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Lena Levin has been at 18 events

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James Day14,166You're invited to participate in a new G+ #art event called Google First Friday ~  #GoogleFirstFriday .  As with most new things Google First Friday will have humble beginnings. Given time though it will grow to be a great event for artists and art enthusiasts alike, to share the newest works being added to the art world each day. This is an event by and for artists. There's no need to starve or struggle if we all come together in support of each other. Hopefully over time that's what this event will become, a place not only to share your work but to connect with other creatives and to find patrons who love your art.  If you have questions, please check out the monthly art event #TwitterFirstFriday  which I've been curating since early 2014 https://twitter.com/hashtag/TwitterFirstFriday?src=hash. Over the past year it's turned into a sizable art event on Twitter. Please set your calendar for Friday June 5th which will be the first of many  #GoogleFirstFriday  art events to come! Thank you for reading and sharing, James DayGOOGLE FIRST FRIDAY2015-07-03 22:00:00205  
Hyperallergic1,545,752Hyperallergic is in Los Angeles for the LA Art Book Fair and we've decided it's time to invite all our SoCal readers to an informal meetup at a bar in downtown LA: Tony's Saloon! More info: http://wp.me/pHbma-rue (to be published Tues, Feb 2.)Hyperallergic in LA Meetup on Sat Feb 12014-02-01 18:00:005  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The last First Friday Art Walk of the year will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013. It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  -- How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)December First Friday Art Walk2013-12-06 14:00:0029  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The November First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013. It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  -- How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)November First Friday Art Walk2013-11-01 15:00:0046  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The November First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013. It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  -- How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)November First Friday Art Walk2013-11-01 15:00:0030  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The October First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013. It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  -- How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)October First Friday Art Walk2013-10-04 11:00:0071  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The August #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The August First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013. ------------------------------------------------------ How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)August First Friday Art Walk2013-08-02 15:00:00130  
Google Art Project12,463,094Whether in a cave lit by tallow candles, or in a cubicle aglow with code racing across a screen, artists are always challenged by the spaces around them. Pictorial space—the representation of a room, a landscape, or even just an abstract sense of place—crops up throughout the history of art. Geographic space—a region, a town, or a studio—can come to define a particular period within an artist’s career. And more recently, the expansion of digital space—an area increasingly referenced spatially as “the cloud”—raises questions about authenticity, accessibility, and the relationship between a viewer and a work of art. Paintings by Richard Diebenkorn, currently on view at the +de Young Museum in the special exhibition Richard Diebenkorn: The #BerkeleyYears, address many of these concepts of space.  On Friday, July 5 at 10am PST *join curators, scholars, archivists, and artists for a live Art Talk about the role of space in and around Diebenkorn’s work*. Featured speakers include: de Young assistant curator of American art Emma Acker; artist and Diebenkorn scholar Mark Lavatelli; visual resources and art research librarian for the Diebenkorn Foundation Carl Schmitz; and de Young Google Art Project intern Sarah Kimmerle.  #arttalks  Art Talk on Richard Diebenkorn with the de Young Museum, San Francisco2013-07-05 19:00:00467  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The July #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  *The June First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, July 7, 2013.* ---------------------------------------------------------------- How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)July First Friday Art Walk2013-07-05 13:00:00105  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The July #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  *The June First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, July 7, 2013.* ---------------------------------------------------------------- How it works: To participate, please join our community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk.  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the   #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)July First Friday Art Walk2013-07-05 13:00:00232  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The June #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The June First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013. ---------------------------------------------------------------- How it works: Beginning this month, we are changing the format of #firstfridayartwalk to a community-based event. To participate, please join our new community, Google+ First Friday Art Walk: https://plus.google.com/communities/117542371460000181203 Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, to the Community and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk .  