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30 April 2008

Horse Abstract Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

24 x 24 inches of Oil on Canvas

Back to work this morning! Back to my easel. As Terry packed boxes last night I was sketching out on the canvas with my charcoal. I like sketching in Charcoal, nothing is permanent and easy to adjust. Planning out my painting day is a help. I spend about two hours thinking about what I want to work on this week and then do sketches in my sketch book. After the sketch book, the ones that attract me still the next day end up on the canvas with charcoal. Then Wednesday comes and I begin to paint. Prayer, meditation and waiting often sitting for a moment and studying the canvas on the easel...and then I pick up my palette knife or paint brush.

In life we try often to plan. Goes back to time management I guess, or as well OCD where we really are serious about control and planning. Painting you find the painting itself takes on its own life and 98% of the time does not turn out like your original idea or sketch. I know God works that way. We pray, think, plan and pray some more, but once you make that plan, God is chuckling in heaven. He has other ideas for sure. Letting Go and Letting God is often the best plan. It does not mean you sit back and do nothing....but you can sit back and pray and stay constructively busy as you wait for His guidance. It will come.


"Moses answered them, "Wait until I find out what the LORD commands concerning you." Numbers 9:8

"but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

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