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Lena Levin has been at 21 events

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First Friday Art Walk668,376The 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/117542371460000181203Artists, 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 Walk668,376The 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/117542371460000181203Artists, 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 15:00:0047 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The 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/117542371460000181203Artists, 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 Walk668,376The 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/117542371460000181203Artists, 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 11:00:0072 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The 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/117542371460000181203Artists, 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 15:00:00131 
9,570,334Whether 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 19:00:00468 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The 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/117542371460000181203Artists, 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 13:00:00104 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The 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/117542371460000181203Artists, 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 13:00:00221 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The 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/117542371460000181203Artists, 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 15:00:00228 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The 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 +First Friday Art Walk   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, +Samantha Villenave and +Lena Levin May G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-05-03 15:00:00262 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The 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 +First Friday Art Walk  , 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 Villenave G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-02-01 14:00:57140 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The  #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 +First Friday Art Walk  , 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 Villenave G+ First Friday Art Walk2013-01-04 07:00:00133 
Samantha Villenave1,063,987EDIT: It's been brought to my attention that there is something wrong with events, and the times are not being adapted for each time zone! Yikes!Below are the times for the hangout:Paris (CET): 8 p.m.New York (EDT): 2 p.m.San Francisco (PST):  11 a.m.We're going to do another hangout this Wednesday, this time off air, for the ARTlandea community members. Some of us mods will be present, and you're welcome to pop in and say hi, meet us, and talk to us about any questions/comments that you have concerning the ARTlandea Community. The Hangout will take place within the ARTlandea Community, and all of the members will receive an invite. It it's packed full we'll ask you to rotate in and out, to give others a chance to also join. Note: ONLY ARTlandea Cumminuty members will be able to join the Hangout.To ask to join the Community:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105980077108662994298Our +Artlandea "Meet the Mods" Hangout On Air, from last Sunday, is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SamanthaVillenave/posts/NNLFucZFWpNHope to see you there!#communities #art #artlandeaHangout: Q & A with ARTlandea Mods2012-12-19 20:00:0041 
Samantha Villenave1,063,987The ARTlandea going to be doing our first Hangout On Air this Sunday. We'd love for you to tune in and watch. You'll be able to put a face to the names of the mods for the ARTlandea Community: +Samantha Villenave +Max Rubenacker +Lena Levin +Abigail Markov +Marie Hélène Visconti +Marilyn Fenn and +Debo Odnumiar .We'll talk about what our vision for this Community is: conversations pertaining to art,You're welcome to watch here, the hangout will be streamed on the event page, and talk with us through the comments, ask questions, react, and let us know how you feel about this place. If you aren't a part of the community, and would like to join in the conversation, please circle the +Artlandea  page. The hangout will also be streaming from over there, so you can use the comments underneath the post to talk with us.Please feel free to share this with your artist, and art-loving friends, who may interested in hearing more about the community.And Community members, please be sure to keep posting in the F.A.Q. section for comments and questions you have about the community itself. We'll keep an eye on it and bring those subject into our conversation.And have a wonderful, creative week. See you on Sunday!Meet the ARTlandea Community Mods - Hangout on Air2012-12-16 20:00:0044 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The #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 +In Studio with Masters . 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 +First Friday Art Walk  and +In Studio with Masters  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 G+ First Friday Art Walk & Marc Chagall Challenge Show2012-12-07 15:00:00144 
Samantha Villenave1,063,987+Art+Talk #16, an interview with +Kurt Ankeny, hosted by myself and +Lena Levin .I asked Kurt for a bio. What he gave me are these beautiful words."I like to describe myself as an autodidact, but that's not really true at all. If anything, I'm a bibliodidact. Some of the works most important to my formation were How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema and Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale and Terence Coyle. Those two were my lifeline for many critical years of development. In fact, I had given away my copy of Anatomy Lessons,  when I started recognizing images from it in the paintings I was looking at. I hadn't realized how deeply those images penetrated. So I had to buy myself a replacement copy.Here's a problem I have: all writing about art tends to circumvent the art itself. I'm not saying one shouldn't write about art, but it's deceptive to cement into prose a reaction to a piece that depends wholly on the time, circumstances, education, experience, and readiness of the individual viewer looking at it and reacting or responding. So, what you have a is a snapshot of a very, very narrow point where two individuals connected for a moment in time.So those qualms aside, I'm a relatively new painter. I've only been painting for about seven years. Four of them what I would consider "full-time". Painting, as most of us who practice with any determination and ambition know, is a very slow burn. Cy Twombly told Jenny Saville to try and remain ignored for as long as possible. And that is good advice as long as one can manage it. Because painting, especially since the modernist movement, is a vast ocean of possibilities and it takes many canvases to get your bearings.I guess that's my long-winded way of saying that I really don't know what I'm doing yet. I know, I know. One isn't supposed to undercut one's brand and reputation with such nonsense and honesty. "I don't know what I'm doing" does not mean "I don't know where I'm going." I do have plans, I have grand ideas and ambitions. It's just that there's a lot of white space on the map between where I stand now and Mount Accomplishment. I think that the fissure between abstraction and figuration is an obvious point of interest. Today's painters are swarming on that likeArt+Talk interview with painter Kurt Ankeny2012-11-04 20:00:0022 
First Friday Art Walk668,376The #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 +First Friday Art Walk , 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 Villenave G+ First Friday Art Walk2012-11-02 14:00:0066 
Samantha Villenave1,063,987The #FirstFridayArtWalk  is a new page (+First Friday Art Walk) and hashtag/sharing project here on G+. 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.See starting and end times on the event above. We're going to be celebrating art and our very first First Friday for nearly three days, starting on Friday, October 5th and continuing through the weekend. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------How it works:How can one participate? I'm glad you asked! :)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. Artists and non-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 +First Friday Art Walk , so that I will be able to reshare the work that you have hashtagged #FirstFridayArtWalk  , from over there. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing your work! Please feel free to invite artists and others that you feel may be interested in this event. :)Creatively, SamanthaEDIT: Since creating the event, I have learned that many of you have received multiple invitations to it. I have no idea how this happened, and you have my sincerest apologies. It was truly unintentional, and please forgive me for any frustration that this has caused. I've reported the bug to the Google+ team, and really hope that this will not happen in the future. Events are cool, spam, on the other hand, is truly anti-cool. ):G+ First Friday Art Walk2012-10-05 12:00:00205 
Samantha Villenave1,063,987+Swarez Art will be joining me for Episode 10 of +Art+Talk  Hangouts on Air, and just to mix things up a bit, the lovely and talented +Abigail Markov will be cohosting the interview with me.Ed Swarez, is a self taught painter who began six years ago, by accident,  with a tiny canvas and a small paintbrush. Since that day he has gradually refined his skills and developed his materials to be able to produce a unique range of modern art that's all about big bold shapes, rich colours and intricate levels of detailing. All of his business comes through his website and he has no gallery representation. With a  background in marketing and SEO, we'll be talking about these things in the Hangout and how artists can embrace basic business concepts without losing their creative integrity.************************************************************************************************How the Hangout works:For the first 30 minutes of the hangout, it will be just Ed, Abigail, and I, and the hangout will be streamed from this page, as well as on hangoutnetworks.com. You're welcome to watch, and use the comments section underneath the hangout, as a chat, for any questions that you may have for Ed. I generally keep an eye on comments from viewers and try to bring their remarks into our conversation.After 30 minutes, I will invite those who have RSVPed YES  to the event (and whose profiles I have vetted, meaning I know you, or I can tell from your profile that you are an artist or art lover), into the actual Hangout, to join in on the conversation. RSVPing doesn't not mean you are required to come, but if you think you may want to, it is a way if insuring that you will receive an invite.Please be aware that the hangout is an interview with Ed, and please join only if you are interested in discussing art and Ed's work. :)I also ask that you have a camera, and a microphone if you would like to join. Headphones, while not required, are preferred, as it limits the risk of renegade background noise.Thanks you to the artists in the community who have sent feedback. I appreciate it! :)************************************************************************************The hangout will also be recorded, so you are welcome to watch later, here, on YouTube, hangoutnetworks.com , or the +Art+Talk  page.Previous +Art+Talk  Hangouts can be found here: Art+Talk Hangout on Air interview with Ed Swarez2012-09-23 20:00:0055 
Samantha Villenave1,063,987+Philip Hartigan will be joining me for Episode 9 of +Art+Talk  Hangouts on Air.Philip, who describes himself as an "artist-writer-artist" works with drawings, writing, damaged photos, and letter, transforming them into prints, books and installations that relate to moments of personal narrative. He writes on his blog, "Praeterita" http://philiphartiganpraeterita.blogspot.fr/, as well as for the art blogazine +Hyperallergic http://hyperallergic.com as well as for Time Out Chicago http://bit.ly/PmYqE9 .**************************************************************************************************How the Hangout works:For the first 30 minutes of the hangout, it will be justPhilip and I, and the hangout will be streamed from my profile page, as well as on hangoutnetworks.com. You're welcome to watch, and use the comments section, on my profile, as a chat, for any questions that you may have for Philip. I generally keep an eye on comments from viewers and try to bring their remarks into our conversation.After 30 minutes, I will invite those who have RSVPed YES (and whose profiles I have vetted) to the event, into the actual Hangout, to join in on the conversation. RSVPing doesn't not mean you are required to come, but if you think you may want to, it is a way if insuring that you will receive an invite.Please be aware that the hangout is an interview with Philip, and please join only if you are interested in discussing art and Philip's work. :)I also ask that you have a camera, and a microphone if you would like to join. Headphones, while not required, are preferred, as it limits the risk of renegade background noise.Thanks you to the artists in the community who have sent feedback. I appreciate it! :)************************************************************************************The hangout will also be recorded, so you are welcome to watch later, here, on YouTube, hangoutnetworks.com , or the +Art+Talk Hangout on Air - guest artist Philip Hartigan2012-09-16 20:00:0049 
Samantha Villenave1,063,987Artist +Abigail Markov will be joining me for Episode 4 of +Art+Talk  Hangouts on Air.Abigail is an abstract oil painter who I've enjoyed getting to know through posts on Google=, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity to sit down and talk about art and her work.http://abigail-marie.com/  .For the first 30 minutes of the hangout, it will be just Abigail and I, and the hangout will be streamed from my profile page. You're welcome to watch, and use the comments section as a chat, for any questions that you may have for Abigail.*****************************************************************************************After 30 minutes, I will invite those who have RSVPed YES to the event. Please be aware that the hangout is an interview with Abigail, and join only if you are interested in discussing art and Abigail's work. :)I also ask that you have a camera, and a microphone if you would like to join. Thanks you to the artists in the community who have sent feedback. I appreciate it! :)****************************************************************************************The hangout will also be recorded, so you are welcome to watch later, on YouTube or the +Art+Talk page.Previous +Art+Talk Hangouts can be found here: +Art+Talk Interview with Lena LevinArt+Talk Interview with Paul RoustanArt+Talk Hangout Interview with Cliff RothArt+Talk Hangouts on Air interview - Guest artist Abigail Markov (PLEASE READ FULL EVENT BELOW FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO JOIN)2012-08-10 21:00:0014 

