© G.O.D. Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2014
Horse 47 Facing the Light
Size: 12 x 12 Oil on Canvas.Contemporary Horse Painting
As I painted Facing the Light... I decided to keep this painting uncomplicated. It has thick layers of oil and movement with texture. It does not have a complicated layout... it is simply woven together.
The joy was in the simplicity.
We often search for something or someone to make us happy. Same with artists painting on a surface... constantly looking for that perfect painting. Does perfection come from something outside of ourselves? This is when we should turn inward and look for the discontentment and what is behind the discontentment. Something is lacking inside of us. The circumstances in life do not define us. As an artist they do not define our art unless we are using those circumstances to communicate our feelings and express it directly onto the canvas.
Joy is inside of each of us. It may be buried deep and still waiting to burst forth. Why is it, as an artist or a person, we do not give ourselves permission to be joyful? Why does everything have to be the hard long painful way? The joy inside of us was planted by the Spirit and is woven into each of us. We carry joy 24 hours a day. We need to learn how to experience it again, be it in our art or our lives.
No more waiting today for something 'good' to happen... it is already happening. Your Joy is there... let go and get Joyful.
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