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Lena Levin has been shared in 129 public circles

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Arte e design0add circle of artists and photographers#sharedcircle   #publiccircleshare     #circleshare     #circleoftheday  #circleshares     #circlesharing     #circlesshare    #publicsharedcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle  #todayssharedcircle     #publiccircle   #circle     #circles    #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle     #bestengagers   #followers   #followback     #awesomecircles  #topsharedcircle   #topsharedcircle     #myseoissocial     #besocial     #socializethesocial     #trust   #circles   #sharedcircle     #followers      #social     2014-04-18 11:50:44143001CC G+
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000516CC G+
Mary Schiros39,050Passing a lone a circle from Carla Strozzieri of creative folks.  Haven't shared any circles for a while, thought it might be fun. #circlesharing  2014-02-26 02:25:03377341440CC G+
Richard Heby0Hey Poetry People, It's A Circle About Poetry, People!Hi all! This is a circle of poets, poetry readers, poetry lovers, and sharers of poetry! I've included haiku writers, sonnet sharers, assonance aficionados, kings of rhyme, and more! You'll find some interesting posts about poetry if you add this circle! Add this circle if you've loved poetry forever, or if you want to learn more!If you want to be included in this circle or later circles then just follow these 5 simple steps:1. Give this post a plus one!2. Comment on this post, saying something you like about poetry3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. ...and most importantly— reshare this circle to your followers or to the public!2014-02-09 22:22:11203729CC G+
Ole Olson38,548٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶If you're looking for some of the BEST engagers on Google+, this is it.Top notch commentary, good content support, and some out of this world posts to boot. =========================================I sculpted this circle personally over the last year, and this is it's first full release. The Top Engagers is guaranteed to make your G+ experience better. =========================================    #publicsharedcircles       #publiccircle       #circle         #circles    #thebigcommunity   #kingcircle #topcircleshare   #awesome       #awesomepeople       #shareyourcircle    #circleoftheday         #circleshare       #circlesharing           #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-01-27 09:48:552507610CC G+
Jason Hurtado Daniels29,824High Content Circle at 30,000I am sharing the New Year’s edition of my High Content circle as my community tops the 30,000 mark. This is my most carefully curated circle yet, and includes some of the most interesting people who have joined my G+ community over the past two and a half years. This group of artists, business leaders, educators, engineers, futurists, programmers, and scientists represents the kind of collaborative core we'll need to solve the problems of this century.Not everyone could make in. This circle contains proven friends and new acquaintances.  There are representatives of every continent and dozens of professions. Those who know me are aware that I do not ask for conformity, just civility and good will.Thank you for being a part of this community. Welcome to my world, our world. Make yourself at home and... Enjoy!Blessings,JasonTopics#3DPrinters  #Activism  #Agriculture  #Analysis  #Art  #Artist #Bicycle  #Biodiesel  #Biofuel  #Biogas  #Biomass  #Business #BusinessDevelopment  #Change  #Christian #CivilDisobedience  #CivilLiberties  #CleanTechnology #ClimateChange  #Coaching  #Cogeneration  #Collaborate #Collaboration  #Communications  #Consulting  #Cooperative #Creative  #Creativity  #CRM  #Crowdfunding  2014-01-01 20:54:42500191527CC G+
Christy Sandhoff25,496HNY 2014 Jason Hurtado Daniels==============Jason Hurtado Daniels originally shared: High Content Circle at 30,000I am sharing the New Year’s edition of my high content circle as my community tops the 30,000 mark. This is my most carefully curated circle yet and includes some of the most interesting people who have joined my G+ community over the past two and a half years. This group of artists, business leaders, educators, engineers, futurists, programmers, and scientists represents the kind of collaborative core we'll need to solve the problems of this century.Not everyone could make in. This circle contains proven friends and new acquaintances.  There are representatives of every continent and dozens of professions. Those who know me are aware that I do not ask for conformity, just civility and good will.Thank you for being a part of this community. Welcome to my world, our world. Make yourself at home and... Enjoy!Blessings,JasonTopics#3DPrinters #Activism #Agriculture #Analysis #Art #Artist #Bicycle #Biodiesel #Biofuel #Biogas #Biomass #Business #BusinessDevelopment #Change #Christian #CivilDisobedience #CivilLiberties #CleanTechnology #ClimateChange #Coaching #Cogeneration #Collaborate #Collaboration #Communications #Consulting #Cooperative #Creative #Creativity #CRM 2014-01-01 20:09:414975411CC G+
Jason Hurtado Daniels29,824High Content Circle at 30,000I am sharing the New Year’s edition of my high content circle as my community tops the 30,000 mark. This is my most carefully curated circle yet and includes some of the most interesting people who have joined my G+ community over the past two and a half years. This group of artists, business leaders, educators, engineers, futurists, programmers, and scientists represents the kind of collaborative core we'll need to solve the problems of this century.Not everyone could make in. This circle contains proven friends and new acquaintances.  There are representatives of every continent and dozens of professions. Those who know me are aware that I do not ask for conformity, just civility and good will.Thank you for being a part of this community. Welcome to my world, our world. Make yourself at home and... Enjoy!Blessings,JasonTopics#3DPrinters #Activism #Agriculture #Analysis #Art #Artist #Bicycle #Biodiesel #Biofuel #Biogas #Biomass #Business #BusinessDevelopment #Change #Christian #CivilDisobedience #CivilLiberties #CleanTechnology #ClimateChange #Coaching #Cogeneration #Collaborate #Collaboration #Communications #Consulting #Cooperative #Creative #Creativity #CRM #Crowdfu2014-01-01 18:56:4250016418CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,563My Christmas Circle Share...have a great christmas and holidays everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-26 03:38:2149820921CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,473My Saturday Late Friday Circle Share...have a great weekend everyone! 1. Add +Best Cars 2. Plus The Post 3. Comment4. Add People To Circles5. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare  #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircles  #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday  #sharewithyou               #followme  #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare2013-12-22 07:03:5349823727CC G+
Chill Ideaz Jay Beek Rocksuperstar1,322Another round of #topengagers  !(Be sure to click READ MORE, it is important if you want to be included in this circle next time)These people shareThese people +1These people create original contentThese people make G+ BetterIf you add this circle, you will, without a doubt, see your engagement soar through the roof.  Guaranteed.  If you were notified, you guessed it, you are already in.To be included in the NEXT top engagers circle this week is easier than ever.1.) Add  +Best Cars 2.) Share this post3.) Keep engaging#sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircle   #publiccircle   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #topengagers   #engagers   #snowballcircle   #snowball   #circles   #circleshare   #circlemasters   #circlemaster   #circlequeen   #crazycircles   #circlehub   #morefollowers #ghosttown2013-12-15 05:39:10498605CC G+
Vivi Amb0CIRCLE TO HAVE TODAY !My best Google + Users to FollowSpecial thanks to all off us !This Circle will Grow if :1 - You add Contacts creating a new Circle (if this is not done)2 - Share and +1 the circle#circles #circle   #circlesharing #circleshare2013-11-25 00:28:09239519CC G+
