Halloween Night in the Village

The creator of this village is also a collector of my paintings. He’s constructed this elaborate miniature scene on his dining table. It’s quite something. You can see an extensive view of it in Part 1, which I did not produce. Below is a short video I took, sweeping across and around the lively scene.

Happy Halloween!

Day 30 – Is Your Brain Handsome?

The Field, by Mary Gow
“The Field,” triple exposure photo by Mary Gow
I admire the work of neuropsychologist and author Dr. Daniel Amen.

Have you seen his presentations on Public Television?

He’s also the author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body.

One of my fascinations with the show is seeing what a “good-looking” brain looks like through brain scans.

And Dr. Amen shares how you can transform the way your brain looks by what you eat and by exercising.

Less attractive brain scans show weird bumps and spots but the beauty is a beautiful brain could still be attainable with changes in habits.

Today, is the final day of my 30 day personal experiment of blogging and sharing art every day. Hope you enjoyed it!

Day 10 – A Thanksgiving Story

Thank You, photo by Mary GowHappy Thanksgiving!

Did you grow up liking Thanksgiving more than Christmas?

I did and still do.

I remember one of my most memorable Thanksgivings was after I returned from traveling for eight months around the world. My views were rather idealistic and I was inspired to live on purpose. I was in “total Trust” mode.

At that time Joseph Campbell’s “Power of Myth” was really popular and following my bliss was the theme.

I did some unusual things that year, like I lived for a month at the Ojai Foundation in Ojai, Calif., in a work/study where the purpose was to learn the American Indian Way of Counsel.

Our meetings were in a circle and an object was placed in the center. Whoever wanted to speak would take the “talking piece” and have the attention of the circle.

Before I left I also went on a vision quest. My first 24 hours in the wilderness alone with just water. I learned something about my own resilience.

I also learned to walk in low light, moonlight, or no light by trusting my instincts.

While at Ojai, I visualized where I was going from there. My plan was to intern at a PBS-TV station and live on the biggest hill in Seattle.

Looking back I can’t believe I actually took all my stuff to Ojai and stored it and then loaded it up when it was time to leave Ojai. I drove my stuff in a U-Haul truck and 1300 miles later I was Seattle. Three hours prior to arriving in Seattle (in Portland) I made a phone call about a place I found in a newspaper ad (this is pre-craigslist). I drove directly there!

A few days later I celebrated my stream of miracles as I served Thanksgiving meals as a volunteer in Seattle.

That’s my “total Trust” Thanksgiving story.

Happy Thanksgiving and as cheesy as it may sound – for this day, and every day, I am grateful!

Four Moments in New York

Mary and Hyeran at the AAF
Me with my friend, Hyeran, soaking in the Affordable Art Fair in New York
Waving to Liberty
Waving to Liberty, photo by Mary Gow
Need to clear out creative cobwebs?

I did. A trip to New York is what the shaman ordered.

I dropped by the fall edition of the Affordable Art Fair at their new venue at The Tunnel in Chelsea. This year it was easier to navigate than the maze I recall from years prior.

What does AAF define as “affordable”? $100 to $10,000.

Stay tuned, in a future post I’ll share my favorite artwork from the AAF show, a C-Type Lambda print that sold for $6,500.

On another day I rode the Staten Island Ferry. It’s an easy way to pass by the Statue of Liberty!

Couldn’t miss one of the grand spaces in New York at the atrium of Grand Central Station.

Grand Central Moment, by Mary Gow
Grand Central Station in New York, photo by Mary Gow

You can experience walking Manhattan without cars on the High Line, which is a mile long and runs from 20th Street to 34th Street on the west side, between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Walking the High Line on the West Side of Manhattan
Walking the High Line on the West Side of Manhattan

The World Trade Center Memorial is officially called the “National September 11 Memorial.” Currently due to construction it’s not a spontaneous thing you can drop by and see. You need to reserve a time on-line.

After you enter the park you’ll see two humongous squares which were where the towers once stood. Wrapped around each square are the names of the victims of Nine Eleven. There’s water falling on each side of the walls which then falls into a smaller square, which falls into a yet smaller square.

What a trip. New York City is grand, vast, and innovative. I left feeling like a creative thirst had been quenched. Like longing for sweets and finally eating chocolate.

World Trade Center Memorial
World Trade Center Memorial Park, photo by Mary Gow