Of course, you are also welcome to use the hashtag on your own profile. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the     #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well, both to the Community and to your own circles. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)June First Friday Art Walk2013-06-07 15:00:00229  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The May #FirstFridayArtWalk  is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The May First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013.  San Francisco (PDT): From 6 a.m. Friday, May 3 to 12 a.m. Saturday, May 4. New York (EDT): From 9 a.m. May 5 to 3 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Paris (CET): From 2 p.m. Friday,  May 5 to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4. See starting and end times for your local time zone here: http://mytimeconverter.com/  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *How it works:* Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk . The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the  #FirstFridayArtWalk  hashtag as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream. The hashtag will be supported by Google efforts, so don't miss this opportunity to find new art lovers and artists and attract them here. Also, please use this opportunity to tell us more about your work, or about your favorite artists here on G+ and what fascinates you in their work. This is a unique opportunity to flood Google+ with art and beauty! Also, please circle @103038056099487506311   so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk , from the page. Please note that this time the page will be re-sharing work selectively, so the hashtag is the way to see everything, and the page is the way to see just our selection. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  @104672614700283598130 and @107923530149758134024 May G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-05-03 15:00:00264  
Google Local Austin356,164*RSVP TODAY:* http://goo.gl/xokpH Space Invaders! Pac-Man! Air Hockey! We’re celebrating one of our most popular past power user parties by bringing it back. Whatever arcade games you love to play, join us at 7 PM on March 28th for 13,000 square feet of pure arcade pandemonium, along with free adult beverages and delicious food from the Peached Tortilla. Did we mention the tokens are on us? *Be sure to RSVP, and we’ll send you an email confirmation invite as soon as we’ve read your lovely new reviews.* Remember that Power User Events are ONLY for our most active Google+ Local users (those who have and continue to write a large number of high quality reviews), so get writing if you've been off your game, and we'll see you at Pinballz! RSVP TODAY: http://goo.gl/xokpH Official website: http://www.pinballzarcade.com/March Power User Throwback Party at Pinballz Arcade!2013-03-28 19:00:0042  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The February   #FirstFridayArtWalk   is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The February First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013.  San Francisco (PDT): From 6 a.m. Friday, February 1 to 12 a.m. Saturday, February 2. New York (EDT): From 9 a.m. Friday February 1 to 3 a.m. Saturday, February 2. Paris (CET): From 2 p.m. Friday, February 1 to 9 a.m. Saturday, February 2. See starting and end times for your local time zone here: http://mytimeconverter.com/  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *How it works:*  Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk   . The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the     #FirstFridayArtWalk    hashtag as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Also, please circle @103038056099487506311  , so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk   , from the page.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  @107923530149758134024 and @104672614700283598130 G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-02-01 14:00:57142  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The  #FirstFridayArtWalk   is here! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The January First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, January 4, 2013.  San Francisco (PDT): From 6 a.m. January 4 to 1 a.m. Saturday, January 5. New York (EDT): From 9 a.m. Friday January 4 to 4 a.m. Saturday, January 5. Paris (CET): From 2 p.m. Friday, January 4 to 9 a.m. Saturday, January 5. See starting and end times for your local time zone here: http://mytimeconverter.com/  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *How it works:*  Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk   . The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the     #FirstFridayArtWalk    hashtag as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Also, please circle @103038056099487506311  , so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk   , from the page.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  @107923530149758134024 and @104672614700283598130 G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-01-04 07:00:00133  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The #FirstFridayArtWalk  is upon us once again, this time in conjunction with #chagallchallenge show! It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.  The December First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, December 7.  