  Forgiving is a precious gift. You will set yourself free. 

Laurie   
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37
Post note:  Terry left the door open between the garage and the utility room. It is 35 degrees outside. Can only imagine how many critters have invaded our house.  Paddy ate too many apple slices and he emptied his stomach on my new carpet in the den. Thank goodness we do not have cats. 

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29 January 2015

Between Two Points . Falling into Place . Figurative Painting . Laurie Pace


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Between Two Points . 3 x 4 ft Oil . Sold
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There are days that things do not seem to fall into place.  Nothing goes as planned and it is hard not to get frustrated.  Recently I spent two and half hours on the phone with ATT needing a simple appt for a tech to come replace our modem for the seventh time in two years. After the second hour on the phone, keeping a calm voice and maintaining my joy, I finally was told they would credit our bill a whomping $40 and upgrade our internet to the fast H45.  I laughed and said, sweet dreams on that one. We cannot even stay connected now at the normal fast speed.  So if you continue to keep giving higher speeds out, no one will be connected. They system is bogged down as it is.

I must say I am trusting or trying to trust in God being apart of all of this.  I read recently in our morning study "Instead of running away from these challenges, embrace them, eager to gain all the blessings I have hidden in the difficulties." (Jesus is Calling by Sarah Young).  I really needed this because after the 2.5 hours on the phone the tech never showed up the next day.  No internet, phones or TV... continued.  I phoned them again and amazingly it showed no appt in the system pending but then they realized somehow the computer canceled the appt. But the computer neglected to let me know.  They rescheduled our appt for the next morning and we were blessed with a tech, Scott, who had been here several times before.  He is absolutely one of the best assets ATT has.  He replaced the modem again, reset all the nests in the house, my printer, our laptops and our ipads.  He gave me his phone number and said... I live very close, just call me next time.  Do not even text me, call me.  I will get here that day and do whatever I need to. By pass calling ATT.  We are blessed with care from this tech. 

I am trusting with the days of being down, all the catch up work I have, emails not answered properly...that the situation is way out of my control.  I will lean on God and know I must accept things just as they are right now.  The joy is found in this moment.  I will accept God's hand and his staff to support me. 

The painting above entitled "Between Two Points" was painted in 2004. This is a line of immigrants standing in front of a federal building.  No one is talking to anyone or connecting because they do not speak English or a common language.  My grandmother is the little lady in the blue coat. I am the lady in the sweater with her arms crossed; Terry is the man in front of her with the mustache and my brother is in the black hat.  These are not portraits but the use of faces I knew as I painted.  The immigrants all have their dreams, thoughts and reasons for coming to the United States, the land of opportunity.  You can see an expensive car on the other side of the sidewalk.  This car was only produced  for two years before the company failed in the depression.  The immigrants have that dream, the dream of that car.  They want to live here and have their needs met and the ability to have more and be more. Hence the title "Between Two Points." My nephew, Dave Justus, named the painting after I told him the story.  Such a great name for this piece.  I sometimes long to paint a story again.  It is owned by a CEO of a company in Ft Worth, Texas. He had a particular interest in cars and loved the painting. It is 3 x 4 ft in size and it is oil. 

Aren't we all that way in life, between two points?  I have to lean on God right now and trust with confidence that he is leading me.  I must accept things as they are right at this point and know he will take me exactly where I am to be next.  Right now I must accept and enjoy this moment and find the blessings I have right now.  As things change, I know there are blessings in the challenges ahead.  

Call me Free Flying with God.

Laurie

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever.  Psalm 52:8


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28 January 2015

Iris to Horse . Palette . Power of Creating . God's Amazing Power . Laurie Pace





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Sketches from Pages 53  Sold
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I have part of the verse below, but if you read Proverbs 8:22-31 you will follow me a bit better. The entire scripture was part of our morning study. As I read the passage I immediately felt the power of God in his creation of the world.  Commanding and direct, descriptive and complete; the power of the Lord, the power used in creating the world and man.  Yes, in Proverbs, not Genesis. 

An artist reaches deep to put together ideas, sketches, palette color choices, and much more. Each painting has immeasurable 'ingredients' and depth that may not be visually apparent but it will be felt in the visual connection to the painting. While I hold very little power over anyone or anything, I do know the canvas is my connection to many people. In each painting is part of God and this gift and part of me. 
 Colors off one of my photos from 2004.
Many of these colors are in the Page 53 Sketch of the horse
above.  © Laurie Pace 2004

While I cannot be upstairs working yet, (the rehab continues),  I have been putting together sketches and ideas for coming pieces.  I love the freedom of Pages 53 and know I will grow stronger the more I work with it.  Each task we take on in life provides us with the opportunity to learn and grow. Once learned we can share that knowledge with others.  I have some really precious pieces for the week of Valentines Day and cannot wait for February to arrive. The sketch above contains the palette of a photo I took over ten years ago.  These are 'me' colors. 

Meanwhile I am working on my February Newsletter with some new things to share.  I am so grateful for all of you and your constant support and emails. Life changes are never easy, but having good friends help you over the bumps encountered. 

Laurie

“ The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.  I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth."  
Proverbs 8:22-23

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27 January 2015

Forest of Colors . Landscape Paintings . Laurie Pace . Texas Artist




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The Forest of Color ©Laurie Pace 2007  Sold
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The Forest is calling... I must go.  Sometimes the color is calling and I must paint.  Must have been a dual thought the morning I began this one.

