Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rain is a Wonder of the Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

RAIN is one of my current Wonders of the Heart

The Texas drought is one of the worst in over 130 years. That is going back into Texas History pretty darn far.

We had over 80 days of temperatures in the triple digits. We are behind in rainfall for this year right at 30 inches and we were behind last year 18 inches.

Finally on Sunday night we had a cold front whip through and meet some rare gulf moisture and wham... God is giving... and we had an inch of rain.

God is good...and this is a treasure in our lives... a simple wonder of the heart.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wonders and Blessings, Lilly and Piggy, Our Grand Dogs

Wonders  and Blessings in our Lives 1

Gift of Love 

As I start this process out on this page... wonders of the heart, it is to find things in my life or the lives of my family that bring great joy. Next will be to have an image to share it with you.  
This by far is NOT the most important wonder in my life... God takes that fully by hand and heart...but I had this wonderful picture of Lilly, my granddog and I wanted to share it.

Lilly is a wonder and a blessing to Tara and Justin.  So is Piggy aka "Bridget.

Both puppies in this household are loved deeply and both were rescue dogs.

A gift... of love.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Horse Painting Splashing in the Rain by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Wishful thinking in the horse painting entitled Splashing in the Rain by Texas Artist Laurie Pace.

18 x 24 Inches Oil on Canvas    
 ©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
Contact me for your own commissioned painting: Laurie    


Life moves forward around us every single second. Those seconds make minutes and those add up to days, months and years.  Moments can be filled with joy or sorrow, peace or chaos, but through it all despite discontentment or circumstance I must trust that God's hand is in everything.  I have to turn to Him.

 Truly making a day would be impossible with out His presence in our lives. Some days are harder than others when the situations involve those I love and I feel so helpless to meeting their needs. I have to remind myself, only God can meet those needs not me.  In the depths of 'hell' the only source for good and light is the Father. 

You will find if you can get to that place of relying on Him you will have balance in the moment and regain your ground. This works through times of discord and despair. 

God brings harmony if you are listening and waiting on Him and through this you will find peace.

" I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow." Jeremiah 31:13


Monday, September 5, 2011

Red Poppies Painting and Dressing up by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Red Poppies

Small Flower Painting of Red Poppies 
by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Blending thick oils with her Palette knife, Pace adds several layers of paint to this vivid poppy painting. The contrast of greens in the background with deep red poppies are finished off with the mauve bowls holding the blooms.
9 x 12 inches   Oil on Canvas    
 ©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
Contact me for your own commissioned painting 
or to purchase this piece: Laurie    


We arrived at Tara and Justin's house last week and Tara brought out this special box. It was medium large in size and we were all inquisitive.  As she pulled the box open out erupted beautiful fabrics in every imaginable color. It was memorizing just to witness the box opening. These rich fabrics were her collection of dance costumes over the years of dancing.  After every performance her mother had carefully packed away the costume, collecting many years together in this one special box.

 Lady L was in awe of the colors and the fabrics and she reached out, eyes sparkling with a growing smile across her face. Tara carefully pulled each one out and spread them across the floor as Lady L ran between them giggling try hard to make a choice of a favorite one to put on.

In this life we are often faced with decisions about things. That is where my dad would say, "Laurie, have you made your list of priorities?" Artist friend from Colorado, Armella Benton, reminded me of that this summer when I was struggling with health issues and the heat. Sometimes we have very limited choices and other times we are overcome with too many choices.

Finally Lady L choose a beautiful pink netted dress with white dots and black ribbon. ( I wish I could show you the whole picture... it is awesome.) She even managed to hold her dress up as she waltzed around the room dancing in this floaty puffy netting.

Choices we make in life usually affect deeper things. Sometimes our choices affect other people.  Our negative choices often weigh heavily on those that love us, forcing them to make choices of their own creating a domino affect in a family.  With every choice is a consequence and we must always consider what will follow with the decisions we make.  

Brings back vivid memories of Sesame Street when they would run that story about 'IF I DO THIS...then this will happen, which will make this happen and then that will happen.'   Maybe we need to think about things in a simple way like this... Make your list first and then a second list of the things that could happen from your initial decision. 

Seems like in today's world the pressure is so intense we make hasty decisions often regretting them later in the day or even later in life.  Too bad life is not as easy as Lady L sees it.  It should be...God wants it to be.  He wants us to live our life and be happy, NOT stressed.

