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30 June 2010

Cowboy Oil Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Justus Pace

'He's Not Kidding'
12 x 16  Oil on Board

Just the beginnings... stay tuned for more. 

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The Painting:   I am working off one of my own photographs I took about a month ago.  I took some good shots of some local cowboys doing a performance. I have not done portrait type work in awhile so this is a wonderful painting exercise. Too much fleshing yellows so I have to overlay some reds and blues and purples with some raw umber mixed in.

Here is my photo I am working from. I have a ways to go, and Debbie, No no no to this green gunk in the background... ??? WHAT???

Life at the Lake:   Was watching it rain, be cooler, have strong winds, pick up big falling tree branches... painting, washing, more painting and making homemade soup and cornbread.

The Thought:   Last night as I was still painting around six, Stacey called and said, "can we skype you?"  I said of course.   Stacey has to figure out the sound issues though as we could only see them until we phoned and had sound on her end.  

Stacey, Tink and her Farm Animals

Modern internet is such a marvel...this is the best part yet watching our grand-daughter from miles away.  She is still very memorized by seeing us on the screen, so she doesn't talk to us much.  She loves to show us the animals we have been sending from the country.   We make a trip to Mt Pleasant to the Farm store and buy these collectibles from Germany. She has a big red bag she carries them around in and she always drags them to the computer when we talk.

Made me think last night as I laid in bed about skyping God.  He sees what we are doing all the time, but sometimes I yearn for that face to face conversation. My dad  always taught us to look people straight in the eye when we talk to them.  Kids always ask "what does God look like?" So what does He look like?

In the bible in Exodus 33:20 "And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live." (Okay, so maybe Skyping Him is not the best idea.) Through out the bible there are accounts of God revealing himself to man...but not figuratively... maybe in the rainbow, or like a brilliant light or fire, rushing waters, stars, swords etc.

As an artist I feel like I see Him  all around me all day long.  He is in the birds I hear before dawn. He is in the darkness of the bedroom.  He is in the sun as it rises and the desert roses as they open every morning.  I see Him in literally everything.   God is love, God is a Spirit, God is woven through our lives and our world; through our hearts and our souls.  God is in me and He is in you. He is power, passion, joy, sadness, laughter, pain... He is everything.
How would you describe Him to someone?


1 John 3:2  "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."

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