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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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11 September 2016

Herd Mentality Abstract Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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Painted Pony 2008  Sold  TEXAS HERD
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“Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” ― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

I found this quote along with a few that really shook my brain... but I know each of us faces fear in our lives.  Then think about herd mentality and fear.  Seems to me like the media here is the USA thrives on presenting things through FEAR and it keeps a hold on us, swaying us all to certain beliefs that may or may not be true. The more startling and shocking news can be... the more they sell and make money off our fears and our seemingly endless thirst for drama in our lives.

You do not need to be part of the herd and you certainly do not need more drama in your lives. The current political scene has been churned up on steroids no matter if you sit on the blue side or the red side.  The more I read I have realized I am not either of these two things.  We have stopped watching the news as the media pushes us feeding into their frenzy. Are you running with one of 'those herds'?  Have you been swayed to believe things because you have 'done your research' on Dr Google who also supports the media?
As far as for Terry and I, we are in prayer throughout the day for this country and what lies ahead. I do not want to be apart of any 'herd' red or blue.  I want to live my life each day as God grants it to me, abiding in His word and using HIS WORD to filter every situation in life, every person, every culture, everything set before me this day.  I will not be swayed by my thoughts or reactions, the thoughts or reactions or opinions of others, or the current political correctness. I will be living in His word. 

What would this upcoming election be like if you kept the media out of it all?

"Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world." Matthew 24:7

Laurie


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10 September 2016

Losing the Race? Contemporary Abstract Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



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18 x 27 inches The Race is On    Sold
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“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” ― Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

The painting comes from early 2010.  Takes me back in time because Terry had pneumonia severely and I was total caretaker for him, while taking care of the house, our foster daughter and painting full time.  I was just coming off of eBay with contracts with galleries.  I was not sure I wanted to share this one today but I really really liked the movement and the colors. Sometimes it happens and you just stare at it. Not good or bad... just where did it come from running through your mind.

Following the quote... there are often paintings that do not make the grade, or feel right to me. Sometimes they are cleaned off the canvas and another painting is begun on top of it, or sometimes the canvas is shredded in the trash.   I cannot stop painting... I have to follow my passion and continue to create.  

I encourage you never to give up. If you are not living life as you need to, then you are not alive.

Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25

Laurie

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