Monday, September 5, 2011

Red Poppy Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace Our Decisions in Life

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."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting A Pair of Horses by Texas Equine Artist Laurie Pace

A Pair of Horses
22 x 28 inches Acrylic on Stretched Canvas 

©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
Contact me for your own commissioned painting 
or to purchase this piece: Laurie   

SEEDS to plant....

In this non-relenting heat watermelon has become our friend. We buy the seedless one and usually pick up a smaller melon so it does not go to waste. Nothing tastes better than a shake of salt on a slice of cold watermelon. YUM!  This new variety of seedless makes me wonder how they keep growing them if there are no seeds from the fruit to spread and create new plants.

Morgan called earlier and was sharing his day and mentioned he and Kelly might do some community service together on the weekends.  We were talking about planting seeds of kindness in our days.  Simple seeds go back to my typical adage of share a smile it goes a mile... or as I suggested to Morgan open a door for someone and say good day to them.  Those simple things can change a life.

 Traveling last summer to upper state NY was a trip of seed planting as well. Many new friendships were made and days of art and sightseeing shared, and Jamie Grossman gave generously of her hospitality to Terry and I in the Saugerties area of New York.  I was thrilled to meet her and Gretchen Kelly.  Jamie planted seeds in me in early 2009 when Artists of Texas came into being after she blogged about the gathering of the NY artists to paint in the Hudson River Valley area. 

The beauty of our September 2010 trip to New York state has stayed with Terry and I.   I do believe if NY did not have state income tax, we might pack it up and move north.

This was taken of the evening sky at Jamie's country home.  It was absolutely stunning.  I took many images as she toured us through the countryside and I am just now getting to them and hope to use them in some of my work. More Jamie seeds planted.

May this light of Heaven fill your life with God's love and grace. Go and plant a seed today.


"In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good" Ecclesiastes 11:6

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting Horizon Ponies Fall Play by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Horizon Ponies Fall Play
A new Horizon Pony Painting from my Studio. Abstract Horse Painting in my signature pulled paint.  Will be dry next week and ready for varnish.
24 x 36 inches   Oil on Canvas    
 ©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011 
Contact me for your own commissioned painting or to purchase this piece: Laurie   
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 NIV

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting Red Horse by Texas Equine Artist Laurie Pace

Red Horse
24 x 30 inches Oil on Canvas  
 ©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
Contact me for your own commissioned painting: Laurie    

Sharing the Love

We are home after being gone almost a week. We saw my mom and dad and our daughter, son-in-law and our precious grand-daughter Lady L.  We drove home early afternoon yesterday and were busy remembering so many precious moments with Lady L. 

Every morning when she wakes she is so excited about the day... she is two and a half years old.  She wakes with out worries or fears...just happy to be awake and cannot wait to see another face smiling at her.  She throws herself into her day looking for joy in everything. She loves sharing her toys with us and playing. She and her 'Bampa' did a lot of that today. 

I watched her carefree movements and marbled at the beauty of being so child like in innocence... which is where we need to be as adults with God.  TRUSTING so easily and not worry about anything in the future.  We are to be enjoying the NOW.

Mother Teresa once said, "It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters."  I feel this applies to our life daily... how we rise from sleep to our day... it should not be the magnitude of what lies ahead in our actions either... but simple love and trust as we make our day.  What are our intentions? Show love with all things. Demonstrate your faith. Share the light with others.

This will attract or reflect back to you in life unlimited good and you will feel more fulfilled each day.