Dustin W. Stout26,662The Most Creative and Inspiring People on Google+As the first of my #circlesplosion  shares, this crowd-curated circle is comprised of those people who have been personally endorsed as some of the most creative and inspiring people on Google+.These folks are artists, designers, photographers, crafters, painters, musicians, videographers, marketers, and all around creators of things here on Google+.If you're a creator of things and want to connect with more people who create and inspire, add this circle.  Keep watch of the people in this stream and connect with the people you resonate with. About #circlesplosionAs I discussed in my introduction to #circlesplosion  (here - dustn.tv/circlesplosion/) managing and curating your circles will ultimately give you the greatest experience here on Google+. In an effort to connect people with passion, with other people with those same passions, I have resolved to share these crowd-curated circles with the world. I hope this group gives you as much value as it has me! Have a great monday everyone!  #creativity   #inspiration   #sharedcircles  2013-11-11 19:47:102366738103CC G+
Mario Falcetti23,486A nice circle to explore G+: ...  to meet people; to discover places; to appreciate the nature; to approach arts, science and technologies; … ( updated November 1st, '13 ) #circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle   #circlesharing #followers #social2013-11-01 18:23:28496258147257CC G+
Ole Olson27,685This shared public circle contains some of the best visual and fun content posters I've found on Google+.  #SharedPublicCircles   #CircleShare  2013-10-21 20:59:37394151017CC G+
Sherrie von Sternberg3,312I call this circle... The Chosen Few   In it you will find an assortment of most interesting people.  Photographers, yes, but thinkers and doers and people who LOVE with absolute passion the life they choose to lead. Enjoy2013-10-14 17:42:4220256518CC G+
Luis Roca5,744Art & Design Distilled on Google+ — This is your concentrated dose of visual goodness made up of artists, designers and art bloggers for September. Enjoy*Note: I'm always looking for profiles consistently posting fantastic art & design work. Feel free to mention one or two you think I'm missing in this group. Keep in mind this is a focused cross-section.Quality > QuantityLuis #sharedcircles   #circlesharefriday   #art  2013-09-06 14:10:4450017CC G+
Mario Falcetti15,258A nice circle to explore G+: ...  to meet people; to discover places; to appreciate the nature; to approach arts, science and technologies; … (updated August 22nd, '13)2013-08-22 07:31:5942822759172CC G+
Luis Roca5,477I've adjusted the Art + Design Distilled Circle with some significant changes, removing a few pages that posted redundant content and a few sharers who — um, we'll simply say it turns out they have an overly broad definition of art when it comes to the nude female. — Several fantastic artists and writers on the visual arts have been added. It's Art + Design Distilled on Google+.#TGIF everyoneLuis #sharedcircles   #circlesharefriday   #art   #design   #graphicdesign   #painting   #ns  2013-08-16 14:06:4453305CC G+
Jack C Crawford69,267Gender wars! Here's the latest share of some quite amazing persons.Angels, you have been emailed - please let me know if that is still OK with you.It is has now hit the maximum sharable circle size of 500.  Stay tuned for circle 2 in the future.2013-08-02 23:24:0450016436150CC G+
AyJay Schibig23,085ENGAGERS  CIRCLE 7.28.13Welcome to the latest  Release of my Engager's Circle.  Feel free to add  and re-share this circle  of Active G+ Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles. athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-28 22:48:4638810314CC G+
Jake Olimpi731Returning the favor to all of those who have added me! Simply:1) Add me2) +13) Share4) Comment and..5) Add!Keep the sharing going!!!#SHAREthelove  #circleshare  #g+ #oneforall  2013-07-22 01:14:35451608CC G+
Lee Walton0The best Googler! #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #circulos   #circulos   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #bestsharedcircle   #circulem   #circulation   #circular   #circuloplus   #maisamigos   #plusone   #friends   #morefollowers   #morefriends  2013-07-14 02:54:20333003CC G+
AyJay Schibig21,387ENGAGERS  CIRCLE 7.7.13Welcome to the latest edition of my Engager's Circle.  Feel free to add  and re-share this circle with these Active G+ Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles. athttp://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-07-08 01:06:353396220CC G+
Alessandro Folghera4,993Thanks to +Jack C Crawford for this #talentedcircle  I liked this #sharedcircle  and I decided to share it too. #ladiescircle   #fashionstyle  2013-07-03 04:31:334456216CC G+
Jack C Crawford66,439It's Ladies Night on Google+'s 2nd year anniversary.  Without them, all us dudes would here alone talking about androids and football.I am especially thankful to this growing list (440 and counting) of incredibly wonderful, talented and generous souls.This is a periodically notified circle. If you were notified, you are in this circle. Please let me know if you prefer not to be notified in the future. Thank you!2013-06-29 01:10:5344015929152CC G+
AyJay Schibig19,509ENGAGERS  CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share this circle with these  Top G+  Engagers !Also see  my other curated Circles at http://ayjay.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-google-plus-circles.htmlShared with:#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-06-14 19:51:2539818623CC G+
Rinus Bakker71,071This is my Thank YOU circle, an awesome divers gathering of people.All have in common to have been, in one way or another,  supportive to my actions on google plus, they are kind, smart, and interesting people.Feel free to check out and/or share!2013-06-12 14:16:3949817869202CC G+
Carolyn Curtis221,632It has been ages since I shared my circle of highly creative people. In addition it has been just as long since I updated it. Are you artistically inclined? Would you like to be added? Just let me know!2013-06-03 20:57:411069412CC G+
Frank Gainsford1,991 To help you decide if and whom you would like to include in your own stream, I’m adding some comments about these great people Warning: this contains information about each individual in the handpicked circle, so it’s long! ;-)Susanne Ramharter took the time to list everybody and explain their place in her circle.  this circle was orignaly shared by  +Susanne Ramharter and passed along by +Mark Traphagen  I added myself and shared again with you.  I blog about SEO  and  FUFISM at http://4ubrand.blogspot.combelow is Susanne's explanation of her circle to put you in the picture of who is in this shared  circle and why...My Google+ Mentors - people who are knowledgeable about Google+ and not only post great tips, but are always happy to engage and help out:++Denis Labelle  - Denis is a charming gentleman from Canada, who shares news, tips and helpful information about #Google +, #Technology and #Culture .+Euro Maestro - Euro Maestro is one of my ‘oldest’ companions here on Google+ and is passionate about Technology as well as social causes, which makes him especially important to me.+Jaana Nyström - Jaana is another one of the first people I met here, she is a wonderful, warm person who has done incredible work to help promote #Google + and its users and is not afraid to post the occasional cat photo - huzzah!+John Rakestraw -  John hosts hangouts on air to discuss various topics, many to do with the ‘human element’ of social media. He is a wonderful host and is kind enough to invite me to many of his #HOA .+Lee Smallwood - In addition to being a warm, yet also cool guy, Lee is editor of +imassera and the driving force behind +NOD3x, an excellent source of information about Google+ activities+Mark Traphagen - Mark impresses with his in-depth knowledge of marketing, social media and willingness to share it in a kind and friendly manner.+martin shervington - After much banter on posts and comments, Martin lured me into one of his hangouts about 18 months ago and has been a never ending source of information (do check out his videos!) , help, fun, and intriguing conversation ever since.+Ronnie Bincer - speaking of videos, Ronnie is my absolute ‘go-to’ guy when I need information or help with #video , #hangouts or #communities .+Thomas Morffew - Thomas is another great source of information about Technology and Google+ while lightening his stream with amusing lighter pieces to brighten the day.My fellow #Art Lovers and Artists:+Abigail Markov, +Lena Levin, +Marie Hélène Visconti, and +Marilyn Fenn are four intelligent, fantastic women, all artist in their own rights, who won’t spam your stream with their work, but provide regular information, stories, and inspiration about art and artists.2013-06-02 14:35:0551628CC G+
