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Spread #130- Dogged May 16, 2011

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

There  comes a time in every art-maker’s journey when she starts to have tendencies to move in fixed  and predictable directions, decides of her art’s nature-to-be while creating it, or is determined to go in roads overly traveled. In short, she begins ‘to have plans’. Oh that’s a bad place to be. I know, I’ve been there, in fact quite a few times. Life, energy, spirit, passion, change, newness and evolution…Poof, out the window.  That’s the time when shutters are shut, and light  and heat do not come through. Is it really worth it? Is she really better off and safe all curled up in her comfy spot, determined not to mess up with her heart?


1. Arlene Wanetick - May 16, 2011

A beautiful mess is coming your way, I can feel it. 🙂 xoxoxo Arlene

2. Jo - May 16, 2011

I’ve just read Donna Zagotta’s post, Heading in the Right Direction, in which she proposes questions to ask oneself about one’s art in order to become less scattered in one’s pathway. Being an unfocused artist who feels time marching on, focusing on one or two things appeals to me… but then so does the freedom to pick and choose.
It seems to me that you have chosen a singular pathway: art journals. but within your journals there’s great freedom.
Doesn’t one choose what to do based on where she is in life? On how much time she has to devote to art making? On whether she wants to be a jack-of-all-trades or a master of one medium?
You and Donna have given me a lot to think about today. Thanks.

3. Bonnie Skeers - May 16, 2011

The world needs artists creating art otherwise I would really be bored. Same for musicians. Need art & music daily to keep me happy.

4. The Creative Beast - May 16, 2011

“to move in fixed and predictable directions”…
Orly your words remind me of my early dancing days and how many of us would have favorite moves that we went to again and again. It was our “shtick”, as one teacher called it!

I think it’s natural to have some favorite “grooves” we visit many times as long we are learning and finding new things to add to mix it up and keep it fresh…but if one stays “safe all curled up in her comfy spot”, there is no way to see or learn anything new =-(

As always, it’s a delicate balance!

5. kathryn - May 16, 2011

yes…i can really relate to going down the same path over and over because of the need for safety and security with my art!It’s a very interesting area to explore!

6. Kelly - May 16, 2011

That’s the nice thing about keeping an art journal-you can do anything in it. It is your safe place to play and explore and ask questions and be.

People keep asking me why I stopped using acrylic paint (at least for now) in my art journals. Why? Because I wanted to. I wanted to try something new. I wanted to paint with paper.


Because I can.

In your art journal, you can do anything. I seriously believe that. I get very upset with teachers who tell you you can’t because you CAN. And if anyone can, YOU Can.

7. Gil Avineri - May 17, 2011

eze yofi

8. Gil Avineri - May 17, 2011

you are my hero

9. apaperbear - May 17, 2011

Oh do I LOVE the new look of your blog! AND this very post. It is a fine line between comfort/compacentcy/stagnation/bordom. We need to stretch. We need to grow we need to be pushed sometimes. Thanks for the push! It IS needed!

10. pearlandroses - May 17, 2011

The line between interest and boredom keeps me on my toes. Excitement motivates me.

11. Monica - May 17, 2011

i can see how ‘direction is vastly different to plans. yikes, just the thought of the latter is spine-tingling. i’ve learnt that abandon is so vital to creativity.
journaling has been essential in freeing myself up.

12. donna - May 18, 2011

Love this cement wall – makes me very happy! Light and vibrant, and a perfect frame for your inspiring work, Orly…xx

13. Handan - May 19, 2011

Calm and assertive! ;D
I love you Orly!

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