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19 February 2017

Silence is strength. Sunset Photography by Laurie Pace



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“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

This was the sunset the night before we moved from Lake Cypress Springs to our home in DFW area in March 2013.  We left a life behind that we do miss. . . of living in the country and having God's beauty surrounding us constantly.  We left the lake to be closer to our grandchildren and unfortunately the mold on the trees at the lake were affecting me to the point of massive headaches five days out of seven and total sinus failure.  Sometimes the most beautiful things in life can be dangerous for you. (That is true in relationships as well.)  

This beauty is a constant reminder of the three precious years we lived in Mount Vernon, Texas at Lake Cypress Springs. God continues to bring to us beautiful sunsets where we live, we just need to get out of our house and sit and enjoy them more.  We do not have the trees, the lake and the privacy, but God is present right here too. His beauty is silently surrounding us and nurturing us.

Where is the silent powerful strength in your life?

 "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5


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11 February 2017

Do You Build Walls or Bridges? Landscape Painting Bridge by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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“No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

I have a simple question this morning . . . do you build more walls or bridges in your life?

Most people are not in the middle... they do one or the other.  It is a choice we all make if we form walls or barriers or if we build bridges to cross and meet others.

While it is true, we all need our space and boundaries set in our lives, but do we need to erect a wall to do this?  I know in my life I often need a spiritual wall of protection or for meditation and prayers.  It is my space and for me it is divine. No bricks, mortar, wood or stones. 

The walls I am talking about are the walls be build around ourselves fueled by fear, lack of forgiveness or just wanting to hole away and put up a defense. Those walls that isolate you. The taller you make these walls, the longer it takes to climb back over them.  If you build enough walls in life, it makes it impossible to even get to God and heaven.  

A bridge is built to open a path to the other side. To span and connect two places. It is not easy. The strength and muscles needed to build a bridge to hold up under all 'weight' creates thought, discipline, strong muscles and faith... and is often filled with times of trials to make it safe and secure. Bridges are built with faith and humility, wisdom, fortitude, knowledge, acceptance and community. They are built with others in mind to connect.

"So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last." Matthew 20:16


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09 February 2017

Happiness Is . . . Figurative Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace




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“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz

Happiness is yours. It says so by our Founding Fathers.  In America we have "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".   Do you have it?

Happiness is yours ONLY if you chose it to be yours.  It seems elusive at best, but it truly is there you just have to look at things differently.  

We cannot control circumstances around us.  We cannot control outcomes. I know in our Bible study it spoke about control and circumstances. God has this... He really does. We tend to get into mindsets that things can only be one way and when we do, we are clearly cutting God out of the situation and our life. 

The first step in finding it is realizing you cannot control circumstances and you should not take responsibility for circumstances that are out of your control. You can only control YOURSELF... not anyone else. You control how you act and react to things in your life. Choose HAPPINESS. 

A sorority sister and a sister for life, Melanie once told me the importance as you live your life is not living it just for you but for a legacy. We cannot be self-absorbed and be that ME generation that is growing up right now. Live for the betterment of others. Surround yourself with good friends and develop deep relationships with them. Keep your finances in order.  Do no harm. Look for the best in every situation and person.

"To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26


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08 February 2017

Twilight Fell . . . Flower Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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“Twilight fell: The sky turned to a light, dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This was a painting probably from 2007 maybe or even 2006.  I love the freedom and  the relaxed brushwork in the painting.  It was time for a throwback this week. 

The color purple has always been a favorite in my home... in various shades of violet to the deepest of eggplant.  Purple embodies the balance between the stimulation of warm red and cool blue.  This can cause unrest or uneasiness for some people because it is not easily defined as cool or hot. In history the mystic of the color has royal qualities and is often loved by creative people and by young girls. 

Here are some tidbits this morning:  Read more at Sensational Color.


