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24 September 2009

'Early Fall Dance of the Ponies" Equine Art Modern Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Justus Pace

'Early Fall Dance of the Ponies'

30 x 30  Oil on Canvas

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 © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2009

The Painting:  VIBRANT colors for sure as this one was painted over a two day period of colors and scrapping.

Coming soon... My Flower Pop Art Series will return; here are the pre-sketches:

I have already finished the top left sketch ... the painting of it at least.  Watch for it on the blog. This series is 30 x 30 but I may throw in some small ones for test paints too!  Be ready to make me an offer to pop some color and beauty into your home.

The Thought:   Our teenager posed a conversation yesterday on beauty.  She skirted around issues that are obvious, like beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and beauty is as beauty does.  Terry and I enjoyed conversing with her and just watching her brain work as she begins to explore new thought paths.  She explored the facade of beauty that the media presents. She climbed through the terror thoughts of what is beautiful to a mass murderer. (She did not like it, but we had to think about beauty through the eyes of evil as well.)  We covered the birth of a baby yet how mothers react differently to the responsibility of caring for their babies once they are here.  Ying and Yang hit with you can't have beauty with out ugly. She and her dad covered benchmarks for establishing beauty.

Frustratingly at one point she stopped and said, "One could write endlessly on the subject of beauty."  We both grinned at her.  She realized then if she was to write about beauty she had to chose her perspective.   Every person has their own perception of beauty and that is established in their brain at an early age by what they are exposed to.

So last night found Terry and I laying in bed discussing what was beauty.  We had been visited by his cousin Bob Pace and his wife Annette.  They are "retired" at fifty and sailing the Carribean full time in their "home" on the water. The images they shared on their computer were undeniably beautiful to both Terry and me. The sun setting in Bob's backyard each night of his home on the water is breathtaking.  When I asked what were the biggest fears .... it was always Weather.  They stay on top of the weather.

I cannot even begin to imagine the beauty of "living" with so much less... less stuff, less earthly responsibilities, less traffic, less stores, less people, less conflict.  I would love it for just two weeks...but to have that freedom every day at age fifty?   Terry and I blew past that years ago. We are still trying to climb out of college debt and medical debt.  Our life is given as it is today and beauty if found here, right now. We only have to open our heart to see it and feel it.

Beauty is holding Terry's face in my hands and staring into his eyes.  Beauty is holding my granddaughter while she is sleeping.  Beauty is in the birds singing right now in my backyard.  Beauty is in the first breath of fall with cooler temperatures today.

Beauty surrounds us and uplifts us and gives us hope. Beauty is God. Beauty is good. God is good.


"One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple." Psalm 27:4


1 comment:

Grammie Jan said...

Beauty is also Laurie - Laurie in her everyday life even with all its busyness, beauty is Laurie with Terry, beauty is Laurie in every piece of art she births, beauty is Laurie with her children and grandchildren, Beauty is Laurie with her friends......oh, someone stop me, please, or I will go on for pages and pages. :-)
Hugs to you sister.

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