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Spread #50- Smudging in Circular Motion May 7, 2009

Posted by Orly in Spreads.


…That’s what one student said while exploring ‘circles’ in her art journal in a session inspired by the art of the ancient Tibetan Mandala. This spontaneous statement clearly illustrates my intentions of teaching ‘creativity’ rather than teaching ‘art’. Learning art would be being introduced to the stunning Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting of two pink shells, and then being asked to paint a Georgia O’Keeffe. Learning creativity, on the other hand, would be being introduced to Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting of two pink shells, and then being asked to paint shells. When you do the first your learning would end as you lay down the brush. When you do the last your learning has just begun. As another student said: “…you will do more and different things you thought you cannot do.” And I say bring on the shells.


1. Siena - May 7, 2009

Hello again. 🙂
I know I haven’t commented in so long. I have most probably the worst memory in the world.
Anyway, I love and totally agree with what you are saying. I find that creativity is one of the best and most important skills to learn whether it is creativity with art, music, or writing.
Not only is it important, but I don’t think there are many classes that teach you how to think creatively and apply it to artwork, etc. or just life. (There should be more!)

But enough of my musings, I really love this spread! 😀
I love how the spread is very artistic and whimsical, but it is also very serene and peaceful with the mandalas that are unchanging and continuos. Anyway, I love it, and keep up the great work. (as well as creativity) 🙂

2. Rachel - May 7, 2009

Hi Orly!
WOW this one is SO Beautiful!! I LOVE All the pattern and colors! So much to explore in this one!
Yes- You teach Creativitiy! Your class creates a space for us to return to creativity without judgement. It is a beautiful space that is created in your classes! I had a wonderful time in them! 🙂 Looking forward to joining more in the future!

3. Rachel - May 7, 2009

PS! Congratulations on the 50th Spread, the 100th Image! 😀 Great job, Great inspiration! 😀

4. Aya - May 7, 2009

Hi Orly!

This is beautiful! your work is wonderful! thanks for sharing.

5. donna - May 7, 2009

Wow Orly, I was just scrolling down your home page – look at where you have been the past 10 months – look at all the glorious places and spaces you’ve taken us all to – thanks for the inspiring ride!

50 is beautiful in all its color, shape and form- I will wait with anticipation for #51

6. Dina - May 7, 2009

Orly…checked out your blog…FANTASTIC!! I’ve got ya bookmarked!!

7. Gil - May 7, 2009

I like the concept of Mandalas.

8. Renee Khan - May 8, 2009

Orly you and your pure heart would be the best teacher.

Your students would love you.

Love Renee xoxo

9. eb - May 8, 2009

mandala the world
creativity river
kayaking with you

xox – eb.

10. trish - May 8, 2009

another great post! and thanks for the nice comment on my sketches, I really appreciate it:)
hope you have a great Friday-

11. Leslie Marsh - May 8, 2009

Hi Orly,

Wow, I love your site and your journal spreads and your philosophy! I’m so glad you found me, so that I found you.

Adding you to my blogroll so that I can find my way back.

12. christina hsu - May 8, 2009

Congratulations on your 50th spread Orly!! What a wonderful journey and we are so lucky to witness it. I fully agree with you…. and smudging is so much fun! I love your patterns and colors in this piece…do I spy a gum wrapper too?

13. stephanie - May 8, 2009

Mandalaism…yes, wonderful…I spent time watching the creation of a sand mandala….such a fascinating and spiritual experience….

these pages are inspiring.


14. lisa - May 8, 2009

beautiful!!! I could look at these all day.

15. Marie - May 9, 2009

I’d like to paint shells with you.! These spreads are wonderful.

16. ~Maya - May 12, 2009

I really liked seeing the end product of your students pieces in the journals…
This piece, I believe, is pretty good!!It’s warm and fun…

17. Jenna - May 13, 2009

Wow it is lovely. Just like all the spreads. Hey, you said this is a digital art journal page and do you mean that you’ve made the pictures originally in a digital format? Or did you paint, collage, etc. and then scan them in or upload them somehow? I love your art so much. BEE-YOO-TI-FULL!

18. susanna - May 28, 2009

I am so glad that you stopped by my blog today so that I could then find YOUR blog! Your posts are an absolute delight to read!!

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