Thursday, August 27, 2009

'Abundance' Roses Flower Oil Painting by Laurie Pace

24 x 36 inches Oil on Canvas
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© Laurie Justus Pace        Graphics One Design   2009

The Painting: This one was on the easel being worked on for over a week. It began with a charcoal sketch.  From there I work in acrylics first establishing a rather sherbet looking painting.  It had all the colors in the wonderful rainbow sherbet.  I dabbled on it on and off; Then Terry gave his view and I added more values. Then two days ago I begin in earnest to pile on the color with my knife. That is my joy and abundance...and here you have simply Abundance. 

The Thought: I often write about the squirrels that live in our brains and run the exercise wheel usually at night when we are trying to sleep.   Seems we allow concerns of the day and doubt from our activities to creep into our peace of mind making it difficult to let it all go as we enter into the quiet time our soul needs to rest and be totally immersed in the peace of God.

Many nights when flopping restlessly on the bed my brain begins searching for those repetitive phrases and prayers we use daily.  One that I use during the day is simply the Nicene Creed.  It is rather heavy for use at night to fall asleep.   "Be still and know that I am God" is a good night time mantra.  
In Lamaze training they took us through the muscle relaxing chore of starting at your toes and tightening them, (While breathing in) and then slowly letting them relax while breathing out.  You work your way up your body with different muscle groups, breathing in to tighten and out to relax.  At night you could use this and insert the mantra between each group. Slowly your squirrels will stop and rest their actions and a peace will begin to fill your mind and body.

It is hard during the day to just STOP.  STOP and be at peace. We all need this peace in the center of our hearts both day and night.  From there it will spread out to our thoughts and our actions. It completes the cycle of Mind and heart, body and emotions, and then actions. This is a very powerful peace.

May His inner peace fill your heart, your spirit, your mind and your actions today.
"Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock." Isaiah 26:4

Sunday, August 23, 2009

'White Arabian Nights' Large Horse Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

'White Arabian Nights'
30 x 30 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

SOLD FROM BLOG! Thank you!

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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2009

The Painting: Experimentation this week with this soft hued acrylic of a white Arabian. I may develop it more, I may not, but I am sharing it as it is at this moment. Thin layers of Liquetex Heavy Body Acrylics build on this composition.

The Thought: The word Promise comes to mind this morning. Have you ever broken a promise? If you have not, I would like to meet you. The word trips off of our lips as kids, "I promise not to do it again." Or the words of a distraught young pregnant teen, "But he promised he loved me."

Obviously a promise is of no more value than is the ability of the one who makes it, to actually carry it through. People change their minds and they do break promises. Often people just flat out lie and make promises. Through the Bible we are aware that God has made promises to us. He promises to supply every need we have. (not our wants...our needs). He has promised His grace would be sufficient for us. He promises victory over death as we saw in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. He has promised all things will work together for the good of those who love and serve Him faithfully. His promises fill the pages of the Bible. He promises the forgiveness of our sins for those who believe in Christ and that they will be saved. He promises eternal life.

I came across a pretty neat place on the web: Olive Branch This author has a nice layout of promises from God to get you through anything. Take a peak, I did this morning and found some encouraging words for my own life. Sometimes it takes a quick reminder to get us back on track in our lives.

" For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." Hebrews 10:36

Saturday, August 22, 2009

'Thirteen Trees' Landscape by Laurie Pace

'Thirteen Trees'
18 x 27 inches

Oil/Acrylic on Canvas

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The Painting: From a workshop tape and experimental at best and harder than you think to work backwards for me. In all my 27 years of teaching of working back to front this one was opposite. The blues and purples actually covered the canvas first. The first layer of those colors is acrylic. Then I put in the sky in light blues leaving the contrast shapes. Next step was to put in color on the trunks. I switched to oils on the sky and trunks and then again on the ground as I laid in the colors of purples and blues.

The Thought: Working backwards. Well the models are put away. I said a prayer reminding God of how He fed the 5000 and asked if we could somehow manage to get the 5000 models into the closet.The collection has grown over the past two years.

