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15 June 2009

Horse Equine Painting with Palette Knife By Laurie Pace

"Betrayed" ©Lpace

30 x 30 inches
Acrylic on Canvas


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©Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2009

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world." 1 Peter 5:9-10
The Painting: This is 30 x 30 Canvas and truly this size is one of my favorites to paint on. Terry hates boxing them! This painting looked totally different when it started. It was in all purples and blues with some yellow green... and look at it now. Learn more below in my story!

My Thought for the Day:

Last week must have been a weird moon week or something. I was on the Boards at Daily Painters and was reading a message from Micah Condon, the founder of Daily Painters about Maryanne Jacobson and one of her pieces. She had written about how the painting came to be and it had an emotional tug to it. It was about "seeing red" and "being hurt deeply" by someone you love close to you.

I felt such hurt and betrayal this week in my life. It literally shook the foundation of my soul like an earthquake. Something so small and yet so devastating. This was the first painting I did after the incident. I never saw red, I only felt emptiness, coldness and shock. When I took to the easel, I started with my favorite colors of purples and blues knowing they were soothing to me as I have been sorting things out in my head. My mom had spent the night as she still had no electricity after the storm... and I was painting when she came into the studio Saturday morning. I had a purple background and a blue and green horse going with white and gold mane flying everywhere. I stopped and cleaned up so I could do things with her getting her refrigerator cleaned out (3 days of no power is costly) and we made a visit to the grocery to buy new things. When I returned home, I stepped back and studied the horse...and it was empty. The head was bowed down as if in giving up or submission.

Then I realized survival is the only answer and moving forward is the only way to go. God has answers for me, but while I do not know not what they are, despite the emptiness, I have to live this day. So out came the greens, reds, yellows, violet blues and blacks. The horse became transposed by the action and thickness as the paint began to layer up and build. Earthy tones begin to mesh into horse flesh and out came this contrast of pose versus color....but the life and breath is there to carry on. I left the initial pose as it was. The horse's head is down. It is a reminder to me of this time in my life and I am humbled to be held in God's embrace as I gain back what I have lost.

Jesus was betrayed by someone close to Him. He knew the pain and the disappointment of the betrayal, but He also knew it would happen before it did. Why would anyone close to us, like Judas was to Jesus, betray us? Someone being close to you, having a trusted relationship should be a "safe" person that you entrust your vulnerabilities to. When you are betrayed by this person it can leave you speechless.

You have to step back and remove yourself from it if you can. Something had to step into their lives to change their priorities. They had to mentally make the decision to take the actions they took and by doing so, they denied the trust you had with them. Desires of the heart often do that to all of us at one time or another. We often think our actions are not harmful to others, but in truth they are. A small thing can change the world. Most likely Judas did not believe Jesus would be condemned to death...and did he do it for money or for showing of power?

We are all guilty of betraying people in our lives. Evil is in our world and we have to be careful not to be influenced by it. If our focus is on God, Satan cannot get into our hearts. The moment we turn our heads, even just to look, we are vulnerable to attack.

Your life is your life... look to God and live today.


Post note: this verse came to me today... like I had never read it before. I hope it speaks to you as it did to me.

"No one takes my life from me. I give my life of my own free will. I have the authority to give my life, and I have the authority to take my life back again. This is what my Father ordered me to do." John 10:18

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