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25 January 2015

In Her Father's Garden . Figurative Paintings . Laurie Pace



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 In Her Father's Garden  © Laurie Pace 2007  Sold
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 The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite 'go to' places.  If temperatures are cooperating, you can spend the day walking through miles of gardens and waterfalls right on the edge of White Rock Lake.  Even if you go daily, you see new blooms and transformations everywhere. Nothing stays the same.

Spending time with God is the same way as time spent at the arboretum. Nothing has to stay the same. You are changing every moment and God is there with you.  There is no time or place you have to do it the same every day. There is not really a practice either.  Developing your relationship with God is just that... a relationship. Give and take on both sides. You cannot have a healthy relationship if it is not a consistent one.  Shared commitment has to be there. He is committed to you. Are you ready?

Remember when you fell in love for the first time?  You could not wait to see the person. You could not wait to talk to the person and spend time together. You always put your best attention forward and the relationship took seed.  If the other person saw value in the relationship, they too invested time and energy into it.  

I truly believe that is what we should have with God.  We have to invest time and energy in our relationship with him.  We need to be as excited. We need to look forward to the time we spend with him.  So maybe it is time to think about ways to do that. 

Some suggestions are to read a Psalm everyday and reflect on it. You might write a prayer each week, like a letter or correspondence or an email. Try to contain the squirrels running around in your head and listen to what God is sharing with you. (That is hard) .  Did you get on your knees as a child next to your bed at night?  Maybe it is important to the recommitment to be on your knees or your head bowed.  When you read the Bible, reflect on the verse you read, reading before and after it to make sure you have it context. Let it simmer and steep into your soul. God might surprise you with some of His thoughts on it as well.  Be honest with God. Let him know the deepest darkest secrets... you fears, your worries, your desires; He wants to hear it all.  He already knows it, but he wants to hear you voice it and own it.  He is available 24/7.  

Take a walk with God. 

Laurie

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.  Psalm 25:4

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24 January 2015

A Moment . Today . No Worries . Laurie Pace . Contemporary Horse Paintings




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In A Moment ©Laurie Pace 2007  Sold
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Sometimes I just sit and meditate and ask 'Why' because I do not get what is happening at that moment.  It could be a painting conflict, a personal conflict, an untimely conflict; it could be anything unexpected that makes you think, Why?

For the past two weeks I have battled an allergic reaction to dust and dust mite residue in one of the rooms Terry was storing model boxes in. He had opened up and emptied the room into two other rooms upstairs, spreading the "joy".  You can compound that with the extra cold temps we had a few weeks ago where it hovered around 25-32 for about 10 days and our central heat ran non stop. So add in now low low humidity in the house, a feasting place for dust and dust mites. Humidity levels are running at 30%.  And we both wondered why we kept getting sinus headaches?

Over the next month the carpet will be removed from the game room, the media room and the three upstairs bedrooms.  The wood flooring has been ordered and Terry will install it.  We are investigating humidifiers debating putting one in the main system or just getting two of them, one upstairs and one downstairs.  The precious balance is the second fact that I am very allergic to mold and mildew.  

Somewhere has to be a safe place in the middle of it all.  So my meditation has been on God to stay centered. My prayer has been to be well for the upcoming birth of our grand-daughter.  But I cannot worry about any of this.  We can only use the knowledge we have to work forward to remedy the situation for this day and hopefully resolve the issues. 

Matthew 6 has a wonderful section on DO NOT WORRY.   Remember this and look it up.  Matthew 6:25-34.   I have only this day, today. I have only this moment right now.  Worry about what is to come is wasted time.  Meanwhile I am anxious to get back to my easel. 

Laurie

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34


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23 January 2015

The Good People Beach Walk . La Jolla Gallery Here I come . Beach Party Fun in the Sun . Figurative painting by Laurie Pace




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The Good People Beach Walk . La Jolla Gallery . 32 x 48 inches Oil on Canvas
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Jack Johnson singing in the background so I cannot help but do lots of color.  Have not painted a people painting in almost a year so it was time to do one for La Jolla Gallery opening. 

