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Spread #126- Own Art March 26, 2011

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

People ask me: “Do you have enough time to do your own art?”, “Do you do other art other than journaling?” My son asks me: “What do you enjoy more, teaching or journaling?”…I don’t know the answers to these questions. These distinctions are useless for me. I don’t think about them. Anything I do at the moment is what I prefer to do now. Anything that engages me emotionally, I have time to do. I enjoy anything that makes me feel me, lively, deeply, richly connected to my core self, and in tune with others’ heart beats. I’d do anything that gives me a sense of the miraculous, anything that supports vigor in me,  these undefinable things that are beyond thoughts. That ‘anything’ can be as basic as smearing paint on a surface, as rewarding as helping individuals get closer to recognizing their own creative beat, and as simple as cracking up with laughter with my kids in the car while driving them home from school. That’s right. All is my own.


1. Sam - March 26, 2011

Orly, I absolutely love what you wrote here. I get it, I do. It is a very zen and courageous thing to be in the moment like this, and love what you are doing (so beautifully) in that moment. namaste…

2. apaperbear - March 27, 2011

I get it too! One of my all time favorite times with you was hanging out with you and Rachel each of us doing our own art, laughing, cracking up, having excellent food. Pure joy. You help others find pure joy and their true self and true spirit. You are a jewel. I don’t even think you realize what gifts you bring to others.

With respect, love and admiration.

3. Lyle - March 27, 2011

you are right! to be doing and to love what you are doing is what it is all about! at least in my world!

4. Arlene Wanetick - March 27, 2011

Beautiful, wise Orly, I love you.

5. Lynn Fisher - March 27, 2011

Thank you for writing this Orly. I can’t tell you how many times a friend has asked to look at my journal only to sort of admonish me…saying what good will it do to have all this “hidden away in a book”…arrrgggghhhhh!!!! I love your page…and yes, putting paint and words on paper is enough : )

6. Briana - March 27, 2011

I love your use of language, Orly. You are so inspiring to me. I wish I could surrender the moment more often, as you have described here. Often, I am too . . . intimidated??, but I am always happy when I do surrender to my art.

7. Christina Brittain - March 27, 2011

Ooooooo! I love this one! This is magnificent, Orly. Poetic. Directly beautiful. Confident. Goregously beaming “I am alive and I get to like what I like and I make my own rules and it is my soul that I follow, rather than directions.”

You channeled some fierce loving angel part of you here. I love you.

8. Rosie Fleming - March 28, 2011

good reminder to be fully in what we are doing, the basics of mindful awareness in any thing we do. Not one thing, not the other, but this thing now is enough. being in the flow of our drawing, our painting… our being in the back yard feeding the chickens, noticing our lives and enjoying them. thanks so much!

9. soraya nulliah - March 29, 2011

Dear Orly…so great to hear from you and visit over here sweet lady!! I love this post…strange as how I just wrote about being mindful. You have it right! just do whatever makes you feel alive…YOU! xxx

10. linden - March 29, 2011

I came here by way of Soraya. I enjoyed looking at your very moving posts…

11. francesca di leo - March 29, 2011

love this post. i get it. i totally get it. and love this journal spread.

12. laura lee - April 6, 2011

“I’d do anything that gives me a sense of the miraculous”

13. Anairam - April 12, 2011

I like it very much that you don’t make those distinctions. My life is art, everything I do could be an artistic statement, if I choose it to be. Maybe “artistic statement” is not the correct term – what I mean is ” a statement about me”.

14. Dreaming Bear - April 14, 2011

What a wonderful post!!! Loved it!

15. Liesel - April 20, 2011

You have a way with words dearest! You so encapsulated the colorful, vibrant frenzy of Artfest. Where a moment alone is the rarity. Where cool breezes, laughter, sand in your pockets from beach combing, and a charged giddiness fills the air. I really enjoyed your last post too. We are all that we do. And all that we do is what we are. We are constantly becoming into more-just like colors bleed and run on the page-always moving into something more. Building layers, tearing them down, building them up creating souls rich with experience and meaning. : ) Thanks for your wonderful words on my blog. I missed seeing you too! Nice to know that we have Journalfest to look forward to! I send you joy and an armful of tulips! XOXLiesel

16. Gil Avineri - April 21, 2011

m y. a w e s e m. a u n t i e.

17. Seth Apter - April 29, 2011

I love the concept of being happy with doing whatever it is you are doing in that moment.

18. Erika Swartzkopf - May 12, 2011

Yes, it’s the moment that really matters ~ stumbled across your blog lately and LOVE it, I’m living in Hawaii, sending you aloha! Check out my blog if you get a chance, trying to sprread aloha everywhere 😉

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