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I truly believe that the need to be witnessed by the self and by others is a human core need to be fulfilled by the act of creating. Therefore, a compelling part of my journey is the teaching of art making and visual journaling. As a young adult in Israel, I had studied Fine Arts in an artists’ village nestled at the foot of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and later, in the Netherlands, Graphic Design at the University of Arts in the contemporary yet history-drenched city of Utrecht. Now living by the beach of Southern California with my family, I take in all the magnificence of the landscapes that shaped me and of the visual languages I have acquired along the way. I am passionate about the process of marrying multiple media to create a unique visual experience for both the eye and the spirit.
I have never experienced a thing in my life without being influenced by its look. I am an avid collector of  words, memories, sights, colorful people, experiences and more. I come here to play in my exciting bloground. Here I can be who I am, and get clarity of who I’d like to become. It’s a place where spontaneous events occur. I am here to express the inexhaustible mine of mine of inner and outer landscapes, languages, cultures, and of personal and close to heart matters. I hope that each entry, each spread, consisting of two corresponding pages, will provide you with visual excitement, inspiration, and even amusement—creating an ongoing gallery  for you and me to enjoy. Thank you for all the wondrous feedback you provide me with, I see my blog as an opportunity to connect and interconnect with the worlds around me and therefore your collaboration with me is very much appreciated.

-Welcome to my blog-

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1. Maya - July 11, 2008

Readers will pleasantly enjoy reading about this blog and what you do.
-Welcome to my blog- is a nice touch. Quietly this page affirms what this is all about and that you are a talented artist.

2. ®é∂çøwz - July 20, 2008

You are the most talented woman i know, and i look up to you as my main role-model. You should be proud about the great work you produce. You can easily see that every pixel in your art is fully form your heart and that is what makes it so enjoyable to look at! Good job and keep up the good work!

3. bridgette - February 8, 2009

HI Orly, I love your blog and will be back to visit.
Thanks again!

4. Martha Marshall - February 8, 2009

This is just the coolest thing, Orly! There really is a feast here and I will be back often!

5. Sssaam - June 13, 2009

I really do wish that my mother was as truly enthusiastic about blogging as are you. You seem like an extraordinary person. Your blog and your entire personality makes me happy to be alive. Your son’s blog is equally great. It enlightens me to know that age is not a factor in pursuing a talent and hobby. I hope you continue your creativity.

6. Kim Rae Nugent - September 17, 2009

I found your blog from the interview of “Journal Pages”. Thank you for sharing your visual and literary treats. Yummy inspiration!
Warm regards,
Kim

7. shannon - September 21, 2009

so happy to have discovered you and your beautiful art journals today! i have journaled for years. i am at a place in my life where my writing, my love of creating and my yoga practice are merging into one and all of that is expanding and opening me up to a whole new world of mindful, art journaling. such exciting times and i love connecting with other beautiful, creative women. thanks for your inspiration!

8. yasmina - December 21, 2009

Hello there!
My name is yasmina and I love love love your blog and journal pages! They are very inspiring and artistic!
i have recently started a creative blog and was hoping you wouldn’t mind if I put a link to your blog on?
My blog is http://www.yasminasbubble.wordpress.com

Yasmina
p.s sorry about not sending this as an email, I clicked on the link but it didn’t work for me

9. soraya nulliah - April 9, 2010

I really love your blog-the words, drawings, colors, thought-processes-thanks for being so open, vulnerable; sharing all of this with us. Thank you!

10. Karen Whalen - May 14, 2010

This is my 1st time visiting your blog and I LOVE WHAT YOU DO!!!! Your words and art make me smile! I look forward to meeting you at one of your classes. Are you classes appropriate for those with no previous creative experience? I sure hope so!
Karen

11. janna - July 26, 2010

Doing some blog surfing yesterday I came across your blog and have been thinking about it ever since. Your honesty on you blog as well as through your journaling is more than inspiring. I am also inspired by your connection with your daughter (and love your blog together!). I have 4 children…one daughter. I hope that as she grows we can create and maintain a bond like that of you and Maya.

