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20 November 2017

Wondering ... Balancing Life, Sailboat Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Justus Pace



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"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be."  C.S. Lewis

I cannot even remember the last time I wrote to you in my Art Journal.  The past two months have been filled with reflection on direction.  I am already contemplating my word for next year... one thought is, "Let it be"   Yes it is three words, but easy to remember.  I am still debating what shall serve me the best for growth next year as we take the journey into 2018.

Some of you may have noticed, but I did pull my work from Rare Gallery in Jackson.  I have been there ten years and I just felt it was time.  Then Kasum Contemporary closed their doors this week and that was truly sad. They were only three hours away and very easy to take new work to them.   Things change and change is good.  

Another gift that I opened the summer, was helping my eldest son with his website, Genevafi.com    Together we designed the site and I am still putting in quite a few hours each month as we set up branch pages and individual pages. ALL while the company seems to grow in leaps and bounds.  I cherish working with my eldest son... and I am truly enjoying working with the people I have met as I set up their pages.  

Trying to balance painting with computer is never easy... so that is the current quandary. 

May your day be filled with life.

"Give Thanks in ALL Circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ, Jesus." 


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15 October 2017

Ending up in the Right Place . . . Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Old Red  Sold   Oil on Canvas.
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"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." Douglas Adams

We love taking quick trips out to Mount Vernon. We miss our country life and our friends. Some date back to high school.  We stay on the main highways so it is not as tempting to take off on a country road and possibly get lost.

During our journeys Terry always refers to me as "the navigator". There are always a few times I have misguided us…but for the most, I am steady in the job.

The Navigator's job is to plot and plan the route and see that the driver or pilot gets to the correct destination. God is indeed the great navigator, but  I don't think we listen very often. We seem to drive off the direction we deem fit for our needs and wants and we fail to consult the Him as the navigator.  The conversation with the navigator gets us to our destination with the least amount of detours and sidetracks and unnecessary experiences. We are so busy trying to get there, we stop listening to the Navigator. Then we take the long route.

BEFORE you start your day, check out your Almighty GPS system. God's Protective Services. He knows the route for you. He knows the direction as well as the destination.

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:20-21

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13 October 2017

The Sculptor, carving out of others what we need . . .



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18 x 27  Morning Get Away   Oil on Canvas. Sold
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"We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them."  Anais Nin  

This morning will not be a painting morning. It is a house cleaning morning, bed sheet changing morning, dusting, etc.

If you stay so focused on "the positive” and trying to control things you might miss other important things. Sculptors start out with a large block of marble. From this point they begin cutting parts of it away before their vision comes into being and the marble emerges into something from that vision.

You are the "entire block"  and you must discard what you do not need each day providing a clear path to the person you want to be.

Isn't that what our Father in Heaven does with us? He labors over us as we begin to emerge from our "block of marble"?  Occasionally he has to step in and whack something off that we think we cannot live without. We are all a work in progress.

"But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." Psalms 33:11




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12 October 2017

Alone in the Light . . . Abstract Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Into the Light 28 x 42 Sold  Oil on Canvas.
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"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light." Helen Keller

Woke up early. We had been promised rain and cooler weather…it came and now we are back warm again. I guess it disrupted the sleep pattern a bit. The dog is restless. I put him out and of course the grass is wet so he has to do his business right outside the door. When daylight hits I will be out there scrubbing the patio. Terry is still sleeping. He seems really tired for some reason. I do not think he feels well. We are both pretty worn out from life the past two weeks.  The never ending heat is zapping but one good thing, his knee is mending. 

We need to plan a trip to Oklahoma City to pick up artwork. Kasum Contemporary is closing their doors. It is both sad and exciting knowing Tony and Stacey have much ahead that is new as they begin the next journey. The best is yet to come.

God tells us that too, the best is yet to come. Our lives all seem to be filled constantly with challenges and changes and storms. Just when you think things might settle down and you can catch your breath, another storm hits. The Best is yet to come when we return to our Father's house. Even as a young adult or young married, I could not wait to visit home and take the kids to see their grandparents. There is something special about "coming home".

During our everyday lives we struggle trying to stay on top of everything. When those times come, stop and take a break and focus on God. Do absolutely nothing.  Allow the tension to dissipate slowly as you breathe in and out.  Let God have time to work. Let the tension seep out of you and know HE has it all planned out.

I realize the importance to find that feeling in my focus with God. I must trust Him and really let go of things and not try to figure them out. Walk ahead and He clears the path.  Know the Best is yet to come. Our Father holds us close to His heart.

