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19 August 2009

'Thunder Run' Equine Horse Painting by Laurie Pace

'Thunder Run'

24 x 30 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2009

The Painting: Not sure if it is done yet. It began with washes of deep blues and violets and then on the very wet canvas I used my fingers to form a horse in the loose water. From that point I began to see the movement and the motion of it stretching forward in the run. Layers of acrylic followed and the play of colors brought out the liveliness.

The Thought: Still on work vacation. I truly dislike these. The shower was suppose to be worked on in July and Terry is still putting in 12-14 hours a day tiling. He finished the back wall of the shower with all the intricate piecing and today will begin back with the large chunk pieces of tile. He has a wall about 8 x 6 feet to go and then about 6 sq feet on the floor to finish up. After that comes the layer of mortar that goes on top of the shower pan and then that tile. Still have not heard from the bank to set up the appraiser coming. We have to be very close to finished when he does come. We have two weeks left of vacation.

One of the reading things a friend sent me talked about the doer and the doing. "the enthusiasm is half of the journey to success and all of the journey to joy." I have to agree with that watching Terry do this shower. Despite the grueling task he faces with it, he has remained amazing joyful on the journey. He has taken this on with true gusto.

Life has to be taken on that way to fully enjoy it as well. If you are so busy doing so many things, you dishonor the real things in life you are called to do. Spreading yourself thin in so many areas accomplishes very little. You will end up doing a half-hearted job just to get through and move on to the next thing.

Today I challenge you to do one complete thing with "gusto"... do it with joy even if it is not your favorite thing. Joy is there for the taking, so why make the journey without it?


"Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy;" Psalm 98:8

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