Two Loose Horses Times are a changing! Laurie Justus Pace

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Two Loose Horses
9 x 12 x 1.5 inches Mixed Media on Canvas

 by Laurie Pace  

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“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'” Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit


I am back painting in the studio with a changed studio! A New Day, A New Way… and yes these paintings will be available.  If they are tiny, they will be $125 and if they are mid small and up, they will be $145. They will be all sizes, so keep up and watch. Good time to pick up pieces that will appreciate over time. 

Fall arrives this week, but it really still feels like 100 plus outside. They say by next Sunday we will have cooler temperatures in the high eighties and cooler nights. We are 10 degrees hotter right now than any time in history. I have patiently waited through officially the hottest summer I have experienced in my 69 years. 

Starting something new for these days of fall ahead, are you ready? With this move into mixed media, it offers me the ability to paint when we travel and to not worry about paintings not drying for up to 3 weeks. I will still paint OIL commissions, but I want to experiment and  play, and what that means to you, new paintings will be popping up on my website, hopefully every week day... but not on weekends.  It should be a mix of horses, flowers and maybe people? IDK... day by day my friends. 

On the part of life, aging is upon us, all of us. Terry just turned 71 and I will turn 70 in November. We have been decluttering and stepping back out in the world. I saw my Mama yesterday and we had lunch together and I helped her clean out a big closet in their house.  Yet at the same time I talk about clutter, Terry and I are trying to adjust some areas in this smaller home of 6 years, to be able to handle clutter... but that is more in the kitchen with dishes and pots and pans. I have a tiny kitchen. I only have six upper cabinets. I have six lower cabinets. it is not just the lack of cabinets, I have very very very little counter space. How do you deal with things like this? Any ideas or suggestions are welcome. This smaller home is about 1850 sq ft, but too crowded in many ways.   

I saw the saddest thing on FB, where there was a photo of an older woman in an adult living center. She wrote how she used to have a 3000 sq foot home, and the adult kids and the grands use to come and eat and have holidays there.  As her spouse died, things changed and they moved her into 650 sq feet in her place now. Only two people can really visit...and she reported only one family still comes once a month, the rest come once a year. WHEN did Americans decided to put the elderly generation out of their lives? I think it was when they did the big push for cremation and skip the funeral and the gatherings.  I told my adult children NOPE.  I do not want to be embalmed... but I do want a simple casket to go in the ground. I want them to celebrate my life as a family with my grandchildren or if I am lucky, my great grandchildren.  (My mom is 93) 

There is a reason we have traditions, and watching Queen Elizabeth's funeral this morning proves it.   Americans are too demanding to having things now and hurrying on to the next day or next problem to solve.  I am not a problem to solve! Where is tradition in America? Where is educated language and writing? Where is the appreciation of our oldest generation and the wisdom they share? Where is consideration of other people and putting others first as Jesus taught us?  Someone has changed our 'climate' socially and I am not liking it at all. 

Thinking about this after the 'lock down' of 2020 and 2021... most of us have had enough. It is time to live and if you have not received the memo... it is time to return to life. See your parents and grandparents. Visit with your nieces and nephews, your brothers and sisters. We are not done living just yet. 


"For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!." Ezekiel 18:32

Laurie Pace - A Texas Artist 


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Laurie is an international artist, her paintings are collected in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, DuBai, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, St Thomas, Romania, Greece, Croatia, and Ecuador.  


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