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Spread #87- Forget All The Roses March 26, 2010

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

Long time ago Henri Matisse said: “There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” And I say, why paint a rose at all? Why put myself in a position of competing with the immeasurable beauty of creations of nature. I worship roses, and tulips, and butterflies, and birds, and crystals, and fossils, and shells, and seas, and pink skies, and green mountains, and deserts, and clouds, and…but I will never want to attempt replicating such masterpieces. I want to enjoy them with all my senses and beyond. In my pages I much rather bring fresh creations from my own peculiar mind. Being inspired by them? Absolutely. Painting them? Not interested. Where do you stand on ‘painting roses’?


1. Karen - March 26, 2010

I have to agree with you…. I love roses, they are my favorite but, everytime I try to create one by either applique, drawing etc… it does not come out the way I imagine it will…. only my photos come out right…

2. Brian Kasstle - March 26, 2010

Ha you beat me to the post! Sooo beautiful! It makes me wish I could grow such wonderful creations as you have here! I guess I’ll just have to create my own! You do inspire me so. But I am so very partial to EVERYTHING you create. Thank you, thank you my creative wonderful friend.

3. Lynn Fisher - March 26, 2010

Orly…your rose is SO beautiful, and so original! I love it all the more because of it. I know what you mean though…I can stand in front of a painting of a rose that looks like a photograph…but I feel nothing.

Pnina - March 26, 2010

You were able to capture the scent and the magnificence of a rose. So complex yet, so simple. Just beautiful.

4. Dawn Sokol - March 26, 2010

GORGEOUS spread, Orly! How are you? I hope all is going well your way!

5. Chris - March 26, 2010

I’m with you – leave roses, (and tulips, and butterflies, and birds, and crystals, and fossils, and shells, and seas, and pink skies, and green mountains, and deserts, and clouds) to God. And I love the rose-ness that still came into being in your spread. I will say that I have a friend who draws natural subjects (usually without looking at her page at all, and while continuously looking at her subject) for the purpose of really SEEING the subject, the rose. For the purpose of really BEING with the rose. Works for her. I say, whatever works in terms of really BEING WITH is magic worth doing.
Love to you and your rosy spreads and magic.

6. Paula - March 26, 2010

Lovely spread.

Judy Wise - March 26, 2010

Incredible; I love this one.

7. the GyPsY - March 26, 2010

I love your interpretation and I agree with you completely. Beautiful spread.

8. beth - March 26, 2010

yep. i’m with you it’s all about being in the moment and soaking it in rather than trying to capture it in some external form to look at later. i think to create an authentic version of something (like a rose) you have to infuse your creation with your sense of it and you have done that beautifully in this piece and it feels real and true and full. lovely work….


9. linda - March 26, 2010

I really love the writing in this…very nice!

10. Stephanie - March 26, 2010

I think you ‘painted’ a pretty wonderful rose here…capturing the sense, the mystery…stretching of thorny stem

I adore and admire those that can create this essance without having to capture an exact replica.

oh to SMELL those roses….happy unfolding of the mysteries of spring to you Orly!


11. Anairam - March 27, 2010

Absolutely – I agree with you. Of course there is amazing skill at work in people who can draw and paint landscapes, animals and other natural objects well, but I find very little that attracts me in such an artwork, apart from admiring the skill, perhaps. I would rather be in the landscape than look at it on a wall. I prefer art when it is an embodiment of an ‘idea’ rather than an ‘object’ – when some process of thinking and analysing is necessary to uncover layers of meaning. And so I also prefer making such art.

12. Amanda Fall - March 27, 2010

Beautiful! I have the utmost respect for representational artists, but my favorite work shows me the FEELING of something, not just how it appears to the eye. Your pages dance with movement, energy, and life. Love it!

13. Don - March 28, 2010

I like it all. Representational, abstact, whatever- as long as it speaks to me. Love your blog!

14. Rachel Peterson - April 12, 2010

Incredibly beautiful work Orly!! I think of your question, do we immitate nature or strive to express it in a new way…. The two sides of my mind often argue wtih eachother ( the trained artist and the expressionist! ) 😀 Your class has helped me open my mind up and reflect and grow in so many ways, to quite down the rational side of my mind and help tap into that other side! Thank you for sharing your work and thoughts and propelling us to think in more directions than we had thought of! 😀

15. Catherine Witherell - April 15, 2010

I think your interpretaion of the rose is just as beautiful as any real rose I have ever seen.

16. Kelly - May 5, 2010

This is stunning. It is so true. Why do we have such problems with roses anyway??? lol. Your page is beautiful.

17. yasmina - May 23, 2010

This is so beautiful!
And what a lovely, clever saying that is!
I’ve given up on drawing and painting roses … maybe it’s time to try again.
but this is really really wonderful.

18. pam - July 18, 2010


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