San Francisco (PDT): From 6 a.m. Friday, December 7 to 1 a.m. Saturday, December 8. New York (EDT): From 9 a.m. Friday December 7 to 4 a.m. Saturday, December 8. Paris (CET): From 2 p.m. Friday, December 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, December 8. See starting and end times for your local time zone on the event above.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How it works:  Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk and +tag the page, +FirstFridayArtWalk. The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. To participate in Marc Chagall Challenge Show, add the hashtag #chagallchallenge and +tag @112105883502643929038 . This event is open to any medium and genre, insofar as the work is inspired by Marc Chagall. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the  #FirstFridayArtWalk and #chagallchallenge   hashtags as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Also, please circle @103038056099487506311  and @112105883502643929038  so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk  , from the page.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  +Lena Levin and +Samantha VillenaveG+ First Friday Art Walk & Marc Chagall Challenge Show2012-12-07 15:00:00143  
Matt Shalvatis34,198Calling Photographers and Artists:  Join us at the Weekend Art Marketplace. TO ALL PARTICIPATING ARTISTS - THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW UPDATES - PLEASE READ THE PARTS LABELED (NEW) AND (IMP) - THANK YOU! *Just what is Weekend Art Marketplace?*   This weekend, November 10 & 11, and every weekend thereafter, is the Weekend Art Marketplace.  So what is it?  It’s a time where G+ artists share their art with a worldwide G+ audience, and G+ art buyers can see what the community has to offer.  *Ooh, ooh, I’m an artist.  Can I participate?*   Yes, you sure can!   See the Rules for Marketplace Participation below.   *What kind of art is suitable for the marketplace?* Photography, Drawings, Digital Art, Paintings, Wood Carvings, Music, Sketches, Caricatures, Cartoons, Origami, Poetry, Books, and no doubt others.  It’s all good!  *Why participate in this marketplace?* Look at it this way.  If you’re not in a marketplace, you’re a lone seller on an empty side street.  When you join up with other artists in a marketplace, you’re in a big store on the main highway, where 100 times more people can view your work.  Is that enough of a reason?   *So, how do I participate?*   To list an item in the marketplace, do this: • Get the URL you want to display from your personal website, or from the website you sell from, whether it’s Zenfolio, Smugmug, FineArtAmerica, or another. • Go to Google Plus, go to your “Share what’s new” box.  Click the link icon, paste in the URL from step one.  Your artwork should display in the photo area.  Or for a better viewing experience, upload a larger version of the photo from the photo link.  Don’t forget to put the website address in the G+ post!   • If possible, just give your audience a bit more information about your art.  Information the viewer might find useful or interesting.  What are they seeing?  What was your inspiration?   • Feel free to create a Limited Time Promotion for your Google Plus viewers.   • Add the tag #WeekendArtMarketplace. • Add +Matt Shalvatis to your circles.  My name is for future updates and other features, like shared circles.   *Rules for Market Participation.* • Remember that you are not selling here on Google Plus; you must link to another website where you sell your work.   • If you have less than 50,000 followers here on Google Plus, you can post five items per weekend.  ** • If you have between 50,000 and 100,000 followers here on Google Plus, you can post two items per weekend.  ** • If you have more than 100,000 followers here on Google Plus, you can post one item per weekend.  ** • Posting hours are 6 PM your local time Friday to 6 PM your local time Sunday (48 hours). • (IMP) Please use the tag #WeekendArtMarketplace on all posted items.  This is how everybody can find you and the market!   • Please use this tag only on weekends, on items posted within the 48 hour window.  • Don’t post multiple items at once.  Spread them out over the 48 hours.   • (IMP) You must +1 anWeekend Art Marketplace2012-11-16 17:00:0054  
First Friday Art Walk660,276The #FirstFridayArtWalk  is upon us once again! *It is open to all. Whether you are an artist, or simply an art lover, there is a way for each and every one of us, who wishes to, to participate.*  The November First Friday Art Walk will be held on Friday, November 2.  *San Francisco (PDT):* From 6 a.m. Friday, November 2 to 1 a.m. Saturday, November 3. *New York (EDT):* From 9 a.m. Friday November 2 to 4 a.m. Saturday, November 3. *Paris (CET):* From 2 p.m. Friday, November 2 to 9 a.m. Saturday, November 3.  *See starting and end times for _your_ local time zone on the event above.*  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *How it works:*  Artists, simply share work of your own, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, an illustration, and add the hashtag #FirstFridayArtWalk . The Art Walk is open to non-photographic work, in traditional, and digital media. Art lovers and artists alike are welcome to reshare the work of other artists with the     #FirstFridayArtWalk   hashtag as well. This way, we should be able to get a flurry of art circulating in everyone's stream.  Also, please circle @103038056099487506311 , so that we will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged   #FirstFridayArtWalk  , from the page.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :) Creatively,  @107923530149758134024 and @104672614700283598130 G+ First Friday Art Walk2012-11-02 14:00:0067  