I had to throw in a picture of my outdoor boots for a laugh.... quite a contrast from Lady L's precious pink... but it brings me back to what I wanted to blog about this morning. Dress Up or dress down with boots?  Is it important to dress up to impress people with who we think we are?  That is where I was going  originally with this blog. What does your 'dress up' have to do with who you are?

James 2:2-4

New International Version (NIV)
"Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,”  have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts" 

Know a man/woman by their actions and their travels through life.  We all leave a trail on this planet with our choices and our actions. How we 'Dress Up' our lives and our appearance means very little if we are dark of heart.  Do not judge by appearance but judge by heart and actions. Those decisions you make today create changes in the future, basically echoing on forever.


2 Kings 1:1 "And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the LORD."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting, Scattered to the Wind, Equine Art by Texas Contemporary Artist Laurie Pace

Scattered to the Wind

28 x 42 inches  Oil on Canvas  
      ©Laurie Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011
Contact me to purchase. Laurie

Details 1

Details 2

Morning Climb

BibleGateway.com is a site I use to look up my bible verses and to cross reference things.  I also subscribe to their daily thoughts but rarely have time to read them.  The one yesterday caught my eye because of all the things I have been writing this week.

I personally feel like the climb has begun physically (Challenge 47)  as I began my exercise program of a promise of at least 100 minutes a week.  I am up to 40 min in the two days so far... and should exceed this weekly, but I up till now since last fall, I have done ZERO per week. Last year at this time I worked out almost an hour every day.  I need to get back to that level.

When I wrote about the bridge yesterday and crossing the vast misty valley... it rang a bell in my head when I read about climbing the mountain in a swift glance to the morning mail out. They compared the getting to know Christ with the climbing of a mountain.  When you are at the foot of the mountain your eyes cannot see very much.  When you live in the valley of a mountain you are limited to what is there at ground level... you miss out on other things. 

As you climb the first knoll of the mountain you can see a bit further and experience a bit more as your mind expands with the new views and all you are taking in.  The higher you climb the more you see and your mind expands with thoughts.

The more you get to know Christ, the more you discover the beauty of His love. The heights and depths of His love are incomprehensible. (Yeah, remember that song, My love is deeper than the deepest ocean wider than a mile...etc).

"But who has ever gained the summit? Who has known all the heights and depths of the love of Christ which passes knowledge? Paul, when grown old, sitting grey-haired, shivering in a dungeon in Rome, could say with greater emphasis than we can, "I know whom I have believed" for each experience had been like the climbing of a hill, each trial had been like ascending another summit and his death seemed like gaining the top of the mountain, form which he could see the whole of the faithfulness and the love of him to whom he had committed his soul. Get thee up, dear friend, into the high mountain."  Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon.


"Get Thee up into the high mountain." Isaiah 40:9

Friday, June 24, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting Crossing Over, Commissioned Horse Art by Texas Contemporary Artist Laurie Pace, Crossing Over

Crossing Over
  Commission SOLD

24 x 36 inches  Oil on Canvas  Signature Painted Pony Pull by Laurie Pace

©Laurie Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011

Close Up Details 1
 Close Up Details 2



Sometimes there is a long bridge ahead in life.  The bridge is crossing over open deep gorges of things unknown that are lost in a dark mist.  The bridge is so long you cannot see the land on the other side, and yet you have no choice but to move forward and cross the bridge.  You are paralyzed in fear before you even begin with the first step.

How would you cross over?   Easy answer for me who does not like to drive. If it were a driving situation I typically hit a bridge and go fast fast fast....I figure if I go slow the anguish and fear have longer to take hold of me... so it is easier to take a deep cleansing breath and increase my speed to cross knowing full well God is right beside me in the process.

But what if the bridge is soooo long that you cannot do that? Whether by foot or by the use of transportation...it is a 5 mile bridge. 

In life there are always times and occurrences that loom before us like the unending bridge.  We have no insight as to what is on the other side of the bridge and the alternative route of climbing through the rocks below and wading through dark foreboding streams is not acceptable.  God has made it clear to us that our path is only on this bridge and it is only one way and there is no other choice left open to us.  Things are out of our control, yet GOD is not out of our grasp. He is right there.

He will walk you across that bridge. He will carry you across that bridge. The importance is your acceptance to give up control and have total faith in the upcoming journey. He wants you to view it as something with possibilities and keep your mind open while you listen for His directions in your life. Don't assume anything. Be still and know that He is God. He is your protector, your strength and your guide as you make this crossing over.


"He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations,
   I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10


Monday, June 13, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting by Texas ARtist Laurie Pace ESCAPE

The Escape
18 x 27 inches of thick Holbein Duo Oils.