Susanne Ramharter50,233This can only happen on Google+:  Wow, and Thank You!I am not a celebrity, not a prolific photographer, nor a social media “guru”. And yet suddenly, I find myself in the circles of more than 50 Thousand people. Wow, and thank each and every one of you for your vote of confidence!Many of you who have added me to your circles in the last few weeks are fairly new to Google+.  To help you find great content, and as a way of saying Thank you to some of my “oldest friends” here on Google+, I’m going to indulge myself and share my “Must Read” circle. This circle contains people whose posts I don’t want to miss and it’s open in one of my tabs on Chrome whenever I’m online. To help you decide if and whom you would like to include in your own stream, I’m adding some comments about these great people Warning: this contains information about each individual in the handpicked circle, so it’s long! ;-)My Google+ Mentors - people who are knowledgeable about Google+ and not only post great tips, but are always happy to engage and help out:++Denis Labelle  - Denis is a charming gentleman from Canada, who shares news, tips and helpful information about #Google +, #Technology and #Culture .+Euro Maestro - Euro Maestro is one of my ‘oldest’ companions here on Google+ and is passionate about Technology as well as social causes, which makes him especially important to me.+Jaana Nyström - Jaana is another one of the first people I met here, she is a wonderful, warm person who has done incredible work to help promote #Google + and its users and is not afraid to post the occasional cat photo - huzzah!+John Rakestraw -  John hosts hangouts on air to discuss various topics, many to do with the ‘human element’ of social media. He is a wonderful host and is kind enough to invite me to many of his #HOA .+Lee Smallwood - In addition to being a warm, yet also cool guy, Lee is editor of +imassera and the driving force behind +NOD3x, an excellent source of information about Google+ activities+Mark Trapha2013-06-02 11:35:5650852956CC G+
Stephanie Calahan0FABULOUS WOMEN ON G+ Part 3 of 4My goal was to crowd-source a list of Fabulous Woman on G+ that are Actively posting and Engaging on Google+.  I had originally expected maybe 50 names.  Much to my surprise and , I received over 400+ comments filled with love and positive energy to help curate this list of well over 1384 beautiful people. I would say this was a success and now I'm sharing with everyone PUBLIC.  I hope you will share it far and wide too.  #Google+ will only allow me to share 500 at a time, so the list has been broken down in to 4 circles.  Groups 1-4 do not indicate any specific preference to any woman.  I would have shared one massive circle if I was allowed.Fabulous Women on G+ Part 1 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/Srvv4xzeuYmFabulous Women on G+ Part 2 Can be found here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/DRFwReXQvbFWhat You Can Do Now------------------------------------* Add these circles to your own circles by pressing the "View shared circle" button below. Then you can either add it to an existing circle of yours or add it as a new circle by giving it a new name. I've labeled mine "Fabulous Women on G+".  (You won't be able to see the circle on mobile or ipad -- you must be on a desktop or laptop.)  See other G+ quirks below.* Once you've added it, I recommend visiting the stream for this circle and browsing through it to see what you find interesting, encouraging, and enlightening. Then, share some love by commenting, +1ing or sharing the posts of your sisters!* Please note, this is a very diverse group of women.  You're likely to see some people in these circles who will see, understand, or experience things differently than you.  They may or may not share your similar interests.  With that in mind, a few suggestions:     -- If you disagree with someone's views, you can very easily remove them from your circle.     -- Please post public vs to these circles directly.  Each of us has separate preferences on notifications and we want to lift one another up, not bog down notifications.  I hope you all see some increased activity, make some new and inspired connections, and lift one another up as we share each other's brilliance.#fabwomenonG+If You Received Notification About this Circle--------------------------------------------------------------------If you're getting a notification about this it's because you've been identified me or others in the circle as a Fabulous Woman on G+ that is Actively posting and Engaging here.  Original Post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117590169633617507930/posts/HHzp7g9aW9tI thought you would want to know that you have been identified as someone the G+ community should connect with!  I don't send out notifications unless it is 100% warranted. G+ Quirky Things to Note----------------------------------------* Google+ has a daily limit of 500 for adding people to your circles. If you haven't added 50 people or more today, you should be fine to add one of the circles daily.* When creating circles, you can only add 500 people a day (new) and that includes moving people around in existing circles.HOWEVER there have been2013-05-17 16:21:40353371128CC G+
Lise Bjerregaard Nielsen15,060A small circle containing my most favored painters/scribblers/creatives.They are a very varied bunch, stylewise, but to me, they're all top notch because their works and their thoughts brighten my stream.Oh, and they are all so very friendly and smart and nice to interact with.(Keeping my shared circles quite small, I know, but I find that is the best way to get valued people in ones circles, and a good engagement rate with new followers too. So much easier to sort small numbers!)2013-05-08 11:28:55209010CC G+
Brian Harrod4,402ART / DESIGN - ARTISTS   Here is an update of my "Artist Circle" Circle to help you find active G Plussers with similar interests on Google Plus.This an opportunity for those of us who have an affinity for art to meet via the threads of posts and get to know each other as well as see each others current projects.. This is a priceless circle!Please, feel free to add yourself and re-share.if you have an interest in this topic.#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles    #circle   #circles   #circlemeup    #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle Collapse this post2013-03-23 08:28:0266000CC G+
Christian Berg2,253My Nummero UNO Circle yin-yang & yes......My first circle share, inspired by my friend +Gerard van Schip69, my zodiac sign, the year I was born, the summer of love, the moment they arrived at the moon (the exact moment I was born), Woodstock, the release of the Beatles Yellow submarine album, yin-yang and yes; a great sex position, but forget about all that my friends, 69 amigos, If you are notified you are in it.2013-01-30 01:15:1969103443CC G+
Slavo Herman180I'd like to share with you the circle in which a little surprisingly I discovered my name. It is a circle with people who got one nomination to "Best of Google Plus 2012" created as the Circle No. 3 by +Kurt Smith.(He also created two more circles, No. 1 and 2, containing people with more nominations - you can find them at http://goo.gl/tAePD and http://goo.gl/7IBkV respectively :)2013-01-07 16:40:4448423115CC G+
Anna Galarza3,321Curated Circle Featuring Only The Best Of The Best Of Google Plus!They are amazing people to have them as part of your G+ connections. If you are looking for #engagement , #fun , #inspiration , #thoughtful  posts, etc., this circle is for you! #circleshare   #coolpeople   #topplusers   #googleplustips   #googlepluscircles   #publiccircle   #sharedcircles  2013-01-06 15:02:4450028840CC G+
Steve Mills10,302My Artists circle has been pretty carefully sifted and assembled, so I am comfortable sharing it with you. Hopefully you will agree, and share further.2013-01-05 00:57:52246115CC G+
