Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

Seasons Greetings!

Posted: December 20, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Best Wishes for the Solstice, Xmas & the New Year bringing lots of Hope, Love and Joy to the World!
namaste
Mo & Rod
“Cosmic Seedling” illustration by Mo Orkiszewski 2020
for “How Plants are Born: A story about relationships” by Peter Webb

there is always the garden

Posted: November 23, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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there is always the garden
the hoya is flowering madly
Honesty pods are ripening
Honesty November 15th to 22nd Mo20
hot pink Epiphyllum in one of our gardens
Gardenias in another of our gardens
gardeners perquisites
my 11 month old iMac is going into the Apple store this afternoon
x fingers they will work out why it is being such a slug!

Help Ever Hurt Never flaming heart from the House of Blues in New Orleans 1999
Stole of Bandaged Hearts - Help Ever Hurt Never by Mo 2011Hep Ever Hurt Never stitched into the Stole of Bandaged Hearts Mo 2011
thinking about the colour of kindness
“As we stagger forward, I think about the colour of kindness, realising that its colours and shades are not painted onto a person. They’re worn in.”
Markus Zusack “When Dogs Cry” (p45)

Acey is considering the colours of the chakras
Red is her first one
a powerful colour
the bass note that strengthens our spines, giving us courage and the fire of passion

Mike Worrall  The Portal of Intoxication
I love how this painting so perfectly describes the magic power of red

here’s a few red things I’ve made over the years
Heartline book Mo 2006
Book of Spells Mo 2008
Firebird Book Mo 2008
Firebird Talisman Mo 2015
red highlights were hand painted in the limited edition of The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow Mo 2016

 

Dark Moon in Scorpio

Posted: November 15, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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River of Moons (go with the flow) in process
indigo dyed moons by Glennis Dolce & Jude Hill, indigo dyed river cloth by Ulrike Bogdan
small changes are made along the way as each new moon is added on the dark moon
a balancing act
this two moon cloth from Jude celebrates the Blue Moon happening this month here in Australia (it was last month on the other side of the world)
the new moon stitched down this morning changes the balance
as I will be working on this piece for the full cycle of the year it will undoubtedly get a bit grubby & can’t wash those antique vellum stars on the first panel… perhaps selective steam cleaning and then damp stretching when it’s all said and done or cutting it up and then putting it back together…
enjoying sketching the Honesty observing how the pods form
will try a watercolour sketch later today
the hoya is flowering with Fiona and Barry’s weathergrams for Peace
watch this beautiful video introducing their Deckle Edge Press
astounding storm light this week just after our annual house inspection by the real estate agent, we love our crumbling old lady of a house but look forward to moving to the Blue Mountains around the middle of next year x fingers!

Cosmic Seedling Mo 20
graphite, watercolour and ink
H 29.7cm x W 21.2cm
it’s finished for now, in 2 hours I am going to have cataract surgery on my left eye
it will be interesting to see how the colours look with renovated vision
the right eye will be done in a few months
seems appropriate that my name came up on the public wait list for surgery in this year of 2020 vision
and to put this in perspective Tim Minchin wrote this song

Cosmic Seedling Mo 20
graphite and watercolour
Cosmic Seedling Mo 20
graphite drawing inverted
Cosmic Seedling Mo 20
graphite
I like this version best, they all print out fine will post the printouts off to my friend Pete tomorrow for his book and see what he thinks!
PS it needs ink…
looking and seeing where the edges need to be brought forward & pushed back
this will work!

working on this illustration for my friend & plant guru extraordinaire Peter Webb‘s forthcoming book
“How plants are Born; a story about relationships”
levels adjusted to sharpen the detail
inverted
thinking of adding some ink to emphasize the edges
and perhaps a bit of hand colouring next but it may well be best just left as is…
thank goodness for scanners!

dancing with the changes

Posted: April 22, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Callistemon viminalis Mo20
graphite on paper
H42cm x W29.7
dancing with the changes… have to laugh as I had lost my way with this drawing of a Callistemon in our street, then on Monday I was pruning a tree and copped a poke in the eye with a blunt stick so now these words from ‘The Garden Book’ by Brian Castro ring even more true than they did when I wrote them out a couple of weeks ago…
“ In class he was obsessed with the idea of observation. You have to throw the details of what you see away, he said. Until there is only a kind of subliminal light left. Learn to see like a half blind person”
the drawing is working a lot better today with blurred vision… funny how I always have to take the metaphors so bloody literally!

drawing the details

Posted: March 28, 2020 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Eucalyptus mannifera Mo2020
H 42cm x W 29cm
5H graphite on Canson 220 gsm drawing paper
I have watched this beautiful tree grow for nearly 30 years

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