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2015-06-12 21:21:44 (32 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

You know what's crossed my mind today?

In about ten years of exploring artists' communities and blogs online, I've seen dozens of blogposts and threads about what NOT to say to an artist, or "One hundred most frustrating things I heard as an artist", but never once I saw something like "What should you say to an artist?" or "Eleven most inspiring things I heard from viewers"...

Maybe I've been missing something, of course... 

Most reshares: 12

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2015-06-03 21:50:55 (17 comments, 12 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- a small (20"x10") study of sunflowers...

Most plusones: 106

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2015-06-03 21:50:55 (17 comments, 12 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- a small (20"x10") study of sunflowers...

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2015-07-28 21:47:07 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- sonnet 76: for as the sun is daily new and old, so is my love still telling what is told...

Today's work -- sonnet 76: for as the sun is daily new and old, so is my love still telling what is told...___

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2015-07-27 19:51:42 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day!

This still life is one of the paintings that are now available exclusively through Patreon, as my way of saying "thank you" for your support. 

https://www.patreon.com/lenalevin?ty=h

The painting can live with you as long as you wish, for monthly support which amounts to, more or less, one visit to Starbucks (or something like this)... So check this idea out if you are interested -- just click the link above to see the details of my idea!

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day!

This still life is one of the paintings that are now available exclusively through Patreon, as my way of saying "thank you" for your support. 

https://www.patreon.com/lenalevin?ty=h

The painting can live with you as long as you wish, for monthly support which amounts to, more or less, one visit to Starbucks (or something like this)... So check this idea out if you are interested -- just click the link above to see the details of my idea!___

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2015-07-23 18:02:22 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day. I have some news -- over the last month, I've been working on creating this opportunity for you to have an original painting of mine in your home with your budget barely noticing it. All the explanations of how it works are on my main Patreon page linked below!

The set of paintings participating in this first experimental stage is limited, so please check it out NOW if you are interested -- it's all first-come, first-serve. 

And please share this post if you know someone who might be interested in this opportunity -- it will be greatly appreciated!

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day. I have some news -- over the last month, I've been working on creating this opportunity for you to have an original painting of mine in your home with your budget barely noticing it. All the explanations of how it works are on my main Patreon page linked below!

The set of paintings participating in this first experimental stage is limited, so please check it out NOW if you are interested -- it's all first-come, first-serve. 

And please share this post if you know someone who might be interested in this opportunity -- it will be greatly appreciated!___

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2015-07-22 19:42:36 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- Returned to this still life for today's practice.

If you've noticed that it's not quite what I've been doing lately, that's because I am trying this way to shake off the "Einstellung" thing I wrote about yesterday: 
http://sonnetsincolour.org/2015/07/on-the-danger-of-einstellung-in-art/

Today's work -- Returned to this still life for today's practice.

If you've noticed that it's not quite what I've been doing lately, that's because I am trying this way to shake off the "Einstellung" thing I wrote about yesterday: 
http://sonnetsincolour.org/2015/07/on-the-danger-of-einstellung-in-art/___

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2015-07-21 17:36:32 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

We like to think that mastery expands our abilities, but it has the power to limit them, too. This phenomenon, and how to deal with it, is what this blog post is about.

We like to think that mastery expands our abilities, but it has the power to limit them, too. This phenomenon, and how to deal with it, is what this blog post is about.___

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2015-07-20 22:28:48 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- Monday warm-up (20"x10"). Just a still life. I am inclined to call it just "This". 

Today's work -- Monday warm-up (20"x10"). Just a still life. I am inclined to call it just "This". ___

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2015-07-15 21:39:09 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- my third day with Sonnet 75: Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day, or gluttoning on all, or all away. 

What I am after here is a rhythmic interplay of busy & colorful areas and "empty" ("all away") areas. As the painting moves towards final stages, one spends less time actually painting and more looking at it from afar and listening to what is to be done. Sometimes the answers seem waaay too risky, but it's no good not to follow them anyway... 

Today's work -- my third day with Sonnet 75: Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day, or gluttoning on all, or all away. 

What I am after here is a rhythmic interplay of busy & colorful areas and "empty" ("all away") areas. As the painting moves towards final stages, one spends less time actually painting and more looking at it from afar and listening to what is to be done. Sometimes the answers seem waaay too risky, but it's no good not to follow them anyway... ___

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2015-07-13 21:18:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Long time no see... finally, today's work: first day for sonnet 75 ("... or gluttoning on all, or all away")

Long time no see... finally, today's work: first day for sonnet 75 ("... or gluttoning on all, or all away")___

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2015-07-11 17:51:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Some Saturday reading for you -- on the meaning of colors, foundations of abstractionism, and saying "yea" to life...

Some Saturday reading for you -- on the meaning of colors, foundations of abstractionism, and saying "yea" to life...___

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2015-07-04 00:07:52 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

I haven't been here for a while -- that's because I am trying to work on about three new projects at the same time, two of which might be of interest to you guys... Yes, that's supposed to intrigue you, if anyone is here on Friday night. For now, a new blog post on why it makes sense to stay with a painting even if it doesn't "resonate"... 

I haven't been here for a while -- that's because I am trying to work on about three new projects at the same time, two of which might be of interest to you guys... Yes, that's supposed to intrigue you, if anyone is here on Friday night. For now, a new blog post on why it makes sense to stay with a painting even if it doesn't "resonate"... ___

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2015-06-24 21:58:29 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Today in the studio... this was the first for me: I actually used this little ladder to reach the top third of the composition. 

