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Spread #131- About Propellers May 24, 2011

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

Beverly Pepper says: “One has to have a bit of neurosis to go on being an artist. A balanced human seldom produces art. It’s that imbalance which impels us.”

A friend of mine says: ” We all do have  a bit of neurosis, it’s just that artists are brave and they express it. Therefore it’s more obvious.”

I say: ” I am trapped in neurosis until I decide to make some art. Each time I create I allow a bit of neurosis to leave me.”

What do you say?


1. Eva Macie - May 24, 2011

Great quote and collage!

2. pearlandroses - May 24, 2011

Now I’m confused. Shall I wish you long and neurotic life just because I love the art you create? I guess I can because that will ensure abundance in creaivity:) I love the way you inspire me.

3. kathryn - May 24, 2011

i think Barbara Pepper is full of s*%t…to be honest. And I feel very insulted by that statement!I am an artist and very well balanced. If someone is not, whether they are an artist or not it’s because they haven’t worked at integrating themselves.

4. donna - May 25, 2011

the soft colors, faces, fans and fingers all calmly compiled together have urged me to remember to breathe – always a most welcome prompt – upon opening my mail I felt instantly peaceful and comforted like when wearing an old tattered well-loved shirt that i just can’t bring myself to throw away – love all your artwork Orly, from whatever state of being it manifests from, at any given moment of time and circumstance…xx

5. apaperbear - May 25, 2011

Count me in as crazy and neurotic! 😉 I get it… it’s not a bad thing…

I concur much of my art comes from pain. Let’s put it out there, open those wounds. Get it OUT!!!

I LOVE this spread and this post!!!

6. Caatje - May 25, 2011

Beautiful spread.
As for neurosis, I mostly feel completey ‘together’ when making art. Like I know what I’m doing or something. 😉

7. The Creative Beast - May 25, 2011

I’m with Kathryn – that quote is just perpetuating the myth that ALL artists are crazy/insane, when really virtually all of us are on the spectrum of insanity and unbalance. And I too am a bit insulted by such a quote as it continues the myth =(

I agree with you and your friend Orly, in that artists are BRAVE to express what they are feeling/seeing/experiencing in Life in ways that most people are afraid to do, which is why we artists feel that sense of relief when we are creating since we are “getting it OUT” as Brian says =)

Thank you for sharing this quote and your beautiful spread Orly – it’s time we address the myth of the Crazy Artist and BUST IT!! 😉

8. Ana Iram - May 26, 2011

Well, I don’t know about neuroses, but I DO think that propellers swooshing around inside one’s head makes for great art.

9. Ana Iram - May 26, 2011

Oops. I meant “make” not “makes” – which I guess shows that I am a bit neurotic about checking my spelling and grammar.

10. Orly - May 26, 2011

So I usually don’t intervene. I make my art, I post it, I add on my words and then lay back and enjoy your responses. But here, now, I just feel the urge to say that I love the passion…LOVE!

11. Sezen - May 29, 2011

Hele mooie collage! 😀
Hand-an. hihi!

12. Donna Watson - May 30, 2011

I have to agree with the neurosis part- I am really neurotic- we artists are filled with doubts but also filled with determination to get better – and yet we have the confidence to put our work out there for public viewing- all fight for dominance within us and we need all to keep us going.

13. dorit - July 18, 2011

I totally agree with you Orly. Creating makes me sane and calm again after a period of neurosis or restlessness (whatever you want to call it). For me it’s a GOOD addiction to a “drug” that makes me feel better..

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