Spread the Love Painting Giveaway!

Love is at the heart of my work as an artist.

When I am in the flow with painting I am at peace. I feel connected to something greater than myself that I cannot describe. It feels like love, and I don’t ever question or judge it. This is why it used to be hard for me to sell my work. I wanted to hold onto that feeling. Now I trust that the more I paint, the more I honor and strengthen this gift I have been given. I see how sharing my work becomes a beautiful exchange of love, and love is the most precious gift I have to share.

This synergistic energy is what inspired me to take part in the #atouchofkind project. It was created by Feather and Wild to promote random acts of kindness while sharing and supporting the work of artisans and independent businesses of all kinds. If you are an artist, you simply gift a work of art as a way of paying it forward. If you are not an artist ,you can purchase or share a work of art to help promote and foster that artist’s success.

It’s a beautiful exchange.

I love this project so much because it brings awareness to the many makers who truly want to use their gifts to make the world a better place. They put their heart and soul into creating work with that simple intention and promoting them helps sustain their practice.

Maybe a piece of art has touched your heart in some way? 

I am excited to participate in the #atouchofkind project and have decided to pay it forward with an art giveaway!

I will be giving away 3 ORIGINAL PAINTINGS!

One painting each season, starting with this painting for SPRING!

This painting is called, “Touch of Spring”. It was inspired by all the glorious color awakening in my garden. I am hoping that these colors will bring a little joy into your home.

The painting will come signed, matted and ready to pop into a frame of your choice.


  • Leave a comment in this post or on  Instagram or Facebook by midnight on May 30, 2018 expressing what you will do to pay it forward if you win. (You can pay it forward with anything you wish to share; it doesn’t have to be art. This project has branched out in awesomely unexpected ways ).
  • That’s it! 🙂
  • I will randomly select a winner on that day and post the results here as well as on Instagram & Facebook the following day. *The winner will have to message me their address.
  • The small print is that I must be able to send this to a US address.

***If you would like to know when I announce the other 2 painting giveaways simply join my list***

Even if you don’t win, maybe you will be moved to pay it forward in your own way. All it requires is a little imagination and a gift from your heart;  even sharing this post would be a beautiful act of kindness (just copy and paste the url and email it to a friend or post on social media).

I can’t wait to see how far #atouchofkind can go 🙂

Thank you so much for your participation!

xo Laura

p.s. Don’t forget to leave a comment below to enter! 🙂 

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26 thoughts on “Spread the Love Painting Giveaway!

  1. Paying it forward is not just a new fad in my world or in my life. My Mother insisted that we help others with kind words, sincere gestures and or doing something to help other person. She taught us to treat others better than we expected to be treated. This has been part of the fiber of my life for as long as I could remember. Living a diverse lifestyle for the majority of my life allows me to except others for who they are and not what they are.

    Paying it forward, common courtesy, kindness all compliment one another. In this world we live in, we all need to take the time to stop, drop and roll. No, not just if you are on fire, but also it is important to us in everyday life.

    Today and every day, STOP and smell the flowers, STOP being negative and STOP hate.

    Today and every day, DROP what you are doing and seek the beauty around you. DROP your guard and allow people into your world and DROP the drama and live your life in a softer kinder gentler way.

    Today and every day, ROLL with the punches, ROLL out the red carpet and above all else, ROLL on you back, gaze up into the heavens above and beyond to take in the fact that we are just a small speck in this beautiful universe, but we all make a difference and we all matter.

    1. Oh my goodness Denniz you sure know how to make a girl tear up first thing in the morning! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. I cannot help but thinking of your mom with THE MOST kindness and love. You truly emulate her fierce spirit. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and beautiful wisdom with all of us. xo Laura 🙂

  2. Oh, what a sweet painting and a wonderful reason for a giveaway! Your painting reminds me of my mother’s garden, which is colorful and joyful, too. To pay it forward, this spring and summer (and, let’s face it, most likely the fall, too!) I am spending some time on my evenings and weekends to being Mom’s ‘undergardener’ and taking on the weeding, planting, digging, hauling, etc., etc., etc.. By doing so, when she has the time to spend in her garden it is enjoyable instead of only seeing the work that hasn’t gotten done yet. As a landscape designer, she dedicates most of her spring and summer to creating beautiful gardens for others to enjoy, and doesn’t always have time to tend and enjoy her own garden. I think she truly deserves to enjoy her own garden!