"From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2


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11 October 2017

Let Us Never Forget . . . Watercolor Baptism with Fire by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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The Baptism Watercolor  Sold Private Collection of Artist
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"Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. he is accessible to all who will seek Him." Gordon B Hinckley 

There is something comforting about seeing my husband’s cowboy boots or running shoes on the floor by his red chair. Usually his socks are stuffed hanging out of the top of each boot or stuffed in the running shoe. It tells me he is home and when he is home I feel his protection and love surrounding me tightly. I am no longer alone at home.... he is with me.

What is your comfort from the Lord? What reminds you in your heart? What do you have visually that reminds you God is home inside of you, in your heart and your physical home; what do you see before you that He is filling your every need, loving you and protecting you? Is it a calm feeling, or hearing the birds, or walking outside to watch the sunset? Is it your Bible? Is it a cross hanging in a room? What visually reminds you of Him in your life?

For Terry and I it is our collection of different Bibles in every room. We enjoy reading different versions and then of course cross referencing as we go. I just stopped and asked him what visually triggers GOD's presence in our home... and he said the cross by the front door. We have a wonderful metal cross we were gifted from John at Patina in Marble Falls.  The second thing he mentioned is my painting above. It was done back in 1999 and I have never wanted to part with it. I sell prints and giclees of it on occasion. It is the descending dove in fire and water, the symbols of baptism.  I used Terry’s hands to create this painting. The verse is:

"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."

Matthew 3:11

 The second thing he said, "Our Home." Home is where the heart is…and our is with God.  Praise Him.



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08 October 2017

Playing in Sunlight. . . With GOD. Contemporary Abstract Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Sunlight Play  24 x 36   Oil on Canvas. Sold
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"I want God to play in my bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on the water."  Elizabeth Gilbert 

I think I reached that over saturation point of worrying too much.  I think I hit the wall. I know there are others out there in much worse shape. I only have to listen to the news to arrive here. 

Today’s world is a frightening place filled with scary things. At the same time the bible promises me that God is able to protect us and help us and often He has to use miracles to do it. I hang on to my faith this day; I know and acknowledge His assurance that He is at work in my life and in the lives of those around me. Our country is in a free fall downwards. This nation has slipped so far into the ‘It’s about me…” mentality that people have forgotten the foundational needs of civility.

I know often God will push us off a cliff and want us to find our wings and fly…but most of our nation is plummeting downward to death.  They do not have God in their heart.  God is there watching, ready to sweep in and protect us that do. 

Terry and I were driving over to my Mom’s home and passed a ten-year-old at the crosswalk with her foot scooter.  It hit me suddenly and I spoke out, “DO YOU REMEMBER??”   Terry looked over and smiled at me… “DO I remember what?” 

We were passing by the junior high where we went to school together and the STEPS out front where we gathered daily.  “Do you remember being 10 and you only had to obey your parents, do your chores and make your grades at school?  There was no paying of bills, balancing accounts, mowing and watering the yard, cleaning the house, scrubbing toilets, doing wash… cooking, cleaning… do I need to say more? I would not change where I am right now in life, but I might want to think about letting go of more things and simplifying even more than we have.  That includes trying to stay clear of media and not worrying. I cannot change anyone. I can only change how I react to things around me. Too much stuff in your life?    

"Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge." Psalm 16:1


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07 October 2017

Washing away . . . Incredible Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



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Relationships 24 x 30 in  Oil on Canvas. Sold
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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso

Even in Dallas we get our fair share of dust storms from west Texas. You can see it coming across the horizon in the west and the sky begins to turn a murky yellow. You have about 20 minutes to get where you are going and get everything buttoned up and shut in the house. 

The dust begins blowing through and it is worse than fog because it hurts if you are out in it. It stings and bites as it hits your face and your arms. You definitely should not try and breath and it will scratch your eyes if you allow it to hit your face unprotected. The dust storm will rage for awhile and slowly over the next six hours it will begin to lessen bit by bit. When it is over you are left with a dusty mess everywhere. The dust touches everything and coats it all. That is when you are ready for rain, but it usually does not follow the dust storms.

I think about dust and I think about sin. You can usually see it coming before you do something you should not. You weigh things in your mind and you know right from wrong, but you do it anyway. The dust of sin blows into your soul and body and fills every empty place with its cruel biting bits cutting away as it hits over and over again. When you choose to do something against God's law, you will suffer through it over and over and repercussions will echo throughout your life...sometimes for years. The sin touches everything just as the dust does in a dust storm...and you are left with a mess to clean up in your life. When you begin to waver or are tempted by something not worthy of the Lord, start praying...and don't stop until you are through the temptation. 

God can wash away the incoming dust storm and bring a soft rain to cleanse you. His renewal in your life is a saving grace. If you made the wrong choice, know He can hear your prayer even through the dust. 

"All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive." Psalm 22:29

Joy and Abundance



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Laurie Justus Pace Contemporary Texas Artist

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