Beauty… ’tis done with a few days to spare ’til the New Moon!

Posted: May 14, 2012 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, music
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illustration for Old Man Crow’s song Beauty by Mo 2012
I dare not touch it any more, enough is said
now it’s time to take a deep breath & move into the dance with the next song!
as a total aside I have just read two of the best books ever “Colour: travels through the paintbox” & “Jewels: a secret history” by Victoria Finlay
here’s an excerpt from the last chapter about diamonds (on page 385) written after holding a LifeGem UK in her hand –
“… And perhaps for the first time, looking into a diamond, I felt I knew exactly what I was looking at.
Human life is fragile: we live in the space between one breath and the next. We often try to maintain an illusion of permanence, through what we do, say, wear and buy, how we enjoy ourselves and who and how we love. Yet it is an illusion that is constantly undermined by change and death. We can use diamonds in whatever way we like. They are empty things, pretty as water, yet within them – if we want to see it – there is blood, dust, love, curses and suffering. There is desire to make someone happy, there is admiration, there is ostentation… and there is a company’s profit curve. The diamond I was holding was about illusion and about slicing through illusion. It was about forever and never, and it was about nothing at all.”
I remembered one of the last things the diamond-cutter Gabi Tolkowsky had said in Antwerp. I had asked him what he saw when he looked at a polished diamond, away from his cutting wheel. “I see what everyone else sees, even if they don’t know it.” he said. “I see myself inside the diamond, refracted into tiny, tiny pieces.”
& this quote from a gem dealer
“Selling utterly useless yet exquisite things is hard enough for anybody and the odds are stacked against us all.”
all of these thoughts are fuel for the fire about making art and why we do it …
These crow drawings are an honouring of Old Man Crow’s life work. They hold everything I have learned from him through his music and our life together over the past few decades. Here I just ask the planet to give me another 4-5 years to finish this work, thank you!

  1. deanna7trees says:

    i did buy the book Colour the last time you mentioned it. i’ve read parts of it and find it quite interesting. thanks for telling.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Cool! I’m now onto “An Anthropology of Turquoise” by Ellen Meloy (it’s my favourite colour and stone).Victoria Finlay decided not to write a chapter about Turquoise as Ellen had done such a great job with her book! These books are my way of getting involved with all the natural colours that the online cloth whisperers like your good self are experimenting with!

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