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Nolan Harvey218More friend today #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #morefollowers  2014-11-05 16:59:40501001
Jan Koncewicz2,304Attention:  New Circle to Share!2014-07-02 18:37:54499303
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215
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 11:50:44143001
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
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 02:25:03377341339
Richard Heby748Hey 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 22:22:112038411
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 09:48:552507711
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 20:54:42500191628
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 18:56:4250016519
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 03:38:21498201022
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 07:03:5349823727
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 05:39:10498605
Vivi Amb541CIRCLE 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 00:28:09239509
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 19:47:102367640123
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 18:23:28496254137250
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 20:59:3739415917
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 14:10:4450028
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 07:31:5942822656171
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 14:06:4453316
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 23:24:0450016435150
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 22:48:4638810314
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 01:14:35451608
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 01:06:353396220
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 04:31:334456216
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 01:10:5344015627150
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 19:51:2539818623
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 14:16:3949817567202
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 20:57:411069412
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 14:35:0551628
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 11:35:5650852956
Stephanie Calahan943FABULOUS 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 16:21:40353371128
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 11:28:55209010
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 08:28:0266000
Carolyn Curtis183,084Since I am sick and heading to the couch I will share my ever growing art circle with you. Take a peek add some talented folks from all walks of creativity. Do you belong in this circle? Let me know and I will drop you right in. 2013-02-05 20:07:319414520
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 01:15:1969100442
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 16:40:4448423115
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 15:02:4450027738
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 00:57:52246115
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 20:58:1649052430
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 05:32:05112117
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 19:13:0711248563
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 2012-12-31 15:55:53486535266
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 12:36:04228527
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 14:51:3260438
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 18:56:0645202
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 19:19:503785519
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 11:35:18237172240
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 20:37:4055602

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2014-11-01 18:11:30 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

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

This 2011 painting, after Amadeo Modigliani (although from a life model), is now in our bedroom: the first one I see when I open my eyes in the morning. She looks sad, doesn't she? So why am I including it in my #antidepression  advent? Well, for one thing, depression isn't really about sadness per se -- sadness and vitality can be together within one human being... Another reason, of course, it's that she is so light and orange -- the most un-depressive colour available. But that's not the most important reason: what is most important is that direct engagement with great art is one of the strongest antidepressants in this world: it draws one out of the shell of self, out of the prison of separation, and into the infinite and beautiful world.    