Trever McGhee18,273+Take2seconds to click the add button on this circle!Last week +Kurt Smith asked people to name 5 people they thought should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'.  He received 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.We were honored to be among them, so we've created two circles to honor those chosen.This is the second of 2 circles from that list.Their all worthy of a follow .. a circle  to see what they bring to your stream.Check them out for a week...keep the ones that you like at the end of the week and then put the rest aside for another time :-))))People always ask me to add them or another person to the next circle when I share circles from other people to help them connect with others...Well I can't add you to their circle but what I can do is create another circle for you.So if you would like to be in the next one or would like to recommend someone,1st. please leave a comment of why you or they should be in the next circle, why people should circle you back.2nd. please share this circle to the public stream to help these people connect with others.I'll create a circle once a week with your suggestion.P.S. if your in the above circle and would like to be in the next one, just let me know. #bestofgoogleplus   #bestofgoogleplus2012   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedmycircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publicshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomecircle   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle  +Circles 2013-01-02 20:58:1649052430CC G+
Mary Schiros7,028Here is  my circle to share for  #my112of2012 Like the idea of share a part of my circled G+ friends I have interacted with the most in 2012, easy to do, let G+sort the group for me. #sharedcircles   #circlesharing  2013-01-02 05:32:05112117CC G+
Samantha Villenave510,146My 112 of 2012 (Who's in Yours?)Face it, if we're here, on G+, we probably spend a little way too much time on the Internet. I'll be the first to admit that being my case.These are the people whom I have interacted with the most, and have interacted the most with me for the past year. It's a mixed bag of a circle, but I can honestly say that I am very blessed to follow, and know a bit, each and every one of them.In this circle you'll find artists (painters, drawers, sculptors, illustrators and photographers), art lovers, designers, writers, geeks/developers, gamers, hangouters, googlers, and then some.  If you received a notification, then yeah, that means you're in it. And I just want to say Happy New Year to each of you. And thanks for the good times. I'm glad to know all of you, and I'm glad that I can even call some of you friends.If you aren't in it, don't worry about that too much. It isn't me, it's google's circle relevancy algorithm that picked these people, according to the time we've spent emailing, chatting, +1ing, commenting, and hangouting. You may want to check your own circles to see who your most relevant people are!Oh, and why not hashtag it  #my112of2012  if you do decide to share your own? It could be fun. :) #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  2013-01-01 19:13:0711249463CC G+
Kurt Smith21,124Here's The 'Best of Google Plus 2012' Circle Share (Circle 3 of 3)Last week I asked other plussers to name 5 Plussers they think should be named the 'Best of Google Plus 2012'. They nominated others based on what they think makes a really good Google Plusser - original & quality content; makes you think, laugh, & enjoy Google Plus more; engages with others; shares and helps others; etc. We got 1,308 nominations for 730 Plussers.This is the third of 3 Circle Shares of those named the 'Best of Google Plus' - this circle contains those who got 2-3 votes. These are plussers other plussers think are among the Best on Google Plus and I believe we should all circle and consider following them because other quality plussers we can trust recommend following them.Like the other circles I've curated ('Thought Provokers' & 'Plussers Who Give A Boost') you can only get in these circles on the recommendation of another plusser (no "add me" going on here). So this is a quality group that should be recognized for making Google Plus better for all of us.Let's encourage quality on G+ and the best way we can do that is to Add & Share these circles. It took some work to put this together, so the best 'thank you' you can give me (and the nominees) is to add, share and encourage your followers to do the same.Circle 1 (those who got 4+ nominations): http://goo.gl/tAePDCircle 2 (those who 2-3 nominations): http://goo.gl/7IBkVWondering who nominated you? Here's the original post to find out: http://goo.gl/0gHFk#bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus2012 #circle #circles #circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #publicshare #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #addmetoyourcircles #awesomecircle #awesomeness #awesomepeople #awesomecircle +Circles 2012-12-31 15:55:53486545667CC G+
Matty James8,048this is my art sharing circle, if you want adding and you share posts of other artists then this is a good one for you to add, share and circle #artsharing   #artisticgoogle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2012-12-03 12:36:04228527CC G+
Matt Shalvatis19,571Here is the #SharedCircle  of the #WeekendArtMarketplace !We've got it all here.  From illustrators to photographers to jewelry designers to painters, and goods from prints to calendars to coffee mugs available.  Stop by #WeekendArtMarketplace  every Saturday and Sunday and see what's new.  You won't be disappointed.  Please SHARE and help get the word out!  2012-11-27 14:51:3260438CC G+
Matt Shalvatis19,418Weekend Art Marketeers Shared Circle This circle contains the highly talented artists, photographers, and crafts artists of the #WeekendArtMarketplace .  Only people who have actually posted art for sale are in this circle.  But I expect it to grow quickly.  If you have posted and you're not listed here, let me know.  (It is possible that if you did not add this... +Matt Shalvatis you may not be here.  A hashtag search doesn't always bring up all items with that tag, for some reason.  But Google has been notified).  2012-11-20 18:56:0645202CC G+
Paul Parks2,115This is a fantastic circle of people who enjoy art and related work. This is a very eclectic, smart and cool bunch of peeps. One of my VERY favorites...so if you enjoy art, photography and related interests then this is a good match. Cheers and happy Halloween ! Feel free to re-share and keep paying it foreword if you will.  Enjoy ~ Paul  ☮2012-10-31 19:19:503785519CC G+
joanne greenwood3,563Hi AllJust wanted to share an art circle that I have the pleasure of following, full of lots of talented artists and great plussers.Please feel free to reshare and connect the art world on Google+!If you are interested in being added to the circle, please add comments below. #artcircles   #artcirlce   #artisticgoogle   #artistsintheplus  2012-10-24 11:35:18237172340CC G+
Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores11,034Please shareTraditional artists :) Many of us do use digital also but our main work is done traditionally with pencils, oils etcIf you are a trad also, please let me know a link to see your work so I can add you :)2012-10-22 20:37:4055602CC G+
G+ with Brushes1,928As I am returning to my regular second-half-of-week shift on +G+ with Brushes , I once again re-share our artists' circle, now 93 people strong. This is the circle where we look for paintings and drawings to share.Please, if you are an artist working in traditional (non-digital) media, and you are not in this circle, and you do want your work to be occasionally re-shared on our page, do the following:1. Add the page to your circles, if you haven't already (it's not because we want to pump up our followers' numbers, but just because we cannot add to a circle anyone who hasn't added us first).2. Tell us that you are an artist and want to be in this circle, so that we don't miss you.3. That's it, basically, but if you feel like it, you might also spread the word about our page to your followers... :)Yours truly,+Lena Levin 2012-10-18 18:00:1293646CC G+
Shawna Mac0Re-sharing my Artists circle as it's grown quite a lot since the last share. #circleshare #shawnacircleshare  2012-10-15 21:52:193109111CC G+


