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

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

Something in me tries to back up from this statement ("Who am I to decide what the responsibility of an artist is?"), and so I say to this voice: alright then, it will be my responsibility. 
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Today's beginning of a new painting (24"x20")...
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Thank you, Daniela. There seem to be less happening on G+ these days...
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Some Saturday reading for you about the most important thing in the world... :)
What is love? Believe it or not, I had never really thought about it till last week. Or if I have, it was more about how language shapes and constrains our understanding of love —…
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+Talia Saunders Thanks!
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I haven't been here on Google+ for a while -- lots of reckoning in "real life", but there you are, two half-days worth of work on sonnet 74 -- "And that is this, and this with thee remains"... Unexpectedly abstract even for myself -- but that's what the sonnet wanted; I saw it between dreaming and waking, and there is no arguing with that. More work needed, though, to bring it closer to what I mean... 
#shakespeare   #sonnetsincolour  
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It has been 5 days. G+ is good at keeping track.
This sonnet is beautiful in its complexity.
It seems to me that the poet who is close to dying, realizes that there is no value in his body (once it is in the earth).
But the value is in his spirit which he passes on to you his friend (the reader) through his poetry and his spirit remains with you.
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Well that's awkward.
Psychologists think there's another reason behind the scorn atheists face, and it's fear. Atheists make some people confront the idea there may not be everlasting life after death.
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Not at all, it's just like talking to Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus.etc... No different! You just tell them the truth without judging them and leave the rest up to Jesus! Saving them is not my job it is His... Likewise judging them is not my job...believing Him, that's my job! 
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Today's work -- continuation from the last week. You know, to tell you the truth -- there was a moment there when I felt truly elated by how this painting is turning out. There is a story told by a great Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin -- after completing a poem, he was so proud of himself that he was running around the house shouting: Wow, Pushkin, you son of a bitch! That sounds close to how I felt... The photo doesn't quite do it justice, and then I had to go to a dentist appointment, and the spell was broken -- but trust me when I say that it's not often that I feel this way (if ever)... 
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Returned to this portrait today... Maybe I will be returning to it occasionally for updates, or maybe I'll let it sit and start a new one as a kind of diary for self-analysis... 
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Respected madam,
The portrait is awesome............
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Hello, my dear friends -- and sorry for being away from here for so long. I am going through a period of rather intense reckoning, looking both back and forward, deciding how to live "next"... :) I am guessing, you will be seeing more of me soon.

For now, this final photo of one of the painting from shared plein air with +Terrill Welch -- it turns out, I had it sitting there on my computer and waiting to be edited for a while. Yesterday, I've picked the painting to stay in my bedroom for a while at least -- to remind me of that day, and to add this bit of nature to the room!
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Today's work -- further layers for sonnet 74... 
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Each day a new page with adventures to experience,
lessons to learn and good deeds to replicate.
       Have A COLORFUL PAGE Everyday  
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Today's work: It might seem like it's a painting, but I don't think it is. I pulled out an old, old canvas because I needed colour and the bodily action of painting, to meditate on (or should it be "to connect to") Romeo and Juliet's second (and last) balcony scene.
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Your images challenge our gaze
You leave us in an incredible haze
We need to sort through this challenging maze
Your demanding renditions continue to amaze.
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Today's work -- you may remember that the idea of painting carrots crossed my mind a couple of days ago. So we bought this little bunch of new carrots at the nearby farmers' market yesterday, and here they are. In case you are wondering, the wooden bowl they sit in is really curvy, it's not any kind of painterly exaggeration... :) 
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St. Petersburg, Russia - Bielefeld, Germany - Leiden, the Netherlands
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Painter of poems
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I am a painter, a painter of poems; to read more about me and to see my portfolio and the list of available paintings, please visit my website at www.lenalevin.com

I run the +In Studio with Masters page here on G+, dedicated to studies from masters of painting.

+Terrill Welch and I run
G+ with brushes page, an on-going digest of original  paintings posted publicly on G+.

+Samantha Villenave and I run First Friday Art Walk, a monthly virtual art show on G+.
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Documented an endangered language
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Painter, linguist
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  • Institute for Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • University of Saint Petersburg
  • Uni Bielefeld
  • Leiden University
  • Stanford University
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Elena Maslova, Lena Shagina