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Spread 213 – Open Ended Materials July 1, 2013

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

213- Open-Ended MaterialsLast Friday as I was gathering my materials needed to attend Katie Kendrick’s painting workshop, I came upon a poem by Patricia Lynn Reilly, a poem which set up the emotional tone for the much anticipated weekend. Word blends like these moved me so: “Imagine a woman who has walked through her past. Who has healed into the present,” “A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life,” “Imagine a woman who authors her own life. Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life” “Imagine a woman who…honors her changing body. Who refuses to use her life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life,” “Imagine a woman who values the women in her life. A woman who sits in circles of women. Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.” The poem ends with: “Imagine yourself as this woman.” So I printed the poem and was determined to believe that I am that woman throughout the time of Katie’s gentle guidance. It was magical. It allowed me to be fully open like a flower, and allow myself  to receive everything that Katie had to give me. To be sitting in a circle of individuals and feel connected without boundaries, allowing myself to receive from them as well. And receiving I got. Plentifulness. Renewal and newness: newness of materials, methods, manners, and means to create. A realization that I need to award myself such experiences once in a while, and have them not too far apart.


1. Kathy McChesney - July 1, 2013

Beautifully written – thank you so much for sharing this. Just had a day like that with 2 of my dearest artist friends and will be sure to forward this to them. Right on the money.

2. ArtiphyTheHeart - July 2, 2013

So beautiful! The poem and your artwork!

3. Lynn Cohen - July 2, 2013

I’m going in the kitchen to share this with my daughter in law. Beautiful! Thank you. And so is your art!

4. Kelly - July 2, 2013

Delightful post Orly…love love this poem, ironically enough by the time I contacted a few months back about Katie’s workshop in so. cal, it was sold out! We would have shared a amazing weekend…I too, need to realize that it is okay/good to award myself with creative experiences…mine have been too far apart! You inspire as always.

5. Phyllis - July 2, 2013

Love the poem and your art work, thank you for sharing this
Inspirational poem.

6. Catherine Witherell - July 2, 2013

Awesome post Orly! You are already this woman but I understand your wanting to make the time count and use it to grow.

7. emilyclineart - July 2, 2013

Beauuuuutiful work, Orly. And I love the quote. Can you tell me where I might find the entire poem? xo

8. Kathy G - July 2, 2013

I was introduced to that poem recently also. I love it. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read it again. Those are words worth starting every day with. I’m excited to be Art Romping with Teesha & Tracy Moore next week and think I’ll take a copy along with me too!

9. julia D - July 3, 2013

Love the artwork and the words….You inspire me every time…!

10. pearlandroses - July 3, 2013

Spectacular work! Such an inspiring post. Thank you.

11. John - July 3, 2013

This is an amazing spread. The message is also amazing. I am so pleased that you had such a wonderful experience.

12. Irene - July 8, 2013

i love where you took this, orly. you always lead the pack.

13. MaryAnn - July 8, 2013

I am who I was born to be.

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