  • In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husband's death.
  • The purple in the US Military Purple Heart represents courage. 
  • A man with the rank of Roman Emperor was referred to as "THE PURPLE" ... a name that came from the color of the robe he wore.  
  • In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.
  • Purple was the royal color of the Caesars. Julius and Augustus Caesar, both decreed that only the emperor could wear purple. When Nero became Emperor, the wearing of purple was punishable by death! Laster years the works who made the Imperial Purple worked for the Emperor. Then magistrates were allowed to wear togas decorated with purple ribbons. 
  • In pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian form of egg dying, purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience and trust.
  • Purple denotes virtue and faith in Egypt.
  • In tudor Britain, violet was the color of mourning, as well as the color of religious fervor.
  • Purple is representative of 'pride' in Christianity.
  • In Christianity, purple is associated with Advent and Lent.
  • Catholic Priests wear purple vestments before performing Reconciliation.
  • Purple was the color of the first dye made by man. It was called Mauveine and was made out of coal tar.  1856
  • Purple represents Jupiter
  • Leonardo Da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of a stained glass. 


My Tidbit this morning: In Exodus you find the word purple in 26 different verses.  

"The sash was made of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn—the work of an embroiderer—as the LORD commanded Moses."  Exodus 39:29


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05 February 2017

Are you Awake or Dreaming? Contemporary Horse Painting by Laurie Pace



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The Clearing  Size: 36 x 48  Oil on Canvas.
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“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

This is one of those quotes you need over your bathroom mirror when you get up each morning. It is too easy to look outside of ourselves and busy ourselves with 'things' and avoid facing reality. Living to grasp life at its fullest is rare these days. Too much time distracted by computers, phones and ipads. No longer do we consider face to face conversations valuable, or handwriting a letter. Even in our schools they are NOT teaching handwriting. It has become a lost art. 

I have begun to wonder about civility. With the stormy year past of 2016, I have watched family relationships and friendships fall to the wayside without thought to the loss. Words fly on FB like harsh lashing debates and echoes of ME ME ME.  No civility, no humanity, no consideration and no love.  Everyone ones to be heard as their hate echos through empty halls where no one listens anymore.  We choose what we let in our lives and our hearts. 

There is another quote I will slide in here that i love.

“Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.”― Karen Armstrong

Seems to really apply to the reason of this painting. The Calm after the Storm.  When you examine your heart you face reality. You have choices on your actions and words as you go forward. Do you carry the storm with you?

 "Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy." Proverbs 12:20. 



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04 February 2017

Good Guys Wear White, Right? Contemporary Abstract Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 36 x 48 Oil on Canvas.
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“Eve: Anyway, thanks for riding to the rescue. You need a white hat. Good guys wear white, right?
Roarke: I look better in black.” ― J.D. Robb, Treachery in Death

So this is the guy in the white hat... he is in the lead and he is in the light.  He has plunged through the ribbon at the finish line and nothing but calm lays before him as he breaks into the peace.

When was the last time you felt you had ARRIVED?  That for the moment and maybe a day... you are safe, good and it feels like nothing could happen.  Those are rare times. Life and the years I have lived remind me of that. Just when you think you are there... something gives.  God's sense of humor amazes me.  Meanwhile I am still working on this painting. I will post a almost finished progress shot tomorrow...but it is in the 'baking stage' as I watch it waiting to see if I feel like it is complete.

 "Too long have I lived among those who hate peace." Psalm 120:6


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A Texas Artist 


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03 February 2017

One Cannot Exist Without the Other Painting Progress by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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 Size: 36 x 48  Oil on Canvas.
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“Flame and shadow. One cannot exist without the other.” ― Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

So with the theme of the show being the Calm after the Storm, it pulled me into you cannot have the calm if you don't have the storm.  It is that Yin Yang thing.  Love/hate; tears/laughter; sad/happy; day/night.  I think you get my point.  So in the painting I am thinking of contrasting things. Each horse had to have something that makes them apart and unique from the others. What is a painting without contrast?  Pretty dull.  Meet the Red horse just breaking from the storm.  Life/death.

"Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame". Song of Songs 8:6 


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