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06 May 2019

Three is NOT a crowd! We welcome the birth of our seventh grandchild, our fifth grandson. Laurie Pace

Justin left, Laurie Right, Baby in my arms!!!

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I know I have been gone almost a month...but family came first. We welcomed three weeks early, our newest grandson.  He weighed in at 9 pounds 9 ounces ... yes, three weeks early.  This is a three generation photo of my eldest son, myself and our new 'Logan Justus Brown'.  I know my Dad is smiling in heaven.   

Justin's first born, Jonathan, was my Parent's first great grandchild.  Seems fitting that Justin and Tara would come in with the last great grandchild. I hope my Mom gets to see him soon!

This is Terry, my husband, Grandfather to both Jonathan and Logan, the oldest grandson and the youngest grandson.  He is one happy Bampa.  Missing is Justin's middle son, The Bear. 

Be back posting again soon! 

STOP BY MY WEBSITE... I am posting there in my journal at least twice a week. 

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 



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12 April 2019

Family Painting in Progress . Horse Painting . Joy in God . Texas Artist Laurie Pace

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16 x 16  Oil on Cradled Birch in progress

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  Leo Tolstoy

Today finds me working on this painting above for a show in Iowa at The Bereskin Art Gallery.  I am honored to show my work there and thankful to Brad Bisbey for his friendship and help with this show.  I wanted to be there for the opening but we have a grandson due about the same time. I promise to post a photo of the final painting once it is done. 

This morning I was reading in Psalm 16. I have read this psalm many times in my life, but it was this morning it truly wrapped my heart.   We all seek to be happy.  My grandmother always told me happiness came from doing for others.  As I read this beautiful Psalm, my heart filled with joy.  JOY is better than happiness.  Joy comes through God. As we live our faith and serve others, we are touched by the intimate joy God provides us. It is the nearness of God that brings me comfort, solace, contentment and joy.  

Psalm 16:2  “I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”   It is only through Him we can find happiness and joy. 

Psalm 16: 11 “In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever” 

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 



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04 April 2019

Alone . Finding Self Worth . Horse Paintings for Sale . Laurie Pace . Pure Justus

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Lonely Boy 

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“I restore myself when I'm alone.”  Marilyn Monroe. 

At times in my life being alone was terrifying and other times I craved it. When I was younger, there were times I was really uncomfortable being alone. What I have learned in the past years is that silence and alone time builds a strength in understanding who I am, and that I can be comfortable in my life as this person created by God. Perhaps when we master the solitude of aloneness and quiet, we begin to find our self worth.  

Too often in life today, we are pushed by our own thoughts and needs to finish or accomplish things. We all set goals that are unattainable and our self reflection is then that of failure when we do not reach them.  Why do we make life a race? Why do we spend our days chasing after meaningless things trying to be 'all' to everyone, except to God and to ourselves. 

Your life should not be about trying to finish everything, but about enjoying the journey in life while it lasts.  Aloneness will allow your mind to ease into a slower mode and time to relax and unwind in your thoughts and your actions.  

Many of us are part of a family and 'alone time' is rare.  I am of the mind between social media, television, news media, and our political climate... we are rarely 'unplugged' and even that keeps us from being totally alone. If you can find that small window of 'quiet and alone', unplug at the same time. 

In reflection, the older I am, the more I realize, I truly can never be alone because the Lord God is with me. He goes before me. He will not leave me or forsake me. I will not fear or be dismayed.  Deuteronomy 31:8

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 



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01 April 2019

Looking Fear in the Face . Pure Justus . Horse Paintings . Laurie Pace Texas Artist

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Strength in Him 

16 x 20  Oil on Canvas  SOLD - Pure Justus. 

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt 

I began this blog on Sunday but here it is late on Monday. Terry and I are heading to Fedex with two large packages heading to Mirada Fine Art for a new Southwest Show coming up. Things have been crazy here.

I was finishing up three rather large paintings for that, along with the 60 x 90 inch triptych for San Diego...which he packs up later this week.  AND the small birch pieces for the Iowa show in a month.  

In the midst of this, the weather returned to winter suddenly. I had to dig out some sweaters to wear and we have one more cool day that borders on cold and maybe spring will be here.  God has been generous with His understanding as we make our ways through everything. Wishing you the best as we head into April.

Romans 10:17 "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ."

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 



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19 March 2019

Both Sides of the Story . Pure Justus . Laurie Pace Artist

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Both Sides of the Story

29 x 42  Mixed Media on Canvas . Pure Justus Collection
“This hand says you spend the rest of your life with me," he said, holding out his left hand, "and this one says I spend the rest of my life with you. Choose." Melina Marchetta

I did not even want to ‘share my thoughts today’ after I read this…but I want to share the rest of the quote.

