Posts Tagged ‘illustration’

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

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

Spring Equinox

Posted: September 23, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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‘The Letter W’ from An illuminated Book of Cats’ © 2010
illustrated by Mo Orkiszewski with words by Rod Morgan & musings by Ariel P Cat
Ariel P Cat  was conceived on the Spring Equinox 1999
he lives on in our hearts

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!

for the love of trees

Posted: August 4, 2019 by Mo Crow in good books, It's Crow Time
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Ficus at Blackwattle Bay Mo 1997
I have just finished reading ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers, back in June Terri Windling wrote a fantastic review
inspiring, compelling, this sprawling wilderness of a book helps us shift into a biocentric world view- a life centred point of view;
“The salvation of humanity — for it’s us, not the world, who need to be saved — and our continued lease on this planet depend on our development of tree consciousness. We are here by the grace of trees and forests. They make our atmosphere, clean our water, and sustain the cycles of life that permit us. Just begin to see them. See them up close and personal. See them from far away across great distances. Notice all the million complex beautiful behaviors and forms that have always slipped right past you. Simply see, and the rest will begin to follow. Every other act of preservation depends on that first step.”
By moving into a biocentric world view where the whole planet is sentient we have to look after our beautiful broken world not exploit her!
Boab Dreaming Mo 2008
photo by Rod Morgan (aka Old Man Crow) 1991
dream on!

honing the line

Posted: April 23, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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a sketch of Gab Bates Home Protection Amulet Mo 19
the Home Protection Amulet and Ariel’s Memory Keeper cloth
Fossil Rock Mo 19
such a beautiful stone
drawing each day, honing the line
dreaming of mending the leftover moon from the deconstruction of the dream
this line is still haunting me
“The moon, second-hand, worn at the edges, was hung up in the sky like something a housewife leaves out to remind her it needs mending.”
Brothers and Sisters
The Real and the Unreal selected stories of Ursula K Le Guin
Volume One Where on Earth
page 5
Glennis Dolce’s Blue Moon hanging on the line with a couple of antique parchment stars

PS there are more ripples for the dream as the talismans and pennants find their way home