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Spread #134- 100,000 Views June 14, 2011

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

I am not the type of person who considers numbers to be so important, yeah, they’re just numbers. But I have to admit I was proud to find out this morning that my blog was viewed 100,000 times by you individuals who come to visit, for a hurried look or to bask in my colors, textures, and words. The number is significant to me as it represents thousands of you who are carrying me through a personal growth process so beautiful and intense, but truly indescribable. It started exactly three years ago by my then 12 year old son, who has decided that a blog is what I need. Not only that, but set me up with one. He said: “There Mom, post all the things you make in there.” The rest is history, and what a beautiful one it is. Through the blog I became aware of what was long lost and what is yet to be found, that I am a teacher among many things, I found learners, I found incredible people to be intertwined with, in both obvious and mysterious ways. Now is such a time for me that proves verbal language to be insufficient. My eternal gratitude goes to the visual language I learned to speak at a very young age, for survival, to the thousands of individuals who wish to ‘read’ it, ‘speak’ it, and to become fluent in it. Through my blog I learned a 100,000 and beyond new ways to be, something I truly believe we all need to do, individually and collectively, here and now, for this world of ours, as troubled as it may seem. I have also learned how important it is to have our ducks in a row, (a new expression learned, courtesy of my ever inspiring friend Donna), but more importantly, have them line up with their origins, then lead them slowly but surely into a path of originality. Allow the unexpected to happen. Give a confused duck permission to go astray once in a while and then come back stronger, or never show up again. Don’t let these ducks get all comfy on you and stay one behind the other forever, switch them up a bit. Perhaps add a new duckling to the flock…I know I am one peculiar duck, but I know I have a place here among all of you…and I deeply am grateful for it.


1. apaperbear - June 14, 2011

Congratulations! Quite a feat! I am sure I am among the many, that are very happy to know you and to call you friend. Thank you for inspiring, teaching and helping us to grow and showing us the way. Call me an odd duck too… and damn proud of it!

2. Nelda Ream - June 14, 2011

Congratulations! 100,000 hits is a fantastic milestone. Your blog is very inspiring. I love your journal pages.

3. cathyb - June 15, 2011

Congrats for sure – your blog has indeed inspired many of us and some of us (like me) from a distance. I visit often but don’t always leave comments – that doesn’t mean your work doesn’t inspire me – I promise to let you know more often.

4. Connie Rose - June 15, 2011

Congrats Orly! I’m just about there myself with my blog. It is truly amazing. Six figures is always good! You continue to inspire me with your art and your writings. Much love.

5. pearlandroses - June 15, 2011

This really is a milestone and a very impressive one. You inspire me with your writing and your visual art. A true artist. Congratulations.

6. Catherine Witherell - June 15, 2011

I know what you mean. I like your word “bask”.

7. Sara - June 15, 2011

What an amazing achievement! And I find your work so beautiful and inspirational. I want to echo what cathyb wrote – I read your blog all the time but don’t always comment. ~ Sara

8. Ilan - June 15, 2011

Wow, i’m really proud of you mom. You’ve earned every single one of those views. Your artwork is beautiful, your words true, and i’m proud to be your son. I love you very much.

9. Carmen - June 15, 2011

love your spreads are supercool!
and your words we all relate! they are seducive, strong and inspiring

10. The Creative Beast - June 15, 2011

SNIFF! I just read the words from your son Ilan, and I’m getting weepy!!

Orly, your son has given ALL of us a gift by setting up this blog where you share your AMAZING creations and your thoughtfulness. You have taken this blog and created a place where we all congregate to drink in the fabulous beauty that is YOU!

And I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say that we are looking forward to many, MANY more years of gorgeous artwork created and shared by you as well as workshops here, there and everywhere =-)

Ilan, thank you a million times over for showing your mother this amazing world of blogging. We are forever in your debt!

11. kelly - June 15, 2011

How wonderful!! Love this blog space of yours to visit and get inspired! Well done by your awesome son to get your started in this amazing world of blogging!! Thank you!

12. donna - June 15, 2011

I’m particularly aligned with the confused duck, and enjoy going astray once and awhile, enjoying a non-linear life-style – constantly inspired and enchanted, and coming back home now and again to feel comfort in what is known, but being able to look at it all in a fresh new light – I always am captivated by the places you take me Orly, and I get excited with anticipation of where we will venture off to next! Love you and looking forward to continuing the journey…Keep me posted while I am gone, and shoot me a line once in awhile, okidoke?

13. Seth Apter - June 16, 2011

Congratulations Orly as such a major accomplishment. I for one am so happy that your son kicked off your blogging. You have shown so many special pages and shared a tremendous amount of thought provoking insights. Thank you!!

14. Kat - June 16, 2011

Congratulations, Orly! Giving up on “herding ducks” is surely the way to go.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, it was a real treat and surprise to see a message from The Famous Orly! (I have been enjoying your talents vicariously via Monica aka The Creative Beast’s blog.)
I look forward to travelling further with you on this (extra)ordinary journey that is life.
Kat x

15. Irene - June 16, 2011

Wow! Three years, 100,000 views. This speaks volumes for you and your ability to connect and reach people. You have inspired me to give the blog world a whirl. I look forward to many more of your blog posts.


16. rachel awes - June 17, 2011

i love the story about your son! & connect w/you about it too, as it was our (now 12 too) younger son who urged me to draw, which then led to blogging.
yes! the relationships through our blogs are AMAZING! xox!

17. Stephanie - June 17, 2011

What a wonderful story…to know that you have touched, in some way, 100,000 pairs of eyes and opened countless hearts. I love the idea of our ducks in a row…and how by making these blog connections it inspires, in countless ways, our ducks to grow.

I thank you for being part of that process for me!

18. Elise - June 18, 2011

What a beautiful spread and great story about your son! What wonder our children are! So lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for all that you have done for me.
Love you!

19. soraya nulliah - June 18, 2011

Orly-OMG!!! Congrats!!!That is wonderful!!! Isn’t it so amazing that where once we thought we were odd ducks…we can now find a whole community (100,000+) of us…all transforming into swans! Or staying odd ducks…hey I love ducks:)
I love your words and art and stories that you intertwine here on your blog and look forward to all the goodness still to come.
P.S. thank you ever so much for all the kind comments you have been leaving on my blog. they really put a smile in my heart and …give me courage to continue:) xxx

20. Mary - June 19, 2011

Numbers are important when they are this high! Congrats…and a great story about your artistic journey!!!

21. Jill K. Berry - June 23, 2011

Impressive Orly! Wow. I am so glad your gifts are being disseminated around the world, congratulations to you.

22. michele - June 25, 2011

so I might be blogger number 100001 🙂 wonderful paintings and impressive words !!! Congratulations also from me …

23. BohèmeCircus - June 30, 2011

The visual language is so rich; he allows us to pass on profound sentiments. I like visiting your blog to advance on my own road, to feed my own small duck. Thank you for this !

24. Geri - July 23, 2011

100,000 views is amazing – thanks for linking into artsee bloggers. Hope you’ll also link into the tabbed categories on the top that apply to your work!

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