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02 October 2014

Three at the Watering Hole, Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace




  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 24 x 36  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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It is almost mid-morning and I have been painting in the studio today.  I did not bring my camera upstairs though so I cannot share progress, but I will perhaps tomorrow. The horses I am working on today were charcoaled onto the canvas about five days ago and I have literally been waiting patiently to paint.  I was up early this morning; I am showered and have wet hair curling wildly as it dries, pulled in clips from my face to keep it out of the painting process.  Terry was super great and had a protein drink ready for me an hour into the piece...and I returned to work another hour, just now breaking to prepare for the arrival of Lady L (Granddaughter} I am home schooling and lots of good things brewing in my heart waiting to return to the studio after twelve today. Lunch will wait!

Waiting is an interesting  word.  We get up each morning either tired and worn and not looking forward to the day, or we are up in excitement and anticipation of something special that day.  In the middle between the two risings is the one that is sweet, slow and easy.  My mother has been an inspiration to me always.  She is now 85 and moving through every day with grace...with God.  As she awakens each morning she begins her day with God.  God does not have to wait to hear from her.  (How long are you into your day before God crosses your mind?} She lingers in prayer covering her family, friends and needed supplications before she begins her morning stretches and exercising.  When she gets out of bed she is in that sweet slow and easy place of knowing the day is God's.  

Lady L starts her days with a song... 'Good Morning God, this is your day, I am your child, please show me the way."  I love hearing her little voice sing this small prayer.  I began using it with breathing exercises before rising each morning.  I pray for my family and our nation before I rise, and then again, when Terry and I do breakfast and bible study.   We have both learned we must 'wait upon the Lord' but we must not keep Him 'waiting' for us.   

Every relationship in life takes participation from all involved. It does not matter if it is a marriage, your time with God, your time at work, an artist and their canvas... everything takes active participation through prayers, thoughts, words and deeds.  Families today are constantly on the go with all the activities, work, meals, and more.  How do you begin to prioritize?  How can you possibly handle it all?  You cannot do it alone.  Your relationship with God provides you a peaceful place to feel his support and constant presence. 

My SIL  (Son in law) recommended this book several years ago. With stress being number one with most of us in the American society... we need to figure it out and find a peace and joy in living again.  I have this book and have read it several times just to realign myself. 




When an artist goes to the canvas, if they feel pressured about the end result of something they have not even begun, that tensions will carry into the painting.  As an artist I find I battle with other issues like the worry of someone 'liking' the painting. That painting is so much a part of you and who you are, criticism hurts.  I have learned over the past years if I can keep myself out of the way and let the spirit work through me and enjoy the time (journey) at the easel, the painting takes on a life of itself. It works... the relationship works because I got out of the way. It was not about me, it was about a process and a journey.

Can you imagine feeling the freedom a child feels every single day?  Can you feel the pressure lifting off you with thoughts of so much responsibility not burdening you down every day?  You are being anxious for nothing. Enjoy the book. You can buy it on Amazon or at your local bookstore. More tomorrow.

Blessings and Abundance ....

Laurie

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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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01 October 2014

Horse 69 First Snow Rockies Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 8 x 8  Oil on Canvas.
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This contemporary horse painting is worth the click through journey to my website for the closeups.  Pure layering of colors toping the canvas like icing on a cake. Perfect gift for the upcoming holidays.   

This piece is on hard board. It was coated with brilliant cobalt blue acrylic and then came the layers of white oil and all the caramel browns, reds, turquoises and more. I love the textured look of the blue beneath the white, just like stones, twigs and grass beneath the light layer of first snow.  That is why I titled it First Snow.  I am ready! 

I am not convinced that fall has arrived.  The temps are in the sixties now in the early mornings but the days are back up near ninety. The trees are all green leaved unless they were lacking water and in that case they are all dead brown. Fall is my most anticipated time of the year... the hints of cooler weather and cold days ahead. I love nothing more than bundling up during the day and enjoying the fire... oh and cooking soups.  Too far ahead in thought though with the lingering Indian Summer.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, 
you will receive what he has promised.
Hebrews 10:35-36 NIV


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A Texas Artist 


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30 September 2014

Old Red, Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace




  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 24 x 24  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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Try try again.  Remember that book we had when we were very young about the little train trying to chug up the big hill?  I think I can - I think I can - I think I can.  I read it to my children and I think it is time for Lady L to have her own copy of it.  