12. Sezen - May 29, 2011

Hoi Orly, hele mooie blog! (: Kom je een keertje langs? :D
Sezen

13. Hava Kaplan - August 10, 2011

I saw your journal page on the Bing art journaling images and loved it. Then I discovered your blog and found out you are an Israeli, like me, which made me even more excited! Just to tell you that I love your work and your words ignite creativity.
shalom and lehitraot
Hava Kaplan
Raanana

14. Lynn Cohen - March 5, 2012

And I found you via Seth Apter’s Altered Page and his new book, which I am coming to think of as “our book” as I keep meeting more and more artists also published in it.

Your art is vibrantly colorful and exciting … I smile that I can “read” some of the Hebrew words, even though I do not understand all of them.

I look forward to following your blog from today on…

B’Shalom,

Lynn Cohen

15. rebeca - March 6, 2012

hello Orly it’s 5:30 am in california, i have been up since 3:30 thinking about a lecture/workshop i need to put together for a 7th grade class about my own art journey . . . what do 7th graders like/want/need to hear about my art? will i be able to talk about it in a way that makes sense to them? without getting too ?

i want to encourage them to not “think about making art. Just get it done! ” and to remember what they love doing “as a child that made the hours pass like minutes?” because “Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits.” (Andy Warhol, Carl Jung, respectively taken from your blog) . . .

anyway i came across your blog through Seth (he is amazing isn’t he?) and i have so enjoyed my visit, love your work, your thoughts, your inspiration. i seem to relate to many of the things you write about.

ok, enough. i have spent the last hour +++ here and i am not any closer to putting together my thoughts for the workshop, but you have helped . . . thanks! i have totally enjoyed my visit, i only got as far as jan 2011, but i will be back, when i have more time.
congratulations on being one of the 31! (my copy of the book should arrive any day)

16. Cate White - May 19, 2012

I found you via the JaneVille blog which is wonderful, and so is yours. Reading your first line about the need to be witnessed being a core need that can be fulfilled by creating made me feel like I had found my tribe at last. Thanks for your words of wisdom and beautiful art. Cate

17. artclubblog - June 16, 2012

You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please click on the link for more information :)

http://artclubblog.com/2012/06/16/one-lovely-blog-award/

18. lizziebuzziedizzie - September 19, 2012

It’s very inspirational and touching encountering your work and blog! Best wishes, Lizzie

19. Sandy - October 14, 2012

You have Wow’d my world! HUGS!

20. ArtSoul and Mission Link Love round#2 | artevolutions - April 14, 2013

[...] Orly a very inspirational mixed media artist…In her one artist journal pages she challenges and inspires all of us. In particular  I like her last post which reminds us to question and go through the raw feelings of life and thus include the ugly. [...]

21. roberta lewis - September 3, 2013

LOVE the new journaling page! used to do a unit w my high school art students on this… my own background is ainting and ceramics from U of AZ

22. Leslie van der Heide - October 1, 2013

Orly,
I have signed up for Pauline’s workshops sept/oct next year in Ireland.
I have not decided which class to take. Can you tell me what you will teach or what your students will make in your class?
Thank you,
Leslie

23. sandi cohen - November 23, 2013

I love what you have shown on Magically Mixed…. your work is truly a marriage of styles…one in which I also experiment, without any training in art to speak of.
I lived in Israel too, for many years. I worked too hard to make time for art, and costs were prohibitive for anything in terms of supplies etc…
I lived in the Negev way way back as a young woman, and found the dryness and heat very burdensome… I asked where you lived, meaning it could only be Beersheva or a Kibbutz… I think that those who have the benefit of kibbutzim in their childhoods, grow up so much more full of confidence and personal freedom…. that probably is part of your artwork… of course, I do not know you.
I copied part of your blog on your son turning 18…. my son is now 18, and he believes I am always telling him what to do; in fact, I am trying to give him everything I have inside of me, to have a good and fruitful life.
In time, he will see it for what it is.

I raised 4 Israeli children mostly, here in the US. I wonder if it would have been easier to do it in Israel. Here is so hard… too much competitiveness… and the army…. in Israel it is a natural progression.

Anyhow, I have older kids too, and they have been a large part of what inspires me to create… such beautiful kids…and such a failure…

I bury myself in artwork, and whatnot, to forget that not all creations are successful…. that creations can fail… so I stick to mixed media so that I have the freedom to go in any direction… You will understand that I believe.

I love what work you do in the journaling… I think it is worth more than to be in a journal…..

Sandi Cohen


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