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Day 19 – Heart in the Flower of Life

Day 19 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 19 Heart by Mary Gow

A small heart stone lies within a flower of life mandala. I remember learning about this sacred geometry symbol and being told to look at it often.

Welcome to Day 19 of my One Hundred Hearts Project. These last three days I’ve been creating hearts using photography to capture a feeling rather than paintings — both methods I then edit with Photoshop to add interest.

Today’s heart reminded me how much fun it is to compose by placing objects on a scanner. It’s the closest I can get right now to making photograms – which are created in the darkroom by placing objects on photo sensitive paper that are then flashed with light under the enlarger. The outcome is a mystery until it is taken through the photo chemical process.

Day 19 Heart was completed in Photoshop using the solarization filter.

Day 18 – Heart Emerging

Day 18 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 18 Heart by Mary Gow

Quickly, spontaneously, I grabbed some items to place on a scanner to compose this piece: 1) an angel a dear friend and former neighbor gave me; 2) three fake flowers I bought to wear in my hair a la Frida Kahlo, and 3) a scarf another dear friend gave me.

Getting back to my love of photograms and scanograms this process takes me out of my head to a space that’s timeless.

I placed these items on the scanner bed, arranged them, then scanned them.

Then I played with it in PhotoShop.

This process reminds me how well I can do when I don’t think too much and instead act on intuition.

Day 18 is an intuitive heart, I call “Heart Emerging.”

“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” – Florence Scovel Shinn

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