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2014-10-29 00:29:05 (19 comments, 15 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

Dance of life (Greens in Sanborn park). 16"×20" (40.6×50.8cm). Oil on linen panel. Work-in-progress.

Wanted to tell you about the colour harmony here and what I am trying to do with it, but my iPad photo is not good enough for all this. But even so, I am tempted to add: "No green pigments were used in painting this painting"... Maybe I should even use something like that as its title?

Most plusones: 130

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2014-10-29 00:29:05 (19 comments, 15 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

Dance of life (Greens in Sanborn park). 16"×20" (40.6×50.8cm). Oil on linen panel. Work-in-progress.

Wanted to tell you about the colour harmony here and what I am trying to do with it, but my iPad photo is not good enough for all this. But even so, I am tempted to add: "No green pigments were used in painting this painting"... Maybe I should even use something like that as its title?

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2014-12-18 22:03:14 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

The seventh one for my #bestfourteenoffourteen  album. It's called "Magdalene (after Boris Pasternak)" (36"x24"). It took much more than one year (the first from-life and very different version is from 2010), and it is still in my "review" pile, so the process may well spill into another year (although I don't think so, somehow). Anyway, for now, it belongs to the year fourteen... 

Please follow this tag, #bestfourteenoffourteen , to see other painters' best work of the year! 

The seventh one for my #bestfourteenoffourteen  album. It's called "Magdalene (after Boris Pasternak)" (36"x24"). It took much more than one year (the first from-life and very different version is from 2010), and it is still in my "review" pile, so the process may well spill into another year (although I don't think so, somehow). Anyway, for now, it belongs to the year fourteen... 

Please follow this tag, #bestfourteenoffourteen , to see other painters' best work of the year! ___

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2014-12-16 20:43:04 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Today's addition to #bestfourteenoffourteen  -- for sonnet 65.

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?

O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wrackful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?

O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil o'er beauty can forbid?

O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright. 

Today's addition to #bestfourteenoffourteen  -- for sonnet 65.

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?

O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wrackful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?

O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil o'er beauty can forbid?

O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright. ___

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2014-12-15 19:39:00 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

The next one for #bestfourteenoffourteen , and I think it will also go with the  #antidepression  theme... I think it's the fifth one. 

Summer's honey breath (a study for sonnet 65). 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm) Oil on canvas panel. July 2014

A small and unassuming study, but there is something magical in it for me -- something definitely from outside my conscious mind... I believe it's a very happy and hopeful painting -- so there, to lighten up this dark day a bit, in faith that there are less than ten days before the winter solstice, and then there will be more and more light every day... 

The next one for #bestfourteenoffourteen , and I think it will also go with the  #antidepression  theme... I think it's the fifth one. 

Summer's honey breath (a study for sonnet 65). 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm) Oil on canvas panel. July 2014

A small and unassuming study, but there is something magical in it for me -- something definitely from outside my conscious mind... I believe it's a very happy and hopeful painting -- so there, to lighten up this dark day a bit, in faith that there are less than ten days before the winter solstice, and then there will be more and more light every day... ___

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2014-12-14 19:21:29 (12 comments, 7 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

I am not sure this one belongs to #bestfourteenoffourteen  , exactly, but I like it nonetheless, so here goes. It's called "Still life with letters of Vincent van Gogh" -- and it played an essential role for me in accessing the vision (in my mind) of how I really want my paintings to work. This vision is somewhat too audacious to be comfortable, but then again -- this whole enterprise of painting makes little sense without audacity... 

I am not sure this one belongs to #bestfourteenoffourteen  , exactly, but I like it nonetheless, so here goes. It's called "Still life with letters of Vincent van Gogh" -- and it played an essential role for me in accessing the vision (in my mind) of how I really want my paintings to work. This vision is somewhat too audacious to be comfortable, but then again -- this whole enterprise of painting makes little sense without audacity... ___

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2014-12-13 18:51:28 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

The third one for my #bestfourteenoffourteen  album... This one for sonnet 59:

If there is nothing new but that which is
hath been before, how are are brains beguiled... 

I've been thinking lately: if tomorrow scientists discover, beyond all doubt, that there is no such thing as "time" out there "in reality", that it is all in here, in our brains, just their way to make sense of all this -- however convincingly they tell us about their discovery, this will hardly make a slightest bit of difference for our day-to-day and moment-to-moment perception of the world.... 

The third one for my #bestfourteenoffourteen  album... This one for sonnet 59:

If there is nothing new but that which is
hath been before, how are are brains beguiled... 

I've been thinking lately: if tomorrow scientists discover, beyond all doubt, that there is no such thing as "time" out there "in reality", that it is all in here, in our brains, just their way to make sense of all this -- however convincingly they tell us about their discovery, this will hardly make a slightest bit of difference for our day-to-day and moment-to-moment perception of the world.... ___

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2014-12-13 00:28:16 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Continuing with #bestfourteenoffourteen  -- this one for sonnet 57 ("Being your slave, would could I do but tend...") 

Continuing with #bestfourteenoffourteen  -- this one for sonnet 57 ("Being your slave, would could I do but tend...") ___

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2014-12-11 18:55:24 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

I am back from my trip, and it's time for my end-of-year #bestfourteenoffourteen  reckoning.... This was, in many ways, a difficult year, so I am somewhat curious what will come out of it. So, in no particular order:

This one is called "Formula of Time (after Cezanne's "Pont de Maincy"). 24"x30". 

I am back from my trip, and it's time for my end-of-year #bestfourteenoffourteen  reckoning.... This was, in many ways, a difficult year, so I am somewhat curious what will come out of it. So, in no particular order:

This one is called "Formula of Time (after Cezanne's "Pont de Maincy"). 24"x30". ___

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2014-12-03 19:51:45 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Another painting for #antidepression  retrospective from 2013. It's called "Here and there" (20"x10"). 

We are going for a short trip to Ann Arbor tomorrow (a bit of in-law-ing for me to do), so there will be probably no posts here till Monday. And then, I think it will be time to begin #bestfourteenoffourteen  retrospective... (to continue our Google+ tradition of #bestthirteenofthirteen  and #besttwelveoftwelve . Come to think about it, as the century progresses towards larger and larger numbers, it would grow difficult to uphold this tradition in its current form. But fourteen is manageable still...  

Another painting for #antidepression  retrospective from 2013. It's called "Here and there" (20"x10"). 

We are going for a short trip to Ann Arbor tomorrow (a bit of in-law-ing for me to do), so there will be probably no posts here till Monday. And then, I think it will be time to begin #bestfourteenoffourteen  retrospective... (to continue our Google+ tradition of #bestthirteenofthirteen  and #besttwelveoftwelve . Come to think about it, as the century progresses towards larger and larger numbers, it would grow difficult to uphold this tradition in its current form. But fourteen is manageable still...  ___

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2014-12-02 04:21:39 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Today's work (SILENTIUM: self-portrait with Aphrodite): 48"x48" (an awful photo, but there you are; it's work-in-progress anyway). 