Thankful this morning for sunshine. Thankful for the day ahead and thankful for you visiting again. You are my inspiration to continue painting and journaling each day.  If you have not signed up for my newsletter, please do here.    I promise only one newsletter a month but you will get two thank you notes after you sign up.

You know how laughter is always contagious? As kids I remember playing the tummy laugh game. You first have to understand I was the youngest for the longest time and it was the older cousins and my older brother that thought up all the things we did when we got together. I remember us all laying on our backs in the basement where we played... with our head on someone elses tummy looking up at the ceiling. The oldest cousin at the end would starting laughing and when her tummy bounced, the next one joined in until we were all giggling and laughing hysterically. Does not take much at that age does it?   

I want the Good People to make you smile. I want the Good People to get contagious. The bright vivid colors and the joyful weaving of colors should tap right into your center for SMILING.  Whatever you are doing, I hope you feel the joyful presence I had painting this piece. It is through my art that I hope to share the joy this year.  You can Contact Liz at La Jolla Gallery below to get more info on this painting. 

Laurie

"For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Romans 14:17


Liz King Co Owner/Curator

The La Jolla Gallery

1274 Prospect Street

La Jolla, Ca. 92037 


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22 January 2015

Three on the Prowl . Wolf Painting . Laurie Pace . Wildlife Paintings



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Three on the Prowl . 24 x 36 . Oil on Canvas . Laurie Pace
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Proceed with care... you never know what is lurking in the woods!  Seriously I just finished this painting last week and took images of it while it was still wet, so this is a bit blurry I am sure.  This is one of my wildlife wolf paintings done in the same style as my painted pony pulls.  I actually started it as a commission in late December; I only do a few of these each year and most sell from my galleries.  As I began the painting, things changed for the collector; I decided to finish the piece up and list it here on my website. 

Usually my wolf paintings have 5 to 7 wolves in them. This one was only three.  Each wolf has his/her own personality and the sun is just rising behind the trees in the woods. This might even be a family with the youngest wolf on the far right.   Together they are making this journey, this prowl coming out of the woods. I think I may have to name my next one, Breaking LIght. I have so many ideas brewing in my head right now. 

Giving thanks each morning as I rise, I have a greater appreciation of God's hand in my life. Each day brings new opportunities and new choices of doors to open. Learning to share that joy with others is part of my path this year. Let the light shine brightly in your lives in each new day. With it you will gain a greater spiritual understanding for people in your life and for your life itself. Each one of us are expressions of God because God lives in each of us. 

Thank you for sharing this day with me!

Laurie

"But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full Day. " Proverbs 4:18


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21 January 2015

Sparking and Painting . Time Together Counts . Laurie Pace and Lady L




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Studio Time . Lady L and Laurie Pace . Painting Begins
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So finally after moving the studio, painting begins again.  Lady L is thrilled to be back at her easel and quickly chose the pink flower she wanted to paint this time.  I have not told her yet she cannot paint all pink flowers.  God created them in all colors, not just pink.  

We are both thankful you are stopping by to read about our day in the studio. They seem to be rare and one of my hopes is to share more time with Lady L here. She has a new baby sister due to arrive any time now. She is excited and so are we. More to be thankful for.

She draws it out on her canvas in Charcoal.  I actually had her draw this one upside down. It keeps the brain from locking in and seeing things the way it THINKS it is instead of drawing what is really there.  She laughed thinking it was just pure fun.   She chose a viridian green to put behind her pink flowers and she began the tedious job called "THE BACKGROUND".  Groan, she does not like that part.  While green is a nice color, it is not pink and the artist wants her pink in hand.  Her grandfather stayed the course with her because I had begun a painting of my own.  She painted a good hour before she tuckered totally out and wanted to return to her house.  Little artists get tired after painting and need a run around the yard and swing time.  She sold three paintings last year and she is ready to do it again.



