Painting has always been one of my favourite things to do and is definitely one of the most important activities for my wellbeing. When I paint, my breathing slows and a sense of peace and calm overtakes whatever babble is circling my mind. Something inside me lights up and I become whole again.
My body painting journey began five short years ago, when I was inspired to expand on my face painting adventures after seeing the work of fellow Aussie body painter Elena Lieu. I was stunned by the awesomeness of it and wanted to know more... My admiring comments on the posted Facebook image was met with Elena's encouraging words to give it a go. Woah! Really? I started researching body painting and discovered some of the biggest names in the industry that were to become mentors for me later in the journey; Craig Tracy, Johannes Stoetter and Emma Hack. Naturally, inspiration exuded from every body painted image I saw thereafter and nothing could stop me from diving head first into the body painting world! I was hooked before I started.
And so it began.
Rocking out with my first set of body paints, I painted everyone and anyone who was willing. Some of my first works are still my favourites and became favourites amongst the online world too.
Everything changed when I landed my first camouflage job only days after breaking up with "the love of my life". I discovered a new skill, to disappear people into oneness with everything.
Its been almost two years since that time and much has happened as I continued my journey around the world... keeping myself busy with my creations, merging myself with the moments I breath and practising gratitude for my blessings.
I worked very hard from cafes all around South, Central and North America to single handedly put on my Debut Exhibition in Victoria Australia. Last weekend was the opening. It was beautiful and momentous and the first of many I hope. I gave a short talk about my work and recorded it for all of you who couldn't make it.
I have a new inspiring vision to begin here in Australia, and it is bigger than I almost dare to dream... but I think a little rest in required first. When there is no distinction between work and play, it is easy to become a workaholic - i have discovered. It is time to consolidate my learnings, have some fun, breathe, smile, dance and relax. Stay posted for incredible things to come.
Love light and gratitude.
16 years world traveller, internationally recognised award winning body painter with a background in Anthropology, Orly delves deep into the enquiry of what it means to be a human being and ceaselessly expresses her art whilst following her heart. Nowadays, specialising in mimitism (camouflage), Orly's current expressions are a moving living creative and expansive entity that represents her passion for re-merging humanity with the earth from which we came, sustainable conscious living, healing the sacred feminine as we learn to respect our mother earth and advocacy for balancing commercial gain with global and local contributions.