I've experienced a bout of panic today, about not having enough time -- the complete and utter impossibility to do what I want (and need) to do, and as good as I want it to do. The funniest thing about this kind of panic is that it is commonly accompanied by a distinct urge to go read something on the internet, just to reduce the feeling of panic: about the stupidest and the least constructive of possible ways to deal with the lack of time. Luckily, I've learned to recognize and resist this particular urge.

Today's work (SILENTIUM: self-portrait with Aphrodite): 48"x48" (an awful photo, but there you are; it's work-in-progress anyway). 

I've experienced a bout of panic today, about not having enough time -- the complete and utter impossibility to do what I want (and need) to do, and as good as I want it to do. The funniest thing about this kind of panic is that it is commonly accompanied by a distinct urge to go read something on the internet, just to reduce the feeling of panic: about the stupidest and the least constructive of possible ways to deal with the lack of time. Luckily, I've learned to recognize and resist this particular urge.___

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2014-11-28 19:50:24 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

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

Shall we continue with our #antidepression  series? How is your Black Friday going?

Behind this painting is a poem by Alexander Pushkin, his "Hymn to Plague":

When mighty Winter leads against us
Her shaggy squads of frost and snow,
We meet her with our cracking hearths,
And joyful heat of winter feasts.

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

Shall we continue with our #antidepression  series? How is your Black Friday going?

Behind this painting is a poem by Alexander Pushkin, his "Hymn to Plague":

When mighty Winter leads against us
Her shaggy squads of frost and snow,
We meet her with our cracking hearths,
And joyful heat of winter feasts.___

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2014-11-26 21:06:27 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

Today's work on the floor of my studio. One of those that are taking years to grow, gradually, with bursts and pauses. The working title of this diptych is "Stay in the sea foam, Aphrodite!", but the right-hand one began to evolve into (sort of) self-portrait today... 

Today's work on the floor of my studio. One of those that are taking years to grow, gradually, with bursts and pauses. The working title of this diptych is "Stay in the sea foam, Aphrodite!", but the right-hand one began to evolve into (sort of) self-portrait today... ___

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2014-11-25 19:33:59 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

Life, my sister: II (after Matisse after de Heem). 20"×20" (50.8×50.8cm) Oil on canvas. July 2013

Back to my #antidepression  retrospective, still the year 2013. A painting now residing with +Terrill Welch, together with its two sisters. The core, the heart of this painting is openness, which is, I find, one of the most effective #antidepression  strategies...

Life, my sister: II (after Matisse after de Heem). 20"×20" (50.8×50.8cm) Oil on canvas. July 2013

Back to my #antidepression  retrospective, still the year 2013. A painting now residing with +Terrill Welch, together with its two sisters. The core, the heart of this painting is openness, which is, I find, one of the most effective #antidepression  strategies...___

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2014-11-25 01:37:41 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

Today's work: Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn (sonnet 68).

#williamshakespeare   #sonnetsincolour   #wip  

Today's work: Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn (sonnet 68).

#williamshakespeare   #sonnetsincolour   #wip  ___

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2014-11-25 00:00:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

About a year ago, I read a prediction (somewhere) that the year 2014 would be a "mindfulness year" in marketing. And I wondered how that can happen, since mindfulness seems to me the very enemy of marketing (or rather, of people's habitual reactions marketing tends to exploit).

Indeed, as it seems to me, it didn't really work -- apart from some feeble attempts like "mindfulness tea" (I may be mistaken though -- my life is organized in such a way that I am not exposed to marketing too much). But lo and behold, as the year draws to a close, there is a backlash: we are now being told that it's mindless auto-piloting that "makes us human".   

How being on auto-pilot frees up our mind for higher-order thinking.___About a year ago, I read a prediction (somewhere) that the year 2014 would be a "mindfulness year" in marketing. And I wondered how that can happen, since mindfulness seems to me the very enemy of marketing (or rather, of people's habitual reactions marketing tends to exploit).

Indeed, as it seems to me, it didn't really work -- apart from some feeble attempts like "mindfulness tea" (I may be mistaken though -- my life is organized in such a way that I am not exposed to marketing too much). But lo and behold, as the year draws to a close, there is a backlash: we are now being told that it's mindless auto-piloting that "makes us human".   

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2014-11-21 20:12:21 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

With this painting, my #antidepression  retrospective turns to year 2013. It's called SILENTIUM: The Phoenix song (14"×11", May 2013)

To tell you the truth, I love this painting. This is the image I call to my mind's eye in my darkest moments, in my deepest valleys -- and it never fails me. I think of it as a Phoenix, who can raise you upwards to the sky and to the light from any deep void and any dark cave, if you just ask him (gently) to give you his tail of flaming colours, and trust his strength.  

With this painting, my #antidepression  retrospective turns to year 2013. It's called SILENTIUM: The Phoenix song (14"×11", May 2013)

To tell you the truth, I love this painting. This is the image I call to my mind's eye in my darkest moments, in my deepest valleys -- and it never fails me. I think of it as a Phoenix, who can raise you upwards to the sky and to the light from any deep void and any dark cave, if you just ask him (gently) to give you his tail of flaming colours, and trust his strength.  ___

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2014-11-19 22:17:44 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

December. 20"×16" (50.8×40.6cm). Oil on canvas. May 2012.

This still life in cold winter light is all about the anticipation of the winter solstice, and the turn of the year: the darkest time which promises a new beginning, a new light, a new spring; the time we tend to decorate and alleviate with our various celebrations, feasts, and heaps of gifts.

But maybe, at least sometimes, one should just live through this darkest time as it is, stay with it fully, without patching it up with decorations and celebrations. And then the light that we know will come will be sweeter and brighter? 

#antidepression  

December. 20"×16" (50.8×40.6cm). Oil on canvas. May 2012.

This still life in cold winter light is all about the anticipation of the winter solstice, and the turn of the year: the darkest time which promises a new beginning, a new light, a new spring; the time we tend to decorate and alleviate with our various celebrations, feasts, and heaps of gifts.

But maybe, at least sometimes, one should just live through this darkest time as it is, stay with it fully, without patching it up with decorations and celebrations. And then the light that we know will come will be sweeter and brighter? 

#antidepression  ___

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2014-11-17 22:50:53 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

Next up in the #antidepression   retrospective:

Self-portrait with colour. 24"×20" (61×50.8cm) Oil on canvas December 2012

Because the colour is always there, even when everything looks grey... 

Next up in the #antidepression   retrospective:

Self-portrait with colour. 24"×20" (61×50.8cm) Oil on canvas December 2012

Because the colour is always there, even when everything looks grey... ___

2014-11-15 19:07:12 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

“Dare to be wise. Start now. To put off the moment when you will start to live justly is to act like the bumpkin who would cross but who waits for the stream to dry up; time flows and will flow for ever, as an ever-rolling stream.”

