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Light from Below

Following the advice of photographer, Tyler Mitchell, in his MasterClass “Tyler Mitchell Teaches Storytelling Through Portrait Photography” I’ve been taking a series of photographs of the floor.

You can see Day One of my series by clicking HERE.

Applying an app I love called Paper Artist, the image immediately skewed in a new direction.

The exercise is easy.

Who doesn’t have a floor?

Here’s what I captured on Day 2. I was looking at the floor through crossed legs. The Paper Artist filter pushed the image into an abstraction.

Like Tyler says, “Daydream about photography.”

Mary Gow Photo Floor No. 2

Heart Matters

Heart No. 3 by Mary Gow

Heart No. 3, Heart Matters, by Mary Gow

Heart Number 3 was originally painted with watercolors. I then photographed it and applied a Paper Artist filter. With Photoshop I adjusted the color levels, giving this piece an alternative dramatic feel.

As I worked on this piece I thought about the idea of a bleeding heart, the joyful heart, the oppressed heart, the peaceful heart, the passionate heart. How would you describe yours?

“The joyful heart sees and reads the world with a sense of freedom and graciousness.”
-John O’Donohue

It’s All About Your Bass

The Red Mouse by Mary Gow

The Red Mouse by Mary Gow

“You are creators, and you are vibrational beings. You are more about electronics; you are more about electricity; you are more about vibration than you are about the physical stuff that you think you are about. This physical stuff that you think you are about is all vibrational.”
Abraham (Excerpted from the workshop: Spokane, Wash. on July 07, 1999)

With the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last night, I’m reminded of the song that was number one on the music charts for eight weeks in the summer of 2014, “All About That Bass,” written by Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor.

In an interview with Billboard Magazine target=”_blank”, Trainor says the song is all about loving yourself and your gluteus maximus.

From an auditory sense, your “bass” is your vibration. And often what we attract is what we’re putting out in our vibes. What we get is what we see.

I remember long ago when my sisters left for college. We three had shared one small bedroom. I repainted the walls in the tiny half bath we had shared. Then I put up a bunch of photos of various places in the world. I wasn’t really thinking of it as my vision board. There was a picturesque scene of green rolling hills that look just like what I see in northern California. Another photo was of a skier coming down a mountain in Austria.

Staring at them everyday must’ve made an imprint in my subconscious because I got myself to those rolling hills and to skiing in Austria – an accomplishment for a girl from humble beginnings.

What kind of neural pathways are you making with your thoughts? What kind of vibes are you putting out in the world?

About the Art:
I took a photo of my red mouse on my red mouse pad. I then applied the Paper Artist app to the photo.

Paper Artist Artistry!

"Nightfall," photo by Mary Gow and enhanced with Paper Artist

“Nightfall,” photo by Mary Gow and enhanced with Paper Artist

This was a simple photo of a lamp post on a street. I applied a filter from Paper Artist that made it look like a canvas.

I can’t seem to get enough of the beautiful filters on the Paper Artist app! Have you tried it yet? You can download it as an app on your smartphone if you have one.

This app makes a plain photo look like an illustration. You can find it at It’s produced by JFDP-Labs.

A while back I bought a big paper star in Chinatown. I’ve never seen it look this good!

"Star," photo by Mary Gow applying the Paper Artist app

“Star,” photo by Mary Gow applying the Paper Artist app

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