Get Real!

Posted: August 22, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Hakea salicifolia seed pods Mo 19
“We have to believe in our dreams,” she said, “because without them we are nothing. Dreams are how we make sense of the world, but they’re also how we remember it. When your dreams are real-if only to you-when you believe in them and make them a part of the story that is your life, then anything is possible. You can go anywhere, be anyone, mend any hurt-even a broken wing.”
‘Dream Harder Dream True’ a short story by Charles de Lint in ‘The Ivory and the Horn’ (p300)
All this century I have focused my art making practice with big sprawling projects in collaboration with my partner Old Man Crow. The Adventures of the Blue Cat was a loose idea that began when Ariel P Cat came into our lives in 2000 to become two books Cooking with Cats (2003) & An illuminated Book of Cats (2010), then we worked together on The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow (2016) and most recently I dream of a world where love is the answer (2019), now we are dreaming our way out of this big city up into the Blue Mountains when we retire in March 2021. The next exhibition Sayonara Sydney  will be whatever falls out of my hands over the next 18 months but the work has stalled as the dreams get more real with visiting the mountains last week, time to get back to the drawing board!

  1. dinahmow says:

    I have a similar dream…not much more than a distant star right now, but…it’s a dream.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Di))) I have to get my dreams along with my feet & hands down from the Blue Mountains and back into the here and now, we still love living here in the Big Smoke and this life we’ve cobbled together for the past 30 years!

  2. fiberels says:

    Those Blue Mountains must be wonderful !
    (are these seedpods (?) from there ???)

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Els))) the seed pods are from Hakea salicifolia, a small tree native to the Sydney region planted in one of the gardens we look after here in the inner city. The Blue Mountains National Park is on the western edge of the city, the train trip is beautiful through wild bushland stopping at all the villages & small towns along the way, it takes about 2 hours to get to Blackheath from the city so we just take along good books, enjoy the view and the soothing sound of the clickety-clack on the tracks!

  3. As always, the list of you, your accomplishments and devotion to love continue to inspire me. I need a copy of “Cooking With Cats” if you have the time. It’s for a very old friend of mine who is turning 9 in September (but it might be a Holiday gift if the time is too short. I will email you for arrangements if it is available.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Michelle))) thanks for the interest but Cooking with Cats was an edition of 77 handmade books finished back in 2003, An illuminated Book of Cats is available as individual cards, that may be a better solution!

  4. Liz A says:

    travel by rail … how wonderful that sounds

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) I don’t have a drivers license for a car (forgot to renew it back in 1978 and although I keep my motorcycle license up to date haven’t ridden a bike since 1989) living near a railway station means we can still get into the city for exhibitions and gigs when we become Blackheathens in 2021!

  5. grace says:

    i already SEE you two there, sitting on your veranda, looking Out. I want it to be
    today, but also know how FAST today comes…it will be so soon today. I love imagining
    you and the Old Man’s life there, how FULL of Beauty it will be for ALL OF US

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Grace))) the right place will happen when we’re ready which may well happen sooner than we think as there is an 8 lane freeway tunnel going under this fragile old lady of a house in the next few months… she may not survive the earth trembling! For now I am stitching a blue moon with a heart in it…

  6. Nancy says:

    May your every dream come true in ways you couldn’t even dream of! Can’t wait to see what falls out of your hands 🙂

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) thanks for these good words, we are so looking forward to breathing fresh mountain air, taking in those long views, bushwalking & making our art and music til we drop off the twig, anything else will be a bonus!

  7. Judy Martin says:

    you will never retire from being an artist and a true blue moon lover dear Mo xoxo where ever you land xo

  8. Lana says:

    Mo I dreamed of things and they are now a reality. Every morning I wake up to my new reality and every night I thank the Universe for the reality of my dream. My whole life is filled with gratitude so never stop dreaming. Your art will reflect that I am sure, you are so talented. I’m so glad you are a dreamer, so many people are not.

  9. Fiona says:

    As ever Mo, your drawings are incredible, arresting and so so beautiful. Dreaming, longing, being present, moving between the two is an interesting time. We did it for a few years from down south and never ever regret the big move to the mountain. Your mountains are calling, but will bide their time till you arrive…

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Fiona))) the view from your mountain up north and your old cottage in Scotland are such an inspiration, you & Barry realize your dreams such impeccable intent.

  10. Saskia says:

    get real indeed! how wonderful you will be moving to those beautiful blue mountains

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