Connections & Celebrations “Oh what a night part 2”

above & below the surface wall at gallery

above & below the surface wm

Hello Sweet T & friends,

This is part two of the series I am writing about my Summer Solo Exhibition. You can read the first part about my Affirmation series HERE. The paintings you see are a few of the pieces in my Above & Below the Surface Series which I will talk more about in a moment. I came across this video unexpectedly on facebook and found it perfectly illustrates my values and the deep belief I have in the power of love and the best parts of the human spirit to shine. I encourage you to take a few moments to watch and would love to hear your thoughts about it.

Although I am truly happy just creating, having an opportunity to share my work with others fills me up and allows me to grow. It is here where I am able to further the conversation I seek and gain insights I probably wouldn’t have on my own. I sometimes refer to these landscapes as soulful landscapes. I have come to understand them as metaphors for the “inner” and “outer landscapes” of our lives. What is above the surface is what we share with others and what lies below the surface is what is we may keep hidden and protected deep within. These paintings are a reminder to always look beyond the surface, stay grounded in compassion and to not ever forget that you never know what struggles people endure in their lives that we may not see on the surface.

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“Poetry of the Senses” acrylic, 12 x 12 inches

In this painting, Poetry of the Senses I used text from old book pages to create this found poem. It reads,

Mother Natures’ brilliant display of color,

brighter than the poetry of the senses.

Joyful simplicities nourish body and soul

by engaging our senses

The highest reflection of your soul,

quiet, reflective, positive.

polka dot landscape painting.wm

“Polka Dotted Landscape” mixed media, 12 x 12 inches

I believe part of my journey is to try and look at others with compassion, love and non-judgement. This isn’t always easy, especially when come across someone who is rude, prejudice, or mean. I just try to do my best to treat people like I wish to be treated,  seek first to understand where that person is coming from. Being a teacher for so many years has taught me to step back from the behavior and seek understanding. Usually taking time to listen or consider what may be going on in another persons life puts things in perspective for me. It is always my desire to look for the goodness, even when hidden.

love this moment, landscape painting, wm

“love this moment” acrylic, 12 x 12 inches

moonlit dance, beach house-watermark, laura gaffke“Moonlit Dance” acrylic, 18 x 18 inches 

soulful landscape II“Soulful Landscape” acrylic, 12 x 12 inches

All of these paintings and many others are available at the Lighthouse Gallery until

August 30th. You can contact gallery director Chris Rose

for more information, 445-7626 x108

Sending you all the most magical day of sunshine & ease…Laura


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One thought on “Connections & Celebrations “Oh what a night part 2”

  1. You always inspire me Laura. This series of work is so strong and wonderful I truly hope others see it. That video was very inspiring. Yes, love is what this is all about. When we wrote our values this past year, love was the number one on my list (yours too). Sometimes I feel that word gets overused and diluted, but love is what keeps me moving each day. It motivates me to be better. It inspires me and as you aptly said “stay grounded in compassion”. This has always been our starting point in creating art together and am so thrilled to be working with you over all these years.
    Love your way,

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