The gorgeous chunky contemporary horse painting brings together all 
the elements in nature blurred about the horses as they run.
I finished this painting too late to make the trip to Santa Fe so it is available from me right now.  Email me if you are interested.

      © Laurie Justus Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011


Do you ever think about 'escaping' from a situation when you begin to feel uncomfortable or you are ready to NOT be there?  That could include relationships as well as situations.  Have you ever tried to escape yourself?

We all have our inadequacies.  We feel we are not good enough, or pretty or handsome enough, or our feet are too big or we are not good enough to snag that better job with more pay.  We limit ourselves all the time.   We measure social success and financial success and when we fall in the bottom it just reaffirms what we have felt.. that we are simply not good enough.  We seem to have this inborn sense of discontent of who we are and what our lack of gifts seems to be.  We may have the drive and the incentive to complete things but we never seem to see results that prove us to be worthy. This is the human condition of insecurity. NOBODY escapes this. Our self-centeredness keeps us focused inward on ourselves. Always it is our attempt to meet the needs of our ego. We become slaves to those needs and all of our energy is devote to what we feel we are missing in our lives.

ESCAPE... now is the time to re-frame this and begin your escape. It is time to say goodbye to the squirrel cage you are running.  The goodbye has to precede a hello. Are you ready to try it? You must say goodbye to your old habits and your old ways of thinking, your aversions and attractions, your egoism and your pride.  Don't forget your preconceived thoughts of failure as well as the years of conditioning based on fears and hopes. Time to say goodbye.  These are patterns of thinking and behavior that God does not want for us. Our human nature keeps us on that treadmill behavior. 

To escape you must be ready to say goodbye and recognize and admit to yourself you must stop thinking in this way.  Step back from situations and thoughts and look from the outside in. Stay detached and impartial if you can. As you begin to view your behavior patterns you will learn to accept them and heal with positive change. Insecurities will no longer hold you. You said your goodbyes.  Allow yourself to just be you...nothing else. JUST YOU. 

Now say hello to a new awareness and the beginning of a new relationship with yourself through God.  Keep everything based on peace and calm.  Praying to God and spending time speaking to Him is a positive way to relearn good thinking patterns. You are never alone if you are a believer. God is with you at every breath in everything you do.

Stop running.  God is the way.


“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”” Luke 11:13 NIV

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Three Painted Ponies by Texas Equine Artist Laurie Pace

Three Painted Ponies
Watercolor on Board
Framed and ready to ship.

6 x 6 inches  $145 includes painting, frame and shipping in the USA.
Small watercolors along the Journey.

Contact me to purchase: Laurie 

 © Laurie Justus Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011

Here is the frame on the painting. A custom black wide frame. Absolutely gorgeous.

Who Are You?

We just returned from a break neck trip to Santa Fe to deliver 24 paintings for my Show in Denver in mid July. That is why I missed blogging yesterday as we drove home 11 hours straight. 

Riding for long journeys and experiences from life give cause to reflection. I visited several galleries in Santa Fe since I had REAL work with me to share.  I was offered representation at one gallery for sure and am truly excited about the possibilities.  When you are 'on' for interviewing or selling yourself or your work it is draining.  That is what caused the reflection and the writing of this blog this morning.

Who are you as an artist? Who are you as a person? The most challenging thing to accept for an artist is the reality of having to sell not just your artwork but yourself. You are a product entity in a whole.. you and your art.  In this world of massive competition and struggle how do you stand out?  What makes you unique? What makes your artwork unique that when viewed someone says, "Artist SO and So painted this" or "this is Artist So and So".  You and your work are indivisible. Your work is your fingerprint in the art world.

Somewhere along the line if you are doing this right, the marketing part, you hit the wall and want to crawl slowly away from the heavy hitting and just create again.  Retreat, renew and review where you are. Learn new things and play again. Rediscover a new voice inside of you.

Do you ever 'replay' incidents in your head and moan, 'Why did I say that?'  Or think about ways you could have responded better to a conversation?  

Several months ago I wrote about shields we all put up to guard ourselves from hurt.  Those shields not only guard us (or we think they do) but they keep us from seeing in the mirror who we really are.  Who are you?

When thinking about artists that I have meet over the past few years, most of us love each other as well as admire and respect each other.  Jamie and Gretchen from New York that I meet last fall are probably two of the most genuine, giving, caring artists I have met. There was absolutely no shield in place; no protection or hiding or misrepresentation of who they were. Open, loving, welcoming, creative women. No agenda list. No expectations. Only genuine warmth and welcome to the Hudson River Valley.  I believe they are both so passionate about their work that nothing else interferes with their creativity.

