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16 February 2011

Beginning Sketch IN HIS GARDEN, Two Young Girls picking Flowers Oil Painting by Texas Aritst Laurie Pace

   In His Garden
      3 ft by 4 ft  Oil on Canvas 
     Commission Painting Sold

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 © Laurie Justus Pace     Graphics One Design 2011
 This painting will be a journey of love. I am going to share parts of a story that I can share while still protecting my collector. This is a beginning sketch above on the canvas.  I was playing around and realized afterward I had not put a coat of light acrylic on the canvas before I began sketching. I will be approaching this painting differently.

EIGHT years ago a young woman saw this smaller painting and really wanted it.
EIGHT years ago it was purchased by a man for his wife and the young woman was very disappointed.
FOR SIX YEARS the young woman kept the painting as her screen saver.
LAST YEAR the young woman was diagnosed with cancer and died a short time later.
FOR MONTHS her husband tried to find me.
LAST MONTH I was called by an out of state Gallery asking if they could share my address with a buyer trying to reach me. They did not do computers.
TWO WEEKS ago I received a long letter from the young woman's husband.
TODAY I began the journey of painting a 3 ft by 4 ft painting for him for their home.  In this painting will be a journey of itself with much revealed about this young woman, her life, the lives she touched in her short time here on earth and the loss felt by her family, especially her husband.

The original painting was only 24 x 30 inches. The new one is 3 ft by 4 ft.  My concentration as I sketched was to maintain the relationship between the girls as they walk the path. IN the first painting the girls are at the far left side of the canvas toward the center leaving  a clear path to the right. Much in life is ahead of them.  On the larger painting I have the girls both more centered as I am telling more of a story and they are midway through their journey. There is a concrete bench with a flower and a worm, where they sat just moments ago counting the flowers they had collected. Across the path a dead bird is sketched in... and there may be a bunny and a cat as well... still thinking. The younger girl is carrying a basket and filling it with flowers...slowly making her choices of what she picks. The older girl leads the way for both of them. She has a rose in hand but is eagerly looking to what is ahead on the path as her eyes catch a butterfly in flight.   Will it stay like this? I do not know.. but I will begin and you will be part of the journey. 
Just a quick note to remind you to sign up for my workshop. I had an email already asking what level it is... and it does not matter if you are a beginner or have been painting for 20 years. What you will experience will benefit you no matter where you are in your artistic journey. I have 30 years experience of teaching art. 

I went tonight to visit Selah Inn.  I can only say in all honestly that I have never stayed anywhere that touches the beauty and the comfort of this bed and breakfast.  My husband was bowled over by what is there and the feeling of serenity seeps through you as you walk through the Inn and out into the acreage. There are numerous lakes, hiking trails, fishing and lots of things to paint. It will be a three day stay that will bring a new slant to your life.  Please join us in May.  CLICK here to read more... Rooms are limited. I will mark them as they are reserved. If you have a gaggle of friends and want to come..there is one room with a large king bed, a twin trundle and two very comfortable bunk beds. I think it was the HOPE room.  It would be a wonderful slumber party with a huge porch balcony for watching the lake and the sunset. Many of the rooms have their own private sitting rooms as well. Click here for PDF of workshop.

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” - 1 John 4:10


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