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28 September 2016

The Perfect Joy . . . Wild Mustang Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Call of the Wild © 2010 Laurie Pace  Sold  Oil on Canvas.
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“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” ― Jack London, The Call of the Wild

Opportunities are plentiful in our lives.  How often do we act on them? Gathering up energy to give all we have would be giving love and service without hesitation. It is from this joy that I feel the surging beauty of life and happiness. It is in the giving of myself to someone else. 

How can you give today? How can you encourage someone today? Count your blessings, and know your true reward is in your heart from giving to others. 

"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7

Laurie


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27 September 2016

Life in a Nutshell Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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In Gold  Sold Acrylic on Canvas
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“You can't become a decent horseman until you fall off and get up again, a good number of times.  There's life in a nutshell.” ― Bear Grylls, Mud, Sweat and Tears

Remember your parents saying "If you don't succeed, try try again."?   My parents thought it was important to go after what you wanted and even if you did not get there, you learned so much in the process.  That never worked for me in Elementary School for the science fair. I NEVER had any interest in science for some reason.  I was an artist.  My poor mom learned so much over those six years...and bless her heart, she could not help me in high school. I remember on of the science projects she put together for me was making water run uphill.  I was hopeless.  I refused to take biology in high school and my counselor was not very happy. I could not even think about cutting open something and dissecting it. NOT for me. 

OH NO... I took Physics. I thought the counselor would never stop shaking her head.   I had only had one year of algebra...but I really learned a lot  in the class of upperclassman and I grew a huge appreciation for science at that point. I did not make an A, but I did make a B.  Then I hit college.  The catalogue I was registered under did NOT require me to have science to get my BFA.  I celebrated... and enjoyed all my classes and the pressure was off.  A few years later and three kids later I went back to take courses to get my teaching certificate and they got me good. I had to take four hours of science as a requirement to get my elementary teaching certificate.  

What happened in biology 101 was amazing.  There was NO dissecting. We studied that part of biology of the human body, reproduction, genetics, blood etc.  I loved every single class and every lab I attended and pulled a 4.0 in the class.  

Sure this was a 'dumb' example but for a teen age 13, looking ahead and feeling so insecure... I took hard routes trying to get around what might have been easier routes, but I learned from everything I did. 

In life we are faced with decisions daily. I am pretty level on taking on work before pleasure all the time, almost to a fault.  But there are still some things I am learning and I try try try try again.  I know I have mentioned this before in blogging, but I do not drive. I did as a teen, but then around twenty I gave up.  Some folks are not meant to drive.  But here years and years later, I do drive a few places here and there close by. I have not given up.  The lure of freedom sometimes beckons me. I will try try again.  

Are you working on anything right now?

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." James 1:12

Laurie



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25 September 2016

The Power of Scars Abstract Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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 Two Black Horses  Sold
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“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Many of us struggle with the concept of a beautiful life.  We have faced struggles in parts of life that simply have not been beautiful. They have been downright ugly, marred by trauma, pain and often anger. TOO often we keep those scars from totally healing because we carry them around with pain and rememberings. 

Beauty is often visualized as things it is not. Beauty is seen superficially as in eye color, hair color or numbers on the scale.  Beauty is something we measure or weigh... be it physically or mentally.

It is best NOT to see beauty that way. When you have gone through struggles and trials in life, that point of grace between hurt and healing is beautiful.  

Beauty is that place between the darkness of tragedy (the hurt) (the scar) and the light of joy on the other side (the beautiful healing). 

There is a beauty to having lived a full life with ups and downs, pain and laughter, sorrow and smiles and scars.  It is simply beautiful to have lived and developed an inner strength from your trials. You are a survivor. Living is truly beautiful and being part of this world is a gift.  

God has plans for each of us. God also gave us the choice of what we do. Often it is our choices that bring us into the shadows, and sometimes it just happens with shadows and trauma. I believe we must be strong of faith to face what comes at us no matter how it occurs.  Do not allow negative emotions to steal your joy.  Find joy in the present. 

Beauty is grace in motion.  It can be as smile, a hug, a kiss, a pat, or a simple acknowledgement of eye to eye contact. There is beauty all you. 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1: 2-4

Laurie


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23 September 2016

Love is like the wind. Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Two in the Wind   Oil on Canvas  Sold
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“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” ― Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

Live your life with love being your strongest asset.  Love others and give to others. Love others and serve others.  Love your family and give constantly with all your heart. 

Love God with all your heart. 

"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." 1 John 4:16

Laurie


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20 September 2016

Cowards are ruled by Fear Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Wild Stallion  2010  Sold
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“There's no shame in fear. But understand this - the coward is ruled by fear, while the hero rides it like a wild stallion.” ― David Gemmell, Dark Moon

The name of this painting is Wild Stallion... and yes it was painted back in 2010. I am stuck in a folder there and want to share what I can from it!  I truly have been painting in the studio, but sometimes I blog ahead do to commitments.

Be a hero today. Live this day like a proud brave wild stallion.  In the Bible there are numerous statements about being BOLD and sharing God's word. As you live this day BOLD, do so in His name and see if your confidence is not boosted by the boldness.  I actually tried it this morning as I hurried into the grocery store to grab bananas and grapes.  Terry was in the car with Noah crying and both were unhappy; I had to double step my time.  As I approached the doors I said a quick prayer, left all hurry nervousness outside and went in boldly to do my mission. Along the way I engaged a few shoppers with a big warm smile and exchanged quite a few Good Mornings as I went.  

Sure this was simple...but it was amazing letting Him work through me. Actions count! 

"Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold"  2 Corinthians 3:12

Laurie


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16 September 2016

You don't love someone because.... Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Soulmates  Sold
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“I told you. You don't love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.” ― L.J. Smith

Another archive painting from early 2010. Seems like I did a lot of backwash on the canvas and dripping of paint before it because so popular. I have learned so much since then and limit how often I do this and HOW I do it.

I truly love the quote again today. Heck I love most of them.  But having your heart sing a song when you are in love and with the person you love is amazing.  I am blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart and  "Cherish" was our song way back when.  Right now I sit feeding our 11 month old grandson and singing away "Good morning God, this is your day, Noah's your child, please show him the way."  Right there with me in harmony is Terry, my love.  We launch off into "My God is so Big" song and then we sing our breakfast prayer "God is great and God is good."

Singing is a heartbeat to who I am.  Terry knows this and sings right along with me. 

"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth." Psalm 96:1

Laurie

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13 September 2016

I love Sleep. Figurative Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Sleeping Cowboy Sold
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“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?” ― Ernest Hemingway

This was a favorite painting from way back in 2004 era for a friend that lives in Mt Vernon. I love to visit because I get to see it framed and hanging and very very loved.

Do you love sleep? I do.  The older I have gotten it sometimes evades me and that is frustrating. I use to be able to sleep almost anywhere. My Dad was that way as well.  Sleep at night is truly the beginning of the next day. It is the sleep you get that empowers you through the next day.  Most times you think of sleep as the end of the day, but when it comes to the end of the day BEFORE you go to sleep, you need to put an end to your thoughts from the day and ALL the things bothering you done or undone. 

So tonight when you are preparing to turn in, think of it as the beginning of tomorrow with sleep coming first to propel you through.

"When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet." Proverbs 3:24

Laurie


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