Visit my main website for available work, commission a painting or read about me as an artist.

LauriePace.com

15 October 2017

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



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2017

Old Red  Sold   Oil on Canvas.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"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

#horsepainting  #lauriepaceart  #equineart

Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


GALLERY LINKS

© Graphics One Design 2017

13 October 2017

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



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2017

18 x 27  Morning Get Away   Oil on Canvas. Sold
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"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




#horsepainting  #lauriepaceart  #equineart

Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


GALLERY LINKS

© Graphics One Design 2017

12 October 2017

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



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2017

Into the Light 28 x 42 Sold  Oil on Canvas.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"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


#horsepainting  #lauriepaceart  #equineart

Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


GALLERY LINKS

© Graphics One Design 2017

11 October 2017

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



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2017

The Baptism Watercolor  Sold Private Collection of Artist
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"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.



#horsepainting  #lauriepaceart  #equineart

Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


GALLERY LINKS

© Graphics One Design 2017

08 October 2017

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



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2017

Sunlight Play  24 x 36   Oil on Canvas. Sold
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"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


#horsepainting  #lauriepaceart  #equineart

Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


GALLERY LINKS

© Graphics One Design 2017

07 October 2017

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



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2017

Relationships 24 x 30 in  Oil on Canvas. Sold
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"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



#horsepainting  #lauriepaceart  #equineart

Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


GALLERY LINKS

© Graphics One Design 2017

06 October 2017

Wishful Thinking... HOPE Flower painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2017

Fair Flowers SOLD  Oil on Canvas.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair." C S Lewis


Have you ever heard someone say, "Wishful thinking!"? 

I know today I was out in the garden cutting roses. I had high hopes or WISHFUL THINKING of collecting a vase full for the weekend. I found two roses, one yellow one from our Orphan Rose that belonged to Terry's mom, and one red one from my JFK rose bush. I also cruised by the peach tree and last year we had hoped to have a few peaches but it was newly planted... wishful thinking...ahah, this year that tree is loaded with peaches. 

Wishful thinking might be having the kitchen cabinets finished for Christmas this year… we started them last year at this time; and for Steve to return to finish the TV cabinet he started 15 months ago. 

Hope is different.  Hope is seeing everything positive when so much might be wrong around you. Paul writes about hope in the bible. He recognizes the world as it is filled with pain and tragedy. That is part of reality and we have to acknowledge that fact. He declares that true hope can only come from a realistic view of the world, and this view is only possible through our faith in God. 

Paul sums up by saying “we have our hope on the living God.” 1 Timothy 4:10  Our faith gives us hope. Our hope sees the activity of God all around us. Hebrews 11:1 tells us “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. 

 Our hope lies in God. Wishful thinking does not. Only God can fulfill our needs. May God breathe into you the inspiration for positive life, wholeness and health. May He bless you with abundance and blessings. Our hope lies in Him. 

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6


#horsepainting  #lauriepaceart  #equineart

Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


GALLERY LINKS

© Graphics One Design 2017

Laurie Justus Pace Contemporary Texas Artist

© LAURIE JUSTUS PACE GRAPHICS ONE DESIGN 1998-2011

All images, artwork and wording on this site are copyrighted. Reproduction of any image with out the expressed written permission of Laurie Justus Pace, Graphics One Design, dba is prohibited and protected by Copyright.

Copyright 1998-2011, all rights reserved. Texas Premier Contemporary Modern Artist, Laurie Justus Pace.


LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

AddThis

ShareThis