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18 January 2019

Word like the wind... Appaloosa Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace, Contemporary Abstract Horses.



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Appaloosa in the Wind . 24 x 30 . Oil

Contemporary Abstract Horse Paintings 

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“Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.” William Shakespeare

Are you a talker or a listener? Not sure about what you answer to yourself here, but 95 percent of the time... I tend to be quiet and withdrawn.  Then there is that 5 percent where I cannot seem to stop talking. Usually that is where I am offering advice or a story that pertains to someone's question to me. I have learned as I aged, there is a time and a place to offer up information or advice. I know now that my kids do not listen to any of it....but they have suddenly aged and made me age considerably. Two of them are over forty and the youngest will be there in two years. 

Usually people talk when they want to share or offer up something that is vitally important to them. It could be based on almost anything. Let's face it, we all have an opinion about something if not everything.  We all want to be 'heard'. 

The older I have gotten, the more I realize the value in not talking. I enjoy sitting back and taking in all the conversations going on around me at family gatherings. You seem to learn so much more just smiling and nodding. Sitting back quietly gives you the ability to deeply consider the emotions and actions of those around you. 

"A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
 Matthew 12:35-37


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17 January 2019

In Flight . Contemporary Horse Paintings . Laurie Pace . Pure Justus . What are you twisting in your life?



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Eurus in Flight

Contemporary Horse Paintings - Pure Justus

32 x 48  Oil on Canvas  Gift Painting
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“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image.”  Thomas Merton

The thoughts scrambled today, but are about twisting things to fit our needs.

Back in the day that Jesus walked this earth and in his years of teaching, he was really up against it.   By this time and through all the years before, the Pharisees were reported to be "a quiet group thought to be respectful to their elders and harmonious and affectionate in their dealings with others."  At the same time they were thought to be defenders of the church and faith, but were they? the Pharisees would follow the guidance of their 'doctrine' and they interpreted the law. Through the years they evolved to a selective group of men that began to develop their own "brotherhood' patterns, thoughts and ways and not necessarily those of the church or of God's law. 

The Pharisees were opponents of Jesus and the Christian movement. By this time they had developed their own private way of taking God's commands and twisting them to fit  situations  as well as supporting their habits and that began their twisted beliefs. They 'twisted God's love and His laws to fit their needs.'

Traditions of man should not change or invalidate God's word. Disregarding God's word leads to a downward spiral of twisting His words to our personal needs and situations.  We should know the Bible and know God's laws.  If we only have casual regard for them, the divide between right and wrong will grow widely and we will not be left standing on God's side. 


We are called by Jesus to a higher standard. We keep 'traditions' that are man made, not of God's word or ways.  An example is the Pharisees washings of hands continually as a ritual before doing things, including eating. Jesus  responded in Matthew 10:11  "What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them."

From this the main thought is to consider all of your traditions or ways to do things in your life or your family life.  Your man-made traditions that come against God's law are not pure.  People can look good on the outside, but what is inside is not always the same. Human traditions are not of God. 

Mark 7: 9-13  'And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[a] your own traditions! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.” '

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15 January 2019

Being Thankful in all Seasons . Living your Life . Contemporary Horse Paintings . Laurie Pace . Texas Artist



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Eurus

32 x 48 inch Gift for a Friend in Progress 
Contemporary Horse Paintings
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Are you thankful no matter what? Perhaps you have lost your job recently, as the economy has continued to struggle. Or you may have lost your health, or a loved one. Such circumstances can be tremendously difficult. But even so, we all have much to be thankful for. Look with me at the story of a man who had every right to be bitter—but wasn’t." Billy Graham Nov 21, 2017  Read more here.

 Have you ever realized how often you are never satisfied with your life, or things happening around you?  Have you ever thought about why?  I can only speak for myself, but in my years I have often found myself focusing on what I thought I was missing in life that I needed and not on the bounty I had. 

I am also one of 'those' people that often buys things I do not need.  Yes I know it does not make you feel any better, but if things are dismal, the American solution is go shopping and feel better. That of course is just a short moment of fake contentment. You still return home to your life. 

I have come a huge way from doing that any more. I can actually walk into a Target store and not buy anything.  I do not have any needs and I can control my wants. Staying focused on things I do have makes me realize the abundance God has already provided in my life. 

Being thankful in all seasons traverses a daily path for me.  Sometimes hard to be thankful  when negative thoughts and judgements crowd your head. I find it is so much easier to see fault than it is thankfulness in everything. Change your thought patterns. 

 I  know that God loves you and me unfailingly.  Never wavering, he is forgiving of our blunders when we earnestly repent to him. I am so thankful to have my Father looking out for me in this life journey. Being thankful is a moment by moment prayer in our lives.  Count your blessings a hundred times a day. Look around you and find the best things in your current circumstances, the best one always being, the Lord is with you. God has this covered, not just seasonally but moment by moment. 

Thessalonians 5:18 "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

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13 January 2019

IMAGINE... Contemporary Wild Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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On The Run

24 x 48 Oil on Canvas.