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2014-04-09 23:39:31 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 49 +1s)

Today's work: 

Sonnet 62: Mine own self-love quite contrary I read.

Three days of work (preliminary photo), and probably not quite complete, but it will have to wait -- because tomorrow we are leaving for Amsterdam, my favorite city of the whole world; a four-days visit which is my birthday present. 

Looking for ideas for Amsterdam-related books, both fiction and non-fiction. 

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2014-04-09 02:29:54 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)

This is a colour study for Sonnet 62 (from a couple of days ago), about self-love -- a topic apparently as relevant and controversial now as it was then. As for me, I've been thinking about self-love over the last several days more (it seems) than over my entire life before that.... If not more, at least more intensely. 

I asked you some time ago whether self-love is a sin. Now, I believe what Shakespeare is saying in the sonnet might seem somewhat paradoxical: he talks about unrequited self-love.

Indeed, the first quatrain talks about the experiencer(s) of self-love within himself ("possessed by the sin of self-love"): mine eye (which is a pun on "mine I"), all my soul, all my every part, my heart (which is a pun on "art" -- the words were pronounced identically in his time).

The second quatrain, on the other hand, talks about things being... more »

2014-04-05 19:18:16 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

We have just visited a nearby "Russian and European Deli", called "Kiev Grocery", with the express purpose to engage in a quasi-political activity consisting in boycotting Russian products and buying Ukrainian ones. 

This was limited, in effect, to refraining from our favorite desserts from St. Petersburg, and buying a "Kiev cake" instead (which, I am afraid, won't be quite good for our health... ). On a healthier note, I also found a single bottle of tomato juice from Ukraine (which turned out to be very good). But it was the last bottle they had.

All the other products were either from other Eastern or Central European countries, or from Brooklyn.  

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2014-04-04 17:34:16 (26 comments, 20 reshares, 108 +1s)

My contribution to our #firstfridayartwalk  (20"x20", Oil on linen) 

Being your slave what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend;
Nor services to do, till you require.

Nor dare I chide the world without end hour,
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour,
When you have bid your servant once adieu;

Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are, how happy you make those.

   So true a fool is love, that in your will,
   Though you do anything, he thinks no ill.

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 57
#williamshakespeare   #shakespeare   #sonnetsincolour  

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2014-04-04 04:32:23 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

... we call that Heaven

This is NOT what you think! 

I was teaching a class about lungs today and thought I would find a video to watch and chose this not knowing what it was! WOW! 

I was going to shut it off (as it was not what I was looking for) then looked at them and the kids were totally rapt! At the end, they were silent except one kid who says "What the HECK did we just watch"

I think I will definitely be playing this again -- at the right moment. 

2014-04-04 01:17:39 (40 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Is self-love a sin? What do you think?

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2014-04-01 23:33:54 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 59 +1s)

Today's small study (11"x14", in-progress). 

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2014-03-30 21:19:01 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 54 +1s)

More work on this sonnet ("while shadows like to thee do mock my sight"), still in-progress though... 

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2014-03-29 23:02:13 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 51 +1s)

I hadn't looked back at Russia for a while, refraining from reading news or anything, but now -- in the current crisis -- I've decided I have to, to try and understand what's going on. What can I say? It's not a pretty sight... 

The underlying idea behind what seems like madness to some is very simple and hardly new: "Might is right", no more no less. If a country is powerful, it can bend international laws to its heart's content. Do they have some grounds for this perception? You bet they do... but that reminds me of two slogans, which, reportedly, were in vogue in the Soviet Union simultaneously at some point: "America is falling off a cliff" and "Catch up and overtake America!" (again, reportedly, they sometimes appeared on two sides of the same billboard).

Add to this a common reversal: one sees that if a country is mighty, it can... more »

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2014-03-29 00:37:58 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)

Today's work (two days of work, in-progress, iPad photo). 

The beginning of sonnet 61 painting ("While shadows like to thee do mock my sight"). Lots to do still, but it's a start... 

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2014-03-24 23:47:09 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 64 +1s)

Another, smaller, painting slightly reworked today (20"x10"). "Tulips impromptu".

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2014-03-24 23:44:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)

Today's work:

I've returned to this "Black Sea" painting over the last couple of days -- SILENTIUM (after Osip Mandelstam, 48"x24"). It's about the birth of Aphrodite out of sea foam; or rather -- about the moment before that. 

