WE REMEMBER MOMENTS Thoughts to share and hoping to Paint again ... Laurie Justus Pace

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Spring 1976

 "We don't remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

I was on the treadmill this morning watching part of a movie doing my 3 miles.  This quote was in the movie and it stuck with me. There are some days I remember, but truly only because of moments in that day. 

I remember vivid moments of securing my first job at age 16.  I saw an ad in the Sunday Dallas Morning News by Neiman Marcus hiring an artist's model. Back in that time they hand drew the ads using people wearing the clothes.  Personally I like it better than today.  I was hired and I worked there that summer and all through my Senior year in high school... I took one morning class and hoped a bus to downtown Dallas.  The time I remember it happening but the memory is the ad that I cut out of the want ads and held on to it and even have it today. 

From that experience of working there a full year through that next summer, I took a wardrobe from Neiman's to college I will never forget. This would be fall of 1970, and the moment I remember was walking through the student union building in a backless top that was secured around my neck and waist. There was not one person NOT looking at me as I whizzed through. It was violet color, my personal favorite. 

I think the next MOMENT was when my first son was born. His birthday is this weekend on Saturday.  He came a bit early, but I had been in on and off labor for a week and was dilated to 8 when I checked in.  I was told that my best friend from La Maze was there also having her baby but she had to have an emergency C Section.  I distinctly remember telling the person checking us in there was a mistake, that I was going to go back home and come back later, or maybe just have the baby at home. (the photo above was at three months old taken in Jan 1976.)

We all have moments in our lives that are solid moments and sure we remember it occurred in a day...but it is that moment that brands it in our heads for life.  Do you remember that old Haley Mills Movie called Parent Trap?  In the first part of the movie, when the girls meet at Summer camp, they each go home to the wrong home. The seen of the girl smelling the peppermint on her 'grandfather's' jacket left an impression with me forever. I began associating smells with special moments. My Dad's cologne, my mom's stuffed bell peppers cooking in the oven, the smell of rising yeast and baking cinnamon rolls...  Smells make moments permanent. 

Well, if smells do, how about touch?  Yes, touch can do it too! 

I would encourage you to think of happy moments and times that left an impression in your mind. Right now in the world of chaos and trouble, politics, war and broken borders... we have to remember things that were blessing moments for us. 

There are changes again here at the studio. I feel a calling to return to painting again and creating. Terry has to figure out the filtration for drying my work with out the smells throughout the house. 

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So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Then the land had peace forty years." Judges 5:31

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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