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

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Morning Climb 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

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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 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

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