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Wabi-Sabi-ish Painting

Pink Watercolor by Mary Gow

“Wabi Pink,” watercolor on paper by Mary Gow.


Recently I took “Wabi Sabi Abstract Painting” with Sherrie Lovler. (A few years ago I took a two day class with Sherrie called “Calligraphic Abstraction,” in person, in Sebastopol, Calif.). This Wabi Sabi class was virtual thanks to the O’Hanlon Center For The Arts in Mill Valley, Calif. The whole class description is here.

I might already be painting wabi-sabi style and not know it. Going with the flow and relaxing into what is – is that what wabi-sabi is about?

After some research I found out wabi-sabi is about finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection. Perfectly imperfect.

Could spontaneous, automatic, gestural painting also be synonymous with wabi-sabi?

In the class we reviewed what wabi-sabi art is. We practiced painting the enso – fluid circles early in the class. With Sherrie leading the way with suggestions on starting our paintings, we went through the exercise of creating a few compositions.

This pink purple exploration is what flowed yesterday morning.

Here’s one piece I created in Sherrie’s class.

Mary Gow- Wabi-Sabi-Painting-2021

Wabi-Sabi Painting by Mary Gow

At times I found myself ‘working at” creating something to look naturally at ease without trying. I made a few examples of pieces I wanted to share with the class that I felt were truly wabi-sabi — many I felt were my explorations ink brush work. . . which I loved.

My natural artistic painting style is to go with the flow of what I’m feeling. . . enjoy the process more than fixate on what the end must look like.

Create a Fluid Painting in Minutes


Recently I got to see Zlata Rabinovich demonstrate her fluid painting. She uses Flood Floetrol Additive mixed with acrylic paint – and in the video you’ll see the mixture poured on a canvas can to create something spontaneously gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it myself.

The sound on the video isn’t that good and the images can tell the story.

You can find Flood Floetrol, 32 oz., at Lowe’s for around $7.98.

More about Zlata at her website: https://zartfun.com

Heart Imaginings

Heart Imaginings, Heart 27 by Mary Gow

Heart Imaginings, Heart 27 by Mary Gow

The buzz today is the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn which also is happening on the shortest day of the year. This morning I painted this watercolor that hardly looks like the first day of Winter. For the shortest day to feel like the first day of spring, instead. I feel the shift. Hold the vision of whatever you dream. The energies are potent like supercharged magnets.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau

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Heart Glow
Heart for the Holidays
Day 23 – Heart Protected
Cay 22 – Heart Charge
Day 21 – Grateful Heart

Day 16 – Heart Waves

Day 16-Heart by Mary Gow

Day 16-Heart by Mary Gow

Over a decade ago a book came out that I found very helpful in methods of communicating with others, Dr. Gary Chapman’s Five Languages of Love. Since 2007 his book has been on the New York Times Best Seller’s List.

Wow, what is it about this book that resonates with so many people?

Today’s heart is about riding the waves of life. Becoming a surfer. We all have to become surfers to some extent or another.

Figure out a method to help ride them, a guide for how to communicate in the different styles or “languages” of love.

Today’s heart is about riding the waves of love, weathering storms, to arrive on the shore again — maybe the same shore, but with fresh eyes. And some new vocabulary words.

Find out more about Chapman’s Five Languages approach is at his website: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/5-love-languages/

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