My usual set-up doesn't work for paintings this large (60"x60").

Actually, such balancing acts as I did with myself on the ladder, the brushes somewhere on the left, and the palette below on the right -- such balancing acts are supposed to be good for "getting in the flow" (or for "being present"): when the body feels it's about to lose the balance, the mind (kind of) concentrates. Still, I think for the top right square, I'll have to lower the collage to the floor -- but I cannot do it myself without ruining the whole thing... 

Today in the studio... this was the first for me: I actually used this little ladder to reach the top third of the composition. 

My usual set-up doesn't work for paintings this large (60"x60").

Actually, such balancing acts as I did with myself on the ladder, the brushes somewhere on the left, and the palette below on the right -- such balancing acts are supposed to be good for "getting in the flow" (or for "being present"): when the body feels it's about to lose the balance, the mind (kind of) concentrates. Still, I think for the top right square, I'll have to lower the collage to the floor -- but I cannot do it myself without ruining the whole thing... ___

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2015-06-22 22:38:00 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Today's warm-up: a one-hour study of plums.

Today's warm-up: a one-hour study of plums.___

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2015-06-18 21:13:35 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- this is sonnet seven, which received the most rework out of the first nine today... 

Today's work -- this is sonnet seven, which received the most rework out of the first nine today... ___

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2015-06-17 21:47:08 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- finally, finally started doing something I've been planning for don't know how long: reworking the first sonnet collage, mainly Sonnets five and six today. There are several goals to this rework: bringing the earlier sonnets into harmony with what I have understood about painting poetry so far (and thus into stylistic unity with later paintings); unifying the collage, given it a clear colour harmony and movements; correcting stuff that has been frustrating me all the time, just here and there (we'll see where it takes me). 

Today's work -- finally, finally started doing something I've been planning for don't know how long: reworking the first sonnet collage, mainly Sonnets five and six today. There are several goals to this rework: bringing the earlier sonnets into harmony with what I have understood about painting poetry so far (and thus into stylistic unity with later paintings); unifying the collage, given it a clear colour harmony and movements; correcting stuff that has been frustrating me all the time, just here and there (we'll see where it takes me). ___

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2015-06-17 18:10:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Please consider supporting this idea -- the first fully "stand-up" school in this country; because it seems increasingly evident that sitting, and sitting, and sitting for hours is really, really bad for people, and for little kids especially. The dream is that this school will be one of many (or even ALL of them).

*And, of course, don't forget to curb your own sitting -- as well as your children's... *  

Please consider supporting this idea -- the first fully "stand-up" school in this country; because it seems increasingly evident that sitting, and sitting, and sitting for hours is really, really bad for people, and for little kids especially. The dream is that this school will be one of many (or even ALL of them).

*And, of course, don't forget to curb your own sitting -- as well as your children's... *  ___

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2015-06-17 16:32:14 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

If you find yourself wondering whether you can be more creative in your life (whether you are an artist or not), this might be for you -- bits, snippets and thoughts on Michael Atavar's book on "rules of creativity". 

If you find yourself wondering whether you can be more creative in your life (whether you are an artist or not), this might be for you -- bits, snippets and thoughts on Michael Atavar's book on "rules of creativity". ___

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2015-06-15 20:13:26 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Today's morning practice -- "The revolt of a rose" (18"x14", oil on canvas panel).

Today's morning practice -- "The revolt of a rose" (18"x14", oil on canvas panel).___

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2015-06-12 22:36:21 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- a rework of a plein air study from a couple of months ago. Now called "I am a tree".

Today's work -- a rework of a plein air study from a couple of months ago. Now called "I am a tree".___

2015-06-12 21:21:44 (32 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

You know what's crossed my mind today?

In about ten years of exploring artists' communities and blogs online, I've seen dozens of blogposts and threads about what NOT to say to an artist, or "One hundred most frustrating things I heard as an artist", but never once I saw something like "What should you say to an artist?" or "Eleven most inspiring things I heard from viewers"...

Maybe I've been missing something, of course... 

You know what's crossed my mind today?

In about ten years of exploring artists' communities and blogs online, I've seen dozens of blogposts and threads about what NOT to say to an artist, or "One hundred most frustrating things I heard as an artist", but never once I saw something like "What should you say to an artist?" or "Eleven most inspiring things I heard from viewers"...

