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31 May 2008

Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

24 x 24 inches
Commission Painting

What is harmony? I know as an artist I strive for harmony in every painting I work on. Seeking a balance of color, line, space and shape, bringing into perfect harmonious pitch the blending of each of these elements. There are times I work a painting and it just doesn't work. Usually I attribute this to me being too much in control and not allow the spirit with in to carry the movement. Whether it be a realistic painting of a still life or a free handed abstract, it is essential for me to let go and not control but to paint what is seen or felt with out the distraction of owning the brush.

I think this applies to life as well. In our stressful schedules we run around like a chicken with our head cut off, visiting scenarios in our head, trying to figure out where we need to be next and what would be the best option to get everything done that has to be done by a certain time, and to transport folks to destinations, or help with anything for anyone....we are are constantly trying to balance it all like a waiter overloaded with plates. Ya know, eventually some of those plates are going to hit the ground. Same in your life. Stop doing so much. Stop overloading your life. There is no harmony when there is so much stress. Declutter your thoughts and your life. Focus on the Lord instead and find that inner peace. Trust Him, everything will work and you will accomplish what you are suppose to do.

Today I need to heed my own words! I am off to paint, clean house, clean up the yard, knock down boxes that are stacked on my front porch and try and stuff them into plastic bags, finish my business cards, finish my postcards for the galleries, finish my coa's, help my mom at her house, water trees and plants, do wash, bake, prepare food for supper etc etc etc.


"Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." -- Colossians 3:14

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