Contemporary Horse Painting - Pure Justus 

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“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”   CS Lewis

I had not see this quote from CS Lewis.  The book it is in is entitled "Mere Christianity". I think I may have to add it to my reading list.  I began a prayer journal this year.  I have done well only missing one day in the first two weeks of the year.  I do a small study every night and I was doing a larger in depth study each morning, but I missed one this week.  Think I woke up late and the dog cannot wait. I should realize, God does not always wait on us either. I know at times he waits passively hoping I will step up and take the risk, or put myself out there or do something for His Kingdom I have been missing. 

There are times all of us need to strap on that armor of God and march out there. Satan is constantly on the move, he is not waiting, he is taking every opportunity he can.   So while reading God's word is good, and studying it is good and memorizing it certainly helps in rough times, seeking his will is always good... but sometimes if we are just 'waiting' we miss pushing back the evil darkness and shining the light of God's love around us.  Perhaps we have not taken time to sit and talk to Him or to Jesus and repent those things we have chosen unwisely to do... OR, what about the time someone took a swipe at you in mean conversation... did you speak back in love?

Wearing his armor, we have battle ahead and service ahead loving our families, our neighbors and our enemies. It is constant that we should be sharing his word and setting a good example in our lives. Sometimes we are given that opportunity  to help others with negative things in their lives. 

Let's wield our swords as we fight onward and outward with His light showing us the way. There are no limits with God. He builds us to be the place he can dwell within and shine outward. 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
~Ephesians 6:12

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12 January 2019

If you can't fly.... RUN. Laurie Pace Texas Artist Contemporary Horse Paintings . Pure Justus



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Painting in Progress  Sketch on Canvas with Graphite

24 x 48 inches canvas
Sketched with graphite first and then covered in Clear Gesso to maintain some of the sketch through the final painting.  First attempt at this and I love it! 
Contemporary Horse Paintings
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“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr. 

This was a fabulous journey so far. It began with the sketch you see above and the painting is entitled appropriately, "ON THE RUN". 

I was reading in my daily prayer book yesterday about being present... being focused on God.  We get so caught up in daily chores, work, cooking and cleaning, we stop filtering things through God or even remembering to seek Him in prayer and in mind before we act or react or do things.  God has not left the building... we have. God has not left our lives, we just are not filtering things through him any longer. 

Psalm 123:1-3 I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt."


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11 January 2019

The Race is On . Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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The Race is On

Contemporary Horse Painting with stunning colors.

18 x 24  Oil on Canvas  

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“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”  Johann Wolfgang Goethe



It has been a busy time the past week and I have not had time to post at all. Our dog, Annie, has been sick for four weeks. She finished up her championship just to come home with Paddy over the rainbow bridge and her very sick with Hook worms.  The problem was they did not find them for four weeks.  Absolutely unforgivable in so many ways. I could not even begin to describe what was coming out the back end of our precious dog, nor would I ever want to share the photos. So for the past week things have been really precarious here as she was finally diagnosis last Tuesday.  This is Friday and we are seeing positive recovery in her personality and her appetite! 

The painting above I was working on and have not decided to leave it simple as it is, or to mess it up with my palette knife. I am going to let it set in the studio on an easel and see how it feels. Meanwhile I put it up as it is painted right now at an affordable price is you love it as it is. Powerful with color and contrast, it is a beauty.

Ephesians 4:22-24  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

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05 January 2019

Great is your Faithfulness . Horse Painting in Progress . Laurie Pace, Texas Artist, Pure Justus



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Horse in Progress

24 x 48  Painting in Progress 
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“Not always getting what you want, but sometimes getting what you need.”  Stephanie Perkins

I have made some strides with my painting... this is all background to come through the on coming layering. This contemporary horse painting is a tall one... and I am not sure what direction it will take this week. I will keep you in the loop. 

Tomorrow is the 12th day of Christmas. We usually leave Christmas treasures up till then, but we had such bad weather the past few weeks... we were ready to do it a day early.  Terry was a champ bringing all the boxes down from the attic and the granddaughters came and helped us take the ornaments off and carefully placed them into the ornament boxes. 

I did much contemplation this year as we lived through the holidays.  I am going to urge my adult children not to rush the holiday.  Putting the tree up two weeks before Thanksgiving is rushing things.  The hope with advent is the anticipation, prayer and contemplation of the coming birth... the journey of Mary and Joseph, the angels and their announcement to the shepherds, and the lowly shepherds in search of the babe... as well as the wise men King Herod sent out to find the babe. 

If the tree is up before Thanksgiving... you lose ALL the anticipation.  ALL the hope.  ALL the waiting. ALL the excitement as Christmas Eve and Christmas come to fruition. If you have Netflix, make sure you catch The Christmas Candle

Stepping back and allowing God to work, providing us every moment with what we need, be it strength, healing, love... He will provide it and He will walk through everything with you. 

You have 354 days until Christmas this year...savor the anticipation.  

Lamentations 3:22-23  "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."


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