“This hand says you spend the rest of your life with me," he said, holding out his left hand, "and this one says I spend the rest of my life with you. Choose."

She bit her lip, tears welling in her eyes. She took both of his hands in hers and he shuddered. "I will die protecting you," he says.

There was a look of dismay on her face. "Just like a man of this kingdom, Finnikin. Talking of death, yours or mine, is not a good way to begin a-"

Isaboe gave a small gasp when he leaned forward, his lips an inch away from hers. "I will die for you," he whispered.

She cupped his face in her hands. "But promise me you'll live first. Because nothing we are about to do is going to be easy and I need you by my side.” 

I do not know this author, I had never read this quote before… and the end, I need you by my side… so true in our families.  The father is the protector of his wife, his family and his home… but we need them alive by our sides.  In the turmoil of today in America, nothing is sure anymore.  I abhor politics. I abhor media in general and I totally cannot stand Social Media, yet I have to do it to maintain my own presence on the internet for my art.  So testing and learning ahead. 

This year is my experiment year to see if it really makes a difference for people to find my art.  The painting above is an experimental figurative one. Really pretty in person but not so much on the computer.  It is not quite this dark.  Pure Justus Figurative Painting.

“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 



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15 March 2019

Determined . Horse Paintings . Shopping Trip . Classy and Dressy . Laurie Pace Artist

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8 x 10 inches Oil on Cradled Birch Pure Justus Collection 
“He that can have patience can have what he will.”  Benjamin Franklin

Does that horse resemble Terry?

Today, Terry took me shopping to find something ‘dressy’ to wear to an event this weekend.  After loosing more weight since Thanksgiving, my closet only has jeans and tops in it… and some sweaters. Most every thing is swimming on me. 

The word dress or any form of it emerging into dressy does not exist.   He was in full determined game, but we should have gone to the mall and not to the Southlake Town Center.   

He was more determined than me. 

We  started at Anthropologie  ( I think that was the name of it.) Wonderful  bright island colors and some of the nicest personal helping you and matching things up. Problem was I am an artist with an addiction problem to color and this was worse than being in a candy store.  So it was from this land of color candy that I ended up at the stayed and conservative Ann Taylor and very disappointed with the lack of stimulation.   I stayed too long trying on four things that just did not wow me.

We took a short cut back to JJill where I started, originally visiting with store Manager Mandy… who I had spoken to for recommendations where to find what I was looking for.  JJill has wonderful everyday, casual dressy and good slouch clothes, especially their Pure Jill line.    I side tracked to Chico’s.  I have not shopped there in years. The first woman that helped me did not get the word ‘organic’.  I am a very non fuss person about clothes. They should be functional and comfy. Right?  After a bright beautiful pink dress, that I could wear this weekend and maybe Easter, and one black floaty long skirt…they had zero tops that the woman could find for me. I am not an EAT AT JOEs girl… I want classic.   As I change back into my clothes for the eighth time, she knocked on my door and said she enjoyed helping me but she was gone for lunch.  As I exited the room, I found Marilyn.  

Marilyn looked like a soul sister in her cute boots, trench type pants and layered tops, oh yes, and she had TWO pair of reading glasses on her head!  She had loved the black skirt when she saw it on me and I mournfully said, “But no tops.”   Within three minutes, she handed me a gorgeous long sleeve dressy sweater to put on the chiffon long skirt and she grabbed a beautiful tapestry type belt and pulled it around my waist. WOW. Marilyn sold me! 

 Terry’s determination paid off big time and everything was on sale! He told me next time we were going to Northpark to shop. More stores closer together.  I think we walked a few miles in the town center. We also just returned from a mile or more walking Annie a few minutes ago. Add that to the 2 miles this morning on the treadmill… it is a day full of determination.   (BTW… I am going to post this tomorrow morning… so you will read it the morning after.)

Numbers 6:24“ ‘ “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ’ 

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 



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12 March 2019

Be Kind and Generous . God Blesses Us Constantly . The Good People Series heading to San Diego . Laurie Pace . Pure Justus

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Human Kind . Be Both

60 x 90 inches  Oil on Canvas  and heading to San Diego.  
Pure Justus Collection The Good People Series
May we all be generous in all things this week and use the gifts God has provided for us to actually bless others and glorify God.  

Every day and night God blesses us constantly. He wants us to use His blessings to bless others.  He wants us to bless anyone in need, whether they are friend or foe. 

He knows your every need before you even know about it. He knows your every want as well.  He will always continue to provide if you are generous with what you have been provided.  

We do not 'own' what we have. We are all but stewards in our lifetime of everything we have. We cannot take it with us when we die.  Do you pile things up in your life, like shoes, purses, makeup, tools, paint, etc?    

What do you truly value in life?   We all tend to all value those things that will pass away over time, instead of valuing our Eternal Life with God. 

1 John 3:16-18

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 



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