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2014-03-21 00:57:15 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)

This 12"x24" canvas has a long history -- from a vanilla plein air study, to a rather romantic interpretation of a poem, and now this attempt at capturing the feeling of world being shaken, barely holding together. 

I keep thinking, what is the personal responsibility of a private person witnessing dark historic events from far away? Let them in -- or keep them out of one's inner life? How to distinguish what one can and cannot change? 

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2014-03-18 21:29:30 (36 comments, 5 reshares, 79 +1s)

The events are unfolding with a dizzying speed, and I am trying to figure out my place, my voice, my fate. Some say Muses are silent when guns talk, but is it really so? Should it be? I've never believed art is a luxury for good and easy times; it will be needed in the rough times ahead of us -- but it will be different, no doubt.

On the BBC news site, again and again, I immediately click "Pause" -- because I cannot force myself to watch Putin's speech (where, reportedly, he calls those who disagree with him "traitors to the nation"). And each time I click this button, I recall my grandmother (younger at the time than my son is now), who was mobilized as a military interpreter during WWII and charged with listening and promptly translating official speeches of the Nazi leaders. She didn't have the luxury of pushing the "pause" button, nor of going back to... more »

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2014-03-18 01:44:24 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)

The second one from the "Letters from Vincent Van Gogh" pair (20"x16"), in which the first one (see the same album) becomes (part of) the subject matter, the background plane. 

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2014-03-18 01:41:17 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s)

I've been working on two interrelated paintings these days -- both not new, although this is the older one (it's 30"x20"). Their shared title is "Letters from Vincent Van Gogh".

What has been on my mind is this feeling of reality being ripped apart, the sense of time fork -- from where the history can follow dramatically different paths, and to believe that the choice doesn't depend on us is just a bit too easy to be true.  

2014-03-13 23:34:03 (59 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Meanwhile, Russia is closing down its few remaining independent news websites... because they posted info about peace rallies. And I don't even want to think what this means. 

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2014-03-12 20:44:34 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)

Three apples and white wine. 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm). Oil on linen November 2013

I am struggling to pick up the many dropped threads of my life, one by one; to connect it again to its source -- like a forgotten spring in a forest; like awakening from a weary dream; like regaining consciousness. 

I am looking at this painting, from November, and trying to recall, to see what it tells me -- it feels like such a long time since then. It speaks to me about the easy playfulness of the world, its eternal game of light and colour creating the impression of tangible reality. It's also about the light nearly overcoming shadows (although never fully), batches of colour almost bursting out of their "proper" contours -- as though the things would disappear, dissolve into colour, the moment I look away.

So yes, I tell myself, it's a good anchor to tryan... more »

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2014-03-12 01:50:58 (17 comments, 7 reshares, 79 +1s)

Today's work (two days worth of work). An untitled attempt to deal with the overwhelming darkness and coldness from the outside world.

The Ukraine-Russia crisis may be almost gone from the English-language news sites, but a real war is raging in the Russian segment of the internet, and I cannot pull myself away from it... So much hatred, fear, despair.  

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2014-03-08 01:35:07 (21 comments, 8 reshares, 68 +1s)

I've just found a blog of a young, Russian-speaking woman from Crimea, a young mother.

Twenty years old -- she was born and has lived all her life in Ukraine. By no means she wants to find herself, out of the blue, in Russia -- but she is terrified, because the peninsula is filled with armed men without insignia and lawless local "militia" (who already started to beat and rob journalists). She feels helpless, hopeless, betrayed by everyone, including the government in Kiev who seem to have given up on Crimea, and the whole world, too.

But, judging by Russia's previous experiments in Georgia, she won't even find herself in Russia -- but in an isolated, desolate, impoverished region "recognized" by nobody, like Abkhazia and South Ossetia, with the only role to play -- a source of instability, a pawn in geopolitical games.   

Someone unheroic,u... more »

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2014-03-07 19:08:41 (6 comments, 15 reshares, 59 +1s)

This is not a new painting, but this is my contribution to this +First Friday Art Walk ( #firstfridayartwalk ).

Irises ("Everyone is cleaning for Passover...", after Boris Pasternak). 24"×20" (61×50.8cm). Oil on linen. October 2012 

Life is always an interplay of light and dark, white and black, ups and downs; for a painter, it is a daily first-hand experience. Some moments, though, are blacker than others -- and yet there is always light, and a path to courage, compassion and dignity.  

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2014-03-07 07:16:55 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 38 +1s)

The First Friday of March is about to begin. As ever, please share your artwork, and other people's work, with the hashtag  #firstfridayartwalk  and/or to our community, Google+ First Friday ArtWalk. 

On a more serious note, let's try and make our Art Walk meaningful in the context of the developing crisis in Ukraine and Europe: if you have an artwork related to the peace, grace, shared humanity -- please share it. If you have a painting playing on the blue-yellow contrast (like this Van Gogh below), please share it too -- if you want to show support to Ukraine and all its people (yellow and blue are the colours of their national flag).   

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2014-03-07 01:10:14 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 71 +1s)

Today's work (iPad photo):

On the brink (still life with two bottles). 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm). Oil on linen.

It feels like ours is the time and place of small things; little daily problems which seem laughable in retrospect; nice life, when all is said and done. Big and dark things happen elsewhere, and it's so tempting to believe that they don't really happen. 

And then the cold wind of history (which was supposed to be over long ago) blows these little niceties away; daily routines crumble before your eyes; and helpless and hopeless Frodo begins his perilous journey once again. 

This painting is called "On the brink"; a bowl with an apple and two lemons on a little table; a white napkin; red wine: daily fabric of comfortable life. Yet everything is about to crumble (is crumbling for all we know), things barely hold theirsha... more »

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2014-03-06 01:19:43 (34 comments, 22 reshares, 122 +1s)

This man, from St. Petersburg (Russia), is 75 years old. He survived the siege of Leningrad as a little boy. The text is "Peace to the world" (in Russian, "peace" and "world" are the same word). Here he is at a small protest demonstration against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

His slogan was torn away from him and thrown away by a member of St. Petersburg municipal council, who accused him of "serving fascism". He, himself, was detained overnight and sentenced to pay ten thousand rubles -- almost twice his monthly income. He is going to participate in the next anti-war demonstration on Saturday, too.  


