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I haven't been here for a while -- that's because I am trying to work on about three new projects at the same time, two of which might be of interest to you guys... Yes, that's supposed to intrigue you, if anyone is here on Friday night. For now, a new blog post on why it makes sense to stay with a painting even if it doesn't "resonate"... 
For several weeks in autumn 1907, Rainer Maria Rilke was visiting Cézanne’s memorial retrospective in Paris nearly every day, and spent hours in front of his paintings. This encounter has transformed him, as a man…
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Fragrant Bafil beautiful morning and rose, jasmine
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Today's warm-up: a one-hour study of plums.
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Excellent painting √√√
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Today's work -- finally, finally started doing something I've been planning for don't know how long: reworking the first sonnet collage, mainly Sonnets five and six today. There are several goals to this rework: bringing the earlier sonnets into harmony with what I have understood about painting poetry so far (and thus into stylistic unity with later paintings); unifying the collage, given it a clear colour harmony and movements; correcting stuff that has been frustrating me all the time, just here and there (we'll see where it takes me). 
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Hi thanks .see my paintings please
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If you find yourself wondering whether you can be more creative in your life (whether you are an artist or not), this might be for you -- bits, snippets and thoughts on Michael Atavar's book on "rules of creativity". 
Every once in a while, usually after reading someone’s excited blogpost, I decide that I ought to read “The Artist’s way” by Julia Cameron, but invariably get dissuaded by Amazon reviews (both positive and negative…
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+Lena Levin​ DT is driven by "Customer requirements" (yes externally driven).
Perhaps "commercial" artist need to consider what their customers Want?
Unfortunately most artist (I know, which is very few) do not have the luxury of painting creatively to please there own inner feelings (like Van Gough, etc) and not making any money from their brilliance. Most artists need to eat and support a Family?
Take my nephew who is a world class make - up artist. He creates magnificient masterpieces for major international shows, but is primarily guided by his sponsors/customers. He adds the necessary creativity to impress and keep his innovation at the fore-front. He needs to make a living and needs to get the next "gig".
DT would apply in his case and he does work in a team environment with his team who help with design and implementation for new projects.
Go design thinking and creativity in a commercial, outcome driven environment.
But I agree you will not end up as the next Van Gough with this approach.
Regards
Keep on Innovating and creating your beautiful works.
Darron
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Today's work -- a rework of a plein air study from a couple of months ago. Now called "I am a tree".
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+Aglaia Maurer +Maristella Angeli -- thank you!
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Today's work -- what I think of as final touches to the Birth of Aphrodite triptych..
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Today in the studio... this was the first for me: I actually used this little ladder to reach the top third of the composition. 

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

Actually, such balancing acts as I did with myself on the ladder, the brushes somewhere on the left, and the palette below on the right -- such balancing acts are supposed to be good for "getting in the flow" (or for "being present"): when the body feels it's about to lose the balance, the mind (kind of) concentrates. Still, I think for the top right square, I'll have to lower the collage to the floor -- but I cannot do it myself without ruining the whole thing... 
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Lena
I understand your project constraints and how long you have been bringing this to fruition. I am sure it will evolve to a life time Endeavor!
I am definitely not suggesting you change your perspective. I am just saying it is interesting how another set of eyes sees a different perspective, with this perspective based on your renditions of each sonnet. Isn't human thought and perspective interesting.
And isn't it good we have different views and thoughts about the same image(s).
Keep innovating. I am captivated by your approach. It has brought me back to S Sonnets more frequently than I ever expected and now I always have your images glowing, while I read any of the sonnets.
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Today's work -- this is sonnet seven, which received the most rework out of the first nine today... 
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Please consider supporting this idea -- the first fully "stand-up" school in this country; because it seems increasingly evident that sitting, and sitting, and sitting for hours is really, really bad for people, and for little kids especially. The dream is that this school will be one of many (or even ALL of them).

*And, of course, don't forget to curb your own sitting -- as well as your children's... *  
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Quit the hype about this stupidity:standing vs sitting. Everything must be balanced yin-yang style. If in public school it doesn't matter-education sucks either way.
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Today's morning practice -- "The revolt of a rose" (18"x14", oil on canvas panel).
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A rose deep in expression/beautiful
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You know what's crossed my mind today?

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

Maybe I've been missing something, of course... 
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It's not quite the case that high/fine art "for reflection" wasn't available; at least in the old World, it was available in churches and in some public places (municipal buildings, that sort of thing -- in the Netherlands in particular). Then there were prints (engravings) -- as a more affordable form of visual art. And there were cheaper religious paintings produced by "starving" (not that famous) painters for less wealthy homes -- in many countries almost every home had at least one religious painting -- certainly for reflection. Certainly this was the case both in Russia and in Ukraine. 

I agree with you that, for a long time, visual arts were tightly linked (in Europe, at least) with Christianity. In my view, this ended with Reformation and Enlightenment, but in any event, this doesn't mean that there it was purely educational and not "mystical" in any way, quite the contrary. 

And I am still missing how the availability of non-religious and non-visual education can be linked to the fears surrounding art nowadays.
 
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Today's work: a triptych called SILENTIUM (The birth of Aphrodite), 48"x72" (no, I didn't do it all in one day -- it's just one I return to from time to time). 
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+Giselle Minoli 
Well, (almost) every painter is about light: it's rather the medium than the "message". Within this, Titian (at his best) has this powerful humanistic impulse transferred to and captured in painting. But his Venus's face is (compared to his peaks) kind of empty; the light is beautiful, and her reddish hair plays joyfully against the blues, but otherwise it leaves me untouched, or at least less touched than, say, his young man with a glove...  
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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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  • 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