Owl Rock

Posted: September 25, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Owl Rock Mo 19
graphite, ink and watercolour
Sentinel Mo Okiszewski 19
Once upon a time, long, long ago (millions of years ago) there was a rock. Simple lifeforms developed on it and around it. The simple lifeforms slowly evolved into more complex lifeforms and the rock, even more slowly, aged and weathered. Dinosaurs came and went, homanids came and evolved. The rock, the sentinel, bears witness.
garden guardian whose ancient eyes hold deep time and spirit of place.
I found the owl rock in a creek crossing on the Wombeyan Caves Rd in the Southern Highlands in 1988
he has lived in every garden ever since, a powerful being, a delight to draw
” ‘But why do I need to learn to draw?’
‘You don’t. But it’s a good way to learn to pay attention. To really see what you are looking at, instead of what you expect to see.’ ”
from ‘Someplace to be Flying’ by Charles de Lint

Comments
  1. Martine says:

    it’s a good way to learn to pay attention………..this is exactly what my teacher told me, many moons ago…………….

  2. ravenandsparrow says:

    Your drawings are so very beautiful. Owl Rock does have a great deal of presence.

  3. shiborigirl says:

    learning to see all over again through drawing and painting! lovely!

  4. grace says:

    love this. Drawing like this, of such loving detail, gives incomparable Intimate Knowing.

  5. Nancy says:

    It lives! I love how your owl is related to your cats, style-wise…meaning I can tell it is drawn by your hand and heart! Rocks have a way of becoming a part of us. J. went for a hike this morning and stopped to look for my ‘same rock, found twice’…no luck. It lives on in my own head and heart!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Nancy))) have you read “Teaching a Stone to Talk” by Annie Dillard? I loved that book but feel that the title should be be more about teaching us humans to listen, stones don’t need to learn English!

  6. Barry says:

    MC – something’s are sacred and they accompany us through life – like your owl rock – wisdom. And yes drawing helps us to slow and see the detail – I know the macro photos with the iPhone do that for me. Peace and wisdom. B

  7. fiona says:

    I liked the drawing, and then I looked at the photo of the rock. Wow, there is power and magic within that one for sure. What presence, a protector and and a guide. Just wow.

  8. jude says:

    oh Mo, I am loving this.

  9. deemallon says:

    Ahhhh. And rocks are so hard to draw! Well done. And what a pair you are, one conferring power to the other and back.

  10. Hazel says:

    A beautiful drawing, story and lesson. What a wonderful picture book it would make.

  11. Els says:

    a powerful spirit rock !!!

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