Maybe I've been missing something, of course... ___

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2015-06-11 21:26:08 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- what I think of as final touches to the Birth of Aphrodite triptych..

Today's work -- what I think of as final touches to the Birth of Aphrodite triptych..___

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2015-06-09 23:19:48 (19 comments, 6 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Today's work: a triptych called SILENTIUM (The birth of Aphrodite), 48"x72" (no, I didn't do it all in one day -- it's just one I return to from time to time). 

Today's work: a triptych called SILENTIUM (The birth of Aphrodite), 48"x72" (no, I didn't do it all in one day -- it's just one I return to from time to time). ___

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2015-06-06 00:33:33 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Wish me luck!

Wish me luck!___

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2015-06-05 21:29:17 (13 comments, 5 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

Today's work: some sunny-sunny sunflowers for you today!

Today's work: some sunny-sunny sunflowers for you today!___

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2015-06-05 18:22:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Another, a very different one, for #GoogleFirstFriday  ... 

"It is only an old soul with the heart of a child, hidden from light in a paper house"
Acrylics on cardboard
60x45cm
2 June 2015___Another, a very different one, for #GoogleFirstFriday  ... 

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2015-06-05 18:19:08 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Here is an interesting painting for #GoogleFirstFriday... I just saw it recently, since there was an exhibition from National Gallery of Scotland in San Francisco. It's a somewhat mysterious painting for me -- I cannot quite catch the mood of what's going on. Everyone seem so deadly serious...

'An Old Woman Cooking Eggs' by Diego Velazquez, born June 6, 416 years ago +National Galleries Scotland___Here is an interesting painting for #GoogleFirstFriday... I just saw it recently, since there was an exhibition from National Gallery of Scotland in San Francisco. It's a somewhat mysterious painting for me -- I cannot quite catch the mood of what's going on. Everyone seem so deadly serious...

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2015-06-04 23:08:50 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Some thoughts about futures contained within the present -- a blog post that, at some point, advises you to stop reading itself :) That said, you might find it helpful nonetheless... 

Some thoughts about futures contained within the present -- a blog post that, at some point, advises you to stop reading itself :) That said, you might find it helpful nonetheless... ___

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2015-06-03 21:50:55 (17 comments, 12 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- a small (20"x10") study of sunflowers...

Today's work -- a small (20"x10") study of sunflowers...___

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2015-06-01 21:31:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- sonnet 74 close to completion (but the photo is way too shiny, unfortunately). The painting is called "And that is this..." (that's the actual quote from the sonnet).

Today's work -- sonnet 74 close to completion (but the photo is way too shiny, unfortunately). The painting is called "And that is this..." (that's the actual quote from the sonnet).___

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2015-05-30 14:46:27 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Here is a bit of Saturday reading for you -- on time, and love, and separation; and on choosing a future.

Here is a bit of Saturday reading for you -- on time, and love, and separation; and on choosing a future.___

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2015-05-27 20:25:35 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- totally transformed... 

Today's work -- totally transformed... ___

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2015-05-27 01:06:17 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- continuation from the last week. You know, to tell you the truth -- there was a moment there when I felt truly elated by how this painting is turning out. There is a story told by a great Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin -- after completing a poem, he was so proud of himself that he was running around the house shouting: Wow, Pushkin, you son of a bitch! That sounds close to how I felt... The photo doesn't quite do it justice, and then I had to go to a dentist appointment, and the spell was broken -- but trust me when I say that it's not often that I feel this way (if ever)... 

Today's work -- continuation from the last week. You know, to tell you the truth -- there was a moment there when I felt truly elated by how this painting is turning out. There is a story told by a great Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin -- after completing a poem, he was so proud of himself that he was running around the house shouting: Wow, Pushkin, you son of a bitch! That sounds close to how I felt... The photo doesn't quite do it justice, and then I had to go to a dentist appointment, and the spell was broken -- but trust me when I say that it's not often that I feel this way (if ever)... ___

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2015-05-23 16:45:45 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

I've looked through my internal catalog this morning, looking for something to brighten up your Saturday, and this older painting jumped at me. It's called "Light without flame"..

There is one idea that's been circling in my mind lately, and that is, that the existential responsibility of an artist nowadays is to be a Yeah-sayer -- always saying "yes" to life. Just because there have been enough of "no"s over the last couple of centuries... 