I only say working backwards as this is the same closet I unpacked them in 22 months ago when we moved here. Terry packed them up and moved them to another bedroom closet. Then he moved them upstairs to the loft in our bedroom. NOT GOOD. Then he moved them into the garden room. THEN they went back to the bedroom closet. Two days ago I found them in my studio everywhere. So now they are back in the original location, The Hall Closet.

Can anyone explain WHY? One of those where you go around the barn several times before you find the door I guess. Or is it what goes around comes around?

Terry has been over busy with tiling the bathroom. He is on the back wall of the shower right now. More pictures as he finishes. PRAY for him as he is exhausted. He wants to have the bathroom finished by Tuesday.

We are usually facing deadlines and daunting tasks in our lives. Many things we do not want to face or deal with. Others are just things that we have to muddle through to finish. Know HE is with you through each and every trial and there is light at the end of your journey. Each task or event has its unique challenges and requires you to stay the course. Always this seems to task our very existence but in truth strengthens us for the next trial.

One step at a time... you will complete what lies ahead.


"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds," James 1:2

Friday, July 24, 2009

'Flowers on the Table' Abstract Flower Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

'Flowers on the Table'

18 x 27 inches
Oil on Canvas

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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2009

The Painting: Yes, it is a new one, and tomorrow there will be a new horse! Yesterday with a migraine painting was not easy. This has so many layers I lost count, but it is Holbein Oils on gallery wrap canvas and ready to hang. I think as an artist I would probably frame this painting, but it would hang without. The composition developed slowly with under layers of horizontal acrylics in quinacridone Orange, burnt umber and white....(yes). Then came horizontal layers applied with a brush in oils. The colors were predominately blues, greens, and a bit of rose madder. From this layer came multiple layers of color with a palette knife. The photo does not do it justice.

The Thought: Yesterday I wrote about not feeling appreciated, but this morning I am in a go go go mode and they thought is more... are there days you wake with energy and know this is a day things will happen for the good in your life? This is your time.

This is your time; this is God's time. No matter what the circumstance at this moment in your life, today is your time. Know as you go forward in the day that God has placed you in this situation to have an impact for Him. He knows where you are.

He has armed you with everything you need for this day, trust in Him and live it to it's fullest.


"We ask our God to make you worthy of the life He has called you to live. May He fulfill by His power all your desire for goodness and complete your work of faith." 2 Thessalonians 1:11

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

'Red and Yellow Roses' Flowers Oil Painting Roses by Laurie Pace

'Red and Yellow Roses'
Mixed Medium on Canvas, Oil and Acrylic
18 x 27 inches

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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2009

A post as a test post. This is a painting I just finished and I am trying something new. If you want to see details of the painting, click the painting. I am hoping it will connect you to the close up pictures. It may load on your screen small but click it once and it should enlarge!

Let me know if you can see it!

Thanks, Laurie

Saturday, July 4, 2009

"Mums" Flower Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

I am hoping to start posting here again with some heART for you! Stay tuned. It has been a busy start to summer.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Hydrangeas from the Finger Lakes Flower Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

24 x 24 inches
Oil on Canvas
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"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Cascading Color Flower Art Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

Cascading Color
Palette Knife Delight! Contemporary at it's best.

16 x 20 inches of THICK THICK oils!

I am taking offers on this one through Friday night at 8 pm.
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"Lay aside immaturity and live, and walk in the way of insight." Proverbs 9:6

Color is an addiction for me. Color is stimulating and full of life. God created colors and I am ever so thankful. The world would be rather dull in values of black and white!
Color fills my heART.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Block Party last year left me with great photos....

Curb Sitters
Contemporary Art Children Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

6 x 6 Oil on Panel
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"The Lord Jesus Christ gave us the definition of a true friend: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." John 15:13-15

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dipping in Lake Ontario
Contemporary Art Child at the Beach, Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

6 x 6 inches Oil on Panel
$100 or best offer. Laurie

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord,
my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14

Children are always close to my heart. Keeping our grand daughter twice a week, we are blessed to have the time with her as she grows changing every day. One day she will be old enough to dip her pails in the ocean.



