Brett Whiteley: drawing is everything

Posted: February 17, 2019 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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Brett Whiteley study for young wren bathing 1988
we saw the inspiring Brett Whiteley: drawing is everything at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday
Here’s Brett’s (1939-1992) advice to the aspiring artist –
“aim at virtually whatever is in front of you… 
and then one day you’ll see something that you have truly never seen before 
and that is the beginning of yourself 
& that heralds the beginning of difficult pleasure.”
Difficult Pleasure
NB Difficult pleasure is how Brett described creating art,
“Art is an argument between what a thing looks like and what it means.”
Brett Whiteley Coincidence 1973

 

Leonie Andrews Open Stitches project

Posted: February 14, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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a 10cm (4″) x 10cm (4″) square of Deb Lacativa’s magical hand dyed cloth with couched thread also by Deb Lacativa
I stopped stitching just in time to leave a 10cm tail of thread for Leonie Andrews Open Stitches project
the other side
I look forward to seeing where Leonie takes it!

Yesterday I posted this feathered felted sea urchin pod with a powerful obsidian and an antique parchment star to a dear friend diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer late last year to help with the surgery next month and follow up radiant rays
the obsidian was given to me by a crystal healer back in 2005 for deep spirit healing, love how it fit so purrfectly into the pod
namaste

My best friend Julie sent her feather talisman by post with no tracking on January 7th from just 5 hours up the coast, it’s languishing somewhere between here and there so this is a call out for lots of white light beamed in to get it here safe and sound! namaste

the starry gloves in place
the cloud of tulle buttoned on in a detachable and almost elegant way
Sharon People’s lace heart stitched into place forming the bridge to the cloud of tulle
pennants, oddments, cloud of tulle and starry gloves settling in
riding the wave of love
the two lines of pennants will gain height and make a gentle upward curve suspended from the light rail in the gallery
armature in situ for the photoshoot in the gallery a couple of weeks ago
getting there!
The online catalogue is sorted, just waiting for the professional photographs to be taken in the gallery on the 28th at 10am & inserted on the 1st to go live for the preview on March 2nd. The opening is on the 3rd in 4 weeks, we will take it up to the gallery to install on the 25th

Crossing Boundaries: The Art of the Book
Elizabeth Beronich has gathered book artists from all around the world for this exhibition
I sent “The illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow” Limited Edition no 83/100
the show opens this Friday, if you’re in northern California have a look!

The photoshoot of all the pennants, talismans and oddments for the online catalogue went well with a lot of help from Old Man Crow and his iPhone after a disastrous first day using a fancy DSLR with all the bells and whistles that I had no idea how to operate in the hope that if I just put it on auto it would do all the work, it didn’t…
the armature fit out the front door with all the talismans wrapped with tissue paper
for the two minute walk up to the gallery and safely back
good to have a go before the install date on February 25th
just working steadily each day with the production schedule (a handy tool that helps keep my eye on the ball)
all the pennants waiting with the cloud of tulle to be hung and suspended
it’s time to get the bit between the teeth, put the head down and go, see you out the other side!