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19 September 2009

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

'The Sun'

5 x 7 inches Oil on Canvas


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The Painting:  A second in my series this week.  This one has a brilliant gold background reminding me of the Texas Sun on a summer day.  Holbein Oil are a treasure to work with on this small prepaint of a larger canvas.
 Due to the closing of Patina Gallery and the coming return of work from Earthworks, which is relocating over the winter, I have compiled a list of available Original Fine Art Paintings.  Browse through and make me an offer!


The Thought:  I know I am getting older because my oldest son just had another birthday.  It is the inevitable.  He was so sweet sending me a gorgeous bouquet of white flowers.  I thought it was just as sweet when his Dad came in from the garden bearing a red rose off our JFK rose bush, or was it a Mr Lincoln?  and he added it to the bouquet.  I took some pictures but they are a bit blurry.

What is the old saying, "Are you humbly grateful or grumbly hateful?" 

When I was skimming around the internet reading and reviewing some of the billions of thoughts out there about old age, I came across a note about a book called "Thy Will Be Done" by St Francis de Sales.  The book is filled with his correspondence and thoughts.

"If you get tired kneeling, sit down. I beg you put yourself in the presence of God and to suffer your pains before Him. Do not keep yourself from complaining, but this should be to Him in the spirit of a daughter, as a little child to its mother. For if it is done lovingly there's no danger in complaining or in begging cure or in changing place or in getting ourselves relieved.  But do this with love and with resignation into the arms of the good will of God."   

"Isaiah the prophet calls Him the Man of Sorrow.  He loves sorrow. He understands sorrow and those who have them. Don't torment yourself to do much, but suffer with love what you have to suffer. God will be gracious to you madam, and will give you the grace to arrange this more retired life of which you speak to me.   Whether you are languishing or living or dying, the Bible says we are th elords and nothing but the help of His Grace can separate us from this holy love. Never shall our heart live save in Him and for Him. He shall be forever the God of our heart. "

I had to share I reread it at least four times savoring and retaining and embracing his words. I may have to find the book and read it.  There is a grace to be had as we grow older.  I emailed back and forth with Jill yesterday about how men seem to age a bit better than women as our face begins to fall with the rest of us sagging.   It begins to truly come to pass in your fifties.  I look at all the hype in the world on youth and I question why?  There is beauty in every day of our lives.  My life is who I am as is my body.  I am not sure there is any art market for it in the least, but if I could paint my heart's desires, it would be the face of woman in all ages and the hands of man through out his days.

Cultivate an attitude of gratefulness in old age.


Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

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