This horse painting was started with oils, washed in the backyard off the canvas, resurfaced with acrylic and then painted in oil.  I think I can... I think I can....



From early in life we seek approval and at the same time we learn about defeat and disappointing the very ones we need to have approval and love from.  This book truly made the difference in the lives of many children as they took off to pre K or Kindergarten and left the safety of Mommy and home.  

Click to see on Amazon.

What are you facing today that require you to pull out from the deepest part of you the strength you need to overcome the fear that holds you back from doing something?  As an artist I know all about the trials of defeat and worrying about acceptance and people liking my work.  It was not until I realized that it was my journey on that canvas, no one else's journey.  

Today is your journey... I think you can, I think you can, 
I KNOW YOU CAN.

Laurie

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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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29 September 2014

Leap of Faith, It is time for Change... hang on for the ride, Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace




  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 18 x 27  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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 Life seems to require moments of leaping.  Sometimes we have to have faith and just journey forward into the unknown.  I even dreamt about that last night.  Someone had handed me something to drink and I was uneasy about drinking it.  I took a deep breath and downed the drink. 
Don't remember anything else about the dream, it was centered more on taking something in faith and not being afraid to try it. 

I find from life's experience some leaps are greater than others but you really never know until you get to the other side.

Breathe and know God has it all in control.

Blessings and Abundance. 

Laurie


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A Texas Artist 


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28 September 2014

Video of Good People Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace, Figurative Painting




  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

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This is my good people painting I did in early 2013.  I am just now loading it to YOUTUBE. I have it on vimeo, but they do not get the traffic that Youtube gets. I still like Vimeo the best but when you are building up marketing and preparing to paint paint paint... you have to get it all together, so yep, rising up with the coming cooler weather, sketching out of canvas paintings yet to come... just a sketch or thought as I plan out palettes and under foundations.

May your weekend be filled with something extra special. Share a smile with everyone you meet.

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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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27 September 2014

Check out the New Website. Contemporary Horse Paintings, Wolf Paintings and more with Laurie Pace




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Stop by and see my new website. I have been tinkering and working on it this past week.
http://Lauriepace.com
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Change is good they say. So this past week I have been tooling around with my website bringing into something to take into 2015.  The problem has been the tabs at the top. They look better white but guess what...white will not show up on a cell phone. DUH...so I am trying a mid blue. Design concepts and layouts tell me scream it out with red, but my inner spirit says BLUE baby blue.  

There are quite a few new small paintings available for you to choose from.  Perfect time to start your holiday shopping.  Contemporary Horse Paintings, Contemporary Wolf Paintings and several Flower Paintings. 

Terry is down with some type of virus in his head and chest. We are praying it does not go into Pneumonia. I had some type of sinus infection last week but not near this bad.  Slowing us down a bit, but sometimes God does that. I always think of the scripture... "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want...he maketh me to lie down in green pastures...he restoreth my soul."

Time to hang in the green pasture for the weekend and find the peace and restoration he has for us.  Blessings to you.


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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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26 September 2014

Horse 68 Two of a Kind Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 8 x 8  Oil on Canvas.
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Stayed with the brilliant colors for this second one, but in my minds eye I feel a date ahead with caramel and turquoise.   This one has the sweep of a cold front hinting at fall, colors are stable with the sun bright in the fall sky and the reds washing through... very heavy layering on this contemporary horse painting. Click through to see the closeup details.

Just heard I was invited to a huge show in Florida in December.  I am pumping into action to have some strong work represented there. This is the inspiration I needed...more details to come. 

By the way... we are in late September and it blew by so fast, What about PAINT IT FORWARD for this year. This is the time of year that I will do up a few large paintings for special people.  I have one I just completed and can do two or three more. Contact me here  and tell me your dream painting for a commission and your best budget you have and lets make something happen this fall.

Strengthen the feeble hands,
 steady the knees that give way;
 say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:3-4


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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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