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Happy ReNewed You!

"New Dance," watercolor by Mary Gow

“New Dance,” watercolor by Mary Gow

Happy New Year! Happy Renewed You!

My wish for you this year comes from what I got in a fortune cookie today:

Don’t pursue happiness

– create it.

The Joy of Painting Disappearing Images

Integral, by Mary Gow, digitally manipulated painting

Integral, by Mary Gow, digitally manipulated painting

Have you heard of the Buddha Board? It’s a board you can use water to paint on a surface that shows your brush work, then the image fades away. (See

This reminds me of Chinese Ink Brush Painting but I don’t need ink nor paper! I’m loving this type of environmentally friendly art! Plus no chemicals!

The image above is one of the dozen or so I painted after opening the box containing the Buddha Board.

I photographed each drawing, and one transformed into another.

The image shown above I then manipulated in Photoshop.

This is a fun process! I encourage you to try it.

The Buddha Board is a perfect way to enjoy the moment

. . . regardless of how the election turned out.

Sun Painting

"Sunsational," acrylic on canvas painting by Mary Gow

“Sunsational,” acrylic on canvas painting by Mary Gow

Work in progress, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas. I’m enjoying this painting and the colors. This photo shows one of my favorite sections of it.

When is a painting finished? The more I paint the more I agree with the saying: art is never finished, only abandoned. Who said it is still under discussion but I feel that the artist decides when.

Meditation Painting

"Peace," acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20, by Mary Gow

“Peace,” acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20, by Mary Gow

Ever since I took Fashion Illustration class at City College in San Francisco this past summer I’ve been painting and drawing almost every day.

Don’t you like the compactness of classes in the summer? Six weeks of three times a week equals the 17 weeks in fall or winter semester. It’s so efficient.

There were two course instructors. Lorraine Wilner and Paul Gallo. Wilner taught the first three weeks and Gallo taught the last three.

It was from inspiration from Gallo that I decided to keep up the painting and drawing. Thank you Paul Gallo!

My daily paintings have become a meditation practice. I don’t have preconceived ideas of what’s going to appear on the canvas. I’m just going with the flow.

Above is recent painting I titled “Peace.” Holding thoughts of Peace now, more than ever.

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