FINAL Shades Advancing is finally done! Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace

Shades Advancing by Laurie Pace © 2014

Shades Advancing by Laurie Pace © 2014

Shades Advancing   24 x 48 inches Oil  Palette Knife on Canvas

Each day you spend time building this day in your life.  You make choices throughout the day; decisions that affect you and affect others. If your life is built on God's unconditional love, you have a wonderful foundation to work with.  We all make good and bad decisions. We cannot grow without the bad ones and the good ones leave us feeling reinforced knowing it flows from God through us.   

As I worked on this painting I was stepping out of my comfort zone of explosive color. Color is the source of my energy.  Restricting myself to black, white and shades in between was really different.  As you watched the phases of this painting, you saw the ebb and tide of the work as it spanned the two weeks.  The surface of the canvas was defined by the daily layering of paint making this piece dimensional.  The palette knife sliced and layered buttery oils in syncopation to the music in the studio. An artist has the ability to correct mistakes and work around errors or uncomfortable places in the painting.  Hopefully the artist learns that their work is unique and strong in it's own expression and sometimes errors make it even more powerful. Some of my best paintings are ones that are do-overs.  God calls for us to do our best in life and for me that is the best in my paintings guided by His spirit. 

My touch is the strip of blue... almost a blue with a hint of red in it.  Periwinkle is my favorite color and I chose to work with it as my one color. 

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NRSVA

One building block at a time...