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2014-03-04 01:52:16 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 63 +1s)

Today's work (preliminary iPad photo):

I left this painting, called "Magdalene" (36"x24"), to sit by itself, some time ago -- because there was no clarity in my mind about its inner meaning and where it was supposed to go. I returned to it in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis, which filled my head with worry, and confusion, and chaos. But out of this chaos came an understanding, an insight directly related to the theme of Magdalene, and to this painting; although probably old as the time itself, but always fresh when it comes through to you in the time of confusion. See, in the midst of political turmoil, there is always this strong tendency to externalize "evil", to put it safely across some convenient national, cultural, ethnic, linguistic, economic, intellectual (you name it) boundary -- in any event, on the other side from oneself. But the fundamental divide,... more »

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2014-03-03 23:20:44 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

_If we are marked to die -- we are enough to do our country loss,
But if to live -- the fewer men, the greater share of honour._ 

Yesterday, news sites dutifully switched their attention from Ukraine to Oscars. Yet this video, however plain and simple, is real-life stuff of future Oscar nominations (where, of course, everything will be more expressive, with close-ups of movie stars and a professional choir and an orchestra behind the screen pitching in at some point).

What happens here is this: the former commander of Ukrainian military, who switched his allegiance, appeals to Ukrainian naval offices to defect, too, and raise the Russian flag instead of their Ukrainian ones -- promising salary raises and positions in the Russian Black Sea fleet in return. The new commander replies that the question of changing their oath of allegiance is not under discussion -- a response met bya... more »

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2014-03-02 04:25:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Mr. Putin spent billions on "Russia Today" news agency, which was created to promote "Modern Russia" or whatever abroad. Here is a fruit of his effort: a patriotic article about the vote in  Federation Council to protect Ukraine with this title: Russian senators vote to use stabilizing Nazi forces on Ukrainian territory.  They already changed the title at http://rt.com/news/russia-ukraine-approve-miltary-371/ but here is a snapshot:

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2014-03-01 23:09:39 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)

Sorry if it doesn't concern you -- this link is in Russian, it's the Change.org petition to the Russian government to stop their invasion in Ukraine.

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2014-02-28 00:44:36 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 92 +1s)

Today's work (a preliminary iPad photo).

I think it has been the longest one of sonnet paintings so far; funny, because the sonnet is about time. It's three quatrains present three concepts of time, enacting them in variations of rhythms. So I had to embed three variations of spacial rhythms in the painting. And there is more to that, because TIME is at the very core of the distinction between poetry and painting, the one I have to deal with daily: 

A poem unfolds in time, but leaves you with a unitary impression -- a moment and an eternity combined. A painting is a single impression, in each moment, but it lets you unfold it in time if you wish to.

Anyway, it's sonnet 60:

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards... more »

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2014-02-27 21:57:42 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Compare the "original" reproduction of my painting (linked below) with this:

The question is, do white things all over count as "derivative work" which would explain no attribution on FB (via +olga belov )?

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2014-02-27 00:26:04 (54 comments, 6 reshares, 99 +1s)

I want to talk with you about "realism" in painting. 

The more I read about how our sense of vision works, the more questionable this concept grows.

If what we see is determined not so much by what's "out there", but what we know and expect to see; in other words, a bunch of stereotypes adapted to guide us through this earthly life relatively safely -- if that's how it works, then a painting is seen as "realistic" insofar as it conforms to these shared stereotypical ways of seeing (or rather -- "construing" reality). But this sort of conformism seems like the very opposite of what "art" is supposed to do (however one prefers to formulate its goal).

Which seems to imply that if you perceive a painting as "realistic", it means it doesn't really work for you: you just see what you would have seen... more »

2014-02-26 04:25:35 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

One often comes across expressions of dismay and incredulity with regard to prices in the high-end of the "art market". But here is another numerical illustration that something is definitely rotten:

The whole three-months revolution in Ukraine, with its dozens of victims, the president on-the-run and everything, started (more or less) because Russia offered Ukraine a 15 bn loan, which was considerably more than the European Union was willing to offer at the time (and it kind of matters to a country on the brink of insolvency). In other news, Facebook bought WhatsApp for 19bn. Seeing these figures side by side makes me dizzy... 

2014-02-25 01:18:44 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

I read some sort of "theory" recently, which used a concept of some non-material entities (called "pendulums"). "Pendulums", according to this theory, feed on the energy of human thought -- so they are, in some sense, out to capture our thought processes and "make us" think of them. The more people engage with a pendulum, the stronger its swing, and the more likely it is to attract even more people. 

Anyway, I have a very strong feeling that, for the last several days, I've got completely caught up by such a "pendulum" of the events in Ukraine, which wouldn't let me back to my thoughts, my life, my story, my work and has completely occupied my thoughts and drained my energy, so I wasn't even able to "fight back" in any sense. I wish I could learn how to avoid this more effectively -- at least in cases like this, where any... more »

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2014-02-24 19:15:53 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Let’s turn up the heat! Here is my Artist’s invitation to SPRING!

When the southwest coastal trees of British Columbia in late February remind me of a northern winter, I am incline to take action.

Here is what I propose: Including shipping, save 20% on a choice of over 60 original oil paintings by Terrill Welch during the next four days. The offer ends at midnight on February 28, 2014.

To access this savings, go to my Artsy Home Gallery at:

Scroll down, find the painting you are interested in purchasing and then click on “Make An Offer” to send me an email that says “20% Heat Please!” and I will apply the Spring Thaw to the purchase price.

Alternatively, you can send me a direct message using any social media or an email at tawelch@shaw.ca and we can get things melting from there.
... more »

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2014-02-21 02:51:50 (16 comments, 5 reshares, 94 +1s)

Today's work: 

Still life with a black cup and Letters from Vincent Van Gogh. 16"×20" (40.6×50.8cm). Oil on linen panel. February 2014.

The truth is, try as I might, I cannot tear myself away from the news streams from Ukraine, including "social networks". It's stupid, really, because I could do nothing (even if I knew what might be done) -- it's not really my story, but one that still touches me enough not to let me disengage myself from its emotional grip. 

2014-02-20 00:15:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

Kiev has always felt much more like a part of "motherland" to me than Moscow (although less so than Petersburg) -- partly because part of my family is from Kiev, partly just because it's a so much more congenial place. What I understood only today is that there has always been a strong association between Kiev and civil war in my mind.

That's because during the Civil War of the early XXth century (which came after WWI and the revolution) Kiev was closest to the constantly moving "frontline" than any other major city, always changing hands; it's also the location for one of the most well-known and haunting depictions of that Civil War, Michail Bulgakov's "The White Guard"; in fact, it's not just a location, Kiev is one of the major characters of the novel.

