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Spread # 127- Artfest 2011 April 18, 2011

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

There are some things so very fantastical beyond any imaginative words about being with 500+ people who love doing exactly what you love doing, and some of them who even want to know exactly how you do it, in one stunning corner of the world, for 3+ whole days…AND there are some things so unsettling also, about being with 500+ people in one place for 3 whole days, from morning to night, when you are used to being with one, two, three, or 10 max at any given day. That was Artfest for me about a week and a half ago. Perhaps that’s why I haven’t said anything about it till today. It was a foreign experience, one I don’t know how to define. Surely it gave me some things to laugh about (all sorts of laughs), some things to cry about (all sorts of tears), some things to be about (all sorts of things). And so I concluded that after all these years I am still that person who hates to be lonely, yet loves solitude with passion. When do some things ever get simple, do they? And in the end, all that I say here now I say with giant gratitude, just so you know.


1. kimberlee - April 18, 2011

I am envious. I attended Artfest in 2006, and have always wanted to go back. I can empathize with the idea of it being a “foreign experience” and also the balance of lonely vs. alone.

I’m glad you posted about it and will look forward to it if you share more about your experience when you’ve processed it. 🙂

2. apaperbear - April 18, 2011

Oh I am so very envious of your trip! To journal and journal or be “in the mode” for so many days and nights is intense/wonderful/scary/amazing all at once. It takes a few days or weeks to come down from it all. I am very sure you were your Orly “self” through it all. And that Orly “self” is so wonderful and loved. Get some rest my friend. With much, much love.

3. Denise Paccione - April 18, 2011

You have such a unique way of expressing the everyday quandaries we all experience, Orly! It forces me to refresh my perceptions and look at things in a different way. I like that. 🙂

I think many creative people face the same dilemma – to balance the need for connection with the need for separation, and creating art is a way of re-energizing, re-storing, re-inventing ourselves so that we can move more easily through life.

4. pearlandroses - April 18, 2011

I was fortunate enough to go to Artfest and take one of your classes Orly. I am so glad you made a rose spread for us today because your Deck of Roses class was incredible. Love this spread and love you too!!!

5. The Creative Beast - April 19, 2011

Ahhh, the pull of being social with the pull of solitude needed to make art!! How well I know that push/pull relationship =-) I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who feels that pull!!

Orly, thank you so much for your wonderful workshop on Saturday – it was full of beauty, magic and mystery! Thank you also for sharing information with me – it is helping me formulate my dreams into solid ideas I can begin to work on!

6. Maria Little - April 19, 2011

Honestly and well described. I think you speak for many of us. This was my third ArtFest, but my first time in the dorm. I learned so much more being in the dorm, but it was tough on several levels. It was being in the dorm that allowed me to see the work coming out of your Roots and Shoots workshop – WOW, WOW. Everything looked so professional and ready to hang.!

7. Arlene Wanetick - April 19, 2011

I am so disappointed I was not able to be there with you this year, Orly, and yet of course I was… in spirit. As I always am. Till the next time, and there WILL be a next time, xoxo Arlene

8. Christina Brittain - April 19, 2011

We’re so lucky you are in the world, thinking in the way only you can think, feeling in the way only you can feel, and sharing the beauty of you in the beautiful way that only you can. You offer the world all these new thoughts and feelings and beauties. And the world has more options for love.

9. Cindy O'leary - April 20, 2011

You describe the journey so eloquently; it does bring up so many feelings and emotions. Glad you were able to experience the magic of artfest, as only teesha and tracy can create. Hoping to see you in July; waiting to hear what your offering is! xoxo

10. eb - April 20, 2011

I too
am of the solitude
but lonely
longing for the tribe kind
but oh so content
with my family
of many trees
and us 3 + Lulu the dachshund…

xox – eb.

11. donna - April 20, 2011

Sounds magical Orly – can’t wait to hear the details Friday! I love these gorgeous roses in some of my most favorite colors – a very soft and comforting feel here, nice to see so many breathtaking and unique blooms along our individual paths – roses this year are very vibrant indeed…lots of love…

12. Gil Avineri - April 21, 2011

OMG! it’s an altered map. it’s like being in the cyber ocean, floating on a log, searching the horizon for help, and there it is…. a helicopter appears out of nowhere.

13. Gil Avineri - April 21, 2011

altered map!

14. Jill Berry - April 22, 2011

I get it. Wish we could have more time to chat in the middle of chaos.

15. Tessa - April 30, 2011

Wow…. i was surfing on the internet and so i came by accident by this blog. I just LOVE it!!!
You are soooo creative.

Thanks for sharing

xx Tessa (the Netherlands)

16. bridgette - May 14, 2011

” And so I concluded that after all these years I am still that person who hates to be lonely, yet loves solitude with passion.” me too! I’ve been grappling with this same issue recently.

17. vicki cook - June 9, 2011

beautifully stated, orly. i guess i’m not alone in that funny quandry of needing solitude yet thriving in the company of others!

So happy that I found your blog, as your art continues to amaze and inspire!!

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