Monday, March 5, 2012

31/31: Orly Avineri


31 artists...31 days. Spend every day of March with me at The Altered Page to meet the 31 spotlight artists in my book The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed. See their beautiful faces, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Pulse of Mixed Media.
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I am a gatherer. While on my tracks I find sky-kissing mountains and deep valleys, barren deserts and lush rainforests, wandering nomads and firm settlers. My tracks take me places.


At times I get lost.


Enchantingly, as soon as I gather my findings, lay my images and words on a physical or virtual canvas, I get found.



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Orly started her blog One-Artist Journal in June 2008 but I discovered her much later. And when I discovered her blog, I found a feast for the senses. The majority of Orly's posts highlight spreads from her journal. They are always layered, complex, detailed, thought-provoking, and filled with movement and color. You get the sense that each and every aspect of the pages has deeper meaning and a personal significance. Her artwork is not only fascinating to look at but meaningful too.

Truth be told, my primary focus goes to images rather than words when I visit blogs. However, Orly's blog is one of the exceptions. And that is because she has a way with words. You wont find long paragraphs or lengthy descriptions. Instead, much like the details in her artwork, every single word seems carefully chosen and important. Her writing is eloquent, descriptive and powerful. I look forward to meeting her for the first time later this year at the Create New Jersey art retreat.
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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in March on a 31/31 post on my blog and/or on the blog of the spotlighted artist, you will have that many chances to win one of three prizes in my giveaway. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). First prize is a copy of The Pulse of Mixed Media signed by many (and I mean many) of the 133 artists that have contributed to the book. Second and third prizes are one copy each of the book signed by yours truly.

75 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

Am i truly the first to comment?? :) I'am thoroughly enjoying this 31 days/31artists Seth. I'm off to introduce myself to Orly!

eb said...

I too have been mesmerized by Orly's layered, colorful and intriguing journal spreads and she always has something thought provoking to say about life and the creative process, she is a delightful fellow wanderer and gatherer...

loving this gathering here Seth
thanks again,

xox - eb.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Orly is new to me . . . I look forward to exploring her work.

magpie said...

the variety of the artists you've featured is inspiring. can't wait to get/win the book. one way or another.

Laura said...

i ordered your book in december and am so looking forward to it. so many of the artists in the book i admire.i love Orly's art, beautiful

CERULEAN said...

Indeed a feast for the senses!

liberal sprinkles said...

Thank you for introducing me to Orly's work. I love her composition and use of colors.

Maureen said...

Very cool blog.

Cathy said...

LOVE Orly's work! Wow!

ArtPropelled said...

I really enjoyed seeing Orly's work and love her pieces for the book. This is going to be an amazing book!!

saramorison said...

This is great, so happy to have stumbled upon this! Thanks !

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Kelly Z. said...

This is a delightful showcasing and i shall return each day to meet the new artist...I have taken a few workshops with Orly and she is amazing to say the least, so full of inspiration and her spirit is simply divine, as a teacher, artist and individual!

Cris Winters said...

I "met" Orly a couple of years ago when I participated in round robin journal project she organized. She is an inspiration!

Cris Winters said...

I "met" Orly a couple of years ago when I participated in round robin journal project she organized. She is an inspiration!

Lisa said...

another wonderfully talented artist and individual...many thanks for the introduction!

NuminosityBeads said...

Thanks for the introduction, Seth. You just brought a new artist into focus for me.

Jill Zaheer said...

Love reading about Orly. Her work is beautiful. Looked at each piece and the colors, flow and included lettering in each are so intriguing. Can't wait to see her work in your book!! It's such a wonderful post about her work and spirit!

Annie said...

Beautiful work.
I am loving this daily gift of art
and a chance to win this stunning book.

Eva said...

Hi Seth, I'm Eva and although I visited your blog before, it has been awhile. Orly's post brought me back because of what I think will be an amazing book! Orly is one of the most inspiring journalist around. She gets my creative juices flowing as I am sure your gathering of other mixed media artists will do also. Please enter me in your drawing. I can't wait to see the book :O)

iHanna said...

You describe Orly's blog very well, and for much the same reasons I am a huge fan too.

Dapper-T said...

What gorgeous colours and layers in Orly's work. Can't wait to explore her blog.

Carol said...

Visit her blog often and find her work intriguing and inspirational. Thanks.

elle said...

and I find I'm liking this journey. Again thanks.

onesmallstitch said...

this 31 days/31 artists is a brilliant idea and a big committment on your part. I love "meeting" new artists. Orly's layering has great depth, I find something new everytime I look at it.

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Orly's layering is fascinating. I really want to visually roam this work in detail. Thanks for this journey Seth! *smiles* Norma

Karen Cole said...

She does beautiful work. I love pieces that pull me in as a whole and then have me pull back and come in again and again to see each little detail.

Glenda Hoagland said...

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Orly and take her class last year at ArtFest. She is a wonderful person and really intune with the needs of her students.

Her work is mesmerizing.

LaurieJay said...

Orly's work is amazing.

Bill said...

She has fantastic placement of elements in her art. It's fun to learn about all these artists this way. Of course, I'll never remember their names!

Jo Murray said...

Thanks for leading me to Orly's blog... what a talent. Yum yum.

Parabolic Muse said...

I love what you've written about Orly, here! I've wondered about her work and will have an opportunity to see her at Artfest, so it's interesting to see this spotlight!

Melinda said...

I read about your blog in "Layers". I'm really intrigued by the self portraits...how we illustrate who we are...and would like to see more. Win or not, I think I need to add your book to my home!

iamrushmore said...