I began with a charcoal sketch and then some extender and varnish brushed on top of it.  From there I began playing with colors. Right now I am stuck as I lean more to abstract and not representational.  This usually is my heart frustration.  Trying to control way way too much.  So tomorrow is another day and I will see where this piece is heading.  It is like each layer is experience part of the spirit of the painting.  Eventually I will feel the peace that I have made that connection.

Laurie

"The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. " Philippians 4:7

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20 January 2015

Come Spark with us . Lady L and Laurie Pace in the Studio . Sketches are Fun




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Sparking....
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Well Lady L and I are just 'sparking' away.  She giggled over all the sketches and images from last week.  She wanted to do some of her own and she did. We did zebras, horses, swans, kittens and giraffes.  The idea with this lesson it not to pick up your pencil from the paper until you are done. I call those 'one liners' . Very similar for me to contour drawing as well where you touch and draw but do not look at the paper and you do not lift your pencil.

Lady L is only five, soon to be six and she loves drawing and painting. She is very observant to details.  Her cats look like cats while mine...well maybe a dog/cat mixture?  I am not a cat person so perhaps that affects how I work on them as well.  Lady L's cats are all over this page and looking pretty content with life.  She really caught onto the idea of not lifting her pencil till she was done with the sketch of the animal we were doing. 

Lady L is definitely animated by the gift of the Spirit within.  Unlike me... she rarely feels sluggish or out of sorts. She is still young, exuberant and ready for life and joy.  On the other side of coin, I am ready for joy but not quite as fast to jump and run around the room like she is! We both have learned working together to expand our vision to see beyond the physical when we are drawing or painting.  Physical appearances are not always truthful representations.  By drawing these small sketches of animals in a loose new way, we both discovered a sense of joy in creating that did not have 'rules' with it.  With this came a deeper appreciation of our gifts. 

 From this fun day we will look forward to tomorrow and see what comes to mind on our canvas or our sketch books.  I am working on some new techniques and approaches to the canvas. I am not at a point where I know if it is something to share or not.  It never works out like my preconceived idea of what is suppose to happen. I end up standing around and staring at it alot and praying myself to move forward. Trying to retain the loose, joyful approach to painting like we did with the mini animals is hard.   



Come Spark with us!

Laurie



"Everyone whose spirit God had stirred - got ready to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord in Jerusalem." Ezra 1:5



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19 January 2015

Aunt Mary at Cousin Anne's Wedding. Open a Different Door. Laurie Pace . Times They are a Changin .




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Aunt Mary at Cousin Anne's Wedding.  Sold  24 x 36 Acrylic
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I was digging through old files from 2005-2006 and this was one that really made me smile. I did maybe six or eight pop pieces of art that year.  A hair dresser fell in love with this piece and as far as I know it is still happily living in the midst of hairspray and laughing clients in upper state New York.

"Times they are a Changin." A blast from the past, but oh so current. After all these years (Terry and I met when I was 11... that was 50 years ago), Terry knows I do not have a big funny bone in my body...but I do love to take songs and redo lyrics. Singing is like breathing to me. There is constant song in my head and give me a word and suddenly I will be singing.  So part of this Joyful Year is to bring back my music to my life with my singing, my guitar and my piano.

I seriously want to sing and play more .This is a video I made in the Spring of 2012 after the death of my father.  It was recorded for my mom on Mother's Day. She loves this song and we have performed it several times together. I was always the harmony to her beautiful voice and I played the guitar. It was not a song I knew in the sixties but it was one that my Mom learned and love for performing at ST Paul's United Church of Christ.   It is Marsh Steven's-Pino's "For Those Tears I Died". aka "Come to the Water" 1971.
We all have to move forward through changes in our lives. My mantra is usually "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."  If I say it once a day I say it 100 times a day. God will make sure I have everything I need.  Change is inevitable. It is transiting from one state to another.  I am challenging you to join me in JOY this year and make a shift in your life to always chose Joy as you move forward.

Laurie
"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child...; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways."  1 Corinthians 13:11

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