"My purpose shall stand and I will fulfill my intentions."  Isaiah 48:10


Monday, July 18, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting, McKenzie Painted Ponies, Signature Painted Pony Pulls by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

McKenzie Painted Ponies
Commissioned Painting
This collector sent pictures of her rugs, drapes, fabrics, walls, furniture and her current artwork.  This helps so much when doing a commissioned painting.
3 ft by 4 ft  Oil on Canvas  
©Laurie Pace    Graphics One Design 1998-2011  
Contact me for your own commissioned painting: Laurie    

Saturday, July 9, 2011

White Magnolia miniature art | Barbara Haviland - Blog

White Magnolia miniature art | Barbara Haviland - Blog
© Barbara Haviland

This is one of my miniature "White"  flowers. I have done a series of miniature white flowers. Each one is done in oils and on a canvas panel that my husband and I make. The Magnolia measures 8"x6" and is available here for you.

  We take  a thin Luan panel and he cuts what size I need.  We then sand it some and I glue my canvas on the surface.  It is light weight and I use it for Plein Air and small subjects.

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 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

Calla Lilies on Red | Barbara Haviland - Blog

Calla Lilies on Red | Barbara Haviland - Blog
© Barbara Haviland

This painting of calla lilies was done completely with a painting knife. The paint is thick and has tons of texture. The sides of the canvas are painted too. The background is done in reds and siena. The painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Email Barbara

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 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


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blooming Canna
16 x 30
pallet knife

I dedicate today's blog to my dear friend, Dawn(6/15/53-12/3/07). She has been gone from this earth 3 1/2 years. Our story began in eighth grade-1967. Our journey included crossover from hippies to cowgirls, marriages, children, careers, ups and downs but through it all...lasting friendship. All the many cliches and definitions of "friendship" were not a custom fit for our friendship. We defined our on brand. We loved each other, betrayed each other, leaned on each other, carried each other, pinched hit for each other, protected each other Often times it was one of us carrying the heavier load and making the effort. But, always making sure the other was o.k.

A circle never ends and neither does our friendship.

I miss you.

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.  Proverb 17:17 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting ESCAPE by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

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


“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

Magnolia Study 3 | Kristye Addison Dudley Blog

Magnolia Study 3 - Mixed media: photo enhanced watercolor, 8.5" x 11" © Kristye Addison Dudley

Better Get to livin....

5x5 gallery wrapped
pallet knife better get to livin, givin, don't forget to throw in a little forgiven.., and lovin on the way.....
Don't sweat the small stuff,  keep your chin up, just hang tough and if its gets too rough, fall on your knees and pray....And do that everyday then you'll get to livin...

Great words (almost) to Better Get to Living, a great song by Dolly Parton. As I listened to it during my morning walk, I thought how much truth to the words. With one exception....."if it gets too rough fall on your knees and pray".... why wait until it gets too rough to pray. Prayer is one of the most powerful ways to get your day started, to get through the tough times(and there will be tough times), to find the peace you seek, and praise the one who gave his all and is with us always. Why use prayer as your 911....only when there's an emergency?

Pray up....and store that strength...

Blessings and hugs,

Philippians 4:6-7

The Message (MSG)

 6-7Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

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

Be Still

20 x 20
Pallet Knife

The song, Portrait by Freely, sings about 'being a living, breathing portrait of Christ, not religious like you're always serving"...beautiful words in a lovely song.

Often, when I want to paint, my mind isn't in the place it should be, lots of commotion going on in my space. I can always see the difference in the pieces where I'v put everything aside except the paints and canvas versus the times, I'm squeezing in some painting time. I try and "be still" and get spiritually prepared to let the paint take control and create a melody.

I hope whatever you are doing today, the commotion can be silenced long enough to get you prepared for your day.....God's word is a great place to escape commotion.

Blessings and hugs....