Thursday, April 30, 2009

One Heart One Way
Contemporary Heart Art by Laurie Justus Pace

American Heart Association Donation for Fund Raising to Research on Heart Disease.

Well, Uncle John stayed busy in the studio through Tuesday. Yesterday I was at the doctor with my mom preparing for her cataract surgery. I am actually getting to paint again after a full week off! BUSY BUSY NOW!


Thursday, April 23, 2009


Watch for tomorrow a new posting IF I can get to my easel. Uncle John is painting the walls in the studio area and Terry and I had to move the easels out, except for the 8 x 4 ft skyline of Dallas I am working on!

SLOW progress.

I am excited to share that the first posted heart is available on a t-shirt and will post the site as soon as I get it. It is for the American Heart Association for a fundraiser for a team up in Virginia I believe. After the regional or state group saw it, they just wrote and ask me to donate or do something for their fundraiser the 9th of May...hummm, that means do it NOW... so pray for me as I take this cause on.

My father, that has Alzheimers, also had bypass surgery, and later a pacemaker and a defib unit. The cause is close to my heart...pardon the pun.

God Bless,


Friday, April 17, 2009

Baby Beagle DOG ART Oil Painting

Baby Beagle is an Oil on W/C paper and is 6 x 6 inches.

Terry asked why I was not painting our dogs... I need to take some pictures..they are all black and grey curly fur and you really can't see much. There eyes have a sparkle and their overall cut is distinctive... have to see what I can sketch out. Meanwhile I visited and pulled about three photos off that are up posted for artists to use... this little guy was one of them.

Dogs ... they are part of my wonders of the heart!


Friday, April 10, 2009

In Her Easter Bonnet Contemporary Figurative Oil Art by Laurie Justus Pace

Wonders of the Heart...

Her Easter Bonnet
5 x 7 inches Oil on Canvas
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"On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul." Psalm 138:3

Forever the spirit that strengthens us
When we forget to ask.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Mother HeART

Mother Heart
Contemporary Heart Art Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

9 x 12 x 2 inches Acrylic on Canvas

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"Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply" (Gen 1.28)

This heARt wonder was based on the thought of Mother as a life giver. When I think of the earth and life in it's cycles...the green of spring is always the sign of birth as the world wakes from winter. Hence the gorgeous hues of green in the center of this giving. The exploding from the heart are the colors found in creation...Mothers are "creators" in the image of God. Mothers tend to wear the rose colored glasses always seeing the best in every child... in every situation.

This heArt is sold, but watch for more in this Wonders of the heART series. It will not all be hearts but they will all be wonders.

The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.


"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
"Honor your father and mother,'' which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.''
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." (Eph 6.1-4)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Wonders of the Heart 2
Contemporary Heart Art Daily Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

12 x 12 inches of collaged layers of paper and color. Books of an old bible that was falling apart grace the background.. Ecclesiastes Chapter 11, Proverbs and Song of Solomon. Add in bits and pieces of other old books that I am dissecting and you have Wonders of the Heart 2~
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"Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. " Ecclesiastes 11:1

Life involves both risk and opportunity when it comes to relationships and loving. Because there are no guarantees in life that there will be a tomorrow... we must live and love today. Life offers up love and the time to seize it is now...playing it safe may find it gone tomorrow.

Remember to show your love to that special person today.


"If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place it falls, there will it lie. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks a the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the path of the wind or how the body if formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things." Ecclesiastes 11: 3-5

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Such is the fullness of my heart's content....

Heart Wonder 1
Contemporary Art Heart Daily Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

12 x 12 inches Collage Mixed Mediums
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Please mention title of painting.

Deep within the base is the book of Solomon. Then there
are a few of my favorite words added from old books.
Thirdly there are four layers of paint followed by inks.

This is the first in my Wonders of the Heart Series.

Wonders of the Heart

Caught in the glint of soft light dancing in her eyes
and the half smile breaking across her tender lips
is my heart.

Such is the fullness of my heart's content.


"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

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