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Spread #91- Watch Your Visual Language May 6, 2010

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

If we were to develop a true understanding that the creation of an image presupposes the use of a visual language, we would become more patient with ourselves as we create images, allow ourselves plenty of time to learn it. If we were to treat such language as we do verbal languages or any other communication systems, we would understand that it requires practice, that it has its own ‘rules’, elements such as line, shape, color, form, motion, texture, and pattern. Learning visual language like all others takes time, dedication, repetition, hard work, but it mostly takes zeal. You need to crave to speak it. You need to be okay with not speaking it fluently, trusting the means. In the quest to learn the visual language impatience will test us, so will self-doubt and self-degradation. Ask yourself this: If I wanted to learn Chinese will a one month trip to China make me fluent in it? Of course not! So please, be good to yourself, forgive your imperfections; give yourself time to experience the endless possibilities for beauty that this language offers and the many ways to ‘speak it’, the distinction between traveling and arriving. Take in all the magic and magnificence of the visual language. It’s so worth immersing into!


1. Pat Chapman - May 6, 2010

Oh your words are so timely today. Today feeling so discouraged and dry. Yesterday I was ready for MOMA! Such a yo yo, but your words – patience, practice, magic and magnificence – inspired me and got me out of my pity party and back to the canvas. Also, LOVE the art piece too. Awesome. ALL your words have been printed out and hung on my wall!

2. Connie Rose - May 7, 2010

Great post, Orly, thanks!

3. Brian Kasstle - May 7, 2010

Oh you are so wise and wonderful! Yes we DO have to learn that this is a process! We are a generation of folks that want to be perfect at everything we try RIGHT NOW or we want to give up. I am enjoying the process and my mistakes and my lessons. Oh how I do miss you my dear friend! You so inspire and excite me! XO Your friend the Cub.

4. Arlene Wanetick - May 7, 2010

Yes, timely for me too, Orly. Yesterday I had the pleasure of being introduced (by telephone) to an 80-year old retired Art Therapist on the east coast, via a nutual friend. She was a pioneer in the field. She gave me a great piece of wisdom that I will not soon forget…she encouraged me to always remember hieroglyphics, and cave drawings, and remember two things: 1) that this was our first language, and 2) the pain of not yet being able to speak it, before it had been created….the need to find a language. So your words here are relevant to me in light of that. Respecting the longing for the language. Respecting the feelings that create it. And most of all, greeting them with kindness and patience. Thank you and love you, Orly! –Arlene

5. Deb - May 7, 2010

Orly, your post is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” kind of thing, so simple and logical. Your words make so much sense. It makes me look at my stumbling around in art in a whole new way, and allows me to go easier on myself in the process. Thank you!

6. Seth - May 8, 2010

What a great way to look at art and the process of learning it! Thanks for sharing this wise viewpoint!!

7. rachel awes - May 8, 2010

i’m taking in all the magic for sure!
great encouraging words.
lol to your paintbrush.

8. Catherine Witherell - May 8, 2010

I am practicing.

9. aimee - May 10, 2010

i want to copy and paste this paragraph all over my wall!!

10. Stephanie - May 10, 2010

You put this perfectly….just keep at it, that’s my mantra 🙂

Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Mothers Day!!


11. Donna Watson - May 11, 2010

You are so right– trying to figure out how to arrange all these elements of design–line, shape, color, texture– using principles of design like balance, unity, rhythm, contrast– into a good composition– that takes a life time – a journey of discovery and ups and downs and ups again.

12. soraya nulliah - May 12, 2010

Dear Orly-thanks so much for your Mothers Day wishes. I trust that you had a beautiful day with your family-full of love and sweetness. I agree with your post. You are so articulate and wise. Yes-it takes time and patience to learn the visual language of art. It is the journey that counts…and nothing is lost on our path. Thank you for sharing you knowledge, insights and your WONDERFUL art:)

13. Katherine - May 21, 2010

Wonderful, thank you for sharing!

14. the GyPsY - May 24, 2010

This is just lovely .. so expressive and eloquently said.

15. allmimsey - May 25, 2010

Wonderful words of wisdom. I have been working, lately to really practice my patience. Practice acceptence of the frustration, the absence of push, etc. So helpful to read this and enjoy your imagery.

16. Gil - July 16, 2010


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