    1. Kitty! Oh my goodness that is so unbelievably sweet of you! You continuously amaze me with all of your kindness. What a lovely gesture that I know must be the greatest, most thoughtful gift you could give your mother! love you dolly! xo Laura 🙂

  3. I Love All your paintings! You have such a blessed talent! My daily pay it forward is to smile with about 100 students on my girls’ school’s track team! I volunteer daily and love all their uniqueness and talents and efforts! I get way more out of this than they do! It’s a very Precious Moment of time that I Love during Spring!

    1. Thank you so much Allison! I know your smiles must be a bright spot in all of those children’s days! It is so wonderful of you to be there for all of those girls. xo Laura 🙂

  4. This is a wonderful idea!
    I am paying it forward by donating clothing and household items to the local thrift shop that benefits veterans. My husband and I are prepping our house for sale and choose to donate our good quality items rather than sell them. It is a rewarding feeling to help this wonderful organization in their mission to help our veterans.
    I am looking forward to purchasing some of your art to decorate our new home (when purchased). ❤️

    1. Cynthia,
      That is such a wonderful and kind gesture from you and your husband. I agree, it always feels good to find good causes to donate to like this one. Best of luck getting ready for your move! xo Laura 🙂

  5. I often cook extra food and give it to my neighbor who has a part time job, but really needs to work full time to make ends meet.

  6. Laura,
    What a great “project/theme” … so needed these days… words near and dear to my heart – the Botanicals have been working on that same message for years – warms my heart to see it spreading in so many ways.
    FYI – tag line of The Botanical Beauties & Beasties is “Kindness – because it’s always the bottom line.”

    FYI – Your Energy is Love print still hangs proudly in my home. I still love it.


    1. Hello Lovely Liz!
      Thank you so much for your kind words and doing what you do with your art. Your message is truly appreciated. It warms my heart to know that you still have my print in your home! Sending cheery smiles & love your way…xo Laura 🙂

  7. My husband and I are firm believers in paying it forward. We practice it all the time. From big things to the little things. If everyone did it just think what a wonderful world this would be.

    1. That is so awesome to hear Linda! Yes, I agree, it would be wonderful if everyone shared kind gestures~big or small. xo Laura 🙂

  8. Lovely Laura,
    You are such a gifted and giving person. This idea you have embraced to pay it forward is beautiful and reflects your brilliant spirit! I love to pay it forward by giving flowers that I grow at home. Everyone is so busy. I feel that giving gifts of beauty is a very simple way of slowing down for a time to appreciate nature, and each other.

    Can’t wait for my gardens to start busting out the flowers!
    Your painting makes me smile in anticipation of Spring.

    1. Thank you so much sweet cousin! You certainly have a gift for flowers and your kind heart always inspires me! Love you! xo

  9. I will pay it forward by selling my art at my church’s fall festival and giving the profit to The Murphy-Harpst House, a children’s home that houses and helps teenage boys.

  10. What a joyful painting Laura. It will surely bring a smile to the lucky winner! If I should win, I would send a small original painting of my own to an unexpecting someone. Thanks for inspiring us to spread love in the world💕

    1. That is so sweet of you Diana! What a lovely surprise you will give someone with your delightful art! xo Laura 🙂

  11. I am convinced that art will save us and our planet. It is a pipeline to the soul. This picture reflects a beautiful soul, one that shines and inspires others.

    1. Gail, I agree! Art is so powerful! Thank you so much for your kind words! I really appreciate it! Your creative gifts add so much as well. xo laura 🙂

  12. First off, I want to thank everyone who left a comment with the wonderful things they would do to “pay it forward” if they won the #atouchofkind painting giveaway. You all made my heart sing. Thank you! 🙂
    The winner is Cynthia Shannon! Congratulations!
    Please message me your mailing address at laura.gaffke@me.com
    P.S. I will be giving away 2 ADDITIONAL PAINTINGS! One will be in the Summer & one in the Fall. If you would like to know when they are announced please join my list here–> http://eepurl.com/G_UvL

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