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19 April 2010

Prepaint for Appaloosa Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Justus Pace

Pre Paint for Appaloosa Painting


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The Painting:  Leah sat and watched me sketch this off early afternoon yesterday.  This is on gesso board and will be done in a new technique I am using.  The sketch is not actually this dark but when I adjusted the photoshop image I brought it out for you to be able to see it. My surface is white and here looks speckled. That is due to the resolution I used.

The Thought:  With this move I have not had near the time to dedicate to my painting as in the past. I am leaning toward both technique changes as well as changes in my mediums.

I mentioned yesterday how easy it is to settle into  a routine and not vary from it.  The "known" is easy to handle and deal with.  Predictability has been established and routine is followed without a second thought, or even sometimes a first thought. 

Letting go of the known and the 'safe' things that we have is difficult for all of us. It is difficult to imagine life in any other way.  Unfortunately, or rather fortunately things have to change. None of us can hide from change. There are things in life that must be faced and accepted.  Our lives change.  Even when we desperately cling to what was and what is, we cannot control what will be. God has a tendency to knock us off our feet and back to our knees just when we think we have reached a safe plateau in life or that we have things in control.  

I have written many times about my dad and his battle with Alzheimer's.  It is really not his battle at all. He has no idea what is happening right now to him or to us.  My mom still battles his Alzheimer's.  It has brought much change to her life.  Nothing can ever go back to be as it was, only as it is now in this moment.  For my brothers and I, we have a different family make up now and my older brother is now the head of the family as the oldest male.  My younger brother has stepped up as well and they are trying to balance what is there to fill in the void for my mother.  Our family is in a constant evolution of change right now.

Close family friends face life and death with cancer consuming the father after a two year battle of chemo and surgery.  Their family is in a constant evolution of change right now as well.  At some point we have to accept what is there and know our loved one is in the hands of God.  They have been in His care all along.  We are the faltering ones that cling to hope of having it be as it was before.  Life cannot be that way.  Life changes second by second and we only have the now.  We can only count on the now in this moment of this day. 

I want you to live this moment this day and live it with the Grace He has granted you as well as the giving of the Gifts He has blessed you with to give of yourself to others.  Help those that face these dramatic family changes.  Learn from their experiences and accept what is life as it is.


That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”- Romans 10:9-10

1 comment:

SarahBowie said...

Since I am new to your blog I had not read before about your dad's illness. Your perspectives are inspirational.

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