Birdsong

“In your light I learn how to love.

In your beauty, how to make poems.

You dance inside my chest, 

where no one sees you, 

but sometimes I do, and that

sight becomes this art.”

– From Birdsong Rumi
fifty-three short poems translated by Coleman Barks
  MirrorOfMyMirror_RUrista_smallMirror of my Mirror, 12×48, Mixed media on wood panel, Private Collection

TheBlueLake_RUrista_CloseUp

These two paintings were created in honor of National Poetry Month back in April. Weaving my words into the paint and papers, making visible abstract poems and sensations; these two paintings were born.

Does Poetry inspire you to paint too? I have found poetry and abstract writings to be spring boards into a painting. Or, if I feel “stuck” poetry can fuel the next decision… How do you use poetry in your art?

I am proud and honored to have had them on display during April at Pegasus Art Gallery in Corvallis, Oregon.

SoulWaters_RUrista_SmallSoulWaters_RUrista_Closeup2Soul Waters, 48×12, Mixed media on wood panel, Sold

 

New Journal Page – I Shut My Eyes

Journal_ShutMyEyesRU2012I made this spread last summer, but realized I never posted it. Sometimes journal pages become so personal, I hesitate to share them right away. There is a lot going on in this one. Lately I have been wanting to get back into working this way. I am having so much fun with my coastal mixed media paintings, but underneath, images and thoughts like this are always flowing like a river. It’s good to check in sometimes. How do you “check in” with yourself? How do you express it?

Spread 007 – The Way

Various papers, old newspaper, acrylic paints & ink

I don’t always know where a spread will lead me. I start with a background, and work organically, instinctively building it up. And this one came together just like that…. The quote summed up not just a way of life or religion, but also a way to create – from the heart.

Introducing…Orly Avineri – ONE Artists Journey- The BOOK – Book Give Away and Blog Hop!

I am so excited to announce my dear friend Orly Avineri’s Book is now available!

Created by from a collection of over four years of artwork in the form of blog posts, “One Artist Journal” is just gorgeous!

The book is lush with colors textures and words that will make you want to curl up with a hot cup of tea and immerse yourself in it. I love to get lost in her artwork, feel the colors and emotions from her blog posts, now I can hold them in my hands in her book. The colorful pages are just as intense as the walls of her warm inviting home, the place of her incredible workshops in Southern California.

What a journey…Looking back some years, who would have thought that a chance meeting while apartment hunting would grow into an honored friendship, one so instrumental in my life; Orly introduced to me the world of art journaling and blogging, which I at first only tentatively approached. Her encouraging words along this time have been priceless, and I cherish our time together, as we are no longer city neighbors!

I also remember distinctly four years ago, Orly saying she was going to create a book of her art. I though “what a wonderful idea!” So when a day came that Orly asked for my technical advice to format her book I said “YES, Yes!!” I am really so happy to apply my design skills to projects that I believe in dearly – projects that can inspire, support and create feelings of love, wonder and add positivity to the world – and this is one of them!  Now, I am truly honored to tell the world Orly Avineri’s book is here! She is not only an inspiration to all artists and all creative types out there, but more than that, she is an inspiration to all, showing us we can follow our dreams 🙂

This is a book to be cherished, as it was made with lots of love and inspiration.
Looking at her blog is a must! Stop by and soak in the richness of her work and see more photos of the book http://oneartistjournal.com/

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You can purchase Orly’s Book at any of these three places:

1. Support Orly best by ordering through her eStore https://www.createspace.com/3868179

2. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/One-Artist-Journal-Orly-Avineri/dp/1477401415/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336760543&sr=8-1

3. While attending one of Orly’s wonderful workshops in Southern California.

It is worth mentioning the best place to purchase from is her eStore, where the most proceeds go to the artist herself, the other two produce almost nothing for the creator.  As Kelly Kilmer beautifully stresses: “a couple of bucks vs. Amazon’s pennies.”

Book Giveaway Details: To enter the drawing to receive Orly’s book leave a comment to my post on her blog http://oneartistjournal.com/ . The winner will be announced the next  Friday, May 25.
Blog hop Info! Hop Around! 😀
As a way to support Orly’s Book project we are doing a blog hop! Below is a full list of participants, stop in and visit!

Brian kasstle: apaperbear.wordpress.com

Carla Sonheim: carlasonheim.wordpress.com

Cindy Woods O’Leary: artfuljourneyretreat.blogspot.com

Donna Cetorelli: solegarden.com

Dorit Elisha: lifeasafiveringcircus.blogspot.com

Erin Faith Allen: callofthewildsoul.com

Gina Rossi Armfield: sweetsistergina.typepad.com

Glenda Hoagland: pilgrimsthoughts.blogspot.com

Irene Rafael: irenerafael.blogspot.com

Jane LaFazio: janeville.blogspot.com

jill Berry: jillberrydesign.com/blog

Kelly Kilmer: KellyKilmer.blogspot.com

Liesel Lund: liesel.typepad.com

Monica Moran: thecreativebeast.blogspot.com

Pnina Gold: pearlandroses.wordpress.com

Seth Apter: thealteredpage.blogspot.com

Teesha Moore: teeshascircus.blogspot.com