Category Archives: Inspiration

Coloring for Calm

Customize how you color a page in a coloring book.

A coloring book page that Mary Gow customized.

Yesterday was the special launch of the book Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. At the end of the event streaming live from Nashville, Hyatt said their book reached No. 4 on the Amazon best seller’s list. The three top sellers were coloring books!

Have you seen evidence of this new rage?

Not long ago I met up with friends to make art. (I usually make art almost every day anyway). I ripped out a page from Coloring Mandalas: For Insight, Healing, and Self-Expression, by Susanne F. Fincher. I added more lines and circles to the existing pattern. It felt good to not stay within the lines. I highly recommend it.

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Inspiring Resources from a Podcast

Door to Wonderland, photo by Mary Gow

Door to Wonderland, photo by Mary Gow

This is a year I’m all in. All for reinvention and embracing the inevitable C word – Change. This year I’m pro-transformation. On my list of must read books is Michael Port’s Steal the Show. Port has a podcast show as well and I listened to his interview of Mike Michalowicz, speaker and author of the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.

I can’t recommend this podcast enough! It runs 1 hr. 7 min. You can hear it at:
here.

Then go to Mike Michalowicz’s website for a look at an amazing website with lots of resources – even ways to motivate kids. (If you prefer you can close the pop up window that comes up when you go to the site).

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Art Note: Creating Texture

I'm using a small sponge to create texture around this painting of Buddha I'm working on.

I’m using a small sponge to create texture around this painting of Buddha I’m working on.

I work on several paintings at a time. This painting of a Green Buddha was inspired by one I saw on a paper napkin. To add interest to the image I’m adding some white texture around the image using a small sponge.

First I squeezed a pea-sized amount of white acrylic paint on my palette and then lightly dipped the sponge in the paint and dabbed it on the canvas. I carefully spaced the dabs so they don’t bunch up in one area.

While painting this I was curious what the Green Buddha represents and found this from Tricycle.com: “The Green Buddha is traditionally the Laughing Buddha, bringer of prosperity and mirth.”

May this be a blessed year for you!

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Happy New Year of Creating

Nurture Your Creativity, acrylic on canvas, by Mary Gow

Nurture Your Creativity, acrylic on canvas, by Mary Gow

“Create” is a painting that’s on a 30″ x 40″ canvas I began today. This first layer is yellow, orange and white acrylic. The soft effect is thanks to a sponge.

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