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31 May 2011

Sketches of Conductor 2 Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace, Ducks in a Row

Conductor and Pianist
Commissioned Painting in Progress
36 x 36 inches


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This is the beginning sketch for a commissioned painting in the line of the conductor I painted three years ago.  I am really excited about painting this because I play the piano. The woman I am painting this for is an internationally known conductor as well as an internationally know pianist.

As you know Lady L is visiting so my blog is short today.  Terry snapped this of  the two of us on the swing yesterday.


 Ducks in a Row

Does that ever happen?  Terry gave up making plans. He was weary of spending so much time and energy and then nothing worked... but he does enjoy God's laughter.   We are trying to make plans for the next three months... well maybe tentative plans??  Is that possible? Should we call them goals? 

Whatever it is called, we are trying to get our "ducks in a row" .

Where did that phrase come from:

1.  "How simple it seemed. My marks were excellent. The second year, reading Caesar's Gallic wars was not. That's where "Forty Ducks in a Row" came into being. Caesar's Latin actually read, "Forte Dux in Aro" - translated to "Brave Leader in Battle". We wise guys merely visualized it the other way perhaps because it was easier to remember.

2. "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, ISBN 0-06-270133-9
An American expression meaning to have one's arrangements completed, to have things organized or lined up; or, literally, to have one's skittles set up. In an American bowling alley the skittles, or pins, are called ducks."

3. From the Phrase Finder Forum
"Primitive versions of modern bowling were known many centuries ago. Pins of varied sizes and shapes were employed. Eventually they were standardized at fifteen inches in both height and circumstances. Originally called ten-pins, the equipment used in Europe was employed in the earliest American bowling saloons. The game was modified by introduction of a short, slender pin that was compared with a duck and, by extension, called them duckpins. So many people reset so many pins in rows that one who completes a task is commended as having put his 'ducks in a row.'

Can you hear laughter from heaven?

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” - 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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