A Compassionate Eye: Laura’s Working Table

 

Laura's Working Table: Jan. 2012

Dear Tina & friends~

I feel like I am finally getting my groove back in the studio. Before the holidays I had great rhythm with my work. I was connecting with my thoughts and had clarified my intentions with the new body of work I had started….THEN BAM! I was derailed by other obligations. It was REALLY hard to stop working and although I tried to do SOMETHING creatively every day I lacked the blocks of time I needed to get back to that “space”.

The past two weeks have been really good. It has taken me some time to reconnect with myself but I have been getting up early every morning to write, which has really helped (although I do admit to crawling back in bed with my coffee and comforter to do this~it’s FREEZING up here!). I have also been diligent with my gratitude journal. It is amazing how life changing they can be! (Do any of you keep one? If so, how has it affected your life?) I find that all of these things are a necessary part of my work. When I don’t make reflection a priority it hinders my artwork. I find it especially helpful to write now that it is too cold for me to get motivated for my daily walks which have always been a time for reflection. Tina has often mentioned that my artwork changes in the winter and although I am not always conscious of it, I think she is probably right.

Upon returning to the studio I allowed myself to paint over two larger paintings I had started before my hiatus. They are still works in progress but I find that as I let go and release what is not serving me, I stretch myself and new ideas form. I have also been working on a series of small paintings which have “loosened me up” and allowed me to experiment a bit with my color palette. Here are two of these paintings. They are part of a series titled, “Above & Below the Surface”.

©laura gaffke 2012, "A compassionate Eye", acrylic, 4 x 6 inches

 

©laura gaffke 2012 " Hidden Beneath" acrylic, 4 x 5 inches

This series relates to my inquiry into the human spirit. The abstracted landscape has become a metaphor for what we choose to reveal to each other and what we keep tucked away. “A Compassionate Eye” started off as a mediative painting and revealed itself as a reminder to always seek the goodness in people, even when it is hard. You never know what is going on in someone’s life and why they do or react to things the way they do. It is meant to celebrate of the best parts in each of us and trust that there will always be someone to watch over you. At the end of the day, I believe we all wish to be recognized, celebrated and loved.

Just in case you need to hear it~ YOU ARE CELEBRATED, recognized & LOVED!

xoLaura

*Original Painting can be purchased HERE

 

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5 thoughts on “A Compassionate Eye: Laura’s Working Table

  1. Such Happy Colors! Perfect to brighten up a winters day – although today sure does feel like spring!
    Looking forward to seeing more in the series : )

  2. I am also having a difficult time getting into the groove, I feel I need to make to sell but I need to transition through the loss I am feeling in life. I really need to start a gratitude journal to keep my thoughts in a place of acceptance and peace. Thank you for your gift of self my love:)

  3. Thank you for your comment Kathy!

    Michelle, my sweet goddess sister,
    I know you are going through a tough time right now and I very much appreciate you sharing your thoughts here. You have been a mentor to me in so many ways throughout our long friendship, whether you knew it or not. One of the things I have always admired in you is the way you express your emotions directly through your work when it is happening. It is not a matter of processing it and saving it for later. It is a NEED that see you have where I tend to process things through journaling and conversation. Eventually what I learn will meander it’s way into my work but it is not as immediate or as direct as I see it is for you. Sometimes we need to let go of the pressure we put on ourselves and allow our work to move us where it wants to go and TRUST that what we are creating is meant to be born, whether it sells or even if we choose to tuck it away (I am thinking about some bins in a basement somewhere….). I think a gratitude journal WILL help in your healing so give it a whirl, it may just change your life. I want you to know that you are cherished, thought of and LOVED! Warmth & love your way….Laura xo

  4. Found my way to your sweet blog thru the Fly-Tribe Blog. I love what you are doing here. Collaboration is at the heart of some of my most favorite moments in life. Thank you for sharing yours so that we may become a small part of your shared experience.

  5. Rae,
    Thank you so very much for your thoughts! It is wonderful to “see” you here! Yes, my collaboration with Tina has totally transformed my life. It stretches me in so many ways. I look forward visiting your blog and getting to know you better!
    Cheery Smiles your way…Laura

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