I love Orly's work, and I love the way she described it here. beautiful words indeed.

nance marie said...

have a good time at the create event. i hope it goes well for you and the other instructors. it looks like a fun gathering.

Lynn said...

You are right, her art is awesome, bright (colorfully and intelligently so); I will follow her blog from now on. Thanks for the intro!

Terrie said...

Love her style and I'm off to investigate her site. Great idea for the giveaway as a way to encourage us to expand our knowledge of these artists. Can't wait....

donnaj said...

really am enjoying this series of posts! thanks yet again~

donnaj said...

really am enjoying this series of posts! thanks yet again~

Kim Fisher-Anctil said...

Learning about so many different artists and seeing their work is wonderfully inspiring. Looking forward to who's up next :)

Tracy Verdugo said...

Orly is ABSOLUTELY one of my FAVOURITE artists! Congrats on your book Seth..it loks like a feast waiting to be enjoyed! xo

Elizabeth said...

I absolutely love Orly's work. Every time I visit an image on her blog I see something new - another layer, another meaning. She's truly an inspirational artist, and I'm so glad you featured her!

Linda Esterley said...

I love the layers and conversations in Orly's work...i want to dive in and take a bite!

Robert said...

I love the free manner in which Orly combines the elements of paint, collage and the written word in her journal! Attention to detail plays a key part, as well, whether it is the diagram for a child's hopscotch game, a human face, or the first part of a word which invites the viewer to turn the page, anticipating visual delights, to come. A strong sense of color, wonderful textures, and her use of the unexpected visual image, make her work a startlingly beautiful visual journey! Thank you, Orly, for letting us share in your excursions of discovery!

rivergardenstudio said...

Orly's bold colors and expressive style have always had quite an effect on me! I love to look through her blog, to see her journal pages and read about her thoughts! Thanks for another great post!
roxanne

sukipoet said...

these posts are such a wonderful way to meet new artists. thank you.

beskonechnost said...

VAU!!! with this author I was not acquainted! delightful works! thank you!

john said...

Seth,

The 31/31 project really is a teaser! Your book is going to be amazing. I am very lucky as I am going to ArtFest at the end of the month and Orly will be teaching a workshop that I signed up for. Can't wait for that as well.

Beth said...

Thank you so much for introducing all of us to the legion of talented artists featured in your book. My blog list is growing by leaps and bounds!

Rebeca Trevino said...

wow! i just spent an hour and a half visiting Orly's blog. what an amazing artist. her work is terrific, but i got lost and inspired by her words.

JodyC said...

such amazing color. layers. composition. Thanks for sharing!

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Jewels said...

Would just love to win this...how cool would that be?

Anonymous said...

I just found you through the Art Propelled Blog site. Such beautiful images and art! I am adding you to my favorites list!
Diane SD

Patricia Wolf said...

Can't wait to check out Orly's blog. Love 31 days so much but I can't seem to get anything else done!! Ha

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I couldn't believe I had never been to Orly's blog before. You are so great at introducing artists I should be following. What a delight, even though I don't journal.

Dianne said...

just added Orly's blog to my blog roll! Layers, color, and thought-provoking...

Kim Henkel said...

Lovely layers that I can look at forever. Her work draws me in and I sit and look at it through my computer screen. Thank You

Kate Burroughs said...

Love Orly's work! Thanks for sharing about her.
Aloha, Kate

Heidi said...

I got to take a class with Orly at JF 2010, and oh what a class. It was the passport class. It was such a freeing and healing experience for me. And yes Orly does have a way with putting her words together and a sentence can feel like a whole conversation. I also visit her blog often. I am a gatherer like Orly and she guided me how to use my gatherings I have collected.

alteredbits said...

this is so exciting, seth -- i unaware of orly before this post and am so excited. her work is wonderful!! thank you so much for this, seth!

Marit said...

Aaaaahhh, ofcourse Orly has to be in your book Seth! Her art is breathtaking, and I will probably meet her IRL in the fall - when she will be in Europe. Looking forward already to meet this beautiful (inside and outside!) lady and speak some 'quirky Dutch words' with her... haahaaa...tot dan meis!

Plume said...

Thank you for introducing me to Orly's work! A very talented artist, like all of your chosen ones I guess.

Julia said...

Thank you for introducing me to Orly! I love all the color on her pages.

Wendy said...

I'm in love with this woman's work. I love all the layers. There's a simultaneous seriousness and whimsy. Love it!

Vickie said...

Love the description of Orly's work. It certainly looks inviting.

Carol said...

Thanks, Seth for another great introduction. I'm off to visit Orly right now.

Stephanie said...

I love Orly and her work...I was deLIGHTed to see her on the pages of the book!!
x..x

Emma said...

How lovely to be lost then found while looking.

Denise said...

Thank you, Seth, for introducing Orly to us.... love her journal spreads and videos. ~Denise

susan in seattle said...

I forgot how much I like Orly's work. Thanks for the reminder!

Kim Goodwin said...

I love Orly's name .... oh yes and I adore the layers and colors of her work . * Smiles
Thank you for including her beautiful work- love it

charlotte said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! I have just started getting into art journalling. I am so very glad I have found this blog! I will be adding bookmarks every day I'm sure! Thank you so much for the gift of opening up a whole new world to me!

Barbara I. said...

I love Orly Avineri's art. Another amazing choice for your blog and book.

Wen Redmond said...

I love the impulse, the energy of Orly's work. Quick to the studio!