I literally stay running in circles between painting, marketing, wife-ing, grandmothering, mothering and back to promoting and helping close to 750 artist with their marketing, advertising etc. Who am I?  

I know what am I, and that is tired! While I accept the responsibility to be professional and the need to be 'on', it gives me pause this time. Can I live the other way? Is that possible? 

Is that not what is offered to us from God?  Drop the shield and stop playing the games and over-working. What is it all for? What does it gain you in this lifetime or with Him? Why is it all necessary?  Who are you?

On the way home in the car yesterday I begin to reflect on this. Who am I when I am not 'on'?  My shield is so thick I cannot see around it to step back and view it from outside looking in. 

Time to renew and reflect this week. Praising God for a good night's sleep. It was needed.


"For the director of music. A psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.” Psalm 19:1-2 NIV


Monday, June 6, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting Three of Color by Texas Equine Artist Laurie Pace

Three of Color
8 x 10 inches  Oil on Canvas  
Available through Mirada Fine Art. Contact Steve.

  © Laurie Justus Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011  

“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV

Friday, May 20, 2011

BIg Wolf Wildlife Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Justus Pace

Big Wolf
30 x 40 inches  Oil on Canvas

 Available: Laurie

        ©Laurie Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011

He Follows You

I finished up this wolf painting yesterday and enjoyed the results of my labor. Terry complained that the eyes of the wolf followed him around the room. The best part was when Paddy came in and lowered himself in a stance and began growling at it.  I knew I was done then.  Those brilliant eyes... they seem to capture you and follow you where ever you go.

God follows you where ever you go as well.  His essence or spirit is with in you, abiding with in to empower you for God's good.  God knows what you will think before the thought even blooms in your head.  He knows what you need before you even realize it.  He does not really just follow you...rather He is leading you. You must be ready to follow Him.

This weekend is the wine festival and Mayfair Art show here in Mt Vernon.  I am suppose to be in town but waiting to see how Terry is feeling. He has a touch of bronchitis we think he caught from Lady L.  I wish I could share on my blog the video Stacey sent yesterday of Lady L. She was painting and she kept saying OMA PAINTS.... how can I love a grandchild so deeply?  Stacey says she is a pawprint of me... which makes me giggle because NONE of my three children are like me with art or music.  Morgan comes close, but not in the sense of the essence of I am art, Art I am....but Lady L does.  She loves piano, guitar and harp and painting and drawing.... Made me want to get in the car and drive two hours to paint with her.

May your weekend be filled with His abundant grace.


“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” - Romans 15:5-6

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Return of the Wolf Pack Abstract Wildlife Oil Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Return of the Wolf Pack
24 x 36 inches Oil on Canvas

Available through The Rare Gallery.
Email them here to purchase.
©Laurie Pace     Graphics One Design 1998-2011



A Friend Smiles

I was working hard in the studio yesterday finishing up this piece and working on the bear I began at the workshop.  The doorbell rang and it was Ann Morgan, one of the workshop attendees and now a new friend from across the lake.

We were instantly talking about the workshop and about Jane, the wonderful artist from New Zealand.  Jane is an artist that is so respectful of mother-earth and all God has created.  The land is apart of Jane.  Her work celebrates the beauty and bounty of the Earth.

When a friend smiles they share the bounty of life and love. Life is fuller with our friends. God give us boundless moments to enjoy our lives and everything surrounding us.  We are often too busy to even realize what is there for us and who is there for us.

The next time a friend smiles, know the light that comes from that smile is from Him.  As you give to others, you open the way for them to be blessed with greater blessings through God.


"This grace was given to me to bring...the news of the boundless riches of Christ."  Ephesians 3:8


Monday, May 9, 2011

Two Pear Palette Knife Abstract Fruit Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Two Pear
Palette Knife Exercise for Discovery Artist Workshop
5.5 x 5.5 Acrylic on W/C Paper
Available...email me to purchase: Laurie

      ©Laurie Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011


One of the things I will cover in my upcoming workshop is SPACE.  Sometimes when drawing or sketching the use of negative space brings things into alignment on your paper.  Sketching space instead of the object itself.  The space gives order to the object.