Something in me tries to back up from this statement ("Who am I to decide what the responsibility of an artist is?"), and so I say to this voice: alright then, it will be my responsibility. 

I've looked through my internal catalog this morning, looking for something to brighten up your Saturday, and this older painting jumped at me. It's called "Light without flame"..

There is one idea that's been circling in my mind lately, and that is, that the existential responsibility of an artist nowadays is to be a Yeah-sayer -- always saying "yes" to life. Just because there have been enough of "no"s over the last couple of centuries... 

Something in me tries to back up from this statement ("Who am I to decide what the responsibility of an artist is?"), and so I say to this voice: alright then, it will be my responsibility. ___

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2015-05-21 22:50:58 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Returned to this portrait today... Maybe I will be returning to it occasionally for updates, or maybe I'll let it sit and start a new one as a kind of diary for self-analysis... 

Returned to this portrait today... Maybe I will be returning to it occasionally for updates, or maybe I'll let it sit and start a new one as a kind of diary for self-analysis... ___

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2015-05-20 22:32:01 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Today's beginning of a new painting (24"x20")...

Today's beginning of a new painting (24"x20")...___

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2015-05-20 17:22:59 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Hello, my dear friends -- and sorry for being away from here for so long. I am going through a period of rather intense reckoning, looking both back and forward, deciding how to live "next"... :) I am guessing, you will be seeing more of me soon.

For now, this final photo of one of the painting from shared plein air with +Terrill Welch -- it turns out, I had it sitting there on my computer and waiting to be edited for a while. Yesterday, I've picked the painting to stay in my bedroom for a while at least -- to remind me of that day, and to add this bit of nature to the room!

Hello, my dear friends -- and sorry for being away from here for so long. I am going through a period of rather intense reckoning, looking both back and forward, deciding how to live "next"... :) I am guessing, you will be seeing more of me soon.

For now, this final photo of one of the painting from shared plein air with +Terrill Welch -- it turns out, I had it sitting there on my computer and waiting to be edited for a while. Yesterday, I've picked the painting to stay in my bedroom for a while at least -- to remind me of that day, and to add this bit of nature to the room!___

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2015-05-16 18:31:47 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Some Saturday reading for you about the most important thing in the world... :)

Some Saturday reading for you about the most important thing in the world... :)___

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2015-05-15 21:58:32 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- further layers for sonnet 74... 

Today's work -- further layers for sonnet 74... ___

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2015-05-12 21:46:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

I haven't been here on Google+ for a while -- lots of reckoning in "real life", but there you are, two half-days worth of work on sonnet 74 -- "And that is this, and this with thee remains"... Unexpectedly abstract even for myself -- but that's what the sonnet wanted; I saw it between dreaming and waking, and there is no arguing with that. More work needed, though, to bring it closer to what I mean... 
#shakespeare   #sonnetsincolour  

I haven't been here on Google+ for a while -- lots of reckoning in "real life", but there you are, two half-days worth of work on sonnet 74 -- "And that is this, and this with thee remains"... Unexpectedly abstract even for myself -- but that's what the sonnet wanted; I saw it between dreaming and waking, and there is no arguing with that. More work needed, though, to bring it closer to what I mean... 
#shakespeare   #sonnetsincolour  ___

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2015-05-06 21:57:24 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Today's work: It might seem like it's a painting, but I don't think it is. I pulled out an old, old canvas because I needed colour and the bodily action of painting, to meditate on (or should it be "to connect to") Romeo and Juliet's second (and last) balcony scene.

Today's work: It might seem like it's a painting, but I don't think it is. I pulled out an old, old canvas because I needed colour and the bodily action of painting, to meditate on (or should it be "to connect to") Romeo and Juliet's second (and last) balcony scene.___

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2015-05-06 00:15:16 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Well that's awkward.

Well that's awkward.___

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2015-05-04 21:53:30 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Today's work -- you may remember that the idea of painting carrots crossed my mind a couple of days ago. So we bought this little bunch of new carrots at the nearby farmers' market yesterday, and here they are. In case you are wondering, the wooden bowl they sit in is really curvy, it's not any kind of painterly exaggeration... :) 

Today's work -- you may remember that the idea of painting carrots crossed my mind a couple of days ago. So we bought this little bunch of new carrots at the nearby farmers' market yesterday, and here they are. In case you are wondering, the wooden bowl they sit in is really curvy, it's not any kind of painterly exaggeration... :) ___

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2015-05-02 00:48:15 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

An antiwar demonstration in St.Petersburg (Russia) today -- it's Ukrainian national anthem they are singing. And the flags? Everyone's flags... probably yours including.