Excerpt From: Michel Montaigne & M. A. Screech. “The Complete Essays.” Penguin Books. iBooks.

One could even say: dare to be alive! Or even simpler - Dare to be!

“Dare to be wise. Start now. To put off the moment when you will start to live justly is to act like the bumpkin who would cross but who waits for the stream to dry up; time flows and will flow for ever, as an ever-rolling stream.”

Excerpt From: Michel Montaigne & M. A. Screech. “The Complete Essays.” Penguin Books. iBooks.

One could even say: dare to be alive! Or even simpler - Dare to be!___

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2014-11-14 22:44:05 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

Badly unfocused, but that's what I've been working on over the last several days (shorter days play havoc with my daily schedule: when the painting session is over, it's already too dark for a photo...). Sonnet 68, also known as as the sonnet about wigs. Far from complete, but still something... This is the last one in the second sixteen-sonnets collage (the other ones are nine paintings each, 3x3).  

Badly unfocused, but that's what I've been working on over the last several days (shorter days play havoc with my daily schedule: when the painting session is over, it's already too dark for a photo...). Sonnet 68, also known as as the sonnet about wigs. Far from complete, but still something... This is the last one in the second sixteen-sonnets collage (the other ones are nine paintings each, 3x3).  ___

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2014-11-14 20:08:21 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Today's #antidepression  entry:

Sonnet 21: A couplement of proud compare

So is it not with me as with that Muse
Stirred by a painted beauty to his verse,
Who heaven itself for ornament doth use
And every fair with his fair doth rehearse,

Making a couplement of proud compare,
With sun and moon, with earth and sea's rich gems,
With April's first-born flowers, and all things rare
That heaven's air in this huge rondure hems.

O let me, true in love, but truly write,
And then believe me, my love is as fair
As any mother's child, though not so bright
As those gold candles fixed in heaven's air:

Let them say more that like of hearsay well;
I will not praise that purpose not to sell. 

#williamshakespeare   #sonnetsincolour  

Today's #antidepression  entry:

Sonnet 21: A couplement of proud compare

So is it not with me as with that Muse
Stirred by a painted beauty to his verse,
Who heaven itself for ornament doth use
And every fair with his fair doth rehearse,

Making a couplement of proud compare,
With sun and moon, with earth and sea's rich gems,
With April's first-born flowers, and all things rare
That heaven's air in this huge rondure hems.

O let me, true in love, but truly write,
And then believe me, my love is as fair
As any mother's child, though not so bright
As those gold candles fixed in heaven's air:

Let them say more that like of hearsay well;
I will not praise that purpose not to sell. 

#williamshakespeare   #sonnetsincolour  ___

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2014-11-13 21:03:44 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

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

The next painting for my #antidepression  retrospective:

Nothingness (Peaches). 12"×12" (30.5×30.5cm). Oil on canvas panel May 2012

A painting about the infinite richness of every single moment... 

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

The next painting for my #antidepression  retrospective:

Nothingness (Peaches). 12"×12" (30.5×30.5cm). Oil on canvas panel May 2012

A painting about the infinite richness of every single moment... ___

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2014-11-12 20:40:26 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

The next up in my #antidepression  retrospective:

When art is over (after Boris Pasternak). 24"×30" (61×76.2cm). Oil on canvas. June 2012

A painting about different ways of seeing the same thing... 

The next up in my #antidepression  retrospective:

When art is over (after Boris Pasternak). 24"×30" (61×76.2cm). Oil on canvas. June 2012

A painting about different ways of seeing the same thing... ___

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2014-11-10 20:44:02 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

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

Today's contribution to my #antidepression  advent:

Untitled. 24"×18" (61×45.7cm) Oil on canvas panel. July 2012

It seems it's now a common wisdom that depression flourishes in the lack of sunlight. If so, this painting -- full as it is of July sunlight -- should work wonders in November... 

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

Today's contribution to my #antidepression  advent:

Untitled. 24"×18" (61×45.7cm) Oil on canvas panel. July 2012

It seems it's now a common wisdom that depression flourishes in the lack of sunlight. If so, this painting -- full as it is of July sunlight -- should work wonders in November... ___

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2014-11-09 19:51:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I cannot but add this to my #antidepression  series... especially because I, too, try and use more spiciness in food in this year's (personal) #antidepression  efforts, but, of course, not so dramatically.

The Danish National Chamber Orchestra eats chili peppers & performs. Video goes viral. http://goo.gl/I2SlcG___I cannot but add this to my #antidepression  series... especially because I, too, try and use more spiciness in food in this year's (personal) #antidepression  efforts, but, of course, not so dramatically.

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2014-11-09 19:43:17 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

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


So should the lines of life that life repair,
Which this Time's pencil or my pupil pen,
Neither in inward worth nor outward fair,
Can make you live yourself in eyes of men.

To give away yourself keeps yourself still,
And you must live drawn by your own sweet skill. 

#antidepression   #sonnetsincolour   #williamshakespeare  

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


So should the lines of life that life repair,
Which this Time's pencil or my pupil pen,
Neither in inward worth nor outward fair,
Can make you live yourself in eyes of men.

To give away yourself keeps yourself still,
And you must live drawn by your own sweet skill. 

#antidepression   #sonnetsincolour   #williamshakespeare  ___

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2014-11-08 20:07:08 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

Nothingness (Brandy and lemons). 12"×12" (30.5×30.5cm). Oil on canvas panel. June 2012

And when it's time for a seriously, honestly serious #antidepression  effort... 

Nothingness (Brandy and lemons). 12"×12" (30.5×30.5cm). Oil on canvas panel. June 2012

And when it's time for a seriously, honestly serious #antidepression  effort... ___

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2014-11-07 19:04:32 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

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

Still life with my sketchbook. 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm) Oil on linen March 2012

Continuing the #antidepression  advent, we return to the subtle (or not so subtle) theme of interaction between wine and sketchbook (opened with a still life after Picasso a couple of days ago). Now, though, we also have a slice of pineapple for added sweetness of the overall experience.... :) 

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

Still life with my sketchbook. 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm) Oil on linen March 2012

Continuing the #antidepression  advent, we return to the subtle (or not so subtle) theme of interaction between wine and sketchbook (opened with a still life after Picasso a couple of days ago). Now, though, we also have a slice of pineapple for added sweetness of the overall experience.... :) ___

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2014-11-06 19:55:10 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Le Petit Prince. 20"×16" (50.8×40.6cm). Oil on linen September. 2012

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

Turning to year 2012 in my #antidepression  retrospective. This painting is all about love -- not the passionate, desirous love, but the flow of these little acts of mutual loving kindness, encouragement, acceptance. I find that giving (and fully accepting) such little acts, paying attention to them, is one of the most powerful tools of bootstrapping oneself out of depression... 