In your life there is what is called Spiritual Vision. With this vision to are open in heart and soul to the divine order or space God has placed around you and in you.  You are part of His plan and His order in this world.  From tiny atoms and molecules come large mountains and wide seas. God supports all of the earth through the seasons, the ebbing tides and rotation of the planets. He provides shelter for us and food for our hunger.  He blesses us with beauty.

Divine order is present in nature as well as in you.  There are constantly opportunities for you to begin new things and rework older projects.  There is constant renewal and growth, new ideas and continual heavenly inspiration.  His divine order blesses all of our lives and provide everything we need.  (note need and not want.)

Time to not only open your eyes but your heart and soul to use your vision to see the Divine Order He has prepared for you.  His Spirit guides you through each day.

More Mothers Day images:

Leslie and Kirk that hosted us all for brunch.

 A gorgeous table set for 8 of us.

This was an Asparagus Frittata.


"In Him was life, and the life was the light of all people." John 1:4


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting White Stallion by Contemporary Texas Equine Artist Laurie Pace, Summer Show at Mirada Fine Art Denver July 2011

White Stallion
3 ft by 4 ft  Oil on Canvas
© Laurie Pace  Graphics One Design 1998-2011
Contact me: Laurie

Layers of oil cover the original acrylic base. This may be done and it may not be. It is hanging in the drying room and I will address it next week... but this is the progress on this abstract horse painting...the White Stallion.

The passion of red played into this horse painting and it is very strong in its presence. This painting is for my show in Denver this summer at Mirada Fine Art.

Sharing Prosperity

When you read the word prosperity what comes to mind? Money?  Not in our household.  Prosperity refers to the abundance God grants us minute by minute, day by day. Sharing our love with others and exchanging kindnesses  is pure prosperity.   

I love smiling at strangers.  Sometimes it is a game to force them to see you and look you in the eyes as you smile a broad grin and say GOOD MORNING. When someone has sick family members it is kind to take food to them. This is sharing your prosperity. When your neighbor needs to borrow a cup of sugar, you give her two cups.  You life will be blessed in return for all that you do give so graciously because you have not expected anything in return. 

Abundance is not measured by money or possessions, but by moment to moment gifts and blessings from the Father.  Share what you can of what you have with others.  When you feel you have given it all away, emotionally, physically and tangibly, give some more.  Bless the lives of others. That is sharing prosperity.
" The measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you."  Mark 4:24

Monday, April 18, 2011

Progress on Crowning the Hill Abstract Horse Painting by Texas Contemporary Equine Artist Laurie Pace

Name Change as I worked..

Progress on Crowning the Hill
4 ft by 4 ft  Oil on Canvas     
Not sure if it is done yet, I am still working on it... will take a few weeks to finish it up and two months to dry.  This is a startling visual painting of three horses completed with a palette knife and lots of paint.

© Laurie Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011
Contact Me: Laurie 

Personal Spirituality?

My husband often tells me I live in my world with my rose colored glasses.  I do not like to watch the news. I do not like horror shows, murder mysteries, or noisy gun movies.  I do not like violence.   I live in MY WORLD.  Yes and you live in your world.

In my world there is beauty, kindness, sharing, sunshine, rain (when needed) and every person is giving and caring for each other.  That is my perfect world. Some might call it Neverland.

It does not exist.  All of us live through horrendous happenings, ugly moments, illness, arguments, failures and we seem to remember those better than our fabulous moments of sheer joy and laughter.  It would be slightly delusional to think we could wipe away the ugliness that seems to drag us down.  That shadow of doubt that creeps into our daily lives dimming the light and they joy we have at that moment.

Our world is basically a broken world. We are broken people, far from perfect. A dear friend wrote me about the need to not exist every day, but to live with joy again in her life.  How do you get there?  Neverland seems a galaxy away...but is it really?

You have to take joy and embrace it.  You have to look into the mirror and see you as you are, broken and tired... and love that broken person again.  God loves you so much. He has so much for you.  He has promised you the delights of your heart.  You can't get there if you do not believe in Him.  Every day begin again with joy. Every day count your blessings...all the GOOD wonderful things you can find surrounding you.  Roses blooming in your neighbors yard, the warmth of the sun, the awesome feeling of a warm shower as you wake up in the morning, the first cup of coffee or hot tea.  If you are not feeling joy, you have allowed your senses to die. You cannot feel anymore, so you must learn to feel again.  Focus on visual one day. The next day focus on touch. The day after focus on taste.

Learn how to be joyful day by day and it will slowly return.  My spirituality is based on the beauty that God brings into each moment.  I thank my Mother for instilling this in our home and our lives. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” - Romans 10:9-10

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