10 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 46:10New International Version (NIV)

Magnolia 2011 by Barbara Haviland

© Barbara Haviland
This is my first Magnolia of the year. I cut it off my tree and painted it.  It is so sweet smelling. I just love them.This one is done oils and measures 10"x8" . It is available for purchase.  150.00

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Abstract Horse Painting Two in a Dead Run by Texas Contemporary Artist Laurie Pace

Two in a Dead Run
30 x 40 inches Acrylic Overlays on Canvas
Contact me if you are interested: Laurie  
© Laurie Pace   Graphics One Design 1998-2011

Dead Run

I had absolutely no idea the Dead Run was a noun.  The original of this noun was 1885 era.
a steady run at top speed: The centerfielder caught the ball on the dead run.
My brain is having a time wrapping around that one.  I entitled this painting Two on a Dead Run because of the energy of the horses trying to edge each other out.  There is strength pitted against conflict in the composition of these two horses vying for the lead. They are both in a dead run almost like Terry describes Italian car racing... you are in the zone... you never look backwards. 


I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest -- and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man."  Proverbs 24:30-34

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Taking the first step | Kristye Addison Dudley Blog

Magnolia Study 2 - Mixed media: photo enhanced watercolor, 8.5" x 11" © Kristye Addison Dudley
Before being married, I lived in a cool three story town home in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta. It had a huge garage that I converted into my studio and I painted some great work there and used it as a place to try just about anything creative. I worked in clay and built small sculptures, had a screen printing press, and more. It was where I really felt most free to explore and make a total carefree mess. I would turn up my music and let my paint (and myself) dance with the canvas. We sold that townhouse yesterday! But even though there were great memories there, I am happy to step into this next chapter.

KJ, my 13 month old daughter, just learned to walk a couple of months ago. She was very timid at first, but now she is trying to run. For example, we used to carry her out to the car in the morning, but now she wants to walk on her own. I guess that's just the way life is. Sometimes it's hard to take those first steps, but then with God's guidance, we are able to run on to whatever his will has in store for us.

Stay tuned, as this door closes I am so excited about what the future holds. The study of this magnolia is another one of those steps. I have always loved photography, and I have tons of it. So I am exploring new ways to work with it. I enjoyed using water color to bring life to this flower. It's a work in progress, but so am I.

Love and blessings,

Kristye Addison Dudley | Blog

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Singing my song with paint

What is on my easel....still has a little work much fun to paint...painted with knife and water-soluable oils

What's New in the Studio | Kristye Addison Dudley Blog

Watercolor and Acrylic, brush and knife © Kristye Addison Dudley 2011

I am sure you have been wondering where the paintings are.  Well, I am happy to report, I have been painting! I am currently working on two commissions. One is a wedding gift and the other is a gift from a student to his mentor.

Both are figures and feel very blessed to be creating them for my collectors. I really love commissions and the development process between myself and my clients. They provide photos, feelings, quotes or a general concept and I look for inspiration to transform that into a visual medium that can speak volumes to others.

While I am working on those I continue to work on smaller pieces too. This magnolia study was really fun (yes my work is fun). Since I am also a graphic designer, I have to sometimes force myself to loosen up and paint "outside" of the lines. I wanted to leave just enough of the form of the flower and the leaves to show the shape without taking away the airiness of the soft petals.

I hope you have a great week,

Kristye Addison Dudley | Blog

Monday, May 30, 2011

Blue Heron | Barbara Haviland - Blog

Blue Heron | Barbara Haviland - Blog
I did this Blue Heron in a realistic fashion and did the background to look like a tapestry. I feel I have succeeded. I like the painting. It is available here for your collection. It comes signed and ready to hang and frame. Barbara
© Barbara Haviland Blue Heron


Monday, May 23, 2011

Flame Tulip | Barbara Haviland - Blog

Flame Tulip | Barbara Haviland - Blog
I did this tulip as a demo for one of my classes. It is done in oils and on a 6"x6" canvas panel. It is available for you. Email Barbara
© Barbara Haviland

© Barbara Haviland

Sunday, May 22, 2011

New Simple Things | Barbara Haviland - Blog

New Simple Things | Barbara Haviland - Blog
I revisited this painting and decided to try my knife and bold it up.This was the painting I started with, to me was nice but no statement. I think it now says bold.. I like it and it is available for you.
© Barbara Haviland

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.

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