Le Petit Prince. 20"×16" (50.8×40.6cm). Oil on linen September. 2012

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

Turning to year 2012 in my #antidepression  retrospective. This painting is all about love -- not the passionate, desirous love, but the flow of these little acts of mutual loving kindness, encouragement, acceptance. I find that giving (and fully accepting) such little acts, paying attention to them, is one of the most powerful tools of bootstrapping oneself out of depression... ___

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2014-11-05 20:28:37 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

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

I think this will be the last one of 2011 in my #antidepression retrospective... I chose this one because it relishes in blacks, in all their infinite variety; neither its colour harmony, nor its geometrical structure would have come alive without the blacks.

Without its darkest darks, its lowest lows, its stillest stills, the life would have lost its aliveness, I think; one needs blacks in one's life, if only to be able to fully feel its light. 

Teapot, wineglass and sketchbook (after Pablo Picasso). 12"×12" (30.5×30.5cm). Oil on linen panel. November 2011

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

I think this will be the last one of 2011 in my #antidepression retrospective... I chose this one because it relishes in blacks, in all their infinite variety; neither its colour harmony, nor its geometrical structure would have come alive without the blacks.

Without its darkest darks, its lowest lows, its stillest stills, the life would have lost its aliveness, I think; one needs blacks in one's life, if only to be able to fully feel its light. 

Teapot, wineglass and sketchbook (after Pablo Picasso). 12"×12" (30.5×30.5cm). Oil on linen panel. November 2011___

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2014-11-04 18:59:58 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

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

Self-portrait with a Tahitian woman (after Paul Gauguin) . 24"×30" (61×76.2cm). Oil on canvas. December 2011.

Another one from 2011 for my #antidepression  advent -- a visual essay on bootstrapping oneself out of depression; turning away from these murky grays, even if they are still pressing like a burden on your shoulders -- just because somewhere out there there is still a Tahiti, and the boundless ocean, and Gauguin's boisterous boldness, shared so freely with the world.     

As always, I ask you to participate in the #antidepression  stream of mutual encouragement and support. Let's try and help one another through the dark time of the year! 

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

Self-portrait with a Tahitian woman (after Paul Gauguin) . 24"×30" (61×76.2cm). Oil on canvas. December 2011.

Another one from 2011 for my #antidepression  advent -- a visual essay on bootstrapping oneself out of depression; turning away from these murky grays, even if they are still pressing like a burden on your shoulders -- just because somewhere out there there is still a Tahiti, and the boundless ocean, and Gauguin's boisterous boldness, shared so freely with the world.     

As always, I ask you to participate in the #antidepression  stream of mutual encouragement and support. Let's try and help one another through the dark time of the year! ___

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2014-11-04 00:26:23 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Today's work (in-progress):

On being alive. 24"×12" (61×30.5cm). Oil on canvas panel.

Today's work (in-progress):

On being alive. 24"×12" (61×30.5cm). Oil on canvas panel.___

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2014-11-03 19:49:48 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

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

This is another addition from 2011 to my #antidepression  retrospective, perhaps a counterintuitive one: what might onions have to do with #antidepression  ? And I have noticed, indeed, that onions (and garlic) seem to be the least popular of all possible still life subjects, despite their beauty (at least as far my still lifes are concerned). It is a bit as though I were asking people to actually eat (and drink) the subject matter of my still lifes...

I include onions today as a (kind of) "reality check" -- which, apparently, is one of the functions of depression. I've read about this experiment somewhere, where people were given a simple "shooting" computer game to play, and then asked to estimate their number of hits. It turned out that people who were depressed gave fairly realistic estimates, whilee... more »

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

This is another addition from 2011 to my #antidepression  retrospective, perhaps a counterintuitive one: what might onions have to do with #antidepression  ? And I have noticed, indeed, that onions (and garlic) seem to be the least popular of all possible still life subjects, despite their beauty (at least as far my still lifes are concerned). It is a bit as though I were asking people to actually eat (and drink) the subject matter of my still lifes...

I include onions today as a (kind of) "reality check" -- which, apparently, is one of the functions of depression. I've read about this experiment somewhere, where people were given a simple "shooting" computer game to play, and then asked to estimate their number of hits. It turned out that people who were depressed gave fairly realistic estimates, while everyone else exaggerated their success rate big time (like ten times or more). Which apparently means that one can accept depression as one's friend -- dropping the veil of intoxication, opening an opportunity to evaluate the situation realistically...  like adding some onions to one's meal to increase the
richness (and nutrition value) of the overall life experience.
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2014-11-02 19:21:19 (14 comments, 10 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

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

I continue browsing the year 2011 for this year's  #antidepression  retrospective. Back then, I was into combining my studies from life with studies of paintings particularly significant to me. This one is after Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Redhead bathing". When I saw this painting of Lautrec's, I was hit, emotionally, by its sublime tenderness -- tenderness overflowing the body of the model and the canvas itself. And also incredibly subtle (as is often the case when I recall a painting from memory, I exaggerated colours here). As mundane a moment as it gets, and yet absolutely soaked in tenderness; in "loving kindness", as Buddhists would probably call it. This tenderness is all in the artist's eye, in his mind and heart -- and the painting shares it with the whole world (if only the world pauses to seeit... more »

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

I continue browsing the year 2011 for this year's  #antidepression  retrospective. Back then, I was into combining my studies from life with studies of paintings particularly significant to me. This one is after Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Redhead bathing". When I saw this painting of Lautrec's, I was hit, emotionally, by its sublime tenderness -- tenderness overflowing the body of the model and the canvas itself. And also incredibly subtle (as is often the case when I recall a painting from memory, I exaggerated colours here). As mundane a moment as it gets, and yet absolutely soaked in tenderness; in "loving kindness", as Buddhists would probably call it. This tenderness is all in the artist's eye, in his mind and heart -- and the painting shares it with the whole world (if only the world pauses to see it). ___

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2014-11-01 20:52:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

What do you think of "New Year resolutions"? 

Personally, I have never been too keen of them, but this year, I am taking a new approach -- a kind of cultural merger between the American "New Year resolutions" idea and the Russian superstition that "the way you meet the new year is the way you'll live it".

My idea is to give myself a good start for potential New Year resolutions: I have identified three areas of my life where I want to change things, and for each area I have an idea of a reasonable starting place (which I want to achieve before the year turns) and a set of habits that would (I hope) take me from there to the new heights... :) The idea is not only to achieve this starting state of affairs, but also to put the habits "in motion" before the New Year comes...

One of these areas where I want to make changes is my web... more »

What do you think of "New Year resolutions"? 

Personally, I have never been too keen of them, but this year, I am taking a new approach -- a kind of cultural merger between the American "New Year resolutions" idea and the Russian superstition that "the way you meet the new year is the way you'll live it".