Always experimenting with the knife, thinking of palettes that would bring the best in subjects alive...and out of it came this red forest. I do not know why I did not name it "The Red Forest."  I am not at all convinced it is fall in this painting but more like a brilliant sun rising.  

Reposting these old pieces makes me even more eager to return to my studio. I am still waiting for the renovations to finish upstairs. I miss my easel. I miss my paint.  I have a ton of idea brewing inside of me.  I have been using Pages on my Ipad at night and sketching and creating very single night. 

Laurie

Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.     1 Chronicles 16:33



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26 January 2015

Hwy 156 . Sunflower Paintings . Flower Paintings . Laurie Pace




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Hwy 156 . © Laurie Pace 2007 . Sunflower Paintings
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I have to start this journal entry with a Quote: 

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
Morris West

Wasted moments total up every day of our lives. Moments that we spend in worry, planning, devising, rearranging...doing everything but living the moment we have right then.   We have to plan and be wise about tomorrow but we do not have to over do it.

Sunflowers always remind me of sunshine. In the summer of 2006 and 2007, I did a series of Sunflower paintings from photos I took on different roads around where we lived. Hence this one was entitled "Hwy 156".   Taking this thought further, think of all the 'roads' you travel each day and the 'sunshine' that is there for the taking.  Make sure you take the time to enjoy it. 

Other times we may have to make our own sunshine.  The weather may be gloomy or rainy for a week and taking out the guitar and singing always brings the sun into the room. Sometimes you have negative people stealing your sunshine.  Take it back.  You do not need to allow them to control you.  

In all times you will find GOD is your constant sunshine.  He can put a smile in your heart in seconds. Once the smile hits your face, you can share it with others. it is the sunshine that keeps on giving.   Just stop and look around today and see all the 'sunshine' popping out.  God is here!

Laurie

So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 5:45


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25 January 2015

In Her Father's Garden . Figurative Paintings . Laurie Pace



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 In Her Father's Garden  © Laurie Pace 2007  Sold
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 The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite 'go to' places.  If temperatures are cooperating, you can spend the day walking through miles of gardens and waterfalls right on the edge of White Rock Lake.  Even if you go daily, you see new blooms and transformations everywhere. Nothing stays the same.

Spending time with God is the same way as time spent at the arboretum. Nothing has to stay the same. You are changing every moment and God is there with you.  There is no time or place you have to do it the same every day. There is not really a practice either.  Developing your relationship with God is just that... a relationship. Give and take on both sides. You cannot have a healthy relationship if it is not a consistent one.  Shared commitment has to be there. He is committed to you. Are you ready?

Remember when you fell in love for the first time?  You could not wait to see the person. You could not wait to talk to the person and spend time together. You always put your best attention forward and the relationship took seed.  If the other person saw value in the relationship, they too invested time and energy into it.  

I truly believe that is what we should have with God.  We have to invest time and energy in our relationship with him.  We need to be as excited. We need to look forward to the time we spend with him.  So maybe it is time to think about ways to do that. 

Some suggestions are to read a Psalm everyday and reflect on it. You might write a prayer each week, like a letter or correspondence or an email. Try to contain the squirrels running around in your head and listen to what God is sharing with you. (That is hard) .  Did you get on your knees as a child next to your bed at night?  Maybe it is important to the recommitment to be on your knees or your head bowed.  When you read the Bible, reflect on the verse you read, reading before and after it to make sure you have it context. Let it simmer and steep into your soul. God might surprise you with some of His thoughts on it as well.  Be honest with God. Let him know the deepest darkest secrets... you fears, your worries, your desires; He wants to hear it all.  He already knows it, but he wants to hear you voice it and own it.  He is available 24/7.  

Take a walk with God. 

Laurie

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.  Psalm 25:4

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24 January 2015

A Moment . Today . No Worries . Laurie Pace . Contemporary Horse Paintings




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In A Moment ©Laurie Pace 2007  Sold
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Sometimes I just sit and meditate and ask 'Why' because I do not get what is happening at that moment.  It could be a painting conflict, a personal conflict, an untimely conflict; it could be anything unexpected that makes you think, Why?

For the past two weeks I have battled an allergic reaction to dust and dust mite residue in one of the rooms Terry was storing model boxes in. He had opened up and emptied the room into two other rooms upstairs, spreading the "joy".  You can compound that with the extra cold temps we had a few weeks ago where it hovered around 25-32 for about 10 days and our central heat ran non stop. So add in now low low humidity in the house, a feasting place for dust and dust mites. Humidity levels are running at 30%.  And we both wondered why we kept getting sinus headaches?

Over the next month the carpet will be removed from the game room, the media room and the three upstairs bedrooms.  The wood flooring has been ordered and Terry will install it.  We are investigating humidifiers debating putting one in the main system or just getting two of them, one upstairs and one downstairs.  The precious balance is the second fact that I am very allergic to mold and mildew.  

Somewhere has to be a safe place in the middle of it all.  So my meditation has been on God to stay centered. My prayer has been to be well for the upcoming birth of our grand-daughter.  But I cannot worry about any of this.  We can only use the knowledge we have to work forward to remedy the situation for this day and hopefully resolve the issues. 

Matthew 6 has a wonderful section on DO NOT WORRY.   Remember this and look it up.  Matthew 6:25-34.   I have only this day, today. I have only this moment right now.  Worry about what is to come is wasted time.  Meanwhile I am anxious to get back to my easel. 

Laurie

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34


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