An antiwar demonstration in St.Petersburg (Russia) today -- it's Ukrainian national anthem they are singing. And the flags? Everyone's flags... probably yours including.___

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2015-05-01 22:08:45 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Today's study.

Today's study.___

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2015-05-01 17:19:38 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day!

I don't know exactly why I've decided to greet you with this particular painting, maybe because this morning here around has a similar feel of lightness and transparency. I think I'll just go and set up another still life for today's entertainment... there must be some apples in the fridge; if not, I'll find some onions and carrots. Carrots! It seems I have never painted carrots -- and I have nice multi-colored package of them.

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day!

I don't know exactly why I've decided to greet you with this particular painting, maybe because this morning here around has a similar feel of lightness and transparency. I think I'll just go and set up another still life for today's entertainment... there must be some apples in the fridge; if not, I'll find some onions and carrots. Carrots! It seems I have never painted carrots -- and I have nice multi-colored package of them.___

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2015-04-30 19:46:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Art is useless. That makes it extremely useful to us.

Art is useless. That makes it extremely useful to us.___

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2015-04-30 17:10:09 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day...

I am sitting here for a second day in a row trying to aligns my desires, plans, and actual activities... Meanwhile, though, I have released a composition of sixteen new sonnet paintings on my website (http://lenalevin.com/gal/sonnets6/). This is one of them, 67: "Roses of shadow..." 

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day...

I am sitting here for a second day in a row trying to aligns my desires, plans, and actual activities... Meanwhile, though, I have released a composition of sixteen new sonnet paintings on my website (http://lenalevin.com/gal/sonnets6/). This is one of them, 67: "Roses of shadow..." ___

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2015-04-29 02:16:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Thinking about "Romeo and Juliet" all afresh... 

Thinking about "Romeo and Juliet" all afresh... ___

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2015-04-27 21:00:37 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

For now, this painting is, as +Terrill Welch says, "resting". I started it kind of unexpectedly -- in response to a conversation with +Terrill Welch about a possible painting approach to "featureless beauty" -- which was her response to my blog post last week (if you are interested, the conversation is here: https://plus.google.com/+LenaLevin/posts/GScTtNpLA7c). But it was also something (in a case of serendipity) I saw in a strange dream about a week ago -- it began as a version of the usual dream of not catching at train (which closed its doors about three minutes too early), but then had an unexpected turn. In the dream, I took out some sort of mobile device to call the person who was in that train to tell them that I hadn't caught it -- but when I found the number, the corresponding picture on the screen was a version of myself, sitting like here in the painting and with thesa... more »

For now, this painting is, as +Terrill Welch says, "resting". I started it kind of unexpectedly -- in response to a conversation with +Terrill Welch about a possible painting approach to "featureless beauty" -- which was her response to my blog post last week (if you are interested, the conversation is here: https://plus.google.com/+LenaLevin/posts/GScTtNpLA7c). But it was also something (in a case of serendipity) I saw in a strange dream about a week ago -- it began as a version of the usual dream of not catching at train (which closed its doors about three minutes too early), but then had an unexpected turn. In the dream, I took out some sort of mobile device to call the person who was in that train to tell them that I hadn't caught it -- but when I found the number, the corresponding picture on the screen was a version of myself, sitting like here in the painting and with the same expression). So I call this painting, for now, "You are already here".    ___

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2015-04-27 19:43:05 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Introducing the whole latest sixteen sonnets composition (fifty three to sixty nine) on my website, and a brief note on the fifty third one...

Introducing the whole latest sixteen sonnets composition (fifty three to sixty nine) on my website, and a brief note on the fifty third one...___

2015-04-26 19:38:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Just in case you want to listen something about Shakespeare today...:)

We're planning an impromptu gathering to celebrate the launch of the UW-Madison Shakespeare in Community MOOC. Join us to listen-in on a conversation between the instructors and some special guests including Joshua Calhoun and several actors from American Players Theatre. The discussion will be recorded and made available afterward via our Shakespeare in Community YouTube playlist. Watch the live feed and join the backchannel in the Hangout and on Twitter with #moocspeare.___Just in case you want to listen something about Shakespeare today...:)

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