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22 May 2016

Do not be defined by the past... Contemporary Equine Art, Abstract Horse Paintings Laurie Pace



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Pacific Herd... humm more horses. 38 x 58 Oil on Canvas
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“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn't what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You...Be Free...Share.”  ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
They multiplied.  When I got up this morning and came back to the easel there was a huge herd of horses running up the Pacific coast. Every time I count there is another horse there! Think of it as your blessings.  This truly shakes things up on my plans for this painting.  The painting declared itself FREE of me! There is not past here, only a future...and  I am going to go with the flow today and see where it takes me.

I challenge you to do this. Go with the flow today with Gratitude.
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthew 25:21
Laurie

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20 May 2016

Things Hoped For... Wild Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2016

38 x 58 Inches Oil on Canvas 
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“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus
Well... I have a desire to find the ponies in this painting.  Suddenly they began to appear and it was... like they were always there and I did not see them until the morning after. Hope you are watching as the posts pass to keep up with the progress. So now they are found and I continue on with my painting.
I have shared before about writing on index cards those things that you 'want' or desire in life.... and watched how fast God actually provided those things.  Now I am thinking it is more important to journal daily about all the wonderful things I have right now.  The list is endless. Gratitude ... giving thanks. I need to post some signs throughout the house.  Put a big stop sign on it and the words... Give thanks... be Grateful. Show gratitude. Thank God this moment.  Repetition makes habits and I want gratitude to go beyond habit, I want it to be part of breathing. 
I know what I will call this painting, it is Ocean Herd Summer Winds.  Far from done though.            
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 
Laurie 


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18 May 2016

Blossoming Awake Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2016

38 x 58 Oil painting in Progress
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“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust
 I love this quote!  We all have those special people in our lives that make us not just smile, but encourage us to bloom. You smile when you hear them and you hug them when you see them. They are joyful and they are filled with God's joy. 
It is in the tough times where we need to dig deeper into our soul and give gratitude the opening to overpower despair or anger.  We have to want God to be active in our lives and this is during the good and the bad. Seems like it is easy to give Him thanks for the joyful things, but we have to find gratitude for the challenges he hands us too!  We all walk and wade through the dirty times in our lives...the ones we are ashamed of. He is there ready to help us wipe our feet...but most of the times He is forgotten. I want His joy back in my life every day... even in the dark times. He will be the light I look for during the night. 
I have pushed forward on this painting. Some things feels balanced and others feel undeveloped and not ready to reveal.  Truly a contemporary horse painting... on the edge of abstract right now.

“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
Laurie


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15 May 2016

The Great Puzzle... Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2016

38 x 58 Oil on Canvas in Progress.
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“Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Just sat on the floor in the entry hall today with Terry sharing about the finding joy again.  We will be spending more time over the next few weeks watching our life and tweaking things each day.  Not sure who we are right now. It is a puzzle.
There seems to be constant distractions that keep us from laughing and playing coy with each other and really getting in deep again to where we were about 10 years ago. OUCH... for me the last six years it has been FACEBOOK distraction.  Egads that soaks so much time out of life.  I have been fortunate to spend much less time on it but still love seeing pictures of nieces and nephews and staying abreast with my cousins.  Thinking I will reconstruct my page to be more private with only close family and friends and then maybe only visit it once or twice a week.
Television was one of Terry's old distractions.  He is not able to watch as much now as he spend most of his day trying to save things around the house from total failure. He has not built models in years and I know he wants to do that again...but we need to find things to do both together and apart that makes us feel satisfied with life... and let us live and enjoy life as God intended. 
Spending time with those that are important to you is at the top of our list... and there at the top is my mother. This summer we will celebrate her 87th birthday.  God is truly awesome.
Meanwhile we will work on our puzzle, sort the pieces and see if we can put it back together with God's help. 
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  James 1:5New International Version (NIV)
Laurie


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13 May 2016

I will be free...wanna come? Progress painting at the beginning on the canvas Laurie Pace



