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20 September 2009

'The Rain' Contemporary Horse Equine Oil Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'The Rain'

5 x 7 inches  Oil on Board

Third in this series of small equine pieces.

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© Laurie Justus Pace    Graphics One Design 2009

The Painting:  This is the third in the series I did this week.  The Sun, The Moon and The Rain.

The Thought:  It was a sad day yesterday when I received the call that Patina of Marble Falls will be closing.  Marnie and John have put so much of their heart and soul into that store and the beauty and kindness they have brought to Marble Falls is unbelievable. They have touched lives and changed lives all for the better.

I do not know how the brick and mortar galleries are going to make it in this economy.  Everyday it seems to get worse despite the stock market and the analysts.  They do not walk in our shoes every day. Terry and I live off his American Airlines wages which are the same he made in 1991 with no hope of seeing a raise.  We have lost vacation time (1 week was removed from all mechanics every year), sick leave ( we get 1/2 day's pay instead of a full day's pay), some holidays are gone.  Try grocery shopping and running your household on the same income that you had almost twenty years ago. They are in contract negotiations at American with their pilots, their flight attendants, their ground workers and their mechanics.   Their executives all received hefty bonuses earlier this spring...the rest of us scrape and scramble.  Then they turn around to tell us they have no money. 

I had been teaching public schools for about 6 years in the early nineties.  I left teaching because of all the testing requirements and less teaching requirements.  We had to teach to the Texas standardized tests for each grade.  When we went to open house with our daughter at the high school last week, we were informed by both the history teacher and the science teacher that they had no ability to teach anything different that the scheduled calendar for that course mandated by the district. Mandated DAY BY DAY.  I think our graduating generation is in deep do-do if this is how it has been in our school districts. 

I started painting and selling my work in the late nineties...seriously selling.  I have been painting most of my life, but the work began to leave the house instead of residing in a closet.  With the economy slowing down I believe my art will be slowing down.  I have always painted every day and shared with you new paintings each day. With Patina closing I will receive back what is left in their inventory and will be selling it at reduced prices.  Earthworks in NY will also be closing their doors in December, but they are relocating to a new place yet to be found.  I will also be receiving back work from this gallery from my current show.  If you are interested in a list of work and images, please click here:

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                                         update: Already sold FIVE UP FRONT!  THANK YOU!

Changes is inevitable. Nothing remains as it is. If it did we would never grow and move on to new beginnings. My love goes with John, Marnie and Kim as this door closes in their lives.  The loss is that of Marble Falls and the surrounding communities.

Mahatma Gandhi said, "We must become the change we want to see."  Growth always involves change and with it comes risk.  Risk means stepping out and trusting God. For Him it is the known, for us it is the unknown.  Benjamin Franklin once said,"When you're finished changing, you're finished."  I am not ready to finish changing yet... I embrace change and growth. New tomorrows are filled with promise and today is here ready for living.

Can you accept the risk of change?


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