So the imagery in the news is like a manifestation, a reincarnation of this... more »

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2014-02-18 01:02:23 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 82 +1s)

Today's work (the first day, work-in-progress) -- warming up after more than a week travel/cold pause. It's 16"x20", the working title is "Still life with a black cup"; the idea being (not for the first time) a combination of a new still life with an old still life in the background, one reality wrapped into another. These two share the cup and my small still-life table. Very far from done; I expect I might spend this week with this, while I also review the last sonnets and prepare for the next one. 

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2014-02-17 18:32:14 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 76 +1s)

Good morning, dear friends. Just a quick post to tell you that we are back, looking approximately like in this picture, just a very tiny bit worse for wear -- returned from our trip in the general Northeastern direction (on a "Southwest" flight, of course) for approximately half of our annual concentrated share of parenting, prodigal-son-ing, grand-parenting, brother-ing, in-law-ing in all possible generational directions (up, down, sideways), uncling, aunting etc. Which, this time, included a four hours drive from Chicago to Ann Arbor through snowy fields... -- a sight once familiar like sky but nearly forgotten. 

We were back on Wednesday, in fact, but our return to life-as-usual in general and to Google+ in particular was delayed by my Mac being in repair again and by a cold (or flu, or something) we picked somewhere on our way and brought back here to sunny California.  Now, thec... more »

2014-02-06 18:59:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

And another First Friday is tomorrow. As always, we invite you to share your work, and the work of artists you love, to our specialized community (linked below) and/or on your own profiles with the hashtag #firstfridayartwalk .  To "visit" our art walk, use the hashtag in the search bar, or visit our community!

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2014-02-06 01:56:58 (21 comments, 13 reshares, 92 +1s)

Today's work: the current stage for sonnet 60; I am not sure whether it's complete, so our planned trip to the East Coast will be a good opportunity for a fresh look after a break. A snowy break, I am afraid.

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2014-02-05 20:42:39 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)

I showed this one a couple of weeks ago in the "Today's work" series, but here is a proper photo.

Night's candles are burnt out.... 11"×14" (27.9×35.6cm). Oil on linen. January 2014

As the title suggests, the painting "studies" the (a) moment of Romeo and Juliet's farewell, this single moment when the only night of love is over, and the harsh light of day is here. 

Our whole cultural tradition seems to me to be vacillating between two contrasting interpretation of these short unique moments which don't and cannot lead to any "happy ever-after", even though we'd like them to: are these moments somehow devalued by this lack of future, by their not being the beginning of anything, or are they made even more meaningful and magnificent, almost other-worldly?

In the painting, I focus on the contrastof... more »

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2014-02-05 18:49:45 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)

"A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet." Alan Watts.

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2014-02-05 02:52:55 (13 comments, 11 reshares, 105 +1s)

Romantic potatoes, or "things in heaven and earth"... 14"×11", Oil on canvas panel , December 2013

When I was reviewing my heap of problematic paintings about three months ago, what stopped me from throwing this old panel away was some hint of subtle fluidity, some sort of barely perceptible romantic vibration. So I decided to keep it and reinforce this impression in rework. The painting is still in my "in-progress" pile, but it seems to have re-focused itself on contrast and interaction "between heaven and earth", and in a rather straightforward fashion -- both in the simple juxtaposition of the two colour areas, and in the subject matter. There is a some shy and quiet conversation between the two potatoes going on, too, I believe.  

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2014-02-04 19:36:30 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 69 +1s)

Study for sonnet 57 (2). 16"×12" (40.6×30.5cm). Oil on linen panel. December 2013

Although done as a study for sonnet 57, I see it as an intersection, an overlap, between sonnets 57 and 58: a pictorial attempt to deal with the distinction between the inner and the outer, the internal and the external, the world of thoughts and the world of things.

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2014-02-04 00:11:25 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 52 +1s)

Tulips (study for sonnet 58). 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm). Oil on linen. January 2014

This is a study for Sonnet 58, although the sonnet (and, accordingly, the sonnet painting) has much more tragic overtones.

This study explores one idea implicit in the sonnet: that even our own impressions of things, their inner representations, cannot be contained (kept "imprisoned") within the strict outlines we ourselves make for them. They will always, inevitably, "come and go" from this internal prison at their will. One can never keep them still and orderly "in their places", even if one wishes to (which probably doesn't make sense either). 

Within the domain of painting, I think it's a very Cezannesque idea; and the painting reflects this heritage (to some extent).  

#paintings   #shakespeare  #will... more »

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2014-02-02 22:15:26 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 71 +1s)

The taste of childhood. 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm). Oil on linen. January 2014

A lot in the development of painting hinges on the idea that "there are no edges in nature"; and so a "realistic" depiction of nature would have no hard edges, no sharp contours. And yet: there are edges in our sense of vision; apparently, there is a separate fine-tuned module, a bunch of correlative chains of inhibitions and excitations of specialized neurons, all working to create contours of things in our perceptions of nature (one hypothesis is that this is why contour drawings work so well as an art form: they simply appeal to, and exaggerate, one specific aspect of human vision; and we tend to like exaggerations, in art at least). And nobody is better placed than a realistic painter to know that is perceived as "realism" depends almost fully on the intuitive knowledgeo... more »

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2014-02-01 18:24:58 (25 comments, 4 reshares, 67 +1s)

Tulips Impromptu. 20"×10" (50.8×25.4cm). Oil on linen. December 2013

This painting is about life's infinite tenderness, brimming with subtle, barely perceptible nuances (which our pragmatically oriented brains, all too often, try and transform into measurable, separate "things"). The context of a painting (even though it also separates its content from the rest of the world by the firm edges of picture plane) -- still, in the same breath, it can switch off this pragmatic side of human perception and open up this nuanced, indivisible universe of colour.   

Which is all to say: Happy Birthday, +Eugene Levine !

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2014-01-31 20:13:21 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)

Am I too old? 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm). Oil on canvas panel. December 2013.

The painting's answer to its "title question" is a resounding "No". It proceeds from a cautious, tentative composition -- with the glass wine right in the middle, as though it is afraid from falling out through the edge of the picture plane, but this careful placement is undermined by the dancing outburst of colour, which pushes away all the dark shadows. Come to think of it, the older one gets, the less there is to fear -- the more reason to be adventurous, to live dangerously and lightly. Not that there are ever any good reasons to be afraid, but whatever circumstances might try and present themselves as "good reasons" -- they all seem increasingly ridiculous as (to quote Shakespeare) our minutes hasten to their end.  

2014-01-31 01:48:03 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)

“Nothing fails like success—because the self-imposed task of our society and all its members is a contradiction: to force things to happen which are acceptable only when they happen without force.”

Excerpt From: Alan W. Watts. “The Book.” Vintage Books, 2011-10-12. iBooks. 

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2014-01-31 01:01:36 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

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