My idea is to give myself a good start for potential New Year resolutions: I have identified three areas of my life where I want to change things, and for each area I have an idea of a reasonable starting place (which I want to achieve before the year turns) and a set of habits that would (I hope) take me from there to the new heights... :) The idea is not only to achieve this starting state of affairs, but also to put the habits "in motion" before the New Year comes...

One of these areas where I want to make changes is my web presence, by the way. So expect a launch of a new web site -- about painting, and poetry, and intersections between them, and all other stuff that makes life worth living -- on the first of January or around it. Consider this a public commitment -- you can hold me to it if you wish to help me... :)  


Shasta Lake: path to caverns. 16"×20" (40.6×50.8cm). Oil on linen panel. September 2014.___

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2014-11-01 18:11:30 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

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

This 2011 painting, after Amadeo Modigliani (although from a life model), is now in our bedroom: the first one I see when I open my eyes in the morning. She looks sad, doesn't she? So why am I including it in my #antidepression  advent? Well, for one thing, depression isn't really about sadness per se -- sadness and vitality can be together within one human being... Another reason, of course, it's that she is so light and orange -- the most un-depressive colour available. But that's not the most important reason: what is most important is that direct engagement with great art is one of the strongest antidepressants in this world: it draws one out of the shell of self, out of the prison of separation, and into the infinite and beautiful world.    

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

This 2011 painting, after Amadeo Modigliani (although from a life model), is now in our bedroom: the first one I see when I open my eyes in the morning. She looks sad, doesn't she? So why am I including it in my #antidepression  advent? Well, for one thing, depression isn't really about sadness per se -- sadness and vitality can be together within one human being... Another reason, of course, it's that she is so light and orange -- the most un-depressive colour available. But that's not the most important reason: what is most important is that direct engagement with great art is one of the strongest antidepressants in this world: it draws one out of the shell of self, out of the prison of separation, and into the infinite and beautiful world.    ___

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2014-10-31 18:33:46 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

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

Continuing with my #antidepression  advent for the coming winter solstice...

Another one from 2010. Yesterday, it was all about small pleasures of life -- today, by contrast, it's about the whole infinite ocean of life out there (and in here, too!). 

Let this sad interim like the ocean be
Which parts the shore, where two contracted new
Come daily to the banks, that when they see
Return of love, more blest may be the view;
   Or call it winter, which being full of care,
   Makes summer's welcome, thrice more wished, more rare.

As yesterday, I am asking you to join in with the #antidepressio  hashtag to create a stream of mutual support and encouragement.

#williamshakespeare   #antidepression  

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

Continuing with my #antidepression  advent for the coming winter solstice...

Another one from 2010. Yesterday, it was all about small pleasures of life -- today, by contrast, it's about the whole infinite ocean of life out there (and in here, too!). 

Let this sad interim like the ocean be
Which parts the shore, where two contracted new
Come daily to the banks, that when they see
Return of love, more blest may be the view;
   Or call it winter, which being full of care,
   Makes summer's welcome, thrice more wished, more rare.

As yesterday, I am asking you to join in with the #antidepressio  hashtag to create a stream of mutual support and encouragement.

#williamshakespeare   #antidepression  ___

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2014-10-31 17:20:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Continuing with the topic of will and willpower... 

Recent studies have failed to replicate the finding that willpower is a limited resource.___Continuing with the topic of will and willpower... 

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2014-10-30 18:42:09 (14 comments, 3 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

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

As the year rolls to its darkest day and longest night, I believe it's time for me to start my already-traditional anti-depression retrospective. My own #antidepression series will be, of course, mainly about colour (but not only) -- but wouldn't it be good if everyone who has anything anti-depressive and uplifting to share were to use this tag? We could then create a shared #antidepression  stream of mutual kindness, help, and encouragement?  

So this is the first one in the series, from 2010, -- it's all about life's simple yet powerful pleasures. It's called simply "Three tomatoes and olive oil" (20"x10", oil on canvas).

#antidepression

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

As the year rolls to its darkest day and longest night, I believe it's time for me to start my already-traditional anti-depression retrospective. My own #antidepression series will be, of course, mainly about colour (but not only) -- but wouldn't it be good if everyone who has anything anti-depressive and uplifting to share were to use this tag? We could then create a shared #antidepression  stream of mutual kindness, help, and encouragement?  

So this is the first one in the series, from 2010, -- it's all about life's simple yet powerful pleasures. It's called simply "Three tomatoes and olive oil" (20"x10", oil on canvas).

#antidepression___

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2014-10-29 00:29:05 (19 comments, 15 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

Dance of life (Greens in Sanborn park). 16"×20" (40.6×50.8cm). Oil on linen panel. Work-in-progress.

Wanted to tell you about the colour harmony here and what I am trying to do with it, but my iPad photo is not good enough for all this. But even so, I am tempted to add: "No green pigments were used in painting this painting"... Maybe I should even use something like that as its title?

Dance of life (Greens in Sanborn park). 16"×20" (40.6×50.8cm). Oil on linen panel. Work-in-progress.

Wanted to tell you about the colour harmony here and what I am trying to do with it, but my iPad photo is not good enough for all this. But even so, I am tempted to add: "No green pigments were used in painting this painting"... Maybe I should even use something like that as its title?___

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2014-10-28 19:45:51 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Shasta lake, before sunset. 11"×14" (27.9×35.6cm). Oil on linen. September 2014. 

This one got a proper photo in the last photo session, but it is still in the "in-progress" file. It feels like there is still some potential there, waiting to get "actualized"; so I am not ready to discard it -- yet don't quite see what it wants from me either.

Shasta lake, before sunset. 11"×14" (27.9×35.6cm). Oil on linen. September 2014. 

This one got a proper photo in the last photo session, but it is still in the "in-progress" file. It feels like there is still some potential there, waiting to get "actualized"; so I am not ready to discard it -- yet don't quite see what it wants from me either.___

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2014-10-27 19:20:52 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Formula of Time (after Cezanne's "Pont de Maincy"). 24"×30" (61×76.2cm). Oil on canvas. September 2014. 

And every year, after September equinox, the year starts rolling to its darkest longest night, to its end, and then -- one always hopes -- to a new beginning. There was a long day of partying on Saturday: one of our most sociable friends here always celebrates his birthday first in the park, and then at his place (and I always begin the day with some plein air painting in the same park, before everyone arrives). By the end of the day, I unexpectedly made a bet with a new acquaintance -- a chemistry professor. It was her initiative (I am not a betting type, generally). I win if Russia collapses by the end of 2015, and she wins if America collapses first. If I win, I cook her a dinner; if she wins, she gives me place in her home in the mountains (protected, shebe... more »

Formula of Time (after Cezanne's "Pont de Maincy"). 24"×30" (61×76.2cm). Oil on canvas. September 2014. 

