How flowers help me be a better person… studio notes from Laura

work in progress
*work in progress

Dear Tina,

I finally sent off my website to my designer and feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. There were SO many decisions to be made in terms of navigation, what I wanted to include, colors, the addition of a shopping cart, etc… All exciting but as you know I am not one for quick decisions and all of those choices occupied my head for months. So much so that I had a really hard time switching gears to studio work. It felt good to release it and trust that it will all come together. I still have some work to do in terms of content and planning future classes but I will plug away at that a little each week.

“In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth dead falling or tiger-trapping.”

—Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

I have been back in the studio this week and it feels amazing. The pressure is on and its time to get crack a lack in’ finishing the work for our show at Studio M. Can you believe it is only a month away? It didn’t take long to get my groove back and the ideas are flowing.

I have been thinking about our question of Beauty. Beauty is something I truly value in my life. Like you my mind doesn’t necessarily first go to physical beauty. For me it is trying to find beauty in each moment and being present to myself and others in a positive way. Some days this comes easily and other days not so much. I have learned to look to nature when my thoughts get off track. I think the trees do this for you. Long walks at Bluff Point and the joy I get from a bouquet of colorful flowers helps to ground me. Flowers are a staple in my house, especially this bleak time of year. Their time is fleeting yet they evoke such brazen joy. This is how I aspire to live my life, finding happiness within myself and sharing it with others. Does that sound cheesy? It has taken me a long time to understand such a simple concept. For too long I let negative thoughts fill my mind without even realizing it. When I did understand this my whole world opened up in such a beautiful way. My affirmations help keep me on track as well. This is why they are so important to me. “Thoughts Become Things…” you might as well “Choose The Good Ones!” as Mike Dooley says.


I have been experimenting with some different color combinations. Who knows, I may just paint over them but for now they have been stretching me. I LOVE color & paint so much! Okay that is all for now…


p.s. The postcards just came in for our show. I will pick them up this week and send you one.


Friends please save the date & join us!

Laura Gaffke & Tina Hirsig

“TWO Artists Shifting Perspectives on Beauty” 

OPENING RECEPTION: First Friday, May 2nd 5 pm – 8 pm

MEET THE ARTISTS: Friday, May 16th 5 -7pm (artist talk at 6pm for half hour)

WHERE: Studio M, 19 Cottrell Street, Mystic CT



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