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Spread #44- ArTalk March 22, 2009

Posted by Orly in Spreads.


Let’s talk art for a moment, to be more specific about the canvas, you know, the surface on which we apply our art. I personally like those that are not that blank. Painting on maps or on pages of a printed book, for example. These ‘canvases’ take you wherever they want to take you, not wherever you want to take them. The difference is an issue of control. Those canvases that had a life before you came along, allow you to let go of visions of a finished piece of art. They free you to the true meaning of creativity, which to me is, the enjoyment of the process. Julia Cameron said it best: “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control”. A canvas is a broad term. I see canvases wherever I go. In a planter  with soil in it, in a sand box, in a wall, in a piece of furniture, a shelf, a dinner table. I see a canvas as I look in the mirror and see my body, my hair, my eyes. My children, my loves, my friendships, are canvases to me. I am surrounded by possibilities, beautiful canvases at all times, at all places…many scraps of many shapes of blank paper, papers that have color, patterns and textures, Papers that have words on them, printed or scripted, papers that are bound into journals or into books laden with stories. Constantly and consistently providing me with canvases on which to depict my own stories. 


1. Handan Arik - March 23, 2009

Lente komt, Orlytje maakt mooie dingen, dat voelt goed 🙂
Hoe gaat het met het boek van Maya?

2. Gil - March 24, 2009

“I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.” – Jean Michel Basquiat

3. ~Maya - March 25, 2009

Heartwarming. That’s what this piece is. It’s funky and fun, and all-over-the-place. This type of art is my favorite that you make! 🙂
I can see all the hours of hard work that you put into this and I appreciate that. You are an awesome artist and I am so happy you’re doing well artishly. 🙂

4. Ilan - March 25, 2009

I love the pictures like this one where you are being creative in drawing and sketching. It shows your nature, things don’t need to be perfect or clean. You show that messyness can look perfect and that is amazing. I love that you say “I stretch my own canvases” because it adds great depth to this piece. I love how you use the actual stretching of the text to show a literal example. Genius! Once again, outstanding artwork.

5. trish - March 26, 2009

great post! I so love your art, let me know if you ever come to Ohio to teach a class;)
have a great rest of the week!

6. Renee Khan - March 28, 2009

I know that you are a fabulous mother. I just know it.

Your children will be wonderful canvases for the world.


Love Renee

7. Renee Khan - March 28, 2009

Orly, oh my God. I am laughing my head off. Is that me up in the corner. You are too fabulous and fantastic and amazing.

Thanks Orly. Love you for it.


8. Renee Khan - March 28, 2009

Orly, my sister Shelly wrote my blog post today and I would like you to go and read it if you have a chance. She mentions you in it.


Love Renee

9. Renee Khan - March 30, 2009

Orly were your parents super amazing. I bet that they were. Because you are amazing and I know that you will raise wonderful and caring and conscious children.

You know of course that I love Gil too.

Thank you for your kind words. You are too much.

Come and look at my blog tomorrow okay.

LoveRenee xoxoxo

10. Renee Khan - March 30, 2009

Orly I love the Hebrew meaning. Living room.

I love my girl you did, can you print her and mail her to me? I can look at the good things you have all done and remind myself of me.

Sweet Orly, sweet Orly. I love the word sweet.

Give that son and daughter of yours an extra hug just from me.

Love Renee

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