Regular blog readers know that I'm a book nut (that might be an understatement.) So it's no surprise how excited I was to hear that Orly Avineri had published a book of her art journal pages. I ordered a copy as soon as I heard about it. It arrived yesterday and while I haven't had much time to read it yet, I've flipped through it several times. It's honest. It's fascinating. It's chock full of art and words. It's real. It's amazing. It's everything that I have been wanting to see MORE of for a very long time.
Orly's book is NOT a how-to book. It's a book that nourishes the soul and fills the inspiration well. It will stimulate and delight. Don't expect any step by step instructions here. It's all Orly in book form.
I've been saying for years that while I LOVE art books, I am quite tired of the number of how-to books. I'm not knocking the how to books. Not at all. I'm just saying that I think that our art form deserves a greater respect than it's being given. Why should our books be limited to the craft section? Why should they only be published if it's a step by step guide? Why can't it be a visual feast of image, thought and process? Why can't our books be inspirational instead of guidelines? These are the thoughts that often go through my head whenever I visit the bookshops and see a new book on the shelf.
In my world, there is room for BOTH kinds of books: how-to and art books. I am hoping that Orly's new book will start the trend. She has me thinking about it again, most definitely.
If you're going to buy it (and I really recommend that you do! You won't be disappointed!!!), please make sure that you go through her shop (here) as opposed to Amazon as she will receive a MUCH, much higher royalty (a couple of bucks vs. Amazon's pennies.) She will also have copies available at her workshops in So CA.
Orly is giving away a copy of her book on her blog. Leave a comment on Orly's blog and she'll pick a winner on May 25th.