inspiration in the Blue Mountains

Posted: May 16, 2019 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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we caught the train up to see Essentiae at Gallery One88 in Katoomba
Colleen Southwell’s work is astounding
detail of her flannel flowers
Colleen has such a fabulous eye for the exquisite beauty of Mother Nature
then we walked up the road to visit the Three Sisters
the wild beauty
a seriously steep walk !
the long view
with the blue of longing
have such beautiful bark and form
feeding the dream of moving to the mountains
now it’s time to get back to drawing a few of my favourite things
a few of my favourite things Mo 19
graphite and watercolour on A3 Canson drawing paper
starting from the left
steel and red velvet box by Olga Cironis
invitation card detail of Hideous Human Angel # 6 by eX de Medici 2008 for the Sold Out show at Boutwell Draper Gallery
Crania Anatomica Filigre 2011- 3D printed skull by Joshua Harker with a feather from Michelle Slater
Kokopelli card by Carol Duprey 2005
Crow card by Glenda Jones 2004 for her Lustre exhibition at James Harvery Gallery
SW magic gourd by Carol Duprey 2004
sand dollar
Skull Mug by Jenny Orchard 2013 with crow feathers and The Cat’s Whiskers (a wand for seeing in the dark)
Pod 2015 by Bronwyn Berman
card with blue cat on  XVII century tile panel, Fronteira Palace, Lisbon Portugal
SW magic gourd container by Carol Duprey 2004
wood rose
print of the Letter D from An illuminated Book of Cats from an odd perspective
Crow feather for flying
parchment stars

  1. Nanette says:

    You capture the essence and magic of the Blue Mountains so well, and how wonderful it will be when you make the move, and can soak up the magic every day. And I spy Kokopelli there, he’s one of my favourites too.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nanette))) every time we visit the mountains it feels more like home, the Kokopelli card is by my friend in the US Carol Duprey, will list all the artists’ work when I get back from work, gottta go n-n-now!
      PS the drawing is finished, that was fun going back remembering all the wheres and when of the favourite things!

  2. lana says:

    looks like you had a magical day in the Blue Mountains.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Lana))) a perfect autumn day, loved the magical synchronicity when Colleen arrived at the gallery to see her show hung for the first time just as I was photographing her flannel flowers, so good to talk about her love of art, nature and garden design!

  3. Louise Watson says:

    Spectacular scenery and beautiful artwork. I loved seeing a few of your favourite things.

  4. Eliene St. Romain says:

    spectacular….great pics but ahhhh the Dreaming…..

  5. Marti says:

    Almost every where in the world, we can find wondrous vistas…I have to say though Mo that the stunning craggy views of your Blue Mountains are exceptional. Eucalyptus trees are among my favorites but none to be found here in the Southwest. In Kauai I found the most amazing eucalyptus tree, it has rainbow bark and it was pure magic. I didn’t work with cloth dyeing then or I surely would have loved to put some of the multicolored bark to cloth.

    Your exquisite drawings of your favorite things holds one of mine- Kokopelli. Kokopelli lurks all over our home; metal sculptures, one bought, one a gift, ceramic planters, a dinner bell and even a cloth Kokopelli where I traced one of my metal Kokopellis onto walnut dyed cloth and stitched it to one of my cloth collages. A funny story about Kokopell: In the 80’s we had a family reunion with an uncle and cousins from Germany. We held the reunion in New Mexico and that is when I bought my first Kokopelli. Now Kokopelli is the trickster god, the harvest god and also the god of fertility. Our German uncle who didn’t speak very much English was surprised to see me with the statue as he knew it to be the god of fertility and since I am the mother of twins wondered if I was pregnant again!

  6. Liz A says:

    the Three Sisters look to be well-worth the climb … and what a beautiful view they have. I once thought we’d retire to the beach, but must say that the Texas hills have won me over

    and I’m thinking for my own part that favorite things often fade into the woodwork, so often are they “seen” (but not really attended to) in the day-to-day-ness of life … what a wonderful way to see them anew, gleaning and memorializing each detail with pencil, paint and paper

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) I look forward to spending lots of time drawing en plein air when we move to the mountains in 2021 but for now I am enjoying drawing all the details in our old lady of a house here in the middle of this big mad city !

  7. grace says:

    i have begun to really already SEE you there. You ARE there, already. Just have
    to get there. I see you en plein air, you and the old man.

  8. Els says:

    Nature is great, artistic and real life !
    So many (beautiful) favourite things (…. a song ? )

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Els))) “A few of my favourite things” is a Rodgers and Hammerstein song sung by Julie Andrews in the 60’s movie “The Sound of Music”, one of the most saccharine films ever made which I loved when I was 10!

  9. The kingdom up there is fine and your dreaming will soon be your daily reality.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Michelle))) the only thing I worry about is the cold, I haven’t lived in a cold place where it frosts and gets the occasional flurry of snow for 50 years!

  10. Susan McQuade says:

    (((Mo))) Thank you for sharing the glory of the mountains. Despite my fear of heights, I love the mountains while traveling. Blessings to your and your Mister.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Susan))) I have never been bothered by heights but did have a moment of feeling a bit giddy on the way down the very steep old stairs, Old Man Crow reckons we have to be a bit more careful about balance as the years are taking their toll!

  11. deemallon says:

    Spectacular place. “The blue of longing” indeed. Being still scattered about what’s next, I love your sense of purpose and the clarity of your plan. I, too, can see you there. I did find myself wondering: what structure? Where are any houses? So key to staying warm.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) the Blue Mountains train line runs through the Blue Mountains National Park with small towns along the way ranging in size from a few hundred to 6,500 people in Katoomba. I didn’t take any photos of the hordes of tourists taking photos of themselves looking at the Three Sisters or the lines of buses to take them on to Scenic World! The train line and National Park were established in the 1800’s so there is lots of little old Victorian cottages available to rent & some are run down enough to be affordable for two old people living on the age pension. I need to live on a train line as I don’t drive and will still want to come into the city to see exhibitions and go to concerts.

      • deemallon says:

        Oh the thought of an old
        Victorian cottage! ❤️

        • Mo Crow says:

          I want a wood stove in the kitchen and a fire place the lounge room but this one would do!

          • deemallon says:

            The place is charming and cozy! Some of those rooms are so teeny tho it looks like they’d hold only a couch and nothing else. I’ve learned, however, the counterintuitive truth about interior shots: spaces actually look bigger furnished.

            • Mo Crow says:

              (((Dee))) cozy is good as it will make it easier to heat, we are good at living in old run down places but staying warm will be the thing, my feet and hands go blue in the cold!

  12. Nancy says:

    (((WILD LOVE))) Oh man Mo! I’d be pining to be there too, in fact perhaps I am! Love your favorite things 🙂

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) x fingers they don’t push the pension age out to 70, the pollies would like to but there is so many of us born in 1955 it could cause a grey revolution!

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