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25 June 2010

Her Gaze Contemporary Horse Equine Modern Art Painting by Contemporary Texas Artist Laurie Pace

'Her Gaze'
18 x 24 Acrylic Glazing on Canvas

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The Painting: Experiment began yesterday. This was one of two I was working on. The first one was rather small and I can post it this week, but this one is beginning to work for me. Is it done? I don't know yet.

Life at the Lake:  It rained again!  We need to get our boat into storage for the next few weeks and are waiting for a day with wind and no rain.  It was a slow day yesterday for us...although I painted most of the day working on a new approach to the canvas.  When you do something new it takes months to grow with it to a comfortable level.  I think life is that way with everything.  Experience matters.  The more experience you have the stronger you are at that particular it painting, playing basketball or being a wife or a mom.  

The Thought:  
Yesterday I got my daily thought from Neale Donald Walsch

"...that virtue cannot separate itself from reality
without becoming a principle of evil.

Albert Camus said that, and he was right.
When we become too virtuous, when we think
ourselves to be oh, so right, we become dangerous
to ourselves and others.

Be careful of those who imagine themselves to be on
the High Road while everyone else is walking the Low.
If they really are on the High Road, they will offer to take
everyone else with them, not simply tell others that they
are going the wrong way."

The first thing I did was to define virtue:
        Definitions of virtue on the Web:
  • the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
  • merit: any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
By lunch time, Terry and I began discussing this.  It hits right up there with all the other words we took on this week to examine.  We are created in God's image, but we are human and with that comes our imperfections. Our children know from our time with them that it is important to learn from your every day experiences. Life is one huge educational experience.  You cannot avoid all mistakes, but you can learn from those experiences. It complicates more when these situations in life tangle with other people's lives and they are affected by your choices.  Rolls right back to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".  Your actions create a direct release of reactions in everything you say or do.  Your choices often complicate your own life but you find it easier to blame things on other people than look into your heart and accept responsibility. 

So I am not convinced you can avoid doing what is wrong all the time because we are human. The acceptance of responsibility is often hard but virtue blooms from the amount of learning from these situations. 

Each of us has been gifted with qualities chosen for us by God. Using these to serve is virtuous.  

If you are traveling a certain road, Walsh is correct, you stop and help others on the journey. It is when you walk past and leave them behind that you will find yourself going the wrong direction before you even know it.  Providing support for others and needed guidance is virtuous in the eyes of man and God. Working together to benefit the common good always benefits everyone. Finding the gifts and good in each person you meet in life may be a challenge, but it expands your horizons and strengthens and you learn to embrace the new and the difficult.

God is right there for you in your heart and your life. When you are in doubt, ask Him. Be aware the answer will NOT be what you think it is and it will often come in unexpected ways, so be prepared for change. Change is something you can count on.

Wanted to share this as it came in my email yesterday.  A fellow artist teaching a painting clinic for children obtained permission to use a photograph image of my pieces in her demonstration for the students. This is the painting one of the young artists completed. 

Hers above and mine below  'Running Beyond' 30 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas


"With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love," Ephesians 4:2
"Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out" Proverbs 10:9

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