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38 x 58 Inches Oil on Canvas Beginnings
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“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” ― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
This is the first one in the new studio. Sorry it is not allowing me to adjust it a bit with the bad light. You see continuous lines evolving and revolving. In the midst of the calm is some chaos with the yellow squiggly lines. There is a heartbeat and a pulse already in process. No vision at this point or direction.
One thing I think about lately as we have gotten older is the lack of laughter and fun that was there when we married years and years ago. Where did that playfulness disappear to? Was it overwhelmed by the stress and daily bombardment of change that we did not weather well? Was it lack of faith and trust in God to provide what we need and our job was to enjoy the beauty of all the life and gifts he has given us?
How do we get it back?  The stress is chest deep right now, totally at the point of strangulation. WHY?  He gives us freedom of choice.  Buying this home definitely upped the stress game. Throw in Terry's problems with his eyes and corneal surgeries... add a shake or two of family issues that rise and fall with our extended family... and place a seven month old in the mix that you watch daily and tell me what you come out with. 
We have become too busy, too tired, too worn out, too negative and too serious. Why is it important to make a change? God wants us to enjoy this life. We have no idea if we have only today, or if we have a week, a month, a year or fifty years. What we do have is this day alone. Tomorrow may not come.
I was reading Rick Warren's notes on finding joy in a day. 
"When my kids were growing up, I determined that the number one thing I wanted them to know about our family was not that we were good or smart or whatever. I wanted them to know that they were loved and that we had fun together. I created all kinds of things just to have fun.
One of them was called Daddy’s Magical Mystery Tour. The kids loved it. It’s a hallowed reputation in our family. Now I do it with grandkids! When the kids were in preschool or grade school, I’d wake them up about midnight and yell, “Get out of bed! It’s time for Daddy’s Magical Mystery Tour!” And they’d get excited because they knew that meant that they didn’t have to go to school and that we were about to do something really fun, whether it was driving to a hotel with a pool or making an ice cream run.
You need to remember this: People don’t remember what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel. That’s important advice for a boss, a boyfriend or girlfriend, a parent, or a husband or wife." Rick Warren Daily Radio.
I rather like this idea.  I will be entertaining thoughts of what we will call our special "Day" and put this into action. We have to keep the baby about another month... and then we will have the freedom to pick up and go and do as we please. What can you do in your own life?  
I have all this paint on the canvas... ready to be pulled. The rhythm of the spirit of this painting will be determined by my mood and outlook as I pick up that palette knife. 
“People ought to enjoy every day of their lives, no matter how long they live” (Ecclesiastes 11:8 NCV)
Laurie


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11 May 2016

The Beginning of Wisdom Putting the Studio together with Laurie Pace



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Inside the Studio Mess
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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle
At last I can report the studio is surfacing slowly.  I even have pictures!  I began a painting in it last week that is shipping to La Jolla Gallery.  More on that as I post progress shots this week.
The mainstay of this entry is to be at the beginning of something... and wise enough to know it, recognize it and walk forward with it.  Good or bad.  The hardest thing for me is giving thanks for the things that are so hard and trying.  The days that you feel both mentally and physically drained and down... that it is so important to give thanks to God for this time and what you have before you.  The times you are sick and face with life and death situations... those are the ones I close my eyes... and really try to give thanks for them. We cannot just have thanks in the good times... we have to give thanks for those rough times because THOSE are the ones we grow from. Those are the times that make us stronger. 
Terry has been ever so patient and he is ever so worn out with everything that needs fixing here.  This ranks in the bottom worse three homes we have purchased, probably next to the bottom. It truly is hard to thank God for this watching it take him so low, so depressed and so tired.
The studio is unearthing slowly and the move out stuff goes to the entry hall and slowly assimilates to its assigned position in the house.  For to HIM I give thanks for this home.  It has a quiet beauty to it as we both feel it awakening to the love and care we have for it. 

So each morning as I wake at six, I am in the studio on my treadmill... which was suppose to be located in one of the extra bedrooms but it will not fit down the hall... and I give thanks that I have the health and ability to walk on it right where it is!
Little steps. 
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:5-6 NIV
Laurie


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08 May 2016

I am learning to sail my own ship... Sailboat paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 24 x 24   SOLD  Oil on Canvas.
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“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”  ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Letting go of paralyzing fear is not the easiest thing to do. Living with anxiety is like living without the ability to live for yourself. I have lived this way most of my life... despite everything that I have done. The survival to push and succeed came from my parents. I started modeling at age 14... and did that through age 35.  Even with marriage, a husband and three children arriving, I studied art and finished my degree with a major in commercial art.  I worked for an advertising agency for 10 years as head artist...and I was so happy at work. It was a dream come true.  I went back to get my teaching certificate and  then I taught school. I LOVED teaching school encouraging children to step out of their comfort zone to learn and push the edge.  Then came my art... painting and finding my way through the expressive zone of sharing what is inside of me. 
Despite the underlying fear that tried to hold me back, that mode to survive and be the best I could be would propel me forward... God was the wind behind my sails. Even at my worst point in life in my first marriage, I remember standing in the front of our home in Ft Thomas KY, in October... windy fall afternoon and leaves swirling around me... praying because i was so afraid I was paralyzed and could not even push past it.  I heard God speak to me that day.  His words rang through my body and my heart deep into my soul.  "You can do this. I will walk beside you."
I remember looking around because the voice seemed loud and right there with me.  I barely remember what happened after that but my life took a definite right turn and the winds picked up and I sailed forward.  This is over 25 years later from that day. I am learning finally how to sail my ship... my very own ship.  You know what... it is scary but exhilarating at the same time. God is at the wheel right next to me. 
 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:15
Laurie


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