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Spread #46- Portrayal of Self April 5, 2009

Posted by Orly in Spreads.


Federico Felini once said: “Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole it would be about me”. It is only in recent years that I’ve embraced this vision as my own. Before that I looked at the subject of self-portraiture in the traditional way, which is depicting one’s face on a canvas. You must admit, it is a daunting undertaking for anyone unless self-portraiture is something one is trained to do. That’s why I’ve readily adobted Felini’s statement suggesting that my ‘self’ is to be found in anything that I create. And now I find it important to relieve the uneasiness of my students right from the start. I’d like them not to worry about painting or drawing their faces accurately on their journal pages, and that it is okay not to have their faces on their page all together…It’s not the face we are after, it’s a piece of soul. The only difference I see is that when you are set to do a self-portrait you look at yourself more intently than when you are focused on another theme. In self-portrait YOU are the theme! This piece has started its life in the self-portrait class with a few creative beings and has spilled over to this digital spread. This is for those who attended yesterday’s class and came up with wondrous pages bursting of vibrant selves (: for those who did not make it and would like to have a go at it on their own and to those loyal visitors of my blog…I hope I inspire you today to go ahead and make a film about a fillet of sole…Oops, I mean soul.

 Footnote: Speaking of creative beings…Please go visit Rachel’s new and fresh blog and support her beauty-full artistic endeavor.


1. Gil - April 5, 2009

Dear Auntie,
It’s funny you wrote this right now because Jenine just recently requested that her and I each draw a self portrait the next chance we each get, in order to be able to show one another how it is we view ourselves, and to ultimately include those drawings in a homemade zine that we plan on creating together about ways to say I love you without saying “I love you”. One of my favorites that Jenine has come up with is “my love for you is strong enough to beat a bear in unarmed combat.” I will most definately send you a copy of that zine when we finally complete it. I’m guessing you’ve heard of zines and zine culture. But just in case, here is a link….http://www.mahalo.com/Zine_Culture

Orly: Of course I know what zines are..I learned it from the ZINmaster himself..you.. about 10 years ago..cannot wait to see yours and Jenines…awesome idea…could be also translated to a collaborative blog on that subject.

2. Renee Khan - April 6, 2009

Orly, can’t wait.

I love this idea of self. I too always thought it had to be some great painting.

People taking your class are fortunate indeed.

Lots of love to you and the family.

Love Renee xoxox

3. Ilan - April 6, 2009

I think the image of you on here is spot on. I love the wide pallet of colors on this piece, the textures and the composition. Brilliant work!

4. trish - April 6, 2009

I wish I could be in your class! I’m just thanksful that I can visit your blog though, you are always inspiring-now, I’m goimg to go get my journal out – have a great week

5. umphulump55 - April 6, 2009

Great spread. it definately shows your creativity using vibrant colors and textures.

6. Isla (pronounced eye-luh) - April 6, 2009

Wow, what a wonderful website! I especially love the CSS. The spread above is absolutley beautiful. You are very talented! Keep up the great work!

7. stephanie - April 7, 2009

wonderful way to explore self portraits…your students are lucky to have this class!

8. rochambeau - April 17, 2009

Dear Orly,
So nice to find your creative site. I like your style!

About getting together with blog freinds……You SHOULD DO IT!!
It is really a great thing~ Where do you live? Maybe we too will get the chance to meet!


9. eb - April 17, 2009

delighteed to visit you here – such beautiful and tasty offerings…

xox – eb.

10. Ralph Ivy - May 9, 2009

Oh, wow…getting to type here. Thank you! Your blog is the first I’ve found that uses the mouse to work directly with. I do too, and I’ve been searching this mixed-media catalogue of blogs to see what would turn up. I’m a long-time art journal keeper too, and have long been “drawing” on my “journal template” but am just now getting more intently into blogging. I’m certainly finding a new creative world.

Thank you.

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