And every year, after September equinox, the year starts rolling to its darkest longest night, to its end, and then -- one always hopes -- to a new beginning. There was a long day of partying on Saturday: one of our most sociable friends here always celebrates his birthday first in the park, and then at his place (and I always begin the day with some plein air painting in the same park, before everyone arrives). By the end of the day, I unexpectedly made a bet with a new acquaintance -- a chemistry professor. It was her initiative (I am not a betting type, generally). I win if Russia collapses by the end of 2015, and she wins if America collapses first. If I win, I cook her a dinner; if she wins, she gives me place in her home in the mountains (protected, she believes, from all these anticipated collapses). Or the other way round -- it was too late in the day for me to remember precisely. The funny thing? We were both rather stupidly cheerful predicting these doomsdays for our respective motherlands... maybe it was all the wine of the day, of course. ___

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2014-10-26 20:47:52 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

A brief photo story of yesterday's brief plein air in Sanborn park... 

A brief photo story of yesterday's brief plein air in Sanborn park... ___

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2014-10-25 00:17:04 (15 comments, 3 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

I’ve been thinking (and reading) about the concept of (free) will recently; partly because it seems to have come under an attack from neuroscience recently. Apparently, though, this is nothing new: this idea has been under constant attacks from the moment of its birth (which, as ideas go, seems to be a recent event: the ancient Greece, for all its philosophy, didn’t even have a word for it). 

So, as an example: about an hour ago, I felt a desire for a pyjama. So I imagine the future pyjama, go to Amazon, find the right image, and buy it; it will be here by Monday… Now, was there a free will involved? If so, at what point?

I certainly didn’t will myself to desire a pyjama: the desire floated to my mind unbidden. The idea that I might have to buy a pyjama has been crossing my mind every now and then for some time now, mostly because the only pair of pyjama pants I own tends tofall dow... more »

I’ve been thinking (and reading) about the concept of (free) will recently; partly because it seems to have come under an attack from neuroscience recently. Apparently, though, this is nothing new: this idea has been under constant attacks from the moment of its birth (which, as ideas go, seems to be a recent event: the ancient Greece, for all its philosophy, didn’t even have a word for it). 

So, as an example: about an hour ago, I felt a desire for a pyjama. So I imagine the future pyjama, go to Amazon, find the right image, and buy it; it will be here by Monday… Now, was there a free will involved? If so, at what point?

I certainly didn’t will myself to desire a pyjama: the desire floated to my mind unbidden. The idea that I might have to buy a pyjama has been crossing my mind every now and then for some time now, mostly because the only pair of pyjama pants I own tends to fall down on the floor the moment I stand up, which is not very convenient. But this kind of moment, when the idea comes to mind prompted by an event (in this case, the pants falling on the floor), is not very conductive to actually buying a new pyjama, because I have to go and shower, and then put on something else. By the time this is done, the idea has floated away. Today was the first time I became conscious of this idea “out of the blue”, in the middle of the day. I can only hypothesise that, over time, the neural pathways for “new pyjama” have somehow gathered enough strength after multiple repetitions. So that was (presumably) the cause of this desire within my mind (and even further back in time, one might try and find the cause for my old pyjamas behaving the way it does). 
So, once the desire is there in my mind, my free will, apparently, comes into play: I could as easily let this desire float away (in fact, I nearly did), but I didn’t. But how do I know? I was able to trace back the source of desire, but may be there is a similar path to my decision to follow this desire, which I just cannot see? Maybe the desire “solidified” itself into the action somehow by itself? Knowing myself, it usually requires quite a bit of will power, though, to will myself to buy anything (except maybe books); I tend to procrastinate like crazy even when I think I’ve decided I’ve got to get something new… So, I gather, some sort of spontaneous free will was, indeed, involved.      


A little study of red dahlias. 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm). Oil on canvas panel. October 2014___

2014-10-24 00:24:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I certainly learned more about human hair trade today than I have ever wanted to, but at least I now feel a righteous indignation to match Shakespeare's (in the "wigs" sonnet, 86). Now the challenge is to channel it properly...  

I certainly learned more about human hair trade today than I have ever wanted to, but at least I now feel a righteous indignation to match Shakespeare's (in the "wigs" sonnet, 86). Now the challenge is to channel it properly...  ___

2014-10-23 23:33:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I am trying to research how wigs were produced in Elizabethan England (because that's what the next sonnet is about), with the help of our friend Google, but am overwhelmed with offers to actually buy an Elizabethan wig!

I am trying to research how wigs were produced in Elizabethan England (because that's what the next sonnet is about), with the help of our friend Google, but am overwhelmed with offers to actually buy an Elizabethan wig!___

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2014-10-23 21:48:06 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

An essay on deconstruction of aubergines, a.k.a. eggplants (study for sonnet 64). 12"×12" (30.5×30.5cm) Oil on linen panel. June 2014

An essay on deconstruction of aubergines, a.k.a. eggplants (study for sonnet 64). 12"×12" (30.5×30.5cm) Oil on linen panel. June 2014___

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2014-10-22 18:16:15 (18 comments, 7 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day -- a painting from May, but only recently photographed properly. Just a reminder that there will be another spring... 

Timber Cave: Time. 20"×16" (50.8×40.6cm). Oil on linen panel. May 2014. 

Good morning, dear friends, and fair time of day -- a painting from May, but only recently photographed properly. Just a reminder that there will be another spring... 

Timber Cave: Time. 20"×16" (50.8×40.6cm). Oil on linen panel. May 2014. ___

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2014-10-21 20:09:54 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Yesterday I showed you a study for Sonnet 65 -- and that's how the painting itself looks like. 

#sonnetsincolour   #williamshakespeare  

Yesterday I showed you a study for Sonnet 65 -- and that's how the painting itself looks like. 

#sonnetsincolour   #williamshakespeare  ___

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2014-10-20 18:51:07 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

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

Summer's honey breath (a study for sonnet 65). 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm) Oil on canvas panel. July 2014

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

Summer's honey breath (a study for sonnet 65). 14"×11" (35.6×27.9cm) Oil on canvas panel. July 2014___

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2014-10-18 20:11:49 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

This is a study of this idea I came across somewhere in the noosphere -- that violet is the colour of wisdom in (some version of) Buddhism. Before that, I had read (in Kandinsky's book, I believe) that it's a colour of mourning. The intersection of these fascinated me enough to explore it in painting. But there is hardly any violet there: I've split it in cold reds and muted blues. But that the common dangers of being analyzed, I suppose: you get split into component parts, aspects, "modules" and what not. 

This is a study of this idea I came across somewhere in the noosphere -- that violet is the colour of wisdom in (some version of) Buddhism. Before that, I had read (in Kandinsky's book, I believe) that it's a colour of mourning. The intersection of these fascinated me enough to explore it in painting. But there is hardly any violet there: I've split it in cold reds and muted blues. But that the common dangers of being analyzed, I suppose: you get split into component parts, aspects, "modules" and what not. ___

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